Here are ten awesome things for you and your family to do all across Arkansas this month!
1. Movies at the Market
through July 21: Movies at the Market gives attendees a chance to reminisce about drive-in movies. Bring your blankets, kids and pooches Thursday nights through July 21 to view “Despicable Me 2,” “Blue Hawaii,” and “Top Gun.” Admission is free; the fun begins at 7:30 p.m.
hotsprings.org | 501.262.9300
2. ‘Dinosaurs Revealed: Summer 2016’
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through Labor Day: Kids of all ages will be fascinated by this exhibit at the Mid-America Museum — starting on the light bridge with lifelike animatronics — featuring six full dinosaur skeletal replicas as well as replicas of legs, footprints and more. Visitors may also use paleontology tools to dig for dinosaur bones. Admission is $8 for children, ages 3 to 12, and $10 for adults.
midamericamuseum.org | 501.767.3461
3. ‘West Side Story’
July 6: We all love the story of the star-crossed lovers in Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” as well as the modern interpretation featuring the conflict between the Sharks and Jets. The University of Central Arkansas’ Reynolds Performance Hall is the sight for this performance of contagious melodies, energetic dancing and dramatic heartbreak. Tickets are $25 for students, seniors and military personnel and $32 for general admission.
arkshakes.com | 501.852.0702
4. Miranda Lambert
July 15: Kip Moore and Brothers Osborne will set the stage for Miranda Lambert as she brings her Keeper of the Flame Tour to Wal-Mart’s AMP Center. Lambert fans will not want to miss this award-winning artist. She’ll belt out hits such as “Automatic,” “Somethin’ Bad,” and many others.
waltonartscenter.org | 479.443.5600
5. Opera in the Ozarks
July 15: Enjoy Puccini’s Il Tabarro and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci in the newly air-conditioned outdoor venue at Eureka Springs’ Inspiration Point. This performance is part of the season’s “diverse themes of epic humor, sentimental lightheartedness and dark tragedy.”
opera.org | 479.253.8595
6. Music In The Park
July 16: Enjoy live music, from years past and present, on the lawn of the Historic Washington State Park’s 1874 courthouse. The gift shop and Williams’ Tavern Restaurant will be open for shopping and dining prior to the concert. Admission is free; the party begins at 7:30 p.m.
historicwashingtonstatepark.com | 870.983.2684
7. 75th Annual Johnson County Peach Festival
July 20 through 24: Delicious Southern cuisine, handmade arts and crafts, scavenger hunts and contests, such as a bicycle obstacle course, peach pie-eating and more, as well as a street dance and 4-mile run are just a few of the activities to enjoy during this festival celebrating this tasty fruit.
8. Preservation Libations Master Mix-Off
July 22: Mixologists and bartenders from local restaurants and taprooms will compete for the coveted title of Master of Libations at this 1920s-themed party held by Preserve Arkansas. This is the second year for this fun event. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served, and Joann “Jojo” Simms will emcee. Tickets are $50 to $75.
preservearkansas.org | 501.372.4757
9. Murphy USA Summer Concert Series
July 23: Union Square in El Dorado is the place to be on July 23 as Little Texas celebrates its 25th anniversary. Little Texas has sold more than 7 million albums and is known as “the hardest working band in country music.” The fun begins at 7 p.m.
mainstreeteldorado.org | 870.862.4747
10. 30th Annual World Championship Cardboard Boat Races
July 30: Trip Advisor named this race one of the “10 Wacky Events in the United States,” and with good reason: watercrafts, from rafts, canoes to spaceships and monster trucks, all constructed of cardboard, will take to the water at Sandy Beach on Greers Ferry Lake to race, with an award going to the most dramatic sinking. Food vendors will be on hand. Watermelon-eating contests, a treasure dig and Lucky Duck Race are all part of the fun. Parking is just $5.