Although it's one of the smaller states, Arkansas is bursting with natural beauties and wonders, including spectacular caves, luxurious natural hot springs and stunning parks. From its origins as part of the American frontier to its position as a central battleground in the civil rights movement, Arkansas is full of historical sites. Throughout the year, visitors can experience Arkansas' rich culture and enjoy a number of different festivals, special events, museums, theaters and permanent attractions.
- Name of location Atkins, AR
About mid-May, this "Pickle City, USA" offers its invention to several thousand visitors: the deep-fried pickle. Thank them by purchasing one and celebrate this tradition originating in 1992.
- Name of location Little Rock, AR
Join 250,000 visitors every Memorial Day weekend to hear over 100 bands, eat great food and enjoy the arts. Music, art and dance events on six stages in Julius Breckling Riverfront Park entertain all ages.
- Name of location Clinton, AR
Since 1985, three-person chuckwagon teams have raced past 20,000 visitors every Tuesday before Labor Day trying to stay upright and win. Fiddling, BBQ and other wild west fun ensues.
- Name of location Mountain View, AR
This annual festival, since 1999, celebrates the Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Grandpa Jones, and his memorable banjo music. This is the same town that has the outhouse race in October, but this one is in August.
- Name of location Fayetteville, AR
September brings motorcycles, blues music and excellent BBQ to northwest Fayetteville along with 100,000 visitors. Live performances, races and cook-offs lure them in and entertain them. It's nonprofit and family friendly.
- Name of location Helena, AR
Every October, three days of the blues are celebrated on five stages downtown. Food, a 5-K run and arts and crafts accompany the music. The festival is dedicated to the late Sonny Boy Williamson. Hear the blues on the banks of the Mississippi River, where much of it originated.