2016 Downtown Events

Upcoming Events in your Downtown Conway!

Downtown Merchants Breakfast
Hosted by the Conway Downtown Partnership
Last Tuesday of April, July & October  8:45 a.m.
UCA | Downtown

The breakfast occurs four times a year, on the last Tuesday in January, April, July and October.  The thought behind the merchant breakfast is to network, inform and to share experiences and happenings in Downtown Conway.  Attendees must be a partner in the Conway Downtown Partnership or a property owner in the Downtown Central Business Improvement District.  The breakfast if free  to partners and is hosted in various merchant locations throughout downtown during the year.


Downtown Moon Light Madness
Hosted by the Conway Downtown Partnership
Friday, January 29 | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Downtown Conway

Moon Light Madness is annual event that has been happening for forty years plus!  The event was started to allow the retail merchants a time to really blow out their remaining seasonal inventories.  Now with renaissance of downtown Conway’s dining culture, the restaurants play a role in this downtown tradition as well.  Moon Light Madness occurs bi-annually, the last Friday of January and the last Friday of July.


Downtown Conway 4th Night ArtWalk
Hosted by the Conway Downtown Partnership,
Benefiting Conway Alliance for the Arts
4th Fridays | April, May, June, September, October & November
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Conway ArtWalk is back with a new name and new route.  The Downtown Conway 4th Night ArtWalk will start in Simon Park where artists can reserve space to display their art, and downtown merchants will also be encouraged to participate by extending their hours during the walk as patrons walk from Simon Park to local galleries along Oak Street and Front Street.  Oak Street galleries include, Carmen’s Art & Antiques and the Gallery at EM.  Front Street galleries include, The Art Experience & Arkansas Arts Beautification Society Gallery.  Plus the Conway Food Truck Association will been on hand to help patrons during and following the walk.

Toad Suck Daze
Hosted by the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce
Friday, April 29 – May 1
Downtown Conway

Downtown Conway plays host to the second largest community festival in the state of Arkansas!   The festival sees over 150,000 attendees during the three day event that puts Downtown Conway on the state and national stage each year.

Downtown Conway Farmers & Crafts Market
Hosted by the Conway Downtown Partnership
Saturday, May 1 | 6:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and
continues through the last Saturday in October.
1132 North Front Street

The Downtown Farmers & Crafts Market nestled along the tree lined street on North Front makes a wonderful place to bring the family and stroll the outdoor market.  The market is open Tuesday’s, Thursday’s & Saturdays during the height of the season.

“An Evening in the Park”
Hosted by Blackbird Academy of Arts
Friday, May 13 | 6:30 p.m.

This annual dance performance is A FREE family event at Simon Park featuring Blackbird's favorite dance pieces from 2015-2016 season.

Conway Community Band Concert Series
Sponsored by First Service Bank
May 20, 2016
June 10, 2016
July 1, 2016
All performances start at 7:30 p.m.

This year marks the sixth year of the Conway Community Band Concert Series.  The band was founded by Ricky Brooks, Director of Bands at UCA.  He recognized that there are musicians in our midst that love to play and the community band affords them a way to give back to the community through music.

Faulkner County Fair Parade
Hosted by the Faulkner County Fair Parade Committee
Tuesday, September 20 | 6:00 p.m.
Downtown Conway

The Faulkner County Fair Parade is now in it’s 78th year is one of the longest running fair parades in Arkansas.  Not only is it know for it’s longevity, but the parade is well known for the number of entries it hosts each year! 

“Concert in the Park”
Hosted by Conway Symphony Orchestra
Friday, September 23 | 7:00 p.m. “Tentative”
Simon Park

Bring your blankets and chairs, kids and grandparents, (but no pets) and join us for a fabulous outdoor performance in downtown Conway. With just one hour of music previewing our season, come early and grab a bite to eat at a nearby restaurant.  The performance is FREE and open to the community, with sponsorship from Southwestern Energy Co.

Alchemy Songwriting Competition Showcase
hosted by the Blackbird Academy,
Saturday, September 24 | 7:30 p.m.
The Brick Room

The top ten finalists from the 2016 Alchemy Songwriting Competition will perform their winning songs at the Showcase for a live audience and a panel of guest judges that  have included singer/songwriter Adam Hambrick (Sony/ATV) and Nashville music producer Jonathan Smith and Conway’s own Kris Allen.  Music lovers of all kinds will enjoy this show packed with a variety of talented songwriters from all over representing country, pop, R&B, folk, and more!

Conway ArtsFest
Hosted by the Conway Alliance for the Arts

September 24 – October 1
Various Locations

ArtsFest is hosted by Conway Alliance for the Arts and is a weeklong Celebration of the Arts
ArtsFest takes place at various locations around Conway.

Conway Downtown Partnership Annual Meeting
Hosted by Hendrix College
Thursday, October 13 | 6:00 p.m.
Held at Worsham Hall on the Hendrix College Campus

The Downtown Partnership Annual Meeting is a gathering of partners to learn about what has happened in downtown Conway during the year, and is marked by special announcement and news of plans for the future. 

Downtown Christmas Open House
Hosted by Conway Downtown Partnership
Sunday, November 13 | 1 – 4:00 p.m.

The annual Christmas Open House is Downtown Conway’s official holiday kickoff. Stores will be open from 1-4 p.m.

Small Business Saturday & Conway Christmas Tree Lighting
Hosted by Conway Downtown Partnership
Saturday, November 26
All Day Event

Downtown Conway retailers participate in Small Business Saturday, which is recognized as a way to show your support for our local merchants, then the day culminates the annual Conway Christmas Tree Lighting celebration later that evening. The "flipping the switch" ceremony will illuminate Downtown Conway in holiday lights—from the 54-foot-tall Christmas tree at Rogers Plaza, to the holiday display in Simon Park, to the garland-wrapped lampposts located throughout the heart of the city.

Mistletoe Madness & Conway Christmas Parade
Hosted by Conway Downtown Partnership
Saturday, December 10 | All Day Event

Mistletoe Madness kicks off the 12 Days of Christmas Celebration that leads up to the final shopping craze before Christmas.  Store wide holiday markdowns are the rule of the day!  Downtown Conway will celebrate the season through music and art. The daylong festivities will feature street musicians and vendors from the Conway arts scene as well as concerts by the Conway Symphony Orchestra, local elementary schools and local area performers.  

Finally to round out the day, the Conway Christmas Parade, takes place at 6:00 p.m. the parade progresses along Front Street from the south end at Deer Street, to the north end at Mill Street.  The parade is hosted by Relay for Life of Faulkner County.  Contact Deidra @ 501-908-6617 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .