Top 50 Things to Do
Russellville Christmas Parade
This annual parade is a local holiday tradition held on the first Thursday evening following Thanksgiving. The event attracts thousands and is believed to be the largest lit parade in Arkansas. (479) 968-1272.
Fall Festival & Chili Cook-off
A fun-filled, day-long street festival held each year on the last Saturday in October. The event, sponsored by Main Street Russellville, is held in Downtown Russellville and is centered round the Historic Missouri-Pacific Railroad Depot and Depot Park. (479) 967-1437.
Pope County Fair
Nothing beats the smell of a corn dog and cotton candy at the Pope County Fair. Begun in 1941, the county fair has been an annual tradition in Pope County Arkansas for over 65 years. Get up close and personal with farm animals, fun foods and amusement rides each September. Pope County Fair Association, (479) 967-0320; www.popecountyfairarkansas.com.
Pope County Farmer’s Market
Shop the Pope County Farmers’ Market for fresh. locally-grown goods! Located at 2200 West Main (West Side Church of Christ parking lot) in Russellville, the market is open various hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Contact Kenny Drewry, Vice President of PCFM, for more information. (479) 331-2987. www.popecountyfarmersmarket.com
The River Valley becomes an even brighter spot on the state map with it’s annual holiday Winter Wonderland drive thru light display located at Pleasant View Park, 1 mile north of I-40 on Highway 7 North. For dates and times, visit www.discoverrussellville.org or call the Russellville A&P Commission at (479) 967-1762.
Taste of the Valley
Main Street Russellville’s award-winning tasting party features a delicious assortment of food and drink provided by River Valley restaurants, caterers, vineyards, and food service institutions. This event is held the last Thursday in April. (479) 967-4137. www.mainstreetrussellville.org.
ValleyFest: An annual summer event fund raiser for the Boys and Girls Club of the Arkansas River Valley, ValleyFest includes games, a barbeque cook-off, competitive events, concessions, a car show and fantastic live entertainment. For dates and times, call (479) 968-7819.
Mt. Magazine International Butterfly Festival
At least 91 of Arkansas’s 127 resident butterfly species can be found on Mt. Magazine’s plateau-like summit. The nation’s “showcase butterfly,” the Diana Fritillary -- seen only occasionally in other parts of the U.S. -- consistently reproduces on the mountain. Mt. Magazine is a living butterfly “Eden.” Enthusiasts gather in late June from around the world for the annual festival, first held in 1997. It includes an opening ceremony in Downtown Paris, local entertainment, arts & craft vendors and shows, photo contest, a walk-thru Butterfly Conservatory, horticultural and butterfly seminars, nature walks with interpreters and more! (479) 963-2244; www.butterflyfestival.com.
Shop for a Cause at this annual holiday shopping extravaganza benefiting the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Arkansas River Valley, 600 E. 16th St., (479) 968-7819.
Hot Summer Nights/ Quarterly Artwalk
Join the fun as these two events bring together visitors, musicians and merchants in Historic Downtown Russellville. Shop, Dine, Discover the fun. For dates and times, visit: www.mainstreetrussellville.org or call (479) 967-1437.