August’s Top 10 Things To Do


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

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