What we have: Festivals 

Lanterns!, the Cornbread Festival, the Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival and more.

click to enlarge MARK YOUR CALENDAR: For the annual Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival.
  • MARK YOUR CALENDAR: For the annual Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival.
Pulaski County's diversity is made manifest in its celebration of all kinds of music, food, culture, films and craft beer. The schedule:


Wildwood Park for the Arts

Feb. 10-12

Yes, it's an outdoor festival in deep winter, held every year during the Chinese New Year, but with lanterns lit along the paths, fires to hover about, food and music from cultures around the world and hot things to drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available at most "vistas"), families do not notice the cold.

Fantastic Cinema and Craft Beer Festival

The Ron Robinson Theater

March 29-April 2

Fantastic Cinema's third year includes screenings of inventive films at the Central Arkansas Library's theater, a selection of craft beers from around the state and, new this year, a competition sponsored by Kodak for movies shot on 8mm or 16mm film.


Riverfront Park

April 1

Family activities (including arts and crafts vendors, the Ruff on the River Pooch Parade, food trucks and the 5K Fun Run) formerly held as part of the Memorial Day celebration Riverfest will be held independently for the second year at Riverfront Park.

Jewish Food and Cultural Festival

War Memorial Stadium

April 30

The celebration of latkes, knishes and matzo ball soup will take place on the concourse from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There also will be jewelry and other fun stuff to buy, kids' activities, an "Ask the Rabbi" booth and klezmer music — challah along with the band!

Arkansas Literary Festival


April 27-30

Authors you know, and authors you don't but should, gather in venues in CALS' buildings and throughout downtown to read and talk and make us all more literate. Bonus appeal: Most all of the appearances are free.

Sixth annual Indie Arts and Music Festival

Hillcrest neighborhood

April 29

Also known as Etsy Fest, this event, back from its hiatus last year, is a daylong handmade marketplace made more festive with live music.

32nd annual Greek Food Festival

Anunciation Greek Orthodox Church


This is the papous of all food festivals hereabouts, three days of food (both to eat at the festival and to go), dancing, music and arts and crafts.


Riverfront Park

June 1-4

With family activities shifted to April's Springfest, the granddaddy of all Arkansas festivals now follows an "all music" format and celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

Arkansas Times Celebrate the Grape

Argenta Farmers Market grounds


Sample hundreds of wines, nosh on tasty tapas, listen to live music and hang with your friends at the Times at this annual outdoor fest.

4th annual ACANSA Festival of the Arts

Downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock

Sept. 20-24

ACANSA, named after a Quapaw village in southeastern Arkansas, is a five-day celebration of dance, music, theater, visual arts and literary events from artists local and national.

Food Truck Festival

Little Rock's Main Street

Oct. 7

With the likes of Alaskan dumplings, aloo dum and more barbecue than you can shake a plastic fork at, we're just a Korean taco truck away from reaching food truck nirvana. We've got purveyors of just about every sort of deliciousness serving food from trucks, and nearly all of them will be at this annual downtown Main Street festival.

Hillcrest HarvestFest


Even for those of us who don't live in Hillcrest — who watch the neighborhood from a distance with a mixture of envy and suspicion — HarvestFest on Kavanaugh Boulevard stands as one of the year's most fun and purely gratifying afternoons, a genuinely great neighborhood street festival.

World Cheese Dip Championship


Some claim cheese dip was invented here. Regardless, Arkansans eat it by the bucketful and love to debate the finer points of the stuff. Here's a chance to do both.

6th annual Cornbread Festival



Cornbread may not have been invented here, but it's certainly been perfected here. Competing cornbread cooks join arts and crafts vendors to bring out the masses to several blocks of Main Street south of Interstate 630.

Arkansas Times Heritage Hog Roast

Argenta Farmers Market

Oct. 1

Our annual tribute to all things pork, with a competition among local and regional restaurateurs, a separate division open to amateurs and, for each division, people's choice awards.

Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival

Argenta Farmers Market

Oct. 27

If you like craft beer, our annual festival is something you can't miss. For one low, low price, you get the opportunity to sample essentially every craft beer available in the market, eat loads of pub-style grub and hear quality live, local music.



Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • The two faces of Mike Huckabee

    Medicaid expander, Obamacare opponent. Man from Hope, mansion in Florida. Child health proponent, Duggar apologist.
    • Jun 4, 2015
  • The ballad of Fred and Yoko

    How one of the world's foremost Beatles collectors died homeless on the streets of Little Rock.
    • Mar 31, 2016
  • Separate and unequal

    Sue Cowan Morris won the battle to equalize pay of black and white teachers. It cost her her job.
    • Jun 11, 2015

Most Shared

  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders to be deputy White House press secretary

    Donald Trump announced additional White House staff today, notably including Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy assistant to the president and principal deputy press secretary.
  • Legislation filed for $10 million school voucher program

    The legislation to vastly expand transfer of state tax dollars to private schools came before the school choice day event I mentioned earlier.
  • Pork and more

    Some notes on disparate topics before I take a vacation break.
  • Trumpeting

    When President-elect Trump announced he would, in a few days, force Congress to enact comprehensive health insurance for everyone, poor or rich, that would provide better and cheaper care than they've ever gotten, you had to wonder whether this guy is a miracle worker or a fool.
  • Putin and Trump

    Here's a thought exercise: What do you suppose would happen if Russian strongman Vladimir Putin decided to clarify remarks he reportedly made about Donald Trump during the election campaign?

Latest in Cover Stories

  • Plant of the year

    The legalization of medical marijuana was Arkansas's most significant news of 2016.
    • Jan 19, 2017
  • Profile of a plant

    What science does and doesn't tell us about the health benefits of cannabis.
    • Jan 19, 2017
  • Other lights

    Honorable mentions for 2016 Arkansan of the Year, with plenty of solid contenders for the crown.
    • Jan 19, 2017
  • More »

Visit Arkansas

1.73-carat diamond found at Crater of Diamonds State Park

1.73-carat diamond found at Crater of Diamonds State Park

Jack Pearadin and Doug Nelsen found a 1.73-carat diamond after nearly a year of searching the park's field.

Event Calendar

« »


1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31  

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Inconsequential News Quiz: Trumpocalypse Now Edition

    • PLEASE READ!!! Celebrate this season with joy and gladness in your heart, Do you know…

    • on January 20, 2017
  • Re: Profile of a plant

    • I have been diagnosed with COPD for over 7 years. A couple of months ago…

    • on January 19, 2017
  • Re: Profile of a plant

    • There is plenty of studies out there, which fill in the holes in this story…

    • on January 19, 2017

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation