Bentonville Film Festival Brings Film Industry to NWA

The Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) returns to Northwest Arkansas on May 1-6 with an exciting lineup of exclusive film screenings, studio premieres, industry panels, headlining concerts, parties, A-list guests and more.

Panel discussion at BFF

Founded by Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis and Inclusion Companies CEO Trevor Drinkwater, BFF shines a light on the female and minority filmmakers who are blazing trails in media and the entertainment industry.

BFF supports the creation and production of film and media with realistic portrayals of gender and diversity. It’s the only such film festival to guarantee theatrical, television, digital and retail home-entertainment distribution to a select winner.

Last year, BFF drew an estimated 75,000 people to Northwest Arkansas, with much of the festival taking place around downtown Bentonville. Look for community events like outdoor family films, a Cinco de Mayo celebration, a regional bike ride/movie adventure and, for the first time this year, film screenings at Bentonville’s new Skylight Cinema.

       BFF Co-Founder Geena Davis

New for 2018 will be BFF’s Legacy Series, which was inspired by the success of last year’s 25th anniversary screening of the 1992 film “A League of Their Own,” which starred BFF founder Davis. The Legacy Series will feature past pioneering films that have changed the conversation about diversity in entertainment.

A-list celebrities are also known to show up in restaurants and pubs around NWA during festival time. Last year, BFF welcomed notable guests including Meg Ryan, William H. Macy, Judy Greer, Patty Jenkins, Terry Crews and Jewel. So, be on the lookout!

Tickets for BFF are on sale now. Buy single event passes or a weekly pass to be sure you don’t miss a thing. For tickets and info including up-to-date event listings and more, visit bentonvillefilmfestival.com.

 

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Sports Showcase: Spring Baseball at its Best!

Every spring, droves of sports fans head to NWA to fill the baseball stadiums for some of the best collegiate and minor league action around! With extras like fan giveaways, special entertainment and family programming, there’s something for everyone at the ballpark.

ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS BASEBALL  |  Baum Stadium, Fayetteville

After starting off strong with a staggering sweep over Bucknell University on opening weekend, the University of Arkansas baseball team is back on the diamond at Baum Stadium for its 22nd season. The 2018-19 Season runs through May 19, and the Razorbacks have high hopes of making it to the College World Series this June.

The Diamond Hogs swept Bucknell with 47 runs over three games, followed by another win over San Diego State, which was Dave Van Horn’s 600th victory as the head coach of the Razorbacks. Van Horn is one of the only three coaches in the entire Southeastern Conference to have reached this many victories at their current program. 

From L to R: Sunny day at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville, Head Coach Dave Van Horn

In 2017, there were a total of 13 Razorback alumni on MLB rosters. Van Horn hopes the team will produce more major league players, but not before concluding this season’s impressive schedule, which includes home games through May 15. 

Whether you’re seated near the base line or kicked back with refreshments in the Hog Pen, you’ll have a great view thanks to Baum’s state-of-the-art video board that shows high definition replays, instant statistics, game updates and more.

Beat the crowd to the stadium, and you could walk away with some cool Razorback swag while the goodies last. For a schedule of promo giveaways, check out the video below.

For tickets and more info on Razorback baseball season, click here.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS NATURALS  |  Arvest Ballpark, Springdale

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals resume play at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale for their season opener on Thursday, April 5, with a six-game home stand against the Corpus Christi Hooks. The Naturals, the Double-A Affiliate of the two-time World Series champion Kansas City Royals, will play more than 70 home games this season, ending Sept. 3. 

The Naturals host special promotion nights that are fun for the entire family! Crowd favorites include Kids Eat Free Family Sunday, Monday Night Lights: $1 Hot Dogs + Baseball Bingo, What’s It? Wednesday, Thirsty Thursday and Fireworks Friday. Click here for a listing of special promotions for each game.

When you support the Naturals, you’re supporting the Northwest Arkansas community, too. The team partners with upwards of 150 local organizations including high school sports teams and music programs, non-profits, churches and others as part of a fundraising program that benefits the participating organizations.

For Naturals tickets and more info, click here.

