stars-round-paper-lantern-lights-tag-regEureka Shines Grand Illumination 2013 begins Sunday, June 30th as the Eureka Springs Preservation Society (ESPS) presents Grand Illumination, in its third year, this two-week long event will decorate the Victorian village for the 4th of July with thousands of oriental silk and paper lanterns. Visitors and locals will enjoy the ornate architecture of Eureka Springs by night with the glow of lanterns adorning the historic downtown buildings, the springs and the porches of many homes.

Eureka Shines Grand Illumination is held in conjunction with Eureka Springs’ July Calendar of Events, which includes a 4th of July parade, July 4th activities in Basin Park, and Fleur Delicious.

The ESPS Eureka Shines Grand Illumination kick-off party,  This ceremony is free and open to the public. We encourage you to join us on the East Lawn of The 1886  Historic Crescent Hotel & Spa, Sunday, June 30 from 8-9pm.  Hors d’oeuvres and lemonade will be provided by The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa.  Live music will be provided by ARKANSAS RED. There will be a cash bar.  At approximately 8:30pm, the Grand Luminary Of The Year will release the first Glo-Loons… an officially kick-off  the Eureka Shines Grand Illumination 2013. The East Lawn will glow at dusk as Glo-Loons… are released into the night by all.


Decorating with Lanterns Contest–A $100 cash first prize, $75 cash second prize and $50 cash third prize will be awarded by the ESPS to the ‘Best Decorated House’ or ‘Best Decorated Business.’ Will be announced during the July 4th weekend celebration. All houses and business must be decorated by Sunday, June 30, to be eligible for the contest.  To enter pick up a yard sign from June 17 – 30, from the Grand Central Hotel & Spa or the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce.

Eureka Shines Grand Illumination Contest Winners announcement party–will be held on Wednesday, July 3 at 8pm at Eureka Live Underground & Patio. The party will be held on the patio.  The prize winners will be awarded followed by releasing Glo-Loons… into the night by all.





The Beginning Of Grand Illumination David Gaupner– brought the Grand Illumination Festival to Eureka Springs from his childhood memories of Martha’s Vineyard and it really is a perfect fit to our Victorian Arts town.