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Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Excell Park (if rain, Jacksonville Community Center)

Ray Rd. & Southeastern Ave, Jacksonville

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Walking to Age 3, 10:15 a.m, Field 2

Ages 4&5, 10:30 a.m., Field 3

Ages 6&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, 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 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 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 for more information. Event phone # (501) 982-SWIM (7946). 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. FREE admission. 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

Thursday, July 4, 2019 – Gates open at 2:00 p.m. - Fireworks display begins at 9:30 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 2:00 p.m. Join us for a day of fun activities for the whole family - bounce houses for the kids, live music will be on sight, concessions will be sold and much more. 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. Handicap accessible. Call (501) 241-2441 or visit for more information. 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-SWIM(7946) or visit for more information. No refunds. Date, time, & location subject to change.



FestiVille in Jacksonville

Dupree Park

1700 Redmond Rd., Jacksonville

September 27, 2019 & September 28, 2019
Friday 3:00pm -7:00pm & 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 & 28, 2019. The city festival will feature Carnival Rides & Games, Live Entertainment, 5K Fun Run, Canoes, Concessions, Commercial & Non-Commercial Booths, Volleyball Tournament, Petting Zoo, Kid’s Area, Fireworks & much more. FREE admission & parking. Rides and some activities may cost. Handicap accessible. For more info, call (501) 982-4171 or visit  Date, time, & 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:

Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat

Dupree Park

1700 Redmond Rd, 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. There will be various games & activities, bounce houses, scary hayrides, costume & 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, & location subject to change.


Holiday Craft & Gift Sale

Jacksonville Community Center

5 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville

Two-Day Event:

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 16, 2019 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Capture the spirit of the season at the 42nd Annual Holiday Craft & 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, & location subject to change.


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 & Entry Form.  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.