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Best Summer Ever: Summertime Must-Dos in Northwest Arkansas

Looking for ways for you and your family to have fun this summer? Search no further! This roundup of fun summertime activities, attractions and events will help you make every day in Northwest Arkansas extraordinary!

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Rogers Aquatic Center

When the warm, sunny days of summer come calling, Northwest Arkansas has plenty of splash zones to keep you cool! The Fountains at Lawrence Plaza in Bentonville, the Rogers Aquatic Center, The Jones Center in Springdale and The Family Aquatic Center in Siloam Springs, just to name a few!

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Tee off at award-winning golf courses across the region with Bermuda fairways and other scenic features such as rolling hills, surrounding hardwood forests and pristine streams. Courses in Bella Vista Village and Holiday Island, along with Stonebridge Meadows in Fayetteville, Prairie Creek Country Club in Rogers and The Creeks in Cave Springs are great places to start!

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Ozark Mountain Ziplines

Soar!

Northwest Arkansas has the high-flying excitement daredevils crave! The Skydive Skyranch in Siloam Springs has licensed parachute instructors to accompany you on tandem skydive adventures. Or, zip through the Ozark hardwood forest at Ozark Mountain Ziplines in Eureka Springs.

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Opera in the Ozarks kicks off its 2016 Summer Season on June 17 and runs through July 15 with 22 fully staged and costumed performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Britten’s Albert Herring and a double bill of Puccini’s Il Tabarro and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. Featuring the talents of 75 singers and musicians from across the country, enjoy performances at beautiful Inspiration Point in Eureka Springs and Arend Arts Center in Bentonville!

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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Visit Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs to bond with exotic cats who’ve been rescued from across the nation. Meet with a curator, take a tour of the habitat areas, or stay overnight in an onsite safari lodge! Turpentine Creek is dedicated to caring for abandoned, abused and neglected tigers, lions, leopards and cougars.

The Great Outdoors!

Northwest Arkansas is an outdoor paradise in the summertime, with plenty of fun to be had at state and national parks, and area lakes and rivers. Click HERE to discover more!

 

Take it Off-Road!

Northwest Arkansas is the ultimate off-road/mountain biking destination with 200+ miles of trails for all tastes and terrain preferences – and the first freestyle jump park of its kind in this part of the country. Click HERE to learn more!

Indulge in Art!

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Crystal Bridges

Art lovers rejoice! Northwest Arkansas’ art museums, galleries and art districts host the finest in local, regional and world-class art in nearly every medium imaginable. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 21c Museum Hotel, Fayetteville Underground, Windgate Visual Arts Galleries at JBUEureka Springs Downtown District and Arts Center of the Ozarks, to name a few.

 

Father’s Day: Hook, Line and Sinker!

Grab your fishing pole and take Dad to the Father’s Day Fishing Derby at War Eagle Mill east of Rogers on June 19. Prizes given for the biggest, smallest and ugliest fish, with a special Father’s Day lunch to follow at the Bean Palace Cafe!

Be Amazed!

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Scott Family Amazeum

Pay a hands-on visit to the Scott Family Amazeum in Bentonville where you’ll engage in exploration, learning and more. The 50,000 square feet of exhibit and learning spaces includes a Tinkering Hub, a climbable tree canopy, a water area and exploratory wet lab, and an outdoor playscape. Fun for all ages!

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Get ready for authentic rodeo action at the 72nd Annual Rodeo of the Ozarks in Springdale on June 22-25. With more than 500 of the best cowboys and rough stock, Rodeo of the Ozarks is one of the top outdoor rodeos in the nation!

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Home Run!

Take the gang out to Arvest Ballpark in Springdale to see the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in prime home-turf action. The Naturals are the AA minor league affiliate for the 2015 World Series champion Kansas City Royals!

 

Bang! Bang!

Start summer off with a bang as more than 400 youth compete at the Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match on July 1-4 in Rogers. Contestants compete with a muzzle-loaded, single shot BB gun named the Daisy AVANTI Champion Model 499 in four positions. Also, see where it all started at the Daisy Airgun Museum!

