Our History & Purpose
El Dorado Festivals & Events is a mission driven 501(c)3 company founded to create the "Festival City of the South!" Embracing the spirit of Southern arts and culture, we are looking to engage new economic opportunity for the city through the creation of an Arts & Entertainment district in the southern core of the City of El Dorado's nationally recognized (2013 CNN's America's Best Small Town Comebacks, 2009 Great American Mainstreet Award) beautiful downtown.
We were formed in 2011 after the completion of a study conducted by Roger Brooks of Destination Development International. Roger's team was contracted by the city to develop a plan to help find the best economic development project to change the tide of a declining population and rising unemployment. The result was a brand action plan calling for an increase in the tourism industry through the creation of an arts and entertainment district.
The transformative Arts & Entertainment District being created by El Dorado Festivals & Events, will have a variety of venues, playscapes for children, restaurants and green spaces.
Background on El Dorado, Arkansas Arts & Entertianment District
Nationally-recognized architects, engineers, and technology design firm, Westlake Reed Leskoskyhas designed a master plan for El Dorado Festivals & Events (EFEI) that creates a multi-venue El Dorado Arts and Entertainment District. The new district will celebrate and build upon the city’s distinctive legacy of culture, community, architecture, music and performing arts. ...more
Westlake Reed Leskosky Designs El Dorado, Arkansas Arts & Entertainment District
El Dorado Festivals & Events (EFEI) has announced plans to transform and repurpose a group of historic structures in downtown El Dorado, Arkansas into a new arts and entertainment district that celebrates and builds upon the city’s distinctive legacy of culture, community, architecture, music and performing arts. ...more