Events

Fun, Entertaining, Special events in Jacksonville. We have "Something for Everyone". Plan your next family outing in the city that's Soaring Higher.

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Excell Park (if rain, Jacksonville Community Center)

Ray Rd. & Southeastern Ave, Jacksonville

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Walking to Age 3, 10:15 a.m, Field 2

Ages 4&5, 10:30 a.m., Field 3

Ages 6&7, 10:45 a.m., Field 2

Ages 8-10, 11:00 a.m., Field 3

Everyone is invited to Jacksonville’s largest Easter egg hunt!  Children ages walking to 10 yrs. old can participate in this holiday tradition in a fun and safe environment. 2000 eggs per age group. The Easter bunny will make a special appearance, too.  All participants must arrive at Excell Park by 10:00 a.m. In case of rain, all ages will meet at the Jacksonville Community Center at 10:00 a.m.  Admission is free. For more information call (501) 982-4171. Date, time, & location subject to change.

H2O Easter Hunt

Underwater Easter Egg Hunt

Jacksonville Community Center

5 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville

Monday, March 21, 2016 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Dive into spring with the Jacksonville Parks & Recreation. Children age 3 to 12 are invited to the Jacksonville Community Center pool to take the plunge for a chance to win toys, Splash Zone passes and more. Admission is $5. For registration information call 501-982-4171 or visit www.cityofjacksonville.net.  **2012 Winner for the Arkansas Recreation Parks Association (ARPA) Program of the Year.** Date, time, & location subject to change.



School’s Out Celebration

Splash Zone Water Park

Pleasure Park

201 W. Martin Street, Jacksonville

Friday, May 27, 2016 – 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

School will be out soon and we’re having a party! Grab your swim suits, towels & friends and head to Splash Zone for an evening swim. Water Park admission is $5, slides are FREE! Kick your summer off with a Splash. Must be 48” or taller to ride the slides. Concessions available. Handicap accessible. Call (501) 982-4171 or visit www.cityofjacksonville.net for more information. Date, time, & location subject to change.


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Mr. & Miss Pool Side Cutie Contest

Splash Zone (if rain, Community Center)

201 Martin St., Jacksonville

Saturday, June 11, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Check in begins at 8:30 a.m.

The Contest is for girls ages Infant to 6 years old and boys ages Infant to 3 years old. Entry fee is $20 per child. Admission is $1 per person. Certificates will be awarded to each child. Winners will be guests at the Jacksonville FestiVille October 1, 2016. Entry forms can be found at Jacksonville Community Center, Martin Street Youth Center, and on line at www.cityofjacksonville.net. For more information call Mary @ (501) 912-9422 or Dana @ (501) 982-4171. In case of rain, all ages will meet at the Jacksonville Community Center at 8:30 a.m.  Date, time, & location subject to change.

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19th Annual Youth Fishing Derby

Jacksonville Shooting Sports Complex Lake

2800 Graham Rd., Jacksonville

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Registration at the event  7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Derby  8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Lots of hungry fish will be biting at the annual youth fishing derby the Jacksonville Shooting Sports Complex Lake.  Fishing enthusiast, ages 15 and under, are invited to join in the morning of fun and fishing.  Prizes will be given.  For Derby regulations & more info, call (501) 982-4171. Sponsored by AR Game & Fish. Date, time, & location subject to change.


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Big Bang on the Range

Jacksonville Shooting Sports Complex

2800 Graham Rd., Jacksonville

Monday, July 4, 2016 – Fireworks display begins @ 9:30 p.m.

Celebrate the 4th of July with a BANG and get a front row seat to the annual Big Bang on the Range Firework Show at the Jacksonville Shooting Sports Complex. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. Inflatables for the kids will be on sight and concessions will be sold. The Fireworks display begins at 9:30pm, so bring a chair or blanket for a banging, booming, rockets red flaring firework show over the wide open range. The show is free & fun for the whole family. Handicap accessible. Call (501) 241-2441 or visit www.cityofjacksonville.net for more information.

Back to School Splash

Back-to-School Splash

Splash Zone (if rain, Community Center)

201 Martin Street, Jacksonville

Friday, August 19, 2016 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Families are invited to slip, slide & dive into the night at the last bash of the summer. Swim & dance to music by DJ Chad Mansfield. We’re going to have a good time tonight! Admission is $5 at the door, slides are free. Must be 48” or taller to ride the slides. Children under 9 yrs. old must be accompanied by an adult. Concession available. Handicap accessible. Call (501) 982-SWIM(7946) or visit www.cityofjacksonville.net for more information. Date, time, & location subject to change.

 
 


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FestiVille in Jacksonville

Dupree Park

#1 Park St., Jacksonville

Friday 3:00pm -7:00pm & Saturday 9:00am-7:00pm, September 30, 2016 & October 1, 2016

The Jacksonville Parks and Recreation department will host the 4th annual FestiVille, a new and free community event, September 30, 2016 & October 1, 2016. The city festival will feature Carnival Rides & Games, Live Entertainment, BBQ Competition, 5K/1K Fun Run, Fishing Derby, Concessions, Commercial & Non-Commercial Booths, Volleyball Tournament, Car Show, Petting Zoo, Kid’s Area & much more. Free admission & parking. Rides and some activities may cost. Handicap accessible. For more info, call (501) 982-4171 or visit www.cityofjacksonville.net.  Date, time, & location subject to change.

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Holiday Craft & Gift Sale

Jacksonville Community Center

5 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville

Two-Day Event:

Friday, November 18, 2016 - 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 19, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Capture the spirit of the season at the 39th Annual Holiday Craft & Gift Sale. Purchase original works of art and unique gifts from Arkansas artists and vendors from surrounding areas.  Handmade creations include woodwork, paintings, jewelry, holiday décor and more.  Concessions available. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children ages 12 – 18 or bring a NEW, UNOPENED, UNWRAPPED toy in support of our 2nd Annual Toy Drive to get in the Craft Sale for FREE. For vendor space & more information call (501) 982-4171 or visit www.cityofjacksonville.net.  Date, time, & location subject to change.


 

59th Annual Jacksonville Christmas Parade

Main Street, Jacksonville

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 – 6:30 p.m.

The parade begins at the corner of Sharp & Main Street and will end at First United Methodist Church on Main Street. For more information call (501) 982-4171 or visit www.cityofjacksonville.net.  Date, time, & location subject to change.


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Fantasy in Lights Decorating Contest

Homes inside Jacksonville city limits

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 – 6:00 p.m.

Is your home decorated for the holidays?  Is your friend’s home decorated for the holidays?  Then call to enter the Jacksonville Parks and Recreation’s Fantasy in Lights Decorating Contest.  Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category.  Homes will be judged after 6:00 pm.  There is no cost to enter your home or a neighbor’s home.  Call (501) 982-4171 for more information or visit www.cityofjacksonville.net.  Date, time, & location subject to change.