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Top 6 Things to Do Over Thanksgiving Weekend in Arkansas


Enjoy the long holiday weekend with a variety of events and things to do in Arkansas—from ducks to beards to mountain men, even music in a cavern and twists and turns of the Sugarplum Fairy. Enjoy your long Thanksgiving weekend and take your family out to enjoy the beauty and people of Arkansas.

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1. 80th Annual World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest & Wings Over the Prairie Festival ~ Stuttgart

One of the biggest and best festivals in the Arkansas Delta. Thousands from across the country flock to the event to celebrate the town’s moniker as the “Duck Capital of the World!” The festival includes a duck calling contest, commercial exhibits, arts &crafts fair, handmade duck calls and decoys, carnival and midway, outdoor exhibits, Queen Mallard and Junior Queen Mallard pageants, Sportsman’s Party, great 10K Duck Race, and World Championship Duck Gumbo Cook-off. Read more about The Park Wife’s first trip to Stuttgart and also about the duck paradise here on OnlyinArk.

Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 – Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015
Downtown Stuttgart, AR

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2. 18th Annual Mountain Rendezvous ~ Petit Jean State Park

Experience a primitive camp, as well as some of the survival skills used by Arkansas pioneers. Watch a variety of demonstrations including muzzleloading rifles, tomahawk throwing and more! Co-sponsored by the Early Arkansaw Re-enactors Association.

Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 – Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015
Petit Jean State Park

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3. Caroling In the Caverns ~ Mountain View

Every Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving up to Christmas, marvel at the beauty of astonishing formations coupled with the sounds of caroling resounding through the caverns as musicians perform your favorite old-time Christmas songs.
Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 – Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015
Blanchard Caverns
Mountain View, AR 72533


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4. The Nutcracker by Hot Springs Children’s Dance Theatre Co.

“The Nutcracker” presented by the Hot Springs Children’s Dance Theatre Company Magical toy soldiers, sparkling snowflakes, mischievous mice, and all the enchanting inhabitants of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s whimsical world will be showcased in this stunning performance by the Hot Springs Children’s Dance Theatre Company, under the direction of Edmund Cooper.



5. Annie ~ Fayetteville

Leapin’ Lizards! Add a bit of theatrical flair to your family’s holiday plans! This Thanksgiving, the world’s best-loved musical returns to Walton Arts Center in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of Annie is a brand new incarnation of the iconic original.

November 24 – 29
Walton Arts Center

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