The Acansa Arts Festival is a multiple-day, multiple-venue, visual and performing arts festival. The festival encompasses both sides of the Arkansas River in Little Rock and North Little Rock. Artists of all types have helped make this area part of the thriving New South culture—vibrant, cosmopolitan and filled with charm, hospitality and natural beauty.
Enjoy performing arts as varied as: The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Jazz in the Park, poetry, a cappella, puppetry and the Saint Mark’s Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir. With so many different styles, there is something for everyone in the whole family to enjoy.
Why “ACANSA” you ask?
Long before the state of Arkansas received its name, neighboring tribes referred to the local Quapaw as the “people of the southern place” or “Acansa” in the Siouan tongue. ACANSA Arts Festival has adopted this name in honor of their commitment to celebrating the uniquely rich cultural vitality of our region.
The festival takes place from September 16-20. Attend the whole festival with a multi-day pass and make the Empress of Little Rock your home base for your stay. Enjoy modern and performing arts at the festival before you return to the Empress and immerse yourself in the beauty of late 19th century architecture, furnishings and art.