Here are ten awesome things for you and your family to do all across Arkansas this month!
1. Mid-Southern Watercolorists 46th Annual Juried Exhibition
through April 17: This is the second year for this exhibition. Nationally recognized watercolorist Robert Burridge is the guest juror for this show, which will feature 30 works from the Mid-Southern Watercolorists, an organization that has more than 200 members in more than 10 states. The paintings will be displayed in the Samuel Strauss Sr. Gallery at the Arkansas Arts Center.
arkansasartscenter.org | 501.372.4000
2. 38th Annual Wye Mountain Daffodil Festival
through March 31: Gather the family, and make the journey to Wye Mountain for this yearly celebration of all things spring. The festivities include arts and crafts, concessions and barbecue, and walking through seven acres of the more than 20 varieties of daffodils.
wyemountain.org | 501.330.2403
March 1 through 6: You’ll find this Tony-award winning Broadway musical a refreshing and delightful modern take on the beloved and classic fairy tale. Interpreted by the famed team of Rodgers and Hammerstein, this production, presented at the Walton Arts Center, features an orchestra and incredibly creative transformations as well as the pumpkin, glass slipper and much more.
waltonartscenter.org | 479.443.5600
4. ‘Lend Me A Tenor’
March 3 through 13: What happens when the greatest tenor of his generation is set to appear for one night only as “Otello” and accidentally takes a double dose of tranquilizers, sending the theater’s management into a panic, so someone is persuaded to go on in the famed singer’s stead? The hilarity ensues. You’ll roll in the aisles during this production at the South Arkansas Arts Center; not suitable for young children.
saac-arts.org | 870.862.5474
5. Musician Turned Author
March 5: The famed That Bookstore in Blytheville will host the first book signing for Evil Thingies, written by Rickie Lee Reynolds, an original member of rock band Black Oak Arkansas. Reynolds transformed what once were bedtime stories for his daughters into a novel filled with adventure, good versus evil, humor and love.
thatbookstoreinblytheville.com | 870.763.3333
6. Art for Arc’s Sake
March 10: The Arc Arkansas supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The organization provides classes in the arts, including pottery, sculpting, painting and more, culminating in this annual fundraiser, which also features works from other local and regional artists. Admission is $25; the evening begins at 5 p.m.; and the proceeds from the sales benefit the artists and The Arc’s programs.
arcark.org | 501.375.7770
7. Art After Dark
March 17: Celebrate spring as well as St. Patrick’s Day while touring the Dixon Gallery and Gardens during this month’s Art After Dark. Patrons and visitors can take in the current exhibits, including Thomas Cole’s “The Voyage of Life,” and enjoy light refreshments, music by Ed Finney and adult beverages from 6 to 8 p.m.
dixon.org | 901.761.5250
8. Oaklawn’s Rebel Stakes Day
March 19: After last year’s big win by American Pharoah, racing fans are truly excited about this competition, during which the winning horse will earn points toward the Arkansas Derby and the Kentucky Derby. This $900,000 race shares the card with the $300,000 Razorback Handicap and $300,000 Azeri Stakes.
oaklawn.com | 501.623.4411
9. Walk Out Sickle Cell 3K Walk
March 19: Join Arkansas fire chiefs as well as other supporters of the nonprofit Arkansas Sickle Cell Support Services for a 3K. Registration is $35, and proceeds will benefit the organization’s efforts as they assist individuals with prescriptions, transportation, hospital care kits, referrals and resource services. Participants will gather at 8 a.m. at 16th and Rice streets.
arscss.org | 501.650.0764
10. Great Escape Weekend & Easter Egg Hunt
March 25 though 27: Petit Jean State Park is the place to be during this weekend. The Great Escape includes free nature programs and family activities as well as an Easter Egg Scramble, during which children search for 2,000 eggs. Admission is free; call for details.