Mardi Gras Festival

Celebrating its 11th Year in 2016, the Eureka Springs, Arkansas Mardi Gras is truly a eureka springs mardi grasNew Orleans style Mardi Gras set in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Arkansas within the downtown area of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

This year’s theme is “Hollywood!”

2 Parades, 5 Balls, King & Queen plus the Royal Court, Beads, Drinks & Fun! Join in on one of Eureka’s biggest parties in downtown Eureka Springs.  2 Ball Events Open to the Public:

Black Light Ball – Sat 1/30

Mayor’s Ball-Sat 2/6

View the 2016 Schedule & Lodging Deals, Click Here.

Winter Things To Do

Wintertime in Eureka Springs brings Relaxation, Re-connection and a chance to explore the Ozark landscapes with Discounted Overnight Room Rates.

For those looking to reconnect and relax with your spouse or partner, plan some spa time, shop, dine and stay over night with discounted Winter room rates by 30-45% from the normal season rates.  Click here for availability.  For Great Winter Things To Do, see below…

Spa Time

Winter Events

Winter Attractions

Caves

Horseback Riding

Outdoors & Other Things To Do

  • Beaver Lake Eagle Watching Tours- (Nov-Feb)
  • Hobbs State Park-479-789-5000
  • Hike The Natural Springs in Town-Spring Maps available at the Chamber of Commerce
  • Lake Leatherwood Hiking Trails
  • Black Bass Lake Trail
  • Shopping
  • Dining
  • Art Galleries
  • St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church
  • Pea Ridge National Military Park-Daily 8:30am-4pm
  • Roaring River State Park
  • Hobbs State Park
  • Buffalo River Outdoor Center
  • War Eagle Mill
  • Promise Land Zoo
  • Dogwood Canyon Nature Park
  • Drive to Beaver Bridge or Beaver Dam

 

Ozark Mountain Music Festival

The extraordinarily popular Ozark Mountainozark mountain music festival Music Festival, more commonly referred to as OzMoMu, returns to the stages of Eureka Springs’ downtown 1905 Basin Park Hotel January 21 to 24, 2016.  This year’s musical extravaganza, OzMoMu3, will once again focus around an Ozark Mountain fusion of bluegrass, folk, and American roots musicwith a festival lineup that includes multiple stages and lively music for four exciting days.”

The band everyone in the region is buzzing about is The Haunted Windchimes.  Their sound is traditional folk and blues with songs of imagevintage quality leaving crowds wondering if the tune was written yesterday or 75 years ago.  The group’s subtle and collective genius features original material.  Their vocal harmonies are interwoven with instrumental mastery to form an embroidered musical sound that really set them apart.  They will be headlining on Friday night.

Kicking off the four days on Thursday night is Friends of the Phamily from imageRogers, Arkansas.  Even though they enjoy performing original material, the focus of their time on stage is devoted to their “true love”, the music of the Grateful Dead.  This performance will be followed by the first round of probably the wildest blending of sounds of the long weekend.  These four nightly finale sessions, aptly called Group JAM!, will be where all bands gather ‘round and play together as one until the wee hours.

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Entertaining on Friday night in addition to aforementioned The Haunted Windchimes will be Chucky Waggs, a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter based out of the hills of Eureka Springs.  He will present his intimate, often humorous, folk ballads and downright rowdy stomp-alongs.  Also taking the stage for one of the six performances that day will be The Whole Famn Damily.  This Conway, Arkansas band is not related by blood, only by the sweat and tears they pour into their music rooted in the old traditions of the mountains.

 

Saturday the festival will feature nine performances featuring the imageheadliner, The Kansas City Bear Fighters.  Their sound is said to be an homage to the music that serves as a salve for one’s soul.  Other groups taking one of the Basin Park stages, Barefoot Ballroom, Ozark Room and The Balcony, are Grazzhopper from Tulsa, Oklahoma with their fusion of the best parts of bluegrass and folk; Opal Agagia & The Sweet Nothings from Eureka Springs offering sweet bluegrass, jazz and funk as they did at OzMoMu2; Cindy Woolf & Mark Bilyeu (a.k.a. The Creekrocks) from Springfield, Missouri who have been making “Big Smith” music for more than a dozen years and sweet harmonies as a married duo for two; Arkansauce from Fayetteville, Arkansas play their inspired brand of Ozark Mountain music, a blend of bluegrass and folk; and Calamity Cubes from Wichita, Kansas, a four-piece “thrashicana band”.

