Monthly Archives: February 2017

Springtime Festivals in Bloom

With spring now on our doorstep, Northwest Arkansas is gearing up with festivals that celebrate the season. Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss these springtime events that make Northwest Arkansas such a vibrant and fun place to be!

Kite Festival

Turpentine Creek’s Annual Kite Festival, Eureka Springs — March 25 — It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the kite festival! Mark your calendars for the 27th Annual Kite Festival at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs. Includes food, vendors, giveaways and more! 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. eurekasprings.org.

Springfest, Fayetteville — April 15 — This iconic downtown festival dates back to 1983 when merchants of Dickson Street established a way to celebrate history, culture and the rich flavors of Fayetteville – and it became a late-April staple in no time! Springfest features local arts and crafts, lots of live music, bed races, food trucks, a 5K run and even a dog parade. fayettevillespringfest.com.

Dogwood Festival

Siloam Springs Dogwood Festival — April 28-30 — Held annually on the last weekend in April, this award-winning festival features hundreds of booths filled with handmade, assembled and resale items. Food vendors offer a variety of good eats, performers provide live music and entertainment, and the KidZone keeps the young ones happy and engaged. Also, take part in the Dogwood 5K Run and the Bed Races on Broadway. siloamchamber.com.

Eureka Springs Diversity Weekend — April 7-8 — The LGBT community and Eureka Springs celebrate all that the city’s eclectic downtown has to offer ­­– from gourmet food shops, sidewalk cafes and art galleries, to boutiques, urban trails and turn-of-the-century neighborhoods. eurekasprings.org.

Fayetteville Foam Festival — May 13 — This beer sampling festival for those age 21 and older features local, regional, national and international brews, live music for your listening pleasure, and food trucks serving up their tastiest offerings. You can also join in on the cycling brewery tour for a new and unique way experience craft beer. fayettevillefoamfest.com.

Block Street Block Party

Block Street Block Party, Fayetteville — May 21 — Waiters races, beer gardens, live music and funky characters occupy downtown Faytown for this ultimate Sunday Funday! Plus, you’ll get to visit all the great shops, bars, restaurants and other locally owned and independent businesses along Block Street. See for yourself why come May, crowds are flocking to Block Street! blockstreetbusinesses.com.

 

 

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Epic Off-Road Biking

Whether you’re ripping through the woods on singletrack or flying over a tabletop at our regional jump park, you’ll find plenty of action on Northwest Arkansas’ 200+ miles of mountain bike trails. For more info on off-road biking in NWA, visit oztrailsnwa.com or nwatrails.org.

Mt. Kessler Greenways

MT. KESSLER GREENWAYS – The newest addition to the Fayetteville trail system, Mt. Kessler features technical, challenging trails that wind through massive boulders. As the trail runs along rock formations and hillsides, cyclists can enjoy Fayetteville’s skyline as they climb. Visit mtkesslergreenways.com. 

 

BACK 40 TRAILS – The Back 40 in Bella Vista offers 40 miles of natural surface, multi-use trails that meander through the east side of the city. Completed in 2016, these trails are already gaining recognition for world-class mountain biking. Visit bellavistaar.gov.

 

The Railyard Bike Park

THE RAILYARD BIKE PARK – This slope-style mountain bike jump course in downtown Rogers also connects to the Lake Atalanta trail system. Featuring wall rides, whale tales, concrete lips and more, it’s the only bike park of its kind in this part of the country. Visit oztrailsnwa.com.

 

TRAILS AT LAKE ATALANTA – Ten miles of easy, intermediate and expert mountain bike trails at the renovated Lake Atalanta Park in Rogers include scenic and fast singletracks with swooping bridges, short steep climbs and gravity cavities. Visit oztrailsnwa.com.

 

Sager Creek Trail

SAGER CREEK MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL – This new, five-mile mountain biking trail in Siloam Springs runs along Sager Creek, opening into two different trail systems on the north and west sides of the John Brown University campus. The soft surface trail covers terrain with various elevations around JBU’s main campus and has been designed as a gateway trail to be enjoyed by riders of various skill levels. Visit jbu.edu.

