Southern Food Festival
11:00 AM11:00

Southern Food Festival






The 2018 Southern Food Festival will be held Saturday, June 2, on Main Street Batesville. 

Local restaurants compete for the year's "Best of The South" award, with each cooking up one of their own favorite Southern foods.

Last year's winner: 109 Cix!

Festival goers can purchase their favorite dish, or purchase a punch cards which allows them to sample the food of multiple vendors.

Festival is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and encompasses four blocks of downtown. Parking is available at the churches and in the parking lots off of the adjacent College and Water Streets.

  • Circus Performers roaming the street
  • Keller Bounce House and train rides for kids
  • Punch Cards (optional) for $10 = 5 samples and a lemonade
  • Live music all day
  • Retail, craft and business vendors


10:00 a.m. -- The 106th Army Band

11:00 a.m. -- Hamburger Cows

1:00 p.m. -- Sarah Cecil


To become a vendor, download and return the application.

To save time in line, festival go-ers interested in sampling can pre-purchase their Sample Punch Card on our website.





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Gardening Workshop
1:00 PM13:00

Gardening Workshop

Free gardening workshop at the NEW Downtown Learning Garden, 171 W. Main Street.

Come join us as local farmer Brandon Gordon of Five Acre Farms leads a hands-on workshop on the basics of starting a garden, and the challenges of gardening in non-traditional spaces like urban lots (like ours!).

Great for any age. Some tools available, but bring your own if possible.

The Downtown Learning Garden is a new endeavor by Main Street Batesville organization show how an unused empty lot can be transformed into something alive that contributes to the community. The Learning Garden will be available for all to use as they please on a work-and-enjoy basis (pull weeds, water, etc = pick yourself some fresh produce).  All excess produce will be donated to the local charity "Our Father's Table" which prepares weekly meals for the hungry.

No need to register, just show up. To sign up as a volunteer and help manage the garden, email

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Free Concert: IBLA International Tour
6:00 PM18:00

Free Concert: IBLA International Tour


Batesville will once again be a host city for the annual IBLA World Tour, a prestigious group of classical musicians, singers and composers who each secured their place on their tour by means of an international competition head annually in Italy.

The group will perform a free concert to the public at 6 p.m. May 2 at Brown Chapel, Lyon College.

For the third year, the City of Batesville has partnered with Citizens Bank and First Community Bank to bring the rare concert opportunity to the community. The stop in Batesville comes courtesy of Sherman Banks, an Arkansas native and vice president of the IBLA Foundation, who has worked with Mayor Rick Elumbaugh to add the Arkansas concert location.

“IBLA offers Arkansas audiences the unique opportunity to hear remarkable and recognized world-class international jazz and classic pianists, singers, accordionists, trombone, and percussionists from Georgia, Italy, Poland, Japan, and the USA,” said Banks, IBLA Foundation VP and Jurist.

IBLA World Tour group changes each year, per the results of a qualifying competition called the IBLA Grand Prize. Musicians from around the globe compete in the internationally recognized festival held in Ragusa-Ibla, Italy – a United Nations Heritage Site for which the competition and touring group is named.

This year’s winning performers hale from Japan, Georgia, Italy, Maldova, China, Finland. 

The group will go on to perform on a world tour in such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York, The Tokyo Opera City Hall, and Tchaikovsky Bolshoi Hall in Moscow and in other prestigious venues in Canada, Europe, Russia and the United States.

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2018 Winter Gala
6:30 PM18:30

2018 Winter Gala

Main Street Batesville will host its Annual Winter Gala on Friday, February 2, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. to raise funds for Main Street Batesville and its programs. 

The gala will be held at The Main Street Loft inside the Barnett Building located at 267 East Main Street in downtown Batesville. Festivities include a live and silent auction, costume contest, two-step competition, heavy hors d’oeuvres, dancing, and live entertainment.  The event will be followed by an afterparty featuring the talents of the band — The Cherry Pickers.  To become a sponsor, donate an auction item or learn more about attending the event, please contact Main Street Batesville at 844-462-4482 or email

“The Winter Gala is one of downtown’s best events and everyone always has a great time” said Jenifer Walls, gala coordinator. “The event has sold out each year so be sure to get your tickets early.” Jenifer added, “The Winter Gala brings together people in our community that genuinely love downtown while raising thousands of dollars for Main Street Batesville.”

The theme for this year’s event will be Urban Cowboy with an emphasis on the television show, Dallas. Guests are encouraged to dress up according to the theme.  

Tickets are $35 each or $60 per couple and can be purchased online at

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