Spring is an amazing season in Arkansas!

The weather starts to warm and the rain brings the waterfalls, as well as trees, flowers, and gardens to life. There are also many wonderful spring festivals in Arkansas! These range from celebrations of music and food, to art exhibits, parades, and much more!

These festival are a perfect way to celebrate spring in the natural state!

Here is a list of some of the best festivals in Arkansas in the spring.

NOTE: In Spring of 2024 Arkansas is in the path of totality for the solar eclipse. There are many eclipse Festivals all around the state that will be one time only. The eclipse festivals are not included in this post.

Girl running through Daffodils on Wye Mountain in Central Arkansas. The Wye Mountain daffodil festival is one of the great spring festivals in Arkansas. Pin

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Festivals in Arkansas in March

Although the weather can be a bit rainy in March, it is typically beginning to warm up. The jonquils are the first sign of spring and are blooming by the first days of the month.

Here are some of the Arkansas Festivals that are held in March.

American Craft Sake Fest (Hot Springs, Arkansas)

At this festival you will get to try sake from all corners of the continent including Hot Springs’ own Origami Sake! The Bridge St. Entertainment District will be filled with sake, food, and music! 

Arkansas Cherry Blossom Festival (Hot Springs, Arkansas)

The cherry trees in Hot Springs blossom in a profusion of pink and are simply gorgeous. These are some of the first harbingers of spring in Arkansas! This festival is a celebration of Japanese culture and includes various demonstrations, exhibits, and musical performances.

Wye Mountain Daffodil Festival (Wye Mountain)

This is a small spring festival in Arkansas that happens to be one of my personal favorites. Daffodils spill down a hillside near a stone church in the community of Wye Mountain. The festival is small, simple, and sweet. The daffodils are a perfect place to take Easter photos.

Little Rock Marathon (Little Rock, Arkansas)

Maybe some wouldn’t consider a marathon a festival, but we decided to include it because it is such an important spring even in Arkansas. There are several different races including a Kids Marathon. The Little Rock Marathon is a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon.

You might be interested in learning more about other great things to do in spring in Arkansas!

Annual Jonquil Festival at Historic Washington State Park (Washington, Arkansas)

This year marks the 56th annual Jonquil Festival at Historic Washinton State Park. This two-day festival heralds the arrival of spring in Southwest Arkansas! Thousands of jonquils welcome visitors to the historic town of Washington. There will be food vendors and craftspeople. Tours of the historic buildings in the park are also available.

Mountain View Bluegrass Festival (Mountain View, Arkansas)

The charming town of Mountain View, Arkansas is known as the Folk Music Capital of the World! Go to their website linked below to check out the list of musicians who will be performing at this years festival. It will be held rain or shine at the Ozark Folk Center Auditorium & Grounds.

Momentous Electronic Music Festival (Bentonville, Arkansas)

This electronic music festival is held at the Momentary in Bentonville, Arkansas. Be sure and check the website for the musical line-up and schedule.

Jasper Jeep Jam and Overlanding Rally (Jasper, Arkansas)

This is the first ever of these events and I think it is going to be a fun one! Enjoy the wonderful Ozark Mountains with other jeep and overland vehicle owners in the city of Jasper, Arkansas. There will be vendors, classes, and entertainment.

Shamrock Soiree (Petit Jean State Park – Morrilton, Arkansas)

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Petit Jean State Park near the town of Morrilton, Arkansas. This will be an evening filled with Celtic music, festive activities (dancing is encouraged), and local vendors. Two hot air balloon tickets will be raffled off and the winners announced at the end of the event.

World’s shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Hot Springs, Arkansas)

This parade may only be 98 feet long, but I can assure you that this is one of the most fun-filled and quirkiest of the spring festivals in Arkansas! Come for all the silliness and Irish spirit! It is located on Bridge Street in the wonderful town of Hot Springs.

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3rd Street Fair (Fort Smith, Arkansas)

This is a fun and full day of LIVE entertainment, vendors, food trucks, and so much more in downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas!

Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival (North Little Rock, Arkansas)

The Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival will be held in Argenta Plaza in North Little Rock. The festival will feature 150 craft beers and brats from Edward’s Food Giant on PK Grills. This festival benefits the Argenta Arts District.

Learn more about the Craft Breweries in Little Rock and North Little Rock.

Photo is a close up of two hands clinking glasses of cold frosty beer.Pin

Arkansas Festivals in April

Some of the excellent spring festivals in Arkansas that are held in the month of April.

Valley of the Vapors Music Festival

This festival is known for bringing in unique musical offerings from around the world. This year it is the Ecliptic Festival and is billing itself as 4 days of Music, Art, Science, and Wonder!