 

 

 

LAKE LEATHERWOOD TRAILS – This singletrack mountain bike trail in Eureka Springs takes you around Lake Leatherwood and tests your technical skills as you maneuver through miles of rock gardens. Be sure to come in July for the Phat Tire Mountain bike Festival and join hundreds of riders racing from downtown Eureka Springs to the lake. Visit eurekaspringstrails.com

 

Slaughter Pen Trail

SLAUGHTER PEN MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK – This mountain biking park in Bentonville 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 oztrailsnwa.com.

 

THUNDER CHICKEN TRAIL – Conveniently located off Interstate 49 in Springdale, the Thunder Chicken Trail is 1.5 miles of singletrack full of fun, flow and jumps. Fully equipped with rollers, berms, drops, wooden features and more, this trail will delight a variety of cyclists. Visit nwatrails.org.

 

Blowing Springs Bike Trail

BLOWING SPRINGS PARK – Six miles of natural surface trail in the southern portion of Bella Vista connects with the Slaughter Pen bike trail in Bentonville. Large bluff faces and streams pouring from the rock faces are part of the magic you’ll encounter on this ride. Visit oztrailsnwa.com.

 

 

 

 

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Sports Action in Northwest Arkansas

Each spring, sports fans flock to Northwest Arkansas for SEC and minor league baseball action at its finest, accompanied by fan giveaways, special entertainment and more. See for yourself what the buzz is all about!

Baum Stadium

Arkansas Razorbacks Baseball

The University of Arkansas’ baseball team returns to the diamond for its 21st season at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville. The regular season runs through May 20, 2017 — with May 14 being the last home game — followed by regionals, super regionals and the College World Series in June (fingers crossed!). Now with the largest video board in the SEC, you’re guaranteed to have the best seat in the house whether you’re on the third base line or kicked back relaxing in the Hog Pen. For tickets and more info, click here.

 

 

Arvest Ballpark

Northwest Arkansas Naturals

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals are back at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale for their season opener against the San Antonio Missions on Thursday, April 6. The Naturals, the Double-A affiliate of 2016 World Series champion Kansas City Royals, will play more than 70 home games this season, ending Sept. 4. Watch the Fireworks Spectacular on Friday evenings, win amazing prizes on Premium Giveaway Saturdays, and bring the kiddos to eat free on Sundays. For tickets and more info, click here.

 

Razorbacks Red & White Spring Game

Hog fans will be in Hog heaven at this sneak peek of the 2017 Arkansas Razorbacks football team! As the finale to the spring practice season, fans are invited to the annual Red & White Spring Game on Saturday, April 29 at Donald W. Reynolds Stadium on the University of Arkansas campus. Kickoff is at noon, and admission is free! For more info, click here.

 

 

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May Festival of the Arts in Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs is a vibrant arts community that radiates an eclectic and eccentric vibe like none other – and especially during the month of May, they like to show it off!

Come see for yourself how this quirky hamlet in the Ozarks lives up to its reputation during the annual May Festival of the Arts. The festival kicks off May 2 with more than 75 events all month long.

Eureka Springs has more than 350 artists working in all mediums, and the festival is packed with one-of-a-kind art exhibits, gallery strolls, demonstrations and performances.

Also enjoy culinary arts experiences, live music in Basin Park, and a street party thrown by artists themselves: the 27th Annual White Street Art Walk on May 19 features open house receptions, a street fair, a flash dance and other surprises!

Other Festival Events:

The ArtRageous Parade on May 6 ­– This colorful parade pays tribute to the late artist Max Elbo with the theme ‘ArtRageous to the Max.’ See floats, art cars, walkers, dancers, musicians, jugglers and more as they emerge on the festival scene.

Dance of Deceit on May 7­ – An original play by Five & Dime Drama Collective will be performed at one of Eureka’s most beloved venues, The Auditorium. Locally written, produced and directed this multi-media production featuring area-native musicians is promised to amuse.

Grand Gallery Stroll on May 13 Spring Street Art Galleries hosts this grand affair featuring special artist shows and receptions.

The Eurekan Spectacle An augmented reality experience happening throughout town. Download the free app on any mobile device to participate.

