5 Reasons Why Families Choose Eureka Springs AR for Spring Break


5 Reasons Why Families Choose Eureka Springs AR for Spring Break

As spring approaches, so do spring breaks.  And now is the time to start planning –and booking early- for a most memorable several days.  A popular destination for families in mid-America is a little village in the southern Ozarks region: Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  Here are five reasons why…

1) Proximity – Eureka Springs, located in Northwest Arkansas, is less than a half-day’s drive from such key metropolitan areas as Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Kansas City, Springfield MO, Little Rock AR and all points in the vicinity of these larger cities.  Gas is saved; frayed nerves avoided from hearing the incessant “Are we there yet?”; and the best part, more time at the destination rather than being in transit.



2) Activity – Eureka Springs has numerous family-oriented attractions and activities in both the city limits and those just outside of town.

>Ozark Mountain Ziplines – experience the exhilarating thrill of a Zip Line Canopy Tour right in the heart of the beautiful, pristine Arkansas Ozarks. Soar through the air from up to 300+ feet high with cable lengths from up to 2,000 feet long over vast, gorgeous, spreads of hardwood trees and limestone cliffs. Anature filled experience guaranteed to satisfy thrill seeking families from all walks of life.





>Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge – see African lions; Bengal and Siberian tigers; black and tawny colored leopards; native cougars, bobcats and black bears; and Bam Bam, the playful grizzly bear… up close and personal in their special natural habitats.  TCWR, situated atop the scenic Ozark Mountain, is home to approximately 100 exotic and native animals and is one of the largest and well-respected Big Cat sanctuaries in North America.


>Ghost Tours & Hunts – hunt for ghosts in one of America’s top paranormally active communities in the country.  Most famous is the Crescent Ghost Tour at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, considered by many leading ghost hunters as “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”.  New this year is The Ghost Hunt Adventour at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel.  Haunted Eureka Springs Tour is a combination van / exploration tour of some of the other active locations in Western Carroll County.




>Three Rivers/Two Lakes – a great place to float or boat are the bodies of water that encircle Eureka Springs.  The Kings and White Rivers are great for floating and fishing.  A day trip to the Buffalo National River for a spring float is one of the more popular river sojourns in America.  The vast, sparkling waters of Beaver and Table Rock Lakes are perfect for kayaking, boating, fishing, or simply sitting on the shore watching the sunset.




>Urban Hiking & Mountain Biking – Eureka Springs is crisscrossed with urban walking and hiking trails.  Just a few hundred feet from downtown sidewalks is an opportunity to walk amid forested hillsides and limestone bluffs.  Mountain biking trails are also quite numerous and challenging especially with the addition of the new downhill feature on the Lake Leatherwood City Park trail designed by renowned Rock Solid Trails out of Michigan.




3) Connectivity – At many family “attractions” the family is so spread out, family members barely see each other let alone share experiences.  Eureka Springs being a smaller village of 2,000 it is hard to get separated, plus attractions are family attractions so all can get involved in each one.  Many hotels have family-oriented resort activities on property designed for the whole family.  Getting from Point A to Point B and beyond in Eureka is made easy through their highly reliable city trolley system.  The trolleys are so much fun, some families choose to see the entire city from the open-air back platform of some of these historic-style transports.


4) Memorability – It is said that more family lifetime memories are generated in Eureka Springs than any other spot in the region.  Why?  The family is not separated and all can enjoy their spring break together as a family.  Whether families opt for Facebook selfies or laughs over Snapchat creations, phones get a full workout during a Eureka Springs spring break.




5) Affordability – If a spring break can promise 1) thru 4), some families would pay anything to achieve all of those.  However, Eureka Springs has historically kept prices affordable so families can enjoy a spring break without breaking the bank.  Even if a spring break includes a visit to such nearby attractions at Silver Dollar City, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, or Roaring River State Park, just across the line in Missouri… day-tripping out of Eureka Springs makes any itinerary affordable.

