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).

Apr
Sun
20
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
20
River Market Dist.
Today thru Apr 27
Created by the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC, Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America dramatically illustrates the challenge of securing our nation without compromising the civil liberties upon which it was founded.
Sun
20
River Market Dist.
Today thru Apr 27
In February, the Clinton Presidential Center debuts "Presidential Pets," a new display dedicated to first pets. Rabbits, raccoons, bulldogs, and bears have all called the White House home
Sun
20
River Market Dist.
Today thru Jun 22, 2014
Historic Arkansas Museum is proud to present "A Sure Defense: The Bowie Knife in America" in the Horace C. Cabe Gallery
Sun
20
Downtown
Today thru Jun 1
The paintings of Carroll Cloar rank among the most haunting and beautiful evocations ever made of the American South
Sun
20
River Market Dist.
Today 7:00 AM Free
Every year, thousands gather on the banks of the Arkansas River to be a part of the Easter Sunrise Service held in Riverfront Park at the First Security Amphitheater.
Sun
20
Downtown
Today thru Jun 8 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM $10, $8 for students and seniors
Esse Purse Museum & Store will celebrate the chapeau with its first temporary exhibit, “The Milliner’s Art.” The exhibit covers seven decades of hat history and is curated from the collections of Anita Davis and Catherine Nugent.
Sun
20
Various Locations
Today
Real Deal in the Rock has grown from a small 28 team tournament in Northwest Arkansas to the number one tournament in the nation. NBA stars Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, John Wall, Derrick Rose and Mike Conley have all played at Real Deal in the Rock.
Tue
22
North Little Rock
Apr 22 thru Apr 23 $ 52.50, 77.50, 102.50, 152.50
Combining the music and style of Michael Jackson with the dancing and acrobatics of Cirque du Soleil makes a spectacular show unlike any other.
Tue
22
Central Arkansas
Apr 22 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM $60
Good Southern food is not limited to fried chicken and mashed potatoes! Learn tasty secrets and delectable alternatives to the traditional southern comfort foods. Chef Abernathy has a remarkable flair for Modern Southern Cuisine!
Tue
22
River Market Dist.
Apr 22 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Free
Little Rock's River Market will celebrate Earth Day and the 3rd Anniversary of River Market goes Green with a block party featuring samples from local breweries, vineyards, distilleries, vendors, artisans and more!
Wed
23
River Market Dist.
Apr 23 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Free
This lunchtime speaker series provides opportunities to learn about the benefits and management of natural resources and public lands through professionals who work in the field.
Wed
23
River Market Dist.
Apr 23 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Free
Jazz in the Park is back in Little Rock for the second season! This year, Jazz in the Park will be split into two sets, the first kicking off in April. Jazz in the Park is a free, family-friendly event featuring jazz in downtown Little Rock.
Wed
23
Downtown
Apr 23 thru Apr 27
Talent On Parade offers fun, fair and reasonably priced events that teachers, parents and students alike all rave about. We’ve developed a tradition that includes organized, on-time competitions hosted by a friendly and professional staff.
Thu
24
Downtown
Apr 24 6:30 PM $75 per person
Arkansas Chamber Singers Event
Thu
24
River Market Dist.
Apr 24 thru Apr 27
The 11th Annual Arkansas Literary Festival hosts big names, writers for TV, journalists and artists; who will be the focus of panels, sessions, workshops and performances. Most events are free and open to the public.
Thu
24
West Little Rock
Apr 24 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM $10, $8 seniors, Free for Students
Mussorgsky's piano masterpiece "Pictures at an Exhibition" is a warhorse of the symphony stage, but we have a new snapshot of "Pictures" by arranger Merlin Patterson. It’s truly a horse of a different color! Karen Fannin conducts.
Thu
24
Downtown
Apr 24 6:00 PM $35
Join members of the 1836 Club, a non-profit that supports the Old State House Museum, for Croquet, mint juleps and live rhythm and blues on the lawn.
Thu
24
Downtown
Apr 24 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Free
Lecture on the Battle of Jenkins' Ferry
Fri
25
Downtown
Apr 25 thru Apr 27 7:30 PM - 2:00 AM Ticket prices vary.
Ballet Arkansas presents its spring repertoire, Momentum, at The Arkansas Repertory Theatre, April 25th and 26th at 7:30 pm and April 27th at 2 pm.
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