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
Thursday, Aug 9 (4:30 PM) and Friday, Aug 10 (6:30 PM)
Saturday, August 11 - 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Near Swimming Pool
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.
Saturday, August 11 from 2:00-4:00
Location: Legion Field at Fair Park