If the beauty of the area alone isn’t enough to satisfy you during a trip to Paris, Arkansas, the variety of events offered year round will entice you with more great reasons to explore. The annual “Big To Do on 22” area wide yard sale event held in April each year (2013 dates are April 10-14, features bargains at yard sales on and off Scenic State Highway 22 from Dardanelle to Barling.
The annual Mt. Magazine International Butterfly Festival, held in mid-to-late June of each year, attracts thousands of butterfly enthusiasts from around the world. The opportunity to see 91 of Arkansas’s 127 resident species of butterfly on the plateau-like summit of Mt. Magazine while exploring The Natural State’s 2,200 acre park located just minutes from Paris could be just the beginning of your world-class visit. 2013 dates are June 21 & 22.
The city celebrates The 4th of July each year with a Patriotic Program and free picnic lunch, sponsored by the Logan County Museum Association on the Museum grounds at 202 North Vine Street. The annual fireworks display sponsored by the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce celebrates this occasion with a “bang” with beautiful fireworks the evening of July 3rd each year. Fireworks are shot by pyrotechnic experts from the Paris Volunteer Fire Department at the Paris Eagle Football Field at 2000 East Wood @ 9PM.
The Mount Magazine Frontier Day Festival, held the first Saturday in October, is a day filled with entertainment, contests and lots of fun as residents and visitors alike celebrate the area’s pioneer heritage. Participants have been gathering in Paris for more than three decades enjoying live music, western re-enactments, arts and crafts, food and contests such as hay bale tossing, log sawing, pioneer costume contest, and the children’s annual box turtle race. Don your Frontier apparel and join us! 2013 date is Saturday, October 5 and will be held at the Logan County fairgrounds in conjunction with Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentenniall events and the dedication of the Haguewood Prairie historical battle marker.
Begin your Holiday Season in Paris at the Merchant’s Open House and the Mercy Auxiliary Community Thanksgiving Dinner. The dinner is held annually the Sunday before Thanksgiving from 11-1pm at St. Joseph Catholic School Cafeteria. (it’s November 24, 2013 this year) The benefit for North Logan Mercy Hospital Auxiliary projects is open to the public with tickets at the door, Adults $6, Children 6-12 $3 and children under 3 are free. That same afternoon visit area merchants for their Holiday Open House and get a jump start on your Christmas gift buying (1-5 p.m.)
The Saturday after Thanksgiving line up for the kick-off of the holiday season in Paris at the North Logan County Historic Courthouse. Featured in the Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights, each year, the building and grounds are lit with over 100,000 sparkling holiday lights in a formal lighting ceremony, followed by the Holiday parade and opening of Santa’s Shack. Stroll through the beautifully decorated Christmas trees and decorations that grace the lawn and spaces surrounding the courthouse lawn. November 30, 2013 is the date for this year’s festivities. with pre-lighting entertainment from 5-5:45 p.m. followed by the holiday parade at 6 p.m.
In December, the Holiday Tour of Homes, a fund-raiser for the Logan County Old Jail Museum, features some of Paris’ loveliest and most elaborately decorated holiday homes, tickets are available the day of the tour from the Museum at 202 North Vine Street. Call the Museum at 479-963-3936 for additional information. Sunday December 1, 2013 from 1-4pm.