Saturday, July 20, 2024 / 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Music in the Park

Meeting Place: 1874 Courthouse
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Enjoy an evening on the lawn of the 1874 Courthouse at Historic Washington listening to live music from the past to the present. Bring your own lawn chair. In case of inclement weather, activities will be moved inside the 1874 Courthouse. The 1874 Courthouse gift shop will be open for all that wish to buy snacks or shop before the event. What better way to spend a summer evening than music on the lawn and good friends?

The community of Washington, Arkansas was founded in 1824 and is celebrating its 200th birthday this year. Join the community as they did in the past to enjoy evenings of great musical entertainment at Historic Washington State Park. 

Hempstead County Melody Boys is a local bluegrass band that has strong connections with Historic Washington State Park. They have a long history with Hempstead County and have performed at various park events for over 30 years.

In addition, we will host a competition allowing musicians and soloists to compose and perform their own original work with some aspect of Washington, Arkansas and its 200-year history as the topic. Area judges will award prizes at the end of the evening for 1st place--$500, 2nd place-- $300, and 3rd place -- $200.

Applications for the contest can be received by calling the visitor center at (870) 983-2684. Applications to perform must be postmarked by July 3, 2024. Learn more and apply for the music contest at


Historic Washington State Park
100 SW Morrison
127 HWY 195 S
Washington, AR 71862
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