Here are ten awesome things for you and your family to do all across Arkansas this month!


"The rain does its work" pencil, watercolor, gouache, ink, algae, wallpaper_ 30.5_ x 22__ 2014; Courtesy of SAAC

“The rain does its work” pencil, watercolor, gouache, ink, algae, wallpaper_ 30.5_ x 22__ 2014; Courtesy of SAAC

1. Arkansas Women to Watch Exhibition 2016

El Dorado

Aug. 4 through Sept. 1: This year’s exhibit is “Organic Matters” and includes works by Dawn Holder of Clarksville; Sandra Luckett of Conway; Katherine Rutter, formerly of Little Rock; and Melissa Wilkinson of Bono. Hosted by the South Arkansas Arts Center, the display is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | 870.862.54747

Photo by Kim Kravitz

Photo by Kim Kravitz

2. First Friday


Aug. 5: Join in the fun at one of the state’s largest block parties. Participants enjoy live music — this month by The Zeros — art sessions of various kinds, great food and lots of good, clean family fun throughout the summer months. The party starts at 11 a.m. in the Bentonville Square. | 479.254.0254


3. 2nd Annual Eureka Springs Human Rights Art & Film Fest

Eureka Springs

Aug. 5 and 6: Diversity and human rights are the focus of this festival, which will feature a number of films, film shorts and art, all taking place during this summer’s Diversity Weekend in the picturesque Eureka Springs. Admission is free. | 479.253.7333

Courtesy of Danny Helms

Courtesy of Danny Helms

4. ‘Three Feet of Arkansas’ Art Exhibit


Aug. 6 through 31: Danny Helms, Georgia Hubnik and Lena Hall are the featured artists for this show highlighting the beauty of Arkansas. The exhibit kicks off with a Meet the Artists opening reception on Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. Works by other artists, including Bill and Gloria Garrison, will also be on display; open Tuesday through Saturday in the Downtown Gallery/Studio 21 | 903.286.3219

5. 118th Annual Tontitown Grape Festival


Aug. 9 through 13: Spaghetti dinners, arts and crafts, free concerts including headliner Pam Tillis, carnival rides and a truck raffle are just a few of the highlights of this annual festival. There will also be a 5K and the crowning of Queen Concordia. Parking and admission are free. | 479.361.2615

Grady Nichols

Grady Nichols

6. An Evening with Grady Nichols

Little Rock

Aug.13: Support the Lupus Foundation of Arkansas at their annual fundraiser. This year, the smooth jazz concert is moving to the Little Rock Marriott. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door and the proceeds help the organization “provide education, advocacy and support to all affected by lupus and to increase public awareness.” | 800.294.8878

Courtesy of Mountains, Music & Motorcycles

Courtesy of Mountains, Music & Motorcycles

7. Mountains, Music & Motorcycles

Mountain View

Aug. 18 through 21: Get on your hog, and make the scenic ride to Mountain View for biker games, a poker run, a bike and car show and much more  such as games, live music, good food and fun for the entire family. | 870.269.8068

8. Teal Night in Tahiti

Fort Smith

Aug. 20: It’s a night of FUNdraising at the Fort Smith Convention Center, complete with Tahitian drinks, a gift card pull, photo booth, a DJ and dancing, a big-screen live Instagram feed and more, including a silent auction with fine jewelry and a Cajun dinner for 10 up for grabs … all to benefit the River Valley Ovarian Cancer Alliance. Tickets are $50 each. Can’t make this year’s event? Sponsor a survivor’s family! | 479.883.3379

Courtesy of Frisco Festival

Courtesy of Frisco Festival

9. Frisco Festival


Aug. 26 through 27: Music, delicious food, ice cold beverages as well as an arts and crafts festival, carnival rides and children’s activities and a 5K walk/run are all on the agenda for this year’s festival. Free admission; sponsored by Main Street Rogers. | 479.936.5487


10. Hot Springs JazzFest

Hot Springs

Aug. 31 through Sept. 5: It’s an entire weekend of jazz! This event kicks off with music from the Rodney Block Collective, continues with ATM featuring “This Diva Chicks” and concludes with a jazz tea dance at the Arlington Hotel Resort and Spa. | 501.627.2425