From L to R: #1 Naturals fan, Fireworks Friday, Naturals celebrating in the outfield

 

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Eureka Springs May Festival of the Arts

Each May, the artsy haven of Eureka Springs magically comes to life during this month-long celebration featuring special exhibits, art gallery strolls, colorful parades, music, community and more!

Eureka Springs has more than 350 artists working in all mediums, and during the May Festival of the Arts it’s their time to shine. From the Bridge of Love, plein air painting and the ArtRageous Parade, to concerts, art classes and the annual White Street Walk, this eclectic festival has been a cultural statement of the NWA Ozarks for 30 years!

2018 MAIN EVENTS INCLUDE:

Artmosphere Street Festival, May 5 ­– The ArtRageous Parade lines the streets with art and spunky performers creating a lively downtown “art-mosphere!” Also includes the wildly colorful ArtRageous Costume Contest!

Bridge of Love, May 10-13 – The 2nd Annual Bridge of Love event celebrates women and Mother’s Day by turning the Basin Bath Bridge into a floral masterpiece.

Art Wall Reveal, May 11 – A 3D and interactive photo display will feature then and now images of Eureka Springs on panels that span 100 feet long and 8 feet tall along First Street. Viewers will have the opportunity to experience the history of the city and how neighborhoods have changed over the years.

Music Park Yarn Bomb and Music, May 12 ­­– Crochet artist Gina Gallina and artist Ranaga Farbiarz are teaming up to turn trees into art! Interactive yarning and live music at Music Park are highlights of this event.  

Chalk Art Fest, May 16-20 – Nationally acclaimed chalk street artist Craig Thomas will lead the chalk art fest and conduct workshops. Craig will be joined by several local and regional artists for an exciting finale and reveal event!

28th Annual White Street Walk, May 18 – A party thrown by the artists themselves, the White Street Walk includes open house receptions, a street fair, a flash dance and other surprises!

Books in Bloom, May 20 – Hosted by the 1886 Historic Crescent Hotel, this free event features a bouquet of renowned authors speaking and reading from their books, as well as author signings.

Eureka Springs Plein Air Festival, May 21-24 – Now in its third year at the May Festival of the Arts, artists come together to paint the stunning, well-preserved architecture of downtown Eureka. Artists compete in a paint-out and quick-draw contest or submit their best plein air works for a public art exhibit and sale.

 

May in Eureka means there are endless ways to be immersed in the arts! Other fun events include:

For more information, visit eurekaspringsfestivalofthearts.com.

 

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Crystal Bridges Knocks It Out of the Park with ‘Soul of a Nation’

The world-class Crystal Bridges of American Art has launched a new eye-opening exhibition that shines a light on the vital contribution of black artists during the tumultuous 1960’s, ‘70s and early ’80s. 

Named by the Observer as one of the 12 Must-See Exhibitions of 2018, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power is on display at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville through April 23.

 L–R: Adger Cowans, “Shadows”, 1961; Benny Andrews, “Did the Bear Sit Under a Tree?”, 1969

This landmark exhibition was developed the Tate Modern art museum and galleries in London and made its U.S. debut at Crystal Bridges on Feb. 3.

        Wadsworth Jarrell,  “Revolutionary”, 1972.

With works by 60 artists from 1963 to 1983, Soul of a Nation includes vibrant paintings, powerful sculptures, street photography and murals. It explores the impact of the Black Power movement and the many ways artists of the era spoke through art to protest discrimination, rally people to their cause and celebrate black culture.

The exhibition begins with works created by the Spiral Group, a collective based in New York that opened up questions about the role of artists during the Civil Rights movement. 

Key events and cultural stimuli such as music, literature and sports, as well as significant symbols of the movement including Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcom X, are visible in Soul of a Nation

Crystal Bridges is one of only two American venues that are hosting this exhibition! Following its debut in Bentonville, it will travel to the Brooklyn Museum in New York.

Tickets to the featured exhibition are $10 per person; admission is free to museum members and youth 18 and younger.

Crystal Bridges welcomes all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature. The museum’s permanent collection spans five centuries of American masterworks ranging from the Colonial era to the current day. Included within the collection are iconic images such as Asher B. Durand’s Kindred Spirits, Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter, and Andy Warhol’s Coca-Cola [3] — each reflecting a distinct moment in American artistic evolution — as well as major works by modern and contemporary American artists, including Georgia O’Keeffe, John Baldessari and James Turrell. Admission to view the museum’s permanent collection is free. 

