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There's something going on almost every weekend in Little Rock, Arkansas. Check out these events and festivals for holidays and every days.  I've highlight some holidays and special events, but clicking on the month will take you to a full listing for that month.  Please note that the full monthly listings are normally not updated until a month or so before the month (ie: March would be updated in February) to keep them as accurate and complete as possible.  Special holiday and festival pages are often updated further in advances, and often holiday events stay the same from year to year.

1. January Events

Sean Locke / Getty Images
Sean Locke / Getty Images

January events include New Year's Eve parties and Martin Luther King Day. It's the perfect time to watch for wintering birds like trumpeter swans and bald eagles. You can also watch the horses at Oaklawn, which opens in January.

2. February Events

Romance, AR postmaster
Romance, AR postmaster

February is Valentine's Day.

3. March Events

2007 Irish Parade
Irish Cultural Society of Arkansas

March is the Little Rock Marathon, Mardi Gras and Saint Patrick's Day.  Visit Hot Springs for the shortest Saint Patrick's Day parade in the United States. It's also the start of spring and our many local daffodil festivals, the most popular being the daffodil festival at Wye Mountain.

4. April Events

Easter Eggs
Amanda Galiano

April has Earth Day, a few fun festivals like Cabot's Strawberry Fest and Easter (sometimes March).  The farmer's markets tend to start up in April and May.  The Arkansas Travelers minor league baseball also tends to start training and playing in April.  Tax day is April 14.

5. May Events

The Greek Food Fest
Amanda Galiano

May brings Toad Suck Daze, the Greek Food Fest and Riverfest.  Throughout the spring and summer Cajun's has their deck parties every Thursday night and the Peabody Hotel has their Rivertop Parties every Friday night.  I call May the start of the summer festival season.  It's also Mother's Day and Memorial Day.

6. June Events

The Pink Tomato Festival
Amanda Galiano

June brings the Little Rock Film Festival and Taste of the Rock.  Movies in the Park starts every Wednesday in the River Market amphitheater and River Flicks is every Thursday in North Little Rock throughout the summer.  The summer festival season is in full swing with Portfest, the Pink Tomato Festival and Hope's Watermelon Festival.  June is also Father's Day.

7. July Events

Fireworks
Amanda Galiano

It's Independance Day, but it's also Grapefest in Altus and Ding Dong Days in Dumas.  July is when Arkansas starts to heat up, with tempertures sometimes in the 100s.  The festival season is slowing down because people don't want to leave their houses.  The third Sunday of the month is National Ice Cream Day.

8. August Events

Clinton Library
Amanda Galiano

August is Bill Clinton's birthday, so you get free admission to the Clinton library.

9. September Events

Celebrate Labor Day
Amanda Galiano

September is Labor Day.

10. October Events

Pumpkin patches and trick-or-treat
Amanda Galiano

October brings Halloween and haunted houses.  The Arkansas State Fair is normally held in October too.  It's also the start of the fall foliage season.  Around Arkansas, it's the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena.

11. November Events

Thanksgiving Pie
Amanda Galiano

November is the month for Thanksgiving, holiday food and black Friday shopping.  It's still a great time to check out foliageChristmas and holiday events start in November.  Veterans Day is also celebrated in November.

12. December Events

Holiday Lights
Amanda Galiano

December the holiday month, with events all over Arkansas and in Little Rock.  We also have big lighting displays all over the central area.

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