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New Entrance and North Forest to debut with Chihuly exhibit opening at Crystal Bridges

Dual Chihuly exhibit opening also brings culmination of year-plus forest project

“Modern Pioneering” in downtown Little Rock with Georgia Pellegrini

Celebrate your best, most beautiful life at this rooftop party-cum-workshop

The International Greek Food Festival is May 19-21!

33rd annual Greek Food Festival brings increases in food options, charitable donations

Arkansas to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week May 7-13

By proclamation of Governor Asa Hutchinson, and in recognition of the positive economic, social, and cultural impact of the travel and tourism industry, Arkansas will celebrate May 7-13 as Tourism Week. In 2016, visitors who traveled in Arkansas spent an estimated $7.7 billion, which generated $538 million in state and local taxes, and supported more than 100,000 jobs.
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Arkadelphia to host Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships

Mountain bikers from across the nation will be heading to Arkansas for the USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships May 7 in Arkadelphia. The event will be held at the Iron Mountain Trail System, which is located in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains and on the south shore of DeGray Lake.

Fishing the Diamond Lakes of Arkansas

Arkansas is home to more than 600,000 acres of lakes. Among these are five in Southwest Arkansas collectively known as the Diamond Lakes. These are Lake Ouachita and Lake Hamilton at Hot Springs, Lake Catherine near Malvern, DeGray Lake at Arkadelphia and Lake Greeson between Glenwood and Murfreesboro.

Haralson, Smith named to Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame honor is presented annually to an individual or individuals who have been actively involved in tourism for many years and who have made substantial contributions to the betterment of the industry as a whole.

2017 Henry Awards presented at Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism

Arkansas tourism partners from across the state honored the 2017 winners of the annual “Henry Awards” during a luncheon at the 43rd Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism, held March 12-14 in Little Rock. The Henry Awards honor individuals and organizations that have made important contributions to the state’s tourism industry in the preceding year.
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Visitor finds 7.44-carat diamond at Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park

While in southern Arkansas for a baseball tournament, 14-year-old Kalel Langford, of Centerton, Arkansas, fulfilled a longtime dream of visiting Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park. Kalel and his parents arrived at Arkansas’s diamond site on the afternoon of Saturday, March 11. By the end of the day, he had registered the 7th- largest diamond found at the Arkansas State Park since 1972.

Do it well. Do it cheerfully. Do it now: Arkansas in The Great War

Events commemorating the Arkansas WWI Centennial planned statewide

Brant Collins named Group Travel Manager for Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

As Group Travel Manager, Collins will oversee a small staff working together to increase visibility of and visitation to Arkansas by groups traveling for reunions, weddings, motorcoach tours, conferences and sporting events.

Forest bathing is the Next Big Thing

Arkansas is the perfect place to try out this new health trend. Read all about the what, why, where and how here.
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New Research Project Coordinator for Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Heather Huckeba has been named the Research Project Coordinator for the Tourism Division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. Among her various duties, Huckeba will develop and oversee research to assist in the promotion of Arkansas as a tourism destination, as well as measure and report tourism’s economic impact on the state.

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism receives national travel media award

The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism has won the silver award in the category of “Destination Social Media or Marketing Campaign” in the 2016 North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) Awards Competition. The award comes in recognition of the department’s Parkansas Vacation Giveaway.

Joe Martin Stage Race celebrates 40 years, attracts top cyclists

Professional and amateur cycling teams head to Fayetteville March 30 through April 2 for the annual Joe Martin Stage Race. Celebrating 40 years, this four-day, four-stage race will host 750 athletes from 27 countries and all 50 states.

Arkansas Repertory Theatre announces 2017-2018 lineup

New season includes everything from dark comedy to musicals

Louisiana Purchase bicentennial monument dedicated

“Straight Lines on a Round World,” created by local sculptor Michael Warrick and Louisiana artist Aaron Hussey, was commissioned by the Committee for Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Monument and represents more than a decade of planning. The ceremony featured a christening with water taken from the Arkansas and St. Francis rivers.

Off-roading in Hot Springs

Hot Springs ORV Park is known as one of the top off-roading parks in the region.

Celebrate Archeology Month in Central Arkansas

Discovery and fun lined up for 50th anniversary of Arkansas Archeological Survey

Little River County gears up for Sesquicentennial

Historical entertainment planned for joint celebration of three Southwest Arkansas milestone anniversaries
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