On your visit to Crystal Bridges, don’t forget to also explore the nature trails and outdoor art installations, grab a bite at Eleven restaurant, or stop by the gift shop! More information at crystalbridges.org.

 

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Watch for This! Coming This Summer

Longer days and plenty of sunshine are the perfect combination for summer fun! As the temps get warmer, be on the lookout for these festivals and events to start the season right!

2018 Artosphere: Arkansas’ Arts + Nature Festival  

June 10-23 | Across Northwest Arkansas

Artosphere Trail Mix

Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville is proud to present the 9th Annual Artosphere Festival coming to Northwest Arkansas with free and ticketed events that are fun for the whole family! Artosphere: Arkansas’ Arts + Nature Festival features entertainment, performance, celebration and conversation centered on art, music and nature at inspiring locations across the region. 

The Artosphere festival embraces sustainability, and this year, it will explore water, a subject of crucial importance around the globe.

Don’t miss the festival’s signature Chapel Music Series, featuring exquisite music performed in local churches and architectural marvels; the Artosphere Festival Orchestra with premier musicians from around the world performing under the baton of Maestro Corrado Rovaris; Artsophere’s Trail Mix, a chance for families to explore local trail systems with one-of-a-kind artistic experiences along the way – and much, much more!

For more info, visit artospherefestival.org.

BITE NW Arkansas Culinary Festival

June 20-22 | 8th Street Market, Bentonville

Returning for its fourth year, the BITE NW Arkansas culinary fest just keeps getting bigger and better – and 2018 promises to be the best yet! BITE is Northwest Arkansas’ premier food festival and is held in conjunction with the Walmart NWA LPGA Championship.

Expanded from two nights to three, the festival celebrates the best cuisine, ingredients, restaurants, beverages and chefs that this region has to offer! Tickets are on sale now! Get yours at bitenwa.com

Opera in the Ozarks 2018 Summer Season

June 22 – July 20 | Inspiration Point, Eureka Springs

This nationally acclaimed summer music festival and training program for the nation’s top emerging opera professionals will kick off its 68th season in June. Opera in the Ozarks will perform nearly two-dozen performances of three of the world’s finest operas at its mountainside venue, Inspiration Point, as part of its 2018 Summer Season!

Tickets go on sale in May for performances of Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss’ ebullient comedy, performed in English; Il Barbiere Di Siviglia, Gioacchino Rossini’s comedic masterpiece, starring Figaro, sung in Italian with English supertitles; and  The Ballad of Baby Doe, the historic tale of silver baron Horace Tabor who gains the love of the beautiful Baby Doe but loses all – except her love.

For more info, visit opera.org.

 

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New at Crystal Bridges: The Best for 2018

The arrival of 2018 means three new major exhibitions coming soon to the world-renowned Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, and we know you don’t want to miss them!
The first is a rare exhibition that shines light on the contributions of black artists in the tumultuous ‘60s and beyond, then a collection anchored by the works of the “Mother of American modernism,” and finally an exhibition portraying Native Americans in American art – inspiration awaits at every turn!
SOUL OF A NATION: ART IN THE AGE OF BLACK POWER
Feb. 3 through April 23, 2018
Tickets: $10

The first major exhibition of 2018 demonstrates how activism in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s helped shape American art as we have come to know it. Soul of a Nation features the work of 60 black artists, including vibrant paintings, powerful sculptures, street photography and murals. With only two venues in the U.S. hosting it, this landmark exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see era-defining American art.
 
Soul of a Nation begins with pieces from the Spiral Group, a New York collective that opened up questions about the role of artists during the Civil Rights movement. The exhibition explores the impact of the Black Power movement and defines the many ways artists spoke through art to protest discrimination, rally people to their cause and celebrate black culture.
 
Developed by Tate Modern in London, artists represented include Romare Bearden, Noah Purifoy, Martin Puryear, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, Alma Thomas, Charles White and William T. Williams.
Following its U.S. debut at Crystal Bridges, Soul of a Nation will travel to the Brooklyn Museum in New York.
 
