Live music, cold drinks, snow cones, and days spent at the water park — these are just a few of the summertime staples you can experience in Texarkana, Arkansas. Summer is in full swing here in the Ark-La-Tex area and we want to keep you up-to-date with the events going on this season.
Summer is the perfect time to plan a trip to Texarkana, Arkansas. Download our visitor’s guide, pack your bags (don’t forget the sunscreen!) and come see us this summer.
Here are a few of the events you can look forward to in Texarkana, Arkansas, this summer:
Fun in the Sun at Holiday Springs Water Park - Season Starts June 1
Texarkana’s premier water park has everything you could want for a day in the sun: water slides, a lazy river, jungle gyms, a wave pool, and a special pool and spa area just for the grownups. The five massive water slides, each with unique twists and turns, are the highlight of the park. Follow the park on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the park's hours and events.
Kenneth Waters at Whiskey River Country - June 18
Whiskey River is a popular country bar in Texarkana, Arkansas, that hosts some of the best live music in the area. This summer, you can see Diamondback TX and Kenneth Waters playing on June 18th, the Moss Brothers on June 19th, and Tailgate Poets on August 6th. For updates on these shows and a full list, visit Whiskey River’s Facebook Page.
Buckcherry at Crossties - June 25
The Los Angeles-based hard rock act Buckcherry will be at Crossties Event Venue with Hinder on June 25th. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Crossties is the largest bar in Texarkana, so this is sure to be a fun concert!
A Mad Hatter Tea Party - June 26
You can get dressed up and enjoy tea at the historic P.J. Ahern Home Museum this June. Guests are asked to wear their favorite hat or go all out with an entry into the Hysterical Hat contest with their own homemade hat. This kooky event is sure to entertain, so get your tickets today!
Global Art Camp at 1894 Gallery - July 13-16 and July 20-23
1894 Gallery in downtown Texarkana is hosting an art camp this summer with classes tailored to different age groups, so kids can learn about and experience art firsthand. The cost is $125 and scholarships are available. Contact 1894 Gallery for more information.
Scooby Doo Mystery Party - July 31
If you're into mystery and crime-solving, you won't want to miss the Scooby-Doo Mystery Party at the P. J. Ahern Home Museum. "It's 1971 and the Texarkana Historical Society is working diligently to open the city's first museum. Strange things keep happening to delay the museum's opening. Accidents or sabotage? There are plenty of suspects! Join us and help the Scooby Gang solve the crime!" Tickets are on sale now.
Ongoing, monthly events…
1894 Market Trade Days - June 12
1894 Market Trade Days is Texarkana’s unique shopping experience where you can enjoy shopping, art, entertainment, food vendors, and more. It’s a favorite event for many community members to get together, shop, and enjoy all that downtown Texarkana, Arkansas, has to offer. At the June event, you can also participate in a scavenger hunt!
Gateway Farmers Market - Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays
Every Tuesday. Thursday, and Saturday from 7am - Noon, local growers and farmers gather at the Gateway Farmers Market and offer a large selection of locally grown produce, baked goods, crafts, soaps, plants, and much more. It’s the perfect way to start your weekend! Grab a latte and head to the farmers market for a day full of fun this summer.
Live Music at Fat Jack’s Oyster and Sports Bar - Multiple Dates/Times
If you love live music, you’ll want to check out Fat Jack’s Oyster and Sports Bar, where you can enjoy a variety of live music performances every month. Almost every week, they have a lineup of live music, including their Monday evening “Pickin’ on the Deck” event and Wednesday night karaoke. Check out their updates about live music guests and more here.
Know-it-All Trivia - Multiple Dates/Times/Locations
If you love trivia and think you have what it takes, check out these local Texarkana, Arkansas, restaurants and bars where you can play trivia throughout the month. Grab a team and get down to Know-it-All Trivia!
- Sunday - Fat Jack’s, 8:30 p.m.
- Wednesday - Pop’s Place, 7:30 p.m.
Haunted Texarkana Ghost Walk Tours - Multiple Dates/Times
Another season of Haunted Texarkana Ghost Walk Tours has kicked off, so get ready to be spooked! Tours are planned into the fall through Halloween and will take place on Friday and Saturday nights on the last two weekends of each month. Learn more about the tours here.
Free Bowling for Kids at Holiday Entertainment Center - Multiple Dates/Times
All summer long, registered kids can get two free games of bowling per day during Holiday Bowl’s exciting Kids Bowl Free program! That's a family-friendly offer that’s right up our alley. For the adults wanting to get in on the bowling fun, Holiday Entertainment Center offers plenty of bowling specials for adults, like their Late Night Rock-N-Bowl every Friday night from 10 PM - 12 AM.
Summertime means many of the local events and attractions we know and love in Texarkana, Arkansas, are returning. It’s time to open your planner and start scheduling your summer activities. We encourage you to plan a day-trip or weekend trip to see everything going on in Texarkana, AR. While you’re visiting, you can cool down after a day at the water park with a refreshing snow cone from Southern Tropics Shaved Ice. We hope you enjoy your stay in our city.
P.S. Did we miss a summer 2021 event? Let us know! We’ll be updating events as summer continues, so check back regularly for updates. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news and updates!