And when the sun is high in the sky on Sunday, OzMoMu3 closes out their imageweekend music festival extravaganza with the über-popular Bloody Mary Show, this year featuring Jimmy Wayne Garrett Band from Eureka Springs.  They will ring up another bluesy performance as gathered music lovers say farewell to the festival and each other knowing full-well they will be returning to OzMoMu4 in 2017.

Jack Moyer, general manager and vice-president of operations for the 1905 Basin Park Hotel commented, “The Basin Park Hotel has always been on the cutting edge of all great music start ups from the Eureka Springs’ Blues Festival, New Year’s Eve with Jimmy Thackery, Eureka Springs’ Mardi Gras, The Cate Brothers, and Chris Duarte to when Levon Helm reunited ‘The imageBand’ to play a ten-year reunion show in our Barefoot Ballroom.  We are excited to be hosting this next great Eureka Springs musical tradition.  With our solid two-year start of our Ozark Mountain Music Festival, we are planning on OzMoMu being an annual event for many, many years to come.”

Moyer went on to say, “The key to establishing this event has been in both providing great relevant music performed by regional talent on multiple stages, and inventing a path where the festival-style atmosphere makes the Basin Park Hotel abuzz with activity like attendees enjoying all-access passes, overnighting at the hotel, and being immersed in an atmosphere that encourages eating, drinking and dancing in one indoor central location that has an outdoor festival grounds feel, per se.”

Room bundles for two attendees include three-nights lodging and  (2) “4-Day All-Access” passes.  CLICK HERE

Two-nights lodging and 2 Day Passes-CLICK HERE

BUY TICKETS- CLICK HERE

 General festival information may be found at OzarkMountianMusicFestival.com and on Facebook

Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekend

January 8th, 9th, 10th & January 15th, 16th, 17th

SOLD OUT

We apologize but due to popular demand this event is now Sold Out.  Crescent ghost tours for the general public will still be open during these weekends.

ESP weekend at the 1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas has grown to become one of the largest ghost hunts in the United States – so popular that we have added a second weekend to accommodate demand while offering our loyal friends and newcomers a choice of dates for their hands-on, independent, nocturnal investigations.

ESP Weekends feature an expertly guided behind the scenes quest for evidence in the famed Crescent Hotel, and also an investigation our of sister hotel, the 1905 Basin Park -which will be fully closed off and empty but for event participants.

This is a weekend of serious investigation of “the most haunted hotel in America” on a hilltop overlooking beautiful Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and the majestic Basin park Hotel, “the people’s Hotel” just steps from the famous healing spring.  The spaces known to be the most active at the Crescent Hotel will be open for investigation from midnight to dawn.  On Saturday nights, the ghost hunts will be orchestrated and led by Crescent hotel resident investigator, author of seven books about the supernatural and founder of ARPAST, the awesome Larry Flaxman!

Activities include:

  • Crescent Ghost tours – highly recommended before conducting your own investigation – hear the stories of recurrent sightings, identify active locations, learn the fascinating history of the 1886 Crescent Hotel.
  • Spirits of the Basin Tour – hear about the spirited people who made Eureka Springs what it is today, the spirits that are said to linger in the halls and ballrooms, and the sample the contraband  that was available during the “Chicago years”, when the Basin Park Hotel was a notorious – and very popular – speakeasy!
  • ESP testing – expanded in 2016 to include more and longer tests, more hours. Come check out your own psi potential!
  • The Psychomanteum – an ancient Greek form of deprivation chamber, where the spirits of the dead were contacted.
  • Not Really a Door – a one-hour, two-actress, supernatural-comedy-murder-mystery-thriller, commissioned by the Crescent Hotel for our guests.
  • Flickering Tales – a collection of authentic Ozark stories of witches, monsters and of course ghosts, told by our trained team of storytellers in the shadowy barefoot ballroom at the Basin Park Hotel.
  • Psychics Salon – our resident mediums will be on hand throughout the events, to divine your future through a variety of means!

