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Health & Fitness Week- New Year, New Me!

We are hosting a Health and Fitness Week at the Jacksonville Community Center from January 6th-9th. New Year, New Me will center around physical, mental, and emotional health for the new year. We will be offering our banquet/meeting spaces for ½ price throughout this week to anyone who would like to host a class in our facility which goes in conjunction with our theme. If you are interested in hosting a class/workshop, call (501) 982-4171! The week is followed up by The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce having a Health Fair on Friday, January 10th from 10am-6pm. If interested in being a vendor at the Health Fair contact the Chamber at (501) 982-1511. No refunds. Date, time, & location subject to change.

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 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 medal. For more information, call 982-4171 or visit No refunds. Date, time, & location subject to change.

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt 

  • 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 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 No refunds. Date, time, & location subject to change.

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Community Center 25th Anniversary

Celebrate the past, present and future of Parks and Recreation with us as the Jacksonville Community Center Celebrates 25 years! Come mark this momentous occasion with your community leaders, elected officials, friends and neighbors on Saturday, April 11th from 11AM – 2PM. There will be fun, refreshments, free fitness classes, and much more. Free admission to the Community Center all day! We look forward to celebrating this milestone with you. For more details, call (501) 982-4171 or visit

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Jacksonville AR Farmers’ Market- Market Madness Days

9 Municipal Drive (south of Community Center), Jacksonville

Sunday, May 3, 2020 - Sunday, October 25, 2020

Market Days/Hours: Sunday, 10AM-3PM

The Farmers’ Market has local, farm-fresh produce & handmade arts and crafts that can be found Sunday May 3- Sunday October 25 from 10AM-3PM. 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 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 for more information or to be a vendor call  (501) 982-4171. Date, time, & location subject to change.

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NRPA Family Fitness Day Parks Adventure

Jacksonville, AR Parks

Saturday, June 13th


Discover 5 of Jacksonville’s 11 Parks with our annual NRPA Family Fitness Day Parks Adventure!  Together with your family, travel from one place to the next, completing fitness challenges which help you to see the beauty of our parks and build a fun mindset around fitness together as a family!  Finishers of the Fitness Scavenger Hunt will received an "I survived the 2020 Parks Adventure" shirt.  Rain or Shine, No Refunds, Date, time, and location are subject to change. 

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Splash Zone Water Park 15th Anniversary

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 for the SUNsational Anniversary. There will be chances to win Splash Zone passes, giveaways & more. Admission is $5, slides are FREE! Join us for Fun In The Sun! Must be 48” or taller to ride the slides. Concessions available. Handicap accessible. Call (501) 982-4171 or visit for more information.

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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 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 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. with live music & fun activities for everyone to enjoy. Bring a chair or blanket for a banging, booming, rockets red flaring firework show over the wide open range. Handicap accessible. Concession available. The show is free & fun for the whole family. Call (501) 982-4171 or visit for more information. Event phone # (501) 241-2441. Date, time, & location subject to change.

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Titans Obstacle Course

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 for more information or call (501) 982-4171. Rain or shine. No refunds. Date, time, & location subject to change.


FestiVille in Jacksonville

  • 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  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

Trunk or Treat

  • Dupree Park
  • 1700 Redmond Road, Jacksonville
  • Saturday, October 31, 2020; 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

It’s Halloween time, ready or not. Meet us at Dupree Park 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 friends. Join Jacksonville Parks and Recreation for Trunk or Treat at Dupree Park on Saturday, October 31st from 5:30pm-8pm. There will be various games & activities, bounce houses, haunted hayrides, costume and trunk contests, music 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  Date, time, and location subject to change.


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 or bring a NEW, UNOPENED, UNWRAPPED toy in support of our Annual Toy Drive to get in the Craft Sale for FREE. For vendor space & more information call (501) 982-4171 or visit No refunds. Date, time, and location subject to change.


63rd Annual Jacksonville Christmas Parade

  • Main Street, Jacksonville
  • Saturday, December 5, 2020– 6:30 p.m.

Jacksonville Parks & Recreation will host The 62nd Annual Christmas Parade at 6:30p.m. on Saturday, December 5, 2020. This nighttime parade features illuminated 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 and Main Street and will end at First United Methodist Church on Main Street. Admission is FREE!

Entry forms are available here: Parade Rules (PDF) and Entry Form (PDF). Entry fee is $25. Awards will be given in several categories. For more information call (501) 982-4171 or visit No refunds. Date, time, & location subject to change.

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Fantasy in Lights Decorating Contest

Homes inside Jacksonville city limits

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 – Judging starts at 6:00 p.m.

Is your home decorated for the holidays? Is your friend’s home decorated for the holidays? Then call to enter the Jacksonville Parks and Recreation’s Fantasy in Lights Decorating Contest. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category. Homes will be judged after 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. There is no cost to enter your home or a neighbor’s home. Nominated houses must be in Jacksonville city limits. Call (501) 982-4171 for more information or visit Date, time, & location subject to change.