King Biscuit Blues Festival

One of the World’s most Iconic Blues Festivals

The King Biscuit Blues Festival, held for 3 days annually in October, is one of the nation’s foremost showcases of blues music. Tens of thousands of blues enthusiasts converge on historic downtown Helena, Arkansas to hear stirring and uplifting...Explore

Lower Mississippi River

The Perfect Launching Point for an Adventure

Helena is the only downtown on the Mississippi River for the 300 miles between Memphis and Vicksburg. The lower Mississippi River between Helena and Arkansas City is considered one of the best if not THE best section of the river for canoeing and...Explore

Civil War Helena

This is our history. This is Civil War Helena.

Visit Helena and live our Civil War story. Walk the ramparts of a replica Civil War fort. See the Mississippi River once patrolled by Union gunboats from high atop a Union battery. Explore the birthplace of freedom in Arkansas, and the final resting...Explore

Lying in a valley of Crowley’s Ridge, Helena’s hilly landscape and position directly on the majestic Mississippi River distinguish it from most Mississippi and Arkansas Delta towns.

As the home of “King Biscuit Time,” the longest running blues radio show, Helena has played a rich role in blues and music heritage over the years.

See the Civil War like you’ve never seen it before. Walk the ramparts of a replica Civil War fort, visit General Cleburne’s grave and explore the origins of freedom in Arkansas.

Featured Events

September 20th

Pedal and Paddle through History and Nature

Travel with a park interpreter on a bicycle down the former route of the Missouri Pacific’s Delta Eagle passenger train as you explore some of the diverse history and nature found... more»
September 27th

Dutch Oven Outdoor Cooking Workshop

Join a park interpreter for a hands-on class about cooking with Arkansas's official state cooking vessel, the cast iron Dutch oven. Learn everything you need to know about seasoning,... more»
October 2nd

Fabulous First Thursday Luncheon

Monthly luncheon hosted at the Pillow-Thompon House featuring rotating chefs and an ever-changing menu. Local ladies love this monthly opportunity to get together in a fabulous venue! 
October 8th to October 11th

King Biscuit Blues Festival

The King Biscuit Blues Festival is one of the nation’s foremost showcases of Blues Music. The festival's mission is to sustain the culture, the heritage, and the authenticity of the... more»
November 6th

Fabulous First Thursday Luncheon

Monthly luncheon hosted at the Pillow-Thompon House featuring rotating chefs and an ever-changing menu. Local ladies love this monthly opportunity to get together in a fabulous venue! 
November 6th

Warfield Concerts presents Golden Dragon Acrobats

The Warfield Concerts are outstanding musical events that are free of charge to all through the generosity of a former citizen of Helena. The late Samuel Drake Warfield provided in his... more»
November 8th

Tour da' Delta

The Tour da' Delta is an annual bike ride held in memory of Tom Kinnebrew, an avid cyclist and promoter of cycling in the Delta region. The unique route takes cyclists across the... more»
November 10th

Civil War Roundtable of the Delta

Lecture on Arkansas Civil War Heritage: A Legacy of Honor by Dr. W. Stuart Towns, author and recently retired professor and chairman of the Department of Communication Studies,... more»
December 4th

Fabulous First Thursday Luncheon

Monthly luncheon hosted at the Pillow-Thompon House featuring rotating chefs and an ever-changing menu. Local ladies love this monthly opportunity to get together in a fabulous venue! 
December 6th

Warfield Concerts presents Memphis Symphony Big Band

The Warfield Concerts are outstanding musical events that are free of charge to all through the generosity of a former citizen of Helena. The late Samuel Drake Warfield provided in his... more»
November 30th to December 7th

Helena Holiday Festival

Helena rings in the December holiday season with a variety of events including the lighting of the historic downtown district and a Christmas tree, choir performances, a Christmas... more»
January 22nd

Warfield Concerts presents 7 Bridges: the Ultimate Eagles Experience

Warfield Concerts are outstanding musical events that are free of charge to all through the generosity of a former citizen of Helena. The late Samuel Drake Warfield provided in his... more»
February 5th

Fabulous First Thursday Luncheon

Monthly luncheon hosted at the Pillow-Thompon House featuring rotating chefs and an ever-changing menu. Local ladies love this monthly opportunity to get together in a fabulous venue! 
March 5th

Fabulous First Thursday Luncheon

Monthly luncheon hosted at the Pillow-Thompon House featuring rotating chefs and an ever-changing menu. Local ladies love this monthly opportunity to get together in a fabulous venue! 
March 14th

Bobby Horton, Songs and Stories of the Civil War

The Warfield Concerts are outstanding musical events that are free of charge to all through the generosity of a former citizen of Helena. The late Samuel Drake Warfield provided in his... more»
April 2nd

Fabulous First Thursday Luncheon

Monthly luncheon hosted at the Pillow-Thompon House featuring rotating chefs and an ever-changing menu. Local ladies love this monthly opportunity to get together in a fabulous venue! 
May 3rd

David Rosen Big Band, Outdoor Concert and Picnic

The Warfield Concerts are outstanding musical events that are free of charge to all through the generosity of a former citizen of Helena. The late Samuel Drake Warfield provided in his... more»
May 7th

Fabulous First Thursday Luncheon

Monthly luncheon hosted at the Pillow-Thompon House featuring rotating chefs and an ever-changing menu. Local ladies love this monthly opportunity to get together in a fabulous venue! 
June 4th

Fabulous First Thursday Luncheon

Monthly luncheon hosted at the Pillow-Thompon House featuring rotating chefs and an ever-changing menu. Local ladies love this monthly opportunity to get together in a fabulous venue! 
August 6th

Fabulous First Thursday Luncheon

Monthly luncheon hosted at the Pillow-Thompon House featuring rotating chefs and an ever-changing menu. Local ladies love this monthly opportunity to get together in a fabulous venue! 
September 3rd

Fabulous First Thursday Luncheon

Monthly luncheon hosted at the Pillow-Thompon House featuring rotating chefs and an ever-changing menu. Local ladies love this monthly opportunity to get together in a fabulous venue! 
October 1st

Fabulous First Thursday Luncheon

Monthly luncheon hosted at the Pillow-Thompon House featuring rotating chefs and an ever-changing menu. Local ladies love this monthly opportunity to get together in a fabulous venue! 
November 5th

Fabulous First Thursday Luncheon

Monthly luncheon hosted at the Pillow-Thompon House featuring rotating chefs and an ever-changing menu. Local ladies love this monthly opportunity to get together in a fabulous venue! 

Spend the Day

Within easy driving distance from Memphis, TN and Little Rock, AR, Helena makes a great day trip to experience the Arkansas Delta. We invite you to explore the vast and powerful Mississippi River, and learn more about our rich blues heritage.

Stay a While

Rich in history and landscape, Helena is the perfect place for your next weekend getaway. Wake to a true Southern sunrise in a historic bed and breakfast. Watch the moon fall over the mighty Mississippi. See why we call Helena home.