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Falling for Fall: Autumn Must-Dos in Northwest Arkansas

With cooler temps and the vivid colors of the beautiful fall leaves, Northwest Arkansas is a vibrant destination in autumn – buzzing with plenty of things to do and see! From scenic drives and bountiful farmers’ markets, to community festivals and special events at a variety of regional destinations and attractions, check out our list of must-dos in NWA this season…

With the landscape painted in gold and red, fall colors in Northwest Arkansas are simply incredible! Keep tabs on the best places to see the colors as they reveal themselves with this Fall Foliage Update.

WHOA! SCENIC FALL FOLIAGE — With the landscape painted in gold and red, fall colors in Northwest Arkansas are simply incredible! Keep tabs on the best places to see the colors as they reveal themselves with this Fall Foliage Update.

Growing season doesn’t end when tomatoes do! Enjoy seasonal bounty at farmers markets throughout Northwest Arkansas, with many serving customers into November. www.vpointcommunications.com Fayetteville Springdale Rogers Downtown Rogers Bentonville Siloam Springs Eureka Springs Bella Vista Madison County/Huntsville Holiday Island

AUTUMN FARMERS MARKETS — Growing season doesn’t end when tomatoes do! Enjoy seasonal bounty at farmers markets throughout Northwest Arkansas, with many serving customers into November. Fayetteville Springdale Rogers Downtown Rogers Bentonville Siloam Springs Eureka Springs Bella Vista Madison County/Huntsville Holiday Island

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JAZZ EUREKA FESTIVAL — On Sept. 8-11, Eureka Springs is hopping each year with free music in downtown Basin Spring Park and big name jazz acts at other venues around town. jazzeureka.org

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PUMPKIN PATCHES AND CORN MAZES — Stock up for your Halloween jack o’ lanterns, wind through a corn maze, or take a tractor-pulled hayride! Farmland Adventures, Ozark Corn Maze, McGarrah Farms, Vanzant Fruit Farm, Dickey Farms

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BARKS & BREWS — On Sept. 24, everyone’s invited to the Barks & Brews Dog Show at the Rogers Farmers Market. Bring your furry friend or adopt one! mainstreetrogers.com

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SLAUGHTER PEN JAM MOUNTAIN BIKE FESTIVAL — On Sept. 30 thru Oct. 2 in Bentonville, check out the largest mountain bike festival and XC race in the state! Opening night on the downtown square features live music, food, stunt riders and vendors, followed by a weekend of races and activities including, archery, kids rides and the Sunday championship series. slaughterpenjam.com

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GLASS CHAPELS — Experience the vibrancy of fall colors from these Northwest Arkansas glass-enclosed chapels. Thorncrown Chapel, Mildred B. Cooper Chapel

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WALMART AMP — The Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers celebrates some of the biggest names in live entertainment this fall with the Goo Goo Dolls, The Lumineers, Korn, Styx and more!

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LINCOLN APPLE FESTIVAL — On Sept. 30 thru Oct. 2, this festival combines the down-home goodness of the fresh apple harvest with a glimpse into the past of what was once the Apple Capital of Arkansas. arapplefestival.org

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TERRA STUDIOS — This artsy wonderland southeast of Fayetteville is the home of the world famous Bluebird of Happiness. Terra Studios

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CHILE PEPPER CROSS COUNTRY — On Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, more than 5,000 runners participate in this festival that brings together three Northwest Arkansas cross-country races under a single event. chilepepperfestival.org

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69TH OZARK FOLK FESTIVAL — On Oct. 12-15, celebrate America’s longest running folk festival in beautiful Eureka Springs! ozarkfolkfestival.com

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STANDING ROOM ONLY — It’s standing room only in Northwest Arkansas, at a variety of area theaters! Don’t miss Walton Arts Center’s 25th Anniversary Season and Grand Re-Opening in November! Walton Arts Center, TheatreSquared, Arkansas Public Theatre, Arts Center of the Ozarks

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EUREKA SPRINGS ANTIQUE AUTO SHOW — On Sept. 9-10, this 46th annual event brings hundreds of vintage, classic autos rolling through downtown Eureka to compete for prizes and trophies. eurekasprings.org

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A DAY AT THE MUSEUM — Take in everything from world-class art and military fighter planes, to presidential memorabilia, exploration for kids, and even the story of Sam Walton. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Clinton House Museum, Scott Family Amazeum, Arkansas Air and Military Museum, The Walmart Museum

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HARVEST MOON FESTIVAL — On Oct. 13-16, Railroad Earth and Deadhead Productions present Hillberry: The Harvest Moon Festival in Eureka Springs! This camping and music festival situated on 160 acres in the heart of the Ozarks will feature live music Thursday through Sunday. For tickets and more info, including a complete artist lineup, visit hillberryfestival.com.

