Arkansas

The Gun & Knife Show

July 27-28/HOT SPRINGS – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Hot Springs Convention Center. Features a display of products like shotguns, rifles, handguns, scopes, knives, shooting supplies, ammunition, reloading equipment, gun cases, pistol & rifle magazines, military surplus, collector items, archery, fishing supplies, safes, custom handmade gun cabinets, wild game jerky, and much more.

 

International Cake Exploration Societe Convention and Show

July 16-21/LITTLE ROCK – 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Statehouse Convention Center. The focus is to share, promote, perpetuate, encourage, publicize, and enlarge the appreciation, love, practice, and recognition of the Art of Cake Decorating as well as to educate others as to said art and to collect and disseminate information in regard to said art to its practitioners and the general public. https://ices.org/

Robinson Center Reopening 

LITTLE ROCK – The newly renovated Robinson Auditorium, which has been billed as its “second act,” is the biggest recent development in the cultural life of Central Arkansas. The $70 million upgrades included acoustical and technological enhancements, a grand ballroom and patio overlooking the Arkansas River, new conference spaces and expanded lobbies and public facilities, all wrapped up in a LEED-certified package that maintains the historical significance of the original structure. This renovation to the home of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Arkansas and Celebrity Attractions opens up a world of entertainment possibilities for the state and makes the center nationally competitive and capable of hosting any Broadway production. The newly renovated Robinson Center will also henceforth be home to the Miss Arkansas Pageant, which has been held in Hot Springs for the past 58 years. For more information, call 501-370-3224.

Firehouse Hostel and Museum

LITTLE ROCK – International travelers and lovers of unique, budget travel can now stay at the capital city’s first hostel, the Firehouse Hostel and Museum, located inside—you guessed it—a restored historic firehouse in MacArthur Park. The 1917 Craftsman style building once housed Little Rock Fire Station #2, and the charmingly restored property is filled with artifacts from firefighting history. Located in the heart of Little Rock in MacArthur Park, this hostel is close to all downtown attractions, including museums, galleries, shops, restaurants, and the vibrant SoMa and River Market districts. > MORE

A New Downtown Entertainment Park

Region: Upper Delta
NEWPORT – Spring 2017 brings the opening of the new Downtown Entertainment Park in Newport. The park will offer an outdoor music venue, a Veteran’s Walk, a Public Servant’s Walk, a stunning fountain, and become the location for community outdoor movies.

Walton Arts Center Has Expanded

Region: Northwest
FAYETTEVILLE – The Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville celebrated the grand reopening of its newly renovated facility last November which kicked off WAC’s 25th anniversary season. The new expanded atrium will allow patrons to share the excitement, the insights and the beauty of what has happened on stage with one another. The new atrium transforms the relationship between Walton Arts Center, Dickson Street and the entertainment district with glass walls beckoning people inside. There are also now additional restrooms; a designated Starr Concierge Counter for patrons to easily access food, beverages and merchandise; the capacity to host seated dinners for 300 guests for weddings, corporate events and other gatherings downtown. The Starr Theatre has also been renovated for bigger shows. Increased accessibility and amenities include updated technology and accommodations allowing the building to meet the production needs of 21st century shows, and increased accessibility will make the aged facility a friendlier destination for patrons. >MORE