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Siloam Springs Farmers Market

 

Farm Fresh!

Take advantage of Northwest Arkansas’ booming farmers market scene flush with bountiful summer harvests, local arts and crafts, and community activities for the whole family. Check out these markets: Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville, Holiday Island, Siloam Springs, Eureka Springs, Bella Vista and Huntsville.

 

 

Spelunk!

Discover the underground wonders of the Arkansas Ozarks on a guided tour of the beautiful War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake east of Rogers where there’s also gem panning, the “Lost in the Woods” maze, a trading post, nature paths and more. Or, take a walking tour at Cosmic Cavern in Berryville near Eureka Springs, one of the state’s most beautiful natural attractions with a nine-foot soda straw formation and two bottomless lakes.

Get Festive!

It’s a festival frenzy this summer in Northwest Arkansas with community celebrations of nearly every kind, in every city, most every weekend! Click HERE to learn more!

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Cheers!

Raise your glass at the 16th Annual Art of Wine Festival on June 9-11 at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. With three days of epic events for wine novices and connoisseurs alike, and with hundreds of wines on hand, you’ll discover new vintages and sample cuisine from the area’s finest restaurants.

Bounce to the Beat!

The Walmart AMP kicks off its 2016 summer concert series with big names in music like Miranda Lambert, Meghan Trainor, Sammy Hagar, Widespread Panic and more! Click HERE for details.

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Bloom!

The region’s fabulous heritage and display gardens exemplify the natural and historic beauty of the Northwest Arkansas Ozarks. They are truly a sight to behold! Click HERE for more info!

Discover!

Take journey through the past at Northwest Arkansas’ history museums – from Native American artifacts and aviation history, to Ozarks pioneers, healing springs and the railroad. The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale, Museum of Native American History in Bentonville, Rogers Historical Museum, Arkansas Air and Military Museum in Fayetteville and the Eureka Springs Museum to name a few.

 

Outdoor Drama!

Experience the epic drama of Jesus Christ’s last days on earth at The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs. Recognized as America’s #1 Attended Outdoor Drama, The Passion Play is a voyage through time you won’t forget!

Summertime Festivals in NWA!

Make the most of your summer days and nights during this busiest of busy festival seasons in Northwest Arkansas! With festive events for everything from music, arts and culinary, to sports, cars and celebrating diversity, there’s a festival at every corner!

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend – June 16-19

Feel the rhythm with the who’s who of the blues at the Eureka Springs Blues Weekend June 16-19, featuring top acts from across the country! With headliners taking the stage at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and lots of other great music at venues throughout Eureka’s historic downtown and beyond, let the smooth notes carry you away for a bluesy summer weekend! For more info, visit eurekaspringsblues.com.

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Bentonville Art & Culinary Festival

Bentonville Art & Culinary Festival – June

This month-long festival celebrates art and food in all its forms with free and ticketed events throughout downtown Bentonville. Highlights include the Art Market, with visual work in watercolor, pastel, wood, photography, collage, ceramics, precious stones, glass and sculpture; culinary events like Farm to Table Among the Wildflowers and PigNic; a Kids Art Park and more! More info at downtownbentonville.org.

Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival – July 15-17

This spirited mountain biking festival is a three-day affair with plenty of races, fun and music the whole family can get a kick out of. Based at Lake Leatherwood, this festival also includes an auction and raffle, prizes, a beer garden, free food and a Saturday Social. For more info, visit fattirefestival.com.

Highberry Music Festival – June 30-July 4

The 7th Annual Highberry Music Festival is moving to Mulberry Mountain in nearby Franklin County (just across the county line, about 45 mins. southeast of Fayetteville) just off the Hwy. 23 “Pig Trail” Scenic Byway. This four-day music and camping festival features more than 30 bands on multiple stages and other performance spaces – including Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, Papadosio, Buckethead, Dopapod, Wookiefoot, TAUK, and the Jeff Austin Band, just to name a few. More info at www.highberryfestival.com.

