EVENTS & FESTIVALS IN EUREKA SPRINGS

Eureka Springs has a full calendar of a zillion fun special events and festivals going on almost every weekend of the year except some weekends mid-winter. Special events include car festivals for at least a dozen types of cars (Antique cars, Corvettes, Ferraris, VWs, Classic Cars, Minis, Miatas, and many more), Motorcycle Runs and Rides on The Pig Trail, Razorbacks games only an hour away, Antique and Craft shows, festivals devoted to Blues, Folk Music, Bluegrass and Jazz.  Visitors can also enjoy Opera In The Ozarks or attend a variety of theatrical events in the City Auditorium. May is Fine Arts Festival month with all kinds of artsy things going on downtown all month long. Eureka Springs even has an annual UFO convention for those interested in learning more about alien visitations! Or if you’re into chainsaw woodcarving, we have a weekend devoted to that art form!  Did we mention all the marathons, charity-walk runs, triathlons, and other race events?

When you make a reservation to stay at Cliff Cottage Inn – Luxury B&B Suites and Historic Cottages, the elf sends out a complete list of everything going on in town during your stay so you will know whether  to bring your dancin’ shoes or your hiking boots!

EVENTS CALENDAR for 2016 (All dates subject to change without notice)

 January

January 15-17: Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekend
January 17:Mardi Gras Umbrella Decorating, 5PM
January 21-24: Ozark Mountain Music Festival
January 23: The 2nd annual Eureka Springs Historical Museum Garage Sale in Convention Center, 9am to 5pm (tentative)
January 30: Eureka Gras Light & Sound Parade, 6-7pm. Annual Mardi Gras Parade Eureka-style

February
February 4: Joker’s Masquerade Ball, 6-10pm. Costume ball at Convention Center www.eurekaspringsmardigras.org
February 6: Eureka Gras Day Parade, 2-3pm. More beads! Parade rolls thru downtown
February 6: Mayor’s Ball, 7-11pm, featuring New Orleans traditions with a Hollywood twist. Walk the runway for the Mask Walk Off – awards given for Sexiest, Funniest, and Avant Garde.  Dress in black, silver, gold and red. Visit www.melonlightdance.com
Feb. 9: Fat Tuesday King Cake Ball, 5:30-11pm, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. Cocktail bar and fresh oysters open the event. Grand Procession of Eureka Gras Royal Court begins at 6:30pm, ending with a line embrella dance for everyone.
February 13: Chocolate Lovers Festival at the Convention Center, 10am-3pm. www.eurekachocfest.org
February 18: Magic MenLive at the Auditorium, 7-10pm                                                         February 20: Smooch A Pooch, 10am-3:30pm. Bring your pooch to Basin Park for a fun day of puppy love.

March

March 12: 23rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, 2pm rolling thru downtown; StPaddy.ureeka.org for info and parade entry form. Bring out your green!
March 13: You’ve Got Talent Competition, 2-5pm Info at swig@cox.net
March 15-18: Eureka Springs Into Music Festival – classical music,7:30pm  Auditorium
March 19: 34th Annual Victorian Classic Road Race. www.EurekaRotary.org under “Victorian Classic”. 10K run/2 Mile Fun Run and Walk. Benefits local charities.
March 25-26: Celebrate Jesus in the Park & Parade. Music in Basin Park, 11am-2pm then the parade followed at 4pm by more music.
March 26: 26th Annual Eureka Springs Kite Festival, 10am-4pm, Turpentine Creek
March 27: Easter Brunch 10am-2pm followed by Annual Egg Hunt, Crescent Hotel

April

April 8-10: 29th Annual UFO Conference. www.ozarkufoconference.com
April 9: 2nd Saturday Music Series in Basin Park, 7-9pm; Gallery Stroll,6-9pm (April to Dec 2nd Sat., May every Sat.)
April 14-17:40th annual Springtime in the Ozarks AA Conference
April 15-16: 12th annual Carving in the Ozarks Festival
April 15-16: Eureka Springs Indie Film Festival Special Screening
April 28: Great Passion Play opening ceremony, 7-8pm. Bible-reading Marathon 8am-10pm on Passion Play grounds.  biblereadingmarathon.org
April 29-30: Spring Yards & Yards of Yard Sales all around town

May

May 1-31: 29th annual Eureka Springs May Festival of the Artsl events all around town. www.eurekaspringsfestivalofthearts.com
May 1-3: PT Cruisers Rally
May 2: 2nd Saturday Gallery Stroll downtown, 6-9pm
May 6: Opening performance of the Great Passion Play, 8:30-10:30pm
May 7: The ARTrageous Parade downtown, 2pm (this is Eufreaka’s best parade!)
May 6-7: Art of Quilting with quilt show,9am-4pm, Convention Center (tentative)
May 8: John Two-Hawks 13th annual Mother’s Day concert, Auditorium
May 12:Eureka Springs Indie Film Festival
May 14:  Saturday Gallery Stroll downtown, 6-9pm
May 14: Ozarks Chorale concert, 7-9pm, Auditorium. Tix at door
May 15: Annual Books in Bloom Literary Fest, noon-5pm, Crescent Hotel
May 14: Saturday Gallery Stroll, 6-9pm downtown
May 20: 26th annual White Street Walk, 4pm -10pm. White Street is the working address for many local artists who welcome the public into their homes and studios
May 22:  Saturday Gallery Stroll, 6-9pm downtown
May 22-26:   First inaugural Eureka Springs Plein Air Fest with paint-outs all around town

