Fort Smith Western Heritage Month Calendar of Events May 2016

MAY 2016


April 3: Unbranded: Spring Round-Up (MovieLounge 5PM)

May 1- May 30 – Fort Smith Trolley Museum, trolley ride schedule:
Mon-Sat 10AM-5PM, Sunday 1PM-5PM (contact Bradley Martin for more info (479) 650-5456)

May 1: Cowboy Church, Town of Judgement, 12 noon, plus the ground breaking ceremony for Lawbreakers and Peacemakers theater present the “Town of Judgment.”

May 6: Kid’s Safety Fair (Glass Pavilion)

May 7-8: Robbing of the Trolley  (Lawbreakers & Peacemakers)

May 8: Wash the Frisco 4003 steam engine (Fort Smith Trolley Museum)

May 6-8: Hangin’ Judge Cuttin Horse Competiton (Kay Rodgers Park)

May 12: MDA Lock Up at Outback Steakhouse

May 13-15: 39th Annual Ole Timers Day Downtown Van Buren – This Arts & Crafts Festival features more than 200 exhibitors from more than seven states covering six closed-off blocks on Historic Main Street. Food and Entertainment Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Concert Friday (7:00pm) Arts & Crafts Saturday (9:00am-6:00pm) and Sunday (9:00am-5:00pm). Event will be held rain or shine.

May 14: Nat’l Train Day (Trolley Museum) – Come out for free trolley rides and a model trolley set up! Plus every weekend in May, check out live reenactments by the Lawbreakers & Peacemakers or the Indian Territory Pistoleers. Trolley will run from 10AM-5PM Mon-Sat and 1PM-5PM on Sunday.

May 14: Choctaw Nation Stickball Event 10AM-5PM (Nat’l Historic Site, sponsored by the Hardwood Tree Museum)

May 14-15: Indian Territory Pistoliers old west reenactments (Fort Smith Trolley Museum)

May 15-21: Nat‘l Police Week

May 21-22: Lawbreakers Peacemakers old west reenactments (Fort Smith Trolley Museum)

May 21: Dedication of the Hot Springs Street railway 50 and the new track extension (Corner of South 7th and South 6th street, right across from the Arkansas Best Performing Arts Center, 2PM)

May 21: Family Fun Day – presented by Maggie House (Downtown, Town of Judgement) 11AM-7PM

May 21: Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony – This ceremony will honor the men who died defending law and order working out of the Federal Court for the Western District of Arkansas from 1871-1986. An honor guard will fire a 21 gun salute, each of the names of the fallen will be read aloud, and speeches will be given by local law enforcement and park staff. The ceremony will take place at 10am and is free to the public. (National Historic Site, 10AM)

May 21: National Train Day – Come celebrate National Train Day in the historic Frisco Depot where you’ll be able to see exhibits about the Frisco Railroad Company and take a free ride on the train! Admission is Free. (11AM – 4PM)

May 21: Lawbreakers/Peacemakers rob the trolley all day, starts 10am

May 21: Cowboy Mounted Shooting (pending) – Location: Town of Judgement 300 Parker across from the Gallows, Downtown

May 22: Clayton Conversations: History of the Fort Smith Library – Enjoy a reenactment of the Fortnightly Club before the program. (Clayton House)

May 28: Boots, Badges, Bustles & Bows: A Sarsaparilla Tea for Young’uns (and Young at Heart) – Dance the Maypole, shot turkeys, race sailboats, win cupcakes and more before listening to Reginald Moore read the book about Bass Reeves. Reserve your $5 tickets today on the back porch. (Clayton House)

May 28: Pioneer Day – Van Buren

May 28-30: Civil War Camp weapons demonstration and camp life plus an 1863 vs 1873 shootout including canons (Historic Site)

May 28-29: Indian Territory Pistoliers old west reenactments 10AM-4PM (Fort Smith Trolley Museum)

May 23-28: Old Fort Barrel Futurity (Kay Rodgers Park)

May 28: Art on the Border  – A gallery of artists brought together May 27 & 28, 2016 during Western Heritage Month to celebrate a thriving art community on the Arkansas Oklahoma border. (Frisco Station)

May 28: Judge Parker’s Rope War (Harry E. Kelley Park – Noon)

May 28: Night Court – Bass Reeves (Nat’l Historic Site)

May 30-June 5: Old Fort Days Rodeo – Since 1933, Fort Smith has been home to one of Arkansas’ most exciting rodeos. Each year cowboys from all over the world compete for one of largest prize purses in Arkansas. This year marks the eighty second anniversary of the rodeo. (Kay Rodgers Park)

May 30: Indian Territory Pistoliers old west reenactments 10AM-4PM (Fort Smith Trolley Museum)

May 30: Pancake Breakfast – Located at the 4:12 youth center building at the corner of Garrison and North 13th at Immaculate Conception Church. Breakfast will be served from 7AM to 9:45AM.

May 30: Old Fort Days Rodeo Parade (10AM, Downtown Fort Smith)