THE BEYOND: GEORGIA O’KEEFFE & CONTEMPORARY ART 
May 26 through Sept. 3, 2018
Building on the museum’s own collection of significant works by Georgia O’Keeffe — including Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 and Radiator Building–Night, New York — Crystal Bridges has brought together more than three dozen of O’Keeffe’s most important works as the centerpiece of this exhibition.
It also introduces a new generation of American artists who expand upon O’Keeffe’s artistic legacy, giving viewers a chance to see her iconic style through a lens shaped by contemporary art.
Featuring works by numerous artists, O’Keeffe’s style remains an undeniable touchstone for the art presented in this exhibition, with signature themes such as flowers, feminine form, city and desert landscape, and interplay between abstraction and realism.

 

NATIVE NORTH AMERICA
Oct. 6 through Jan. 7, 2019

For generations, Native American artists have been considered outside the “mainstream” contemporary art world. This new exhibition organized by Crystal Bridges will begin to remedy that division.
Native North America is the first exhibition to chart a history of contemporary Indigenous art from the United States and Canada. It presents some 75 works spanning the 1950s to today by several important Native American artists: Kay WalkingStick, Carl Beam, Fritz Scholder, Edgar Heap of Birds and Kent Monkman.
This unprecedented exhibition offers Indigenous perspectives on land and history – and takes on the politics surrounding the way Native peoples have been represented, challenging historical assumptions and biases about Indigenous art.
Ultimately, Native North America unveils the power and influence of Native American artists, upends what has — until now — been the dominant story about contemporary art, and enriches our understanding of American art.
 
For more information about these major exhibitions and more, visit crystalbridges.org.   
While you’re at Crystal Bridges, don’t forget to visit the Museum Store, and enjoy modern American comfort food at the museum restaurant, Eleven.
A membership to Crystal Bridges provides complementary access to temporary exhibitions like the above, plus other benefits such as free guest tickets, invitations to exclusive previews, special member-only events, discounts at the museum store and more. Admission to see the museum’s permanent collections is free.
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Photo credits: Soul of a Nation: Carolyn Lawrence, Black Children Keep Your Spirits Free, 1972, acrylic on canvas; Elizabeth Catlett, Black Unity, 1968, Cedar; Dawoud Bey, A Boy in front of the Loew’s 125th Street Movie Theater, 1976, gelatin silver print. The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe & Contemporary Art: Georgia O’ Keeffe, Jimson Weed/ White Flower No. 1, 1932, oil on canvas; Loie Hollowell, Yellow Mountains, 2016, oil on acrylic medium mixed with sawdust on linen over panel; Georgia O’Keeffe, Radiator Building – Night, New York, 1927, oil on canvas; Native North America: Shan Goshorn, Removal (Ancestral Homeland and Oklahoma Indian Territory), 2012, arches watercolor paper splints, first printed with archival inks; Fritz Scholder, Monster Indian, 1968, oil on canvas; James Lavadour, (one panel from) Shake, 2014, oil on panel.

 

NWA Holiday Lights, Parades & Celebrations

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season with Northwest Arkansas’ award-winning holiday lights displays, parades and celebrations. Santa Trains, candlelight tours, tree lightings and plenty of holiday pageantry will keep everyone in the spirit!

Lights of the Ozarks

Lights of the Ozarks, Fayetteville, Nov. 17 – Dec. 31

Each year, locals and visitors alike can’t wait to see the award-winning Lights of the Ozarks! Beginning Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. with a lighting ceremony and parade, nearly a half-million twinkling lights turn Fayetteville’s historic downtown square into a sparkling winter wonderland! Every night through Jan. 1, 2018, stroll or drive through this amazing display and enjoy festive music, hot chocolate, and carriage and camel rides, too!

 

Huntsville, A Hometown Christmas, Nov. 17

You’ll feel right at home at Huntsville’s inaugural Christmas celebration! The fun begins in downtown Polk Square at 5 p.m. with a community chili dinner, followed by joyful carolers, a Christmas train for children and that magical moment during the lightening ceremony when the bulbs come to life!

Bentonville Lighting of the Square

Winter Wonderland: Lighting of the Bentonville Square, Nov. 18

This dynamic nighttime holiday lights display attracts thousands to the historic downtown square! Gather with the community from 4-6 p.m. and celebrate the season with live music, steaming hot chocolate and photos with Santa. At 6 p.m., watch as the mayor flips the switch and illuminates downtown with bright, beautiful lights!

