Activities & Events

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Steamboat Days

Steamboat Days is an annual festival that traditionally takes place in June to celebrate the history and founding of Des Arc. There are many activities, events, food, and competitions. Some popular events are live music, cook-offs, pageants, a 5K run, and fireworks. Find out more details on the Steamboat Days Facebook Page.

Photo courtesy of Steamboat Days Organization

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Prairie County Fair and Livestock Association

The Prairie County Fair is a week long event in September hosted by the Prairie County Fair and Livestock Association. Located on Hwy 249 – West off Hwy 11 Between Des Arc and Hazen, the county fair includes many events and competitions including a pageant, parade, a creative arts exhibit, livestock and shooting competitions, and a demolition derby! Follow the Prairie County Fair on Facebook for more details.

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Trunk-or-Treat & Fall Fest

Taking place during Halloween and the beginning of November, respectively, these events provide lots of kid-friendly activities. The Des Arc Chamber of Commerce hosts Fall Fest. You can stay up to date by following them on Des Arc Chamber's Facebook Page. Trunk-or-Treat events are hosted individually at the many places around the city. Follow Des Arc News You Should Know for details on these events.

Photo courtesy of First Baptist Church

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Merry on Main & Christmas at the River

Hosted by Des Arc Chamber and Paul Guess with Guess and Company in November, Merry on Main or Christmas at the River is a major pre-Christmas celebration. The courthouse is lit and there are fireworks, carriage rides through the park, a parade, and vendors. For more information, follow Des Arc Chamber or Guess & Co. on Facebook.

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Christmas at the Warehouse Sale

"The Christmas at the Warehouse Sale is the largest Christmas Warehouse Sale in the South! Spanning over 60,000 square feet, this winter wonderland is set to captivate shoppers with its enchanting displays and incredible deals. Renowned designer Paul Guess and his team have worked their magic, creating a stunning collection of unique seasonal décor that will add an extra touch of elegance to your holiday festivities. Don't miss out on this extraordinary event that promises to make your Christmas shopping experience truly unforgettable." - Guess & Co.

Check out the Guess & Company Website for more information!

volunteer fire department driving santa through des arc


Many events take place in Des Arc around Christmas including the Miss Merry Christmas pageant and the Christmas parade led by Santa Claus followed by horseback riders, pageant winners, the city police, fire department, ambulance service, and many floats from local businesses and organizations. Our Volunteer Fire Department also takes the trucks for a drive through the city with Santa Claus to toss candy. Be sure to follow Des Arc News You Should Know for any Christmas events.