Monthly Archives: September 2015

Homegrown Festival Is Oct. 3 in Siloam Springs

Siloam_Springs_Main_Street_logoShowcasing locally handmade goods, curated vintage items, food trucks, and live music, the Homegrown Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3 in downtown Siloam Springs.

Vendors will offer an array of original, one-of-a-kind, and limited-run items including illustration, printmaking, music, jewelry and accessories, handmade goods, salvaged and repurposed goods, and hand-picked vintage. The Homegrown Festival will take place on South Broadway Street and East Main Streets between 201 S. Broadway and 310 E. Main.

The fun doesn’t actually end at 5 p.m. because following the Homegrown Festival is another event, the Hometown Throw Down starting at 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot between Hoffman’s Chiropractic Clinic and TC Screen Printing. The Throw Down includes a country-style dance with live music, s’mores and a movie in the park.

For more information, visit www.mainstreetsiloam.com or www.facebook.com/mainstreetsiloamsprings.

by Jill Rohrbach

18+ Things to Do in Northwest Arkansas on Razorback Game Day Weekends

Photo by Wesley Hitt

There’s nothing like the excitement of an SEC football game day! Anticipation of a win and high energy levels fill the air in Fayetteville, home of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks.

While Fayetteville is known as home to the U of A — it was named by Travel + Leisure as #16 of 22 America’s Best College Towns in 2013 — it’s full of history, arts and culture, live entertainment and parks and trails, too.

Whether you’re an Arkansan rooting for the Razorbacks or an out-of-towner cheering for the opposing team, Fayetteville has plenty to offer fans during their weekend stay.

Here’s your list of don’t-miss fun in Fayetteville and the surrounding region:

  1. Dickson Street – An eclectic gateway to the university, Dickson Street is the place for unique retail shops, restaurants, bars, and live music venues. You’ll find people shopping, eating, and drinking here before, during, and after the game.
  2. Downtown Square – It’s known for its beautiful landscaping and the Fayetteville Farmers Market that runs three days a week – Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – beginning in spring and ending in early autumn. One of the longest running in the state, this is not your average farmers market. Everything from local coffee, breakfast joints, brunch, and Bloody Marys await you in addition to the fresh produce, pottery, fine art, retail shops and a lively throng of folks milling around the historic square. It’s a great way to start a game day!
  3. Live music – Stages, big and small, let you feel the heartbeat of Fayetteville. Some offer free music, while others require a cover charge. George’s Majestic Lounge is the king of live music with two stages and a history dating to 1927. Jose’s outdoor patio is always a lively place. Kingfish is popular for its outdoor stage with free music and a large deck and lawn. Smoke & Barrel and Powerhouse Seafood & Grill are also known for their great music vibes. The Walmart AMP in Rogers brings in big name acts from across the country to its state-of-the art outdoor music pavilion – the largest of its kind in the state.
  4. Fayetteville Ale Trail – Arkansas’ first craft beer tasting adventure, this self-guided beer tour lets visitors experience the award-winning craft beer culture of the Ozarks. Pick up an ale trail passport and have it stamped at each brewery to receive a commemorative bottle opener. There are more than eight breweries on the tour in both Fayetteville and neighboring Springdale. Need a designated driver? Let Hogshead Tours take you.
  5. Escape Rooms – Free your inner sleuth. Solve puzzles, piece together information and race against time to escape the room you’ve been “locked” in at one of these two new adventure spaces. Ozark Escape has three rooms of various sizes, each with its own theme, and a Game Master tracking your progress. The NWA Escape Room offers two different rooms, each with a different scenario. Both venues allow a range of players from two to 10 depending on room size.
  6. Terra Studios – An artsy wonderland, this is the home of the world famous Bluebird of Happiness. Enjoy the whimsical art park, buy unique gifts in the gallery of 100-plus regional artists, enjoy coffee or a snack, play giant games, take a mini-class, and walk the labyrinth.
  7. Dickson Street Book Shop – Call the maze runner to guide your through aisle after aisle of floor-to-ceiling books on every subject in the universe. This city landmark offers 100,000 used and out-of-print books, antique and rare volumes, and specializes in literature, poetry, Irish Studies, and Americana. You don’t even have to know how to read to be in awe of the loaded shelves and stacks of reading material.
  8. Golf – The toughest decision golfers will have to make is which course to play – there are over 30 in Northwest Arkansas. Or, Gator Golf offers two 18-hole mini-golf courses on a wooded hillside. Lokomotion Family Fun Park has mini-golf, video games, and go-karts.
  9. Arkansas and Missouri Railroad – Travel in the style of a bygone era in refurbished antique passenger or parlor coaches over trestles with views for miles, through a quarter-mile tunnel, to the top of the scenic Boston Mountains, and into the historic Arkansas River Basin. Choose from three popular excursions. For Razorback games, you can catch the train in Rogers or Springdale and ride it to the stadium.
  10. Clinton House Museum – Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham married in the living room of this home in October 1975. Nestled in a quiet neighborhood just steps away from the University of Arkansas, the 1930s English-style bungalow showcases the life and times of the Clintons’ Fayetteville years and their first home. Listed on the National Historic Registry, this museum features photographs, memorabilia, vintage campaign materials, and a gift shop. Take a tour and also see the First Ladies Garden containing the favorite flowers of the first ladies from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama.
  11. GamesModern Mission uses the latest equipment for laser tag games for all ages with outdoor and indoor battlefields. Arkadia Retrocade goes old school with video games such as Pac Man, Galaga, Asteroids, Joust, and much more.
  12. Outdoors – Take a hike at nearby Devil’s Den State Park, Lake Fort Smith State Park, or Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area. Or, located inside the city limits, Lake Fayetteville offers a paved trail and a mountain biking trail.
  13. History & Heritage – While Fayetteville is without a doubt the place for arts and entertainment, it is also rich in Civil War history with the National and Confederate cemeteries and Headquarters House. Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park is about 20 minutes west of Fayetteville and Pea Ridge National Military Park is about 45 minutes north.
  14. Botanical Garden of the Ozarks – Located on 42 acres adjoining Lake Fayetteville, the garden contains the Carl A. Totemeier Horticulture Center, plaza and great lawn, 12 themed gardens and the region’s only butterfly house. Educational programs for all ages, concerts, and plays take place here. Plus, it serves as a trailhead for the multi-use trail around Lake Fayetteville and the Razorback Regional Greenway.
  15. Razorback Regional Greenway – Walk, bike, or hike this 36-mile-long, shared-use trail that extends from the Bella Vista Trail in Bentonville to the Frisco Trail in Fayetteville. The paved trail contains impressive bridges, follows along several creeks, runs through farmland and wooded areas, and connects to other trails, lakes, and parks. While the greenway offers plenty of scenic beauty, it also links dozens of popular community destinations, including six downtown areas, arts and entertainment venues, restaurants, historic sites, playgrounds, and residential communities.
  16. Arkansas Air and Military Museum – See the history of Arkansas aviation through original artifacts and memorabilia. Static displays range from the golden age of aviation to the jet age. The museum features world-famous racing planes from the 1920s and 1930s, Vietnamese-era Army helicopters, and a Navy carrier fighter. The museum is housed in a vast, wood hangar that was former headquarters for one of the United States’ many aviator training posts during WWII.
  17. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art – Located in Bentonville, the world-class museum’s permanent collection spans five centuries of American masterworks from the Colonial era to current day and is enhanced with visiting exhibitions. Sculpture and trails link the museum’s 120-acre park to the downtown. Also enjoy the museum store, library, and restaurant. Nearby is the Amazeum, a hands-on interactive experience for kids, and the Walmart Museum, chronicling the rise of the retail giant and serving coffee, treats, and ice cream.
  18. Arkansas Helicopters – Take a sky tour over the University of Arkansas or several other places offered by this company based out of Springdale.

