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67th Annual Original Ozark Folk Festival

September 15th, 2014 by Richard Grinnell

Original Ozark Folk Festival logoAmerica’s longest, continuously running folk festival, the Original Ozark Folk Festival, is celebrating its 67th return, October 7 – 11, 2014.

The Original Ozark Folk Festival has been held every year since 1948 and, from the very start, has featured true Ozark locals playing traditional folk music,
often on homemade instruments. The Original Ozark Folk Festival is more than music, however. It is also craftsmen and artists selling genuine Ozark folk masterpieces that they’ve whittled, painted, and sewed.

The Original Ozark Folk Festival is also dancing! Square dancing, clogging, and the Barefoot Ball are all an important part of the festivities, not to mention the parade with Original Ozark Folk Festival royalty, free concerts in Basin Spring Park, a singer/songwriter contest, and lots more.

Held once again at Eureka Springs City Auditorium, this year’s Original Ozark Folk Festival headliners include The Ozark Mountain Daredevils with special guests Brewer & Shipley and Danny Cox in concert at The Auditorium on Saturday night. Thursday night’s Barefoot Ball features music from the Cindy Woolf Band featuring Mark Bilyeu of Big Smith – check out the schedule:

Tuesday, October 7
Queen’s Contestant Tea
Simply Scrumptious Tea Room

Wednesday, October 8
The 67th Annual Queen’s Contest Featuring The HedgeHoppers

Thursday, October 9
The Barefoot Ball

Friday, October 10
Free Folk Music at Basin Spring Park at Noon!

Saturday, October 11
Free Folk Music at Basin Spring Park at Noon!
Singer / Songwriter Contest
The Ozark Folk Festival Parade
Special Headliner Show at The Auditorium

So come on out to Eureka Springs and celebrate America’s longest continuously running annual folk festival!

67th Annual Original Ozark Folk Festival

October 7th through the 11th, 2014
Eureka Springs, AR
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Original Ozark Folk Festival Lodging
As of this writing, 5 Ojo Inn Bed & Breakfast still has some rooms available for the 2014 Original Ozark Folk Festival – but that’s not going to hold true for long. Don’t settle for less, get the best accommodations for your Eureka Springs getaway and reserve your room at 5 Ojo Inn Bed & Breakfast!

Go Behind the Scenes with
Downtown Eureka Springs Walking Tours!

August 30th, 2014 by Richard Grinnell

Downtown Eureka Springs Walking TourLots of folks know that Eureka Springs is a fun and fascinating place to visit but how many know it has a mysterious underground, not to mention a wild and entertaining past? Downtown Eureka Springs Walking Tours will reveal to you a whole different side of Eureka Springs!

Eureka Springs, AR, is known for the legend of its healing spring waters, its art community, and numerous, popular festivals throughout the year. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more entertaining and friendly place to visit but just below the surface lies a history filled with romance, mystery, gunfights, intrigue, gangsters, and more!

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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

August 16th, 2014 by Richard Grinnell

Turpentine Creek Wildlife RefugeTurpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is the largest big cat sanctuary in the United States with over 130 beautiful animals on over 450 acres in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

How and why people and companies find themselves in possession of lions, tigers, cougars, cheetahs, or other big cats is another story but the fact of the matter is, more often than not, these animals prove to be more of a challenge than the owner had expected and, soon enough, they find themselves in need of a home for their erstwhile pet or mascot.

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29th Annual Banjo Rally International

July 26th, 2014 by Richard Grinnell

Banjo Rally InternationalThe upcoming, 29th annual, Banjo Rally International, scheduled for August 27th through the 30th in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is a mainstay attraction for fans and players – both amateur and professional – of the classic instrument since 1975.

The 2014 Banjo Rally International is a celebration of the banjo and the genres it has both influenced and flourished in: traditional jazz, ragtime, swing, folk, bluegrass, show tunes, and more. Come to Banjo Rally International to enjoy scheduled performances on stage as well as impromptu jam sessions at all hours of the day and night around the convention center, outside venues, and downtown Eureka Springs.

