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You’re Lucky to be in Arkansas – March 17 – 20, 2016


It’s your lucky weekend in Arkansas. We have 7 great events for your enjoyment. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some Dixieland jazz, cheese tastings, parades and Janis Joplin! Enjoy the first day of Spring with French re-enactors and flower festivals.

Garvan Woodland Gardens Tulip Extravaganza

Garvan Woodland Gardens Tulip Extravaganza – Hot Springs

Celebrate the end of winter at the Gardens during Tulip Extravaganza! There are thousands of beautiful blooms – starting in February with crocus, daffodils and hyacinths; followed closely or perhaps concurrently depending on weather by over 150,000 brilliant Dutch tulips. In addition, spring annuals and azaleas bloom, making it the biggest display of color between Dallas and Memphis all season. For up-to-date photos and peak bloom times, check the Gardens’ Facebook page: www.facebook.com/garvangardens.

Feb. 20 – April 9, 2016, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Garvan Gardens
550 Arkridge Road
Hot Springs, AR 71913
Admission: $15 adults, $5 ages 6-12, free ages 0-5 and Master Gardeners with official nametag


Kent Walker Artisian Cheese

St. Patty’s Day Pairing! – Little Rock

Stop by Kent Walker Artisan Cheese for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration! We’re pairing up with Moody Brews & Legacy Wine and Spirits for our event this month! Enjoy a classical guitar performance by Danny Vazquez. There will be two seatings, one at 5 p.m. and another at 7:30 p.m. Space is limited.

Thursday, March 17, 5 p.m.Kent Walker Artisan Cheese
Kent Walker Artisan Cheese
323 S Cross St
Little Rock, AR 72201

Night with Janis Joplin, A Lyceum Theatre

A Night with Janis Joplin – Fayetteville

Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock ‘n’ roll. The unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. Now, you’re invited to share an evening with the woman and her influences in the new Broadway musical, A Night with Janis Joplin.

Thursday, March 17, 2016 – Friday, March 18, 2016, 8 p.m.
Baum Walker Hall
495 W. Dickson St.
Fayetteville, AR


dukes of dixieland

The Dukes of Dixieland – Jonesboro

Back in 1974, producer John Shoup re-formed the Dukes of Dixieland, and opened their jazz club atop the Monteleone Hotel in the French Quarter, calling it “Dukes’ Place” with the blessing of its previous owner, Louis Prima. Playing four sets a night, often stretching till dawn, The Dukes started accepting 30 dates a year with orchestras, festivals and Performing Arts Centers in the USA and overseas, never straying long, before returning home first to Dukes’ Place until 1986; then a new home on Bourbon Street called Mahogany Hall, and in 1992, they moved home base to the Steamboat Natchez, where they have remained ever since. You don’t have to go to New Orleans to hear this exclusive jazz band sound. Join us at the Fowler Center for a trip back in time to the sound of the New Orleans jazz legends. For more information about the band, visit www.dukesofdixieland.com

Thursday, March 17, 2016, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Fowler Center
201 Olympic Dr.
Jonesboro, AR 72401
Admission: $20-$30 adults, $15-$23 seniors


First Ever 13th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Hot Springs

Gary Busey, the definition of ZANY will join us as the Official Starter of the parade! Kevin Bacon and his brother Michael — The Bacon Brothers — will be the celebrity grand marshals of the First Ever 13th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in historic downtown Hot Springs. Fans will also get to enjoy a free concert by the Bacon Brothers Band immediately after the world-famous 98-foot parade. Come get your green on during this 98-foot parade on world-famous Bridge Street, shortest street in the world in everyday use, according to Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

Thursday, March 17, 2016,
Downtown Hot Springs
Bridge St.
Hot Springs, AR 71901

White Oak Lake State Park

French Colonial Days

In 1783, a French trader named Fabre settled on a bluff above the Ouachita River and called the settlement “Ecore Fabre,” which is the present city of Camden, Arkansas. In honor of Fabre, White Oak Lake State Park is hosting this annual Colonial event! Meet re-enactors demonstrating the presence of the French and other European Colonials in this part of Arkansas during the 1780s. Re-enactors will be camped out throughout the weekend. Discover history through interacting with the re-enactors! Contact the park for program details and more information.

Friday, March 18, 2016 – Sunday, March 20, 2016,
White Oak Lake State Park Pavilion
Bluff City, AR 71722
Admission: Free


48th Annual Jonquil Festival Historic Washington State Park

48th Annual Jonquil Festival – Washington

Create memories and celebrate a tradition at Historic Washington State Park. This three-day festival heralds the arrival of spring in Southwest Arkansas! Thousands of jonquils welcome craftspeople, entertainers, and visitors to the town of Historic Washington. Unique crafts and delicious foods are just part of the attractions from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, then again from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. Tours of the park, historic homes, and museums are available at regular price. Call the park at (870) 983-2684 for details.

Friday, March 18, 2016 – Sunday, March 20, 2016, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Historic Washington State Park
1874 Courthouse
Washington, AR 71862

Admission: festival free, $5 parking, tours at regular price


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