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.
- 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.
- Mountain View, Arkansas, U.S.A. in 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.
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.
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.
- State University, Ark. in State university, AR.
The Cash family and many other very famous country artists perform here every August to contribute to the establishment of a museum to honor Johnny's life and work. The recreation of his boyhood home is also planned.
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.