Parties all the Time
There’s almost always something to celebrate in the Arkansas River Valley. The region’s rich history, agricultural abundance, and stunning scenic beauty give our residents reason to let loose with timely festivities in every season—from the Wye Mountain Daffodil Festival in March, Wildflower Weekend on Petit Jean Mountain in April, the International Butterfly Festival in June, the Johnson County Peach Festival in July, Bargains Galore on 64 in August, the annual Hang Gliding Festival on Mount Nebo, Mount Magazine Frontier Days Celebration in October, the Petit Jean Mountain Rendezvous right after Thanksgiving, a glittering blanket of lights throughout the holiday season, and dozens more.
Bargains Galore on 64
Second weekend in August. 180 miles of flea markets and sidewalk sales on State Highway 64 from Altus to Morrilton.
Big To Do on Hwy 22
April. Area wide yard sales on and off scenic hwy 22 from Dardanelle, AR to Barling, AR. This annual event is a big attraction from surrounding states as well as many visitors from all over the state of Arkansas. Don’t miss out on a great bargain.
Early April. Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton. Wildflower walks, demonstrations, and green games.
Mustangs on the Mountain
Late May. Show and Shine held annually at the Museum of Automobiles on Petit Jean Mountain.
Annual Antique Auto Show & Swap Meet
Mid-June. Petit Jean Mountain, Morrilton. Annual car show co-hosted by the Mid-America Old Time Automobile Association and the Museum of Automobiles.
Annual Fall Antique Auto Swap Meet
Late September. Held at Museum of Automobiles atop Petit Jean Mountain, Morrilton.
Petit Jean Mountain Rendezvous
Weekend after Thanksgiving. Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton. Visit the Mountain Man Camp and learn the skills of the mountain men and Native Americans.
Facebook page for the Petit Jean Mountain Rendezvous
Christmas in the Park
Thanksgiving weekend through New Year’s. Morrilton. Dozens of lighted Christmas displays at Conway County Fairgrounds.
Walmart / CMN Talent Show
Held in early spring. Contact Natasha Wilson.
Annual Johnson County Peach Festival
Mid-July. Held at Clarksville, it’s the oldest ongoing festival in the state of Arkansas. The festival includes food and craft vendors, a 5k race, a peach pit spitting contest, water balloon toss, diaper derby, terrapin derby and more. The parade is held on the Saturday morning in downtown Clarksville.
Annual Johnson County Fair
Late August at the JC Fair Grounds.
Annual Season of Thanks
Late November. Clarksville merchants hold Open Houses before Thanksgiving, and then offer Early Bird Sales the Firday after Thanksgiving from 7-10am. Lighting Ceremony & Annual Christmas Parade is the 1st Saturday in December.
Johnson County’s two rodeo arenas schedule several rodeo events throughout the year, playing host to local, state and National competitions—see the Chamber’s website for schedules: http://www.clarksvillearchamber.com/
Spadra Marina’s Boat “Parade of Lights”
See Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves travel in the lighted boat parade along Dardanelle Lake in Clarksville – best seen from the bluffs of Spadra Park(two miles off I-40 on Exit 58)–6 pm nightly the weekend before Christmas.
Annual International Butterfly Festival/Mount Magazine State Park and Paris, Arkansas
Weekend following Fathers Day in June. Butterfly seminars, food, crafts, entertainment, photography exhibit, children’s activities, live music, live butterfly observatory, petting zoo, pony rides, dog contest, poker run, field trips, and pageant. www.butterflyfestival.com.
St. Joseph’s Labor Day Picnic & Bazaar
Labor Day weekend, September. Paris. Games, entertainment, food, and rummage sale.
Mount Magazine Frontier Days Celebration
First Saturday in October. Paris. Local entertainment, kids’ activities, parade, log sawing, and nail driving contests.
Peak to Peak Poker Run
Last weekend in May. Bikes Travel from Queen Wilhelmina to Mt. Magazine for a beautiful scenic ride. Stop in Paris for music, food, crafts, and fun.
Peak to Peak Poker Run
Annual Firework show
July 3rd. Watch the beautiful firework display from the Wood Street Park. The city of Paris welcomes you to bring your lawn chair and enjoy the show.
