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NWA Summer Festivals

Summertime in Northwest Arkansas is packed with a full range of community events and festivals – from art, music and diversity, to classic cars, cycling and even man’s best friend! Make the most of your summer during this busiest of busy seasons!

Eureka Springs Mustang Show, June 1-4: Take the scenic route through Ozark byways for this inaugural event 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.

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend, June 15-18: Award-winning musicians, including Blues Hall of Fame artists, will perform at venues all around historic Eureka Springs during the city’s annual Blues Weekend.

Bentonville Art and Culinary Festival, Month of June: During the month of June, this festival is carried out across downtown Bentonville through culinary events, demonstrations, talks and tastings, as well as interactive crafts and activities for the kiddos.

Highberry Music Festival – June 29-July 2: The 8th Annual Highberry Music Festival at The Farm Campground in Eureka Springs boasts rockin’ tunes and beautiful scenery amidst the 160-acre site that backs up to the Mark Twain National Forest. Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake and the White River are all within 5 miles of the venue. This four-day music and camping festival features dozens of bands on multiple stages and performance spaces – including The Floozies, Dark Star Orchestra, Funky Meters, Dopapod, Perpetual Groove, The Marcus King Band, Pink Talking Fish and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, just to name a few. 

19th Annual Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival, July 14-16: Attracting riders, spectators and party-goers from several states, this three-day cycling festival is packed with downhill, short track and cross country racing…glued together with group rides, social gatherings, live music, craft beer and all-around good vibes! 

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Summer Diversity Weekend in Eureka Springs, August 4-6: Four times a year, Eureka Springs dedicates a weekend to celebrating love and diversity. Spend an afternoon strolling the city’s downtown, the entirety of which is on the national historic register. There are dozens of art galleries, local pubs, scrumptious restaurants and eclectic shops, too.

Dog Days at the Farmers Market in Siloam Springs, August 5: You and your four-legged friend will be nothing short of spoiled at this celebration of pets and their people. Enjoy activities and pet-themed vendors in downtown Siloam Springs.

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Tontitown Grape Festival, August 1-5: A Northwest Arkansas summer staple, this unique festival in its 119th 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 and fried chicken dinners and grape stomping events.

Eurekan Multisport Festival, August 11-13: 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.

Fayetteville Roots Fest

Fayetteville Roots Festival, August 24-27: With four days of music, food and community, the Fayetteville Roots Festival keeps it funky. Check out the music that gives the Ozarks its soul while showing your support of locally sourced cuisine.

25th Annual Eureka Springs VW Festival, August 25-27: Enjoy a weekend dedicated to one of most recognizable car brands of our time! Not only will you find classic Volkswagen Bugs, vans and all models in between, but there is the giant swap meet, a tourcade and live entertainment, too.

Rogers Frisco Festival, August 25-26: 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, it’s another great reason to visit beautiful downtown Rogers.

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NWA Top Summer Picks

Summer is (almost) here! People are active, cold beverages are flowing and special summer events and activities are heating up. Optimize your fun this summer with our list of some fun and unique NWA must-dos this season!

PUBLIC ART TOUR: Northwest Arkansas, Fayetteville in particular, has a vibrant public art scene…from eclectic outdoor sculptures to large art murals, painted utility boxes and storm drains, and more. Snap pictures of these public art favorites while you explore the city on foot or by bike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RIDE WITH US: Bentonville’s cycling culture is second to none! With local community rides for cyclists every Monday through Sunday, it’s always a good day to bike in Bentonville. Bonus: The greater NWA region’s 200+ miles of bike trails!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CELEBRATION OF THE SENSES: The Art of Wine Festival on June 8-10 at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville is a chance to sample some of the world’s finest wines and an array of artfully crafted local cuisine! (Must be 21 or older to purchase tickets.)

 

