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. Fort Smith hosts Old Fort Days Rodeo in late May at Kay Rodgers Park. 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. For event updates and cancellations check city websites.

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August 2020

24-29 Polk County Fair, Mena

28-29 45th Annual Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run, downtown Mena and Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena

Late Sebastian County Fair, Greenwood

Late Hamfest, Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena

September 2020

All Month Arkansas & Missouri Railroad offers roundtrip excursions from Van Buren select Saturdays mid-Jan.-March and select Wed./Fri./Sat. April-Nov. Every Tues., Sat. Fort Smith Farmers Market, 2nd & Garrison Ave., 7 a.m.-Noon

Every Fri., Sat. Park at West End, unique pocket park, downtown Fort Smith

Every Saturday Van Buren Main Street Farmers Market, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

First Saturday Tradin' Days, Waldron

First & Third Saturday Greenwood Farmers Market on the Square

3-5 Scott County Fair, Waldron

5-6 Downtown Junkfest, Van Buren

12 Rivervalley Artisan Market at Ross Pendergraft Park in downtown Fort Smith, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

12 Wheel A’ Mena Tour to the Top Bicycle Tour, Mena

17-19 Rich Mountain Rendezvous, Mena

19 Community-wide Yard and Sidewalk Sale, Greenwood

Mid-Late Fort Smith Little Theatre Production

Mid-Late Fall Fun on the Farm Holly Springs, Mena

25 Arkansas/Oklahoma State Fair, the nine-day event brings thousands of people to enjoy top regional and national entertainment and fun, Kay Rodgers Park, Fort Smith

26 Rivervalley Artisan Market at Chaffee Crossing in Fort Smith, 3-7 p.m.

26 Annual Bluegrass Festival, City Lake Park, Mansfield

Late Downtown Fort Smith Fall Festival

October 2020

All Month Arkansas & Missouri Railroad offers roundtrip excursions from Van Buren select Saturdays mid-Jan.-March and select Wed./Fri./Sat. April-Nov.

All Month Fall Fun on the Farm Holly Springs, Mena

Every Tues., Sat. Fort Smith Farmers Market, 2nd & Garrison Ave., 7 a.m.-Noon

Every Fri., Sat. Park at West End, unique pocket park, downtown Fort Smith

Every Saturday Van Buren Main Street Farmers Market, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. First Saturday Tradin' Days, Waldron

First Saturday Fall Fest, Bell Park, free admission, Greenwood

Early AKC All-Breed Dog Show, Fort Smith

Early Fort Smith Symphony

Early Car Show, Mansfield

3 Forester Annual Reunion, Forester

Second Weekend Parade of Homes, Fort Smith

10-11 Fall Festival, Van Buren

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

18 Crawford County Bicentennial Celebration, Van Buren

Mid The Unexpected; week-long Urban Contemporary Art Festival featuring world-renowned, international artists, downtown Fort Smith

Mid CRRA Rodeo Finals, Fort Smith

Mid Arkansas River Valley Master Gardeners Fall Plant Sale, Learning Fields at Chaffee Crossing, Fort Smith

Mid Pollinator Arts & Craft Festival, 7300 Gardener Ave., Fort Smith

Mid Fort Smith Marathon, USATF-Certified course includes downtown Fort Smith, historic districts, paved trails, and rolling terrain with steep climbs and descents. Begins/Ends at 100 N. B Street

Mid-Late Fall Foliage, Talimena Scenic Byway, Mena

20 Ride trolley for FREE and relive the Old West, begins at 5 p.m., downtown Fort Smith

21 Cossatot River 13.1 Half-Marathon Trail Run, Mena

21-25 Changing of the Colors Rally, Christian Motorcyclists Association, Mena

Late Murder & Mayhem Haunted Trolley Tours, Fort Smith Museum of History

Late Taste of Fort Smith, Fort Smith Convention Center

Late Ouachita Expressions Art Show, Mena

Late Halloween on the Trail, Greenwood

31 Downtown Merchants Daylight Trick-or-Treat, Mena‚Ä®

31 Ghouls on Garrison, Trick-or-Treating along Garrison Avenue, adjacent streets and Brunswick Place in downtown Fort Smith.

31 Candy Land, downtown Fort Smith Trick-or-Treaters of all ages are invited to enter a world of sweet adventure and travel along the rainbow path collecting yummy treats and visiting characters from the timeless board game Candy Land. Propak (1st Floor) at 1100 Garrison Ave. 5-8 p.m.

