Events & Festivals

Events & Festivals

In cities and towns across Arkansas’ Western Mountain Frontier, there are festivals and annual events celebrating seasons, crafts, wine, miners and more. People of all ages and interests can find something to their liking. Alma hosts its Annual Spinach Festival in mid-April. Fort Smith hosts Old Fort Days Rodeo in late May at Kay Rodgers Park. Mount Magazine near Paris hosts its annual Butterfly Festival in mid-June. In Waldron, the Turkey Track Bluegrass Festivals celebrate bluegrass and gospel music as well as arts and crafts. The festivals take place in mid-June and mid-October. The annual Altus Grape Festival in late July features grape stomping competitions and free wine and juice tastings. Mountain Fest is an Arts & Crafts festival held near Mena in mid-September. The Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair takes place in Fort Smith from late-September through early-October. Wiederkehr Weinfest takes place in October in Wiederkehr Village.

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TBA – Bridal Fest, Fort Smith

1st Saturday, January-December – Tradin’ Days, Waldron. Hoards of vendors crowd the historic downtown streets, selling everything imaginable. Not to be missed for collectors or for folks looking for a fun experience in a classic small town.

Mid – Mayor’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast, Fort Smith

Late – RV Show, Fort Smith

Late – Fort Smith History Conference

Late – Symphony Concert, Fort Smith


Early – White Rock Classic 25K & 50K Run, Ozark

Early – Boat Show, Fort Smith

1st Weekend – Chili Cook-Off, Fort Smith

14 –Valentine Dinner, Booneville

Mid – Fort Smith Marathon. This USATF certified course is both scenic and challenging and includes historic downtown, beautiful neighborhoods, paved trails and rolling terrain with a few significant climbs and descents.

Mid – Home Builders Association Home Show, Fort Smith

Mid – Gun & Knife Show, Fort Smith

Late – Mardi Gras, Fort Smith Museum of History

Late – Mardi Gras, Paris

Late February-Early March – German Shorthaired Pointers Association Nationals, Booneville


Early – Lawn & Garden Show, Fort Smith

1st Friday – Single Parents’ Scholarship Fundraiser “Taste of Scott County,” Waldron

2nd Saturday – Spring Teacup Auction, Altus

2nd Weekend – Annual Red Stocking Revue, Alma

Mid – St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Pub Crawl, Garrison Avenue, Fort Smith

Mid – Easter Egg Hunt, Paris

Mid – Mayor’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Fort Smith

Mid – Easter Egg Hunt, Downtown Altus

Late – Western Cherokee Spring Festival, Mena

Late – GI Haircut Day, Chaffee Barbershop Museum, Fort Smith

Late – Sell It Again on Highway 10, Booneville, Greenwood


TBA – Relay for Life at Wood Street Park, Paris

TBA – Keep Paris Beautiful, Paris. City-wide volunteer clean-up.

Each Tuesday & Saturday through October – Garrison Avenue Farmers Market, Fort Smith

Each Wednesday & Saturday through December – Farmers Market, Van Buren

1st Saturday – Spring Time in Paris

Early – Wine & Roses Gala, Fort Smith

Early – Ouachita Challenge Bike Race, Mena

Early – Young Eagles Spring Fly-In, Etna

Early – Big To Do on Hwy. 22 Area Wide Yard Sale, Paris

7 – Edamame Festival, Mulberry

2nd Saturday – Couples Scramble Golf Tournament, Waldron

2nd Saturday – Spring Festival and Annual Elvis Haircut Day Celebration, Chaffee Crossing, Fort Smith

Mid – U.S. Marshals Museum’s Safe Kids Fair, Fort Smith

Mid – EarthFest, Arkansas River Valley Nature Center, Fort Smith

Mid – Arkansas Valley Road Runners Car Show, Greenwood

Mid – Professional Bull Riders Invitational, Fort Smith

Mid – USTRC Team Roping, Fort Smith

Mid – Byrdfest, Byrd's Adventure Center, Ozark

Mid – GIs on Garrison, Fort Smith

3rd Saturday – Annual Spinach Festival. This celebration of Alma’s spinach history includes arts and crafts, food vendors, book sale at the public library, live music, baseball tournament, golf tournament, spinach-eating contest and 3rd grade spinach-growing contest.

