As spring edges nearer, March is full of events and season re-openings. Both the Pine Mountain Jamboree and the Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down will open March 7 for their new seasons, the Second Saturday Gallery Strolls will start up for the new year, and special events like the Victorian Classic 10K, St. Patrick's Day Parade, and Spring Antique Trail Show and Sale keeps the month hopping.
April sees the return of the always popular UFO Conference, Apr. 10-13, and the annual Carroll County Cruisers car show on Apr. 19. On Apr. 25, the Great Passion Play will kick off its 40th season, bringing inspirational fun to everyone. In May, the entire town celebrates the month-long Festival of the Arts, and spring crafts shows come to the area on May 2-4. Shift from art to blues at the end of the month with the Eureka Springs Blues Festival, May 29-June 1 for great music from today's top blues legends. Go off-road for the XTERRA Triathlon and Trail Run on June 7, or discover your inner diva with Opera in the Ozarks, June 20-July 18.
Get outdoors for summer fun, with the annual Fat Tire Festival on July 18-20 and the Beaver Paddle Festival Canoe and Kayak Rally on July 25-26. Then try out those bargain-shopping muscles during the Yards and Yards of Yard Sales festival, Aug. 1-2. The Eureka Springs Bluegrass Festival tunes up for Aug. 21-24; the VW Weekend also rolls into town during that time.
In September, mark your calendars for the 38th annual Antique Automobile Festival, which brings hundreds of classic and antique cars to town on Sept. 5-7, and the annual Feat Fest brings out the fun-loving music fans on Sept. 12-13. For some down-home music, plan now for the 61st annual Ozark Folk Festival, a grand Eureka Springs tradition. Just after that is War Eagle Weekend, with a shopping bag full of craft shows. Fall Diversity Weekend wraps up October and bumps into November, where the Food and Wine Weekend nibbles away Nov. 7-9.
As Thanksgiving nears once again, it's time for holiday fun in Eureka Springs, with concerts, events, and annual traditions such as the 42nd annual Silver Tea on Dec. 4, the Christmas Parade on Dec. 5, and the Candlelight Tour of Homes on Dec. 6.
There's so much to see and do, why not start planning now and get your reservations in early? One of the best resolutions you can make for the upcoming year is to have more fun. Besides, this is just a taste; there are many, many more events and festivals scheduled for 2008. To see them all, visit www.eurekasprings.org. Happy Holidays, and we'll see you again and again in the new year!