For more information on what Eureka Springs can offer a spring break family, go to EurekaSprings.com.



Submitted by Bill Ott at <billott.eurekasprings@gmail.com>.

May be used without permission in full or in part.


Crescent Ice Skating Rink

Lifetime Memories Skating Rink is now closed and will re-open for the season in Dec18’/Jan19′

We make lifetime memories,” said Jack Moyer, vice president and general manager of the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, a mountaintop spa resort located here and a proud member of Historic Hotels of America, “and that is the reason why our hotel decided to add a ‘frozen pond’ in the area that hosts hundreds of weddings during warmer seasons.  Financially, adding an ice skating rink might not be the best decision, however with guests now traveling year-round to our resort hotel and with a gap of activities for our local kids during the winter months, we thought this might be a perfect way to further connect the hotel to our community while adding an additional resort activity for our guests.”

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The Crescent Hotel Ice Rink will be open daily from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for an open skate.  The rink will operate when the temperature is below 40 degrees.  Please check our Crescent Facebook page for up to date information.  Local children, age 12 and under, from Carroll County can skate for free.  All adults, all teens, as well as children who live outside the specified local area will be charged $5.00 each per day.  For all hotel guests, adults and children, the fee is included in their Crescent Hotel Resort Pass.  There are a limited number of skates available for rent, included with admission.  Up to 20 skaters can be on the ice at any one time.  Moyer noted that individuals wishing to donate skates to this community project will receive a 2017-2018 season pass for free skating.


“We are also creating a festive environment adjacent to the rink,” Moyer added, “with a nightly fire as well as tables and chairs where the community can gather.  SkyBar Gourmet Pizza will provide food service for this area if folks want to make it an evening.  The Crescent Hotel Ice Rink will also be available for private party rentals in times other than those of the open skate, based upon availability, for $100 per hour.”


The plan is to have the Crescent’s 2017-2018 ice skating season run from opening day through the end of February.  “This seems like a perfect fit for our resort hotel and our community,” concluded Moyer, “and I am so enthused about the great amount of local support we have already received.  We want every kid from Eureka Springs and our county plus our pre-teen hotel guests to say that one of their favorite lifetime memories was skating on the Crescent Hotel Ice Rink.”


Ozark Mountain Music Festival #5 Celebrates With 12 Bands In Four Days

Ozark Mountain Music Festival returns to Eureka Springs Arkansas on January 18, 2018 and runs thru the 21st with 12 big bands.  http://www.ozarkmountainmusicfestival.com/

Ozark Mountain Music Festival #5 Celebrates With 12 Bands In Four Days



(EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS) — The 2018 Ozark Mountain Music Festival, better known as OzMoMu, has just added 10 bands to its two headliners to fill out the lineup for its January 18-21 event.  This popular event features what is called Ozark Mountain Fusion of Bluegrass, Folk, and Americana Roots music.  Headlining this year’s “outdoor music festival held indoors” is Tall Tall Trees from Asheville, NC; and Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy from Lawrence, KS.

Mike Savino, the Tall Tall Trees banjo-wielding bard, has reshaped the landscape of what is possible with his instrument featuring its basic iteration and the banjo’s drum roots.  Audiences become wildly mesmerized with his mastery of electronic effects, loops, toy ray guns, and heaps of spontaneous creativity.

Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy is a high-energy ‘Brass ‘n’ Grass’ sextet whose sound has been described as ‘a stagecoach in overdrive’.  Their eclectic blend of bluegrass, ska, punk, and Dixieland has energized audiences all across America and in five other countries.

The trending bands to round out OzMoMu during its fifth successful four-day weekend of music includes:

>DimeTrip – Five guys out of Eureka Springs, AR that have decided to work towards a common goal of creating and playing original music with diverse sounds for as many people as this life allows.

>Alaina Blake & Dylan Hawf – A pair of expert musicians from Fayetteville, AR who have teamed up to prove that when it comes to music, style and performance skill one plus one does equal three much to the wild enjoyment of their fans, and audience members who quickly become fans.

