9 Music, Arts, and Culture Festivals to Check Out This May in Arkansas

May will bring a variety of celebrations and festivals across Arkansas. Here are nine to discover.

501 days

May Day in central Arkansas

This day celebrates areas of the state in area code 501. Events, as well as offers and discounts, will take place throughout the region.


501 Festival 2022

May 1 at 1301 Main Street, Little Rock

One of the biggest 501 Day celebrations, 501 Fest will feature live music, food, vendors, kids’ activities and more.


Mountain View Iris Festival

May 6-7 at 1108 Gaylor Street, Mountain View

Enjoy music, dancing, and shopping while admiring the best iris blooms Arkansas has to offer.


Crawdad Days Festival

May 20-22 at 1400 Fairgrounds Road, Harrison

Eat crawdads and enjoy other entertainment at this festival, including vendors, a show and more.


Cowboy Music and Arts Festival

May 20-21 at 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View

This festival will celebrate the songs and stories of the American cowboy and will feature Southern-style artisans, gardens and cuisine.


Magnolia Blossom Festival

May 20-21 at 211 W. Main St., Magnolia

This festival will feature the 32nd annual World Steak Cook-off Championship, an art exhibit, live music and more.


Kaleidoscope LGBTQ+ Film Festival

May 19-22 at the Argenta Community Theatre, 405 Main St., North Little Rock

Discover short and feature films created by and about members of the LGBTQ community during this festival, and enjoy some social events.



May 21 at Riverfront Park, 120 Riverfront Park Drive, North Little Rock

This music and arts festival will feature Randy Houser as the headliner, along with several supporting acts. There will also be vendors, food and games for all ages.


The Pulaski County Fair

May 25-29 at Riverfront Park, 120 Riverfront Park Drive, North Little Rock

Returning for a second year after a multi-year hiatus, the Pulaski County Fair will offer everything fairgrounds are famous for: rides, games, live music and fry-up.


Alice P. Darby