Arts & Entertainment
If you are looking for a little culture or just some old-fashioned family entertainment, Russellville has it all. Many organizations host a number of events and festivals throughout the year to provide residents with something to do without the long drive. Activities include something for everyone from art exhibits to concerts to fishing tournaments and the theatre.
The Center for the Arts stands prominently at the front of Russellville High School and has welcomed thousands of visitors since it’s opening in 2012. The 130,000 square foot facility was a dream of Russellville School District to have a performing arts center to expand educational and cultural resources for students and the community. With a 1,875 seat performance space, the multi-purpose Center is home to district events including band and choir concerts, theatrical and musical productions, art shows as well as various other school related programs. The Center is also ideal for individuals, organizations and performers seeking a venue for graduation ceremonies, business meetings, music concerts, dance recitals, workshops and other events.
The River Valley Arts Center sponsors art exhibits, concerts and plays and other cultural activities. The Arts Center has a gallery with new exhibits monthly. Admittance is free to the public. Annual shows include Collegiate Competition open to any college student in the state, a statewide High School Competition, and local artist exhibit. Other exhibits are from area, state and nationally renowned artists. The Arts Center produces a summer musical and fall play featuring local talent. Another summer program offered by the Arts Center is Summer Arts Camps. Through this program, children enjoy a day camp setting, immersed in a variety of art forms led by artists.
During the Summer Months, Main Street Russellville's Downtown at Sundown has proven to be very popular! Local and Regional musicians perform at Depot Park on the last Saturday of each of the summer months, and local business provide refreshments. It’s free admission, and always a good night!
Russellville Downtown businesses extend their business hours on the First Friday in March, June September and December to host area artists and musicians for the Downtown Art Walks. Since 2005 this event has been a collaboration between the Russellville Downtown Association, a committee of Main Street Russellville and the Arkansas River Valley Arts Center.