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

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt 

  • Excell Park (if rain, Jacksonville Community Center)
  • Ray Road and Southeastern Avenue, Jacksonville
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018
  • 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. Date, time, & location subject to change.

H2O Easter Hunt

Underwater Easter Egg Hunt

  • Jacksonville Community Center
  • 5 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville
  • Monday, March 26, 2018 – 6:00 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 the City of Jacksonville's website. No refunds. Date, time, & location subject to change.

School's Out Celebration 

  • Splash Zone Water Park 
  • Pleasure Park
  • 201 W. Martin Street, Jacksonville
  • Friday, June 8, 2018 – 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Celebrate the 4th of July with a BANG and get a front row seat to the annual Big Bang on the Range Firework Show at the Jacksonville Shooting Sports Complex. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. Inflatables for the kids will be on sight and concessions will be sold. The Fireworks display begins at 9:30pm, so bring a chair or blanket for a banging, booming, rockets red flaring firework show over the wide open range. The show is free & fun for the whole family. Handicap accessible. Call (501) 241-2441 or visit the City of Jacksonville's website for more information. Date, time, & location subject to change.

Back-to-School Splash

  • Splash Zone (if rain, Community Center)
  • 201 Martin Street, Jacksonville
  • Friday, August 17, 2018 - 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 

Families are invited to slip, slide & dive into the night at the last bash of the summer. Swim & dance to music by a DJ. We're going to have a good time tonight! Admission is $5 at the door, slides are free. Must be 48" or taller to ride the slides. Children under 9 yrs. old must be accompanied by an adult. Concession available. Handicap accessible. Call (501) 982-SWIM(7946) or visit the City of Jacksonville's website for more information. No refunds. Date, time, & location subject to change.


  • FestiVille in Jacksonville
  • Dupree Park
  • 1700 Redmond Road, Jacksonville
  • September 28, 2018 and September 29, 2018
  •  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 6th annual FestiVille, a new and free community event, September 28 and September 29, 2018. The city festival will feature Carnival Rides and Games, Live Entertainment, Chili Cook-Off, 5K Fun Run, Canoes, Concessions, Commercial and Non-Commercial Booths, Volleyball Tournament, Petting Zoo, Kid's Area & much more. Free admission and parking. Rides and some activities may cost. Handicap accessible. For more info, call (501) 982-4171 or visit the City of Jacksonville's website. Date, time, and location subject to change.

Shooting Range

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
  • Wednesday, October 31, 2018; 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, JFD, JPD, and JCPAAA for Trunk or Treat at Dupree Park on Wednesday, 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. Contact Megan at (501) 982-4171 for more details. No refunds. Date, time, and location subject to change.


Holiday Craft & Gift Sale

  • Jacksonville Community Center
  • 5 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville
  • Two-Day Event: 
  • Friday, November 16, 2018 - 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 17, 2018 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Capture the spirit of the season at the 41st 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 the City of Jacksonville's website. No refunds. Date, time, and location subject to change.


61st Annual Jacksonville Christmas Parade

  • Main Street, Jacksonville
  • Saturday, December 8, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.

Jacksonville Parks & Recreation will host The 61st Annual Christmas Parade at 6:30p.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2018. 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 City of Jacksonville's website No refunds. Date, time, & location subject to change.