Looking for something to do this weekend? We have searched to find out what's happening in the Arkansas River Valley this weekend. This is not a COMPLETE list. There are always so many events taking place in the River Valley! But, take a look at these events. You're sure to find one that's perfect for you! If you know of a "DON'T MISS" event that we missed, let us know, and we'll add it to the list! 

Have a blessed weekend!


Friday, June 15, 2018


60th Annual Petit Jean Show 2018

Now through Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
The Museum of Automobiles, 8 Jones Lane, Morrilton, AR 72110
Admission: Free

Swap meet, car corral, arts & crafts. More than 900 antique auto related swap meet spaces, 60 arts & crafts flea market spaces, 500 collectible car corral spaces, and 200 RV parking spaces (no hookups) available on first come first serve basis. Two car shows on Saturday the 16th at 11:00 a.m., an antique show for original and originally restored cars and an open car show for all other cars.


D & D Farms Chuckwagon Races

Friday, June 15, 2018 to Sunday, June 18, 2018 from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m.
3192 Bailey Loop Rd., Russellville, Arkansas
Hosted by D & D Farms Chuckwagon Races

Race dates this year are June 16th and 17th. Make your plans now to be here! Gates will open Friday. Current coggins required at the gate. No exceptions.


Family Game Night

Friday, June 15, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Pope County Library,116 E 3rd St, Russellville, AR 72801

Join us for classic board games, exciting strategy games, video games, and everything in between. Bingo for Bad Prizes will still start at 8:30 PM. Feel free to bring a favorite board game from home if you like! These after hours Game Nights are fun for the whole family!


Sensory Story Time

Friday, June 15, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Heritage Hall, E 3rd St, Russellville, AR 72801

Sensory Story Time is a unique story time for children with special needs. The event will be held privately next door to the library in Heritage Hall. This group is limited to 15 children and their caretakers to help keep the children from being overwhelmed. Story time will include songs, rhymes, games, interactive stories and sensory play. Registration is required. Please contact Melanie Goad at (479) 968-4368 or [email protected] to register and to discuss your child’s special needs.


Atkins Movie Night - Lion King

Friday, June 15, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.|
Atkins Centennial Library, 216 NE 1st ST, Atkins, Arkansas 72823

Free movie with popcorn! This Disney animated feature follows the adventures of the young lion Simba (Zoe Leader), the heir of his father, Mufasa (Ernie Sabella). Simba's wicked uncle, Scar (Rowan Atkinson), plots to usurp Mufasa's throne by luring father and son into a stampede of wildebeests. But Simba escapes, and only Mufasa is killed. Simba returns as an adult (Jeremy Irons) to take back his homeland from Scar with the help of his friends Timon (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) and Pumbaa (Cheech Marin).


Rockey Don Jones Friday Night at FSG

Friday, June 15, 2018 from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Front Street Grill, 115 S Front St, Dardanelle, Arkansas 72834

Rockey Don Jones will be belting out the tunes Friday night! Friday night is Oyster Night at Front Street Grill! $1 Oysters however you like them prepared! That's right just a buck a shuck!


Saturday, June 16, 2018


Pope County Farmer's Market

Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Train depot downtown, Russellville, Arkansas

We are a local farmers market that meets at the Depot downtown Russellville, AR on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. We offer fresh produce and more.


Dardanelle Farmer's Market

Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
120 N Front St in Dardanelle (The Gazebo)

This Saturday is going to great day! Come by and see us. We'll be open 8 to Noon on Saturday.


Johnson County Community Farmer's Market

Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Johnson County Court House, Clarksville, AR 72830

The Community Farmers' Market's mission is to provide fresh locally grown produce and uniquely created artisan pieces. To ensure the market is a vital selling space contributing to the health and welfare of its patrons. Creating a dynamic environment rich in fresh foods, consumer choices and a friendly family atmosphere that draws customers to the market; builds relationships within the community enhancing the lives of the people within.


POKER RUN IN THE RIVER VALLEY

Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
902 E 4th St, Russellville, AR, 72801
Hosted by Mongols Mc Arkansas
Cost: $5.00 a hand

Poker Run in the River Valley. 5 locations. 109 miles round trip. Prizes for 1st and 2nd place. Food and drinks available. 50/50 raffle also in play.-


Dardanelle Old Time Days Rodeo

Saturday, June 16, 2018 starting at 10:00 a.m.

The 67th annual Dardanelle Old Time Days Rodeo is this Saturday. The fun starts at 10:00 a.m. There will be vendors and activities for kids all day and the rodeo will kick off at 7:00 p.m. with pre-show activities such as pig scramble and the Crossroads Angels flag and drill team out of El Paso, AR. Come enjoy the longstanding Yell County tradition and the famous rodeo "gyp" sauce on your burger from the full concession.


