2019 Arkansas Anniversaries

From popular festivals to historic commemorations, Arkansas is ready to celebrate in 2019. Learn more about the festivals, performances and other events that mark a milestone anniversary this year.
Mid-America Science Museum
January 19: 40th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration.
Region: Southwest
A pioneer in hands-on science learning, Mid-America Science Museum has been a resource for innovative STEM education since its opening in 1979. Serving as a unique destination for generations of families for 40 years, Mid-America Science Museum continues to provide an escape for curious minds of all ages. 
CONTACT: midamericamuseum.org, (501) 767-3461 

Rodeo of the Ozarks

June 26-29: 75th Annual Rodeo of the Ozarks, Springdale (Parsons Stadium)

Region: Northwest

Authentic stagecoach rides, good food and entertainment at the Stagecoach Inn one week prior to the rodeo; two rodeo parades; over 500 contestants and professional athletes will compete in six PRCA and WPRA sanctioned events -- Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling, Barrel Racing, Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronco Riding and the popular Bull Riding.

CONTACT: 1-877-92-RODEO, www.RodeoOfTheOzarks.org.



TBA: 30th annual Bat-O-Rama, Devil’s Den State Park, near Winslow

Park staff and special guests will be on hand for some great family fun as we celebrate one of the most beneficial but misunderstood creatures in the world … BATS! Nighttime mist netting will be conducted so you can get an up-close view of these amazing creatures. Bring your cameras!


Bargains Galore

August: 20th annual Bargains Galore on 64

160 miles of yard sales, antiques, collectibles and flea markets from Fort Smith to Conway and on to Beebe.



Frisco Festival

Late August: 35th annual Frisco Festival, Downtown Rogers

This festival offers a great way to end the summer. Art and craft vendors, live music, expanded kid zone that will include magicians, street performers and games.



Carving in the Ozarks

TBA: 15th annual Carving in the Ozarks

Carving in the Ozarks is a FREE event, open to the public, focused on the art of chainsaw carving. Professional wood carvers from several states compete with chainsaws to create sculptures from their imagination.



Dogwood Fest

Last weekend in April: 45th annual Dogwood Festival, Siloam Springs

The Dogwood Festival draws an estimated 30,000 people to Downtown Siloam Springs.

The more than 200 booths featuring exhibitors from all over the U.S. provide a wide variety of finds including arts and crafts, handmade items, gifts and vintage. Also enjoy live music and entertainment. The KidZone provides rides and activities for the young and young at heart including a bungee jumper, inflatable obstacle course, rock-climbing wall, mechanical bull, train ride, and helicopter rides.

Food vendors provide a variety of foodie favorites including fried green tomatoes, gumbo, bread pudding, smoked chicken dinners, tacos, turkey legs, catfish, alligator-on-a-stick, corn dogs, caramel apples, funnel cakes, kettle corn, homemade root beer and fresh-squeezed lemonade.


Yell Fest

TBA: 30th annual Yell Fest, Dardanelle

The Annual Free State of Yell Fest celebrates the heritage of our community, highlighting the immigrants that migrated to Dardanelle. With a long history of being one of the State’s leading immigration centers, which continues to this day, Dardanelle is proud of the Czechoslovakian, German and Hispanic populations that influence our Community.

Working with the Dardanelle Area Chamber of Commerce, local businesses, booster clubs, and civic organizations sponsor the carnival, entertainment and events including a 5K Run, Pancake Breakfast and Yelling Contest.



Lyric and OAC

90th birthday of the Lyric Theater, Harrison

20th anniversary of Ozark Arts Council’s stewardship

Built in 1929 for the "talkies," the Lyric, located on the historic downtown square, has been restored by the Ozark Arts Council and now hosts live theatrical productions, concerts, education programs, and movies.

Since its founding in 1996, this non-profit 501(c)(3) organization has touched the lives of many through plays, concerts, exhibitions, and educational outreach. The OAC is the proud owner and operator of the historic Lyric Theater and the operator of the Oak Leaf Gallery (located in the OAC office).

The OAC supports six member organizations: The Theatre Company of the Ozarks, Northark Drama, The Harrison Art League, The Twentieth Century Club, The Lyric Theater Concert Association, and Woman’s Book Club. Educational Programs include The Children’s Choir of the Ozarks and workshops for children and adults by The Theatre Company of the Ozarks.

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