Jacob Slaton
Matt Bell and Ben Bell wanted to share the beauty of Arkansas by planting roots for Origami Sake in Hot Springs. The sake distillery will be featured at the American Craft Sake Fest in Hot Springs on March 2, 2024.

The future's looking bright with many opportunities for fun this year in the Spa City.


The first-ever American Craft Sake Fest in Hot Springs featuring Origami Sake at Bridge St. LIVE Entertainment District on March 2. 

The Arkansas Cherry Blossom Festival is scheduled for March 3 at the Hot Springs Convention Center, and you won’t want to miss it! 

The first-ever Hot Springs Sumo Sumo Sumo wrestling exhibition to Arkansas on March 3!


Horse racing season at the famed Oaklawn Hot Springs starts in December each year. Racing season runs through May, culminating with the renowned Arkansas Derby Day on March 30.

Eclipse at Oaklawn and Total Solar Eclipse at Mid-America Science Museum, where visitors and locals can watch the famous 2024 eclipse that is set to happen on April 8, 2024. And don’t miss the 2024 Ron Coleman Mining Eclipse Festival from April 6-8. Don’t forget to stop by the Ecliptic Music Festival at Cedar Glades Park on April 5-8.

Visit Hot Springs
Garvan Woodland Gardens’ Tulip Extravaganza

Garvan Woodland Gardens’ Daffodil Days & Tulip Extravaganza is an annual rite of passage (and an Insta-worthy attraction).

Mark your calendar for the 21st annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17. This 98-foot, fan-favorite parade always includes two celebrities as the grand marshal and official parade starter.

Arts & the Park is a 10-day festival that celebrates the local arts scene. From April 26 to May 5, guests can enjoy live performances, workshops, art exhibitions and children’s events.


Don’t miss one of the three annual free fireworks displays over Lake Hamilton for Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day. Best viewed by boat!

The 2024 Bridge Street LIVE! Concert Series will take place downtown every Thursday in June. Enjoy this block party on the city’s shortest street with free music, local food and drinks, games and vendors.

AR Dept. of Parks, Heritage & Tourism
Running of the Tubs in downtown Hot Springs.

Come down to Bathhouse Row on June 1 or the World Championship Running of the Tubs. Watch as teams race decorated tubs while people dressed in robes and slippers shoot super soakers at them. This wacky event is truly one-of-a-kind.

The sixth annual Hot Springs Seventh Annual Baseball Weekend on August 23-24 celebrates the city’s rich history as the birthplace of Major League Spring Training. 


Spa-Con Pop Culture and Comic Convention—a comic con that draws in comic fans, cosplayers, gamers and more—will return this September 20-22.

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival from October 18-26 highlights documentary filmmakers of the south and has a lineup of compelling stories from around the world. Enjoy film screenings, panels and workshops with acclaimed filmmakers and special guests.

Don’t miss Feast Month throughout November where you can enjoy a diverse spread of culinary delights! 

Enjoy the Spa Running Festival on November 16. From a 1K Squirt Race to a half marathon, this festival allows every level of athlete to get out and enjoy the city’s natural beauty. Visit hotsprings.org to register!

The Tom Daniel Holiday Chili Cook-Off is an all-you-can-eat chili competition that will be held on November 25 at the Exchange Street Parking Deck.

Visit Hot Springs
Gudrun: Northwoods MTB Festival

The Gudrun: Northwoods MTB Festival will return this November 8-10. Mountain bikers from all over the country will compete and celebrate the Spa City’s avid biking community.


Come see the Hot Springs Christmas Parade in downtown Hot Springs on December 2 for holiday cheer! 

The biggest event in the Spa City is the annual holiday lights display at Garvan Woodland Gardens from November 25, 2024 to January 1, 2025.