Spring is right around the corner, and so are these lively festivals! Here are some of the region’s top springtime celebrations happening across Northwest Arkansas in March, April and May…
Turpentine Creek Kite Festival | March 26
Join the fun and fly your own kite, or sit back and watch as they dance across the sky during the 26th Annual Kite Festival at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs. This year’s “Art with an Altitude” kite festival on March 26 includes contests, vendors and activities for the whole family. Experts will be on hand to help kids (and parents!) make their own kites, and share flying techniques. The festival is a fundraiser to help Turpentine Creek care for the tigers, lions, cougars and other wildlife that live at the refuge. For more info, visit turpentinecreek.org.
Springfest | April 16
This iconic festival started in 1983 by merchants on Dickson Street as a way to celebrate the history, culture and flavor of Fayetteville, and quickly became a late-April staple. This year’s festivities on April 16 will include local arts and crafts, a pancake breakfast, lots of live music, bed races, street food, a 5K run, and a dog parade. For more info, visit fayettevillespringfest.com.
Dogwood Festival | April 22-24
Held on the last weekend in April, this award-winning festival draws tens of thousands of people to the two major parks in downtown Siloam Springs. Exhibitors from all over the U.S. fill hundreds of booths with handmade, custom and resale items. Food vendors and regional entertainers are on hand, and the KidZone keeps the little ones happy and entertained. This year’s festival on April 22-24 includes the Dogwood 5K run and Bed Races on Broadway. For more info, visit siloamchamber.com.
Fayetteville Foam Fest | May 7
The Fayetteville Town Center and outdoor plaza becomes a beer garden for this locals’ favorite on May 7. Benefiting Feed Fayetteville, this event for those 21 and older features local, regional, national and international brews, live music on an outdoor stage, and food trucks serving their tastiest eats. This year, bring your bike and ride in the first Fayetteville Foam Fest Fun Ride and Brewery Tour. For more info, visit fayettevillefoamfest.com
Block Street Block Party | May 22
Waiters races, beer gardens, live music stages, food trucks and funky characters help rock Block Street at this unique festival in downtown Fayetteville, this year on May 22. Plus, you get to visit all the great shops, bars, restaurants and other locally owned and independent businesses along Block Street leading up to the historic Downtown Square. For more info, visit blockstreetbusinesses.com.