Springdale’s Christmas Parade of the Ozarks, Nov. 25

There’s nothing like a parade of shimmering holiday floats to get you in the spirit! This year’s parade starts at 6 p.m. and will carry the theme “Christmas Around the World.” The parade has become a Springdale tradition, bringing together a diverse audience to kick off the holiday season!

Springdale’s Christmas on the Creek, Nov. 25

Don’t miss the lighting of the region’s largest live Christmas tree! The 2nd Annual Christmas on the Creek includes everything from a Christmas parade, live music, photos with Santa, carolers, food trucks and a winter market. Held downtown near Spring Creek and the new Walter Turnbow Park from noon – 7 p.m., it’s a holiday extravaganza you won’t want to miss!

Eureka Springs Parade of Lights

Eureka Springs Parade of Lights, Dec. 1

Beginning at 6 p.m., the Christmas Parade of Lights glides along the beautifully decorated streets of historic downtown Eureka Springs with holiday music, floats, parade walkers – and of course thousands of twinkling lights! 

Rogers Christmas Parade, Dec. 1

Kids and their families – naughty and nice — line the sidewalks of downtown for the annual Rogers Christmas parade. This year’s event, called “A Hollywood Christmas,” starts at 7 p.m. and includes floats in all colors, shapes and sizes, and a guest appearance by Santa himself.

Light up Siloam Springs Christmas Parade, Dec. 2

All it takes is a wave of the Siloam Springs mayor’s magic candy cane and downtown illuminates in a stunning display of holiday lights! Following the lighting ceremony, the 37th Annual Christmas Parade procession will take off down Jefferson Street with floats dressed up for this year’s theme of “Red, White & Who.” The magic begins at 5:30 p.m.!

Berryville Christmas Parade, Dec. 2

See your favorite holiday characters from the big screen, plus bands and parade royalty at its finest at the annual Berryville Christmas Parade. Held on the public square in the heart of downtown, the theme for this year’s parade is “Christmas Movies.” It starts at 6:30 p.m.!

Candlelight Tour of Homes in Eureka Springs

35th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes in Eureka Springs, Dec. 2

Journey back to days past when you tour Eureka Springs’ most beautifully restored homes lavishly decorated for the holidays. This annual self-guided tour features Victorian attired docents who tell the history of each of the homes. Visitors will also be treated to carolers, Christmas music and refreshments along the way.

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad’s Annual Holiday Trains

All-aboard for a day of ho-ho-ho-liday fun! The Arkansas & Missouri Railroad caters to the kiddos on Dec. 2 when it hosts the 14th Annual Children’s Christmas Train with rides throughout the day and a winter wonderland of games and activities before departure! Other holiday rides offered include a Springdale to Fayetteville Pajama Train excursion and dreamlike rides on the Holiday Express Train featuring Santa Claus and friends. Check out their online calendar for tickets and more information.

Bentonville Christmas Parade

Bentonville Christmas Parade, Dec. 9

Enter a parade float, or just sit back and enjoy watching nearly 100 jolly and bright floats make their way down ‘A’ Street in Bentonville. Starting at 11 a.m. with a theme of “12 Days of Christmas,” the Bentonville Christmas Parade is a wonderful way to celebrate with family and friends!

The Great Passion Play’s Christmas Drive-Thru Lights, Nov. 24 ­– Jan. 1

After dark, drive the grounds of The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs for a lights display that is sure to inspire. Enjoy a forest of illuminated Christmas trees along the way to the Christ of the Ozarks statue, and celebrate the light of the world!

Hunstville Christmas Parade, Dec. 2

Floats with delightful characters, candy, Christmas music, beautiful holiday lights and a snowball drop for the kiddos – what’s not to love about the Hunstville Christmas Parade?! The parade is set to begin at Polk Square at 6 p.m. sharp.

Winter Roundup: Fun Things to Do and See this Season

Point your compass to Northwest Arkansas and have a blast during this chilliest of seasons! Between winter gift markets, a frosty beer festival, runs and races, indoor performances and activities, and an Ozark music celebration, we’ve got what it takes to keep the fun meter up when the temps go down!

