Both the largest city in Arkansas (population 200,000) and the state capital, Little Rock nevertheless lacked a Gay Pride celebration until relatively recently - a bit of a surprise, given that the city has long had gay bars and a good-size LGBT population. The annual event has quickly become very popular, however, and draws folks from throughout Arkansas and neighboring states.
Little Rock Gay Pride Fest, aka Central Arkansas Pride, takes place at Clinton Presidential Library Park, on the east side of downtown near the Arkansas River, in October - the date this year is October 16, 2016.
The free festival, which includes bands and musicians performing throughout Sunday afternoon, begins at 1 pm and ends at 6 pm. There's also Little Rock Pride Parade, which makes its way down to the city's atmospheric River Market district - the parade typically takes place about an hour before the festival.
Note that the Little Rock Marriott, which is within easy walking distance of the Pride grounds at the Clinton Library, is an official host of the city's Pridefest - the hotel may again be offering a special discount to attendees.
Little Rock Gay Resources
The best go-to in the area for LGBT news and information is Out in the Rock. The Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau has a comprehensive visitor site detailing attractions around the city, as well as dining, lodging, and nightlife options. Up in the Ozarks in the northwestern corner of the state, you'll find one of the most prolific gay vacation resort communities in the central U.S. in Eureka Springs, a town well worth checking out if you're exploring Arkansas.