Eureka Springs May Arts Festival Celebrates 27th Year

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Eureka Springs will host arts festival all month long in May.

Every May, the city of Eureka Springs, AR, shines a spotlight on the arts with a month-long festival that celebrates the visual and performing arts. The festival showcases more than 350 working artists that live in the community. Because of the length of the festival and the many venues available, every artist in the city has an opportunity to show.

Colorful, quirky, energetic and sometimes surprising, the ArtRageous Parade is the traditional kickoff of the May Festival of the Arts. It will begin in the evening this year, rolling down Spring Street at 6 p.m. on May 3. Grand Marshal Barbara Kennedy will lead the stream of floats, art cars, walkers, dancers, musicians, jugglers and the super popular Africa in the Ozarks drum and dance group.

Gallery strolls, usually only held the second Saturday evening of each month, are scheduled for every Saturday evening this year. In addition to free refreshments at participating galleries, each gallery stroll will also include special artists’ receptions and shows.

One of the month’s most festive and well-attended events is the annual White Street Studio Walk, which takes place from 4-10 p.m. May 16. Historic White Street is the working address of a large number of local artists who welcome the public into their homes and studios to tour, view their latest works and purchase directly from the artist.

The North Main FAM (Food, Art & Music) Fest will take place at the Eureka Springs Music Park and throughout the North Main Street Arts district all day on Saturday, May 24. North Main is bustling with a number of new galleries and restaurants, as well as a revitalized Art Colony.

Both culinary and fine arts will be on display this month during “A Taste of Art.” Eureka Springs’ restaurants will host local artists and their works while tempting the public with their cuisine.

The festival will feature a number of musicians as well. Michael Martin Murphy will be appearing at the Eureka Springs City Auditorium at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 24. Tickets are $15 and VIP seating is available. Also appearing is Michael Johnathan from Wood Songs Old Time Radio Hour. The two-hour televised performance of the Wood Sons Old Time Radio Hour production will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, May 23.

For more information about the Eureka Springs May Festival of the Arts, a full calendar of events and a printable weekly calendar, visit

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