>Urban Pioneers – Mix one part Texas fiddle and one part Tennessee banjo, add doghouse bass and a splash of guitar and you have a delicious cocktail for your ears known as the Urban Pioneers. This string band hammers out a variety of original songs that encompass old time hillbilly music, western swing, rockabilly, and even a few gypsy type songs for good measure.

>High-Fi Hillbillies – A trio of “knuckle-heads” from Tulsa, OK, who have way too much fun playing music! They came together through a comedy of errors and are riding this musical train to see where it goes. They play great songs by artists like Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, and Creedence Clearwater Revival!

>The Creek Rocks – This duo, part of the former group Big Smith, from Springfield, MO delves into the ups and downs of the deep Ozarks sound with a special focus on old-time music that soars above the hills and hollers.

>American Lions – From Conway, AR comes this band formed in early 2012 and today features a new style of music from Blues-driven ballads to rowdy Indie rock, all connected with the influences of Southern roots.

>Grassfed – A quick pickin’ string band out of KC/MO that pivots on the foundation of traditional bluegrass entwined with an eclectic array of influences. Forged by songwriters and driven by instrumental conversation, this band brings a punching sound all its own.

>Miles Over Mountains – a progressive bluegrass band based in McHenry, IL.  Their live shows are high energy, centered around an arsenal of original material and refreshing variety of cover songs served up in their own unique style.

>Camptown Ladies – Two ladies, Gina Gallina and Melissa Carper, from Eureka Springs, AR who serve up hillbilly swing like it was a banquet of sound.  This duo, plus some surprise guests, is dynamic, to say the least.

All performances all four days will be on stages in the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, located in the middle of Eureka Springs Downtown Entertainment District.  The popular Late Night Jam on both Friday and Saturday nights will be held in nearby Chelsea’s Corner Cafe & Bar.

For more information including tickets, go to OzarkMountainMusicFestival.com.


Submitted by Bill Ott / billott.eurekasprings@gmail.com

Out of the Dead of Winter Walks Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekends

Out of the Dead of Winter Walks Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekends


“America’s Most Haunted Hotel” -the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa- looks even spookier in the heavy fog that sometimes rolls into the Arkansas Ozarks atop which it sits.

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(Eureka Springs, Arkansas) – For those desiring unlimited access to “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” in the “dead” of winter comes Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekends, January 5-7 and January 12-14.  It is widely accepted that two of the most popular venues in the country for such hunts have been the 1886 Crescent Hotel and her sister, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, located here in Eureka Springs AR.  Both are known internationally for their paranormal activity thanks to the airing of numerous network television programs introducing viewers to the “guests who check out but never leave”.  Now, for two haunting weekends in January, both hotels have been set aside for paranormal enthusiasts who will be given the same full, free rein that the professionals have enjoyed during their televised investigations of these two ghostly properties.

More commonly known as ESP Weekends, the 2018 weekends will include such topics as psychomanteum; telepathy assessment; independent nocturnal investigations of known active areas; dream exchange; group séance; interactive, personal ESP explorations; evidence exchange sessions for participants to share and compare weekend experiences; plus the hotel’s classic ghost tour.  Headliners for the two weekends are author and noted paranormal researcher Larry Flaxman; and from the wildly popular paranormal talk radio show, Darkness On The Edge Of Town, comes author and world-acclaimed paranormal conference speaker Dave Schrader.

“A castle on a mountain top overlooks a village that grew up around magic springs in this hidden valley.  She is haunted by the shades of the many whose lives were led within its walls.  Just steps away below limestone bluffs is the second iteration of a hotel specifically built adjacent to the most magical spring of them all,” explained Keith Scales, event coordinator and director of ghost tours at both hotels.

Scales goes on to ask, “How would you like to participate in paranormal investigations of both hotels as well as testing your own second sight, psychic awareness, and ability to connect with those who have passed away and traversed into another dimension?  This is what we are offering at both of our ESP Weekends.”