Hot Dam Blues Festival – July 3

This inaugural blues festival in Bella Vista will feature entertainment by Jim Mills and the Hellbenders, Joe Giles and the Homewreckers, and the Cate Brothers. Stick around afterward for a spectacular fireworks display. With local food trucks and a beer garden, this festival is a great way to ring in the Fourth of July. For more info, visit bellavistapoa.com.

Rogers Cycling Festival – July 22-24

The 2nd Annual Rogers Cycling Festival returns to historic downtown Rogers with your favorite activities from last year, plus an expanded menu of cycling events. The festival is complete with opportunities for all skill levels, whether you are a street cyclist or an off-road enthusiast. Events include Race for the Spike, the Frisco 5 Card Poker Ride, the Hot & Hilly Mountain Bike Challenge and more! More info at rogerscyclingfestival.com.

Eureka Springs Indie Film Festival – August 5-6

Independent filmmakers and their fans unite for this celebration of the art of filmmaking in Eureka Springs. Sit back, relax and watch documentaries, student films, films made on mobile, and films made by women during a weekend that is certain to inspire, enlighten and entertain. For more info, visit esfilmfest.org.

Natural State Cycling Criterium Series – August 5-6

With $35,000 available in prizes, this event held in Bentonville and Rogers will bring cyclists from all over to compete. Racers with good technical skills and excellent drive will wow the crowds as they zoom by in this entertaining road criterium event. For more info, visit naturalstatecrits.com.

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Siloam Springs Dog Day of Summer

Siloam Springs Dog Day of Summer Festival – August 6

Join in on the furry fun on the first Saturday of August in downtown Siloam Springs. The festival cheerily showcases pets and their people with a dog parade, dog contests, dog training demonstrations, and pet-themed vendors in Twin Springs Park. For more info, visit mainstreetsiloam.org.

Summer Diversity Weekend in Eureka Springs – August 5-6

A weekend of celebrating diversity in the Ozarks! Stroll hand-in-hand exploring art galleries, gourmet food shops, boutiques, sidewalk cafes, turn-of-the-century neighborhoods and urban trails. This two-day celebration features several show-stopping events that add to the usual vivacious life and festivities around town in Eureka Springs. For more info, visit outineureka.com.

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Tontitown Grape Festival

118th Tontitown Grape Festival – August 9-13

The rich tradition of northern Italy is alive in Northwest Arkansas, and you can experience it for yourself at the Tontitown Grape Festival. From grape stomping to making thousands of pounds of homemade pasta – everything at the festival is done by locals. Be ready to eat: the spaghetti dinners are famous, and the chicken is breaded and fried fresh! More info at tontitowngrapefestival.com.

Eureka Springs Multi-sport Festival – August 12-14

A three-day multi-sport festival in and around Eureka Springs and at Holiday Island consists of a triathlon on Friday afternoon, road bike rides and races on Saturday and running races on Sunday. Participants can enter individual events or take “The Eurekan” challenge. For more info, visit eurekasportsfestival.com.

Rogers Frisco Festival – August 26-27

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Rogers Frisco Festival

This family-friendly, end-of-summer festival honors the town’s rich Frisco railroad heritage. Signature events include the Chili-salsa-peno Competition, a Kids’ Zone, the Frisco Chicken BBQ, the Frisco Idol voice competition, car shows, and non-stop main stage entertainment including Friday and Saturday night street dances. More info at mainstreetrogers.com.

Eureka Springs Bluegrass Festival – August 18-20

Revel in the sounds of bluegrass at this family-friendly annual festival. It includes live music in Basin Spring Park, a watermelon social,  and even a chance to bring your instruments and join the pickin’. For more info, visit eurekasprings.org.

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Fayetteville Roots Fest

Fayetteville Roots Festival – August 25-28 

This four-day, urban music festival is centered on the things that make Fayetteville a beloved cultural hotspot. Local, regional and national artists play on multiple stages. The food sold is locally grown, and elements of the community represented come from local artisans, live art performances and community action groups. For more info, visit fayettevilleroots.com.

Eureka Springs VW Weekend – August 26-28

From bugs to buses and everything in between, you’ll find it at the Eureka Springs Volkswagen Festival. Parade through the Victorian downtown, or drive the hills and hollows of the Ozark Mountains at one of largest VW festivals in the Midwest! Visit eurekaspringsvwshow.com for more.

