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2-day festival kicks off Friday in Arkadelphia photo

The two-day Arkadelphia Festival of the Arts will bring a splash of color, tunes and food to downtown Arkadelphia

Touted as a “high-energy” event, the festival celebrates local and regional artists and musical talent. “From paintings and sculptures to crepes and tortas, event-goers can expect to find the best art and food around, all while enjoying live music from some of Arkansas’s best new talent,” festival officials note.

The fun kicks off at 3 p.m. Friday at Town Square, known also as the Mural Parking Lot, between Town Hall and the Group Living Inc. headquarters. Through 11 p.m., six musical groups will perform on Hostess Brands Stage, with headliner Drew Green rounding off the evening’s musical lineup.

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Meanwhile, on Artist Row, a dozen local and regional artists will display their works, from a bladesmith to a chainsaw artist and more.

During both days, on Food Row, check out cuisine from Central and South Arkansas food truck vendors, with offerings that range from pizza and sweets to Southern favorites and philly’s.

Family fun resumes Saturday at 10 a.m. with five youth-centered art workshops planned through 5 p.m. Look for another community art installment by Jason White, the artist who, during the 2022 festival, painted the city’s newest mural depicting a Badger on the former Sav-U-Mor building. The piece White will be creating this weekend will be displayed at the Arkadelphia Recreation Center once it’s complete.

CLICK HERE for the schedule and more information on the youth art workshops

The music continues Saturday at 1 p.m., with seven acts — including local fan-favorite Jody Evans at 5 p.m. Saturday’s headliner, Tigirlily Gold, takes the stage at 8 p.m., followed by Little Rock’s horn-infused jazz/rock band The Big Dam Horns at 9:30 p.m.

CLICK HERE to visit the festival website

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