For lodging and dining information in Fayetteville, visit www.experiencefayetteville.com.Fayetteville_Joses_Patio

Parking information: You’ll find pay stations in and around the Dickson Street area. Use these stations to pay for your on-street and gated lot parking. Just enter your number, pay with either cash or a credit card and you’re done. You can even add time from any machine, no matter how far you’ve ventured from your original parking space. To sign up for a free Pay-By-Phone account, you can register your cell phone number by visiting verrus.com/verrus/signup.aspx or by calling 888-450-PARK(7275).

If you’re staying in a surrounding towns, click on these cities to see even more to do: Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville.

by Jill Rohrbach

Bikes, Blues & BBQ Rally Rumbles into Town Sept. 23-26

Photo courtesy ADPT

Bikes, Blues & BBQ is one of the largest motorcycle rallies in the country, and there’s plenty to do for riders and non-riders alike! Set for Sept. 23-26 in Fayetteville (with associated events happening throughout the region), here’s what to look forward to in each of the three Bs.

BIKES

Hundreds of thousands of bikers attend the rally, so there’s every kind of chopper on the streets – tricked out custom jobs, Harleys, metric bikes, cruisers, vintage stock, sport bikes, and more.

Riders can enter the Stokes Air Battle of the Bikes on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 26, to see how their bike stacks up, and non-riders can check them out and cast their vote. This is a drive-in bike show with winners named in a variety of categories.

For the second year, the rally offers the Ozark Vintage Motorcycle Association’s Vintage Bike Show on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale. It features pre-1984 motorcycles providing an opportunity to see many rare, one-of-a-kind bikes.

The Fayetteville chapter of the International Association of Fire Fighters presents two superb Poker Runs along some of the most beautiful roads you’ll ever see. On-site registration is available during the rally at their booth located at the Bank of Fayetteville “Train Bank” at the northwest corner of Dickson Street and West Avenue, or you can pre-register on-line. The event proceeds benefit Camp Sunshine, a summer camp facility for children who are burn victims.

This year’s Parade of Power — Arkansas’ largest motorcycle parade — is on Saturday with staging at the Washington County Fairgrounds at 3:30 p.m., and departure at 4 p.m. The Parade of Power stretches for miles with a show of shiny motorcycles as it leaves the fairgrounds and makes its way to Dickson Street, the heart of Bikes, Blues, & BBQ.  Download a map of the parade route here.

For the female riders, head on over to the Harley-Davidson Ladies’ Area at the Baum Motorcycle Village where you’ll find apparel and accessories. Try out different seats, handlebars and more on the “fit bike” model. If you’re curious about handling a bike, the H-D JumpStart ride simulator lets non-riders safely fire up a bike, run through the gears, and practice braking.

BLUES

Blues lovers can look forward to Kansas City Blues Diva, Samantha Fish, Leah and the MoJo Doctors, Steve Pryor, and the Ocie Fisher Band. Visit Blues Alley Saloon at the Washington County Fairgrounds for nothing but the blues this year.

The rally offers other music genres, too, such as Americana, Bluegrass, 80s hairbands, country, and funk and classic rock. Artists include Mountain Sprout, Hot Lix, The Dead Metal Society, The Shotgun Billies, Barrett Baber, Groovement, and Jason D. Williams.

Click here for the full music schedule. It’s non-stop entertainment at Bikes Blues and BBQ and it’s always free. Not free, but extremely cool, is Kid Rock at The Walmart AMP (Arkansas Music Pavilion) in Rogers on Friday, Sept. 25. For ticket info, click here.

BBQ

All about the BBQ? A $6 donation lets you taste and cast a vote for your favorite during the People’s Choice Competition portion of the Progressive Insurance Arkansas State BBQ Championship on Friday night at the BBB Official Campground, located at the fairgrounds. Gates open at 6 p.m. and some of the best barbecue in the South is served starting at 6:30 p.m.

The main barbecue event is the Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned portion of the Arkansas State BBQ Championship. Contestants put their best meat forward for a chance to win thousands in prize money. Click here for the rules, regulations, and judging procedures for this year’s event.

Extras

Because hundreds of thousands of bikes aren’t enough, there’s a car show on Saturday, Sept. 26 at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale. These custom cars, street rods, vintage treasures, rat rods, and more will also take part in a Dickson Street Cruise, a car parade, on the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 25. Interested in participating? Click this link — 2015 BBB Car Show – Registration Flyer — for a registration form.

For detailed information regarding ride maps and directions, parking, lodging, area info, bike maintenance, and much more, visit www.bikesbluesandbbq.org.

by Jill Rohrbach

Frank Lloyd Wright House Exhibit Opening at Crystal Bridges

 

Photo courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

The much-anticipated opening of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bachman-Wilson House — originally built in New Jersey and relocated across the country to the world-class Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville — is set for Nov. 11, 2015.

The Bachman-Wilson House was transported 1,200 miles to the stunning woodland grounds of Crystal Bridges last year after the museum purchased it in 2013. Museum officials have been carefully reconstructing the house, complete with its original fixtures and furnishings, in preparation for its exhibitorial debut this fall.

Wright, who designed the home in 1954, has been lauded as one of the greatest American architects of all time. The Bachman-Wilson House is the first and only Wright-designed structure located in Arkansas.

The pavilion-style house originally stood in Somerset County, N.J., overlooking the Millstone River where encroaching water and the elements threatened to erode its structure. In 1988, it was purchased and restored by the architect/designers Lawrence and Sharon Tarantino.

The Tarantinos decided to sell their beloved home after determining its preservation was their number one priority. The sale, however, was conditional upon moving the house to a suitable natural site.

Once Crystal Bridges bought the house, museum officials began the meticulous process of disassembling it, and, with the help of J.B. Hunt Transport Service, moving it to Bentonville. Over the past year and a half, the house has been carefully reconstructed on the museum’s 120-acre grounds.

Architecturally, the house boasts a dramatic open floor plan, with horizontal and vertical planes that pass through the space to the outside. It represents Wright’s “Usonian” design philosophy – a specific American style of home that focused on affordability and accessibility.

Wright designed more than 1,000 structures, though he only completed 552 of them. One is the Bachman-Wilson House.

At Crystal Bridges, the house is situated along a 3.5-mile nature trail, overlooking a spectacular native woodland setting and Crystal Spring, the cool-water spring from which the museum takes its name.

“We’re honored to be able to preserve and share this significant example of American architecture, as Frank Lloyd Wright’s work embodies our own mission of celebrating art and nature,” said Crystal Bridges Executive Director Rod Bigelow. “The Usonian concept was intended to provide access to architectural quality for all families, which melds well with our philosophy of welcoming all to view American masterworks in our natural setting.”

The museum will make the house available for study, programming and tours. For more information, visit crystalbridges.org.

 

Photo courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Celebrate Fall Arts & Crafts Fair Weekend in NWA

Photo courtesy Fayetteville A&P

The hills are alive with hundreds of thousands of crafts fair-goers each fall in Northwest Arkansas for the Fall Arts & Crafts Fair Weekend – happening this year Oct. 15-18!

With fairs held at various outdoor and indoor venues across the region, the Fall Arts & Crafts Fair Weekend attracts hundreds upon hundreds of craftsmen and artisans from across the country, and is a great time to find everything from baskets, woodworking, pottery and stained glass, to jewelry, photography, paintings, mixed-media art, handmade food items, soaps, potpourri and more. It’s easy to spend the entire weekend going from show to show!

Here are some of the region’s top fairs:

War Eagle Mill Fall Arts and Crafts Fair / 11045 War Eagle Road, Rogers / wareaglemill.com / 479-789-5343

War Eagle Mill vendors are set up along the mill parking lot grounds. Professional craftsmen offer original handmade work ranging from country decorative items to antique broken china jewelry. These juried artists come from across the country to sell their wares. You can also explore the old mill and eat at The Bean Palace restaurant.