Summer Concert Lineup Sizzles at the Walmart AMP

Move to the beat of your favorite bands and artists this summer at the Walmart AMP in Rogers! With 3,200 covered seats and general seating for thousands more on a sloped lawn for maximum viewing, the Walmart AMP (Arkansas Music Pavilion) is Northwest Arkansas’ premier outdoor concert venue. With a summer lineup that includes pop, rock, country, alternative, orchestral and more, there’s something for everyone. Visit arkansasmusicpavilion.com for tickets and a complete season schedule.

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Widespread Panic – June 17

Kicking-off their Summer 2016 tour right here in Northwest Arkansas, this elite American jam band out of Athens, Ga., is celebrating three decades of Southern rock and roll!

Rachel Platten – June 25

The 2016 Walmart Community Concert’s featured artist, Rachel Platten has inspired many with her empowering pop singles, “Fight Song” and “Stand by You.” Don’t miss the chance to see this Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter perform!

Sammy Hagar & The Circle  – July 2

Joining Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar on his A Journey Through the History of Rock tour is Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson. This iconic group of rockers will play music from more than 40 years of Hagar’s career, plus some of Led Zeppelin’s biggest hits.

July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas

The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) presents a patriotic music event for all ages to enjoy this Fourth of July. This family-friendly celebration is complete with a tribute to our nation’s veterans and a fireworks finale that will light up the sky of the amphitheater! (Learn more about SoNA at sonamusic.org.)

Miranda Lambert – July 15

Grammy Award-winning Miranda Lambert brings her Keeper of the Flame tour to the AMP along with artists Kip Moore and the Brothers Osborne. Lambert is the only singer/songwriter in the history of the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart to have each of her five albums debut at number one.

Weezer & Panic! At The Disco – July 17

These two rock bands are a dynamic duo as they take the stage for their Summer Tour 2016. Don’t miss catchy singles like “Beverly Hills” by Weezer and “Victorious” by Panic! At The Disco.

Shinedown – July 26

American rockers Shinedown are back to headline The Carnival of Madness tour with Halestorm, Black Stone Cherry and Whiskey Myers. The Carnival of Madness is a celebration of rock music where the lines between the performers and the audience are harmoniously blurred.

Chris Stapleton – July 28

Chris Stapleton, one of country music’s best, became the first artist to win Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year at the same CMA Awards show (2015). His album Traveller is a mix of country, blues, rock and R&B that has fans all over singing along.

MercyMe with Jeremy Camp – July 30

Grammy nominated, and winners of both the American Music Award and Dove Award, MercyMe has taken the Christian and mainstream music scenes by storm. With hits like “I Can Only Imagine,” “Flawless,” and “Word Of God Speak,” they have sold out venues throughout the U.S. and Canada. Joined by Jeremy Camp, this concert is sure to uplift your spirits!

Meghan Trainor – August 2

Young pop singer and songwriter Meghan Trainor inspired fans all over the world with her first hit, “All About That Bass” in 2014. The Grammy Award winner for Best New Artist is bringing her positivity and killer vocals to the Walmart AMP for The Untouchable Tour, with special guests Hailee Steinfeld and Common Kings.

Twenty One Pilots – August 3

Bridging many a music genre, Twenty One Pilots and their Emotional Roadshow tour delivers a mix of piano, synthesizer, drums, and an occasional ukulele. Joined by Mutemath and Chef’Special, this exhilarating performance will make for an extraordinary summer night!

Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs – August 12

Rock and roll royalty Michael McDonald, formerly of the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, teams up with Boz Scaggs for an incredible show! Don’t miss these much-sought-after singers of our time!

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An Outdoor Paradise: NWA’s State Parks, Lakes and Rivers

In the summertime, Northwest Arkansas’ state and national parks, lakes and rivers provide the ultimate escape to some of the most spectacular mountains, hiking, biking, camping, fishing, water sports and scenery around.

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Devil’s Den State Park

Devil’s Den State Park – Washington County

This iconic park for camping, hiking, backpacking, and equestrian and mountain bike trails consists of 2,500 unspoiled acres adjoining the Ozark National Forest. A swimming pool, nature programs and cabins add to its rustic appeal. More info at arkansasstateparks.com.

Hobbs State Park – Benton, Madison and Carroll Counties

With 12,056 acres and limited development, this massive park truly explores the diverse Ozarks landscape. It offers 35 miles of hiking trails, including multi-use and ADA routes; a 17,500-square-foot visitor center with interactive exhibits; a wildlife viewing area and educational programs. More info at arkansasstateparks.com.

 

Withrow Springs State Park – Madison County

Hiking trails offer charming views and access to War Eagle Creek, where fishing for catfish, bream and bass is a favorite pastime for park visitors. Park activities include camping, swimming, baseball, softball, tennis and picnicking. Canoeing is another prized pastime, and shuttle service for canoe rentals is available. The park has a visitor center and gift shop. More info at arkansasstateparks.com.

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park – Washington County

This expansive park was the site of the last major Civil War battle in Northwest Arkansas. Fought on December 7, 1862, the Confederate defeat here paved the way for control of the region by the Union Army. The park features a museum, visitors center, the one-mile Battlefield Trail and a five-mile driving tour. Battle reenactments take place biennially in December of even numbered years. More info at arkansasstateparks.com.

Pea Ridge National Military Park – Benton County

Protecting the site of the American Civil War Battle of Pea Ridge (March 7-8, 1862), this national military park is one of the best-preserved Civil War battlefields. Spanning 4,300 acres, it includes a visitors center and museum, a driving tour, approximately 2.5 miles of the Trail of Tears, restored battlefields, and more. And with the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service this year, it is the perfect reason to visit today! More info at nps.gov.

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Beaver Lake – Benton, Carroll and Washington Counties

A glistening treasure for boaters, water sports enthusiasts, anglers, hikers, campers and birdwatchers, Beaver Lake is NWA’s largest lake with key access points in or near Rogers, Eureka Springs and Springdale. There are 28,000 acres of clear water surrounded by beautiful forests, bluffs and meadows. Campgrounds, resorts, marinas, restaurants and outfitters are plentiful in this prize of a lake. More info at arkansas.com.

Lake Wedington – Washington County

Surrounded by lavish hardwood forest and the 424-acre Lake Wedington Recreation Area, this 102-acre lake is regularly stocked with fish. The area is buzzing with anglers, canoeists, campers, hikers, mountain bikers, and wildlife watchers. Amenities include a swim beach, air-conditioned cabins, playgrounds, volleyball courts, trails, a boat ramp and horseshoes. More info at arkansas.com.

Photo by Marc F. Henning Fishermen on Loch Lomond in Bella Vista, Ark.

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Bella Vista Lakes ­– Benton County

The northernmost city in Northwest Arkansas, Bella Vista offers seven stunning lakes for fishing and water sports. Use of the lakes and facilities is available to all Bella Vista Village property owners and their guests. More info at bellavistapoa.com.

White River – Carroll, Madison and Washington Counties

Flowing through mountainous regions of the Ozarks, the White River is home to a string of pools and shoals with overhanging trees, tight turns, and gravel bottoms among bluffs, forests and peaceful pastures. Below Beaver Dam, near Eureka Springs, the White is a prime cold-water trout fishery with numerous guides and outfitters to serve tourists. More info at arkansas.com.

Kings River – Carroll and Madison Counties

A top pick for canoeists and kayakers, the Kings River provides about 50 miles of easy floating water. Rare flora and fauna are found on its rocky banks and bluffs, and deep pools provide first-rate fishing for smallmouth bass, channel catfish, rock bass and other fish. More info at arkansas.com.

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Siloam Springs Kayak Park

Illinois River – Benton and Washington Counties

This spring-fed, scenic-designated river starts in the northwest corner of Arkansas near the town of Hogeye and streams into northeast Oklahoma. Near Siloam Springs, enrichments that are part of the Siloam Springs Kayak Park have made the Illinois a lovely Class II play spot for kayakers year-round. Canoe and kayak outfitters, campsites, hiking and horseback riding trails and cabin rentals are available. More info at arkansas.com and siloamspringskayakpark.com.