Arkansas Roots Music Festival at Johnny Cash Boyhood Home (Dyess, Arkansas)

Johnny Cash is one of the most famous musicians from Arkansas and this festival is held on the grounds of his boyhood home in Dyess, Arkansas. A tour of the home is even included in the ticket price.

The boyhood home of Johnny Cash. A small white home located on farm land in the town of Dyess, Arkansas. Dyess is located in the upper delta region of Arkansas. The Arkansas Roots Music Festival is one of the spring festivals in Arkansas and it is held on the grounds of the boyhood home of Johnny Cash. Pin

Crawfish Festival (Wilson, Arkansas)

One of our favorite spring festivals in Arkansas happens to be in one of our favorite small towns! The folks in Wilson, Arkansas know how to throw a party. You won’t want to miss this festival which will include music, vendors, a crawfish cooking competition, and kid-friendly activities. The Wilson Crawfish Festival is complimentary with a donation to the local fire department.

Spring Fling Bike Rally (Eureka Springs)

The winding roads of the Ozarks have long been a favorite of motorbikers. The Spring Fling Bike Rally in Eureka Springs is the place to be for fun events and rides with friends through the mountains.

Lanterns Festival at Wildwood Park (Little Rock, Arkansas)

This is an excellent festival held at Wildwood Park in West Little Rock. At this festival you will celebrate the food, music, crafts, and performing arts of various world cultures and one US city. You can explore the beautiful outdoor lights along the woodland trails of the park and even light your own lantern and float it onto their lake!

Arkansas Folk Festival (Mountain View, Arkansas)

The Arkansas Folk Festival is one of our favorite spring festivals in Arkansas. There will be crafters and artisans, vendors, food, a parade, and best of all live music all around the town! You can even bring your own instrument and join in the fun.

Byrdfest Music Festival (Ozark, Arkansas)

Byrdfest is a campout music festival event by Byrd’s Adventure Center near the town of Ozark, Arkansas. Be sure and check the Facebook page for all information.

Blazin’ BBQ Festival (Manila, Arkansas)

This event is a celebration of all things BBQ, from mouth-watering ribs to juicy brisket and everything in between. Experience a day filled with delicious food, live music, and family-friendly activities.

Jame’s Black Bowie Heritage Festival (Washington, Arkansas – near Hope, Arkansas)

This Arkansas spring festival is a celebration of James Black, the blade-smith who created the first Bowie Knife for Jim Bowie in the Arkanas town of Washington. At this festival you can also experience a wide range of Arkansas heritage crafts and trades.

Fordyce on the Cotton Belt (Fordyce, Arkansas)

This festival includes live music, a parade, a pageant, food vendors, arts and crafts, and much more. It is everything a small town spring festival in Arkansas should be.

Dogwood Festival (Siloam Springs)

Siloam Springs is a beautiful little town, especially in the spring when the dogwoods bloom. This is a large festival that draws over 50,000 people to enjoy more than 200 booths with arts and crafts, handmade items, gifts, vintage finds, and more!. Of course, there is also a wide variety of food and a great line-up of live music and entertainment.

Close up of beautiful dogwood tree blossoms. They are white with just a tinge of pink around the edges. Pin

BoatiGras (Shirley, Arkansas)

BoatiGras is an event celebrating the life of Jim Beach— the first King of the Krewe of Jesters. We will have a day full of food vendors, the blessing of the fleet, a boat parade, a boat decorating contest, and live New Orleans style music.

The Great Southern Beer Fest (Springdale, Arkansas)

A perfect opportunity to taste some great locally brewed craft beers as well as listen to live music. Best of all – all proceeds from this event go to good causes in Northwest Arkansas. They call it Ale-truism.

Arkansas Pie Festival (Cherokee Village, Arkansas)

Arkansas has a rich pie making tradition. This festival is a competition between commercial pie makers, home chefs, and students. Attendees will be able to sample pies of all varieties before crowning a people’s choice. In addition there is a 5K, a pie eating contest, a pie throwing contest, and more.

Arts and the Park (Hot Springs, Arkansas)

The mission of this Arkansas festival is to celebrate the arts and culture of the Hot Springs area. The offerings will include art exhibitions around the town, live performances, workshops, children’s events, and so much more. 

Festivals in Arkansas in May

Cabot Strawberry Fest (Cabot, Arkansas)

The land around the city of Cabot is known for producing some of the best strawberries in Arkansas. This festival celebrates the strawberry as well as focusing on family fun and helping to promote local business and farmers. There will be live entertainment, carnival rides, a kids area, food trucks, vendors, a 5k race, and of course – strawberries! 

World Famous Armadillo Festival (Hamburg, Arkansas)

The armadillo festival will have musical performances, art displays, carnival games, food vendors, and activities centered around, well, armadillos!

