Here are ten awesome things for you and your family to do all across Arkansas this month!
1. Arkansas Women to Watch Exhibition 2016
Aug. 4 through Sept. 1: This year’s exhibit is “Organic Matters” and includes works by Dawn Holder of Clarksville; Sandra Luckett of Conway; Katherine Rutter, formerly of Little Rock; and Melissa Wilkinson of Bono. Hosted by the South Arkansas Arts Center, the display is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
saac-arts.org | 870.862.54747
2. First Friday
Aug. 5: Join in the fun at one of the state’s largest block parties. Participants enjoy live music — this month by The Zeros — art sessions of various kinds, great food and lots of good, clean family fun throughout the summer months. The party starts at 11 a.m. in the Bentonville Square.
downtownbentonville.org | 479.254.0254
3. 2nd Annual Eureka Springs Human Rights Art & Film Fest
Aug. 5 and 6: Diversity and human rights are the focus of this festival, which will feature a number of films, film shorts and art, all taking place during this summer’s Diversity Weekend in the picturesque Eureka Springs. Admission is free.
eurekasprings.org | 479.253.7333
4. ‘Three Feet of Arkansas’ Art Exhibit
Aug. 6 through 31: Danny Helms, Georgia Hubnik and Lena Hall are the featured artists for this show highlighting the beauty of Arkansas. The exhibit kicks off with a Meet the Artists opening reception on Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. Works by other artists, including Bill and Gloria Garrison, will also be on display; open Tuesday through Saturday in the Downtown Gallery/Studio 21
dannyhelmsartist.com | 903.286.3219
5. 118th Annual Tontitown Grape Festival
Aug. 9 through 13: Spaghetti dinners, arts and crafts, free concerts including headliner Pam Tillis, carnival rides and a truck raffle are just a few of the highlights of this annual festival. There will also be a 5K and the crowning of Queen Concordia. Parking and admission are free.
tontitowngrapefestival.com | 479.361.2615
6. An Evening with Grady Nichols
Aug.13: Support the Lupus Foundation of Arkansas at their annual fundraiser. This year, the smooth jazz concert is moving to the Little Rock Marriott. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door and the proceeds help the organization “provide education, advocacy and support to all affected by lupus and to increase public awareness.”
lupus-arkansas.com | 800.294.8878
7. Mountains, Music & Motorcycles
Aug. 18 through 21: Get on your hog, and make the scenic ride to Mountain View for biker games, a poker run, a bike and car show and much more such as games, live music, good food and fun for the entire family.
yourplaceinthemountains.com | 870.269.8068
8. Teal Night in Tahiti
Aug. 20: It’s a night of FUNdraising at the Fort Smith Convention Center, complete with Tahitian drinks, a gift card pull, photo booth, a DJ and dancing, a big-screen live Instagram feed and more, including a silent auction with fine jewelry and a Cajun dinner for 10 up for grabs … all to benefit the River Valley Ovarian Cancer Alliance. Tickets are $50 each. Can’t make this year’s event? Sponsor a survivor’s family!
rivervalleyoca.com | 479.883.3379
9. Frisco Festival
Aug. 26 through 27: Music, delicious food, ice cold beverages as well as an arts and crafts festival, carnival rides and children’s activities and a 5K walk/run are all on the agenda for this year’s festival. Free admission; sponsored by Main Street Rogers.
mainstreetrogers.com.com | 479.936.5487
10. Hot Springs JazzFest
Aug. 31 through Sept. 5: It’s an entire weekend of jazz! This event kicks off with music from the Rodney Block Collective, continues with ATM featuring “This Diva Chicks” and concludes with a jazz tea dance at the Arlington Hotel Resort and Spa.