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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
  • 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.
  • Delta Doins' -Exploring the Arkansas Delta
    Four dates between June 12 & July 31
    Helena - Beth El Heritage Hall, corner of Perry & Pecan Sts.
    9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
    Educational Programs for Summer 2014:

    Thursday, June 12th - Bugs of the Delta: Maggie Howard, park interpreter at Delta Heritage Trail State Park, will talk about bugs that are common to this area and children will participate in an art activity to construct an insect.

    Thursday, June 26 - Birds of the Delta: Ms. Howard will talk about how the birds help control the pesky bugs and discuss the importance of bird houses. Participants will build a birdhouse and will learn to identify birds by their songs.

    Thursday, July 17 - Flags Over the Delta: Tara Gillander, park interpreter for the Mississippi River State Park, will discuss the fur traders and soldiers who explored the Delta and teach the participants to use a compass. They will also learn about animal skins and how they were used by the explorers.

    Thursday, July 31 - Arkansas State Symbols: Jack Myers, education coordinator for the Delta Cultural Center, will present the final program. Participants will be introduced to the symbols and what they say about our state. They will have coloring pages to take home.

    Space is limited to 10 children per session. Register at the DCC Visitors Center.
  • 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.
  • Fine Tuned Strings: The Guitars of Delta Cultural Center
    July 17 through December 31, 2014
    Helena - Visitors Center, 141 Cherry St.
    9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
    Starting in 2003 and continuing to today, Delta Cultural Center has actively collected the stringed instrument that is most commonly associated with blues music, the guitar. The collection has at present over 40 guitars. These guitars have been shown in various exhibits to the delight of Blues music fans and visitors in the past. This new exhibit will display over 25 of these instruments placed together for the first time. The guitars are known for their colorful and unusual shaped bodies, and for the craftsmanship that went into their making. Many were made by the Gibson, Fender and Kay Guitar companies. And, of course, guitars are known for or revered by the musicians that have owned and played them. Many have hand written signatures, such as B.B. King, Robert Lockwood, Jr., Rufus Thomas, James Cotton, and Lonnie Shields. One guitar was signed by the members of the Rolling Stones. And there are instruments that were owned and used by CeDell Davis, Jimmy Rogers, Robert Nighthawk and Howlin’ Wolf. This new exhibit will show off the great acoustic and electric guitars from blues music history that are being preserved by The Delta Cultural Center.
  • 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.
  • Delta in Blue
    August 14 through December 31, 2014
    Helena - 141 Cherry St.
    9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
    This exhibit consists of photographs by Beverly Buys, Professor of Photography at Henderson State University. The prints are all cyanotypes, one of the earliest photographic processes, which are made when sensitized paper is exposed to ultraviolet light.

    The exhibit features images from the Arkansas Delta, all taken within a 100 mile radius of Helena.

    An opening reception is planned for Thursday, August 14, from 5:30 - 7:00 at the DCC Visitors Center.
  • 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.