Books in Bloom Literary Festival on May 21­ – The Crescent Hotel hosts this free event featuring a bouquet of renowned authors speaking and reading from their works, and signing books.

Taste of Art ­ After viewing all the exhibitions, connect with the artists at receptions hosted by various restaurants throughout town.

Music in the Park ­– Enjoy free live entertainment by some of the area’s most talented musicians on Saturdays at Basin Park. Bring your dancing shoes!

For more info, visit eurekaspringsfestivalofthearts.com.

 

 

 

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Northwest Arkansas Spring Roundup

Looking for something fun to do this spring in Northwest Arkansas? From cave tours, wildlife watching and exploring the great outdoors, to art, music, culinary, craft brews and more – we’ve got a list of best bets for you and your family to enjoy! Here we go… 

BE AMAZED! Instead of going in different directions with your family’s activities, come together under one roof to explore, create and laugh at this Bentonville tinkering and learning museum, the Scott Family Amazeum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARCHITECTURE BUFFS will dig the classic Usonian style of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Bachman-Wilson House situated on the woodland grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

 

BEER-CATION! Make your next visit to NWA a beer-tasting adventure! With new microbreweries opening everywhere, brew fests, the state’s only cidery and the Fayetteville Ale Trail, NWA is in the middle of a craft brew boon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SLEEP WITH TIGERS! Well, not exactly, but see the big cats from the deck of your safari suite at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge where they have all sorts of unique lodging options — including a tree house!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GROTTO TOURS Explore the underground wonders of the Northwest Arkansas Ozarks on tours of Cosmic Cavern and War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOWNTOWN SCENE Indulge in art, culture and entertainment during Fayetteville’s iconic First Thursday celebration on the historic downtown square.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OH BABY! A special program each month at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art caters to visitors ages 3 to 24 months. Parents: spend time in the galleries looking at and talking to your baby about art. Follow it up with a fun sensory playtime!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAISY RED RYDER Because a Daisy BB gun is just about everyone’s first gun, there’s the Daisy Airgun Museum. Fans and collectors will love the vintage products and artifacts of this historic company in downtown Rogers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FARMERS MARKETS Browse the season’s best at NWA’s finest farmers markets in Fayetteville, Rogers, Siloam Springs, Eureka Springs, Bentonville, Springdale and Huntsville/Madison County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THRILL SEEKERS! Soar on a high-flying zipline at Ozark Mountain Ziplines in Eureka Springs, or free fall on a skydive adventure at the Siloam Springs Skydive Skyranch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CATCH THE BEAT at the Walmart AMP in Rogers with an impressive spring concert lineup featuring BLINK – 182; Boston; Train, O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield and more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIRST FRIDAYS Meet your friends downtown at the Bentonville Square on April 7 for the First Friday International Fest. Fashioned after European street fairs, see jugglers, fire-eaters, magicians and more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHILI MASTERS Don’t miss the 2017 Arkansas State Chili Cookoff on April 15 in beautiful Holiday Island – with live music, family events and 3K in prize money up for grabs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NAVIGATE THE WATERS at the Siloam Springs Kayak Park. With 700 feet of rapids ranked at Class II and III difficulty, it’s engineered for skilled kayakers and beginners as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOCAL FLAVORS With regional High South cuisine gaining national attention, a new wave of professional chefs are changing the culinary landscape in Bentonville, Eureka Springs, Fayetteville, Rogers, Springdale and Siloam Springs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCENIC PARKS Explore the Ozarks landscape, walk over hallowed ground, camp and hike at the region’s state parks: Devil’s Den State Park, Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Hobbs State Park and Conservation Area, Withrow Springs State Park .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HISTORY BUFFS Relive the past of airplanes, retail, the presidency and more at these regional museums: Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, Arkansas Air & Military Museum, The Walmart Museum, Rogers Historical Museum, Museum of Native American History, Clinton House Museum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PADDLE YOUR CANOE or kayak along one of these spectacular nearby rivers – the White, Kings and Mulberry or America’s first national river, the Buffalo National River.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN BLOOM Check out colorful and unique flora and fauna at Northwest Arkansas’ display gardens: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Blue Spring Heritage Center, Compton Gardens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DINE AL FRESCO in downtown Springdale at the 2nd Annual Outdoor Street Dinner on May 27. Join your friends and neighbors at this family-style meal that more than 200 people attended last year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FORE! Fancy a round of golf at some of Arkansas’ most beautiful and challenging courses in Bella Vista Village, Holiday Island and Fayetteville.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bentonville Film Festival Brings Movie Industry to NWA

The Bentonville Film Festival returns to Northwest Arkansas on May 2-7, 2017 with an exciting lineup of film screenings, documentaries, studio premieres, panels, parties and more. Be sure to watch for celebrity sightings, too!

