May Festival of the Arts

May Festival of the Arts

2017 May Festival of the Arts in Eureka Springs

The arts come alive every spring during the annual May Festival of the Arts and there’s nothing quite like it! This unique, month-long festival celebrates art that makes Eureka Springs the creative capital of Arkansas and every artist has an opportunity to shine a spotlight on their work. This year festivities will feature dozens of special exhibits, demonstrations, artist’s receptions, gallery walks, free concerts, parades and much more! This event is perfect for a weekend getaway or a family vacation!

festival-of-the-arts-boostCome see for yourself how this quirky hamlet in the Ozarks lives up to its reputation during the annual May Festival of the Arts. The festival kicks off Saturday, May 6th with more than 75 events all month long. Each day of the entire month an event is taking place! Eureka Springs has more than 350 artists working in all mediums, and the festival is packed with one-of-a-kind art exhibits, gallery strolls, demonstrations and performances.

Also enjoy culinary arts experiences, live music in Basin Park, and a street party thrown by artists themselves: the 27th Annual White Street Art Walk on Friday May 19th features open house receptions, a street fair, a flash dance and other surprises!


Here are some highlights of the upcoming 2017 festival events:

Saturday, May 6th: The ArtRageous Parade 

This annual favorite is colorful, quirky, energetic and sometimes surprising! The ArtRageous Parade is the traditional kick-off of the May Festival of the Arts. This year’s parade will feature floats, art cars, walkers, dancers, musicians, jugglers and the super popular, Africa in the Ozarks drum and dance group.


Sunday, May 7th: Dance of Deceit

An original play by Five & Dime Drama Collective will be performed at one of Eureka’s most beloved venues, The Auditorium. Locally written, produced and directed this multi-media production featuring area-native musicians is promised to amuse.

May 8th – 14th: Bridge of Love 

Bring your own flowers and participate in the Bridge of Love! This event is a Mother’s Day Living Art Installation, to help you celebrate the women in your life. This art Installation lasts for 6 days underneath the Main Street Air Bridge (Basin Bath House Bridge).

Saturday, May 13th: Grand Gallery Stroll

Eureka Springs is known for it’s many art galleries and monthly Gallery Strolls. This year, the May Festival of the Arts brings us the Grand Gallery Stroll. Galleries will be producing specialized exhibits specifically for this event. Dress is casual, drop in and drop out. Fun is mandatory, purchasing is not. Refreshments (21+) will be served.


Music in the Park

Enjoy free live entertainment by some of the area’s most talented musicians on Saturdays at Basin Park. Bring your dancing shoes!

Sunday, May 21st: Books in Bloom

The Books in Bloom Literary Festival is a Celebration for both Writers and Readers! For a decade, this amazing festival, started by the Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation, has promoted the value of books and reading. The Festival provides an opportunity for the public to meet authors and to hear them speak about their work and various aspects of writing and publishing. Located on the grounds of the Crescent Hotel, this FREE event is from noon to 5 pm, Sunday, May 21st. Click Here for more information.

May 21st-25th: 2nd Annual Eureka Springs Plein Air Festival

Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Plein Air Festival “ESPAfest”! This event is May 21-25 at various beautiful and historic locations in Eureka Springs. Over 60 artists from across the country come together for four days of intense plein air painting in and around the beautiful town. Opening Reception to be held at the Eureka Springs School of the Arts Campus.


The Eurekan Spectacle

An augmented reality experience happening throughout town. Download the free app on any mobile device to participate.

A Taste of Art

Both culinary and fine arts will be on display this month during “A Taste of Art”. After viewing all the exhibitions, connect with the artists at receptions hosted by various restaurants throughout town.

So for all of you art lovers out there come on out to Eureka Springs this May and get in on all fun! Hey if you’re ready to head to Eureka Springs check out now to get discounted rates for less than other online travel sites. You can choose from great cottages, hotel rooms to log cabins around Downtown Eureka Springs Arkansas each complete with modern amenities to make you feel comfortable and relaxed. You’ll get rates sent directly to your smartphone or email. There are several Cottages, Cabins, and Lodging that feature a hot tub or a Jacuzzi spa for two offered by Ozark Mountain Vacation Rentals. Visit our site now at to find a place to stay and get great deals!

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