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Weekend Planner – June 23 – 27, 2016


The heat is on Arkansas! And, so are the family fun events. This weekend you can enjoy festivals for butterflies, elk, and the Good Ole Red, White & Blue. Watch Shakespeare on the lawn, appreciate the photographic beauty of America, and taste the bounty of locally grown produce! Make plans to get out and enjoy the Natural State June 23 – 27!

17th Annual Red, White & Blue Festival

17th Annual Red, White & Blue Festival – Mountain Home

The Red White & Blue Festival is a family-friendly, community festival set in the Ozark Mountains. Over the years, it has become a tradition for locals and visitors alike. The festival offers a parade, rodeo, car shows, pageant, concerts, kids activities, food, fireworks and more.
June 18, 2016 – June 26, 2016
Mountain Home, AR 72653
Admission: Free

Photo provided by Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” – Conway

This family-friendly production of Shakespeare’s charming comedy follows four young lovers into an enchanted forest, where fairies reign, folly ensues, and dreams take flight. Enjoy an unforgettable midsummer journey and experience for yourself the thrill and madness of falling in love, with the delightful fairy Puck serving as your musical emcee and guide.
June 23, 2016, 7:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.
The lawn of McAlister Hall
223 Beatrice Powell Street
Conway, AR 72035
Admission: All performances are “pay what you can,” with a suggested donation of $15

America's Splendid Beauty by Tim Gorman

America’s Splendid Beauty by Tim Gorman – Hot Springs

An art exhibit from Arkansas native and resident of Saint Francis County, photographer Tim Gorman. The exhibit is a splendid collection from across America: from the Olympic Peninsula to the East Coast, plus favorite Arkansas images. The collection highlights the nature, floral beauty, and color across the landscapes and nature. His main interests are in making archival fine art landscape, macro floral, and nature prints on high-end wide-format printers, and continually upgrading his photographic nature stock of images across America, some of which were taken at Garvan Gardens.
June 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Garvan Woodland Gardens
550 Arkridge Road
Hot Springs, AR 71913
Admission: Free

Photo Courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Mount Magazine Butterfly Festival XX – Paris

The Mount Magazine Butterfly Festival is one of the most popular nature-related family events in Arkansas! Enjoy hands-on, make and take crafts, nature related games, guided nature walks, garden tours, insect exhibits, live music, and more. To truly understand and appreciate butterflies and other pollinators, immerse yourself in their natural habitat at Mount Magazine State Park.
June 24, 2016 – June 25, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Mount Magazine State Park
Visitor Center
Paris, AR 72855
Admission: Free

Photo Courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

19th Annual Buffalo River Elk Festival 2016 – Jasper

Join us in the “Elk Capital of Arkansas” for a fun-filled weekend. There will be artists, craftsmen, elk permit drawings, contests, entertainment, fishing derby, lots of kids’ activities and a brilliant fireworks display on Saturday night.  Shuttle service available between venues.
June 24, 2016 – June 25, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Courthouse Square and Bradley Park
109 Court St.
Jasper, AR 72641
Admission: Free

36th Annual Brickfest

36th Annual Brickfest – Malvern

Live music Friday and Saturday nights with 2016 headliner Neal McCoy. Events include a car and truck show, bull-riding, 5K race, Brick-B-Que rib cook-off and dinner, horseshoe tournament, dog show, brick toss, best dressed brick, watermelon eating contest, talent contest, and more. Plus games for the kids and delicious food.
June 24, 2016 – June 25, 2016
Malvern City Park
1425 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Malvern, AR 72104
Admission: Free with $5 and $10 parking.

3rd Annual Drink the Garden

3rd Annual Drink the Garden – Bentonville

A fundraiser showcasing 5-7 mixologists from local bars and restaurants creating drinks using locally-grown produce. Stations will be set along, the south lawn of The Peel Mansion giving guests the chance to sample drinks and enjoy the Heritage Gardens on the property. Appetizers made with fresh ingredients will be provided, and live music by local performers.
June 25, 2016, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The Peel Mansion Museum & Heritage Gardens
400 S. Walton Blvd.
Bentonville, AR 72712
Admission: $35 (21 years and over)


Archey Fork Festival

Sixteenth annual festival with carnival, food, and crafts. There will be a car show in the morning and carnival rides, fishing derby, live music, food, crafts, rag ball and more with the community firework show to end the festival at sunset.

June 25, 2016
Archey Fork Park
Clinton, AR
Admission: Free.

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