Snacks and beverages available in the small hours at both hotels.

Shuttles available certain hours

Discounted rate for  ESP participants Mon-Thur Jan 11-14 at both hotels

2016 PACKAGE RATES

Friday & Saturday 2 Night Packages ($439.00) Include :

  • 2 Night Stay on the BEST Available Room (based on availability)
  • Nightly Reception
  • Spirits of the Basin Tour (offered F, Sat, & Sun)
  • Saturday Night Ghost Tour & Hunt with Larry Flaxman
  • “Active Space” pass to Rooms 218, 419, 3500 and THE MORGUE.  (NOTE 101?)
  • $30 per day Food Credit
  • ESP Weekend t-shirts (2)
  • Team review of evidence gathered.
  • 2 for 1 tickets to hotel attractions (i.e. Not really a door, Flickering Tales)

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Saturday 1 Night Package  (1/9 or 1/16) $269.00 Include:

  • Premium Guest Room
  • Ghost Tour
  • “Active Space” pass
  • ESP Weekend t-shirts
  • Saturday Night Ghost Tour & Hunt with Larry Flaxman
  • Team review of evidence gathered.
  • 2 for 1 tickets to hotel attractions (i.e. Not really a Door, Flickering Tales)

 

New Years Eve

**Price Reduced

For parties 6 or more, only $75 per person (regular price $100.)  Limited Seating-Call 877-342-9766 OR Stay the night and get a FREE Upgrade to a 2 Bedroom Crescent Cottage or 5 Bedroom Manor House.

For the 129th time, SWING in the New Year at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa with a Classy, Upscale, Decadent, & Sexy” Dinner Celebration featuring: a four-course meal… live music… dancing… and special entertainment by Melonlight Studios.  This iconic evening of celebration is available for $100 per person.  There is limited availability so reservations are required by calling 877-342-9766. 

The event will begin at 8pm with live music from Matt Reeves & The Gypsy Pilots.  Melonlight Studios will take the floor with a special show around 9:30pm that leads the audience to a dancer’s story, a playful romance set on New Year’s Eve 1954 at the Crescent Hotel.  The story unfolds in four short dancing scenes ending with a band lead to the New Years Countdown! Swing in the New Year with the Crescent Hotel.

For lodging and a dinner celebration package, click here for our New Years Eve Package

Downtown at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel will see the return of the popular “Ballroom Blitz”.  The Barefoot Ballroom will be rockin’ with the sounds of “Red Ambition”.  The cost is $35 per person and advance tickets may be purchased at ReserveEureka.com.  The celebration starts at 8 o’clock and ends sometime after the stroke of 12.

 

 

Christmas Eve & Day Feast

Christmas Eve: The Crystal Dining Room will be open for dinner service with regular dinner service menu and an evening dinner feature.
Time: 5PM-9PM.  Call for reservations 479-253-9652
Christmas Day Breakfast: Served in the Crystal Dining Room from 8AM-10AM.
Christmas Day Feast: Served from 11am-3pm, $24.95 per person.  Reservations Recommended.

View Menu:

~Featured Selections~

Mashed Potato Bar

Mesquite Salmon over Wild Rice and Balsamic Reduction

Roasted Turkey with Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing

Christmas Ham

Roast Beast with Horseradish Sauce and Onion Jus Lie

Leg of Lamb with Jalapeno Mint Jelly

Bacon Wrapped Porkloin

Christmas Goose Pot Pie

 

~Veggies and Salads~

Fruit and cheese display

Winter Squash Medley

Assorted Salads

Peel and Eat Shrimp

Vegetarian Squash Soup

 

~Desserts~

Cookies and Cream Chocolate  Fountain with Dipping Bar

Wild Berry Mint Cobbler and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Raisin Bread Pudding with Egg Nog Sauce

Assorted Christmas Pies

Gluten Free Ginger Snap Cookies with Grand Marnier Whipped Cream