There’s more than one reason Eureka Springs, AR, is listed as one of the top 25 art destinations in the country and during the month of May, you can experience many of those reasons, visiting during the May Festival of the Arts. Don’t just read about it in the papers, come join in.
The month starts off on Saturday, May 4th, at 2:00 p.m. with the traditional ARTrageous Parade. See art themed floats, dogs in costumes and parade participants who have re-created themselves in different forms of art.
On Saturdays in May there will be a gallery stroll where galleries in town feature the work of different artists, with many of the artists on-site to talk to you.
On Wednesday nights, Robert R. Norman brings his Drink & Draw Art Jams to Chelsea’s. It’s like an open mic night, but for the visual artist. Robert brings art supplies you can buy for a $5 donation or bring your own supplies. Everyone is welcome and you don’t need to be an artist to participate. Best of all, you get to keep what you create.
On Friday, May 10th, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Pine Mountain Village will be having their spring craft show with all hand-crafted items.
The next Friday, May 17th, White Street Walk will be taking place. What started as a few artists opening up their homes and shops has turned into a much anticipated street fair of arts and crafts. If you have a style you are interested in, you’ll find it at White Street Walk.
A new event this year, the ARTrageous Street Fair will occur on May 25th in Basin Park. This event will be setup like a French style street fair where artists galore will be setting up their booths so you can delight in their artistic endeavors.
For music lovers, also on May 25th the four time Grammy nominees, Trout Fishing in America, will be performing in the band shell in the afternoon and the Auditorium at 7:00 pm. To quote from their website, “Their willingness to make fun of our most annoying and sometimes disgusting habits in one song, then touch our hearts with tender and passionate images of family life in the next, is what makes the connection between Trout Fishing in America and their audience so real.”
There’s a luxury Eureka Springs bed and breakfast near all of these activities – find one, book one and have one of the best times of your life!