Here are a few of the things going on in or a short distance from the area in the coming days.
1 Celebrate the grape: The 35th annual Altus Grape Fest will be held July 27 and July 28 at the Altus City Park, located on West Park Street. Festival hours on Friday are 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Festival hours on Saturday are 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. There will be a grape stomp, fresh grapes, wine tasting, kids activities, local arts and crafts and a street dance each night. For more information visit www.altusgrapefest.com
2 See The Voice star: Barrett Baber with special guest Jason Campbell will appear at Front Street Grill in Dardanelle on Friday. This will be an indoor show so tickets are limited get them now while available. Tickets are $10 and available at http://fsgrill.com/tc-events/barret-baber/ A singer and songwriter, Baber gave millions of viewers an unforgettable introduction to a rising new artist and entertainer on the country music scene when he appeared on Season 9 of The Voice. Baber consistently delivered powerful performances captivating audiences. When the dust settled, the engaging performer from Arkansas finished in third place overall logging weekly top 10 iTunes performances and a No. 1 Billboard Music Charts single with his reinvented cover of the Country classic “I’d Just Love To Lay You Down.” On the heals of a successful US tour, Baber’s full-length album A Room Full
3 Treats on the trolley: How do you cool off on a warm Sunday afternoon? Why not eat a delicious make your own ice cream sundae, enjoy a cookie, and finish it off with an old fashioned trolley ride. Come join us at 12:30 Sunday afternoon, July 29 and step back in time at the Fort Smith Trolley Museum library. But be wary of the ice cream bandit. Come and have fun. Admission is $5 which includes the ice cream and trolley ride. This year we will also have the opportunity to make ice cream sandwiches and an old fashion root beer float. The ice cream is available on a first come, first served basis and will be served until it sells out.
4 Peacemaker Festival: Grace Potter, Rival Sons, Anderson East, bass legend George Porter and others are tapped to plug in and play for the masses for an annual event in Fort Smith. The fourth annual Peacemaker Festival will feature these acts alongside The Cadillac Three, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Paul Thorn and Porter’s colleagues in Funky Meters on Friday and Saturday at the Fort Smith Riverfront Park, 121 Riverfront Drive. The all-ages event will feature these acclaimed acts and will cover a multitude of musical genres and sub-genres, he said. Thorn, a former professional boxer who once stepped into the ring with former world champion Roberto Duran for a televised match, will kick off the festival with a set at 7 p.m. Friday. Anderson East will follow with an 8:30 p.m. time slot before Rival Sons take the stage at 10 p.m., both Friday, he said. The music will continue at 5:30 p.m. Saturday via Hubbard’s performance, which will precede Funky Meters at 7 p.m., The Cadillac Three at 8:30 p.m. and Grace Potter at 10 p.m.