Events

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, April 13, 2019
  • 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 www.jacksonvilleparks.com. Date, time, & location subject to change.

H2O Easter Hunt

Underwater Easter Egg Hunt

  • Jacksonville Community Center
  • 5 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville
  • Monday, April 15, 2019
  • 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 www.jacksonvilleparks.com. No refunds. Date, time, & location subject to change.


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22nd Annual Youth Fishing Derby      


  • Jacksonville Shooting Sports Complex Lake
  • 2800 Graham Rd., Jacksonville
  • Saturday, June 15, 2019
  • 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 www.jacksonvilleparks.com. Sponsored by AR Game & Fish. Date, time, & location subject to change.

Schools-Out-for-Summer

School's Out Celebration 

  • Splash Zone Water Park 
  • Pleasure Park
  • 201 W. Martin Street, Jacksonville
  • Friday, June 7, 2019 – 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Kick your summer off with a Splash! Grab your swim suits, towels & friends and head to Splash Zone for an evening swim. Water Park admission is $5, slides are FREE! Must be 48” or taller to ride the slides. Concessions available. Handicap accessible. Call (501) 982-4171 or visit www.jacksonvilleparks.com for more information. Event phone # (501) 982-SWIM(7946). No refunds. Date, time, & location subject to change.

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Big BANG on the Range 

  • Jacksonville Shooting Sports Complex
  • 2800 Graham Rd., Jacksonville
  • Thursday, July 4, 2019
  • Gates open at 5:00 p.m.; Firework Show at 9:00 p.m.

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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 www.jacksonvilleparks.com for more information. Event phone # (501) 241-2441. Date, time, & location subject to change.

Back to School Splash

Back-to-School Splash

  • Splash Zone 
  • 201 Martin Street, Jacksonville
  • Friday, August 16, 2019 - 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) 982-4171 or visit www.jacksonvilleparks.com for more information. Event # (501) 982-SWIM(7946). No refunds. Date, time, & location subject to change.

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FestiVille in Jacksonville


  • Dupree Park
  • 1700 Redmond Road, Jacksonville
  • September 27, 2019 and September 28, 2019
  •  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 7th Annual FestiVille, a new and free community event, September 27 and September 28, 2019. 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 www.FestiVille.org.  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
  • Thursday, October 31, 2019; 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 Thursday, 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 or visit www.jacksonvilleparks.com.  Date, time, and location subject to change.

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Holiday Craft & Gift Sale


  • Jacksonville Community Center
  • 5 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville
  • Two-Day Event: 
  • Friday, November 22, 2019- 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 23, 2019– 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Capture the spirit of the season at the 42nd 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 www.jacksonvilleparks.com. No refunds. Date, time, and location subject to change.

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62nd Annual Jacksonville Christmas Parade

  • Main Street, Jacksonville
  • Saturday, December 7, 2019– 6:30 p.m.

Jacksonville Parks & Recreation will host The 62nd Annual Christmas Parade at 6:30p.m. on Saturday, December 7, 2019. 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 www.jacksonvilleparks.com. No refunds. Date, time, & location subject to change.