“So much of what has previously been hidden will come to the fore during these two weekends for those who dare to take that first step walking boldly into the ‘dead’ of winter,” Scales concluded.

Complete schedules for both weekends are found at AmericasMostHauntedHotel.com.  Reservations should be made in advance.  For in order to keep the weekend events more intimate for individual attendees, reservations are limited.





(EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS) — The 2017 Eureka Springs Food & Wine Festival will debut November 9 in the Crystal Dining Room Restaurant of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa.  The pièce de résistance for the evening will be, from that renowned Australian family vineyard, an eight ounce pour of Penfolds Grange 2000 Shiraz for $80.  The featured dinner entrée~wine pairing will be that same Penfolds Grange 2000 Shiraz with the Rack of Lamb for $100.

The evening begins at 5 o’clock for the Wine & Cheese Welcome Reception with a focus on such family vineyards as Penfolds, Duckhorn, Beringer, Bell, Kistler, Rodney Strong, Robert Mondavi, MacMurray, and Seghesio.  From 5 until 7, guests will enjoy representative wine samplings, artisan cheeses from around the world, and John Rainone at the piano.  Pricing for this event is $20 per person or $35 per couple.

Dinner seatings will be from 5 until 8 p.m.  Entrées range in price from $16 to $39.  Reservations for both events are recommended.

“One might note that when it comes to ‘family’ vineyards, there is not one that epitomizes family more than MacMurray,” stated Brian VanSickle, food and beverage director at the Crescent Hotel, “for this vineyard’s namesake is none other than Fred MacMurray the actor, probably best known for his role as the father in the television show ‘My Three Sons’.”

For reservations and more information call 877-342-9766, or go to https://crescent-hotel.com/blog/food-wine-night/.


“Children of The Morgue” At America’s Most Haunted Hotel

(Eureka Springs, Arkansas) — Many people know of the most of famous “guests who check out but never leave” at the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa, a mountaintop resort in the Arkansas Ozarks.  They include Michael, the Irish stonemason who helped build the hotel in 1885; Theodora, a patient of Baker’s Cancer Curing Hospital in the late 1930s; and “the lady in the Victorian nightgown”, who likes to stand at the foot of the bed in Room 3500 and stare at guests while they sleep.  And these are only three of the dozens upon dozens of spirits that guests and visitors have reported encountering in this five-story Historic Hotel of America.


Each night, the year ’round, the hotel conducts ghost tours.  It was during one of these tours this summer when several paranormal entities -at one time- mesmerized a tour patron.  The tour was led that night by Dame Diane, her nom de guide.  She explains it here in her own words:


      “ A woman, I’ll call her Sally (not her real name), who was on my tour one night in late July, told me as the tour was beginning that she was very sensitive to the paranormal realm.  She even told me a brief story of a ghost she had seen and spoken to years before on a regular basis.

      “At the start of each of my tours, I usually ask a guest to carry a ghost EMF (electromagnetic field) meter.  Sally methodically walked forward to receive it without the usual embarrassment or nervous smile that I normally see. I handed it to Sally, then proceeded with my presentation.

      “During the tour, Sally carried the meter behind her back much of the time.  It ‘chirped’ quite often according to a woman who stood and walked behind her. Sally was not at all interested in the meter, it was as though she was not really there.  She had a fretted and worried look frozen on her face and never spoke up, even though I got the feeling she really wanted to do so many times.  Her look was a little unsettling, especially when we reached the third floor.  I was too focused making my presentation to pay attention to her the whole time, but wish I could have.

      “For it was as our tour was exiting the morgue (the rooms in the lowest level of the hotel where Norman Baker conducted autopsies as well as storing cadavers and body parts in a huge walk-in cooler when he owned and operated the hotel as a cancer curing hospital) where Sally stood frozen, wide-eyed in the middle of the autopsy room facing the doorway.  She wouldn’t move or speak.