4th Weekend – Hangin’ Judge Spring Livestock Show & High School Rodeo, Fort Smith

Last Saturday – Rodeo, Ozark

Last Saturday – International Amateur Wine Competition, Cowie Wine Cellars, Paris

Late – Annual Wine and Roses Gala, Fort Smith

Late – Annual Taste of the Ozarks, Ozark

Late – Tales of the Crypt, Historic Oak Cemetery, Fort Smith

Late – Springfest, Charleston

Late – Main Street Festival, Mena

Late – Chaffee Crossing Vietnam Refugee Reunion, Fort Smith

Late – Annual Arkansas Canoe Club School of White Water Paddling, Turner Bend Mulberry River Outfitter, Ozark


All Month – Spring Art Show, Mena

All Month – Fort Smith Western Heritage Month

Each Tuesday & Saturday through September – Farmers Market, Paris

Each Saturday through September – Old Jail Museum Complex is open Fridays And Saturdays from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., Greenwood

Each Saturday through November – Farmers Market, Alma

Early – Annual IC Spring Festival, Fort Smith

Early – Monster Truck Jam, Fort Smith

Early – Little Theatre Production, Fort Smith

Early – Rich Mountain Country and Western Swing Dance Festival, Mena

Early – Kids Fishing Derby, Waldron

Early – Steel Horse Rally, Fort Smith

Mother’s Day (Sunday) – Hartford Alumni Reunion, Decoration Day and Songfest, Hartford

Weekend after Mother’s Day – Old Timer’s Days Arts & Crafts Festival, Van Buren

1st Weekend – Airing of the Quilts at the Ed Wilkinson Pavilion at Bell Park and the Annual Art Festival on the Walking Trail, Greenwood

1st Saturday – Springtime Gala, Altus. Features arts and crafts, live entertainment, a Prince and Princess contest, kids’ events and more.

1st Saturday – Couples Scramble Golf Tournament, Waldron

1st Saturday – Fort Smith Symphony

1st Saturday, May-October – Wine Flights and Small Bites at Post Winery, Altus

2nd Thursday, May-October – Art and Farm Market, Ozark

2nd Weekend – Scott County Rodeo, Waldron

Mid – Swiss Maifest, Wiederkehr Village

Mid – Ultimate Challenge Bull Riding, Mena

Mid – Rodeo and parade, Booneville

Mid – Annual Arkansas Heritage Historic Tour, Greenwood. Walk-through tours of the Old Jail Museum complex, Jail Museum, Log Cabin, Pioneer School House, Governor John Sebastian Little Monument and Coal Miner’s Memorial.

Mid – Byrd’s Spring Fly-In, Byrd’s Adventure Center, Ozark Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend – Pioneer Days Parade, Van Buren

Memorial Day & Week – Old Fort Days Rodeo and Parade, Fort Smith

Memorial Day Weekend – Weekend of Fun Kick-off to Summer, Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena

Late May – 5K Colordash, Fort Smith. Part of Fort Smith Western Heritage Month.

Late May-Early November – Farmers Market, Booneville


June-November – Farmers Market, Booneville

All Month – Summer Art Children’s Classes, Center For Art & Education, Van Buren

1st Weekend – Chamber Golf Tour, Four-Person Scramble, Greenwood

3 – Cottontown Brews Festival, Paris

3 – Peak to Peak: Annual Poker Run, Paris

Each Saturday through September – Farmers Market, Mansfield

Each Friday Night, June-October – Spirit of the Past Ghost Tours, Clayton House, Fort Smith

Each Saturday – Free Summer Concert Series, Fort Smith

Each Saturday – Free Living History Programs, National Historic Site, Fort Smith

Early – Fort Smith Jazz Festival

Early – Annual Ouachita Quilt Show, Mena

Early – Peak to Peak Poker Run, Queen Wilhelmina to Mount Magazine

Early – Two-Person 27-Hole, Waldron

Early – Lum & Abner Festival & Radio Show, Mena

Early – Fort Smith Little Theatre Production

Early – Homecoming, Magazine. Food, pageants, car show, parades, live music and more.

