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Happy Father’s Day Weekend Planner


Happy Father’s Day Weekend! Get out with dear ole dad and enjoy these fun events from around the state. Don’t miss the car shows and music festivals. Share some adventures, dig for diamonds, or get to tinkering.

Hot Springs Music Festival, Season 22

The Festival brings together over 100 international musicians each June in the historic spa town of Hot Springs National Park and Hot Springs, Arkansas. The Festival, now in its twenty-second season, pairs world-class mentor musicians from major orchestras, chamber ensembles and conservatory faculties with especially talented pre-professional apprentices–all of whom receive full instructional scholarships. The two groups play “side by side” in orchestral, chamber, solo recital, vocal, choral, and chamber opera repertoire. For two weeks, these musicians form a unique community, presenting over 20 concerts and 250 open rehearsals for music lovers from around the globe. Each day the concerts are held at various venues throughout the Hot Springs area. So come out experience high-quality music performances and performing arts related activities at a reasonable cost.
June 4, 2017 – June 17, 2017
Various Venues citywide
Hot Springs, AR 71901
Admission: $10-$20 adults, $5 ages 17 and under

Automobile Museum

59th Annual Petit Jean Swap Meet and Car Show – Morrilton

Co-hosted by the Mid America Old Time Auto Association. There will be 900 antique auto related swap meet spaces, 60 arts & crafts flea market spaces, 500 collectible car corral spaces, and 100 RV parking spaces (no hookups). There will be two car shows on Saturday, one for original antique cars and one open show for any car.
June 13, 2017 – June 17, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Museum of Automobiles
8 Jones Lane
Morrilton, AR 72110
Admission: Free

Arkansas Trappers Association Spring Rendezvous and State Convention – Arkadelphia

Vendor booths set up in three buildings and in an overflow area selling hunting and trapping supplies, deer calls, turkey calls, as well as handmade items for the non-hunter and more. There will be demos by trappers and hunters from over 16 different states.
June 15, 2017 – June 17, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Clark County Fair Grounds
Arkadelphia, AR 71923
Admission: Free

Beats & Eats – Searcy

Join us in downtown Searcy for live music, great food, kid-friendly activities and shopping with local artists / unique vendors! Bring your lawn chairs to the Main Street parking lot (behind Think Idea Studio and Burrito Day) and enjoy this free community event.
Friday, June 16, 6pm-10pm
Main Street
Searcy, Arkansas
Admission: Free

5th Annual Tinkerfest – Hot Springs

Celebrate the science of tinkering at Mid-America Science Museum with a day full of 50+ tinkering activities that focus on science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. You will experience hands-on science at its best with demonstrations, take-a-part activities, and more.
June 17, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Mid-America Science Museum
500 Mid America Blvd.
Hot Springs, AR 71913
Admission: $10 adults, $8 ages 3-12, seniors, and active/inactive military

Father’s Day Adventure Tour – Wickes

Join park interpreters for a weekend overnight adventure on the pristine Cossatot River. These adventures may include kayaking, backpacking, fishing, hiking, camping, Dutch oven cooking, and snorkeling. For more information or to register contact the park. Adventures depend on the weather and river water levels. Registration provides for all gear rentals, food, and guides. Reservations are required by calling (870) 385-2201.
June 17, 2017 – June 18, 2017
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area
Visitor Center
Wickes, AR 71973
Admission: $95 per person

7th Annual Prospectors’ Gemboree and Famous Crater Diamonds Exhibition – Murfreesboro

Enjoy games and activities for all ages during our annual celebration of diamond miners in Arkansas! Pick up a complete schedule at the visitor center during the event.
During the Gemboree, don’t miss the famous Crater Diamonds Exhibition, in the Diamond Discovery Center. See beautiful diamonds from the Crater, and meet finders and collectors during this rare display of diamonds found in Arkansas. All games and activities are free with purchase of mine admission
June 17, 2017
Crater of Diamonds State Park
Visitor Center
Murfreesboro, AR 71958
Admission: $8 ages 13 & up, $5 ages 6-12, 5 & under free

Header Image Photo Courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

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