War Eagle Fair / 11037 High Sky Inn Road, Hindsville / wareaglefair.com / 479-789-5398

Across the bridge from War Eagle Mill is the fall War Eagle Fair show, the original crafts fair that started it all back in 1954. More than 250 booths of handcrafted products are displayed along the banks of the War Eagle River.

Sharp’s Show / http://bit.ly/1ijbWuu / 479-789-5683

This show takes place on the fields adjacent to the War Eagle Mill. The fair has more than 250 booths offering visitors a wide array of handmade crafts from skilled artisans located throughout the country. Holiday themed gifts are in abundance, as well as seasonal decorations.

Spanker Creek Farm Arts and Crafts Fair / 8464 W. McNelly Road, Bentonville / spankercreekfarm.com / 479-685-5655

Returning and new exhibitors from all over the nation can be found at this show, located on a farm setting with a great Ozark atmosphere. Spanker Creek runs along the entire south side of the fair grounds and flows into Sugar Creek on the west side.

Bella Vista Arts and Crafts Festival / 1991 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista / bellavistafestival.org / 479-855-2064

This Northwest Arkansas show has high quality arts and crafts, always hand-made. Since beginning in 1969, the festival has steadily grown in size and reputation. All proceeds benefit the Village Art Club scholarship program, children’s art programs, continuing education for artists/artisans, and festival partners. Admission is free.

Ozark Regional Arts and Crafts Festivals / http://bit.ly/1F1MT9h / 479-756-6954

The largest indoor craft fair in the state, the spring show is held at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale, while the fall festival takes places at the same convention center plus the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers and the Washington County Fairgrounds in Fayetteville.

Jones Center Arts and Crafts Festival / 922 E. Emma Ave., Springdale / thejonescenter.net / 479-751-9313

The weather is always perfect at this indoor craft show with free parking. The variety of handmade crafts includes baskets, woodworks, potpourris, wreaths, oil and acrylic painting and more.

Frisco Station Mall Arts and Crafts Festival / 100 N. Dixieland Road, Rogers / friscostationmall.com / 479-631-0006

Located indoors at the Frisco Station Mall, it features hundreds of crafters at its spring and fall shows.

ALSO: The Little Craft Show / Fayetteville Town Center / www.thelittlecraftshow.com

While this winter show doesn’t take place during the fall crafts fair weekend, it’s certainly worth noting! Arkansas’ most talked about “indie craft show” is a great place to check-off your holiday gift lists. This indoor show is held annually at the Fayetteville Town Center in Downtown Fayetteville, this year on December 4-5.

Fall Outdoor Fun

Photo courtesy ADPT

Cooler temps, fewer bugs, and changing scenery make fall a perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors. Here are just a few ideas from a long list of options for hiking, biking, riding, driving, or paddling in Northwest Arkansas.

Hiking Trails

One of the region’s newest public trailheads, Mount Kessler Greenways offers hiking, biking, and running trails in south Fayetteville. The trailhead is located off Cato Springs Road. Take exit 60 off I-49 and go south on Cato Springs Road about one-half mile and turn right on Judge Cummings Road (WC 200); the parking will be on your right. mtkesslergreenways.com

There are also a number of area state parks featuring an impressive array of trails to take you deeper into the great outdoors. They include Devil’s Den State Park, Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area and Withrow Springs State Park. For more information, visit arkansasstateparks.com.

Bike Paths

The Northwest Arkansas Razorback Regional Greenway is a 36-mile-long, shared-use trail that extends from the Bella Vista Trail in Bentonville to the Frisco Trail in Fayetteville. The paved trail contains impressive bridges, follows along several creeks, runs through farmland and wooded areas, and connects to other trails, lakes, and parks. While the greenway offers plenty of scenic beauty, it also links dozens of popular community destinations, including six downtown areas, the University of Arkansas, arts and entertainment venues, restaurants, historic sites, playgrounds, and residential communities.

The region has about 200 miles of mountain bike trails, too, complete with skinnies, a jump park, log rides and other awesome features. In fact, the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) this year recognized the region’s off-road trail systems in Fayetteville and Rogers as some of the finest in the nation! Learn more at www.nwatrails.org.

