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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.

  • King Biscuit Time
    Each weekday
    Helena-West Helena - DCC Visitors Center 141 Cherry Street Helena-West Helena
    12:15 p.m.- 12:45 p.m.
    “King Biscuit Time,” the nation’s longest-running blues radio program, is hosted each weekday at the DCC Visitor’s Center by “Sunshine” Sonny Payne, from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

    Admission is free; the public is welcome to attend.

    “Delta Sounds,” hosted by DCC Assistant Director Thomas Jacques and Payne, is broadcast each Friday at 1 to 1:30 p.m.

    Gallery hours at the DCC Visitors Center at 141 Cherry Street and the nearby DCC Depot at 95 Missouri Street are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

    For more information, interested persons can contact the Delta Cultural Center at (870) 338-4350 or toll free at (800) 358-0972, visit the DCC online at, or email
  • “We Must Stand or Fall Alone” ~ The Civil War in Arkansas
    September 14, 2013 through June 28, 2014
    Helena - DCC Visitors Center 141 Cherry Street
    9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
    This exhibit explores what the Civil War really looked and felt like in Arkansas, using women’s journals, slave narratives, letters from soldiers, uniforms and weapons to tell that story. No surprise, it wasn’t much like Hollywood’s glamorized 1939 version of the Civil War. It was a gritty, harsh reality for those living through a war that saw approximately 700,000 killed in combat and that largely defined what the United States would strive to be in the future—a free country for all its citizens.

    This exhibit is produced in collaboration with Historic Arkansas Museum, another museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.
  • African-Americans in Delta Cultural Center Art and Photography
    February 4 - June 28, 2014
    Helena - 141 Cherry St.
    9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
    This exhibit features art and photographs showing African-Americans from all walks of life, and involved in all types of occupations and pastimes. Many of the works are from the permanent collection of the Delta Cultural Center.
  • Songs from the Field
    February 27, 2014 - December 31, 2016
    Helena - 141 Cherry St.
    9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
    "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.
  • Civil War Roundtable of the Delta
    May 12, 2014
    Helena - Beth El Heritage Hall, Corner of Perry & Pecan Sts.
    6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
    Living historian, Dyan Bohnert, will present a program on Civil War Foodways.
  • 14th Annual Arkansas Delta Family Gospel Fest
    May 17, 2014
    Helena - 141 Cherry St.
    11:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.
    This free event features the best in local and regional talent in gospel music, with styles ranging from traditional gospel to contemporary Christian music. Truly something for everyone!

    Performing this year are:

    Lee Williams & the Spiritual QCs
    Point of Grace
    Doc McKenzie & the Hi-Lites
    Como Mamas
    The Cork Singers
    Southern Raised
    The Dixie Wonders
    The Anointed Ones

    Contact Paula Oliver at 800-358-0972
  • 27th Annual Small Works on Paper
    July 4 through August 9, 2014
    Helena - 141 Cherry St.
    9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
    Coordinated by the Arkansas Arts Council, the exhibition features the work of 39 Arkansas artists and will travel to 10 galleries throughout the state in a year-long touring show.

    Now in its 27th year, Small Works on Paper showcases artwork no larger than 24 x 24 inches by Arkansas artists who are members of the Arkansas Artist Registry, an online art gallery coordinated by the Arts Council. The 2014 show features 40 works, which were selected from more than 300 submissions by juror Mary Kennedy, CEO of the Mid-America Arts Alliance. Kennedy is the past director of ExhibitsUSA and curator of exhibitions for M-AAA.

    Pictured is "Emerald City", a watercolor by Carrie Waller of Cabot, AR.
  • Civil War Roundtable of the Delta
    August 11, 2014
    Helena - Beth El Heritage Hall, Corner of Perry & Pecan Sts.
    6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
    Dr. Bill Gurley, author and professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, will present a program on Civil War Medicine.
  • Civil War Roundtable of the Delta
    November 10, 2014
    Helena - Beth El Heritage Hall, Corner of Perry & Pecan Sts.
    6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
    "Arkansas Civil War Heritage: A Legacy of Honor" is the title of a program that will be presented by Dr. W. Stuart Towns, author and retired chairman of the Department of Communication Studies, Southeast Missouri State University.