DON YOUR REINDEER EARS for the Jingle Bell Jog 5K & Reindeer Fun Run at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks on Dec. 2. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRAB YOUR SKATES and make a figure 8 at the Ice Skating Rink at Lawrence Plaza in downtown Bentonville thru January.

 

 

MEET THE ARTISTS while they work during the Nov. 19 Holiday Showcase – Meet the Artists event at Terra Studios in Fayetteville.     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHOP LOCAL during the Community Creative Center’s Holiday Gift Market from Nov. 25 to Dec. 23 at Walton Art Center’s McBride Studio. Plus, check out all kinds of other great NWA shopping options here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DON’T MISS CHIHULY: IN THE FOREST, the blockbuster outdoor exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, extended by popular demand through Nov. 27.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RUN AND RIDE one of the newest trail systems in the region at The Back 40 Trail Run & Ride in Bella Vista on Dec. 9-10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GET YOUR TICKER POUNDING with the action and thrills of cyclocross bike racing at the 2017 CycloFrost – CX Race on Dec. 9 at Lake Fayetteville.

 

TAKE A PUBLIC ART TOUR and dig the new urban street-art movement taking hold in cities across Northwest Arkansas! Read all about it here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAISE THAT PINKIE on Dec. 7 at the 51st Annual Silver Tea at the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPEND YOUR WINTER BREAK at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art with family friendly activities like art making, music, puppets and dance each afternoon from Dec. 21 thru Jan. 5, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNLEASH YOUR INNER SPIDERMAN at a local rock climbing gym, such as Ozark Climbing Gym in Springdale and La Casa Pollo in Fayetteville.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEHOLD STUNNING ARCHITECTURE at NWA’s glass chapels: Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs and Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel in Bella Vista.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAKE A HELICOPTER TOUR of NWA’s cities, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the University of Arkansas and other landmarks from above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPARK YOUR CURIOSITY this holiday season at the Scott Family Amazeum, with exhibits, fun and learning for the whole family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RING IN 2018! You and your crew (or family) are sure to find the perfect way to count down at NWA’s diverse New Year’s Eve celebrations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GET YOUR FEELS on Bluegrass, folk and American Roots at the 5th Annual Ozark Mountain Music Festival, Eureka Springs, Jan. 18-21, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAISE A FROSTY MUG and sample local craft beer on Feb. 3 at the 2018 Frost Fest Outdoor Beer Festival at Fossil Cove Brewing Company in Fayetteville. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Theater and Performing Arts

From classics like Rudolph: The Musical, and the flutes and fiddles of Irish ensemble Danú, to a soulful holiday concert by hit-maker LeAnn Rimes, each one of these vibrant performances will leave you with that warm holiday glow!

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Nov. 29 – Dec. 31, TheatreSquared

A classic Christmas tale with an inventive twist! Frank Capra’s film inspires sheer holiday magic on the big stage. Telling the story of George Bailey on a live Christmas Eve radio broadcast, five actors take on dozens of different characters recreating Bedford Falls with live foley sound effects and high-energy performances.

        Rudolph and Friends

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Dec. 2, Walton Arts Center

You’ll want to bring the entire family to this beloved holiday classic. Watch your favorite holiday characters come to life including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph! Go on a yuletide adventure where you just might discover how being different makes you special. Fun for families and all ages!

Danú, A Christmas Gathering: Féile na Nollag, Dec. 10, Walton Arts Center

This award-winning Irish ensemble makes its awaited return to Walton Arts Center! The spirited band brings the tradition of a Celtic Christmas with songs, music and stories that have emerged from the history of their homeland. Listen as virtuoso players on flute, fiddle, button accordion and percussion alongside the voice of Nell Ní Chróinín and traditional dancers bring the rich heritage of Ireland to you! 

A Christmas Story, Dec. 8-17, Arkansas Public Theater

You’ll shoot your eye out! It’s the line we all know too well from the 1983 comedy film and holiday classic, A Christmas Story. You’ll find yourself in stiches as you follow the quest of Ralphie and for the only thing on his Christmas list: a genuine Red Ryder BB gun. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, watch as Ralphie, his family and friends find themselves in all sorts of situations including a tongue stuck to a frozen flag pole and an unorthodox Chinese Christmas dinner. Don’t miss the laughs!