Ride a Motorcycle Route

Eureka Springs is a premier motorcycling destination in mid-America. With plenty of biker-friendly venues, it’s a great hub for riders. This 26-mile loop ride out of Eureka Springs offers great views of the water since it crosses Beaver Bridge and the Dam at Beaver Lake. It takes a little less than one hour to ride the route, which consists of Ark. 62 and Ark. 187. eurekaspringsmotorcyclerides.com

The Rogers and Fayetteville areas also offer their share of ride-worthy routes. Discover more at arkansas.com/outdoors/motorcycling/northwest.

Drive a Scenic Byway

Boston Mountains Scenic Loop consists of two state scenic byways — U.S. 71 and Interstate 49 (formerly I-540) — that provide two very different experiences through the Boston Mountains, the highest portion of the Ozarks. U.S. 71 (42 miles) is a more intimate route with plenty of curves, while I-49 (38 miles) provides stunning panoramic views and expansive bridges. http://www.arkansas.com/scenic-byways/boston/

Float a River

One of the region’s newest outdoor attraction destinations, the Siloam Springs Kayak Park is positioned along the scenic Illinois River and is open year-round. Grab your life jacket, kayak, or canoe and take a run down the engineered rapids ranked Class II and III difficulty. www.siloamspringskayakpark.com

Of course, there are many other rivers and streams — and lakes, too, for that matter — to float throughout the greater Northwest Arkansas region: from Beaver Lake to the White, Kings and Mulberry Rivers, the Buffalo National River, and more.

by Jill Rohrbach

The 2015 Slaughter Pen Jam Mountain Bike Festival

Courtesy Bentonville CVB

Photo courtesy Bentonville CVB

The annual Slaughter Pen Jam Mountain Bike Festival in Bentonville is fast becoming one of the most talked about mountain bike races today, attracting riders and spectators from all over the country.

This year’s three-day festival is Oct. 2-4, 2015.

Thousands of people are expected to turn out for the festival’s opening BMX events on Friday, Oct. 2, at the Bentonville Downtown Square, where the community will gather for food, activities and entertainment by some of the finest Bluegrass acts in the region. Check out the action-packed stunt show, bike vendors, and champion trail riders preforming to live music and DJs.

On Saturday, it’s all about bikes as the festival opens “The Pen” at Slaughter Pen Hollow Park. There will be drag races, guided rides, kids events, a downhill race, an archery/bike biathlon, giveaways and much more.

On Sunday, the festival gets serious with the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series Race. The first race starts at 8 a.m. All ages and skill levels are welcome. For more information, visit slaughterpenjam.com.

The Eureka Springs Ozark Folk Festival: Every year since 1947

Photo courtesy Eureka Springs A&P

Get ready for the 68th Annual Original Ozark Folk Festival in Eureka Springs on Oct. 6-10! This lively celebration — including barefoot dancing and musicians playing homemade instruments — is the longest continuously running annual folk festival in the country.

This year, all the traditional festival favorites are back, including the Queen’s Contest where one lovely lady will be chosen to preside as Folk Festival queen; the Singer/Songwriter Contest, and free music at Basic Spring Park.

At the center of the festival is the Barefoot Ball held at the historic 1905 Basin Park Hotel and featuring the best in Bluegrass from the Cutty Rye band. Check your shoes at the door and dance the night away under the stars at the top of the hotel!

Don’t forget the incredible arts and crafts from those who create, whittle, paint and sew; the Folk Festival Parade, and of course, more and more amazing folk music and dance.

For more information, visit ozarkfolkfestival.com.

Fall in Love with Northwest Arkansas’ Fabulous Farmers Markets

Photo courtesy Fayetteville A&P

Enjoy and Celebrate the Seasonal Bounty at NWA’s Farmers Markets!

Fall is a great time to visit Northwest Arkansas’ farmers markets! Autumn harvests abound as many of the region’s farmers markets draw to a close in October and November. The air is crisp and the offerings are pleasing to the palate, eyes and ears. Seasonal fruits and vegetables including pumpkins, squash, apples and greens are plenty. In addition to delicious locally grown fall produce, you’ll find unique artisan made crafts, live music and more!

