Community Events

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

Capture3rd Annual Cupid Shuffle 5K Walk/Run

  • Dupree Park
  • 1700 Redmond Rd., Jacksonville
  • Saturday, February 12, 2022; Run starts at 8am-11am

We are excited to announce Jacksonville Parks and Recreation is hosting the 3rd Annual Cupid Shuffle 5K Walk/Run, held on Saturday, February 12th, 2022 from 8am – 11am. Dupree Park’s USATF Certified Course (3.1 miles) will take participants through the City of Jacksonville! This is a chip-timed race! Registration can be found on  and will remain open until February 11, 2022. Pre-registration is $25 or $35 Day-of-Registration. Runners 12 and under are $15 Pre and $25 Day Of. Participants will receive a t-shirt and a medal. For more information, call 982-4171 or visit No refunds. Date, time, & location subject to change.


Easter Egg Hunt 

  • Excell Park
  • Ray Road and Southeastern Avenue, Jacksonville
  • Saturday, April 9th, 2022
  • Walking to Age 3, 10:15 a.m., Field 2
  • Ages 4 and 5, 10:30 a.m., Field 3
  • Ages 6 and 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 years 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. Admission is free. For more information call (501) 982-4171. Date, time, & location subject to change.

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Underwater Easter Egg Hunt  

  • Jacksonville Community Center
  • 5 Municipal Dr., Jacksonville
  • Monday, April 11th, 2022
  • Ages 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12
  • Admission: $5/participant; $3/parent
  • Parents must accompany non-swimmers
  • Prizes & Prize Raffle

Dive into spring with the Jacksonville Parks & Rec Department! Children ages 3-12 are invited to the Community Center pool to take a plunge for a chance to win toys, Splash Zone passes, and more! Call for more information at 501-982-4171. Date, time, & location subject to change. Registration form HERE. 

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Jacksonville AR The Market- Market Madness Kickoff!

  • 9 Municipal Drive (south of Community Center), Jacksonville
  • Saturday, June 11, 2022 - Saturday, October 29, 2022*
  • Market Days/Hours: Saturdays, 2PM-5PM

The Farmers’ Market has local, farm-fresh produce & handmade arts and crafts that can be found Saturday, June 11- Saturday, September 3 from 2PM-5PM. Call (501) 982-4171 or visit for more information. Date, time, & location subject to change.

Stop by your Jacksonville Famers’ Market to purchase produce and products from local Farmer’s, Artists & Businesses. On June 10, we will kickoff the Market with Market Madness, you will find live music, food trucks, crafts, candles, artwork, produce/meat, flowers, and much more. Come out and visit us to see what all the “Madness at the Market” is all about! Come out and celebrate with us as we enjoy an evening of shopping, eating, and entertainment. Visit for more information or to be a vendor call  (501) 982-4171. Date, time, & location subject to change.

*The Market will be closed Saturday, September 10, 2022 due to the Goodsell Carshow event that weekend. 

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25th Annual Youth Fishing Derby      

  • Jacksonville Shooting Sports Complex Lake
  • 2800 Graham Rd., Jacksonville
  • Saturday, June 18, 2022
  • 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 or visit 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, 2022
  • Gates open at 5:00 p.m.; Firework Show at 9:00 p.m.

Celebrate the 4th with a BANG! Get a front-row seat to the annual Big Bang on the Range Firework Show at the Jacksonville Shooting Sports Complex at 9:00 p.m. on July 4th. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket for a banging, booming, rockets red flaring firework show over the wide-open range. Handicap accessible. The show is free & fun for the whole family. Call (501) 982-4171 or visit for more information call 501-98204171. Thank you to our sponsors: First Electric Cooperative, Unity Health, FAB&T, and the Jacksonville A&P Commission. Date, time, & location subject to change.

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Titans Obstacle Course 

  • Jacksonville Community Center
  • 9 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville
  • Saturday, August 6, 2022

The Titans Obstacle Course is an obstacle race for kids ages 6-15 as an end-of-summer adventure that they won’t want to miss. Kids will navigate through fun and challenging obstacles including a mud run, slip n’ slide, tire run, noodle jump, and many more! This event will take place on Saturday, August 6th outside at the Farmers’ Market Pavilion, next to the Jacksonville Community Center! Participants will receive an official Titans Obstacle Course sweatband (while supplies last).  Visit for more information or call (501) 982-4171. Rain or shine. Date, time, & location subject to change. 


