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The Arkansas Calendar of Events is packed with tons of things to do in May. The festival season kicks off at full speed with salutes to everything from armadillos and toads to steaks and trout. The warmer weather beckons everyone to get out and enjoy the beauty of The Natural State.

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Splash of Glass at Garvan Woodland Gardens

Zoie Clift

Arkansas is stomping grounds for a wide range of interesting local artists. Among them: glassblower James Hayes, who owns and operates the James Hayes Art Glass Company in his hometown of Pine Bluff. The technique of glassblowing has been around since antiquity and it takes years to master the intri...
Music is in the Air in May in the Arkansas Delta

Kim Williams

Music is an important part of the history and culture of the Arkansas Delta. A myriad of genres weave together to form the musical fabric of the region. In May, festivals and events throughout the Arkansas Delta pay homage to the sounds of the region. Warfield Concerts in Helena-West Helena will hos...
May Heritage Month in Fort Smith

Jill Rohrbach

Considering the history and heritage that built Fort Smith, there’s no surprise there will be a plethora of programs in May to celebrate Arkansas Heritage Month. The Department of Arkansas Heritage’s theme for this year is “Saving Our Heritage: Arkansas’s Historic Structures.” The Fort Smith Museum ...
Alternative Fun Ways to Get Around Downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock

Kerry Kraus

Traveling by foot is probably the most popular mode of transportation for exploring downtown Little Rock’s River Market District and North Little Rock’s Historic Argenta Arts District.  Both areas are perfect for walking and browsing with a very wide variety of things to see and do. There’s outdoor ...
26th Annual May Festival of the Arts
Eureka Springs
5/1/2013 - 5/31/2013
43rd Annual Hamburg Armadillo Festival
5/3/2013 - 5/4/2013
49th Quapaw Quarter Association's Spring Tour of Historic Homes
Little Rock
5/11/2013 - 5/12/2013
24th Annual Loose Caboose Festival
5/16/2013 - 5/18/2013
23rd Annual Crawdad Days Festival
5/17/2013 - 5/18/2013
22nd Annual Atkins Picklefest
5/17/2013 - 5/18/2013
25th Annual Magnolia Blossom Festival and 24th Annual World Championship Steak Cook-off
Felsenthal Bream Fest
5/24/2013 - 5/25/2013
22nd Annual Dinosaur Festival
British Car Week National Meet
Hot Springs Village
5/29/2013 - 6/2/2013
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Landscape Makes Motorcycling in Arkansas Stand Out

The terrain of Arkansas is as varied as the motorcycles that crisscross it. The state’s six geographic regions offer a diverse topography that is a lure for both locals and riders from across the nation. “It seems everywhere I go outside the state when I tell people (bikers) where I live they either say they love riding (here) or have heard how good the riding is,” says Lynn Ward, an Arkansas native who has ridden close to 300,000 miles in the past 12 years.

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New Cabins Open at Lake Fort Smith State Park

(MOUNTAINBURG, Ark.)—Construction of 10 cabins at Lake Fort Smith State Park is complete and the cabins are now available to rent, according to State Parks Director Greg Butts. Funded by Amendment 75, Arkansas’s 1/8-cent conservation tax, these one-story cabins include both one-bedroom and two-bedroom designs reminiscent of the 1930s WPA style. Five of the cabins feature one bedroom and one bathroom each, and the other five each offer two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Each cabin includes a great room with wood-burning fireplace, high definition satellite TV, kitchen, and dining area. At the back of each cabin is a large, elevated covered deck with a woods view. On the ground level below are a picnic table and grill.

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