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CEMETERY TOUR — On Oct. 20-29, just in time for Halloween, this cemetery walking tour features live actors in period costumes portraying early residents of Eureka Springs. Voices From a Silent City

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STATE PARKS AND LAKES — Find nature’s paradise with rich scenery and countless outdoor activities at area parks and lakes. Devil’s Den State Park, Withrow Springs State Park, Hobbs State Park Conservation Area, Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Beaver Lake, Lake Wedington, Buffalo National River, Bella Vista Lakes, Table Rock Lake

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DISTINCTIVE DOWNTOWNS — Explore unique shops, exciting activities, delectable restaurants and more! Bella Vista, Bentonville, Eureka Springs, Fayetteville, Holiday Island, Huntsville, Rogers, Siloam Springs, Springdale

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ROGERS OKTOBEERFEST — On Oct. 22, eat, drink and be merry while celebrating all things German at this family friendly celebration! Oktobeerfest

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EUREKA SPRINGS FALL DIVERSITY WEEKEND — On Nov. 4-5, enjoy a weekend of celebrating diversity in the Ozarks! Show-stopping events add to the usual vivacious life and festivities around town. outineureka.com

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EUREKA SPRINGS FOOD & WINE WEEKEND — On Nov. 10-13, local restaurants will feature their chefs’ signature courses expertly paired with wine selections. eurekaspringsfoodandwine.com

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CHRIST OF THE OZARKS 50TH ANNIVERSARY — Experience the epic tale of Jesus Christ’s last days on earth at The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs. While you are there, don’t miss the iconic, seven-story statute “Christ of the Ozarks” ­– celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

 

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Get Ready for Bikes, Blues & BBQ 2016

Every fall, a familiar rumble can be heard as motorcycles converge along Fayetteville’s Dickson Street Entertainment District (and throughout NWA) for the annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ rally!

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Hundreds of thousands of bikes will hit the road across Northwest Arkansas on Sept. 21-24 during Bikes, Blues & BBQ – one of the largest charitable motorcycle rallies in the U.S.

For riders, there’s the Poker Run, a parade and bike show, scenic rides, demo rides and plenty of vendors to choose from. Enter the Stokes Air Battle of the Bikes to see how your ride stacks up. Or simply take in a close-up view of all makes and models, from stock bikes straight off the lot to individually customized choppers. Between the tricked-out custom jobs, Harleys, metric bikes, cruisers, vintage stock and sport bikes — it’s a sight like no other!

For the lady riders, Bikes, Blues & BBQ has tons of vendors with women’s apparel and accessories. There’s also the Miss BBB Contest, lady demo rides and more.

This year, music lovers can look forward to NBC’s “The Voice” star and Fayetteville native Barrett Baber, Leah and the MoJo Doctors, Joe Giles and the Homewreckers, piano wizard Jason D. Williams, and more at the main stage on Dickson Street. Or, feel the rhythm and visit Blues Alley Saloon at the Washington County Fairgrounds for nothing but the blues.

Love all kinds of music? The rally offers everything from Americana to Bluegrass, ’80s hairbands, country, funk and classic rock. Other artists include Divas on Fire, Oreo Blue, The Dead Metal Society, The Nace Brothers, Members Only and Full House. It’s non-stop entertainment at Bikes Blues & BBQ.

All about the BBQ? A $6 donation lets you cast a vote for your favorite, finger-lickin’-good barbecue during the People’s Choice Competition. The main barbecue event is the Kansas City Barbecue Society portion of the Arkansas State BBQ Championship. Contestants will put their best meat forward for a chance to win thousands in prize money.

Because hundreds of thousands of bikes aren’t enough, there’s also a car show at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale. These custom cars, street rods, vintage treasures and rat rods will take part in the Dickson Street Cruise car parade, too. Grab some grub from one of the many food trucks and don’t miss it!