31 Halloween on Main Street, Van Buren

November 2020

All Month Arkansas & Missouri Railroad offers roundtrip excursions from Van Buren select Saturdays mid-Jan.-March and select Wed./Fri./Sat. April-Nov. Every Saturday Fort Smith Farmers Market, 2nd & Garrison Ave., 7 a.m. Noon

First Saturday Tradin' Days, Waldron

Early-Mid Fall Foliage, Talimena Scenic Byway, Mena

7 Ouachita Arts Celebration, Mena

11 Veteran's Day Parade, Van Buren

14 Veterans Day Parade at Chaffee Crossing, Fort Smith

26 Mercy Turkey Run 5K/10K Chaffee Crossing Historic District, Fort Smith, 8-9:30 a.m.

27-29 Holiday Express Pajama Train, Van Buren Depot

30 Small Business Saturday in downtown Fort Smith, extended business hours and holiday shopping deals

Late Small Business Saturday, Van Buren

Late Holiday Open House, Greenwood

Late Nov.-Early Dec. Holiday Open House, UAFS Drennen-Scott Historic Site

December 2020

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

All Month Garrison Ave. Window Displays, 27-foot Christmas Tree, Mr. & Mrs. Clause, Holiday Express ride, Creekmore Park, downtown Fort Smith

Every Fri. & Sat. Christmas on the Farm, Holly Springs, Mena

Every Saturday Fort Smith Farmers Market, 2nd & Garrison Ave., 7 a.m.-Noon

First Saturday Tradin' Days, Waldron

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

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

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

Early Fort Smith Symphony’s Christmas Production, ArcBest Performing Arts Center, downtown Fort Smith

Early-Mid “The Nutcracker,” ArcBest Performing Arts Center, Fort Smith

5 Christmas Festival, Waldron

5 Parade of Lights Christmas Parade and Festival, Mena

5-6 Jingle & Mingle on Main, Living Window Displays, Lighting of the Courthouse, Festival of Trees, Main Street, Van Buren

7 Bean Feed and Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade, Greenwood

7-9 Holiday Express Pajama Train, Van Buren Depot

12 Christmas Parade, Van Buren

12 Annual 5K Yule Run, Greenwood

Mid Fort Smith Trolley Museum’s Annual Polar Express

31 Downtown Fort Smith New Year’s Eve Ball Drop, live music, food trucks, Kid Zone games, activities, optional VIP Party (tickets required) Starts 9 p.m., ball drop, fireworks at midnight. 6th and Garrison Ave.

January 2021

1 First Day Hikes, Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena, and Mount Magazine State Park, Paris

All Month Arkansas & Missouri Railroad offers roundtrip excursions from Van Buren select Saturdays mid-Jan.-March and select Wed./Fri./Sat. April-Nov.

Every Saturday Fort Smith Farmers Market, 2nd & Garrison Ave., 7 a.m.-Noon

First Saturday Tradin' Days, Waldron

Mid MLK Day Parade, free hot dogs, coffee, starts at 7th & Garrison, Fort Smith

Mid Tutu Run 5K & ¼ Marathon, Ben Geren Regional Park, Fort Smith

Late River Valley Bridal Extravaganza, Kay Rodgers Park, Fort Smith

Late RV Show, Fort Smith

Late Symphony Concert, Fort Smith

February 2021

All Month Arkansas & Missouri Railroad offers roundtrip excursions from Van Buren select Saturdays mid-Jan.-March and select Wed./Fri./Sat. April-Nov.

Every Saturday Fort Smith Farmers Market, 2nd & Garrison Ave., 7 a.m.-Noon

First Saturday Tradin' Days, Waldron

Mid Fort Smith Home Show, Kay Rodgers Park, 4400 Midland Blvd.

Late Pardi Gras, Fort Smith Museum of History

March 2021

All Month Arkansas & Missouri Railroad offers roundtrip excursions from Van Buren select Saturdays mid-Jan.-March and select Wed./Fri./Sat. April-Nov.

Every Saturday Fort Smith Farmers Market, 2nd & Garrison Ave., 7 a.m.-Noon

First Saturday Tradin' Days, Waldron

Early Community Strikes Back Bowling Tournament, Bowling World, Fort Smith

Early Sweet Treats Trolley; Ride the trolley and enjoy ice cream for $5, Fort Smith Trolley Museum

Early Western Arkansas Ballet Production, ArcBest Performing Arts Center, downtown Fort Smith

Early Ouachita Challenge Bike Race, Mena

Mid AR River Valley Lawn & Garden Show, Kay Rodgers Park, 4400 Midland Blvd. Mid Fort Smith Trolley Museum & rides, Summer hours begin: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Late Western Cherokee Spring Festival, Mena

Late Sell It Again on Highway 10, Booneville, Greenwood