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Music & Festivals

The streets come alive year-round with the sounds of live music and children laughing, along with the familiar aroma of fried festival favorites.

El Dorado Music and Festivals

There’s Enough Fun For Everyone!

El Dorado’s festivals and music acts have earned us a reputation as an entertainment capital for South Arkansas. Browse our calendar of events for more events!


Mayhaw Festival

This family-friendly festival each May is one of the only places you can pick up your jars of Mayhaw jelly and enjoy live music and activities, including a 5K and 10K run and wing cook off.

MusicFest El Dorado

MusicFest El Dorado is a nationally-known, award-winning music festival, featuring fun and music for all ages. Bring the family out for a fun-filled weekend packed with live music, great food, and activities for everyone.

SouthArk Outdoor Expo

This annual fall event brings a full day of hands-on activities and exhibits for outdoor enthusiasts, families, and children. There will be a rib cook-off with cash prizes and live music performed throughout the day. Plus demonstrations, Kids World, food trucks, and so much more!

Union County Fair

Plenty of fun activities for the whole family with animals and livestock exhibits, foods, games and contests, entertainment and more.

South Arkansas Literary Festival

This festival is great for all literature lovers and is held at the SouthArk Library Auditorium each year.  Local and nationally published authors gather at the event to speak with attendees, hold Q&A sessions, and sign books.

Felsenthal Bream Festival

This annual festival is located in the heart of the Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge. The Bream Festival takes place around Memorial Day weekend each year and is full of activities including a bream tournament, a beauty pageant, live music, food vendors, and much more.

Summer on the Square

Presented by Main Street El Dorado, Summer on the Square is a host of free family fun events held each month during the summer.  The summer festival features live music, grill wars, food vendors, attractions, and a reenactment of Showdown at Sunset.

El Dorado Food Festival

The El Dorado Insider hosts a virtual food festival each fall to promote dining out in El Dorado.  During the month of the festival, participating restaurants offer coupons that are valid for dine-in or carryout orders. Festival attendees are encouraged to photograph their meals and share them on social media for a chance to win prize packages.

Southern Soul Showdown

Southern Soul Showdown is an annual event hosted by Mr. Mike’s Productions.  The Showdown is held at the Union County Fairgrounds and typically highlights blues and southern soul music and is centered around a friendly battle between the headliners, with audience reaction determining the winner.

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