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).

Nov
Fri
28
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.
Fri
28
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.
Fri
28
Downtown
Today $12.50
"What is real?" the Velveteen Rabbit asks his strange new friend. "Real is something that happens to you when a child loves you for a long, long, time---not just to play with---but really loves you," the old horse replies.
Fri
28
Downtown
Today thru Jan 24, 2015 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Free
The Center for Arkansas History and Culture is hosting an exhibit depicting Johnny Cash’s first years in his birthplace, Kingsland, and later visits and concerts in Arkansas, including nearly 100 items generated in Arkansas or by Arkansans.
Fri
28
Downtown
Today thru Jan 4, 2015 $10 General Admission, $8 Seniors and Students
Esse Purse Museum & Store, at 1510 S. Main St. in SoMa in downtown Little Rock, is pleased to announce the launch of its second temporary exhibit, “Barbie®: The Vintage Years, 1959-1972,” which will run Sunday, Sept. 28, through Sunday, Jan. 4.
Fri
28
Downtown
Today thru Nov 30, 2014 $10 General Admission, $8 Seniors and Students
“Handbags for Hillary,” is the first collaboration between Esse Purse Museum & Store and the Clinton Presidential Library. The temporary exhibit features handbags given to Hillary Clinton while she served as First Lady of the United States.
Fri
28
Downtown
Today thru Jan 4, 2015 Free
The Collectors Group scoured more than 25 galleries and viewed more than 1,000 works of art, ultimately narrowing the selection to the roughly 150 works that will be displayed in the 46th Annual Collectors Show and Sale.
Fri
28
Midtown
Today thru Dec 31, 2014 Varies
The cook is Suzette, the lover is Suzanne, the friend is bewildered, the wife is suspicious, the husband is losing his mind and everyone is guaranteed a good time at this hilarious romp through the French countryside!
Fri
28
River Market Dist.
Today 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Free
What?!? There are alligators in Arkansas? Meet one in person, watch our resident alligator feed on his favorite food, and discover more about the largest reptile in Arkansas.
Sat
29
River Market Dist.
Nov 29, 2014 thru Jan 3, 2015 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Free
First Security Amphitheater in Downtown Little Rock will be transformed into a winter wonderland of lights this holiday season. You can enjoy a ten minute light show choreographed to music throughout the holiday season.
Sat
29
West Little Rock
Nov 29, 2014 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Join The Promenade at Chenal at the Celebration of Lights event Saturday, November 29th & see the spectacular 26' animated tree & light display beginning at 5pm. Even MORE lights have been added for 2014 so you don't want to miss it!
Dec
Tue
2
River Market Dist.
Dec 2, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM $30.00
The Central Arkansas Library System and Camp Lovely are teaming up to offer a series of artisan workshops in Little Rock!
Tue
2
Downtown
Dec 2, 2014 6:00 PM 100
A dinner honoring Judge Buddy Villines upon his retirement after 30 years in office will be held on Tuesday, December 2 at 6 PM at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Little Rock.
Thu
4
Downtown
Dec 4, 2014 8:00 PM $25 General Admission, $35 Reserved
Oxford American magazine, “The Southern Magazine of Good Writing,” is proud to present singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell on Thursday, December 4 at 8:00 p.m. at South on Main.
Thu
4
Cantrell Road
Dec 4, 2014 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM $55
Tie One On will take place Thursday, Dec. 4 from 6-9 at Pavilion in the Park in Little Rock. Tickets are $55 and proceeds benefit Our House. Tickets $55
Fri
5
Downtown
Dec 5, 2014 thru Dec 28, 2014
Adapted by Thomas Meehan (The Producers) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) from the popular film starring Will Ferrell, Elf turns one of Hollywood’s most beloved holiday hits into a hilarious and heartwarming musical that towers above the rest.
Fri
5
Downtown
Dec 5, 2014 thru Dec 20, 2014 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM $16 Adults; $12 Students/Seniors
A finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Other Desert Cities involves a family with differing political views and a long-held family secret.
Fri
5
River Market Dist.
Dec 5, 2014 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM $5.00 at the door
A fabulous show of original art and fine crafts by members of the Arkansas Craft Guild and their invited guests in Hall 2 at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock!
Fri
5
West Little Rock
Dec 5, 2014 thru Dec 7, 2014 $10 age 6+; $9 in advance; $30 familiy of four; age 5 and under free
2014 Winter Ice Show
Sat
6
River Market Dist.
Dec 6, 2014 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Join us for the 23rd Annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis! Choose from three race options: 5k chip-timed run/walk, 1 mile walk, or become a virtual runner and still get the shirt!
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