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Fun-filled festivals light up Arkansas all year long. Families, foodies, music fans, and curious travelers will find one-of-a-kind events that reflect the state’s unpretentious charm and natural character. In the springtime, pack your green garb for the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Hot Springs, recognized as one of the best in the country. Dance on the Courthouse Square at the Arkansas Folk Festival in Mountain View every April.
Kick off the summer at Riverfest in Little Rock, a Memorial Day weekend celebration with fireworks, food, and fun by the Arkansas River. Cool off at Hope’s Watermelon Festival, and channel your inner cowboy or cowgirl at the Rodeo of the Ozarks.
Crisp autumn weather is ideal for enjoying the carnival rides and games at the Arkansas State Fair. Fayetteville hosts Bikes, Blues, and BBQ, a popular motorcycle rally. At the Annual World Cheese Dip Championship in Little Rock you can help crown the winner.
Winter brings the holiday season, which is truly a special time in Arkansas. Wander through winter wonderlands at the Light of the Ozarks Festival in Fayetteville and the Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends in Pine Bluff.
Held at the Clinton Presidential Center in October, the Annual World Cheese Dip Championship has been named one of the top ten food festivals. The Cheese Dip Championship takes place in Little Rock, Arkansas as a fundraiser to benefit Harmony Health Clinic, a local 501(c)(3).
Amateur and professional chefs whip up their very best cheese dip recipes to be judged as well as taste tested by the public. Winners in both categories are awarded prizes and various opportunities. Participants can also enter into a contest to become a judge of the annual championship. Visitors to the Little Rock area during Cheese Dip season have to check it out.
Family fun for all ages, the North Little Rock Annual Family Fun Fest is held in September at Dickey-Stephens Park. Organized by the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, the event is held in close proximity to Little Rock. The Annual Fun Fest is a great opportunity to get to know local businesses while enjoying a day of fun with the kids.
Over 100 vendors set up booths with games, kids attractions, food and live music. Vendors range from commercial businesses to personal booths and offer a wide variety of items. Items range from arts, crafts and homemade items to commercially manufactured goods.