Riverfest brings the arts, music, and fun to downtown Little Rock over the course of a long weekend at the end of May. The annual festival takes place on both sides of the river, giving you the chance to double your fun and enjoy one of the biggest events in Arkansas.

Riverfest Facts and History

During the Memorial Day weekend, Riverfest crowds have a long list of things to do—live music, fireworks, excellent food, art exhibits, and more. The list goes on and on. The family-friendly festival includes an array of kids' games and activities. Kid-friendly food is readily available, as are fair favorites and gourmet treats for more refined dining tastes. The entertainment line-up also suits all kinds of tastes with a mix of big-name talent and local favorites.

During the three days of the festival, the streets right along the river close to cars, allowing for pedestrian traffic. Free trolley service shuttles festival-goers between Little Rock and the rest of the festival in North Little Rock. Or you could take a stroll across the Junction Bride. As long as the fireworks aren't happening, the Main Street Bridge is open to pedestrians for the Riverfest Little Rock Arkansas 2011. You'll also have the chance to view artists at work, browse the craft show, and create some art of your own.

Tickets to Riverfest

You won't need to lay out a lot of cash to enjoy Riverfest. Tickets are sold in a three-day pass, which costs less than one single concert usually runs. Kids age 6 and younger can enter free of charge as they visit with a paying adult. Special one-day tickets are available for kids age 7 to 10, which provide a signfiicant savings.

Directions to Riverfest

Most of the festivities take place in and around the Julius Breckling Riverfront Park in Little Rock. If you're arriving from Memphis and other points east, take Interstate 40 until you reach I-30, follow the second interstate south across the Arkansas River to downtown Little Rock. Parking is available at parking garages and lots throughout downtown. Shuttle service is available from War Memorial Stadium at Van Buren and Markham Streets.

The festivities on the other side of the river in North Little Rock also are accessible via Interstate 30 south. Take the Broadway Street exit to Willow Street. Parking is available here, too, for the Riverfest Little Rock Arkansas 2011. If you'd prefer to park off-site, a shuttle is available from the North Little Rock High School at the junction of Pershing and Orange.

Lodging near Riverfest

If you choose to stay in one of the riverfront hotels, you'll have the added perk of easy parking. You can stroll right to the festival without worrying about finding a parking spot or catching a shuttle. Many Arkansas hotels to suit all kinds of budgets are available within walking distance of the concerts, rides, and other fun.

Riverfest Little Rock Arkansas has partnered with one Little Rock hotels, making the Peabody Little Rock the festival's official hotel. Located at Three State Plaza in the heart of the River Market District, the Peabody specializes in comfortable luxury. Its also the home of the Peabody Ducks, who make a grand entrance every day at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. The birds march down the red carpet to the delight of the guests. The 418-room hotel is connected to the Statehouse Convention Center. The entire complex is within steps of the Riverfest festivities and things to do.

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