Russellville Christmas Parade
This annual parade is a local holiday tradition held on the first Thursday of December. The event attracts thousands and is believed to be the largest lit parade in Arkansas. (479) 968-1272.
music downtown@ sundown
Main Street Russellville's summer concert series features local and regional talent at Depot Park in Russellville Downtown! Bring your blankets and lawn chairs throughout the summer for a special treat. (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 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.
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 around the Historic Missouri-Pacific Railroad Depot and Depot Park. (479) 967-1437.
RussVegas Half Marathon
RussVegas Half Marathon is a PR fast course covering 13.1 miles throughout Russellville, supporting the River Valley Circle of Friends and Children's Hospital. Participants start and finish on the streets of HIstoric Downtown. More than 300 volunteers and local business's pull out the red carpet each April for participants and family. Featuring a kids mile, 5k Glow Run, car show, bands, food, and an expo. Visit www.russvegashalf.com to learn more.
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.
Pickle Fest in Atkins
In 1945, Goldsmith Pickle Company invested $75,000 to build a pickle plant in town. Townspeople raised an additional $15,000 to build and equip the plant that became the Atkins Pickle Company. The plant sustained the local economy for more than half a century. Pickle Fest honors the pickle. Mr. Dill Pickle & Miss Sweet Pickle pageants, pickle juice drinking, pickle eating contests and more. Always held the third weekend in May.
RussVegas Triathlon & Tailgate
The RussVegas Triathlon & RussVegas Tailgate promise to be unique events each year, featuring the weekend's Razorback football game showing on a 25' screen at the finish line, a park lined with tailgaters, live music and so much more! A 500 yard swim, 18 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run is just the race, but doing it RussVegas style makes it an event. Racers should come prepared for a smooth, no turn, spectator friendly swim. Followed by a rolling bike ride with a long descent to get your legs ready for a PR fast run full of crowds, shade, and no hills! After the race, bring your grill, drinks, and friends so you can kick up your feet to watch the Arkansas football game while the kids play in our amazing kids zone. Visit russvegastri.com and russvegastailgate.com to learn more.
Pope County Farmers Market
Over 40 years of local farmers selling directly to the public. The market is located at the Pope County Fairgrounds, 517 S Knoxville in Russellville. Open Saturdays 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. and though the week at various times during summer. Check out their Facebook page for more information or call (479) 331-2987.
The River Valley becomes an even brighter spot on the state map with its annual holiday Winter Wonderland drive-thru light display located in Historic Downtown Russellville. For dates and times, visit www.discoverrussellville.org or call Main Street Russellville at (479) 967-1437.
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: mainstreetrussellville.org or call (479) 967-1437.