Early – Three-Man Scramble Golf Tournament, Vache Grasse Golf Course, Greenwood

Early – Lum & Abner Car, Truck, Corvette & Motorcycle Show, Mena

Early – Antique Tractor Show, Ozark

1st Saturday – Dinner in the Vineyards, Altus

8 – Ozark Rocks Art and Farmers Market, Ozarking, barrel racing an

2nd Saturday – Rodeo, Chigger Valley Arena, Magazine

2nd Weekend – Rodeo, Waldron

Mid – “Fun In The Sun,” Kids Day Camp, Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena

Mid – R & K Gun Show, Fort Smith

Mid – Fort Smith Summer Jam/Juneteenth Festival

Mid – True Grit Bike Ride, Fort Smith. Road ride with 100-, 75-, 50-, 35- and 10-mile routes, a 5K run/walk and a 15-mile guided mountain bike ride. Begins at Chaffee Crossing.

Mid – CMA National Rally, Hatfield

Mid – Chuckwagon Races, Waldron

Mid – North Franklin County Rodeo, Ozark

Mid – Music on Mulberry, Byrd’s Adventure Center, Ozark

3rd Week – Turkey Track Bluegrass Festival, Waldron

3rd Weekend – Two-Lady Scramble/Senior Two-Man Scramble Golf, Waldron

4th Weekend – Big Bass Bonanza, Arkansas River

Last Saturday – Booneville Homecoming Celebration

Last Saturday – Summerfest, Waldron

Late – Judge Parker’s Rope War, Fort Smith

Late – Rodeo, Booneville

Late – Rodeo, Greenwood

Late – Rodeo, Paris

Late – Jubilee in June, Hatfield

Late – Riverfront Blues Festival, Fort Smith. Two-day event has been called “the best little blues festival in America.”

Late – Annual Butterfly Count, Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena

Late – Mount Magazine Annual Butterfly Festival, Paris

Late June-Early July – Highberry Music Festival, Mulberry Mountain, Ozark.

Five-day festival with live music, camping, hiking, floating and kayaking.


All Month – Summer Art Children’s Classes, Center For Art & Education, Van Buren

Each Saturday – Free Living History Programs, National Historic Site, Fort Smith

1st Monday – Couples Scramble, Waldron

1 – Fireworks over Wood Street Park, Paris

1 – Annual Cardboard Boat Races, Ozark

1 – Fireworks, Booneville

1 – Celebrate Mulberry

4 – 4th of July Celebrations, Alma, Altus, Fort Smith, Mansfield, Ozark, Waldron and Vandervoort

4 – Fun on the Fourth, Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena

4 – Freedomfest & 5-K Run, Greenwood

2nd Weekend – AATRC Team Roping, Fort Smith

Early – Annual Ozark Mustang Club #39 Car and Bike Show, Ozark

9 – Ales for Trails, Fort Smith. Beer festival takes place at Riverfront Park and benefits the Fort Smith Trails System.

15-20 – North Logan County Fair, Paris

Mid – Taste of South Logan County, Booneville

Mid – Annual Massard Prairie Civil War Battlefield Re-enactment, Fort Smith

Mid – Fun In The Sun – Kids Day Camp, Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena

Mid-July-Late August – Movies in the Park, Fort Smith

Last Friday & Saturday – Altus Grape Festival, Altus. Features grapestomping competitions, free wine and juice tastings, open house at all wineries with free winery tours, amateur wine-making competition, juried craft show, food vendors and more. Check on special events at each winery in the Altus area.

Late – R & K Gun Show, Fort Smith

Late – Fort Smith Little Theatre Production

26-30 – The Unexpected (Urban Contemporary Art Festival),

Fort Smith

Late – Peacemaker Music and Arts Fest, Fort Smith

Late – Homegrown Music Festival, Byrd’s Adventure Center, Ozark


All Month – Annual Art Competition, Fort Smith

All Month – The Dog Days of Summer Art Exhibition, Center For Art & Education, Van Buren

Each Saturday – Free Living History Programs, National Historic Site, Fort Smith

Early – South Logan Fair, South Logan County Fairgrounds, Booneville

Early – Polk County Rodeo, Mena

Early – USTRC Team Roping, Fort Smith

Early – Fort Smith Little Theatre Production

1st Weekend – Three-Person Scramble Golf Tournament, Waldron

10 – Water Park Art and Farmers Market, Ozark

2nd Weekend – Bargains Galore on Hwy. 64. Vendors in abundance for this 160-mile-long yard sale along Hwy. 64 from Conway to Fort Smith, including Alma, Altus, Fort Smith, Ozark and Van Buren.

