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Take a Wild Ride This Weekend – August 23-25


Fasten your seat belts because we’re in for a wild ride this weekend! The Chuckwagon Races are set to kick off at the annual event held in Clinton that spans through labor day. The Fayetteville Roots Festival offers several events to choose from. Car enthusiasts will have a choice between the VW weekend in Eureka or hot rods at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. In south Arkansas, El Dorado is showing out again with an amazing summer concert series. Enjoy the weekend in Arkansas! 

44th Annual Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run (Mena)

The 44th Annual Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run will take place this weekend. There will be over 200 hot rods and street rods on display starting Friday night along North Mena Street from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. for the Friday Night Cruise-In – Show & Shine. On Saturday, the rods will be on display atop Rich Mountain at Queen Wilhelmina State Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They then make their way to downtown Mena’s South Mena Street for the Saturday Night Street Dance and Concert. The fun and good times begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday and concessions will be available. On Sunday at 10 a.m. they will gather at Queen Wilhelmina State Park for a Sunday morning church service and close out the event with awards and give-a-ways. This annual event is fun for all ages.

Venue: Queen Wilhelmina State Park
Date: August 24
Time: Cruise Friday at 6 p.m., Hot Rod Display Saturday from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Beats & Eats “Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead” (Searcy)

Beats & Eats is moving “Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead” on August 24th in downtown Searcy. The event provides activities for the whole family in fun and entertaining ways. As expected, there will also be plenty of live music and food trucks. The Museum of Discovery (Little Rock) will set up a sensory activity tent. In addition the Innovation Hub from North Little Rock is bringing their STEAM Roller mobile maker space. Searcy’s own Breakaway 3937 Robotics will also be giving robot demonstrations as well as invite guests to face off in sumo bot competitions and explore fun circuitry designs with Snap Circuit Kits. Finally, the HU STEM Center and Harding University Family Fun Zone complete the experience with more interactive games for children of all ages.

If creating with science and technology were not enough, Art Alley will be filled with live artists; and two bands, Highway 36 Band and Jason Coleman, will be performing in the newly remodeled entertainment center, Citizen’s Park. 

Venue: W Arch Ave, Searcy AR (West of the courthouse square)
Date: August 24th
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: Click Here

Volkswagen Weekend (Eureka Springs)

This weekend is the 27th Annual VW Weekend! This is the ultimate car show weekend in Eureka Springs. It’s not just for the fancy show cars. It is for bugs, vans and everything in between. There will be lots of vendors with those much looked for parts and accessories. Ride through the beautiful Ozark Mountains on a lovely summer weekend with all your new and old VW buddies.

Venue: Eureka Springs
Date: August 23-25
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Fayetteville Roots Festival this weekend

Fayetteville Roots Festival 2019

Fayetteville Roots Festival is a multiday, intimate, urban music and food festival. The festival features over ten music stages and multiple culinary stages and events. The Roots Festival is a showcase of many of the elements that make the Fayetteville community and Northwest Arkansas region a beloved cultural hot spot.

Venue: Northwest Arkansas
Date: August 22-26
Time: Click Here for a schedule of events
Admission: Tickets Required- Click Here
Contact: Click Here

Southwest Forest Products Expo 2019 (Hot Springs)

This weekend head to the Hot Springs Convention Center and check out the forestry equipment, trucks, trailers, and forestry-related services on display. There will be chain saw wood carving demonstrations both days.

Venue: Hot Springs Convention Center
Date: August 23-25
Time: August 23 -12 p.m.- 7p. m., August 24 – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission: $5, children under 16 free
Contact: Click Here

Chuckwagon Races in Clinton this weekend

33rd Annual National Championship Chuckwagon Races (Clinton)

The Races are held Friday through Sunday every Labor Day weekend in Clinton, Arkansas. Each year, an estimated 20,000 people are on hand to watch the excitement of chuckwagon racing, bronc fanning, and the Snowy River Race. In addition to the four performances, bands perform after the races and dances are held each weekend. Vendors of Western collectibles, crafts, art, saddles and tack are set up throughout the week at the Western Trade show. Ozark Mountain trail rides begin on Tuesday and are included as a part of the weekend’s festivities. Make plans to check out the Chuckwagon Races in Arkansas!

Venue: 2484 Shake Rag Road
Date: August 24-September
Time: Click Here for Event Schedule
Admission:$35/day (Adults)
Contact: Click Here

STEMposium weekend

Stemposium 2019 (Bentonville)

The STEMPOSIUM is an interactive event for parents, students, teachers, and community members to learn more about the incredible STEM opportunities in Northwest Arkansas. This event combines hands-on demonstrations, workshops, competitions, and informational booths into one afternoon of exploration. This year’s event has several great STEM organizations including FIRST robotics, Amazeum, NWA 3-D, Northwest Arkansas Community College, Code Ninjas, FTC Team Diva Force, FTC Team Root Negative One, FRC Team Solid Rock, FRC Team Wildfire, and the University of Arkansas.

Venue: College Place
Date: August 24
Time: 10 a.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

weekend - El Dorado Summer Concert Series

Summer Concert Series – August (El Dorado)

This weekend the Summer Concert Series in El Dorado continues! There will be food, live entertainment, shopping and fun for all ages throughout downtown. Abby Lindsey will be performing this weekend! Abby Lindsey is a singer/songwriter born & raised in Van Buren, AR. Being a native of the south, she was no stranger to the good ole country classics which would come to inspire her dream to be in country music. She moved to Nashville after college and has been hitting the ground running writing and singing her way around town. She’s been fortunate enough to write with some incredible talents who have had successful songs with artist such as Wynonna Judd, Bucky Covington, Gary Allen, Garth Brooks, & Tenille Arts. Abby Lindsey’s debut release due out late summer/early fall.

Venue: Main Street El Dorado
Date: August 24
Time: 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

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