May 2019
Calendar of Events

May Festival of the Arts

May 1-31

More than 350 working artists in all mediums fill the Eureka Springs Arts scene with a cornucopia of artistic variety.

During the month of May, we show it all off.

Our 32st annual May Festival of the Arts is packed with one-of-a-kind art exhibits, demonstrations, performances, culinary arts, free music in the park, and the wildest street party thrown by artists – The White Street Walk.

Steve Earle & The Dukes with opening act Junior Brown

May 3, 8 to 11 p.m.

Steve Earle and his longstanding band The Dukes will take the stage at The Aud on the opening weekend of May Festival of the Arts.

Junior Brown opens with his signature double-neck electric guitar and steel guitar, which blends his country/rock & roll sound and complements his crossover artist style.

Great Passion Play Opening Night

May 3, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Opening night for The Great Passion Play, which runs each weekend May through October 2019. Tickets and a complete schedule of times and performances, as well as other planned activities on the Passion Play grounds are available online.

ArtRageous Costume Parade

May 4, 2 p.m.

The annual parade rolls through downtown Eureka Springs at 2 p.m. This year, the theme of the parade is costumes. The public is invited to wear any costume to the parade; nothing is off limits. If you're having trouble coming up with a costume, come to Basin Spring Park between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to get some help. Showing

May 4, 7:30 p.m.

The premiere screening of will take place at The Auditorium.

Jazz in the Park

May 4, 5 to 7 p.m.

Mattson 2 will perform free live music at Basin Spring Park. The band is amde of identical twins, Jared and Jonathan Mattson.

Eureka House Concert

May 5, 6 p.m.

Tom Easton will perform as part of the Eureka House Concert series at the Eureka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 17 Elk St.

Cinco De Mayo Celebration

May 5, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo at Basin Spring Park.

Alt at the Aud Concert

May 10, 8 to 11 p.m.

Summer concert series, presented by Eureka Springs City Auditorium and EZOMB LLC, features Paper Anthem and Rocket Coma.

Second Saturday Gallery Stroll

May 11, 6 to 9 p.m.

It's an downtown open house for all participating Eureka Springs galleries. Meet artists in person as you stroll the streets in style. The stroll runs every second Saturday May through October.

ESSA Reception

May 11, 4 p.m.

Eureka Springs School of the Arts will have a public reception starting at 4 p.m. where you can tour the campus and see ongoing projects.

Basin Art Fair

May 11-12

Stop by Basin Spring Park for an inside look at the art of Eureka Springs. Local artist Gina Gallina will be in the park on Saturday to teach the public how to crochet flowers and leis.

Mother's Day Show

May 12, 2 p.m.

John Two-Hawks will perform his annual Mother's Day show at The Auditorium. Mothers get in free.

Chalk Festival

May 14-17

The Chalk Festival returns to Eureka Springs for a second year, featuring incredible chalk art created by professional artists.

White Street Walk

May 17, 4 to 10 p.m.

Walk the Historic Loop down White Street and discover artists in studio. Jewelry, pottery, painting and beyond will be on display. The once-a-year event is only found in Eureka Springs.

Arkansas Enduro Series

May 18-19

The 2019 Eureka Springs Enduro is a weekend trail bikers dream of. A combination of Passion Play ground, DH trails at Lake Leatherwood and some new routes made just for the Enduro! Not to mention the urban stage in downtown Eureka Springs.

Basin Park Music Series

May 18, 5 to 7 p.m.

Enjoy Jazz in Basin Spring Park with music by Arthur Duncan at 2:30 p.m. and Grady Nichols at 5:30 p.m.

14th Annual Books in Bloom

May 19, 12 to 5 p.m.

Celebrate the written word at Crescent Hotel Garden during the 14th Annual Books in Bloom. Visiting authors include Chris Bohaljian, Wiley Cash, and "Pete the Cat" creator James Dean. Author presentations and free dialog sessions abound to educate aspiring readers on the practices of authors successful in their genres. Books in Bloom is presented by the Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation.

Plein Air Festival

May 20-25

Six glorious days of painting out-of-doors in historic Eureka Springs is more than enough inspiration to make a masterpiece. Event activities include Paint Out, Quick-Draw Event, Juried Competition, Prizes, Public Art Exhibit and Art Sale.

Heart of the Ozarks Rally

May 23-26

Events held at the Eureka Springs Community Center, 44 Kingshighway. CMA Arkansas presents the kick of with bike night at Ozark Fish & Chicken. Guided rides, praise and worship services, youth events and games.

Opera in the Ozarks Cabaret

May 26, 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Opera in the Ozarks offers a cabaret performance at Grand Taverne for a night of good music and delicious food.

Drumming in the Park

May 25, 5 to 7 p.m.

Held at Basin Spring Park, bring a drum or anything else that makes noise and join the drum circle with Angelo and his troupe of drummers and dancers on the fourth Saturday of each month from April through October.

Eureka Springs Mustang Days

May 30-June 2

Get your mustang fix and then some at the 2019 Eureka Springs Mustang Show. Mustangs of all model and year, custom and factor. You'll see it all! All Ford-Lincoln or Mercury products are also welcome to participate.