Mid – Rock the River Festival, Fort Smith

Mid – Slamily Reunion Car Show, Fort Smith

4th Saturday – Couples Scramble Golf Tournament, Waldron

Late – Hamfest, Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena

Late – Gun & Knife Show, Fort Smith

Late – Alphonso Trent Memorial Fort Smith Jazz Jam

Late – Annual Wilhelmina Rod Run, Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena

Late – North Franklin County Fair, Ozark

Late August-1st Weekend of September – Fair & Livestock Show, Waldron

Late August-Early September – Polk County Fair, Mena


Each Saturday – Farmers Market, Downtown, Alma

Early – South Franklin County Fair, Charleston

Early – St. Joseph’s Bazaar, Paris

Early – Festival on the Border Concerts, Fort Smith

Early – Scott County Fair, Waldron

Early – Punt, Pass, Kick Competition, Fort Smith

Early – Mountainfest Arts and Crafts Fair, CMA Campground, Hatfield

Early – South Logan County Livestock Show & Fair, Booneville

Early – Crawford County Fair, Mulberry

1st Weekend – Olde Miners Day Festival, Huntington

1st Weekend – KKOA Kustom Kemp Hangin’ Dice Kar Show, Fort Smith

1st Weekend – Hunters Expo, Fort Smith

9 – Color Run, Booneville

2nd Weekend – Golf Tournament Couples Scramble, Waldron

2nd Weekend – South Franklin County Fair, Charleston

10 – Hell on the Border Arkansas State Criterium Championships on historic Garrison Avenue in Fort Smith with long straightaways and fast corners. $4,000 in cash and prizes.

14 – Harvest Art and Farmers Market, Ozark

Mid – Annual Rods and Ribs Car Show, Ozark

Mid – Crawford County Fair, Mulberry

Mid – Ouachita Rodders Cruiz’n, Waldron

Mid – Wheel A’ Mena Tour to the Top Bicycle Tour, Mena

Mid – Pig Trail Gravel Grinder, Mulberry Mountain Lodging & Events, Ozark

Mid-Late – Fort Smith Little Theatre Production

Mid-Late – Konsplosion, Fort Smith

3rd Saturday – Community Wide Yard and Sidewalk Sale, Greenwood

3rd Saturday – Farm & Ranch Show, Charleston

3rd Friday After Labor Day – Arkansas/Oklahoma State Fair, Fort Smith. Located at Kay Rodgers Park, this nine-day event brings thousands of people to Fort Smith to enjoy top regional and national entertainment and non-stop fun.

Last Saturday – Annual Bluegrass Festival, City Lake Park, Mansfield

Late – Sebastian County Fair, Greenwood


All Month – Arts and humanities, Ozark Heritage Center, Winslow

All Month – Three Haunted Houses at Chaffee Crossing, Fort Smith

Early – AKC All-Breed Dog Show, Fort Smith

Early – Fort Smith Symphony

Early – Fort Smith Jazz Festival

1st Saturday – Annual Mount Magazine Frontier Days Celebration, Paris

1st Saturday – Fall Festival, Waldron

1st Saturday – Fall Fest, Bell Park, free admission, Greenwood

1st Saturday – Frontier Day Festival, Paris

9 – Car Show, Ozark

2nd Week – Turkey Track Bluegrass Festival, Waldron

2nd Saturday – October Daze, Booneville

2nd Weekend – Fall Arts and Crafts Festival, Van Buren

2nd Weekend – Parade of Homes, Fort Smith

14 – Arkansas Marathon, Booneville

15 – Judge Isaac C. Parker’s Birthday Party, Fort Smith Museum of History, Fort Smith

