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Cool Events for a Hot Time this Weekend


As the temperature rise in Arkansas this weekend, attend some cool events to beat the summer heat. You can enjoy the opera, an artwalk, or movies in the great outdoors. Are you hungry? We have ice cream and corn theme food festivals. Or you can celebrate nature by joining the butterfly count or party in the botanical gardens.

3rd Annual Corn Supper – Dumas

Dumas 3rd Annual Corn Supper features boiled and grilled Esau’s Corn, corn nuggets, fried chicken, fresh tomatoes, salad, and Esau’s Watermelons.
July 14, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Dumas Community Center
18 Belmont Street
Dumas, AR 71639
Admission: $10 adults, $5 ages 4 and older, under age five eat free

Opera in the Ozarks – Eureka Springs

Opera in the Ozarks, the nationally acclaimed summer music festival and training program, celebrates its 2017 Season from June 23 to July 21, with nearly two dozen performances of three of the world’s top operas: Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah and Georges Bizet’s Carmen. Visit opera.org for tickets and season details.
June 23, 2017 – July 21, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Inspiration Point
16311 Hwy. 62 West
Eureka Springs, AR 72632
Admission: Varies

2nd Friday Art Night in July – Little Rock

Join us for what’s known as a great, cheap date but what we like to think of as a festive meeting of the minds. Art lovers, history lovers, music enthusiasts and local beer snobs all come together to see what’s new in the galleries, listen to tunes and enjoy the camaraderie of people interested in Arkansas’s art and heritage.
July 14, 2017, 5pm – 8pm
Historic Arkansas Museum
200 E 3rd St
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Admission: Free

19th Annual Butterfly Count – Mena

Right about peak butterfly season, Queen Wilhelmina State Park holds a butterfly count. If you would like to participate in the annual butterfly count, here is your chance. Each summer people of all ages and walks of life join the count to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of butterflies. The results of the count are published in “Butterfly World” which is a journal enjoyed by butterfly lovers around the globe. All ages and levels of expertise are welcome. We will spend the entire day hiking and counting butterflies. Your participation can make a difference. Butterfly enthusiast Bruce Ewing will also set up his display of caterpillars at the Wonder House.
July 15, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
3877 Highway 88 West
Wonder House
Mena, AR 71953
Admission: $3 for those that count

Firefly Fling – Fayetteville

Enjoy the highly anticipated midsummer event that features nature and play activities for adults and children. The gardens will be filled with musicians and storytellers. After dark, families participate in glowing games and then gather on the lawn for glow-in-the-dark performances. Guests may bring blankets and picnics.
July 15, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks
4703 N. Crossover Rd
Fayetteville, AR 72764

6th Annual Bentonville Ice Cream Festival

Get a picture with Scoop the mascot and receive free samples of Yarnell’s Ice Cream. Look for the yellow Yarnell’s Concession trailer to snag your free scoop of homemade vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, sea salt caramel, wooo pig chewy or mint chocolate chip. The Spark Café serves $1 coke floats during the farmers market.
July 15, 2017, 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Bentonville Square
198 N. Main St.
Bentonville, AR 72712
Admission: Free

Movies in the Park “Captain America: The First Avenger”

Each Wednesday in June and July at sundown, families and friends can venture to the River Market for movies from action to comedy to animated. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, coolers, and even pets. No glass please. A limited number of food vendors are onsite. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian to enter the event.
July 19, 2017, 8:15 p.m.
First Security Amphitheater
400 President Clinton Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72201
Admission: Free

Header Image Photo Courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

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