Play a banjo? Bring it along, even if you’re only a beginner or part-time amateur player, and jump in on some of the after-show, impromptu jam sessions. What if you don’t own a banjo but have another acoustic instrument that fits in with the banjo style? Bring it along!

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Eureka Springs Bluegrass Weekend 2014

July 19th, 2014 by Richard Grinnell

Eureka Springs Bluegrass Weekend 2014The annual Eureka Springs Bluegrass Weekend is scheduled for August 14th through the 16th and promises good times and music for all!

The Eureka Springs Bluegrass Weekend is a city-wide event of down-home musical tradition featuring many free and ticketed shows around Eureka Springs. Featured acts this year include Melvin Goins and Friends and Karl Shiflett & Big Country along with other familiar names such as Retro & Smiley, Pam Setzer, The Clark Family, and Bill Nesbitt.

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The Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival 2014

June 28th, 2014 by Richard Grinnell

Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival 2014The Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival is a three day celebration of exciting and competitive mountain biking challenges – July 18th through the 20th, 2014.

A weekend filled with both competitive and non-competitive events, the 2014 Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival kicks off on Friday at 5pm with a Short Track Race taking place at Harmon Park.

Saturday picks up the pace with a number of challenging events including the Progressive Bike Ramp Down Hill, a one-way, downhill course of loose gravel and hard pack clay that includes doubles, table tops, step ups and downs, rock drops, ledge drops, rock gardens, and numerous berms. The Progressive Trail Design Super D is also on Saturday with a course designed as a mix between a downhill and a cross-country race including a 50′ climb, rock drops, sink holes, berms, ledges, loose rocks, and other challenges – a course of serious speed and danger.

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Bask in the Glow of Eureka Shines Grand Illumination 2014

June 20th, 2014 by Richard Grinnell

Eureka Shines Grand IlluminationEureka Shines Grand Illumination is a two-week long event that sees the Victorian village of Eureka Springs transformed by thousands of glowing oriental silk and paper lanterns.

In its fourth year, Eureka Shines Grand Illumination 2014 begins Monday, June 30th. Come and see the ornate, historic architecture of downtown Eureka Springs adorned with brightly decorated and oriental lanterns of many shapes and sizes.

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The Stage is Set for Opera in the Ozarks 2014

May 26th, 2014 by Richard Grinnell

Opera In The Ozarks 2014The 64th season of Opera in the Ozarks is scheduled for June 20th through July 18th of 2014 and 5 Ojo Inn Bed & Breakfast still has some rooms available – but we won’t for long!

Opera in the Ozarks is always a big event here in Eureka Springs and this year’s season will be no exception. With works by Mozart, Lapine and Sondheim, and Puccini in the schedule, you know you’re in for a real treat!

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Japanese restaurant comes to Eureka Spring’s

May 23rd, 2014 by Richard Grinnell

Asparagus Guacamole Roll at Mountain Sushi Japanese Restaurant in Eureka Springs

Asparagus Guacamole Roll

Mountain Sushi Japanese Restaurant

In the old Subway building in Eureka Springs a new Japanese Restaurant has opened serving Asian Fusion Japanese cuisine. The restaurant is Mountain Sushi and it has quickly become one of our favorite lunch places. The other night we decided to try dinner. We started with an Asparagus and Guacamole Roll and OMG, what a mouthful of flavor. We had Chicken Tempura and Chicken Tempura Fajita for our main entrees and found them to be excellent.

We’ve tried a number of other dishes for lunch and have not found one we didn’t like.

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Eureka Springs Blues Weekend 2014

May 19th, 2014 by Richard Grinnell

2014 Eureka Springs Blues WeekendThe 2014 Eureka Springs Blues Weekend is less than a month away and this year’s schedule is promising a to deliver a blues experience of epic proportions.

Father’s Day weekend in Eureka Springs will be alive with local, regional, national, and even international blues acts. The whole town gets into the act as shows spill out into venues all across Eureka Springs. While the headliners take over the historic Eureka Springs City Auditorium, with late shows in the Barefoot Ballroom perched on top of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, other bands will be found in clubs all over town.

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