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The Great River Road

Arkansas Travel & Events

Volume 5 Issue 1 Spring-Summer 2018
By Tam McClure
Staff Writer

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Great River Road and the Mississippi River Parkway Commission. Arkansas 362-mile section of the Great River Road National Scenic Byway winds its way through the eastern Delta region along the mighty river. The waterway creates a scenic and natural border that has beckoned people to its banks for centuries.

Visitors can gaze upon acres of cotton, soybeans or rice as they travel through some of the most fertile land in the country. Along the trek, numerous historical and cultural sites preserve the history of Arkansas and its people and welcome visitors to learn more about this remarkable region. In Arkansas, the Natural State, spring and summer in Arkansas are great times for a road trip, so hit the Great River Road this season! https://experiencemississippiriver.com/


May 4-5: 4th Annual Steel Horse Rally on Garrison Avenue in Fort Smith A family-friendly motorcycle rally to benefit local charities and honor all who serve. Free admission. https://www.thesteelhorserally.com/

May 13-19: Eureka Springs National Photography Contest and Exhibit The top 100 photos will be featured throughout the May Festival of the Arts in picturesque Eureka Springs. Admission is free. www.eurekaspringschamber.com


June 1: Artosphere Festival at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville Celebrate artists influenced by nature and who inspire people to live more sustainable lives. The event is open to everyone to experience art, music, dance and nature at free and low-cost, family friendly-events and performances. https://waltonartscenter.org/


July 4: Pops On The River In its 35th year, Pops on the River is a free, community event, activities include: free children’s activities, shopping marketplace, food trucks and lots of entertainment. Performances at the First Security Amphitheater includes the Oh Say! Can you Sing? contest, live music, and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. http://pops.arkansasonline.com/

July 7: Harry Potter Month Sorting Day in Texarkana is an event for the whole family. Hosted by the Museum of Regional History, this day kicks off a month of Harry Potter-themed events with opportunities to play online and at the museums. www.texarkanamuseums.org


August 10-18: The 4th Annual Kaleidoscope LGBT Film Festival, Argenta Community Theater in North Little Rock Kaleidoscope's mission is to provide innovative and unique programming that will engage the hearts and minds of audiences in the State of Arkansas and the surrounding region. www.kaleidoscopefilmfestival.com

August 25: Big Maumelle Canoe Float Paddle through Pinnacle's majestic lowland river while viewing large cypress trees and wildlife. Advance payment for canoe is $40. registration is required. Call 501. 868. 5806 or email pinnaclemountain@arkansas.com to register. brave flag

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