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.
- 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.
- Clinton, Arkansas, U.S.A. in 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.
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.
The State Fairgrounds hosts carnival rides, livestock shows, concerts, rodeo and, most importantly, fair food. Ten days in the middle of October is the time for about 400,000 fair-goers to see and participate in talent and beauty shows, arts and crafts and games. There is no substitute for the biggest fair of the year.