It’s time for Diversity Weekends 2020

by Robin Dorner
Editor in Chief

Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is a small town located in the Ozark mountains, which has been called the “Little San Francisco of the south.” It’s a place where anyone can come and feel welcomed.

For many years, the small Ozark town has not only been gay-friendly to the extreme, but they also play host to three Diversity Weekends each year. The city has a non-discrimination policy, and the city fully supports Diversity Weekends by advertising and promoting the weekends in several ways.

We asked Jay Wilks, the Director of Out in Eureka, what's new for Diversity Weekends 2020?

“We are adding a ladies meet and greet at Missy's White Rabbit lounge on Friday, April 3, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Then, there will be Golden Girls trivia and board games at The Game Stop, which is free and open to all ages. That’s Friday, April 3, 7:30 p.m. till it’s over.”

The weekends will still host many meet and greet events, the PDA – Public Display of Affection, and will host a headliner for Diversity Weekend Saturdays.

“Kicking off Diversity 2020 this April, we have Miss Coco Peru taking to the stage at the Historic Auditorium,” Wilks said. “The show is Saturday, April 4, with her new show "Have you Heard?". Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30.”

Tickets may be purchased in advance at or the door the night of the event.

“Everyone should come and see Coco as she is funny, thoughtful and performs her show for the love of the audience.”

There will also be a lot of live music and drag shows all over town and at different venues.

“All of the Out in Eureka sponsored events are family-friendly, open to all ages and free to attend unless otherwise noted.”

Wilks said Out in Eureka has partnered with several lodging establishments who are offering special discounts during Diversity Weekend. Out in Eureka will also have shopping discount wristbands for sale all weekend.

“We have around 30 businesses who participate and offer special discounts to those who are wearing the wristbands,” added Wilks.

“Eureka Springs is such a special place for living and being who you are,” he said. “Whether if you are from the LGBTQ+ community, a supporter, an interracial/mixed family or other relationship, Eureka Springs wants you and yours to know that you are always welcome at our Historic village.”

For a full schedule of events, check out the Out in Eureka Facebook page at

Copyright The Gayly 3/14/2020 @ 4:35 p.m. CST.