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Calendar of Events

Welcome to the Delta Cultural Center's Calendar of Events page. The museum hosts special blues music events and programs throughout the year, such as Delta blues festivals, gospel festivals, folk art exhibits and much more. Don't miss the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival in October, formerly known as King Biscuit Blues Festival. This Delta blues festival is the largest blues festival in the nation!



Please check back often to find upcoming events at the Delta Cultural Center, or subscribe to our Delta Currents E-Newsletter to get regular email updates.

  • Songs from the Field
    February 27, 2014 - December 31, 2016
    Helena - 141 Cherry St.
    9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
    http://www.deltaculturalcenter.com
    "Songs from the Field" tells the early story of Delta music, the story of field songs and field hollers, the songs of the enslaved peoples of the Arkansas Delta. The story of how slaves used music to transcend the oppression of slavery is told through text, photographs, sound effects, artifacts, and several interactive elements, making for a compelling experience.
  • The Art of Ann Warren
    January 4 through April 4, 2015
    Helena - 95 Missouri St.
    9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
    http://www.deltaculturalcenter.com
    Ann Warren is an emerging artist from Sherwood, Arkansas. At the age of 50 she began china painting and started oil painting at 60. She grew up in Helena, Arkansas in the 1960's and her paintings exemplify the memorable momemts of her younger years. Scenes include "draggin Cherry Street", hanging out with friends at the Kream Freeze, and many dances at the Hut.
  • A House of Light: The Art and Photography of Hugo and Gayne Preller, 1895-1950
    January 13 through April 4, 2015
    Helena - 141 Cherry St.
    9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
    http://www.deltaculturalcenter.com
    This exhibition of vintage art and photography is being called "Arkansas' newest cultural treasure." The show features worrks from The Preller Collection, made between 1895 and 1950 in the Arkansas Delta. During the early 1900s, Hugo and Gayne Preller and their family plied the Mississippi and White River in their “floating studio,” creating the earliest and largest body of Delta photography in Arkansas history, including portraiture of sharecroppers and local citizens of the region.

    An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, January 13, at 5:30 at the DCC's Visitors Center.

    This event is free and open to the public.
  • Battle of Helena
    March 13 through March 15
    Helena - Fort Curtis, 350 Columbia St.
    http://www.deltaculturalcenter.com
    The 152nd observance of the Battle of Helena will be held the weekend of March 13-15. Both Union and Confederate camps will be set up in, and around, Fort Curtis. Special events will take place during the weekend, with the main event happening on Saturday afternoon. All events are free and open to the public.

    Registration is required for all reenactment participants. Reenactors can register at the Arkansas Welcome Center beginning on Friday, March 13, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. After 7:00 p.m., registration will be on-site at Fort Curtis. The historic Moore Hornor House will be open for tours from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m., and the general public can visit the campsites from noon until sunset.

    A variety of activities will take place on Saturday, March 14. Registration will continue on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Arkansas Welcome Center. From 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. spectators and reenactors can visit the Helena Museum to see a Trans-Mississippi Civil War exhibit and enjoy a book fair. The Moore Hornor House will also be open during this time for tours.
    Living historian Dr. Curt Fields will be on hand portraying General U.S. Grant. The Delta Cultural Center’s Delta Drop-in program will feature Dr. Fields in a session called, “Q & A with General U.S. Grant,” from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the DCC’s Visitors Center. Visitors can also interact with Dr. Fields at the Helena Museum from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. In addition, the 30th annual Patrick Cleburne memorial service will be held from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at Helena’s Confederate Cemetery.

    Opening ceremonies will begin at 2:30 p.m. at Fort Curtis. Arkansas Civil War historians will provide spectators with a historical perspective of the battle with ongoing commentary. The final assault on the fort, complete with charging Confederate soldiers and Union cannon fire, will take place at approximately 3:30 p.m.

    A special Warfield Concert is planned for Saturday evening. Instrumentalist, composer, and music historian Bobby Horton will perform at 7:30 p.m. inside Fort Curtis. This concert is open to the general public, and concert-goers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs to this free performance. Locals may recall the talented Horton as part of the group, “Three on a String.”

    Activity will abound in downtown Helena on Sunday morning! The Delta Cultural Center’s Visitors Center, the Helena Museum and several of the downtown merchants will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Main Street Helena is sponsoring a free shuttle for reenactors and spectators to help them get around to museums, historic sites, shops and parking. Shuttles will run on Friday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Civil War Roundtable of the Delta
    May 18
    Helena - Beth El Heritage Hall - corner of Perry and Pecan Streets
    6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
    http://www.deltaculturalcenter.com
    The Delta Cultural Center hosts a quarterly Civil War Roundtable of the Delta which is open to the general public. Expert speakers in their field of study provide programs on a variety of topics relating to the Civil War in the Delta.

    Mark Christ, Community Outreach Director for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, and John House, archeologist with the Arkansas Archeological Survey will talk about "The Fagan Six."

    This event is free and open to the public.
  • Civil War Roundtable of the Delta
    August 17
    Helena - Beth El Heritage Hall - corner of Perry & Pecan Streets
    6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
    http://www.deltaculturalcenter.com
    The Delta Cultural Center hosts a quarterly Civil War Roundtable of the Delta which is open to the general public. Expert speakers in their field of study provide programs on a variety of topics relating to the Civil War in the Delta.

    Jack Myers, Education Coordinator for the Delta Cultural Center
    will present a program entitled, “The Bitter End”, which tells the little known story of the close of hostilities and the plight of those who refused to surrender.

    This event is free and open to the public.
  • Civil War Roundtable of the Delta
    November 2
    Helena - Beth El Heritage Hall - Corner of Perry & Pecan Streets
    6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
    http://www.deltaculturalcenter.com
    The Delta Cultural Center hosts a quarterly Civil War Roundtable of the Delta which is open to the general public. Expert speakers in their field of study provide programs on a variety of topics relating to the Civil War in the Delta.

    The last program for 2015 features Civil War historian, writer, and lecturer, Nancy Dane. Whe will talk about incorporating primary source research into historical novels with emphasis on Helena.

    This event is free and open to the public.