Summer of Music: Major Concerts and Music Festivals

Roots Fest, Forest Concert Series, Walmart AMP

Make Northwest Arkansas your music destination this summer! With the biggest names in music hitting the stage at the Walmart AMP, an incredible lineup of outdoor music festivals including the Fayetteville Roots Fest and free local concert series across the region – you can hop from concert to concert all summer long!

 

WALMART AMP IN ROGERS
The Arkansas Music Pavilion welcomes some of the biggest names in music this summer, making for the most impressive lineup to date! Tickets and info at waltonartscenter.org/AMP.
Ray LaMontagne with Neko Case, Part of the Light Tour, June 12
Sit back and get ready to be serenaded by the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Ray Lamontagne featuring versatile indie rock artist Neko Case as his opening act. Lamontagne is known for implementing folk, contemporary and blues genres into his sets.

Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton, All American Road Show, June 25
You’ll be on your feet for Brent Cobb, Marty Stuart and Chris Stapleton! This is one lineup of country artists that will move the crowd. After starting out his career with the Jompson Brothers and the Steeldrivers, critically acclaimed Stapleton has been on the solo route since 2015, picking up multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM awards in just the last few years.
The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore, June 25
Two huge music icons team up for one incredible night! Don’t miss the Billboard chart-topping Kesha, with her trademark swagger and playful snarl, and Grammy-award winning rapper Macklemore. Get ready to dance and sing all night long to hit songs like Kesha’s “Praying” and Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop!”

Chicago

Chicago and REO Speedwagon, June 26
Reminisce on the good old days with an evening of your favorite tunes by Chicago and REO Speedwagon. This night is sure to bring back hits from deep catalogs of both bands. Chicago plans an epic performance of the iconic album Chicago II in its entirety, while REO Speedwagon will have the audience awestruck with songs like “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and “Keep On Loving You.”
July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas
Celebrate this country’s 242nd birthday with a patriotic concert performed by the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) followed by a fireworks spectacular courtesy of the City of Rogers.
Thirty Seconds to Mars, The Monolith Tour, with special guest Walk the Moon, July 8     
These alternative rockers will bring the energy to the AMP! The trio has achieved worldwide success with records going platinum in as many as four countries, and their latest hit song “Walk on Water” has remained on Billboard’s rock charts since its release last August. Special guest Walk the Moon starts off the evening with an upbeat set including dance-rock hit “Shut Up and Dance!”
Kenny Chesney, Trip Around the Sun Tour, July 12
Country superstar Kenny Chesney brings the sounds of summer to the AMP! Known for his ever-popular country hits “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem” and “How Forever Feels,” Chesney has taken home multiple American Country Music and Country Music Association awards.

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson, State of the World Tour, July 13
Janet Jackson’s music has earned her five Grammy Awards, a BET Ultimate Icon Award and a GLADD Vanguard Award along with 11 American Music Awards, 10 Billboard Music Awards and nine MTV Video Music Awards. She has also received accolades as an actress, winning the NAACP Best Supporting Actor award adding to her already iconic career.
Modest Mouse, July 19
Formed in 1993, this indie rock band has set the gold standard for bands of our time. Modest Mouse made Rolling Stone’s “Best Songs of the 2000’s” list with its 2009 #1 hit single “Float On,” and continues to produce hit songs.
Halsey, July 20
New to the music scene, Halsey has skyrocketed to the tops of the charts in the last couple of years with catchy singles like “Bad at Love” and a hugely popular release where she was featured on “Closer” by The Chainsmokers. She comes to the Walmart AMP on her first solo tour.
Niall Horan with Special Guest Maren Morris, July 21
Former One Direction member Niall Horan has broken out into his solo career and achieved global success from his hit number, “Slow Hands.” Special guest Maren Morris has made a splash in country music, nabbing Grammy, CMA, ACM, Radio Disney and Billboard awards all in the last two years. You’ll recognize her country radio smash hits “My Church” and “I Could Use A Love Song.”
Kidz Bop Live, July 22
The ultimate concert for the kiddos, “sung by kids for kids,” Kidz Bop takes today’s biggest songs and turns them into kid-friendly tunes. Each concert features innovative stage design, special effects, fan interaction and even a lip-sync battle to 90s hits featuring the parents in the audience!