Holiday Island Marina & Campground – Carroll County

Nestled amidst glorious trees and brilliant rock formations, the Holiday Island campground overlooks the impressive Table Rock Lake straddling the Arkansas/Missouri border. It hosts 31 campsites with full water, sewer and electric hookups offering both 30 and 50 amp services, restrooms, showers, a pavilion and horseshoe pits. It is within minutes of the marina, golf course and the many other amenities of Holiday Island. More info at holidayisland.us.

 

Ultimate Off-Road Biking Destination!

Whether you’re ripping through the woods on ribbons of singletrack or flying over a tabletop at a jump park, riders of all skill levels will find plenty of action on Northwest Arkansas’ nationally known bike trails. For comprehensive trail info, visit nwatrails.org and oztrailsnwa.com.

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Slaughter Pen – Bentonville

This mountain biking park features more than 20 miles of singletrack, a free-ride park for tricks, and 16 skinny Northshore log rides. Considered easy to moderate to navigate, the trails run through forested and rocky hillsides. Visit nwatrails.org or click here for more info.

Blowing Springs Trails – Bella Vista

About six miles of singletrack and spectacular scenic views are on tap at Blowing Springs. Dotted with caves, waterfalls, springs and cliff riding, this trail is accessible to amateurs with challenges for seasoned riders. Great for hikers, mountain bikers and trail runners alike. Visit nwatrails.org or click here for more info.

 

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The Railyard Bike Park – Rogers

One of the only bike jump courses in this part of the country, The Railyard opened in Rogers in Fall 2015. The bike park connects to the Lake Atalanta trail system and features wall rides, whale tails, concrete lips and more. It accommodates all kinds of bicycles and riders of every skill level. More info at rogersar.gov.

Mount Kessler Greenway – Fayetteville

One of the best hidden treasures in Fayetteville, this unique and rocky trail system meanders through an urban forest in southwest Fayetteville. Weave your way through the tricky terrain with big boulders and rock gardens before climbing to singletrack. Mountain bikers, hikers and runners can’t stay away from this exciting adventure destination! Visit nwatrails.org or click here for more info.

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Lake Leatherwood – Eureka Springs

With one of the most aggressive downhill bike trails in the region, Lake Leatherwood Trails serve up adventure at every turn with lots of short climbs, ridge-line flows, technical rock drops, and great lake views. The system includes approx. 25 miles of multi-use trails amongst a 1600-acre park within the city limits of Eureka Springs, and offers opportunities for all skill levels. Visit eurekaspringstrails.com for more info.

Northwest Arkansas Display Gardens

From themed gardens to native woodland plants and historic springs, Northwest Arkansas’ heritage and display gardens preserve and add to the already stunning natural beauty of the Ozarks.

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Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks features 12 themed gardens on six beautifully cultivated acres, a horticulture center and the region’s only Butterfly House – as well as numerous educational programs, concerts and other special events. BGO’s annual (and extremely popular!) Firefly Fling event on July 15 is an outdoor nature adventure for all ages, with glowing games after dark and performances on the Great Lawn. Open everyday from 9am to 5pm for garden tours. Visit bgozarks.org for more info.

Compton Gardens – Bentonville

Compton Gardens is a 6.5-acre area developed into an Ozark native garden that has quickly become a regional destination. Once the home of Dr. Neil Compton, its onsite Conference Center includes an exhibit room of chronological events significant to the life of Compton, the noted physician, writer and photographer who also founded the Ozark Society and most notably led the campaign to save the country’s first national river, the Buffalo. The annual Neil Compton Celebration on August 5 is free and open to the public. The garden is open to the public daily from dawn until dusk. Visit peelcompton.org for more info.

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The Peel Mansion Museum & Heritage Gardens were built in 1875 by Colonel Samuel West Peel. This magnificent house is a wonderful example of the Italianate Villa Style, while the Heritage Gardens serve as a living, growing representation of the late 19th century period. Tours offered Tuesday thru Saturday, 10am to 3pm. Visit peelcompton.org for more info.