Neighbor's Table

Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
All Saints' Episcopal Church Russellville AR, 501 S Phoenix Ave, Russellville, Arkansas 72801

All are welcome to attend this no pressure, no questions asked free lunch.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Fresh coffee is served and then lunch is served at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Every Saturday until December 29, 2018.


Open Mic Night

Saturday, June 16, 2018 starting at 6:00 p.m.
Dog Ear Books, 301 W Main St., Russellville, Arkansas 72801

Come on down and share your talent with us! Or just listen to other people's talent! We'll be kicking it off with the little ones sharing their talent at 6, then bring out the adults afterwards, so get ready for all types of entertainment! Open to singers, musicians, poets, comedians, magicians, and many others.


On a Summer's Night 

Saturday, June 16th at 7:00 p.m.
The Center for the Arts, 2209 South Knoxville Avenue, Russellville, AR

The Center stage will come alive with hits from the 60s,70s, and 80s! And did I mention the awesome light show??? Get your tickets today!



Arkansas State Parks Events This Weekend


Legends of Petit Jean 

Friday, June 15, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Petit Jean State Park1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR  72110
Meeting Place: Gravesite Overlook
Admission: Free

Petit Jean, a strange and fascinating mountain with many natural wonders…but that isn’t all that is fascinating. Meet Park Interpreter Ross to discover some stories surrounding the naming of this mountain during the early days of exploration. 

Stargazers Challenge

Friday, June 15, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR  72802
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Swim Area Parking Lot

Lake Dardanelle State Park provides a great setting for viewing the night sky. Join a park volunteer at the swim beach parking area to learn stories and uses of the night sky objects as we explore the sky. We will see how many objects we can identify.

Backyard Birding 

Friday, June 15, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Petit Jean State Park1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR  72110
Meeting Place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

Meet Park Interpreter Ross to watch our feathered friends. Do you have the same birds in your backyard, or are they different? Bring a bird guidebook if you have one and join in the fun! 

Morning Bird Walk

Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR  72802
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Visitor Center

Join a park interpreter at the visitor center to take a walk through the area in search of our visiting birds. Even if you’ve never birded before, you can enjoy these creatures in a whole new way!

Bear Cave Hike

Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Petit Jean State Park1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR  72110
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Bear Cave Parking Area

Join Park Interpreter BT for an interesting walk among the giant sandstone boulders and slot canyons of the Bear Cave area. This is a relatively easy ½ mile hike that is great for the whole family. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water. 

Rock House Cave Hike

Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Petit Jean State Park1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR  72110
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Rock House Cave Parking Area

Meet with Park Interpreter Ross to take a hike to the park’s archeology site, Rock House Cave. We will view American Indian rock art and discover more about the windows into the past that these images provide. This hike is ¼ mile long, Please wear sturdy shoes.

Eagle Measure Up

Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR  72802
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Grassy Area Across from Visitor Center

Bald eagles are incredible not only for their beauty and speed, but for their size as well. Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center and discover how you measure up to an eagle.

Lake Cruise

Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR  72802
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Weigh In Pavilion

Explore the wonders of Lake Dardanelle and the Arkansas River aboard the state park tour boat (weather permitting). Enjoy abundant wildlife, amazing history, and astounding views of the river valley throughout this 1-hour cruise. There is no fee for the tour, but space is limited. You must register for the tour. Call (479) 967-5516 to register for a seat. We will begin boarding 15 minutes before the tour, at the boat dock near the south boat ramp.

What's For Lunch?

Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR  72802
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Visitor Center

We have 8,000 gallons of aquariums, filled with many of the fish species found in Lake Dardanelle. Join park staff in the visitor center as they feed the fish live food. See for yourself, what’s for lunch?

Critter Crunch

Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 1:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR  72802
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Visitor Center

Lake Dardanelle State Park’s diverse habitats provide homes for many creatures large and small. Join a park interpreter in the kid’s corner of the visitor center as she tells you about some of the smaller creatures. She will also be feeding these creatures; so come discover the small native wonders we have around us.

Snakes of Petit Jean

Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR  72110
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Mather Lodge Breezeway

Join Park Interpreter Sam and learn about some of the snakes that inhabit Petit Jean State Park's special ecosystem. At this program, you will learn about the roles snakes play in our environment, have a chance to discuss some snake myths, and possibly even get to see a live snake up close.  

