Events

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

Cupid with a sweatband, bow and arrowCupid Shuffle 5K Walk/Run

Dupree Park

1700 Redmond Rd., Jacksonville

Saturday, February 8, 2020; Run starts at 8am-11am

We are excited to announce Jacksonville Parks and Recreation is hosting a Cupid Shuffle 5K Walk/Run, held on Saturday, February 8th, 2020 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 ArkansasRunner.com and will remain open until February 1, 2020. 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 www.jacksonvilleparks.com. AR Department of Health guidelines for Covid-19 will be enforced. No refunds. Date, time, & location subject to change.


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Easter Egg Hunt Drive-Thru

  • Excell Park (if rain, Jacksonville Community Center)
  • Ray Road and Southeastern Avenue, Jacksonville
  • Saturday, April 4, 2020
  • 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 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 or visit www.jacksonvilleparks.com. AR Department of Health guidelines for Covid-19 will be enforced. Date, time, & location subject to change.

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Underwater Easter Egg Hunt

  • Jacksonville Community Center
  • 5 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville
  • Monday, April 6, 2020
  • 6:30 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.jacksonvilleparks.com. AR Department of Health guidelines for Covid-19 will be enforced. No refunds. Date, time, & location subject to change.


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Jacksonville AR Farmers’ Market- Market Madness Days


  • 9 Municipal Drive (south of Community Center), Jacksonville
  • Sunday, May 17, 2020 - Sunday, October 25, 2020
  • Market Days/Hours: Sunday, 10AM-2PM

The Farmers’ Market has local, farm-fresh produce & handmade arts and crafts that can be found Sunday, May 17- Sunday, October 25 from 10AM-2PM. Call (501) 982-4171 or visit www.jacksonvilleparks.com for more information. AR Department of Health guidelines for Covid-19 will be enforced. Date, time, & location subject to change.

Stop by your Jacksonville Famers’ Market to purchase produce and products from local Farmer’s, Artists & Businesses. On the 4th Tuesday of each month during Market Season, 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 www.jacksonvilleparks.com for more information or to be a vendor call  (501) 982-4171. AR Department of Health guidelines for Covid-19 will be enforced. Date, time, & location subject to change.


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NRPA Family Fitness Day Parks Adventure


  • Jacksonville, AR Parks
  • Saturday, June 13th
  • 9:00AM-1:00PM

Discover 6 of Jacksonville’s great parks with our NRPA Family Fitness Day Parks Adventure! Together with your family, travel from one place to the next, completing fitness activities that help you to see the beauty of our parks and build a fun mindset around fitness together as a family!
The Scavenger Hunt starts at the Jacksonville Community Center - #5 Municipal Drive. Once you complete the first fitness activity you will receive the next park location to visit for your next adventure. This will continue until you finish the Scavenger Hunt at all 6 parks. The last entry allowed to start the Scavenger Hunt will be at 12pm.
AR Department of Health guidelines for physical distancing & disinfecting will be enforced. Rain or Shine. Call (501) 982-4171 or visit www.jacksonvilleparks.com for more information. 


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Splash Zone Water Park 15th Anniversary


  • Splash Zone Water Park
  • Saturday, June 13th
  • 1:30PM - 4:30PM

Splash Zone is turning 15 years old and we’re inviting everyone to the celebration! Grab your swim suits, towels & friends and head to Splash Zone on Saturday, June 13th from 1:30p-4:30p for a SUNsational Anniversary. Admission is $5, slides are FREE! Must be 48” or taller to ride the slides. Concessions available. Handicap accessible. Join us for some Fun In the Sun with swimming, music & Kona Ice! Call (501) 982-4171 or visit www.jacksonvilleparks.com for more information. Event phone # (501) 982-7946. AR Department of Health guidelines will be enforced.


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23rd Annual Youth Fishing Derby      


  • Jacksonville Shooting Sports Complex Lake
  • 2800 Graham Rd., Jacksonville
  • Saturday, June 20, 2020
  • 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 www.jacksonvilleparks.com. 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
  • Saturday, July 4, 2020
  • Gates open at 7:30 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 7:30 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 www.jacksonvilleparks.com for more information. Event phone # (501) 241-2441. Thank you to our sponsors: First Electric Cooperative, Crain Ford of Jacksonville, Globe Life Family Heritage Division & Jacksonville A&P Commission. Date, time, & location subject to change.


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Titans Obstacle Course - CANCELED FOR 2020

Jacksonville Community Center

5 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville

Saturday, August 22, 2020

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, balance beam walk, and many more! This event will take place on Saturday, August 22nd at the Jacksonville Community Center, ending outside at the Farmers’ Market Pavilion! We will have waves going every 30 minutes from 9 am until noon. Participants will receive an official Titans Obstacle Course sweatband. Admission is $10 per participant. Get registered today! Visit www.jacksonvilleparks.com for more information or call (501) 982-4171. Rain or shine. No refunds. Date, time, & location subject to change.


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FestiVille in Jacksonville - CANCELED FOR 2020


  • Dupree Park
  • 1700 Redmond Road, Jacksonville
  • September 25, 2020- September 26, 2020
  •  Friday 3:00pm -7:00pm and Saturday 9:00am-7:00pm (Carnival closes at 10:00pm) 

The Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Department will host the 8th Annual FestiVille, a new and free community event, September 25 and September 26,2020. 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 www.FestiVille.org.  Date, time, and location subject to change.

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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



Trunk or Treat 2020

Trunk or Treat Drive-Thru  

  • Jacksonville Farmers Market (location change)
  • 9 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville
  • Saturday, October 31, 2020; 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

It’s Halloween time, ready or not. Meet us at JACKSONVILLE FARMERS MARKET (location change) parking lot. 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 at FARMERS MARKET on Saturday, 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. Call (501) 982-4171 for more details or visit www.jacksonvilleparks.com. AR Department of Health guidelines will be enforced. Date, time, and location subject to change.


Craft Sale 2020

43rd Annual Holiday Craft & Gift Sale


  • Jacksonville Community Center
  • 5 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville
  • Two-Day Event: 
  • Friday, November 20, 2020- 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 21, 2020– 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Capture the spirit of the season at the 43rd 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 or visit www.jacksonvilleparks.com. AR Department of Health guidelines will be enforced. No refunds. Date, time, and location subject to change. 2020 Craft Sale Application

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63rd Annual Jacksonville REVERSE Christmas Parade

  • Main Street, Jacksonville
  • Saturday, December 5, 2020– 2:00 p.m.

Due to COVID-19, our Annual Christmas Parade will look a little different this year. The Jacksonville Parks & Recreation Department wants to keep the Christmas spirit alive by hosting a Reverse Christmas Parade on December, 5th from 2 pm - 4 pm. 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 James St. and Main Street and will end at First United Methodist Church on Main Street. Admission is FREE! AR Department of Health guidelines will be enforced. For more information call (501) 982-4171 or visit www.jacksonvilleparks.com.

We are asking community members to set up their floats at stationary spots for spectators to drive along the parade route and view. There will be no fee to enter. If you have any questions regarding the parade, please contact Alicia at (501) 982-4171 or ajohnson@cityofjacksonville.net 

Entry forms are available here: Parade Rules (PDF) and Entry Form (PDF). Awards will be given in several categories.  Date, time, & location subject to change.