Little Rock Festivals & Events

Every season is the right season in Little Rock

Our mild climate, natural beauty, and southern hospitality make Arkansas one of the nation's most exciting places to visit year round. Plan your trip around special Little Rock, Arkansas festivals and events (like our popular Riverfest music festival in May or the State Fair in October) or use our Calendar to discover the fun happenings going on every season in the Capital City.

While you’re here, catch big-name and underground music talent, edge-of-your-seat sporting events, Broadway productions, art exhibits, internationally acclaimed Little Rock festivals of literature, film and more. With so much happening on a weekly basis, it’s no wonder we’re the capital of Arkansas festivals and events.

Planning a trip? Explore the calendar below to find Little Rock, Arkansas, festivals and events that suit your interests (Believe us – with a corn bread festival, car shows and everything in between, there’s something for everyone when we throw a party in Little Rock).

Sep
Sun
21
Downtown
Today thru Mar 1, 2015 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Free
The exhibit features the state’s ties to Hollywood, through both movies and television.
Sun
21
Downtown
Today thru Sep 28
A regional theatre premiere at Arkansas Rep, 'Memphis' is a new musical loosely based on Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips, one of the first white DJs to play black music in the 1950s.
Sun
21
River Market Dist.
Today thru Jan 5, 2015
The Clinton Center presents the artwork of renowned American artists Dale Chihuly. Born in Tacoma, Washington, in 1941, Chihuly is credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium.
Sun
21
Central Arkansas
Today thru Sep 28 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM FREE
Susan Paulsen’s evocative visual poetry comes to the Arkansas Arts Center in the form of 71 photographs and two wall-sized assemblies of photographic prints that she took in Wilmot, Arkansas, between 1995 and 2012.
Sun
21
Downtown
Today thru Sep 28 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Delta Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture was founded in 1956 to feature contemporary work by artists from Arkansas and bordering states.
Sun
21
Downtown
Today thru Oct 26 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM FREE
The works included in the exhibition express how each instructor is attracted, motivated and inspired by different things. The art that they create in the end may differ drastically from their fellow artists.
Sun
21
Downtown
Today thru Oct 26 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Free
The Arkansas Arts Center presents the Poet in Copper: Engravings by Evan Lindquist exhibition, on view September 5 – October 26, in the Alice Pratt Brown Atrium.
Sun
21
Downtown
Today thru Oct 3 $12.50
"Go, Dog. Go! Just look at those dogs go! Why are they going so fast in those cars? Where are those dogs going?" Find out for yourself as the Children's Theatre presents this captivating adaptation of P.D. Eastman's famous canine extravaganza.
Mon
22
Downtown
Sep 22 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM $10-$20
In partnership with the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, The Rep presents local band Velvet Kente Arkestra and their musical journey from 1950s Memphis to today.
Mon
22
Heights
Sep 22 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 50.00
Chef Matt Lowman of South on Main will give a cooking class on his peanut butter desserts at Eggshells Kitchen Co. on 09/22/2014.
Tue
23
North Little Rock
Sep 23 7:00 PM $17.50, $27.50, $37.50, $52.50 and $97.50 8 ticket limit
See Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, "The Viper" Randy Orton and "Mr. Money in the Bank" Seth Rollins! Bray Wyatt and the Wyatt Family,The Divas, and more of your favorite WWE Superstars!
Tue
23
Downtown
Sep 23 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM $75
The ACANSA Arts Festival officially opens during a cocktail reception at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion. First Lady of Arkansas, Ginger Beebe, will host and welcome guests to enjoy cocktails and heavy appetizers.
Wed
24
River Market Dist.
Sep 24 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Free
Jazz in the Park is back for the second half of the 2014 season! Jazz in the Park is a free, family-friendly event featuring jazz in downtown Little Rock.
Wed
24
Various Locations
Sep 24 thru Sep 28
ACANSA Arts Festival will feature 26 performances at multiple venues throughout central Arkansas from September 24th-28th!
Wed
24
River Market Dist.
Sep 24 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM $20
The Arkansas Chamber Singers, Opera in the Rock, and The Muses will perform at the Clinton Presidential Center in the Great Hall.
Wed
24
Downtown
Sep 24 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM $20 General Admission, $50 VIP
IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING takes you on a scenic tour of Bill's life thus far; from his childhood in the wilds of Montana, to outrageous jobs as a performer across the country, to the whirlwind of Broadway and studying with the legendary Marcel Marceau.
Wed
24
Downtown
Sep 24 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM $30, VIP $50
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will present a variety of small ensembles. This ”Informance” includes the ASO Brass Quintet, a solo by the ASO violin and strings, a Little Rock premiere for the oboe and clarinet, as well as dueling banjos.
Wed
24
Downtown
Sep 24 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM $20
Evan Lindquist was selected by Governor Mike Beebe as the first Artist Laureate of Arkansas 2013 - 2017. He creates original prints in his private studio in Jonesboro.
Wed
24
Downtown
Sep 24 11:30 PM - 1:00 PM free
Maria Touchstone from Seis Puentes will be the guest speaker. Live entertainment by mariachi band Viva Jalisco. The event is free and refreshments will be provided.
Thu
25
River Market Dist.
Sep 25 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM $150
The Next Course will be Thursday, September 25 at the Great Hall of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library. The event will start with a wine reception at 6pm, the meal will start at 7pm. Tickets are $150/each. Sponsorships start at $1500.
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