BANG, POW, BOOM: NWA’s first Art Pop Comic Expo is coming to the Jones Center in Springdale on June 9-10. Pick up prints, original art and signed comics by top industry talent from Marvel, DC, IDW, Dark Horse and more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PADDLE-UP YOGA: Combine the natural beauty of Beaver Lake east of Rogers with stand-up paddle boarding and yoga, and you’ll get a fun, healing workout with a few laughs, too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOCALLY GROWN: Take advantage of Northwest Arkansas’ summer farmers market with seasonal harvests, arts and crafts, and community activities for the whole family! Check out markets in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville, Holiday Island, Siloam Springs, Eureka Springs, Bella Vista and Huntsville.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YEE-HAW! The 73rd Annual Rodeo of the Ozarks coming to Springdale on June 21-24 is one of the leading outdoor rodeos in the nation, bringing more than 500 of the best cowboys and rough stock for four nights of rodeo action!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZIPPIN IN THE OZARKS: Ozark Mountain Ziplines in Eureka Springs will take you on a Costa Rican-style zipline canopy tour in the heart of the Ozarks. With ten cables and one awesome swinging bridge!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SIP & LEARN: Try a flight from new wineries every first Thursday of the month at Brick Street Brews in Rogers! Sip & Learn includes hand-picked styles from a variety of boutique wineries, followed by guided tasting in a casual atmosphere. Also check out tastings at Keels Creek Winery in Eureka Springs, Sassafras Springs Vineyards and Winery in Springdale, and Tontitown Winery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIVE IN: When the warm, sunny days of summer come calling, Northwest Arkansas has plenty of splash zones to keep you cool! Check out 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOCAL FLAVORS: With everything from street food to fine dining, eclectic to mainstream and locally sourced to international, a mouthwatering array of choices and culinary experiences are ripe for the taking in Bentonville, Eureka Springs, Fayetteville, Rogers, Springdale and Siloam Springs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRAVO! Opera in the Ozarks‘ summer season kicks off June 23 thru July 21 at its mountainside (and air conditioned!) venue, Inspiration Point in Eureka Springs. Catch the country’s top opera up-and-comers in 22 performances of The Marriage of Figaro, Carmen and Susannah. Sunday shows at Arend Arts Center in Bentonville.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL: Experience the story behind the music when the record-breaking smash Broadway hit Motown The Musical comes to Walton Arts Center June 27 – July 2!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR: Celebrate the 4th of July with NWA Naturals Baseball at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale with the largest Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular in all of Northwest Arkansas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRIT SERIES: The Natural State Criterium Series brings pro and amateur cyclists to downtown Bentonville, Rogers and Springdale on July 7-9. Free and fun for all ages, cyclists will wow spectators as they zoom along city streets during the competition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIREFLY FLING: The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks will transform into a magical world for the 2017 Firefly Fling on July 15 with live music and tales from storytellers, and after dark there will be glowing games, performances and fire dancing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Naturally Fun: NWA State Parks, Lakes and Rivers

Northwest Arkansas’ state and national park properties, and area lakes and rivers, are the perfect summer getaway! Whether you’re hiking, biking, camping, fishing, floating, waterskiing or whatever your pleasure, these naturally fun destinations provide all sorts of ways to explore and savor the great outdoors.

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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 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, 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

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park: The site of the last major Civil War battle in Northwest Arkansas (Dec. 7, 1862), this park features a museum, visitor center, the one-mile Battlefield Trail and a five-mile driving tour. Battle reenactments take place biennially in December of even numbered years.

 

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, approximately 2.5 miles of the Trail of Tears and more.

 

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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.

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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Epic Off-Road Biking

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

Mt. Kessler Greenways

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

 

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

 

The Railyard Bike Park

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

 

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

 

Sager Creek Trail

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

 

 

 

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

 

Slaughter Pen Trail

SLAUGHTER PEN MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK – This mountain biking park in Bentonville features more than 20 miles of singletrack, a free-ride park for tricks, and 16 skinny Northshore log rides. Considered easy to moderate to navigate, the trails run through forested and rocky hillsides. Visit oztrailsnwa.com.

 

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

 

Blowing Springs Bike Trail

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

 

 

 

 

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Northwest Arkansas Spring Roundup

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NWA Winter Fun Roundup

Have a blast this winter with fun for every age, taste and style. From art markets and chocolate tastings to a mountain music jam, trail run and ride, and even a Civil War reenactment, you’ll stay entertained December through February in Northwest Arkansas!

HOLIDAY ICE SKATING — The area’s only outdoor ice rink, Lawrence Plaza Ice Skating Rink in Bentonville hosts Frosty Flicks during the winter holiday season. Skate around the rink while classics like “The Grinch,” “Frozen” and “The Santa Claus” play on the big screen. Opens Nov. 19!

TIS THE SEASON — For the liveliest of holiday entertainment right here in Northwest Arkansas, these concerts, plays, ballets and symphonies are sure to get you in the spirit of the season!

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PINKIES UP! — Get your white gloves ready for the 50th Annual Silver Tea on Dec. 1 at the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs! Invite your best gals and make a day of it!

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COVER YOUR EARS — Relive a Civil War battle during the biennial Battle of Prairie Grove Reenactment on Dec. 3-4 at the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park.

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HIT THE BACK 40 — Trail runners and mountain bikers alike can experience the newest trail system in Northwest Arkansas on Dec. 10-11 at The Back 40 Trail Run & Ride in Bella Vista.

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12 GARDENS OF WINTER — Gear up for fun during the month of December as Fayetteville’s Botanical Garden of the Ozarks transforms into a land of holiday cheer for the 12 Gardens of Winter! As night fall, the gardens light up and activities will be available for all ages.