Fayetteville Farmers Market / Historic Downtown Square / fayettevillefarmersmarket.org

Open through Nov. 29, the award-winning Fayetteville Farmers Market offers the finest in locally produced vegetables, flowers, plants, baked goods and juried arts and crafts from the four-county area. While Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. is still the “big” market with street performers and local musicians, the market is also open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A second location is now open on Sundays at the Jefferson Center Playground, 612 S. College Ave.

Springdale Farmers Market / The Jones Center at Emma Ave. and Hwy. 265 / springdalefarmersmarket.org

Open through Oct. 31, the Springdale Farmers Market is on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. All of the products you’ll find are grown or made by farmers and craft vendors in the four-county area. There’s an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, raw honey, nuts, farm fresh eggs and more.

Rogers Farmers Market / Historic Downtown at N. First and E. Walnut Streets / rogersfarmersmarket.org

Open through October on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., fall at the Rogers Farmers Market brings an abundance of winter squash, purple hull peas, yams, and then the season closes with the annual pumpkin festival.

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Photo courtesy Visit Rogers

Bentonville Farmers Market / Historic Downtown Square / downtownbentonville.org

Now in its 37th year, the Bentonville Farmers Market is a producer-only market offering a wide variety of high quality local foods, produce, meats, art and crafts. This market is open on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Also woven into the market experience are special activities and events, including chef demonstrations. Wednesday markets are held at the new Bentonville Community Center.

Siloam Springs Farmers Market / Downtown City Park / mainstreetsiloam.org

This market is open Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., April through Oct. 24. You can even pre-order local goods each week through siloamsprings.locallygrown.net, and pick up your order on Saturday.

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Photo courtesy City of Siloam Springs

Eureka Springs Farmers Market / Pine Mountain Village on Hwy. 62 / eurekaspringsfarmersmarket.com

The first solar powered market in Arkansas, this open-air market is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. from April through October and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. from November through March. It’s the go-to source for organic, naturally grown food in Carroll County.

Madison County – Huntsville Farmers Market / Historic Downtown Square / facebook.com/HuntsvilleFarmersMarketinMadisonCounty

Held each Tuesday and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., you’ll find fresh produce and unique crafts sold by area farmers.

Antique Auto Festival and Jazz in Eureka Springs This Weekend

Eureka_Springs_Antique_AutoEureka Springs is full of excitement this weekend, Sept. 11-12, with a bank robbery re-enactment, antique auto festival, and jazz concerts set to take place.

The 45th annual Antique Auto Festival takes place at The Village at Pine Mountain. Antique and classic car entries will be there from Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Arkansas.

New to the car show this year is the Friday night concert and dinner in the outdoor amphitheater in The Village at Pine Mountain shopping center. Registration at the NAPA tent begins Friday from noon – 6 p.m. and will resume Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The Grand Parade of Autos begins at 11 a.m. from Pine Mountain Village and will circle the historic loop. Some of the autos will leave the parade and remain parked downtown on display near the Courthouse for a few hours, but the majority will be back on display at Pine Mountain until 3 p.m.

Your chance to be an eye witness at the bank robbery comes mid-morning. The 1922 Bank Robbery Re-enactment will take place immediately following the last car of the parade that passes the old Bank of Eureka Springs location at 40 Spring Street. From 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the outdoor amphitheater at The Village at Pine Mountain the car show awards will be presented.

In addition to the Antique Auto Festival, is Jazz Eureka with Friday night’s free concert in Basin Spring Park featuring a blend of Latin Jazz, Swing and World Beat music with Beto and the Fairlanes. There’s more free music in Basin Spring Park all afternoon on Saturday featuring the 18-piece Fayetteville Jazz Collective, Rodney Block and Grady Nichols. Saturday night’s headline act at The Auditorium is Joey DeFrancesco with special guests Joe Cartwright Band featuring Molly Hammer.

by Jill Rohrbach