Fort Smith Annual Events

Fort Smith annual events keep community members busy all year long.  Fort Smith has a lot to offer visitors and residents. From festivals to charity events, there’s always something entertaining to attend.

Unexpected Project Mural - Downtown Fort Smith

The Unexpected: Festival of Murals

Curated by JUSTKIDS, this 10-day festival of murals features artwork painted by world-renowned artists on historic buildings of Fort Smith. It celebrates a mix of rich downtown history and modern artistic scenery.

Fort Smith Marathon

Fort Smith Marathon

Tour beautiful Fort Smith while running a USATF-certified course in the annual Fort Smith Marathon.

Peacemaker Arts & Music Festival

Peacemaker Music and Arts Fest

Peacemaker brings artists from all over for a three day festival every summer. This diversity of musical talent is ideal for anyone in Fort Smith.

Fort Smith Steel Horse Rally

Steel Horse Rally

Fort Smith Annual Events include this charity motorcycle rally features bike shows, concerts, family fun, and so much more. The Steel Horse Rally helps the city by donating its proceeds to local charities including Heroes on the Water and The Buddy Smith Home for Veterans.

Live Music in Fort Smith, AR

Riverfront Blues Fest

Celebrate Blues culture at this annual 2-day event. It’s a non-profit festival aimed at preserving and promoting the blues through performances by several artists.

Fort Smith Big Bass Bonanza

Big Bass Bonanza

Arkansas's largest amateur fishing tournament that has five weigh-in sites including Fort Smith. The tournament offers $100,000 in guaranteed prize money with $50,000 to the biggest fish.

Downtown Fort Smith

Fort Smith Pub Crawl

Pay $5.00 for an official pub crawl cup at certain locations and receive discounted beer at restaurants and bars in Downtown Fort Smith.

Fort Smith Christmas Honors

Christmas Honors

Thousands of community volunteers from all over the region come together to transform the Fort Smith National Cemetery during Christmas.  A wreath is placed on each of the thousands of headstones to honor every man and woman’s service to our country.

Fort Smith UAFS Toy Toss

UAFS Toy Toss Game

The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith holds an annual basketball game where attendees bring soft toys to throw on the court once the first point is scored by the Lions. All the toys thrown will go to children of needy families in Fort Smith.

Old Fort Days Rodeo in Fort Smith, AR

Old Fort Days Rodeo

This family fun event has cowboys from all around the world competing in bull riding along with rodeo clowns and mutton bustin’.

Fort Smith Christmas Parade

Christmas Parade

Take family and friends to see this festive holiday tradition that includes floats moving  along Historic Downtown Fort Smith and even a visit from Santa Claus!

Fort Smith State Fair

Fort Smith State Fair

Enjoy classic carnival rides and roller coasters along with agriculture, rodeos, and concerts at our annual Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair held at Kay Rodgers Park.

Fourth of July Mayor’s Fireworks Show in Fort Smith, AR

4th of July Mayor’s Fireworks Show

Celebrate Independence Day on the riverfront at one of the largest fireworks events in Arkansas with great music and concessions.

Fort Smith Ales for Trails

Bordertown Brew Fest ‘Ales for Trails’

Fort Smith Annual Events include this fundraising event that brings together live music, craft beer,  and outdoor fun including a beer run.

Fort Smith True Grit Ride

True Grit Ride

True Grit Ride is an annual bike ride through Fort Smith, Arkansas. There is fun for everyone including live music, a cookout, and a 5K run/walk.

JLFS Day at the Derby

JLFS Day at the Derby

Each year, Junior League of Fort Smith raises money for projects of JLFS by having a Kentucky Derby watch party event. Enjoy Mint Juleps and hors d’oeuvre and have a chance to win Best Derby Hat and Best Bow Tie.

Mercy’s Annual White Christmas Charity Ball

White Christmas Charity Ball

This formal event celebrates the holiday season with champagne, a four course meal, a live auction and a concert, so that proceeds may go to expanding health care for those in need in Fort Smith and the River Valley.  

Fort Smith Wine & Roses

Wine and Roses

Enjoy gourmet food and specialty wines at this charity auction where all the proceeds go to cancer patients and their families in our community.

Fort Smith Teal Night in Tahiti

Teal Night in Tahiti

Find dinner, dancing, jewelry drawing, and a silent auction at this charity event where all proceeds go to educating the community about ovarian cancer and providing for current cancer patients and their families.

Fort Smith Hell On The Border Bike Race

Hell on the Border

Located on historic Garrison Avenue, this spectator friendly course has long straightaways with fast, wide corners. Come race on one of the widest main streets in America