Special Events

Our Purpose

The City of Arkadelphia strives to be a great place to live, work and play. In order to do so, city officials and the Board of Directors made the decision to develop various community and special events, which would bring its residents together…

And then COVID-19 happened.

Three years later, the city is excited to unveil a year’s worth of new and engaging events, every interest and age can enjoy.

City officials believe this investment will improve the quality life for residents, attract new businesses and set a new standard of community in Arkadelphia.

Upcoming Events

Host Your Events Downtown

Organizations and individuals are welcome to use city spaces to host special events, however, a special events request form must be completed and approved before doing so.

Our special event policy and application can be viewed HERE.

For more information, CLICK HERE to contact our Community & Special Events Director, Julie Lacy.

Arkadelphia Festival of the Arts

The Arkadelphia Festival of the Arts (AFOTA) is the premier event in the City of Arkadelphia. The two-day festial is a celebration of the visual, culinary and musical arts, and highlights local and regional talent.

AFOTA was selected as the Arkansas Festivals and Events Association’s 2021 Best New Festival or Event. The City of Arkadelphia is proud to receive statewide recognition for this event, and looks forward to growing AFOTA even more in 2022.


A&P Commission


The City of Arkadelphia established its Advertising and Promotions Commission on December 15, 2020, through passing Ordinance O-20-10 under ACA 26-75-601.

This ordinance established a three percent (3%) tax on the gross receipts of hotels, motels and other lodging establishments within city limits.

Under ACA 26-75-601, the City of Arkadelphia was authorized to create an A&P Commission to collect and determine the use of the tax funds collected.

Click here to view the ordinance.


In order to be considered for A&P funds, applicant must include a completed application, list of all income/expenses and literature from previous events.

Click here to download an application. 


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact City Clerk Samantha Roybal at 870.246.9864, or email samantha.roybal@arkadelphia.gov.

A&P Commission meetings are open to the public. Meetings take place in the Board Room located on the second floor of Town Hall.

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