Acapella Sensations Pentatonix

Pentatonix, July 25
This three-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling acapella group has sold nearly 10 million albums worldwide. Performing for hundreds of thousands of fans at their sold out shows across the globe, they have more than 14.5 million YouTube channel subscribers yielding over three billion video views! Their 2015 self-titled album reached certified Gold status after debuting at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart.
Weezer with Pixies, July 29
The Grammy Award-winning rock band Weezer returns to the AMP! Fans can expect to hear new material as well as beloved anthems like their 2005 radio smash hit that reached the #1 spot on the billboard charts, “Beverly Hills.” Weezer will be joined by the alternative rock group, Pixies. 
Coheed and Cambria & Taking Back Sunday, July 31
This band is a rare breed as their sound effortlessly spans the many genres of rock. They are frequently compared to operatic rock bands of the 70’s including Queen and Rush and fans go crazy for the expansive light show that accompanies the music. American rock band Taking Back Sunday will also perform.
Luke Bryan, August 1 
Another mega country music star will hit the AMP stage this summer! Luke Bryan’s first five studio albums have produced 14 #1 hit songs, so the audience is sure to be singing along. Bryan has also served as a judge on the most recent season of the popular talent show “American Idol.”
G-Eazy with Lil Uzi Vert, Ty Dolla $ign, P-Lo and Murda Beatz, August 11
Rapper and music producer G-Easy makes a stop in Rogers on his first solo headlining tour. This artist has performed on the Vans Warped Tour as well as alongside iconic rappers Lil Wayne and 2Chainz. Special guests Lil Uzi Vert, Ty Dolla $ign, P-Lo and Murda Beatz will take the stage and bring the beats and the rhymes.
Slayer Final World Tour, August 13
One of the most recognizable sounds across punk genres, Slayer embarks on its final world tour. The wildly chaotic guitar solos and dark lyrics coupled with full throttle energy has made Slayer one of the biggest metal bands of all time.

Keith Urban

Keith Urban, Graffiti U World Tour, August 26
Country music star, impressive guitarist, and Austrailian native Keith Urban brings an all-new production setup as well as never before heard songs! Opener Lindsay Ell makes her second appearance at the AMP and has recently been named a “Top Country Artist to Watch” by Huffington Post.
Charlie Puth with Special Guest Hailee Steinfeld, The Voicenotes Tour, August 26
Charlie Puth is known for his upbeat songs like the blockbuster hit, “Attention,” while Steinfeld has been hot on the charts with collaborations like “Starving” featuring Zedd and “Let Me Go” with Florida Georgia Line.
 
MAJOR OUTDOOR MUSIC FESTIVALS THROUGHOUT NWA
Take in the rich history and beautiful scenery of the Ozarks at one of these signature Northwest Arkansas music festivals!
Opera in the Ozarks Summer Music Festival
Inspiration Point, Eureka Springs | June 20 – July 22
Arts Center of the Ozarks, Springdale | July 1, 8, 15
This nationally acclaimed summer music festival and training program for top emerging opera professionals celebrates its 2018 Season with nearly two dozen performances. Featuring Gioachino Rossini’s comedic masterpiece Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Douglas Moore’s love story The Ballad of Baby Doe, and Johann Strauss II’s lively operetta Die Fledermaus.

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend, June 14-17
Award-winning musicians, including Blues Hall of Fame artists, will perform at venues around historic Eureka Springs. Including a special Father’s Day Blues Picnic at Turpentine Creek Wildllife Refuge, don’t miss the hot blues, cold beverages, great food and craft vendors – it’s fun for the entire family!
Spaceberry Music Festival, July 6-7, The Farm Campground, Eureka Springs
Celebrate your independence with two nights of music, primitive camping, fireworks and art vendors at Spaceberry Music Festival! Nestled in the Ozark Mountains with 360 degree panoramic views, the venue includes 160 acres and borders the Mark Twain National Forest. Also, Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake, and the White River are all within five miles.
Fayetteville Roots Festival, August 22-26
This five-day, intimate, urban music and food festival features more than ten music stages and multiple culinary stages and events. With nationally known musicians/bands paired with undiscovered regional and local talent, Roots Fest celebrates the elements that make the Fayetteville community and Northwest Arkansas region a beloved cultural hot spot.
Banjo Rally International 2018, August 29-Sept. 1, Eureka Springs
Don’t miss this opportunity to pick and grin with your fellow musicians! This year’s headlining performer is Matt Tolentino, who specializes in sounds of the 1920’s and ‘30’s with a catalog including everything from ragtime to jazz to polka. All acoustic musicians are welcome.
 
LOCAL CONCERT SERIES THROUGHOUT NWA
Take advantage of free concerts this summer in Northwest Arkansas! With bands spanning every genre at different venues throughout the region, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 
The JBGB Free Summer Concert Series | Fayetteville