 

 

Blue Spring Heritage Center

Blue Spring Heritage Center – Eureka Springs

Connect with the natural beauty of the native gardens on display at Blue Springs Heritage Center in Eureka Springs. Visit the historic bluff shelter, now on the National Register of Historic Places. Walk on ground that nurtured the Cherokee people during the Trail of Tears. And, see the power and wonder of Blue Spring that pours 38 million gallons of cold, clear water each day into its trout-filled lagoon. Open daily mid-March through mid-November, 9am to 6pm. Visit bluespringheritage.com for more info.

 

 

LPGA Action: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

Northwest Arkansas’ 10th annual LPGA event, featuring 144 of the world’s top female golfers, returns to Rogers on June 20-26 with a two-day food extravaganza, Rachel Platten concert and more!

LPGA - Gabriel RouxPresented by P&G, this official LPGA tour event is a three-day, 54-hole stroke competition held at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers. Be sure to come hungry because the championship’s expanded two-day food festival is returning on June 23-24. BITE NW Arkansas is a culinary adventure featuring the region’s best restaurants and chefs at the Walmart AMP.

“Fight Song” singer/songwriter Rachel Platten takes the AMP stage on June 25 as the headliner of the championship’s 2016 Walmart Community Concert. Listening to Platten’s stellar vocals and experiencing her electrifying stage presence is the perfect way to spend a Saturday night!

And, grab your running shoes for the 5K @ the LPGA with one of the most diverse 5K routes in NWA. You’ll wind through the streets of Pinnacle and down to the 17th hole before taking a straight shot back to the Walmart AMP. After the race enjoy a free breakfast!

For more information, visit nwachampionship.com.

 

American Made: New Folk Art Exhibition Coming to Crystal Bridges

Experience early American folk art this summer at the world-renowned Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. 

The United States has always been a nation of makers. Ever since our country was young, Americans have relied on the skill of their own hands to make for themselves whatever items they required for everyday use or household decoration. A new exhibition opening July 2 at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art tells the story of the early days of the United States through the objects made by everyday people. On display through Sept. 19, American Made: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum features 115 artworks, including quilts, carvings, signs, samplers, weathervanes, whirligigs and more from the renowned collection of the American Folk Art Museum in New York City. The exhibition was created especially for Crystal Bridges, and is the first time the museum has shown an entire exhibition of American folk art.

For the most part, the artisans who made these objects had no formal training in the “fine arts” of sculpture or painting. Nevertheless, they were confident in their abilities to create items that were not only functional and well made, but a pleasure to use and to look at. Over time these works became known as “folk art,” and for many years were not considered true “artworks” and so were largely ignored. Fortunately, times change, and these handmade, everyday artworks were brought out of the attic and back into the public eye to receive the recognition and study they deserve. The things we make tell a story about who we are, and so these objects offer a very personal insight into our national identity: our history, our culture, and our values. Learn more about the exhibition and other upcoming museum events at crystalbridges.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art / Collection American Folk Art Museum. L-R: Map Quilt, 1886, artist unidentified (photo by Schecter Lee); Columbia Weathervane, ca. 1865-1875, possibly Cushing and White (photo by Gavin Ashworth); Horse Jack of Woodbridge, NJ, 1871, James Bard (photo by Sotheby’s); Love Token for Sarah Newlin, with Envelope, 1799, artist unknown (photo by Gavin Ashworth); Bicycle, Livery, Carriage, and Paint Shop Trade Sign, 1895 1905, Amedé T. Thibault (photo by Art Resource, NY); Uncle Sam Riding a Bicycle Whirligig, ca. 1880-1920, artist unidentified (photo by John Parnell); Mrs. Keyser, ca. 1834, unknown (photo by Art Resource, NY); S.D. Plum Tavern Sign (double sided), 1813, unknown (photo by John Bigelow Taylor); Rising Star Variation Quilt, 1848, Elsey A. Halstead (photo by Gavin Ashworth)