The goal of the Insect Festival of Arkansas is to educate and entertain the people of Arkansas, particularly its children, about the beauty, value, and interest of insects and other arthropods.

The first Festival was held in 1993. The Festival is free to the public and everyone, from babies to the elderly, is invited. The one-day event typically draws 3,000 to 4,000 people. 
Pauline Whitaker Arena
 
There are many educational exhibits with expert entomologists to answer your questions. Admission is free and there is ample parking for buses and cars adjacent to the arena. View Maps & Directions here. It takes most people about 1-2 hours to go through the festival. 
 
Educational displays of living insects, spiders, scorpions, millipedes, centipedes and other arthropods provide an opportunity for children to see these creatures up close and talk about them with our graduate students and faculty and other entomologists. Children have the opportunity to hold live giant cockroaches and overcome insect phobias at this display.
 
The Arthropod Museum of Arkansas
A comprehensive display of tropical butterflies, beetles, and other dramatic insects, as well as local butterflies and moths, and the diversity of insects.
 
Honey Bee Exhibit
The honey bee exhibit has an observation with live bees making honey, caring for the larvae, and children can find the queen. People can learn about the importance of bees in pollination of our crops and wild flowers, how honey is produced, and other products of the hive such as pollen, propolis, beeswax, royal jelly, and bee venom. 
 
The Arthropod Museum of Arkansas
A comprehensive display of tropical butterflies, beetles, and other dramatic insects, as well as local butterflies and moths, and the diversity of insects.
 
Games, Crafts, and Cockroach Races
There will be games such as hissing cockroach races that are always a hit with the children, children’s crafts and drawing areas, and temporary insect tattoos.
 
The Cotton Patch
The Cotton Patch display has an actual patch of ripe cotton where children can learn about this important crop, its insect pests, and watch cotton actually be ginned. This is a major hit with children. Everyone can talk with experts on cotton entomology.
 
Cultural Exhibits
Insects have played a major role in human history, fine arts, literature, movies, and popular culture. Examples of insects in the media, arts, and human history will be presented.
Aquatic Insects, Forest Insects, and other Exhibits
 
Many other displays and exhibits will educate and amaze the public about the importance of insects in our streams, lakes, ponds, forests, lawns, and other habitats.