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LOST IN THE MUSEUM — Larger than it appears from the outside and packed with cool exhibits, the Museum of Native American History in Bentonville traces history through pottery, attire, tools and artifacts. It’s the perfect way to spend a quiet afternoon!

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SEASONAL GIFT MARKETS — Just in time for the holidays, find unique gifts at the Winter Art Market in downtown Bentonville through Dec. 10, and the Holiday Gift Market at Walton Arts Center’s McBride Studio through Dec. 23.

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TAKING IN THE VIEW — Winter is the perfect time to visit two of the most beautiful and inspiring chapels in the world! Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs and Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel in Bella Vista feature world-renowned E. Fay Jones architecture in stunning wooded settings.

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KEEP CALM AND EAT CHOCOLATE — Sample this smooth and creamy favorite in the form of bars, brownies, cakes, chocolate-covered espresso beans, ice cream and more during the 2017 Chocolate Lovers Festival on Feb. 11 in Eureka Springs.

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WORLD-CLASS ART — Visit Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville for the internationally acclaimed museum’s latest exhibitions: The Art of American Dance, through Jan. 16, and Border Cantos: Sight & Sound Explorations from the Mexican-American Border, starting Feb. 18. (Richard Misrach, Wall, East of Nogales, Arizona, 2014, pigment print, 60″ × 80″)  

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RING IN THE NEW YEAR — Whether you’re with your buddies or the kiddos and family, we have unique and affordable ways to celebrate New Year’s in Northwest Arkansas!

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ELEVEN ACTS IN FOUR DAYS — A fusion of Bluegrass, Folk and American Roots Music, the Ozark Mountain Music Festival on Jan. 19-22 in Eureka Springs touts live music all day long at multiple indoor venues. 

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EUREKA GRAS PARADE — The Lights and Sound Parade on Feb. 18 features themed floats, walkers and dancers to the sound of Mardi Gras music. Part of the month-long 12th Annual Eureka Springs Mardi Gras festival.

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TINKER TIME — Tap into your creative side at the Scott Family Amazeum in Bentonville where kids and families can learn, explore and just plain have fun at the 3M Tinkering Hub, Canopy Climber, General Mills Lift, Load & Haul and other cool exhibits.

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TOY STORY ­— View the Vintage Toy Exhibit on display now at the Siloam Springs Museum. With collectibles dating back to 1904, this display offers a fascinating look at all kinds of toys from the past.

 

 

NWA Theater and Performing Arts

Northwest Arkansas is the state’s hub for performing arts, including the jolliest of holiday performances and events. With Christmas symphonies, holiday musicals, ballets, plays and beyond – this stellar entertainment is sure to bring you smiles and joy!

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The Nutcracker at Walton Arts Center

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s The Nutcracker, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, Nov. 25-27 — Versatility, technical excellence and a captivating style are trademarks of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. The Nutcracker is a sparkling holiday tradition with enchanting costumes, timeless storytelling and a brilliant score by Tchaikovsky. Watch with delight as toys come to life, the Sugar Plum Fairy spreads her magic and the valiant Nutcracker helps Clara defeat the Mouse King. A holiday classic for the whole family!

 

 

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Symphony of Northwest Arkansas

A Very SoNA Christmas, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, Dec. 3 — The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas kicks off the 2016-17 Season with its annual holiday concert, A Very SoNA Christmas. The region’s finest professional musicians perform a collection of favorite sacred and secular music celebrating the magic and beauty of Christmas. Featuring the SoNA Singers, UA Schola Cantorum and special guest soloists.

SoNA and Walton Arts Center Present The Snowman: A Family Concert, Dec. 4 — Your favorite holiday treat returns to Walton Arts Center for a third year with The Snowman: A Family Concert. Come experience this special screening of the award-winning film “The Snowman” as SoNA musicians bring to life the extraordinary score in an afternoon that is sure to enchant your little ones.

Tim Warfield’s All-Star Jazzy Christmas, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, Dec. 10 — Acclaimed saxophonist Tim Warfield, known for his distinctive and soulful tone, has assembled an all-star cast to perform arrangements of holiday gems like you’ve never heard them before. An All-Star Jazzy Christmas puts a soulful, contemporary spin on classic holiday tunes like “Let It Snow,” “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night” and more.

Christmas with the APO, Arend Arts Center, Bentonville, Dec. 17 — Join the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra for one of the finest Christmas performances in the region. Christmas with the APO features all your yuletide favorites along with the Singing Men of Arkansas, the University of Arkansas Children’s Choir and the Arkansas Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

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The Hip Hop Nutcracker

The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, Dec. 22 — This isn’t your typical holiday production! Switch up a classic Christmas fable by setting it in 1980’s Brooklyn, NY, add hip-hop music and breakdancing, and you have The Hip Hop Nutcracker! This exciting rendition of The Nutcracker is told by an onstage hip-hop DJ accompanied by electric violinist, all while integrating the classic compositions of Tchaikovsky.