Free Concert Series at The JBGB

A new local hotspot in uptown Fayetteville, The JBGB is equipped with yard games, a full-service restaurant, and a vast assortment of craft beer that is brewed onsite. Check out their free Summer Concert Series where fun takes center stage!
JBGB Concert Series Lineup:
June 14 | Josh Abbott Band
June 21 | Randy Rogers Band
June 28 | Devin Dawson
July 5 | Houndmouth
July 16 | Casey Donahew
July 19 | Langhorne Slim and the Lost at Last Band
July 26 | Koe Wetzel
August 2 | Willliam Clark Green
August 16 | Mat Kearney
August 9 | Drake White and the Big Fire
August 23 | Whiskey Meyers
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Turnbow Tunes Free Family Concerts | Springdale 
Don’t miss free, family-friendly live music on select Thursday evenings at the newly completed Walter Turnbow Park, beautifully situated along the Razorback Greenway and Spring Creek. Turnbow Tunes will showcase live music as diverse as the community itself – taking place alongside Downtown Springdale’s Thursday Evening Market in Shiloh Square.
Turnbow Tunes Lineup:
May 24 | “Salsa Night” – with music by CalleSoul Salsa
June 14 | “Soul Night” – with music by JukeBoxx
July 26 | “Americana Night” – with music by Route 358
August 23 | “’80s Night” – with music by 88 Miles Per Hour
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Gulley Park Summer Concert Series | Fayetteville 
Summer nights filled with music return to Fayetteville’s Gulley Park for a 22nd year! On select Thursday nights, bring your comfiest quilt or lawn chair and get ready to enjoy live entertainment at one of Fayetteville’s most treasured parks — it’s pupper-friendly, too!
Gulley Park Concert Series Lineup:
June 3 | Crescent City Combo
June 14 | Ben Miller Band
June 28 | The Empty Pockets
July 12 | The Mighty Pines
July 26 | Barret Baber
August 9 | Fett’s Folly
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Botanical Garden of the Ozarks Summer Concert Series | Fayetteville 
Located just off the Razorback Regional Greenway, the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks offers the perfect setting for a summer evening of music. With multiple theme gardens, running water features and music in the air, you’re sure to find a moment of bliss!
BGO Concert Series Lineup:
June 26 | “Red, White & Bloom” music by Arkansas Winds Community Concert Band
July 31 | Funk Factory
August 21 | National Park Radio
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Crystal Bridges Concert Series in the North Forest

Crystal Bridges Forest Concert Series | Bentonville
Spend your Saturday evenings at the world-class Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art! This concert series takes place along the trails on the museum grounds, so get ready for nights filled with music and dancing under the forest trees. A food truck and cash bar will be available.  Tickets are $10, or free for members and ages 18 or under. 
 
Forest Concert Series Lineup:
June 16 | Digging Roots, Featuring Museum of Native American History Artists
June 23 | Latin Flavors with music by Cuñao
June 30 | Great American Picnic Day with music by Crescent City Combo
July 7 | Annual Lightning Bug Hunt with music by Dom Flemons
July 14 | Beatles Tribute with music by The Liverpool Legends
July 21 | Amasa Hines Band
July 28 | Soul Night with music by Funk Factory
August 4 | Island Party with music by Rochelle Bradshaw & Hypnotion
August 11 | 1 Oz. Jig

Summertime Festivals

Sweet summertime is the season for gathering with friends and family to enjoy the longest days of the year! You’re in for a treat if you find yourself at any of these lively festivals or events that explore the best of NWA culinary, mountain biking, arts and culture and tradition!

 

Bentonville Art & Culinary 

Bentonville Art & Culinary Week | June 1-8

The Bentonville Art & Culinary Festival takes place across downtown with foodie events, demonstrations, talks and tastings, as well as interactive crafts and art activities for the kiddos. 

Bluegrass & BBQ, Huntsville | June 2

Get your appetite ready for this annual festival at Huntsville’s Mitchusson Park! With a volleyball court, paved walking trail, pavilion, disc golf course, and brand-new bike skills course, it’s the perfect place to spend a Saturday with the family. There will be entertainment by a half dozen bluegrass bands, and of course, the BBQ cookoff. 

Eureka Springs Mustang Days | Thru June 3

Take the scenic route through the Ozarks for the Eureka Springs Mustang Days presented by the Midwest Blue Oval Club. The only such show of its kind in the region, the festival includes a Mustang Mardi Gras parade, a Country Cruise and more. Get ready to see cars from every generation – from daily drivers to souped-up restorations. Other Ford models are welcome, too.

 

Art of Wine Festival

Art of Wine Festival, Fayetteville | June 8-9

You will be on “cloud wine” during the 18th Annual Art of Wine Festival at Fayetteville’s Walton Arts Center. Sample some of the world’s finest wines and delicious local cuisine during night one at Uncorked! Then nosh on a six-course meal and wine pairing at the Winemakers Dinner on night two.

 

 

 

Hunstville Timber Festival | June 15-16

Timberrrr! The Hunstville Timber Festival dedicates two days to celebrating the wood industry with an expo showcasing top-of-the-line equipment, live auctions, wood-related craft vendors, and skillet throwing and sawing contests. Also, check out the wood carving exhibition with work by master chainsaw carving artist Brandon Adams.

 

NWA Pride Parade & Festival | June 16

In conjunction with Northwest Arkansas Pride Week, the NWA Pride Parade & Festival is happening on June 16 in downtown Fayetteville near Walton Arts Center. Festivities include a beer garden, food and craft vendors, and the NWA Bear Bash & Contest in the Dickson Street Entertainment District. 

 

BITE NWA Culinary Festival

BITE NW Arkansas Culinary Festival | June 20-22

As part of NW Arkansas Championship Week, BITE NW Arkansas Culinary Festival returns for a fourth year with a third day added and bigger and better than before. This world-class food festival takes place at Bentonville’s 8th Street Market and celebrates the best cuisine, ingredients, restaurants, beverages and chefs that Northwest Arkansas has to offer!

Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival | July 13-15

The 20th Annual Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival attracts riders, spectators and party-goers from several states. This three-day cycling festival is packed with downhill, short track and cross-country racing, along with group rides, social gatherings, live music, craft beer and all-around good vibes!