Founded by Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis and entrepreneur/filmmaker Trevor Drinkwater, the Bentonville Film Festival’s mission is to create exciting opportunities for women and minorities in film and other aspects of entertainment media.

It’s the only competition in the world that guarantees its winning films distribution to a theatrical release with AMC Theaters, television in partnership with STARZ and LIFETIME, and digital and retail home entertainment with Walmart.

Each year, the festival kicks off a series of events to engage the public in downtown Bentonville and other locations in the region. The events include Family Film Night, a Cinco de Mayo concert, a regional bike ride/movie adventure, and the festival’s signature “A League of Their Own” softball game, which has featured Rosie O’Donnell and Davis in the past.

Last year, the festival drew an impressive 63,000 attendees, and that number is expected to increase this year, too! For more info, visit bentonvillefilmfestival.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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World-Class Art at Crystal Bridges

Crystal Bridges, the world-class American art museum in Bentonville, welcomes an exciting lineup of temporary exhibitions in 2017 – featuring an exploration of sight and sound from the U.S./Mexico border, the work of iconic glass sculptor Dale Chihuly, and a retrospective of early American modernist painter Stuart Davis.

Museum guests enjoy Border Cantos

Border Cantos: Sight & Sound Explorations from the Mexican-American Border — Thru April 24 — Border Cantos is a unique collaboration between American photographer Richard Misrach and Mexican composer Guillermo Galindo, who utilize the power of art to explore, share, and humanize the complex issues surrounding the borderlands between the United States and Mexico. In this exhibition, the artists present works of photography, sculpture and sound that document and transform artifacts from the border. The pieces that make up this exhibition, each with a story of their own, invite spectators to ponder what goes on in this area of the world that might not otherwise be told.

 

Dale Chihuly, Persian Ceiling, 2012, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

Chihuly: In the Gallery and In the Forest — June 3 thru Nov. 13* — American sculptor Dale Chihuly has mastered the translucent and transparent properties of ice, water, glass and neon, creating works of art that transform the everyday visual experience into something truly unparalleled. For this highly anticipated exhibition, Crystal Bridges will present extensive indoor and outdoor installations, featuring completely new works, as well as iconic pieces recognized throughout his entire career. 

Chihuly is known throughout the world for his impressive site-specific installations in public spaces, as well as exhibitions presented in museums, gardens and the outdoors. Come see what’s on display in the gallery, then head down to the museum’s network of trails to discover sculptures that will activate your imagination along the way. Attending this exhibition is sure to deliver a memorable experience! *Both the gallery and forest exhibitions will run thru Aug. 14, with the forest installations remaining on display thru Nov. 13.

 

Stuart Davis, Landscape with Garage Lights, 1931, Oil on canvas, Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester New York

Stuart Davis: In Full SwingSept. 16 thru Jan. 8, 2018 — Stuart Davis (1892–1964) ranks as a preeminent figure in American modern art, with a career that stretched from the early twentieth century well into the early 1960s. Born in Philadelphia, Davis began as an illustrator of the urban life around New York, and after a year in Paris become one of the first American artists to bring the lessons of French avant garde art into American painting. Over his career, he forged a union of international Modernism and uniquely American imagery that continues to influence art being made today.

This major retrospective will focus on three phases of Davis’s work, in which he applied the forms of Cubism to still-lifes and landscapes, and invented a new abstract language that merged the aesthetics of advertising and jazz with language.

 

When you visit Crystal Bridges, don’t forget to check out the gift shop for artful souvenirs! For more information, visit crystalbridges.org.

 

 

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