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Arkansas Summer Festivals

St. Patrick's Day & Riverfest

Summer: renowned season for travel and, you guessed, festival-fun. The northern city of Eureka Springs wastes no time getting outdoors and enjoying the mild temperatures around the Ozark Mountains. As such, those who fancy themselves mountain bikers will want to pack up their bikes and check out the Fat Tire Festival held in mid-July.

Ideal for beginners and advanced bikers alike, Fat Tire Festival features both competitive and non-competitive mountain bike races, and even specific races for children. More than simply biking, though – FTF features a variety of children’s activities and festivities, like award ceremonies and after parties.

We hope you’ll enjoy visiting Hope this summer, where they celebrate a tried and true summer fixture – the watermelon. Yes, the Hope Watermelon Festival is held in mid-August each year, offering cool, sweet reprieve from southern Arkansas’ balmy summers.

The seed-filled festival has been delighting Hope residents and visitors for well over 30 years with a variety of live music, a 5K run, fishing, archery, and horseshoe contests, and so much more. And yes, there will be plenty of watermelon eating and seed-spitting contests. All of this and more will be found at Fair Park.

Although Arkansas isn’t quite what comes to mind when you think of the American West, that hasn’t stopped Springdale from hosting one of the state’s most prized rodeo festivals. Held in early July each and every year at Parsons Stadium, the Rodeo of the Ozarks features a variety of family-friend events and attractions – conveniently located just north of Fayetteville.

The five-day festival entices its visitors with stagecoach rides, rodeo parades, the Old West Film Fest, monster trucks, and six PRCA and WPRA sanctioned events over the course of four days.