 

Rogers Cycling Festival

Rogers Cycling Festival | July 27-29

Nine races, three days, one historic cycling festival! With multiple race opportunities, there are events for mountain bike enthusiasts and road cyclists alike – including the Family Glow Ride at Lake Atalanta. 

Summer Diversity Weekend in Eureka Springs | August 3-5

Four times a year, Eureka Springs dedicates a weekend to celebrating love and diversity. Spend an afternoon strolling the city’s darling downtown, the entirety of which is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are dozens of art galleries, local pubs, scrumptious restaurants and eclectic shops, too.

 

Tontitown Grape Festival

120th Tontitown Grape Festival | August 7-11

Northwest Arkansas summer staple, this unique festival in its 120th year knows how to draw a crowd. The Italian community of Tontitown is full of tradition and its annual festival is famous for the made-from-scratch spaghetti, fried chicken dinners and grape stomping events. There’s homemade grape ice cream, too!

 

Eurekan Multisport Festival | August 10-12

Do you have what it takes to complete the ultimate challenge? To earn the title of The Eurekan you must complete a triathlon, 100-mile bike ride and 10K run. If you’re a bit less ambitious, give the Half Eurekan a try with a triathlon, 58-mile bike ride and 5K run.

26th Annual Eureka Springs VW Festival | August 24-26

Enjoy a weekend dedicated to one of most recognizable car brands of our time! The Eureka Springs VW Festival not only has classic Volkswagen Bugs, vans and all models in between, but there is the giant swap meet, a tourcade and live entertainment, too. Groovy!

Frisco Festival

Frisco Festival, Rogers | August 31 – Sept. 1

This family friendly, end-of-summer festival has been delighting people from all over for more than two decades now. With live entertainment, cook-offs and contests, a car show and vendors, Frisco Festival is yet another great reason to visit beautiful downtown Rogers!

First Thursdays, Fayetteville

First Fridays, Bentonville

On the first Thursday and Friday of each month, the downtown squares of Fayetteville and Bentonville transform into community block parties! With live music and street performers, food trucks serving up their best eats, beer gardens pouring locally crafted ale, and activities for the kiddos, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! 

 

ALSO: see our Summer of Music blog for outdoor concerts, festivals and local concerts series! 

The Walmart LPGA Championship Returns!

The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship sees the world’s top female pro golfers competing during a week of fun activities and events, including the 5K @ the LPGA, Junior Golf, and the hugely popular culinary festival BITE NW Arkansas!

 

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In its 12th year, the 2018 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G returns to Pinnacle Hills Country Club in Rogers on June 18-24.
This official LPGA tournament brings more than 140 of the world’s top professional female golfers to the region for three days of competitive play on June 22-24. Contenders will compete for the grand-prize $2 million purse.

 

5K @ the LPGA

Though the tournament is at the heart of Championship Week, the entire community will enjoy the special events. In addition the 5K @ the LPGA on June 23, Junior Golf on June 19, there is Yoga on the Green on June 24 and Yoga for Girls on June 19. 
 
Also in conjunction with Championship Week, the signature BITE NW Arkansas culinary festival takes place on June 20-22. Held at the 8th Street Market in Bentonville, BITE showcases the best of local cuisine and regional chef talent and offers a delicious variety of refreshing libations. New this year, a third night has been added to the festival with unique, exciting flavors inspired by Walmart’s international reach. Get your tickets now because this festival will sell out! 
 
Other Championship Week favorites include the Pantene Beautiful Lengths community hair donation ceremony, the Sam’s Club Kid’s Center, a lively gathering on the 17th hole for Gatorade’s Loudest Hole on Tour, and the Hallmark Autograph Alley.

Shake Hands with a Pro

 
There is also the Play with the Pros pro-am experience with an opportunity to play a round of golf with an LPGA tour professional. Four-player teams and individual playing spots are available.
 
The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship has something fun for all ages, so don’t miss the excitement and get your tickets now at nwachampionship.com.

Georgia O’Keeffe Exhibition Debuts at Crystal Bridges

After opening May 26 to rave reviews, the blockbuster exhibition The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe & Contemporary Art  is now on view at the world-class Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville!

 

                         

 

Featuring works by the mother of American Modernism herself, and by a new generation of American artists expanding on O’Keeffe’s legacy, The Beyond  will be on display through Sept. 3, 2018.

With enormous flowers, luscious colors, landscapes, feminine forms, and still lifes, O’Keeffe’s work has intrigued viewers and artists alike for generations. Now, Crystal Bridges has brought together more than 30 of her paintings, plus the work of 20 emerging artists focusing on similar themes.

The unique exhibition was developed by Crystal Bridges and features paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photographs, site-specific installations and more. It builds on the museum’s existing collection of significant works by O’Keeffe – including Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 and Radiator Building – Night, New York, which help serve as the exhibition’s centerpiece.

