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Spring | Hot Springs National Park Arkansas


Springtime is a burst of color and creativity with plenty of opportunity to get outside, enjoying the warmer weather and longer days. It is also the awakening of both nature and fun in Hot Springs, Arkansas! Some of our most legendary events happen this time of year, and you'll want to make plans to not miss any of them!

World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade

The season kicks off with the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, held annually on Bridge Street – the shortest street in everyday use – and always on March 17. While the parade is short, the event is anything but small with tens of thousands of onlookers, plus celebrity guests, and festivities that span multiple days. Warm up before the festivities at Copper Penny Pub, an traditional Irish pub with a fun atmosphere and tasty pub grub! For more information on the World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade, click here.

Valley of the Vapors

Hot on its heels is the Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival (VOV). Held in the spring, the VOV is a multi-day showcase of up-and-coming indy bands ranging in style from garage and psych rock to synth pop traveling from all over the world. Dancing the night away can make you pretty hungry, be sure to grab something delicious after the show ends (or keep the fun going) at Maxines Live. For more information on Ecliptic, click here.

Arts & the Park

For art of all kinds, check out Arts & the Park, a 10-day celebration encompassing dozens of activities, including studio tours, poetry readings, workshops and Art Springs – a free, two-day art festival and showcase. Arts & the Park centers around downtown Hot Springs, which means there's plenty of great restaurants within walking distance to enjoy. Visit Bubbalu's for a delicious burger, fries, and milkshake before heading back to the festivities of Arts & the Park. For more information on Arts & the Park and all art events happening in Hot Springs, click here.

Tulip Extravaganza & Daffodil Days

For nature’s art, visit Garvan Woodland Gardens. Each spring bright, breathtaking daffodils bloom across Garvan Woodland Gardens, followed by 150,000 Dutch tulips. Parrot tulips, Garden tulips, and many other varities paint the grounds in a variety of beautiful shades of orange, purple, yellow, pink, and red. Take a break from the tulip frolicking and head to the Chipmunk Cafe, for a chicken salad sandwhich and an ice cold lemonade.

Arkansas Derby

One of the season’s biggest events is the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort. A prominent Kentucky Derby preparatory race, it’s a great excuse to get gussied up and bet on the ponies. Oaklawn offers a variety of restaurants on site depending on what your tastebuds are feeling, like The Bugler, The OAK Room & Bar, and Pop's Lounge. If you're looking for more options, enjoy dinner across the street at Rocky's Corner, downtown at the Ohio Club, or on the lake at Trejo's Del Lago.

Featured Listings

Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort

800-625-5296 | 2705 Central Avenue 71901

Garvan Woodland Gardens

501-262-9300 | 550 Arkridge Road 71903

Copper Penny Pub

501-622-2570 | 711 Central Avenue 71901

Bubbalu's Bodacious Burgers and Classy Dogs

501-321-0101 | 408 Central Avenue 71901

Mamoo's Creamery

501-463-9488 | 239 Central Ave, Suite E 71913

Travel Tips

  • What to Wear

    Bring a light jacket for the early mornings and evenings. Don't get pinched! Bring all your green for the World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade.

  • Best Time to Travel

    Tulip Extravaganza starts as early a late February and can peak as late as mid April. 

  • How to Get Around

    By car, Uber or Lyft. Take a boat to see the Memorial Day Fireworks display or watch from your car!