Main Stage on Dickson Street:

Wednesday, Sept. 21

5:30-7:00 – The Boss Tweeds

7:30-9:00 – Arkansauce

9:30-11:00 – Leah and the MoJo Doctors

Thursday, Sept. 22

4:00-5:00 – Gary Hutchison

5:30-7:00 – The Nace Brothers

7:30-9:00 – Oreo Blue

9:30-11:00 – Joe Giles and the Homewreckers

Friday, Sept. 23

3:00-4:00 – The Ocie Band

4:15-4:30 – Whataburger Jalapeno Eating Contest

4:45-6:00 – The Uncrowned Kings

6:30-8:00 – Earl and Them

8:30-10:00 – Members Only presented by Pace Industries

10:30-12:00 – Jason D. Williams

Saturday, Sept. 24

3:00-4:00 – Fayetteville School of Rock

4:30-6:00 – Divas on Fire

6:30-8:00 – Dead Metal Society

8:30-10:00 – Full House

10:15 – The Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys Miss BBB Contest

10:30-12:00 Barrett Baber

The Blues Alley Saloon at the Bikes Blues and BBQ Campground:

Wednesday, Sept. 21

5:30-8:30 – The Buddy Shute Band

9:00-12:00 – Trick Bag

Thursday, Sept. 22

5:30-8:30 – Blew Reed and the Flatheads

9:00-12:00 – Down Town Live Wires

Friday, Sept. 23

6:00-9:00 – Art Bentley

9:15-9:45 – The Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys Miss BBB Prelims

10:00-1:00 – Knock Kneed Sally

Saturday, Sept. 24

5:00-8:30 – 412 West

9:00-1:00 – Connie Hawkins and the Blues Wreckers

For more info, visit bikesbluesandbbq.org.

 

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The NWA Craft Brew Craze

Come fall, craft brews take the spotlight as Oktoberfest is celebrated all around the world! And with its growing number of breweries, Northwest Arkansas is the perfect place to raise a glass year-round. Here are some of our favorites!

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Apple Blossom Brewing Company in Fayetteville — Named after the Arkansas state flower, this 250-seat brewpub is the largest in the state! Twelve taps flow with craft beer all made on-premises. The food menu features affordable classics and amazing desserts, too. appleblossombrewing.com

Bike Rack Brewing Company in Bentonville — With the lifestyle of the NWA biking community as its namesake, Bike Rack Brewing is located in the hub of downtown, right on the bike trail in the heart of the newly rezoned arts district – it’s a great place to ride in for refreshing faves and great conversation. bikerackbrewing.com

Bentonville Brewing Company — This production craft micro-brewery and tasting room has its beer available in bars and restaurants throughout Benton and Washington County. This fall, there will be live music on select Thursday and Friday nights. bentonvillebrewing.com

Black Apple Crossing in Springdale — Arkansas’ first cidery, Black Apple Crossing was named by Nightclub & Bar Media Group as one of 2015’s Top Rated Hotspots. The entrance is cleverly tucked in the back of the building, and there’s a great patio for seasonal alfresco enjoyment.

Core Brewing Co. in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Lowell — Founder Jesse Core started production in 2010 on a 1-barrel RIMS brewhouse with eight small fermenters. Now, his product can be found in more than 500 locations. With a family dog, Barney, as the company mascot, Core’s brews are big, innovated and rooted in tradition. corebeer.com

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Creekside Taproom in Siloam Springs — Serving local craft brews and wines, Creekside is a popular neighborhood eatery featuring special events on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. creeksidetaproom.com

 

Fossil Cove Brewing Company in Fayetteville — With its quirky taproom and colorful one-off brews, Fossil Cove pushes itself with the ongoing creation of new and interesting beers. Stop by and try the Birch Ave. Blonde, the Oatty Stout, or the IPA #3. fossilcovebrewing.com

 

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New Province Brewing Company in Rogers — Established in 2014, New Province features Civilian Pale Ale, Philosopher IPA, Migrant Belgian Dubbel and Yeoman Porter. newprovincebrewing.com

Ozark Beer Company — This Rogers brewery operates under the culture that hard work makes honest beer. Featuring American Pale Ale, Belgian Style Golden Strong, Onyx Coffee Stout and others. ozarkbeercompany.com

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Saddlebock Brewery in Springdale — Housed in a red and white barn, Saddlebock is complete with two outdoor patios great for hosting events, a horse stable, a sand volleyball court, and even a guest cottage. saddlebock.com

West Mountain Brewing Co. in Fayetteville— Located on the historic downtown Fayetteville Square, West Mountain Brewing places a large emphasis on what their customers want, and then crafts the selections from there. Enjoy eats from Tiny Tim’s Pizza along with your beverage.

Fayetteville Alre Trail — The Fayetteville Ale Trail gives visitors and locals alike a glimpse into the unique craft brewery culture of Northwest Arkansas. Pick up the Official Fayettteville Ale Trail passport at participating breweries or the Fayetteville Visitors Center on the Downtown Square. You can also print a copy of just the passport here or fill out this form and we’ll send you one in the mail. fayettevillealetrail.com

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Go Hogs! Arkansas Razorbacks Kick Off New Seasons

Once the leaves start changing and school is back in session at the University of Arkansas, one thing is for certain: It’s time for Razorback sports! Get ready for Hog calling and tailgating as the Razorback football and basketball teams kick off their 2016-17 seasons.