 

                            

 

Featured in The Beyond are a new generation of select artists who evoke, investigate and expand upon O’Keeffe’s artistic legacy – and who provide a fresh look her lauded work through the lens of contemporary art. These emerging artists include Sharona Eliassaf, Monica Kim Garza, Loie Hollowell, Molly Larkey, Matthew Ronay, Anna Valdez, Kim Keever and more.

Some of O’Keeffe’s most-loved work features themes that are also prominent in the work of this group, including flowers, feminine forms, city and desert landscapes, and the delicate interplay between abstraction and realism.

 

                                    

 

Don’t wait to experience this one-of-a-kind exhibition! Admission is free for museum members and youth ages 18 and under. Tickets are $10 for non-members.

For more info, visit crystalbridges.org.

Photo credits: First row, left to right: Yellow Mountains, Loie Hollowell, 2016; Evening Star No. II, O’Keeffe, 1917; Flying Backbone, O’Keeffe, 1944. Second row: Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, O’Keeffe, 1932; Abstract 30682b, Kim Keever, 2017; Radiator Building – Night, New York, O’Keeffe, 1927. Third row: Deer Skull with Blue Vase, Anna Valdez, 2017; Abstraction, O’Keeffe, modeled 1946, cast ca.1979,1980; Small Purple Hills, O’Keeffe, 1934.

 

 

Artosphere: Arkansas’ Arts + Nature Festival Returns!

Walton Arts Center is proud to present the 9th Annual Artosphere: Arkansas’ Arts + Nature Festival on June 10-23 with exciting performances and events across Northwest Arkansas.
The 2018 Artosphere Festival celebrates art, music and nature with dozens of free and low-cost performances, activities and events that the whole family can enjoy. This year’s festival explores water, a subject of crucial importance around the world, through large-scale art installations, a film series, performances and conversations. 
The Artosphere Festival Orchestra, led by acclaimed music director Corrado Rovaris, returns for an eighth year as the musical centerpiece of the festival, performing three major concerts. For classical music lovers who like a casual vibe, don’t miss the festival’s AFO: Off the Grid featuring AFO musicians performing mini concerts at downtown restaurants and pubs in Fayetteville, Siloam Springs and Springdale.
The popular Chapel Music Series is back with both internationally lauded and locally loved musicians, many making their festival debut. This uplifting series of performances takes place in churches, chapels and unique architectural venues across Northwest Arkansas.

Artosphere Blends Art, Music & Nature

Artosphere Trail Mix returns with two days of outdoor fun and entertainment along local trail systems, while a worldwide, citizen-led walking tour makes its debut at the festival. Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of free walking conversations happening in hundreds of cities around the world and inspired by writer and activist Jane Jacobs. The Artosphere Jane’s Walk Tours will uncover unseen aspects of the community during themed walks in Fayetteville, while encouraging walking as a way to connect with our neighbors.
A new Artosphere Film Series, featuring films for adults, kids and families alike, will explore the wonder, magic and reality of the world’s greatest waterways, the creatures that dwell there, and the generations of people who call the water home.

 

HIGHLIGHTED FESTIVAL EVENTS:

ARTOSPHERE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
Live from Crystal Bridges: Mozart in the Museum Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville | Friday, June 15, 8 pm | $40
From the Great Hall of the world-class Crystal Bridges museum in Bentonville, Maestro Rovaris leads the Artosphere Festival Orchestra in the 6th annual Mozart in the Museum performance. The concert will be broadcast live on KUAF 91.3 FM Public Radio. SOLD OUT
Beethoven Masterworks | Walton Arts Center, Baum Walker Hall, Fayetteville |10×10 Arts Series Event | Tuesday, June 19, 7 pm | $10
AFO performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, the Emperor Concerto, featuring Italian pianist Maurizio Baglini; and Symphony No. 6, the Pastoral Symphony. The performance will be illustrated and animated by French artist Grégoire Pont, whose visual imagery drawn live, will accent Beethoven’s work and delight audiences of all ages. 
The American Spirit Walton Arts Center, Baum Walker Hall, Fayetteville | Saturday, June 23, 8 pm | $10-49
A contemporary American sampler, this concert features the unique compositions of Leonard Bernstein, Jennifer Higdon and John Adams, and the incredible artistry of violist Roberto Díaz. Each piece brings a distinct perspective to a concert that exemplifies the best of American classical music.

 

Chapel Music Series

CHAPEL MUSIC SERIES
June 10, 11, 12, 13, 20 | Tickets: $10-$25
Listen to exquisite music played in local churches and architectural marvels including St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Hunt Chapel in Rogers, the E. Fay Jones-designed Mildred B. Cooper Chapel, the Chapel Ruins at Sassafras Springs Vineyard, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. This year’s series features the acclaimed Dover Quartet, Ozark singers/songwriters Still on the Hill, percussion ensemble Arx Duo and violinist Roberto Díaz

 

TRAIL MIX
TRAIL MIX: FAYETTEVILLE
Downtown Entertainment District | Friday, June 15, 5:30 to 7:30 pm | Free
Trail Mix comes to the heart of Fayetteville’s Entertainment District with artists and musicians performing at locations in the cultural corridor adjacent to Frisco Trail and around Walton Arts Center.