      “Realizing that she was now separated from the tour, I moved from the head of the tour back to where she was standing to encourage her to leave this, the final stop on the tour.  Neither I nor her husband could move her. She was totally stiff and unresponsive.


     “It was at that time, I took the EMF meter from her hand and took her arm to gently encourage her to move in the direction of the door.  She gasped and mumbled a bit then stood dead still after only one step.  It was at that time her voice became quite clear and vehement uttering, ‘Oh, please… they need help… I need to help them!’

      “Her husband and I kept leading her down the hallway toward the exit, during which time she kept crying and pleading, ‘The children need my help!’.

      “These exclamations continued all the way up to the lobby.  She was very upset and kept trying to return to the morgue.  Even while her husband was basically pulling her toward the hotel’s front door exit, she kept saying that ‘the children’ were calling her, pleading for her help.

      “Once outside the hotel, Sally turned toward me with a still, wan expression telling me not to return to the third floor.  She said she saw a red hand on my throat while the tour was up there, sensing that someone or something didn’t like me or was out to get me.  She approached me wanting to demonstrate what she saw.  I declined.

      “Her husband and I finally got her to sit down in one of the chairs outside in the hotel’s front veranda.  Once seated, she more calmly yet pointedly started to explain that, ‘There is a mean man with fuzzy salt and pepper hair in a white coat that is abusing those children of the morgue, trying to push them down underneath autopsy table.’  She entreated me to return with her to the morgue in order to stop the man and to free these children ‘sending them into the light’.  The husband, in hushed tones, told me he had never see her like this during their seven years of marriage.

      “Eventually, Sally and her husband left the hotel property leaving me standing alone in the shadows of this castle-like, nineteenth century, limestone structure. I was shaken, bewildered, and musing as to what would I do when I returned to the morgue the next night.  I went home emotionally exhausted.

      “I did return the next night and have been back every night since.  However, each night, as I stand near the autopsy table, I do not so much feel fearful as concerned and somewhat heartbroken for those poor children, the ‘children of the morgue’.”

The Crescent Hotel gears up each year for the bewitching month of October and 2017 is no exception.  Added this year are “Spooky Bedtime Stories” and “Ghost Tour Guides: Their Inside Stories”.  Both will be late-night events exclusively for hotel guests.

On Halloween, the stars of Eureka Springs’ Intrigue Theater, Sean-Paul and Juliana Fay, return to the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom for one late-night dinner show and séance.  This ticketed event is open to hotel guests and visitors.

Bill Ott, hotel communications director, noted, “The hotel guests and patrons who experience our nightly ghost tours and who see, hear, and/or feel something unexplainable while in the hotel, are encouraged to send us their stories and any captured digital images for placement on our paranormal website americasmosthauntedhotel.com.  These numerous, published accounts are why so many return in January for one of our ESP (Eureka Springs Paranormal) Weekends.  In 2018, January 5-6 and January 12-13 have been set aside for amateur ghost hunters or those simply interested in the paranormal.  ESP participants will have the run of the hotel -so to speak- to do their own private, personal search for available apparitions.”

In addition to their website, some haunted aspects of the hotel can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/crescenthotelghosttours/ and on Instagram at #americashosthauntedhotel.



Submitted by

Bill Ott




NOTE: The following three images are available in hi-rez, forwarded in a zip file upon request.

“America’s Most Haunted Hotel On A Foggy Night” ~ The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs, Arkansas sits high atop The Ozarks.  This mountaintop spa resort and proud member of Historic Hotels of America offers nightly ghost tours, available to hotel guests and Eureka Springs’ visitors.  Photo credit: 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs AR



“Dame Diane Recalls An Exceptionally Eerie Night” ~ Ghost tour guides at “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” dress in Victorian clothing and take tour patrons on a five-floor sojourn of this Historic Hotel of America.  Dame Diane is but one of nearly a dozen ghost tour guides who lead the nightly tours and recount ghostly tales as reported by guests and employees.  Photo credit: 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs AR



“A Hotel With A Morgue” ~ Most hotels boast of pools and spas, both of which the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa has, but this Historic Hotel of America also has a morgue replete with an autopsy table and a walk-in cooler (pictured) for cadavers and body parts when the hotel was operated as a cancer “curing” hospital for several years in the late 1930s.  Photo credit: 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs AR




Fall color of the Arkansas Ozarks surround this Historic Hotel of America.

(EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS) — “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”  These words of French philosopher Albert Camus best describe the Arkansas Ozarks when these emerald hills and hollows begin their transformation into their fall brilliance.  This brilliance acts like a tractor beam to area citizens who want to gaze upon this annual Technicolor spectacle.  And at least one Northwest Arkansas city is ready to welcome these throngs of elated leaf lookers once again.

“Eureka Springs, clothed in its glistening fall coat, is a traditional top five destination according to TripAdvisor for taking in the colors of autumn,” said Jack Moyer, past chairman of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, “and we’ve surrounded Mother Nature with a plethora of fun events, activities and attractions.”

Events and activities include Gallery Strolls, Music In The Park, Dancing In The Park, Blue Grass Weekend, Voices In The Silent City, Oktoberfest, Zombie Crawl, Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular, and Diversity Weekend.  Attractions open in the fall include Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours, Spirits of The Basin Tour, Intrigue Theater, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Ozark Mountain Ziplines, Belle of The Ozarks, nearby Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and nearby Branson, Missouri.

“This total package is just what fall travelers to the Arkansas Ozarks are seeking,” Moyer added.

Digital electronics have further enhanced what Eureka has to offer.  “Every October we are inundated with telephone calls inquiring about our fall foliage.  ‘Have they started changing yet?’  ‘To what degree have they changed?’  With our hotel sitting on the highest point in the county, we thought it only appropriate to design a way to help interested parties see for themselves,” Moyer noted.

            Moyer explained that the solution was to have the eurekaspringsfallfoliage.com webcam be placed in the Crescent’s Fountain Garden. The camera gives a wide view of this portion of the hotel’s 15 mountaintop acres and includes the huge hardwood trees that serve as a canopy over the hotel’s entranceway.

“True, there is no better way to see our fabulous fall colors than up close and in person,” concluded Moyer, “In the meantime, we hope folks will enjoy this new fall foliage feature.  Our awesome, natural, autumnal feature performance of Mother Nature now can be shared worldwide.”


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Bill Ott




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(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — As teachers prepare for the start of the new school year, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa and the 1905 Basin Park Hotel are showing their appreciation to these hard working and dedicated instructors by making it possible for each to have another couple days or evenings of enjoyment before heading back into the classroom.  These two Eureka Springs historic hotels are extending a special discount to all area teachers, administrators, and school workers for all these two historic hotels have to offer.

“From August 1 thru August 6, any person showing proper school-affiliated identification from an area school, college or other institute of learning will receive a twenty-five percent discount on hotel lodging, food in our restaurants, services in our spas, and tickets to our tours,” said Jack Moyer, general manager of both hotels.  “This is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to this group of dedicated educators and school workers.”

The discount may be used for overnight rooms at both hotels; food in the Crystal Dining Room Restaurant, SkyBar Pizza, Crescent Confections, and the Balcony Restaurant; any and all services at both the New Moon Spa & Salon and Spa 1905; tickets to the Crescent Ghost Tour, Flickering Tales, Not Really A Door production, and the Spirits of The Basin tour; plus hotel souvenirs.  Teachers are reminded that reservations are suggested at some of these venues and that this special, limited-time teacher discount may not be combined with any other discount or promotional offer.

Moyer concluded, “We feel that in addition to this being one last chance for the folks employed by our area schools to enjoy summer, it will also give each of them a chance to recharge their internal batteries before plugging into the new school year.”

For more information, teachers may go to CrescentHotel.com or BasinPark.com.