The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville is home to some of the best collegiate sports venues in the nation. While you are in town, stop by the Dickson Street Entertainment District for beverages, dining and live music.

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There is nothing quite like the crisp, fall air and the roar of the fans at Donald W. Reynolds Stadium on the U of A campus! The Razorback football team begins its 2016 season with a home-game match-up against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Sept. 3, in Fayetteville. (Other home games include Sept. 17 vs. Texas State; Oct. 1 vs. Alcorn State; Oct. 8 vs. Alabama; Oct. 15 vs. Ole Miss; Nov. 5 vs. Florida; and Nov. 12 vs. LSU.)

What can Razorback Nation expect this year? Head Coach Bret Bielema returns for his fourth season at Arkansas, while Razorback Austin Allen is poised to take the starting quarterback position in place of his older brother, Brandon Allen, a Jacksonville Jaguar who was the Hogs’ star quarterback from 2013 to 2015. Get ready to call those Hogs – it’s football season! Visit arkansasrazorbacks.com for more!

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Join the Razorback men’s basketball team this fall for a new season of Head Coach Mike Anderson’s “Fastest 40 Minutes of Basketball.” Fans come alive when the basketball Hogs hit the court at the state-of-the-art Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville. This season welcomes new Assistant Basketball Coach Scotty Thurman, the former Arkansas shooting guard who hit the win-clinching three pointer to win the Hogs’ 1994 NCAA Basketball Championship!

Keep your eyes out for a full-season game schedule at arkansasrazorbacks.com.

ALSO: Check out our blog post 18+ Things to Do in Northwest Arkansas on Razorback Game Day Weekends for more to do while you’re in town for the big game!

 

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Fall Arts and Crafts Fairs in Northwest Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas is home to some of the premier arts and crafts fairs in the country! Every October, hundreds of vendors and nationally juried artisans display their wares across the region, offering handcrafted works for every taste. This is one autumn festival season you won’t want to miss!

War-Eagle-Craft-Fair-visit-rogersWar Eagle Mill Fall Arts & Crafts Fair in Rogers — Oct. 13-16 — The War Eagle Fair Show is held across the bridge from the War Eagle Mill. Professional crafts men and women offer original handmade work ranging from country decorative items to antique broken china jewelry. You can also explore the old mill and eat at the Bean Palace restaurant. wareaglemill.com

Frisco Station Mall Arts & Crafts Festival in Rogers — Oct. 13-16 — Located indoors at the Frisco Station Mall, it’s one of the largest fairs in Northwest Arkansas. Featuring woodworkers, candles, jewelry, clothing, paintings and an abundance of holiday themed gifts and seasonal decor.  nwacraftsfairs.com

The Homegrown Festival in Siloam Springs — Oct. 8 — Hosted by Main Street Siloam Springs, this festival showcases local handmade goods, curated vintage items, and food from across the region. Vendors offer an array of original and limited-run items including illustrations, printmaking, music, jewelry and accessories, pottery and more. mainstreetsiloam.org

Sharp’s Show of War Eagle in Rogers — Oct. 13-16 — This fair takes place on the fields adjacent to the War Eagle Mill, with more than 250 booths offering a wide array of handmade crafts from skilled artisans located throughout the country. Featuring holiday themed gifts and seasonal decorations, too. nwacraftsfairs.com

Spanker Creek Farm Arts & Crafts Fair in Bentonville — Oct. 12-16 — 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. spankercreekfarm.com

Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival — Oct. 13-15 — Now in its 47th year, this premier Northwest Arkansas festival has steadily grown in size and reputation since 1969. Offering high quality arts and crafts that are always hand-made, this juried festival has grown to nearly 300 artisans and is conveniently located on Ark. Hwy. 279, just south of the intersection with Ark. Hwy. 340. bellavistafestival.org

Ozark Regional Arts & Crafts Festivals in Springdale, Rogers and Fayetteville — Oct. 13-15 — Recognized as one of the top 100 craft fairs in the U.S., this is touted as the largest indoor craft fair in the state! Taking place in three locations: the NW Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale, the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers, and the Washington County Fairgrounds in Fayetteville. nwacraftsfairs.com

Pine Mountain Village Craft Fair in Eureka Springs — Oct. 14-15 — Stained glass, leather, basket makers, woodworkers, oil and acrylic painting, sculpture, and lots of other handmade arts and crafts are available. Holiday theme gifts are also in abundance, as well as seasonal decorations. eurekaspringschamber.com

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Mountain Biking World Summit Spotlights NWA Trails

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is holding its 2016 World Summit in Bentonville on Nov. 10-12. Yep, you read that right – its WORLD Summit. The biennial conference draws a worldwide audience of industry leaders and participants, with each host community adding its own distinct flavor.

