Watermelons have long been a calling card for the City of Hope.


The Hope Watermelon festival features numerous activities including arts & crafts, food, entertainment and other family-oriented activities. Local civic clubs hold dinners featuring such down-home fare as locally grown smoked chicken and golden fried catfish. What else can you do at the festival? You can participate in a 5 k race, take in a dog show, enter the "Watermelon Idol" talent contest.  The Urban Cowboy Reunion Tour staring Mickey Gilley & Johnny Lee will headline the Friday night concert in the park!  Purchase tickets online: www.melonfestconcert.com.    Saturday night concert will mark the return of gospel music...Gospel Fest! 

Pro Wrestling will return this year on Saturday from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM.  Purchase tickets at the chamber (101 W 2nd Street, Hope, AR.) 



Great News! new festival hours 2018!

                                          These closing hours are for food vendors.  We will have a Friday night concert + Saturday evening 

                                           Pro Wrestling & Gospel Concert, so may choose to stay open until the end of the concert each night. 

                                                                                 Thursday - 12:00 P.M - 7:00 P.M

Friday - 10:30 A.M - 9:30 P.M 

Saturday - 9:00 A.M - 7:00 P.M

Vendor application

Thursday, August 9 - August, Saturday 11

Exhibitors Apply Here    Concessions Apply Here


watermelon idol

Thursday, Aug 9 (4:30 PM) and Friday, Aug 10 (6:30 PM)

Underwood Stage






Saturday, August 11 - 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Near Swimming Pool 

Registration Form→


Festival program

Plan your day! Check out what's happening this year. 

Please review the Hope Chamber Facebook Page.


watermelon 5k run/walk

Saturday, August 11 - 7:30 am -Fair Park Gate

+  Melon Mile Fun Run / Click on link below to register. 

Hope Watermelon 5k

                                  Baggo Tournament

Saturday, August 11 from 2:00-4:00

Location: Legion Field at Fair Park