Fort Smith is proud to be home of a thriving cultural community. Ranging from live bands, and symphonic performances to theatrical productions and art exhibits you can find something to do in Fort Smith with your spare time.


Now in its 81st season, the Fort Smith Symphony is the oldest orchestra in the state of Arkansas. The symphony is a per-service professional orchestra comprised of musicians from Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Springfield, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Norman, Dallas, Little Rock and other communities. The orchestra performs classical, pops, youth and community concerts in Fort Smith and surrounding areas.

Since its founding in 1947, The Fort Smith Little Theatre has cast local talent and is an award-winning organization that produces six shows each year.


Hailed as the “Best Little Blues Festival in America,” every August the Riverfront Blues Festival brings in blues talent from all over the world for two days and is held on the banks of the Arkansas River at Harry E. Kelley Park.

As one of the oldest volunteer chorales in America, the 25 year old Fort Smith Chorale performs two annual concerts with 200 volunteer voices in song. The Carols by Candlelight concerts are traditionally one of the first celebrations of the Christmas season. The Chorale’s spring concert features familiar hymn tunes and texts, anthems and various melodies.



Pull on your cowboy boots and jeans and head to Kay Rodgers Park for the annual Old Fort Days Rodeo, which is considered to be one of the most prestigious stops on the rodeo circuit. The Old Fort Days Rodeo also hosts the Futurity and Super Derby, which is the nation’s richest barrel futurity. The fairgrounds host the Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair annually exciting rides and top musical talent.

The Season of Entertainment from the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith features national touring theatre productions of Broadway shows, sensational musical shows and the “Season on the Green,” a series of free outdoor performances.


In the heart of the Belle Grove Historical District is The Fort Smith Art Center. Housed in the Vaughn-Schaap house it's one of the few remaining examples of Victorian Second Empire architecture in the city. It prides itself in cultivating local artistic talent and showcasing diverse artists.







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