Events in bold are my top picks.
Toad Suck Daze
Early May, Conway
Toad Suck Daze is full of food, toad racing, music and entertainment for the whole family.
Beale Street Music Festival/Memphis in May
Early May, Memphis (other events throughout May)
Not in Little Rock, but this is a fun festival for central Arkansans to check out.
Hamburg Armadillo Festival
Early May, Hamburg
Shopping, crayfish boil and other family events.
Peach Blossom Festival
Early May, Nashville AR
Music, entertainment, a car show, BBQ cook-off, tractors, arts & crafts and food vendors.
Southern Folk Festival, Formerly "Bugs, Bands, and Bikes"
May, El Dorado
Crawfish boil, battle of the bands, bike show and other festival type food and events.
Esperanza Bonanza Festival
Early May, Marion
Backyard barbecue contest with more than 60 teams, carnival, rodeo, live music and more.
Early May, Yellville
Carnival, 5K run, craft booths, food booths, antique car show, ugly dog contest, fireworks, horseshoe tournament, rock wall, local musical entertainment, yelling contest, Little Miss and Mister pageant and kids games.
Rough & Ready Days
Early May, Monticello
Carnival, food, fishing derby, antique car show, bike show, chicken cook-off and more.
Hope Bluegrass Festival
Early May, Hope
Free music festival with local and national artists.
Loose Caboose Festival
Entertainment, fish fry, vendors, demonstrations and more.
Not having the pickle plant doesn't stop the pickle love. Pickle eating, pickle pageants and festival food, entertainment.
Crawdad Days Music Festival
5K Run, Cardboard Boat Races, car show, children performances, horseshoe tournament, tennis tournament, carnival, food, music and crawdads.
Magnolia Blossom Festival and World Championship Steak Cook-off
Steaks, sidewalk art show, craft show, live entertainment, 5K race, fishing tournament, car show, motorcycle show and more.
Greek Food Festival
May, Little Rock
Located at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church at 1100 Napa Valley Drive, this festival has great food, Greek dancing and crafts.
Bingo, fishing derby, magic show, street dance, 5k river run, mud bog, children fun games, horseshoe tournament, mini-tractor pull, live boxing, buddy bass tournament, duck derby, boat races, pet parade, karaoke contest, American Legion salute to vets, fireworks and Confederate Railroad on Saturday night.
May, Little Rock
The biggest music festival in Arkansas. This year we have Willie Nelson, the B-52s, Heart, 3 Doors Down and lots of other great acts. Tickets $13-25.
Hot Springs Music Festival
Late May or Early June, Hot Springs
This is for those of you who love orchestra, ensemble, choral and chamber music. They have 20 concerts. You see every performance for $125, but tickets for individual performances are available ranging from free to $25.
Little Rock Film Festival
Early June, Little Rock
Five days of film.
Lots of local and national films with workshops, panel discussions and more.
Early June, Jacksonport
Hear national country music acts on the banks of the White River. There are activities and games for kids, festival foods, catfish cooking competitions and more. Fireworks on the last day of the festival.
Hope Watermelon Festival
Early June, Hope
Music, the largest arts and crafts show in Arkansas, a 5k walk-run, food, an antique car show, softball, a seed spitting contest and LOTS of watermelon.
Chicken and Egg Festival
Early June, Prescott
Free admission. Arts and crafts, food vendors, tennis, 5K run, basketball and egg related activities.
Early June, Russellville
BBQ contest, arts and crafts, food vendors, midway, bingo, slam dunk contest, 3-on-3, volleyball, softball, horseshoes, tennis, 5K, bike races, River Valley Idol, car show, fishing derby, and mostly free entertainment all weekend.
Pink Tomato Fest
June, Warren Celebrate the pink tomato with tomato markets, contests and other free entertainment.
Petit Jean Car Show & Swap Meet
You will see over a thousand cars plus crafts, antiques and more. Free admission.
Oil Town Festival
Free concerts every night.
Turkey Track Bluegrass Festival
Golf cart parade, banjo bing, hog-roast, yard sale and more.
Great Arkansas Pig Out
Pig chases, good food, sports, musical entertainment and a car show. This is one of the major festivals in the region.
Music, craft vendors, food vendors, kids games and festival foods.
PurpleHull Pea Festival & World Championship Rotary Tiller Race
The world's fastest garden tillers compete in this festival. Festival food, craft vendors, entertainment and more.
Mt. Magazine International Butterfly Festival
Parade, arts & crafts, food, live entertainment and more.
Buffalo River Elk Festival
Crafters,nature seminars, wildlife displays, fishing derby and the elk permit announcements.
Riverfront Blues Festival
June, Fort Smith
Blues music and food.
Fat Tire Festival
July, Eureka Springs
Annual mountain bike festival.
Ding Dong Days Festival
Food and craft vendors, parade, games for kids and entertainment.
Celebrate Arkansas wine in Altus. Most events and tastings free.