Film Screening: Elf and Food Drive, Dec. 9, Faulkner Performing Arts Center

Come dressed as your favorite holiday character for a special film screening of the Will Ferrell Christmas comedy, Elf. Festivities include live music, hot chocolate and more! Also, bring your canned goods to donate to the Gearhart Full Circle Food Pantry.

Music Icon LeAnn Rimes

LeAnn Rimes: Today Is Christmas, Dec. 12, Walton Arts Center

Rimes, a two-time Grammy Award winner, made a splash in country music becoming the youngest recipient of the award at the age of 14. Now, the internationally acclaimed pop-country icon brings tidings of joy to Northwest Arkansas as she performs a compilation of both original and traditional Christmas songs from her own holiday albums.

 

A Very SoNA Christmas, Dec. 16, Walton Arts Center

Have yourself A Very SoNA Christmas! This annual holiday Pops performance by the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) will include the beloved melodies that celebrate magic and beauty of the season. Also featuring the SoNA Singers, area high school and collegiate choruses, and special guest soloists.

The Snowman: A Family Concert

Walton Arts Center and the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas Present The Snowman: A Family Concert, Dec. 17

This magical holiday concert especially for children and families features a special screening of the hit film “The Snowman” with a virtuosic orchestral soundtrack that SoNA performs live. All ages will be enchanted as a winter wonderland comes to life in this timeless tale of a young boy’s special friendship with his snowman.

Arkansas Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Winter Concert, Jan. 23, Faulkner Performing Arts Center

All four of APO’s youth orchestras, plus featured ensembles, will perform in this special concert event. The philharmonic plays a vibrant role in the lives of young musicians in the area by bringing them together for coaching, mentoring, practice and performing.

PLUS MUCH MORE! — Periodically check these Northwest Arkansas performing arts venues for year-round programming: Walton Arts CenterTheatreSquaredArts Center of the OzarksArkansas Public TheatreTrike Theatre and Faulkner Performing Arts Center at the University of Arkansas.

‘Tis the Season… For Shopping!

In Northwest Arkansas, each of our cities offers unique, exciting shopping experiences. With luxury storefronts, hallmark department stores, eclectic boutiques, galleries and locally owned emporiums, you won’t shop here and not find something you like!

Fayetteville – From casual to upscale, with trendy boutiques, locally owned shops, and home to a community of talented artists and makers, Fayetteville has something for everyone. Whether you’re visiting the Northwest Arkansas Mall and the surrounding Uptown retail district, strolling the shops around the downtown square and along Block Street, or browsing for fab finds at stores peppered throughout town, there are plenty of ways to bring a piece Fayetteville home with you!

Eureka Springs – Eureka Springs is a shopper’s paradise. Boutiques, antiques, handcrafted jewelry, eclectic gifts and world-renowned arts can be found anywhere in town. From vendors in the park to lovely independent shops aplenty, you’ll find uniquely Eureka treasures and gifts for any occasion and not a mall in sight! 

Bentonville – Finding yourself in need of some retail therapy? There are many options in Bentonville. This “New American Town” boasts some of the best locally owned, one-of-a-kind boutiques and unique shopping experiences around! Be sure to explore downtown for custom gifts, local designers, art galleries, up-cycled merch and more.

Rogers – With shopping malls, quaint boutiques and antique shops, Rogers is the ultimate shopping destination. Stock up on luxury labels at the open-air Pinnacle Hills Promenade, or buy local wares and handmade items at shops along the historic downtown’s brick-lined streets. Whether you’re shopping for him, her or home, you’re bound to find it in Rogers!

Downtown Siloam Springs – Classic antiques. Classy boutiques. Funky furniture shops. Amazing artwork. Bath and kitchen bounty. Check off everything on your list when you shop in downtown Siloam Springs. The question is, is your trunk big enough for all the treasures you’ll find?

SpringdaleSpringdale offers shopping options from one end of the city to the other. Browse boutiques and specialty shops along Emma Street in downtown, or find some of the best deals around at factory stores and outlets. From antique malls with thousands of square feet of collectables and gifts, to local markets with food, vintage and handmade – let your quest for that perfect unique gift lead you to Springdale!