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The festivals of 2016.

ON THE STREET: Lucious Spiller performs at the King Biscuit Blues Festival.
  • ON THE STREET: Lucious Spiller performs at the King Biscuit Blues Festival.

Wildwood Park for the Arts LANTERNS!
Feb. 19-21 (tentative)

Yes, it's an outdoor festival in 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 (tequila shots at the Mexico area in 2015!), families do not notice the cold.

Spring Bluegrass Festival
March 10-12

This annual event at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View includes an all-Gospel Thursday night and top acts on succeeding nights at a park that celebrates traditional life and music of the hills.

NOW SPRINGFEST: Entertainment that in years past, like this acrobatic act, has been at Riverfest is getting its own festival in April 2016.
  • NOW SPRINGFEST: Entertainment that in years past, like this acrobatic act, has been at Riverfest is getting its own festival in April 2016.

April 2

Family activities (including arts and crafts, dog jumping contests and the Rock 'n' Stroll 5K Fun Run) formerly held as part of the Memorial Day celebration Riverfest will be held independently this year at Riverfront Park.

Jewish Food and Cultural Festival
April 10

The celebration of latkes, knishes and matzo ball soup will take place on the concourse of War Memorial Stadium. There is also 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 14-17

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

6th annual Indie Arts & Music Festival
April 30

Also known as Etsy Fest, this event is a handmade marketplace made more festive with live music, in the Hillcrest neighborhood.

32nd annual Greek Food Festival
May 20-22

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

June 3-5

The granddaddy of all Arkansas festivals pivots to an "all-music" format in Riverfront Park.

Little Rock Picture Show
June 10-12

A spin-off of the sadly departed Little Rock Film Festival, the Little Rock Picture Show showcases science fiction, fantasy and horror films, and will this year be held at the Statehouse Convention Center in partnership with the River City Comic Expo.

Mount Magazine Butterfly Festival
June 24

The 20th annual festival atop the state's highest mountain, famed for its Diana butterfly, features talks, insect exhibits, hands-on activities for children and guided nature walks.

3rd annual ACANSA Festival of the Arts
Sept. 21-25

This relatively recent addition to the Central Arkansas festival scene is a five-day celebration of dance, music, theater, visual arts and literary events from artists local and national.

King Biscuit Blues Festival
Oct. 6-8

This annual three-day event sponsored by the Sonny Boy Blues Society of Helena-West Helena brings in blues lovers from all over the country to hear such greats as the Cate Brothers, Taj Mahal and Bobby Rush. Look for the 2016 lineup announcement in May.

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.

Main Street Food Truck Festival

With a truck in Little Rock selling Alaskan dumplings, 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.

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, in the SoMa (South Main) neighborhood.

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 in SoMa.

Arkansas Times Heritage Hog Roast

Our annual tribute to all things pork. In 2015, in addition to a professional category filled by local and regional restaurateurs, we added a separate division open to amateurs and, for each division, people's choice awards.

Arkansas Times Celebrate the Grape

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 at the Argenta Farmers Market grounds.

Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival

If you like craft beer, our annual festival in Argenta 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.


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