The 30th Annual May Festival of the Arts is a celebration of the Arts all month long in Eureka Springs. It is a beautiful time of year to visit, the weather is nice, the flowers are blooming, and the events are noteworthy! Our little town is always colorful, you can be sure we outdo ourselves this month.
This is George Paige, the artist responsible for the art installation in our yard this month for the Yard Art contest, The Art of Play. You will find unique exhibits all over the Historic District.
The month starts off with the ArtRageous Parade through downtown. Expect many, many gallery special events, music shows, wine events, art classes, and Mother’s Day events. Check out the calendar of events. We’re positive you will find something that interests you!
One of the favorite events is the 27th Annual White Street Studio Walk will take place Friday, May 19, from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. Historic White Street is the working address of several local artists who will welcome the public into homes and studios to view their latest works. They will be joined by more than forty guest artists from the Eureka Springs area, who will show weaving, watercolors, jewelry, oils, pottery, stained glass, and much more.
A new event is the Eurekan Spectacle. It is an augmented reality based experiential app that allows users to witness a Shakespearean play at various real-world locations around Eureka Springs. The Eurekan Spectacle will go live May 1st with a launch party to follow on May 4th at 6pm in Basin Spring Park. Visitors will be directed to www.eurekanspectacle.com.
Hope you’ll come see us!
The #2 attraction in Eureka Springs is the Tram Tour. You pick it up just a block from us, it travels the historic loop and provides you with a history lesson of how, why and when Eureka came to be. Beautiful homes, springs, and gardens are included on the tour in the open air trolley. Leave the driving to them!
Even if you’ve been here many times, I bet they will tell you something you didn’t know. It is twice every afternoon rain or shine, next time you’re here give it a try!
We’ve mentioned Crystal Bridges Museum before, it is a wonderful day trip here from Eureka Springs. It takes about an hour door to door and is scenic along the way.
They have announced new temporary exhibits for next year that sound really great! We’ve taken the time to wander the museum, the trails and even see a few of the special exhibits. Well worth the trip and we think you’ll enjoy it too. This link talks about the special exhibits for next year and gives you the dates in case you’d like to make a trip.
Rick and I recently took some time to enjoy this beautiful area that we live in. One area quite close to Eureka Springs is Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. It is about 30 minutes north of town, on the way to Branson, MO. 10,000 acres of nature preserve owned by the Bass Pro folks. There are many, many things to do here. We had fun on the Segway Tour. You arrive at the park, there is a café to get a quick lunch if you like. We had a short course on how to ride a Segway, (it is really easy), and off on our guided tour of the park. We drove past waterfalls, wedding chapel, trout fishing streams, more waterfalls, through covered bridges, over stone bridges, past caves, and ended up at the Glory Hole. This is a beautiful pool with waterfall and huge trout. It was very fun and we plan on doing it again on an even longer trail!
Looking through the waterfall
Besides the Segway Tour, you can walk or rent a bicycle to travel the paved trails. There is horseback riding at their stables, a tram or jeep tour of more of the acreage. You can fish from the banks of the river, or go deeper into the park with a guide. This area will be absolutely beautiful this fall! Ask us and we can help you make your plans.
Historic Blue Spring is a natural wonder, pouring 38 million gallons of cold, clear water into its trout-stocked lagoon each day. Visit the historic bluff shelter, now on the National Register of Historic Places. Walk on ground that nurtured the Cherokee people during the Trail of Tears. 33 acres of walkways and garden paths. Visit the historic mill site dating back to the 1840’s. It’s a very peaceful spot with a great film on the history of Eureka Springs along with a cute gift shop where we buy our hummingbird feeders. While you’re out that way there is also Castle Antiques at Inspiration Point and the Velvet Otter store that has a collection of repurposed home décor & furniture. There is a scenic overlook between these two stores that offers an amazing view of the White River below. Take your camera!
This weekend comemorates the 150th Civil War Anniversary of the Battle of Pea Ridge. This historic site is just 30 minutes from Eureka Springs and even if you can’t come this weekend is a great day trip when you are here. On March 7 and 8, 1862, 26,000 soldiers fought here to decide the fate of Missouri and the West. The 4,300-acre park honors those who fought for their beliefs. Pea Ridge was one of the most pivotal Civil War battles and is the most intact Civil War battlefield in the United States.
We even have the driving tape tour on CD that you can borrow when you make the trip over.