Friday night let your Freak Flag fly! It's time to start digging through your attics, basements and storage lockers to piece together your best costume for this years' Costume Contest and Parade!
Entry: From 4-7pm on Friday, undercover Waka staff will peruse around the mountain looking for the most creative and intricate costumes. Finalists are given a ticket to enter the Costume Contest, redeemable at the Revival Tent at 7:45 pm.
Parade: Meet at the Boulevard Pavilion (in The Midway) at 7:20 pm. Whether you just want to flaunt it, or you're in it to win it, everyone is encouraged to join our Costume Parade! Parade procession is led by the one and only MarchFourth Marching Band!
Contest: 7:45 pm at the Revival Tent. Don't be late! Winners are selected by audience participation with the Top 3 winning big prizes, including tickets to Wakarusa 2013!
Enjoy daily yoga from 8:30 am-10:30 am at the Satellite Stage. The beloved Alice Steuerwald will lead you on a transformational journey with prana, primortal movement, asana and meditation woven together to awaken the peace and light inside you.
Ready to get your hips into the swing of things? Stop by the Satellite Stage from 10:45 am-11:45 am for morning Hooping Playshops! Members of Luna Breeze Performance Art have come to share a wide
variety of hula hoop dance tricks and talents for all ages and ability
levels. With four instructors at each workshop, articipants are guaranteed
plenty of personal attention and a wide variety of skills.
Beginners will develop fundamental hoop dance moves that will challenge their creativity, and stamina, while intermediate students will be presented with advanced tricks, and drills to incorporate into a daily practice. Keep in mind that you don't have to be a dancer to hoop dance. It is about experimentation, exercise, adventure, and fun. Come give it a whirl in the friendly and supportive environment of WAKA!
Hoop are available to borrow or purchase.
Led by master percussionist Brandon Draper of Quixotic, the 9th annual Drum Circle, 11:30 am Satellite Stage, is a Waka tradition for all ages and musical tastes. Bring your drums, bongos, buckets, bean cans, maracas, or just bring your eyes and ears for this musical jamboree!
Brandon Draper has been leading drum circles and interactive drumming events for over 10 years as well as keeping the pulse behind the drums for Quixotic.
Hey look! A giant Ferris Wheel. $5 a ride, $20 for a bracelet; 12pm to 2am daily.
Ferris Wheel Photo courtesy of Live Edits Lab.
We are bringing a huge Water Slide to Waka 2012! $5 a ride, $20 for a bracelet; 12pm-8pm daily.
Explore the festival and your creative side: Wakarusa features many interactive art installations such as the Living Chalkboard, pictured above. More information is available at the Interactive Art and Live Painters page.
Wakarusa is more than just a music festival, it's a vacation destination. From official Wakarusa Merchandise & Posters to dozens and dozens of Arts & Crafts Vendors, we guarantee a unique shopping experience to fit anyone's styles, tastes and pocket book. Shopping areas include The Midway (pictured above), Revival Village, and Campground Vending.
With funding in the arts being continuously cut from school programs we are losing touch with the benefits music has on our lives. That is why we have created a mobile environment where the arts can flourish right outside your door. The Music Bus ROCKS! is a fully interactive music technology classroom that provides a hands-on learning environment for each and every student. The Bus is outfitted with a full digital piano and acoustic drum set. We teach every instrument family on the bus and have a high regard for cross training and being able to see, touch, and hear other instruments!
This year at Wakarusa, we're bringing Austin-based The Music Bus ROCKS! to you! There will be daily music/musicology workshops, jam sessions (musicians are highly encouraged to join in), drum circles and much more! Get a chance to take a tour on the magical Music Bus! Still skeptical? Check us out on Facebook at The Music Bus ROCKS!
Wakarusa's 9 hole, par 27 Spirit Lake Course features water hazards, tree, and a variety of shots and puts sure to challenge even the most advanced player.
Take an amazing adventure through the Ozark National Forest with hundreds of miles of hiking trails to explore. The Ozark Highlands Trail, rated one of the most scenic hiking trails in the country, is easily accessed from Mulberry Mountain. Enjoy an afternoon trip to the waterfalls on mountain creek or take a hike along the Mulberry River for great views of the Ozark Mountains. No matter where you tread you are sure to see some of the most amazing sites the forest has to offer.
You’ll find some great fishing opportunities at Mulberry Mountain. Fish one of our four stocked mini-lakes or enjoy private access to ½ mile of the Mulberry River. Note: An Arkansas fishing license is required to fish on these lakes. In late spring and early summer, the river is an excellent choice when angling for smallmouth, largemouth, and spotted bass or green and longear sunfish. The potholes can be fished during drier months, but getting to them may require hiking along a slippery streambed. The mini-lakes at Mulberry Mountain are kept stocked with a variety of fish.
Outfitting the Mulberry River for 30 years, Turner Bend is located just four miles south of Mulberry Mountain and offers canoe, kayak and raft rentals on the river. The Mulberry River can be an easy Class I river or can be challenging whitewater depending on recent rainfall. Reservations are recommended; visit www.turnerbend.com or call (479) 667-3641 for more information. Wakarusa does not provide shuttles to Turner Bend.