Trail Mix

TRAIL MIX: BENTONVILLE
Compton Gardens to Crystal Bridges Museum | Saturday, June 16, 11 am to 1 pm | Free
Don’t miss Trail Mix in Bentonville with artists and musicians performing along the Crystal Bridges Trail between Compton Gardens and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

 

4TH ANNUAL CRYSTAL BRIDGES GARDEN PARTY
June 16, 11 am to 4 pm | Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville | Free
Enjoy more free entertainment along the grounds and trails of Crystal Bridges featuring local, regional and Artosphere Festival musicians playing classics from Mozart and Bach to Michael Jackson and Beyoncé, as well as performances from Opera in the Ozarks, the nationally acclaimed summer music program based in Eureka Springs.
 

AFO: Off the Grid

AFO: OFF THE GRID
June 21-22 | 7 pm | Free
Artosphere Festival Orchestra ensembles perform casual “pop-up” concerts at local favorite gathering places in downtown Fayetteville (June 21), Springdale (June 22) and Siloam Springs (June 22). Follow Walton Arts Center on social media for the most up-to-date schedule of Off the Grid performance times and locations.

 

 
 
ARTOSPHERE FILM SERIES
The Buffalo Flows | Thursday, June 14, 7 pm | Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center | $5
Song of the Sea | Sunday, June 17, 11 am | Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center | $5
DisneyNature’s Oceans | Sunday, June 17, 2 pm | Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center | $5
Chasing Coral | Sunday, June 17, 5 pm | Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center | Free 
 
KUAF SUMMER JAZZ SERIES
Bill Frisell Trio | Thursday, June 14, 7:30 pm | Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center | $30, $40
 
ARTOSPHERE JANE’S WALK
Fayetteville’s Urban History | Sunday, June 10, 10 am | Free
Mullins Creek Urban Stream Restoration | Sunday, June 10, 2 pm | Free
Walking Native Fayetteville | Sunday, June 10, 3 pm | Free
Ways to Wander: Rediscovering Our City | Saturday, June 17, 11 am | Free
 
VISUAL ARTS
The Bleak and the Burgeoning
June 19 – Oct. 7 | Joy Pratt Markham Gallery | Walton Arts Center | Free
Topo Map for School Avenue                                                        
On display throughout the festival | School Avenue, Fayetteville | Free

Artosphere Festival Musicians

 
For more information about the Artosphere Festival and a complete event lineup, download the Artosphere App from Google Play or the Apple App Store or visit artospherefestival.org.

Off-Road and Paved: NWA’s Premier Bike Trails

From smooth paved trails and wild off-road courses, it’s bike trails galore in Northwest Arkansas!

Summer is a great time of year to explore our growing number of off-road mountain bike trails and paved shared-use trails.  The region has invested heavily in the thoughtful construction of new bike trails over the past few years, and we’re now one of the nation’s leading hubs for mountain bicycling.

To date, there are more than 219 miles of off-road and 132 miles of paved trails in Benton and Washington counties alone. 

Many of the trails provide easy access to restaurants, pubs, art and lodging.  So don’t wait —check out the links below to find the perfect way to experience fun on two wheels this summer!

 

MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS is home to some of the best mountain bike trails in the nation with old-school technical riding, a slope-style jump park, and scenic views you can’t find anywhere else. From the Back 40 in Bella Vista to Kessler Mountain in Fayetteville and new enduro-style downhill runs opening soon at Lake Leatherwood in Eureka Springs, it’s easy to see why we’re a top U.S. cycling destination. For more info visit oztrailsnwa.com.

 

                     

BACK 40 TRAILS, BELLA VISTA: Wind through wooded areas, past bluffs, caves and waterfalls, and down to the shore of Lake Ann. Try your luck on the hand-cut rock ledge at Grayson’s Canyon. 
BLOWING SPRINGS TRAIL, BELLA VISTA: This six-mile loop takes you past vast bluff faces and trickling streams, and connects to the wildly popular Slaughter Pen trails in Bentonville. 
SLAUGHTER PEN MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK, BENTONVILLE: This urban off-road bike park has clean flow, major downhills and plenty of berm. And it’s near Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and other local hot spots.  

 

                   

COLER TRAIL IN BENTONVILLE: About a mile west of downtown on land designated as a mountain bike preserve, this trail features multiple flowy jump lines and challenging technical rocky sections that culminate near the top of a mountain. 
SAGER CREEK MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL IN SILOAM SPRINGS: This five-mile trail runs along Sager Creek, opening into two trail systems around the main John Brown University campus. Covering terrain at various elevations, it’s a great gateway trail for riders of all skill levels.
THE RAILYARD BIKE PAR IN ROGERS: One of the only parks of its kind in this part of the country! Equipped with world-class dirt jumps, wooden ramps and a ride-thru railroad car. Its downtown location provides quick access to restaurants and pubs. 

