Every May, the city of Eureka Springs, Arkansas shines a spotlight on the arts with a month-long festival that celebrates the visual and performing arts.
May Festival of the Arts showcases the works of more than 350 working artists that live in the community and because of the length of the festival and the many venues available; every artist in Eureka Springs has an opportunity to show.
Colorful, quirky, energetic and sometimes surprising, the ArtRageous Parade is the traditional kick-off the May Festival of the Arts. Enjoy the stream of floats, art cars, walkers, dancers, musicians, jugglers, and dance groups on Saturday, May 5 at 2 pm. This year’s parade Grand Marshal is artist Valerie Damon.
The world premiere of Willo Mancifoot the Musical will be performed during the Eureka Springs Festival of the Arts in The Auditorium at 36 S. Main Street. This original musical inspires compassion, tolerance, forgiveness, generosity and multicultural teamwork creating a more loving world. Performances are May 5 at 7:30 p.m. and May 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children and available for purchase at www.theaud.org or at the door prior to performances.
The Third Annual Nuits Rosé Eureka Springs Wine Fest will be celebrated May 10 through 13. Various restaurants and lounges around Eureka Springs will be offering rosé tastings, flights, and pairings to serve with special menu items during this rosé wine festival.
One of the month’s most festive and well-attended events is the annual White Street Studio Walk, which takes place May 18, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Historic White Street is the working address of a large number of local artists who welcome the public into their homes and studios to view their latest works.
May Festival of the Arts also includes concerts by the Ozarks Chorale, John Two-Hawks, and Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboys.
Many more events including a chalk art festival, Music Park yarn bomb, craft fairs, and gallery receptions fill up the calendar for the month. For more information and a full calendar of events, visit the website.