Hello, and welcome to Eureka Springs!
We're always artistic in Eureka Springs, but that's especially true during May Festival of the Arts. The month is jam-packed with events nearly every day of the week. Everywhere you look, you'll find art of some kind.
The events kick off with the ArtRageous Costume Parade on Saturday, May 4, in Basin Spring Park. Everyone is invited to wear a costume and walk in the parade. If you don't have a costume, there's no need to worry! Costume making stations will be set up in Basin Spring Park all morning long, so you can experience the parade the way locals do. Come to the park and create a custom mask or throw on some glitter ––the more colorful the better!
The kickoff weekend is just a small taste of what's to come during the month. Every weekend in May, the park will be full of art, locals and laughter. We hope you're there, too! Events scheduled in the park include the Basin Art Fair, Jazz in the Park, Drumming in the Park and our first-ever Cinco de Mayo celebration. There's something for everyone, and we're excited to share local and regional art with all of you.
MayFest wouldn't be complete without a bunch of other festivals. We've got festivals nearly every week of the month, including the Plein Air Festival, Chalk Festival and Books in Bloom Literary Festival. The Chalk Fest returns to Eureka Springs after a successful first year in 2018, featuring well-known artists who create three-dimensional artwork on the pavement. You're welcome to talk to the artists and try your own hand at chalk art. After all, you never know what you can create until you try!
Books in Bloom is a traditional part of MayFest, celebrating 14 years of bringing authors to Eureka Springs. At Books in Bloom, you'll meet all kinds of authors and learn a little more about their creative process. James Dean will talk about his popular children's book series Pete the Cat and how he got his start painting Pete, his beloved kitty who loved sticking his face in coffee cups.
Whether you're interested in painting, drawing, writing or making music, May Festival of the Arts has something for you. If you're anything like us, you're interested in all those things. We hope you have an artrageous time in Eureka Springs, and please come back soon!
- Eureka Springs Visitor Staff
Craig Thomas of Chalk Fest
Thomas' three-dimensional chalk art has captured audiences throughout the country, but many would be surprised to know he never intended to become a chalk artist.