8 Best Thanksgiving Activities and Events in Arkansas

Celebrate Thanksgiving in Arkansas with the 8 best activities and events Arkansas has to offer. From turkey trots to exceptional Thanksgiving feasts, gather around the table and prepare for a memorable holiday. Whether you're new to the Natural State or a lifelong Arkansas resident, there's something to enjoy as we give thanks.

Museum of Native American History (MONAH), Bentonville, AR

Thanksgiving is an excellent time to reflect on Native American history and to learn more about indigenous cultures. What better place to do that than at the Museum of Native American History or MONAH? Explore the museum or attend any of its outstanding events.

World Championship Duck Calling Contest and Wings Over the Prairie Festival, Stuttgart, AR

Looking for something unique to do over the Thanksgiving weekend? Check out the 88th annual World Championship Duck Calling Contest and Wings Over the Prairie Festival. This incredible event has been putting Stuttgart on the map for 88 years and counting.

Turkey Trot 5K and Gobble Wobble, Conway, AR

Burn off some of those Thanksgiving feast calories in advance by participating in the Turkey Trot 5K and Gobble Wobble. This popular event benefits the United Way of Central Arkansas, so you know you're running (or walking or wobbling) for a good cause.

Wonderland Tree Farm, Pea Ridge, AR

The Thanksgiving weekend officially kicks off the season of Christmas and other winter holidays. That means it's time for a visit to Wonderland Tree Farm. Head to this popular local spot to find your perfect family Christmas tree.

Holiday Lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens, Hot Springs, AR

For most of the year, Garvan Woodland Gardens is a stunning botanical garden. Beginning right around Thanksgiving, though, it launches its popular annual holiday lights display. Grab the family this Thanksgiving weekend and check out the lovely lights.

Vera Lloyds Centennial Turkey Trot 5K, Monticello, AR

November 18, 2023 at 8:00am

Join Annie B. Wells Campus for the highly anticipated Vera Lloyds Centennial Turkey Trot 5K! Prepare to break a sweat and put your Thanksgiving feast aside for a few hours. This 5K will be the best yet, with fun new surprises. Enjoy the festivities as they celebrate Vera Lloyd's 100th year.

Mercy Thanksgiving Day Turkey Run, Fort Smith, AR

November 23, 2023 at 8:00am

Feel the rush at The Barracks at Chaffee for the Mercy Thanksgiving Day Turkey Run on Thanksgiving morning. The 19th annual event will include a 5K and 10K run to support preventive care through fitness and reward winners with a tasty pie. Don't forget to enter the Individual or Group Costume Contest.

Thanksgiving at Harbor, Mount Ida, AR

Mountain Harbor in Mount Ida knows how to create an impeccable Thanksgiving buffet. Check out this expansive menu and be sure to book your reservations in advance.

This text was created by the author with the assistance of GPT-3, a large-scale language generation model developed by OpenAI. The author reviewed, edited, and revised the draft language to their satisfaction and is fully responsible for the content of this publication.

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