 

                    
LAKE ATALANTA IN ROGERS: Ten miles of easy, intermediate and expert bike trails at the beautiful Lake Atalanta include fast singletrack with a view, swooping bridges and gravity cavities. 
HOBBS STATE PARK TRAILS IN ROGERS: Nestled in a thick patch of pine trees, lined by native flowering plants, this trail system provides some of the smoothest riding in the state and is your best bet if the weather is wet. Great for single speed aficionados. Make sure to stop at the Beaver Lake overlook. 
LAKE LEATHERWOOD TRAILS IN EUREKA SPRINGS: Make your way through miles of rock gardens and up the climb to Minor’s rock. Then feel the thrill of descending through the downhill switchbacks. New enduro-style downhill runs are under construction, set to open in summer 2018! 

 

                    

THUNDER CHICKEN TRAILS IN SPRINGDALE: In search of a trail with singletrack, flow, jumps, rollers, berms and drops and then some? With a convenient location off Interstate 49, Thunder Chicken has all the bells and whistles. 
LAKE FAYETTEVILLE TRAILS: Lake Fayetteville features seven miles of mostly flat trails around the lake in urban Fayetteville. Connect to the Razorback Regional Greenway paved pedestrian trail all the way to the downtown entertainment district. 
KESSLER MOUNTAIN TRAILS: Technical rocky singletrack and hand-cut lines aren’t for the faint of heart. Wind around rock formations and hillsides and enjoy expansive views of the Fayetteville city skyline. 

 

LINCOLN LAKE TRAILS: Seven miles of hand-cut singletrack surround Lake Lincoln with rocky tech that will hone your skills and plenty of scenic overlooks and rock formations. 

THE GREAT PASSION PLAY TRAILS: The newly opened six miles of trails at The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs offers multi-use routes for varying skill levels. Explore the grounds by riding through the Holy Land tour area and see the Christ of the Ozarks statue that is over 60 feet tall, all while experiencing the beauty and grandeur of the Ozark mountains.

 

PAVED SHARED-USE BIKE TRAILS
Looking to take an evening bike ride with the family, a weekend hike with friends, or a morning walk for some alone time? Northwest Arkansas has tons of shared-use trails that are perfect for biking, walking and hiking.
Click on these cities to learn more about their paved shared-used trails!

 

BENTONVILLE                            ROGERS                                FAYETTEVILLE

          

SPRINGDALE                            EUREKA SPRINGS                 BERRYVILLE

          

SILOAM SPRINGS

Naturally Fun: State Parks, Lakes and Rivers

A retreat to any of our state and national park properties or sparking lakes and rivers makes for the perfect summer getaway! Hiking, biking, camping, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding — whatever your pleasure — these naturally fun destinations provide the best that mother nature has to offer!

 

STATE & NATIONAL PARKS:

Devil’s Den State Park

Devil’s Den State Park, Washington County: Touting 2,500 unspoiled acres adjoining the Ozark National Forest, Devil’s Den is a favorite for camping, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.
Hobbs State Park and Conservation Area, Benton, Madison and Carroll Counties: This massive park with more than 12,000 acres has 35 miles of hiking trails that include ADA routes, a 17,500-square-foot visitor center with interactive exhibits and a wildlife viewing area.

 

Withrow Springs State Park

Withrow Springs State Park, Madison County: Hiking trails offer views of and access to War Eagle Creek, where fishing for catfish, bream and bass is popular. Canoeing is another prized pastime, and shuttle service for canoe rentals is also available.
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Washington County: The site of the last major Civil War battle in Northwest Arkansas (Dec. 7, 1862), this park has a museum, visitor center, the one-mile Battlefield Trail and a five-mile driving tour. 
Pea Ridge National Military Park, Benton County: Protecting the site of the Battle of Pea Ridge (March 7-8, 1862), this park has one of the best-preserved Civil War battlefields in the country. Spanning 4,300 acres, it includes a visitor center and museum, a driving tour and about 2.5 miles of the Trail of Tears. 

 

Beaver Lake

LAKES
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 available.
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. Amenities include a swim beach, air-conditioned cabins, playgrounds, volleyball courts, trails, a boat ramp and horseshoes.

 

Tanyard Creek Nature Trail, Bella Vista

Bella Vista Lakes, Benton County: 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.
 
White River, Carroll, Madison and Washington Counties: 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.
 
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.

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, the Siloam Springs Kayak Park has made the Illinois a popular Class II play spot for kayakers year-round. Canoe and kayak outfitters, campsites, hiking and horseback riding trails and cabin rentals are available.
 
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.

Watch for This: Coming Soon in Fall 2018

When the temperatures get cooler and the leaves start to change, that means a new season of fun is making its way to the region. Don’t miss these annual signature events coming to Northwest Arkansas this fall!

 

Bikes, Blues and BBQ (Image by Beth Hall)

BIKES, BLUES & BBQ
Come autumn, thousands of motorcyclists from across the country roll into Northwest Arkansas for the largest charitable rally of its kind in the nation! Over the past 18 years, Bikes, Blues & BBQ has raised more than $2 million for local charities, and the festivities get bigger and better every year. This year’s rally is Sept. 26-29 with live concerts on multiple stages, poker runs, hundreds of vendor booths, award-winning BBQ and much more – it’s an epic week you won’t want to miss!