Marsh Mystery

Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR  72802
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Grassy Area Across from Visitor Center

As the Arkansas River journeys through Lake Dardanelle, it continually shapes the land and creates opportunities for people like you. We have to be careful when enjoying these opportunities that we don’t affect others. Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center and help her solve a marsh mystery. Discover how you can help protect our natural areas.

Wearable Water Cycle

Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Lake Dardanelle State Park100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR  72802
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Dardanelle Area Campground near the Playground

As the Arkansas River journeys through Lake Dardanelle, it continually shapes the land and creates opportunities for people like you. Discover the many stops a drop of water makes on its journey through the water cycle. The possibilities are endless. Join a park interpreter near the playground at the Dardanelle Area campground and dive into this incredible journey.

Terrific Trees

Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Mount Nebo State Park16728 West State Highway 155, Dardanelle, AR  72834
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Amphitheater

At Mount Nebo State Park, you are never far from a tree. Do you know how to identify the trees you see? Join a park interpreter to discover some methods for identifying them! Participants will have the opportunity to decorate and take home a tree cookie.

Color Wheel Hike

Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Mount Nebo State Park, 16728 West State Highway 155, Dardanelle, AR  72834
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Waterfall Trailhead

Join a park interpreter, and pick a color! Take time to enjoy the great outdoors at Mount Nebo State Park, and try to find your chosen color on this easy trail hike! Wear appropriate shoes, and bring water.

Sunset Kayak Tour

Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Petit Jean State Park1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR  72110
Admission: $20 adults, $15 children ages 6-12
Meeting Place: Boathouse

Want to relax in a kayak while watching the sunset colors dance on the open water? Join Park Interpreter Sam at the boathouse for a sunset kayak tour on Lake Bailey. This is a special opportunity to go kayaking on the lake after boathouse hours. Everyone is required to wear a life vest on this tour. There is a first-come, first-serve limit for this tour, so please sign up in advance. For an information sheet and to sign up for the tour, please visit or call the park visitor center at (501)727-5441. There is a brief kayak paddling instruction at the beginning of the tour, and the tour lasts about 1 hour.

Evening Hike

Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 8:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Mount Nebo State Park, 16728 West State Highway 155, Dardanelle, AR  72834
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Waterfall Trailhead

Join a park interpreter, and pick a color! Take time to enjoy the great outdoors at Mount Nebo State Park, and try to find your chosen color on this easy trail hike! Wear appropriate shoes, and bring water.

Hike to Lover's Leap

Sunday, June 17, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Mount Nebo State Park, 16728 West State Highway 155, Dardanelle, AR  72834
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Waterfall Trailhead

Lovers' Leap and the legend surrounding it is a part of the tradition of Mount Nebo State Park. Join a park interpreter to hear the legend of Lovers' Leap, explore the history of Mount Nebo, and enjoy the breathtaking views from the Rim Trail. This hike will be easy. Be sure to bring water and wear sturdy shoes.

Lake Bailey Basics

Sunday, June 17, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR  72110
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Boathouse Parking Lot

Ever wonder about what is right below the surface of beautiful Lake Bailey? Questioned how is there a lake on top of the Petit Jean Mountain? Meet Park Interpreter Sam at the boathouse to discover some Lake Bailey basics!

Mather Lodge Tour

Sunday, June 17, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR  72110
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Breezeway at Mather Lodge

Join a Park Interpreter Matt at the breezeway of historic Mather Lodge for a tour of this architectural park gem. Discover some secrets of the past and gain insight into the undergone changes of one of Arkansas’s most treasured landmarks.

Mammal Animals of Petit Jean

Sunday, June 17, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR  72110
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: CCC Room at Mather Lodge

Meet Park Interpreter Sam in the historic CCC Room at Mather Lodge to guess which mammal the furs and skulls belong to. You will also discover some interesting features about these animals who live at Petit Jean State Park.

Petit Jean - An Ever-Changing Landscape

Sunday, June 17, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR  72110
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Amphitheater

Though we do not often notice it, the mesa of Petit Jean is in a constant state of change. Join Park Interpreter Ross to learn about the never ending force known as erosion that has shaped this area.

Sunset Stroll

Sunday, June 17, 2018 from 8:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR  72110
Admission: Free
Meeting Place: Richter Memorial Overlook

Meet Park Interpreter Ross to take a short stroll to the CCC Overlook where you can watch the sunset from one of the most scenic locations in the park. Bring a flashlight for the walk back to your car. Sunset is at approximately 8:37 p.m.


That's it for this installment. All of us at the Tabatha Davis Team invite you to have a safe and fun weekend. Spend it with someone you love.

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