June

June 2-4: Master Gardeners 2016 state-wide conference
June 4: Eureka Springs Mustang Show & Parade
June 11: 2nd SaturdayMusic in Basin Park, 5-7pm; Gallery Stroll 6-9pm
June 16-19: Eureka Springs Blues Weekend. eurekaspringsblues.com
June 17-July 15: Opera in the Ozarks begins its 66th Season at Inspiration Point. www.opera.org for tix, info.
June 23-25: Vulcan Riders. www.vulcanriders.us

July
July 3 : Eureka Springs Historical Museum’s first Happy B’day stroll,10am-1:30pm starting at Carnegie Library on Spring St.and ending at Fuller House on Spring. Tix at museum
July 4: Fireworks celebration at the Holiday Island Recreation Center by The Barn
July 4: Independence Day Parade in downtown Eureka Springs (tentative)
July 7-12: 6th Annual Fleur Delicious Weekend. www.fleurdeliciousweekend.com (TBA)
July 9: 2nd Saturday Gallery Stroll downtown, 6-9pm
July 9: Fleur Delicious Festival (tentative)
July 9-11: Annual Eureka Springs Fat Tire Fest. Mountain Bike off-road events, Short track, super D, downhill, old served trails and cross-country racing. www.DLTevents.com

August

August 5-6: 22nd  Annual Yards & Yards of Yard Sales, all around town, 8am-5pm
August 5-6: Summer Diversity weekend
August 13: 2nd Saturday Music in Basin Park, 5-7pm; Gallery Stroll downtown, 6-9pm
August 12-14:  6th Annual Eureka Springs Multi-Sport Event including swimming,biking, foot racing.www.eurekasportsfestival.com
August 12 -14:  5th Annual Summertime in the Ozarks Al-Anon Convention, Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center. All involved in recovery welcome
August 18-20: Annual Bluegrass Festival. 18th, 7-8:30pm  watermelon social in Basin Park. 19th noon-5pm, free music in the park; Friday & Sat. performances in Auditorium 7pm.. Sat. at noon begins more free music in Basin Park.
August 26-28:  25th Annual VW Weekend at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks. Parade Sat. thru downtown at 3pm
August TBA: Eureka Springs Indie Film Fest. Schedule  eurekaspringschamber.com
August 25-28: Deadhead Productions presents Phunkberry Music Fest at The Farm. For info go to www.phunkberry.com
August 31-September 3: Annual Banjo Rally held in Eureka since 1975. Ron Hinkle will headline

September

September 1: Free Banjo Rally at Kettle Campground, 6:30pm – banjorally.org
September 8-11:  Jazz Festival Weekend all around town starting with Jazz Lawn Party at the Crescent Hotel on Thurs., 7-10pm. Wear Gatsby-style costume;bring chair/blanket
September 9-10: 46th Annual Antique Auto Fest, show & parade at 11am thru downtown. View cars at Pine Mountain Village on Hwy 62 east.
September 23-25: Bikes, Blues and BBQ in Fayetteville
September 23-25: Bikes, Bibles& BBQ at Great Passion Play  (tentative)

October

October 1-31: Haunted Hay Ride at Bear Mountain Log Cabins (tentative)
October 1-31: Eagle Watch and Fall Foliage Tours on Beaver Lake,11am & 1pm
October 6-9: 26th Annual Corvette Weekend; see cars at Pine Mtn. Village
October 7-9: 69th Annual Original Ozark Folk Festival (tentative date)
October 8: 2nd Saturday Gallery Stroll, 6-9pm downtown
October 13-16: Fall War Eagle Mill Antique Craft Show
October 16-18: Eagle Watch Tours on “Belle of Ozarks”,Beaver Lake
October 20-22: Voices From The Silent City – costumed guided historical tours at the cemetery, 62 heading east.Parking across street at sign with free shuttle
October 21-23: 6th Annual Minis in the Ozarks Rally
October 21: 14th Annual Mad Hatter’s Ball fundraiser for Arts School (tentative date)
October 22: Annual Fall Craft Show at Pine Mtn. Village (tentative)
October 29: Last performance of 2016 Great Passion Play (date may change)
October 28 & 29:  Voices From The Silent City – see Oct. 20-22
October 29:  5th annual Zombie Crawl to benefit food bank. EurekaZombies.com
October 29: 20th Annual Howl-O-Ween, 7-9pm, Turpentine Creek

November

November 4-6: Fall Diversity Weekend
November 11: Veteran’s Day Parade downtown, 10am
November 26: Santa in Basin Park
November 27-Dec. 31: Annual Christmas Festival – see www.eurekaspringsdowntown.com for events

December

December 1-31: Eureka Springs’ Christmas Tree Forest on grounds next to Crescent Hotel
December 1: 50th Annual St. James Episcopal Church Silver Tea
December 2: Annual Evening Christmas Parade of Lights, 6pm, downtown
December 3: Winterfest Fine Art & Craft Show, Best Western Inn of Ozarks Convention Center, 9am-6pm. Local artists.  (tentative)
December 3: Candlelight Tour of Victorian Homes, ES Preservation Society
December 3: 19th Annual John Two Hawks Christmas Concert (tentative date)
December 10: Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, & dinner. 6pm Crescent (tentative date)
December 10: 2nd Saturday Gallery Stroll, 6-9pm downtown
December 10: Ozarks Chorale Christmas Concert, Auditorium (date tentative)
December 31: Crescent Hotel and Basin Park Hotel both have dinner/dance parties planned

If you want the best location for the Corvette Weekend, better call Cliff Cottage Inn well ahead to get in. We’ve been bringing three other couples with us for a number of years and we call in May to book for the October event. The parking is perfect for our ‘vettes as our spoilers don’t drag! ~ Guest Comment