North Logan County Fair
Mid August. Held at North Logan County Fair grounds in Paris. A week of family fun with carnival rides, animal show and pageant.
Annual Frontiers Day Festival
1st weekend in October. Take off…nail driving or log sawing. The famous pumpkin patch, petting zoo, pony rides, helicopter rides, pageant and parade.
Christmas Open House
Sunday after Thanksgiving- November. Join the local Paris businesses for an open house from 1 pm to 5 pm as they offer specials, sales and kick off the holiday season.
Trail of Holiday Lights
December. Plan a day in Paris for our favorite time of year. Visit the most festival courthouse full of lights from top to bottom and see over 50 decorated Christmas trees on the North side lawn of the court house. The Eiffel Tower is a great place to take a selfie or have your picture made with Santa Clause at his Santa house open nightly.
Annual Christmas parade
Saturday after Thanksgiving – November. Starting at the Cloyes gear parking lot and continuing down HWY 22, around the court house and finishing on the corner of 5th st and Hwy 22. Prize money will be awarded in the float category.
Annual Wye Mountain Daffodil Festival
Second weekend in March. Bigelow. Features seven acres of daffodils in 30 varieties, arts and crafts, and barbecue.
Facebook page for Wye Mountain Daffodil Festival
Early April. Adona. Cypress Creek Park at Adona is the setting for a weekend of camping, cooking, and old-time bluegrass music.
Biggest Little Motorcycle Rally in Arkansas
Mid May. Perry County Fair Grounds.
Fourche River Days
Held late April on the courthouse square in Perryville. Car & truck show, horseshoe tournament, bunco tournament and lots of entertainment. Admission is Free. For more information call the Perry County Area Chamber of Commerce at (501) 889-1571
Annual Bluegrass Festival
Second weekend in July. Hundreds of folks gather at Adona to play or listen to bluegrass music over a three-day period.
Late September. Entertainment, food, games, ATV/tractor pulls, pageants, and live music.
Global Village Day
Mid October. Heifer International celebrates its Annual Global Village Day with international entertainment and education at Heifer Ranch, near Perryville, Arkansas.
Russvegas Half Marathon
Early April. Russellville. Participants start and finish the 13.1-mile course through the streets of Historic Downtown. Friday night events include a kid’s mile, 5K Glow Run, car show, bands, food, and an expo. The event supports the River Valley Circle of Friends and Children’s Hospital.
Balloons Over Russvegas
Early May.Russellville. The Festival includes 20 hot-air balloons, a team of sky divers, powered parachutes, music concerts, a dog walk, and food vendors.
Taste of the Valley
Late April. Russellville. Award-winning tasting party features the River Valley’s finest food.
Annual Wal-Mart/CMN Open Buddy Bass Tournament
Late April. Russellville and Lake Dardanelle State Park.
Facebook page for the Open Buddy Bass Tournament
Mercy Old Post Challenge
Late May. Russellville Old Post Park.
(479) 967-3449 or 331-4660
Annual Valley Fest
Third weekend in August. Russellville corporate games, rides, food, children’s activities, events, exhibitions and contests such as basketball, volleyball, tennis, horseshoes, softball, and bicycling.
Annual Ozark Memories Day Festival
Late September. Dover. Craft booths, food, parade, artisan exhibits, and music.
Downtown Fall Festival & Chili Cookoff
Last Saturday in October. Historic downtown Russellville.
Tri-Peaks Annual Motorcycle Show
Affair At Boggs Mill Civil War Re-enactment
Early April. Dardanelle. Re-enactment of the skirmish at Boggs Mill, January 1865.
Annual Old Time Day
Early June. Ola. A fun-filled day of arts and crafts, games, and good food.
Annual Hang Gliding Festival
Late August. Mount Nebo. Hang gliders from across the country demonstrate this exciting sport.
Annual Civil War Days
Late August. Mount Nebo State Park, Dardanelle. Civil War encampment, drills, marches, living history demonstrations.
Mount Nebo Chicken Fry
Late September. Children’s activities, events, great food, and politicians.
Mother’s Day weekend, May.