It’s almost time to ring in another year. The New Year in Eureka Springs will bring back many Eureka Springs festivals that guests have come to enjoy year after year. No matter the season you visit Eureka Springs; events are held throughout the year to keep your calendars full and involved in all the community happenings.
Held at The Auditorium in downtown, the Eureka Springs Indie Film Festival will be January 23rd through the 25th. Up and coming filmmakers will submit independent films in a variety of categories like drama, comedy and documentary. Screenings and panel discussions will be held throughout the weekend with awards given out in multiple categories. Passes can be purchased for one day or for the entire three day event.
The Eureka Springs Mardi Gras Extravaganza is a three month, fifteen event festival taking place beginning January 11th. The introduction of the Royal Court kicks off the festivities followed by the Taste of New Orleans, two Eureka Gras parades, a Jazz Brunch at the Crescent Hotel, masquerade balls and an Arti Gras Reception. Let the good times roll at this colorful and exciting celebration that brings the fun of New Orleans to downtown Eureka Springs. For a full schedule of events, click here.
Back again this year is the annual Chainsaw Carving Festival April 18th through the 20th. This event will betaking place behind Cornerstone Bank and McDonalds. Carving in the Ozarks celebrates the art of chainsaw carving and will feature around 20 to 25 artists creating masterpieces while you watch. All pieces made throughout the weekend will be auctioned off with a portion of the proceeds benefiting charity.
Throughout the entire month of May is the May Festival of the Arts. This month long festival of the arts features events like the ARTrageous parade, Eureka Springs Musical Park with interactive music sculptures and art exhibits and art demonstrations held all over town. One of the most popular events is the White Street Studio Walk. Home to many of the local artists of Eureka Springs, this event on White Street gives visitors and inside look into the homes of these artists and their studios to view their most recent work. Even the local restaurants get involved in this month long celebration with Food-A Taste of Art with fine dining and artist receptions.
Coming September 5th and 6th is the Eureka Springs Antique Automobile Festival. This free event will feature hundreds of classic cars on display, a parade down Spring Street and prizes awarded in a variety of categories. Another fall favorite each year is the Ozark Folk Festival. The 67th annual festival will be held this year on October 7th through the 12th. Events throughout this week long festival include The Barefoot Ball, a singer-songwriters contest, arts and crafts demonstrations, a folk festival parade and stages featuring free folk music.
When planning your Eureka Springs visit, be sure to book your room at Arsenic and Old Lace Bed and Breakfast. Whether you are in town with a few friends, a family reunion or a couple’s getaway, Arsenic and Old Lace has plenty of space to accommodate all groups. Its convenient location is within walking distance of all the shopping and dining the historic district has to offer. Whether your getaway is a vacation for a couple of days or just a quick weekend escape, come and experience the warm hospitality of Arsenic and Old Lace.
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