TheatreSquared Presents Great Expectations, Nadine Baum Studios, Fayetteville, Nov. 30 thru Jan. 1 — After a terrifying Christmas Eve graveyard encounter, young orphan Pip’s life will never be the same. Follow Pip on his dynamic journey in a quest for love while facing the certainty of his perplexing past. This return of Great Expectations is amazingly performed with only six cast members who depict more than 40 different characters. Don’t miss this fascinating adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless tale!

Lightwire Theatre Presents A Very Electric Christmas, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, Dec. 23 — A twist on the art of storytelling, A Very Electric Christmas brightens up the holidays this year with familiar characters such as Nutcracker soldiers and the Mouse King, caroling worms, dancing candy canes and much more. Perfect for all ages.

Walton Arts Center’s 25th Anniversary & Grand Reopening Celebration, Fayetteville, Nov. 19 — Northwest Arkansas’ performing arts powerhouse will debut its new expansion and renovation at this 25th Anniversary Grand Reopening Celebration. Enjoy free family friendly activities during the day and a behind-the-scenes look at the magic that happens in the theater. In the evening, pop in the jazz lounge for live performances, or dance away the night with entertainment in Starr Theater.

PLUS MUCH MORE! — Periodically check these Northwest Arkansas performing arts venues for year-round programming, including Broadway productions: Walton Arts Center, TheatreSquared, Arts Center of the Ozarks, Arkansas Public Theatre and Trike Theatre.

Razorback Sports Action at its Finest

In Northwest Arkansas, we call the Hogs year ‘round! Whether you’re a basketball, baseball or gymnastics fan, the University of Arkansas Razorbacks have what you need this season!

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Bud Walton Arena

Razorback Basketball

Fans love to fill up the state-of-the art Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville and cheer for Razorback basketball. With the men’s and women’s seasons in play through March 4, 2017, there is plenty of time to get in on the action.

Head Coach Mike Anderson and the men’s team are well underway to delivering their signature “Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball” for the 2016-17 season. Plus, Anderson added to the coaching staff Razorback legend Scott Thurman, who played during one of the most decorated seasons in Razorback history and made the three-point buzzer beater than won the 1994 NCAA championship for the Hogs. For the 2016-17 men’s basketball schedule, click here.

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Razorback Women’s Basketball

The Razorback women’s basketball team is on a roll after cruising to a 79-32 win over Oklahoma Baptist in an exhibition game on Nov. 3. Head coach Jimmy Dykes is entering his third year at the helm with nine returning players from a team that went 12-18 overall last season. For the 2016-17 women’s season schedule, click here.

Razorback Baseball

The Razorback baseball team is preparing for an action-packed 2017 season. The Diamond Hogs will play 34 home games at Fayetteville’s Baum Stadium, home of the largest video board in collegiate baseball. Look forward to a great turnout at the team’s season opener at Baum against the Miami University Redhawks on Feb. 17. For the 2017 season schedule, click here.

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Razorback Gymnastics

Don’t miss the Arkansas Gymbacks as they prepare to cartwheel their way through a loaded 2017 season. The Razorback gymnastics teams will host home meets against SEC opponents Alabama on Jan. 27, LSU on Feb. 10, and Florida on Feb. 17 — all at UA’s Barnhill Arena. For the gymnastics team’s 2017 schedule, click here.

 

 

Falling for Fall: Autumn Must-Dos in Northwest Arkansas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Get Ready for Bikes, Blues & BBQ 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Main Stage on Dickson Street:

Wednesday, Sept. 21

5:30-7:00 – The Boss Tweeds

7:30-9:00 – Arkansauce

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

Thursday, Sept. 22

4:00-5:00 – Gary Hutchison

5:30-7:00 – The Nace Brothers

7:30-9:00 – Oreo Blue

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

Friday, Sept. 23

3:00-4:00 – The Ocie Band

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

4:45-6:00 – The Uncrowned Kings

6:30-8:00 – Earl and Them

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

10:30-12:00 – Jason D. Williams

Saturday, Sept. 24

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

4:30-6:00 – Divas on Fire

6:30-8:00 – Dead Metal Society

8:30-10:00 – Full House

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

10:30-12:00 Barrett Baber

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

Wednesday, Sept. 21

5:30-8:30 – The Buddy Shute Band

9:00-12:00 – Trick Bag

Thursday, Sept. 22

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

9:00-12:00 – Down Town Live Wires

Friday, Sept. 23

6:00-9:00 – Art Bentley

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

10:00-1:00 – Knock Kneed Sally

Saturday, Sept. 24

5:00-8:30 – 412 West

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

For more info, visit bikesbluesandbbq.org.

 

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