FestiVille in Jacksonville

  • Dupree Park
  • 1700 Redmond Road, Jacksonville
  • September 23rd, 2022- September 24th, 2022
  •  Friday 3:00pm -7:00pm (Carnival closes at 10p) 
  • Saturday 9:00am-7:00pm (5k at 7a) & (Carnival closes at 10p) 

The Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Department will host the Annual FestiVille in Jacksonville, a free community event, September 23rd and September 24th, 2022. The city festival will feature Carnival Rides and Games, Live Entertainment, Canoes, Concessions, Commercial and Non-Commercial Booths, Volleyball Tournament, Petting Zoo, Kid’s Area, Fireworks & much more. Free admission and parking. Rides and some activities may cost. Handicap accessible. For more info, call (501) 982-4171 or visit the  Date, time, and location subject to change.

Shooting Range

Jacksonville Shooting Sports Complex

  •  2800 Graham Road, Jacksonville

The Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation and the City of Jacksonville were partners on construction of the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Shooting Sports Complex. A state-of-the-art public shooting range facility at the intersection of Loop Road and Graham Road in Jacksonville. This multi-use complex is the largest of its kind in the state. It includes a 14 trap fields, three skeet overlays, three lit fields, two pavilions, a lake, and a 5,100 square foot Witt Stephens, Jr. Clubhouse that includes the First Security Learning Center. The Range is open to the public 10am - 7pm (Fall/Winter 9a-5p) Wednesday through Sunday. For a list of events at the shooting complex go to: Jacksonville Shooting Complex

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Trunk or Treat  

  • Dupree Park
  • 1700 S Redmond Rd, Jacksonville
  • Monday, October 31, 2022; 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

It’s Halloween time, ready or not. Meet us at Dupree Park! Park your car, pop the trunk and fill it up with lots of junk. Candy, treat – bring it all so the kiddies can have a ball. It’s free to get in and trick-or-treat safely with family. Join Jacksonville Parks and Recreation for Trunk or Treat on Monday, October 31st from 5:30pm-8pm. There will be trunk contests, music, lots of candy, and more. Bring your car to the parking lot, decorate it, and bring candy to hand out to the little ones. If handing out candy isn’t your thing, volunteers are needed for the games and activities. Fill out your trunk agreement here 2022 Trunk Application Call (501) 982-4171 for more details or visit (1) Trunk or Treat 2022 | Facebook    Date, time, and location subject to change.

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45th Annual Holiday Craft & Gift Sale

  • Jacksonville Community Center
  • 5 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville
  • Two-Day Event: 
  • Friday, November 18, 2022- 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 19, 2022– 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Capture the spirit of the season at the 45th Annual Holiday Craft and 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. For vendor space & more information call (501) 982-4171. Holiday Craft & Gift Sale Application Here No refunds. Date, time, and location subject to change.

The 45th HCGS will feature a Chocolate Gravy Cook-Off by the Jacksonville Senior Wellness & Activity Center. Tasting will take place at the Jacksonville Community Center on Saturday, November 19th from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. for $1. JOIN THE COMPETITION: Cook-Off entry fee is $10/ Craft Sale Vendor entry fee just $5. Chocolate Gravy Cook-Off Entry Download All proceeds benefit the Jacksonville Senior Wellness & Activity Center. For more information call (501) 982-4171 or visit (2) 45th Annual Holiday Craft & Gift Sale | Facebook 



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65th Annual Jacksonville Christmas Parade

  • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2022 - Main Street, Jacksonville 
  • 10 AM - Letters to Santa, Hot Cocoa & Crafts at the Community Center #5 Municipal Drive
  • 3 PM - City of Jacksonville Christmas Parade - Sharp Drive to United Methodist Church
  • 5:15 PM - Christmas Tree Lighting at the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce 

The Jacksonville Parks & Recreation Department wants to keep the Christmas spirit alive by hosting a Christmas Parade on December, 3rd beginning at 3pm. This parade features decorated floats and the featured guest, Santa, along with parade favorites: marching bands, floats, dance groups, and the fire department. The parade will begin at the corner of Sharp St. and Main Street and will end at First United Methodist Church on Main Street. Admission is FREE! For more information call (501) 982-4171 or visit (2) 65th Annual Jacksonville Christmas Parade | Facebook

Float entry fee is $25. Awards will be given in several categories. 
To Enter a Float - Register Online Here  | Rules for Float Entries