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Having the Most Fun in Arkansas – April 14 – 17, 2016


Don’t miss festivals for books, flowers, tractors and good folks!  There are art exhibits, a battle re-enactment, a water circus, and the last day of horse racing in The Natural State this weekend April 14 – 17, 2016.

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52nd Annual Arkansas Folk Festival – Mountain View

Annual celebration featuring handmade crafts, frontier life demonstrations, parade, lots of folk, mountain and bluegrass music, dancing on the Courthouse Square, and window decorating contest. A great fun family festival. Ozark Folk Center opens for the season with free admission to Crafts Village during this weekend. Free shuttle from downtown to the Folk Center’s

Friday, April 15, 2016 – Saturday, April 16, 2016
Downtown Mountain View
Mountain View, AR 72560
Admission: Free

13th Annual Arkansas Literary Festival - Little Rock

13th Annual Arkansas Literary Festival – Little Rock

The Arkansas Literary Festival is a project of the Central Arkansas Library System. The Festival’s mission is to encourage the development of a more literate populace. The Central Arkansas Library System’s Main Library campus and many other Little Rock venues are the sites for a stimulating mix of sessions, panels, special events, performances, workshops, presentations, opportunities to meet authors, book sales and book signings.

Thursday, April 14, 2016 – Sunday, April 17, 2016
Central Arkansas Library System Main Campus
100 Rock St.
Little Rock, AR 72201
Admission: Free

Garvan Woodland Gardens April Art Exhibit Fabulous Fibers

Garvan Woodland Gardens April Art Exhibit “Fabulous Fibers” By Darlene Garstecki – Hot Springs

Darlene Garstecki is an award winning contemporary fiber artist from Hot Springs Village. Her fiber art results from her passions for flowers, nature and photography. She incorporates her photographs into realistic fiber art for the wall using bright, clear hues and embellishments to enhance each piece as well as to add texture and depth. Darlene’s art has been shown at the Houston International Quilt Festival, American Quilters Society in Paducah, KY and many other juried state and local competitions. Her work has hung at the Butler Arts Center in Little Rock as well as the Artist Workshop Gallery in Hot Springs and the Half Shell Gallery just outside the Village.

Friday, April 01, 2016 – Saturday, April 30, 2016, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Garvan Woodland Gardens
550 Arkridge Road
Hot Springs, AR 71913


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Faces Of The Delta: Aj Smith – Helena-West Helena

The Delta Cultural Center brings the works of Little Rock artist Aj Smith to its galleries. Smith uses drawings and prints to explore creative processes with the freedom to experiment. In this exhibit the subjects are all “faces of the Delta.”

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 – Monday, July 04, 2016
Visitors Center
141 Cherry St.
Helena-West Helena, AR 72342

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The Battle Of Poison Springs – Camden

The Battle of Poison Springs took place on April 18, 1864 and was part of the Red River Campaign in Arkansas. Join us as we commemorate the 152nd anniversary of The Battle of Poison Springs. Contact White Oak Lake State Park at (870) 685-2748 for program details and more information.

Friday, April 15, 2016 – Sunday, April 17, 2016
Camden, AR 71722
Admission: Free

March 24

Photo Courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Wildflower Weekend – Petit Jean Mountain

Discover a host of colorful wildflowers that make Petit Jean State Park their home! Family-friendly wildflower talks, guided walks and other programs are offered. Contact the park for a schedule.

Friday, April 15, 2016 – Sunday, April 17, 2016, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Petit Jean State Park
Morrilton, AR 72110
Admission: Free

Tired Iron Tractor & Engine Spring Show

24th Annual Tired Iron Tractor & Engine Spring Show – Gentry

Exhibitions of old-time sawmilling and blacksmithing, kiddies’ tractor pulls, plowing, home-related antiques and more. Church service Sunday morning. RV parking with electricity and water hookups available. Food concession on site.

Friday, April 15, 2016 – Sunday, April 17, 2016, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tired Iron Show Ground
13344 Taylor Orchard Road
Gentry, AR 72734
Admission: Free

Cirque Italia

Cirque Italia – Springdale

The first ever Italian water circus. Aerialists and acrobats and Jetskis. Come experience the magical world of Cirque Italia. We are proud to be the first traveling water circus in the US.

Friday, April 15, 2016 – Sunday, April 17, 2016, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Mae Farms
4618 N. College Ave
Springdale, AR 72764
Admission: $10 to $50

Racing at Oaklawn in Hot Springs AR

Oaklawn’s Arkansas Derby Day – Hot Springs

The moment the 3-year-olds have been waiting for has finally arrived as they look to secure their spot in the Kentucky Derby with a strong finish in the $1 million Arkansas Derby. This closing day card also features the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap, $125,000 Instant Racing Stakes, and $125,000 Northern Spur Stakes.

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 11 a.m.
Oaklawn Park Race Track
2705 Central Ave.
Hot Springs, AR 71901

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