 

War Eagle Mill During Craft Fair Season

FALL ARTS & CRAFT FAIRS
Northwest Arkansas has long held a rich arts and maker culture, and every October we are home to some of the premier arts and crafts fairs in the country! Stroll through thousands of booths with contemporary, juried, country-styled, vintage, holiday-themed, indie items and more. Fall craft fairs are held region-wide offering wares for every taste, style and budget. Click here for more info. 

 

Woo Pig Sooie! Hogs Fans at the U of A Campus

ARKANSAS RAZORBACK FOOTBALL
Sports fans come from all over the state and beyond for Razorback football at the beautiful University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville. Donald W. Reynolds Stadium, the home of the Hogs, will debut a $160 million dollar renovation on Sept. 1, 2018, during the first home football game. New amenities include wide premium club seats, 20 field-level lodge boxes, 44 second-level covered lodge boxes, 38 new suites and a standing area. New head coach Chad Morris will be leading the Razorbacks on the field for his first season at Arkansas. For schedule and ticket information, click here.

Outdoor Farmers Markets Return For Spring!

Farmers markets are re-opening for the season all across the Northwest Arkansas region, featuring locally grown produce and farm-fresh items that are pleasing to the eyes and the palate. Each market offers a different experience with live music, street performers, arts and crafts, and other engaging activities. These vibrant hubs are where the community gathers to interact and soak in the colorful sights and sounds. Don’t miss the chance to visit some of the best farmers markets around, while supporting local agriculture and artisans at the same time!

 

Fayetteville Farmers Market

FAYETTEVILLE | Opens March 31

  • Historic Downtown Square
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7am – 1pm
  • Saturdays, 7am – 2pm

The award-winning Fayetteville Farmers Market offers the finest in locally produced fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, baked goods, eggs, meats and juried artisan crafts. The market is 100 percent local with all produce, crafts and food items originating from within a 60-mile radius. Open Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays on the Fayetteville downtown square, this market also offers engaging cooking demos, street performers and more. Visit fayettevillefarmersmarket.org.

Siloam Springs Farmers Market

SILOAM SPRINGS | Opens April 14

  • Downtown City Park
  • Saturdays, 8am – 1pm

This producer-only market is open Saturdays from April to October with fresh produce, pasture-raised meats, baked goods and handmade wares. Pre-order local goods each week online and pick up your order on Saturday. More info at siloamsprings.locallygrown.net. Also, stay in the know of upcoming special events by visiting the market’s Facebook page.

 

BELLA VISTA | Opens April 15

  • Sugar Creek Center
  • Sundays, 9am

One of the only farmers markets in the region to operate on Sunday, this market features locally grown products and handcrafted items in a fun, family friendly environment. This year, the market is moving to a new location at the Sugar Creek Center parking lot, just north of U.S. 71 and Mercy Way. From April to October, come mingle with your neighbors and friends while supporting community agriculture and wellness. More info at bellavistaar.gov.

MADISON COUNTY / HUNSTVILLE | Opens April 17

  • Huntsville Downtown Square
  • Tuesdays & Saturdays, 7am – 12pm

The Hunstville market for local growers and craftsmen is a great place to meet and visit with your neighbors. Be sure to visit in August for the chance to win a basket of hand-picked vegetables! Visit the Facebook page for more information.

Bentonville Farmers Market

BENTONVILLE | Opens April 21

  • Historic Downtown Square
  • Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7:30am – 1pm

Now in its 42nd year, this producer-only market sells only the highest quality local produce, meat and foods, as well as a variety of arts and crafts from April to October. Woven into the market experience are special activities, including chef demonstrations and the Kids Art Park. Like others do, the market strives to make fresh food available to the entire community by accepting WIC, SNAP and other vouchers. More info at downtownbentonville.org.

EUREKA SPRINGS | Opens April 26

  • Eureka Springs Community Center
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, 8am – 1pm

This market moves to a new home this year at the Eureka Springs Community Center located at 44 Kingshighway. The Eureka Springs Farmers Market is the premier source for organic, naturally grown food in Carroll County. More info at eurekaspringsfarmersmarket.com.

SPRINGDALE 

  • Evening Market: Downtown Shiloh Square, Opens May 3
  • Thursdays, 4pm – 8pm
  • Saturday Market: Jones Center Memorial Walk Plaza, Opens May 5
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, 7am – 1pm

All of the goods at the Springdale Farmers Market are grown or made by farmers and craft vendors in the four-county area. Offerings include fruits and vegetables, herbs, raw honey, nuts, farm fresh eggs, and grass fed/free range meats. Stay tuned to the Thursday market’s Facebook page for updates on weekly themes and special guests. More information on the Saturday market (including a guide to what’s fresh each month) at springdalefarmersmarket.org.

Yoga at the Market in Rogers

ROGERS | Opens May 5

  • Historic Downtown Rogers
  • Saturdays, 8am – 1pm

Open Saturdays May through October, shop the Rogers Farmers Market where you’ll find fresh produce, baked goods, meats, honey, jams, flowers, plus woodworks, knitwear, home and garden decor and more. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for special events like Yoga at the Market. More info at mainstreetrogers.com

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