Mid – CMA Changing of the Colors Rally, Hatfield

Mid – Autumn Teacup Auction, Altus

Mid – Annual Old-Fashion Square Gathering, Ozark

Mid – CRRA Rodeo Finals, Fort Smith

Mid – Tales of the Crypt, Fairview Cemetery, Van Buren

Mid – Byrd’s Autumn Fly-In, Byrd’s Adventure Center, Ozark

Mid – Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet, Greenwood

Mid-Late – Fall Foliage, Talimena Scenic Drive, Mena

Mid-Late – Annual Oktoberfest, Fort Smith

3rd Saturday – 3-Person Scramble, Waldron

21 – Annual Wiederkehr Village Weinfest, Wiederkehr Village

Last Tuesday – Taste of Fort Smith

4th Saturday – Harvest Festival, Cossatot State Park Visitors Center, Wickes

Late – Murder & Mayhem Trolley Tour & Toast the Ghost, Museum of History, Fort Smith

Late – Haunted Trail, Lake Fort Smith State Park

Late – Ouachita Expressions Art Show, Mena

Late – Sell It Again on Hwy. 10, Booneville

Late – Rocktoberfest 4x4 Event, Byrd’s Adventure Center, Ozark

Late – Halloween on the Trail, Greenwood

29 – Halloween on Main Street, Van Buren

31 – Merchants Trick-o-Treat/Fall Festival, Paris

31 – Scare on the Square, Ozark

Late October-Early November – Irish Setter Club of America National Championship, Booneville


2-4 – Sell It Again on Hwy. 10, Booneville

5 – Ouachita Arts Celebration, Mena

Early – Southland Pointer Field Trial Championship, Booneville

Early – Holiday Bazaar, Charleston

Early-Mid – Fall Foliage, Talimena Scenic Drive, Mena

1st Saturday – Bell Park Festival, Greenwood

2nd Saturday – Veterans Day Parade at Chaffee Crossing, Fort Smith

Mid – Veterans Day Parade, Van Buren

Mid – Fort Smith Little Theatre Production

Mid – Holiday Market, Fort Smith

Mid – Purple Friday Weekend Christmas Event, Ozark

20 – Merchants Christmas Open House, Paris

25 – Shop Small, Paris. Small business Saturday sales

25 – Christmas Parade kicks off Trail of Holiday Lights, Paris

4th Weekend – Scott County Pre- Christmas Arts & Crafts Sale, Waldron

Late – R & K Gun Show, Fort Smith

Late – Holiday Open House, Booneville

Late – Holiday Trail of Lights: Altus, Booneville, Fort Smith, Greenwood, Ozark and Waldron

Late – American Brittany Club National Championships, Booneville

Late – Holiday Open House, Greenwood


All Month – Holiday Trail of Lights: Altus, Booneville, Fort Smith, Greenwood, Ozark and Van Buren

3, 10, 17, 31 – Free Horse-and-Buggy Rides Around the Square, Paris

Early-Mid – Holiday Express Ride, Creekmore Park, Fort Smith

Early – Christmas Honors, U.S. National Cemetery, Fort Smith

Early – Best Robotics, Fort Smith

Early – Christmas in the Park, Alma

Early – Christmas parades in Alma, Altus, Booneville, Charleston, Fort Smith, Magazine, Mansfield and Mena

Early – “The Nutcracker,” Fort Smith

Early – Teddy Bear Tea with Santa, Fort Smith

Early – Festival of Trees, Central Mall, Fort Smith

Early – UAFS Season’s Greetings Concert, Fort Smith

Early – Carols by candlelight, Fort Smith

1st Monday – Bean Feed and Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade, Greenwood

1st Saturday through Mid-December – Creative Work of Ralph Irwin, Center for Art and Education, Van Buren

1st Saturday – Living windows displays, lighting of the courthouse and festival of trees, Van Buren

1st Saturday – Waldron Winterfest

1st Saturday – Christmas Parade, Mansfield

1st Sunday – Christmas parade, 5K, merchants’ Christmas open house and tasting tea, Greenwood

9 – Dinner on the Square, Paris

2nd Saturday – Christmas Parade, Van Buren

2nd Saturday – Annual 5K Yule Run, Greenwood

2nd Weekend – Main Street Christmas Open House, Van Buren

Mid – Fort Smith Trolley Museum’s Annual Polar Express

Mid – Christmas Parade, Ozark

Late – Mayor’s New Year’s Eve celebration, Fort Smith

Late – Christmas Parade, Mulberry

31 – Midnight on the Mountain, Mount Magazine State Park, Paris


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