Annual Events

Annual Events in Fort Smith

Fort Smith, Arkansas, has numerous annual events spanning all seasons and a variety of interests such as motorcycling, rodeo, cycling, mountain biking, foreign film, popular culture, living history, the arts, and more. Check them out below! Start planning your visit and request a FREE copy of the Fort Smith Visitors Guide and/or subscribe to our eNewsletter!

PLUS...don't forget to view the full calendar of events to see everything else going on throughout the year!

Fort Smith Marathon Graphic

MARCH 16, 2024

The Fort Smith Quarter Marathon & 5K will be held  March 16, 2024. The Fort Smith Marathon, Half-Marathon & Relays will return March 30, 2025.

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The Steel Horse Rally

MAY 3 & 4, 2024

Experience one of the fastest-growing motorcycle rallies in the country and enjoy scenic rides, LIVE entertainment, vendors, motorcycle racing and more!

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Old Fort Days Rodeo


See some of the rankest bulls and broncos in rodeo, and watch cowboys from all over the world compete for one of the largest prize purses in Arkansas.

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True Grit Ride

JUNE 22, 2024

A 105-mile mountain bike ride through beautiful, rural scenery and rolling hills. Other options include a 30, 45, and 62-mile ride as well as a certified 5K.

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Riverfront Blues Festival


The longest-running blues festival in Arkansas and the, "best little blues festival in America," takes place at The Majestic and partnering venues located in Downtown Fort Smith.

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River Valley Rumble Mountain Bike Race

JUNE 23, 2024

Are you ready to RUMBLE? One of the best short-track, cross-country mountain bike races in Arkansas is held each June in Fort Smith, Arkansas!

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4th of July Celebration

JULY 4, 2024

Held at Riverfront Park, the celebration brings live entertainment, food trucks, and the largest fireworks show in the region.

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Art On The Border

JULY 19 & 20, 2024

Annual art show and sale offering original art in a host of mediums, photography, handmade jewelry, and more by local and regional artists.

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Fort Smith Comic Con

JULY 27 & 28, 2024

Collectibles, Cosplay, Celebrities, Games, Prizes, and more can always be expected at Fort Smith's Largest pop culture convention.

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Fort Smith International Film Festival

AUGUST 22 - 24, 2024

Filmmakers from around the world are invited to submit their work to a film festival where all perspectives and points of view are welcomed.

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Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair


Don't miss this annual event featuring all of your favorite rides, games, food, live entertainment, and more.

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Fort Smith Fall Festival

OCTOBER 5, 2024

Head to downtown Fort Smith for family-friendly fun, open-air markets, trolley rides, living history programs, and more!

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Peacemaker Festival

OCTOBER 11 & 12, 2024

Enjoy the best of Americana, Red Dirt, Texas Country, and more along the banks of the Arkansas River for two nights this fall.

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Veterans Day Parade & Celebration


Arkansas' largest Veterans Day Parade Celebration is held in the Chaffee Crossing Historic District in Fort Smith!

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Christmas Honors


Help honor our country's servicemen and women by helping adorn the headstones at Fort Smith National Cemetery with 16,000+ wreaths.

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New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks in Fort Smith, AR.


The family-friendly celebration kicks off w/food trucks, bounce houses and live entertainment at 8 PM. Ball Drop and Fireworks at Midnight.

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