BB King Entertainer of the Year Headlines Blues Weekend ‘17

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(Historic Downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas) – Victor Wainright and WildRoots


return to the Eureka Springs Blues Weekend as the BB KING Entertainer of the Year. Wainwright, backed up by the Band of the Year, WildRoots will headline the late-night stages in Downtown Eureka Springs, performing in the Barefoot Ballroom of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel on Friday night, June 16, for two shows at 8 and 10 o’clock. Price of admission also admits patrons to the “After-Party” in the hotel’s Lucky7 Rooftop Billiards Bar for a “meet-n-greet” with the evening’s entertainers.

Blues Weekend 2017, features music throughout Eureka Springs with a festival stage at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) during the day on Saturday and Sunday, and late-night stages in Historic Downtown Eureka Springs Thursday through Saturday.

Highlights of Blues Weekend ’17 include late-night, downtown performances at Chelsea’s with Scott Ellison on Thursday, Josh Hoyer on Friday, and Patrick Sweany on Saturday. Scheduled for a Friday sundown performance in downtown’s Basin Spring City Park is Eric Gales.

Festival Stage headliners include Toronzo Cannon and Fiona Boyes plus a full slate of performers at TCWR, all playing during daylight hours.

“A multi-day blues festival in Eureka Springs is a true tradition of fun times that has a proud history,” said Jack Moyer, General Manager of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, “and this year’s kick off with Eric Gales in the park and high-energy Victor Wainwright and WildRoots in the hotel ballroom, will make this year’s Weekend as much fun as ever.”


Wainwright is a Georgia-native but now a Memphis (TN) resident. His capturing the coveted Blues Music Award for BB King Entertainer of the Year was no surprise since he is considered one of the most exciting piano performers on the roots music scene today. He is known for his raucous, high-octane boogie-woogie performances. American Blues News put it this way, “He is always entertaining and madly talented. You will never see Victor play a room and not have it go over with the crowd in a big way.VictorW

“Wainwright is backed by the firepower of WildRoots, one of the tightest, smokin’ bands around!”

Tickets to the Wainwright performances are limited and may be purchased in advance online at ReserveEureka.com. Ticket prices are $15 per person in advance and $20 at the door. Thirty VIP Seating tickets, per performance, are $20 in advance and $30 at the door.

The Eric Hales performance in the Basin Spring Park Bandshell is free and open to the public. Ticket information is on ReserveEureka.com with a full schedule for Blues Weekend ’17 performances at EurekaSpringsBlues.com.


(Eureka Springs, Arkansas) – Eureka Springs, the “Extraordinary Escape” located in the Arkansas Ozarks, is alive and welcoming the year ‘round, but in spring it becomes ever so bold.  Why?  Because in spring this historic village begins to strut its stuff.  And in 2017, that includes new stuff at great attractions such as The Great Passion Play, Intrigue Theater, America’s Most Haunted Hotel, Phunkberry, May Festival of the Arts, as well as Main Street Eureka Springs.