Northwest Arkansas has been chosen as this year’s host because of the region’s impressive, ever-evolving network of bikes trails. With 200+ miles of off-road trails cropping up in locations everywhere, our mountain bike scene is booming! We have trails for every taste, and also the first off-road jump park of its kind in this part of the country.

Summit-goers can bike their way around the stunning Northwest Arkansas fall scenery and experience our distinctive downtowns, thriving arts scene and other attractions. In addition to industry specific events, the summit is also offering activities that are open to the general public geared toward visitors looking to participate in limited events. However, tickets are limited. Register now for these public events at imba.com/world-summit.

  • Opening Ceremony: Wednesday 11/9 – $30
  • Youth Expo: Thursday 11/10 – $15
  • Adult Expo/Show at The Railyard Bike Jump Park in Rogers: Friday 11/11 – $25
  • Youth Expo/Show at The Railyard Bike Jump Park in Rogers: Friday 11/11 – $15
  • Adult Epic Ride: Saturday 11/12 – $45
  • Family Ride: Saturday 11/12 – $20

Visit Northwest Arkansas for the ultimate urban off-road biking experience! For more info on where to find mountain bike trails across our region, visit nwatrails.com and oztrailsnwa.com.

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Scenic Rides in Northwest Arkansas

Autumn in the Ozarks… From the seat of your car, the back of a motorcycle, or the passenger car of an excursion train, take in the rugged natural beauty of Northwest Arkansas on one of these great rides! 

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NWA’s Scenic Byways and Trails

Nearby scenic byways include the Pig Trail (Ark. Hwy. 23), Ozark Highlands Scenic Byway (Ark. Hwy. 21), Scenic 7 Byway, Scenic 71 Loop, and I-49 Scenic Byway. Others are Scenic Hwy. 12, U.S. 62, and Ark. Hwys. 123, 59, 43, and 74. Visit arkansas.com for more info.

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Top Motorcycle Rides

Eureka Springs is a hub for great motorcycle rides, as is Rogers, and Fayetteville is host to the annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ motorcycle rally on Sept. 21-24. Our bike-friendly region has numerous routes worthy of a ride, including Ark. 21, the Pig Trail (Ark. Hwy. 23), Beaver Town Bridge (Ark. Hwy. 187), and more. Additional info at arkansas.com.

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad Scenic Tours

Ride in style on the meticulously restored antique passenger cars, ranging from the 1920s to the 1950s, while conductors enhance the journey with anecdotes about the area’s rich history. The train travels to the top of the scenic Boston Mountains and into the historic Arkansas River Basin. Visit amrailroad.com for day-excursion ticketing options.

Fall Foliage Update

With the landscape painted in beautiful golds and reds, fall colors in Northwest Arkansas are simply incredible! Keep tabs on the best places to see the colors as they reveal themselves with this Arkansas Fall Foliage Update.

 

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Crystal Bridges: The Art of American Dance

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville is debuting a new exhibition, The Art of American Dance, on display Oct. 22, 2016 through Jan. 16, 2017. Don’t miss it!

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Arthur Bowen Davies, Dances, 1914-1915, oil on canvas, 87 x 14.5 x 1.25 in.

The Art of American Dance is the world-class Crystal Bridges’ first major traveling exhibition to explore American visual art related to the many forms of dance. This amazing exhibition features 90 works, ranging from realistic to abstract, by iconic and wide-ranging artists such as John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Robert Henri, William Merritt Chase, Nick Cave and Faith Ringgold.

The Art of American Dance examines dance-inspired paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs from the 1830s to the recent past – from dance in Native American cultures to ballroom dancing, from Jitterbug to swing, modern dance and others. The exhibition explores the variety of ways Americans embrace dance as part of everyday life, as well as the diverse forms of professional dance, including burlesque, flamenco and classical ballet.

Artists did not merely represent dance; they were inspired by dance to think about how Americans move through space, share culture, and express themselves through movement. Visitors can also examine the American history of race, gender, ethnicity and class through the lenses of dance and the visual arts.

For more information about The Art of American Dance, visit crystalbridges.org.

[Artwork shown in e-newsletter intro: John Singer Sargent, Capri Girl on a Rooftop, 1878, oil on canvas, 20 x 25 in.]

 

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