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.
- Lyon College campus Batesville, AR 72501-3699 in Batesville, AR
This mid-April festival is all Scottish all the time with pipes, drums, food, dance, sheepdog demonstrations and Scottish athletic events. Celtic music, a feast and a Saturday night Ceilidh round out this blast of Gaelic culture.
- Atkins, Arkansas, U.S.A. in 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.
- Hope, Arkansas in Hope, AR
Hot August days and cool, sweet watermelons go together for nearly every festival activity imaginable. Live music, food, outdoor sports, antique engines and cars, arts and crafts and more happened here since the 1920s.
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.
- Mountain View, Arkansas, U.S.A. in Mountain view, AR
Toward the end of October, a bean cook-off and outhouse race take over the town and the 40,000 visitors who eat beans throughout the events. Live country, gospel and folk music pops up here and there whenever people feel like playing and singing. It's unique.