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.

Razorback Football

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!

Razorback Basketball

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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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.

Bravo! Brava! Bravi! 

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!

Roar!

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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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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!

Yee-haw!

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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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.

AMP Summer 2

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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