  • The Great Passion Play will begin its fiftieth season, on Friday, May 5, at 8:30 p.m. but with nuances for the 2017 season.  Added to the entranceway of the Holy Land Tour is a Biblical marketplace featuring carpenters, potterers, and other artisans making hand-crafted items.  Also new is Noah’s Ark Park, a petting zoo with camels; llama; an assortment of miniature goats, donkeys and horses; plus, a pharaoh hound.   The play itself boasts of more than 170 actors, dozens of birds and animals, all assembled to portray the last days of Christ on a set that is three stories tall and 550 feet across and meticulous replicates Jerusalem of 2000 years ago.  The play will have evening performances on Friday and Saturday nights through the end of the opening month with two added performances on Thursday, May 25 and Sunday, May 28 for the Memorial Day weekend.  Surrounding the amphitheater are The Christ of the Ozarks, the New Holy Land, Sacred Arts Center, the Bible Museum, hiking trails, and more.  www.greatpassionplay.org/
  • Intrigue Theater has already begun its seventh season and continues to completely mystify each and every audience that witnesses their extensive journey into the art of magic and illusion.  Illusionist Sean-Paul and ghost whisperer Juliana Fay have drawn from their decades of performing around the world to transform the 1910 Gavioli Chapel into a performance venue that vibrantly enhances their innovative and brilliant homage to the Golden Age of Magic and the Ghostly Spiritualist movement of the early 1900s.  A new stage with augmented audience sight lines, a proscenium, crystal chandeliers, period stage lighting and historic props has now transformed this Victorian, limestone chapel into a showplace of mind-boggling magic, mysticism and journeys to “the other side.  The new Intrigue Theater dynamically adds to the ambiance of a town known for the unknown.  intriguetheater.com/
  • America’s Most Haunted Hotel further solidifies Eureka Springs as a town known for the unknown.  The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa’s nightly ghost tour has for 2017 added a new history room at the tour’s origination point.  This “Faculty Lounge” honors the Crescent College & Conservatory for Young Women (circa 1908-1934).  Here patrons can look at images of the “living” co-eds prior to touring, prior to perhaps bumping into one those ladies who never left or returned to the building following graduation.  Another off-beat, recovered treasure displayed in the room is an original calliaphone invented and manufactured by the infamous Norman Baker.  It is the morgue of his Cancer Curing Hospital (circa 1937-1939) that is the pièce de résistance of the tour.  Said to be the most paranormally active area in the hotel, it culminates the tour which winds down from the fourth floor to the basement with numerous stops and stories of ghostly encounters along the way, stories that oftentimes make even the most brave feel faint.  www.americasmosthauntedhotel.com/
  • Phunkberry is Eureka Springs’ newest music festival.  This second three-day event, May 4-6, has an all new line up with the newest of now sounds focusing on the top national and regional funk and jazz bands.  Featured for 2017 is The Motet, an American funk, Afrobeat and jazz influenced group from Denver CO; The Werks, a psychedelic dance, jam, funk, rock group from Dayton 0H; and from Chicago IL comes Maniac Focus, and electronic music project of John “JmaC” McCartin.  All 16 groups will take the stage in front of thousands at “The Farm”, 160 panoramic acres atop the Ozark Mountains. phunkberry.com/
  • May Festival of the Arts honors a community that has, for more than a decade, been anchored on the “Top 25 Cities for Art” in the small cities category in such publications as American Style Magazine.  And, since Eureka Springs boasts of more than 350 working artists in a town of 2,000 where cutting-edge is a way of life, the hot and exciting nuance in this month-long fête is “The Eurekan Spectacle”, an augmented reality based experiential app that allows users to witness a Shakespearean play at various real-world locations around Eureka Springs. The Eurekan Spectacle goes live May 1.  Download instructions and a walking tour map can be found at www.eurekanspectacle.com.  Eureka’s May Festival is packed with one-of-a-kind art exhibits, demonstrations, performances, culinary arts, free music in the park, and the wildest street party thrown by artists: The White Street Walk.  www.eurekaspringsfestivalofthearts.com/
  • Main Street Eureka Springs is blessed each year with shop owners and downtown entrepreneurs who keep a watchful eye on the latest trends and products and 2017 is no exception.  A swarm of new shops and new inventories at established shops await Eureka’s nearly one million visitors starting in May.  Just as new as the merchandise downtown is the “Downtown N Underground” tour.  Its 2017 reboot features an extended route that takes strollers along the same exact sidewalks and sidetrails used by the outlaws and zealots, the famous and infamous back when Eureka Springs was considered the wild west.  The tour also includes an exclusive visit to three underground locations, private and off limits to the general public with one final stop as “guests take the stage” at the city’s historic auditorium.  eurekaspringsdowntown.com/

“If you ever wanted to see a town strut, travel this spring to the crown jewel of Northwest Arkansas, Eureka Springs,” said Bill Ott, former chairman of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, “and once you get here you will be strutting right along with us with no desire ever to return home.”