Like many of the more southern states, residents of Centerton in Benton County, Arkansas love a good celebration so if you are visiting the area then finding out what events or festivals are happening during your stay is a must. From outdoor music festivals and craft fairs to art exhibitions and much more, you will find fun and entertainment that the whole family can enjoy.
The state’s musical heritage is predominantly country but jazz, blue grass and rockabilly are also popular. One of the biggest music festivals however, close to Centerton, is the Riverfest which is held along the Arkansas River in downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock. This is the state’s largest music festival which has been held annually towards the end of May since 1978 with attendance now expected to reach over the quarter of a million mark. During the festival weekend tickets are available at numerous gateways for $35 and this admission price includes three days access to all the festival events and unlimited admittance to all concerts being held and children under the age of six will be admitted for free with a paying adult. The festival offers a selection of live music from dozens of different bands on three separate stages as well as vendors selling refreshments and a variety of arts and crafts stalls. The festival starts at 6pm on the Friday, 11am on the Saturday and 1pm on the Sunday, ending at 11pm each night.
Later in the calendar year, as summer turns to fall, The Hot Water Hills Music & Arts Festival in Hot Springs is another two day event that offers fun for all the family. This event offers two stages with live music combined with displays and exhibitions of local artists as well as stalls offering a selection of artisan goods, hand made locally.
Food and drinks are available and there is also a full kid’s activities program that runs all day. It usually takes place on the first weekend in October on Friday and Saturday, with admission a mere $5 so this is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. If you are a fan of the region’s distinctive bluegrass sound then the 2nd Annual Blue Grass Festival will take place on 5th October this year in Mansfield. This is an outdoor event where local bluegrass musicians perform in the city’s beautiful park so you can enjoy great music in a relaxing and very scenic setting with great food and fine company to make the day complete. The proceeds for this event all go to a good cause which is the restoration of the local Dixie Theatre however children under twelve will be admitted for free with one paying adult at a very reasonable price of just $5.Later the same month, you will find the Oktoberfest taking place in Rogers which promises a whole day of entertainment with food, music and fun for all the family from traditional Oom-pah-pah bands and Hammerschlagen to authentic bratwurst and pretzels, not forgetting of course lots of different kinds of beer!