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Springtime in the Natural State yields a bevy of ways to get outdoors and enjoy the scenery. Likewise, communities throughout the Ozarks and central and southern Arkansas host a variety of fun-filled festivals. Now, we may not all actually be Irish, but when it comes to St. Patrick's Day, we all have a little Irish in us.
The same goes for Hot Springs, located just south of the Little Rock Metro Area. The city has hosted the Hot Springs St. Patrick’s Day Parade since 2004, where it has already been recognized as one of the best St. Paddy’s Day celebrations in the U.S.
Pack your green garb – this fun-filled parade traverses historic Bridge Street, featuring bag pipe marching bands, leprechaun dancers, plenty of intriguing floats, celebrity appearances, and fun-filled contests and activities. A unique time to say the least, don’t miss your chance to join the fun.
To the north, the annual Arkansas Folk Festival draws in music fans from far and wide. Generally held over a weekend in mid-April, this music fest has been a staple of the Mountain View community since 1963. It’s not just about the music, though – visitors can enjoy everything from the parade to tours of Blanchard Spring Caverns to easy access the Ozark National Forest.
But the music isn’t bad either. Don’t miss three days of music and dancing at the Courthouse Square this spring. Spring brings new life to the Arkansas capital as well. Little Rock puts on two of the region’s most noteworthy spring festivals each year – the Arkansas Literary Festival in April and Riverfest on Memorial Day Weekend.
Having shaped literary works like “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” and “A Painted House,” the state of Arkansas celebrates its connections to literature by hosting the Arkansas Literary Festival each and every April.
The renowned festival is hosted at various venues throughout Little Rock, including the Central Arkansas Library System’s Main Campus, where panels, workshops, meet-and-greets, and other book-related special events highlight the weekend. The ALF, now over a decade old, has become a staple for book lovers in the area.
Little Rock also serves as the host to Riverfest – one of the state’s most famed festivals. Ideal for children and adults, Riverfest features an unmatched collection of music, arts, food, and fun, along with a children’s area, fireworks display, and more. Cancel your Memorial Day plans and head to the downtown Little Rock. You won’t be disappointed.