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First April Weekend Planner


There are so many good sights and sounds this weekend. Enjoy concerts from the U.S. Army, a Scott Joplin festival, and the new sound of bluegrass. Wear your silver buckles along with some merry pirates, catch a railroad show, and an all-Arkansas market. And Springfest celebrates the new season anyway we can.

U.S. Army Field Band And Soldiers’ Chorus – 3 Locations

The 65-member Concert Band and 29-member Soldiers’ Chorus perform regularly in some of the most famous concert halls in the world, and just as often in the humblest auditoriums in the smallest of communities. The joining of these two ensembles allows them to offer unparalleled versatility of programming, ranging from orchestral masterworks and operatic aria to Sousa marches, jazz classics, and Broadway musicals.
March 30, 2017, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Phillips Community College
1000 Campus Drive
Helena-West Helena, AR 72342
Admission: Free

March 31, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Grand Prairie Center
2709 Highway 165 South
Stuttgart, AR 72160
Admission: Free

April 2, 2017, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Center for the Arts
2209 South Knoxville Ave.
Russellville, AR 72802
Admission: Free

The Pirates Of Penzance – Little Rock

Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic opera is a tale of romance and ridiculousness as two young lovers try to navigate a rocky coast. Whimsical yet thrilling, this beloved musical is sure to cruise straight into your heart!
March 31, 2017 – April 2, 2017
Wildwood Park for the Arts
20919 Denny Rd.
Little Rock, AR 72223
Admission: $15-$25

Scott Joplin International Centennial Celebration – Texarkana

Enjoy a full weekend of music, food, beverages, and celebration of Texarkana’s favorite son, Scott Joplin. Joplin was an African American composer and pianist famous for his ragtime compositions.
March 31, 2017 – April 2, 2017
Silvermoon on Broad, Perot Theatre, Arkansas Municipal Auditorium
217 West Broad St.
Texarkana, AR 71854
Admission: Varies by event.

22nd Annual Railroadiana Show And Sale – Pine Bluff

Check out railroad memorabilia, model trains, track and accessories. All scales, N, HO, O, and G on display. See working modular layouts by model railroad clubs, as well as Cotton Belt Steam Locomotive 819, historic engines, passenger cars, cabooses, and a snowplow. Door prizes hourly.
April 1, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Arkansas Railroad Museum
1700 Port Road
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
Admission: $5 adults, $2 ages 6-12, under 6 free

An Evening with Dailey & Vincent – Jonesboro

Dubbed by CMT as the “Rockstars of Bluegrass,” the Dailey & Vincent duo has been hailed throughout the music industry as one of the most exciting, reputable and elite Bluegrass bands in America. In 2015 they started their own television special on PBS, “Dailey & Vincent ALIVE! — in Concert,” which has an estimate of over 1 million viewers. Come see this dynamic duo for a night of boot tapping bluegrass.
April 1, 2017, 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Fowler Center, Arkansas State University
201 Olympic Dr.
Jonesboro, AR 72401
Admission: $15-$30, Senior and students rates available.

Springfest – Little Rock

Grab the kids and come out to play! Springfest is a special day packed with food, family, fun and sun on the banks of the Arkansas River. You’ll find everything from acrobats and art projects to food trucks and flying dogs. Activities for the young (and young at heart!) include: Food Trucks, Arts & Crafts, Springfest Pooch Parade and Various Community Performances. Admission is free and open from 10-6.
April 1, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Julius Breckling Riverfront Park
202 La Harpe Blvd.
Little Rock, AR 72201
Admission: Free

Arkansas Made -Arkansas Proud – Little Rock

Arkansas Made-Arkansas Proud is a unique market showcasing products created or produced in the Natural State. War Memorial Stadium, one of Arkansas’ largest monuments was built in 1948 to honor our states’ veterans. The stadium, an iconic landmark, has hosted Razorback games, high school championships, numerous non-profit events and concerts by local and international stars and is pleased to be the home of Arkansas Made-Arkansas Proud. Friday night includes a preview shopping experience with a silent auction and private shopping on the stadium’s field. Saturday is all about shopping! Join us as we keep it local.
April 1, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
War Memorial Stadium
#1 Stadium Dr.
Little Rock, AR 72205
Admission: $5, free ages 5 and under

*Header Image Courtesy of Arkansas Parks and Tourism

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