Mountain View Iris Fest (Mountain View, Arkansas)

A spring festival in Arkansas to celebrate the beautiful iris. Some of the events include a garden sale, children’s activities, a corvette and hot rod show, musical events, street dance, photo contest, and a quilt show.

There are some wonderful gardens to visit in the spring in Arkansas!

Arkansas Pottery Festival (Fayetteville, Arkansas)

This festival will include an exhibition and pottery sale at Community Creative Center from more than 50 potters from around the state, alongside pottery demonstrations and lectures by nationally recognized artist Wes Brown.

Toad Suck Daze (Conway, Arkansas)

Toad Suck Daze is one of the most strangely named and largest of all the spring festivals in Arkansas! There is so much to experience at this family friendly festival including the famous World Championship Toad Races, This is one of the Arkansas festivals that you really won’t want to miss.

Small child holding a frog. The focus is on the hands of the child and the frog. Pin

The Steel Horse Rally (Fort Smith, Arkansas)

This is a charity motorcycle rally event honoring all who serve. They dedicated to the military, veterans, law enforcement and first responders and the event helps local charities and our community.

501 Festival (Little Rock, Arkansas)

501Fest is meant to be a celebration of the community. Every year on or around May 1 (501) is a day of festivities including live music, local vendors, food, and fun for the entire family.

Mayhaw Festival (El Dorado, Arkansas)

This is an food festival celebrating the Mayhaw, especially Mayhaw jelly, but it is much more than that. The festival begins with the Mayhawlin’ Race, followed by the breakfast with biscuits and Mayhaw jelly. There will also be live music, craft and food vendors, children’s activities, a car and bike show, and even a vintage and antique market.

Steampunk Old Timer’s Day Festival (Van Buren, Arkansas)

This unique festival is located on six blocks of the nationally recognized historic Main Street in Van Buren, Arkansas. You can immerse yourself in the fantastical realm of steampunk at this one-of-a-kind festival that blends Victorian aesthetics with steam-powered machinery.

Freshgrass Music Festival (Bentonville, Arkansas)

This is a music festival held at the Momentary in Bentonville featuring an excellent line-up of musicians. This year that includes one of my all time favorites, Jason Isbell.

Magnolia Blossom Festival and World Championship Steak Cook-off (Magnolia, Arkansas)

In our opinion this is one of the can’t miss spring festivals in Arkansas. I mean, the smell of sizzling steaks mingling with the scent of Magnolia blooms? What could be better? At least 2,000 rib eye steaks will be cooked and, yes, you can buy a steak dinner. There will also be concerts, a classic car show, pageant, and arts show.

Picklefest (Atkins, Arkansas)

A festival that celebrated the history of pickles in Atkins, Arkansas. There will be pickle eating and pickle juice drinking competitions, live music, food vendors, tractor pulls, family activities, and arts and crafts.

We have a list of some of the MUST-TRY foods that Arkansas is known for...including fried pickles!

A plate of fried pickles with a side of some type of sauce. They look crispy and golden. Pin

Carpenter’s Country Fest (Ozark, Arkansas)

This is a great celebration of music held at the held at the Franklin County Fairgrounds. There will be an excellent line up of bands, music, food and fun for the whole family. This event benefits the OAYO (Ozark Area Youth Organization) and The Lance Carpenter Scholarship.

Pioneer Days (Norfork, Arkansas)

Celebrate the historical heritage of Norfork, Arkansas with music, crafts, contests, food, and old-fashioned family fun!

Fayetteville Strawberry Festival (Fayetteville, Arkansas)

This happens to be the first ever Fayetteville Strawberry Festival. It will be held on the historic downtown square with live music, family activities, and culinary celebrations.

Blues and BBQ (Fairfield Bay, Arkansas)

There will be live music, family fun, and vendors at this spring festival in Arkansas. However, the main event is the BBQ competition! Both local and out-of-town barbeque masters are allowed to compete.

Old Fort Days Rodeo (Fort Smith, Arkansas)

Since 1933, Fort Smith has been home to one of the south’s most exciting rodeos. Cowboys from all over the world compete for one of the largest prize purses in Arkansas.

Wynne Farmfest (Wynne, Arkansas)

There will be all the traditional festival fun in addition to bingo, neon glow foam, a 5K race, and gospel music.

Eureka Springs Blues Party

Ready for the soulful sounds of Blues, Rock, and Funk to come alive in the heart of Northwest Arkansas? This festival features an impressive array of local and national talent!

I hope that you enjoy this list of spring festivals in Arkansas! Be sure and let us know if there are any changes that we need to make to the list of any festivals that we have missed!

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