Arkansas is a state that offers stunning natural beauty, friendly people, and plenty of exciting festivals to keep visitors entertained all year round. There are many events held in the state each year, and in this blog, we focus on three of the most popular and special festivals in Arkansas - the Caddo River Festival, the Good Ol' Days Festival, and the Arkansas Lavender Festival.
Caddo River Festival
The Caddo River Fest 2023 is held annually in early September in Glenwood, Arkansas. It is a two-day event filled with live music, food, arts and crafts, and family-friendly activities. This festival is a celebration of the Caddo River and the surrounding area.
The festivities kick off with a parade featuring local organizations and businesses. Following the parade, visitors can enjoy live music on the main stage featuring some of the best musicians from across the country. There are also plenty of food vendors offering delicious local cuisine, including BBQ, hot dogs, funnel cakes, and more.
Children will love the Kid Zone, which features bouncy houses, face painting, and other fun activities. Adults can enjoy shopping for unique arts and crafts made by local artisans.
Good Ol' Days Festival and Car Show
The Good Ol' Days Festival and Car Show is another popular event held every year in Mount Ida. This celebration of the town’s rich history takes place annually over Memorial Day weekend. Good Ol’ Days is a two-day event that features live music, food, arts and crafts, and a parade.
One of the highlights of the Good Ol' Days Festival is the antique car show, which features vintage cars from across the country. There are also carnival rides and games for children, as well as a street dance for visitors of all ages.
The festival takes place in downtown Mount Ida, a small town with plenty of charm. Visitors can explore the local shops and restaurants while taking in the sights and sounds of the festival.
The Arkansas Lavender Festival
The Arkansas Lavender Festival is a celebration of the beautiful herb and is held annually in Hot Springs, Arkansas. This two-day event features live music, food, vendors, and, of course, lavender.
Visitors can enjoy a variety of lavender-themed activities, including a lavender market, where they can find a wide range of lavender products such as soaps, candles, and essential oils. There are also cooking demonstrations featuring lavender-infused dishes, as well as workshops on how to grow and care for lavender plants.
Arkansas is home to some of the best festivals in the country, with the Caddo River Festival, the Good Ol’ Days Festival, and the Arkansas Lavender Festival being just a couple of them. These festivals have something for everyone and offer the opportunity to experience the culture and history of the Natural State. Add these family-friendly festivals to your calendar and don’t forget to tag Arkie Travels when you do. Happy Adventuring!
Lindsay Jordan is the Head of Operations and Sarah's trusted right-hand at Arkie Travels. With an unwavering passion for all things Arkansas, her dedication to promoting the state shines through in her role. For the past six years, she served as the Executive Director for the Gann Museum of Saline County, where her deep appreciation for history and love for her home state was evident in the exceptional exhibits, compelling newsletters, and captivating tours she curated.
Away from the office, Lindsay finds immense joy in experiencing the wonders of the Natural State with her family. From camping under the stars to hiking along breathtaking trails, and even exploring picturesque waterways on kayaks, she embraces these outdoor adventures wholeheartedly and is happy to share all the beauty of Arkansas with everyone around her.