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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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

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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.

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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!

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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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Siloam Springs Farmers Market

 

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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Art of Wine Festival

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.

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

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.

An Outdoor Paradise: NWA’s State Parks, Lakes and Rivers

In the summertime, Northwest Arkansas’ state and national parks, lakes and rivers provide the ultimate escape to some of the most spectacular mountains, hiking, biking, camping, fishing, water sports and scenery around.

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Devil’s Den State Park

Devil’s Den State Park – Washington County

This iconic park for camping, hiking, backpacking, and equestrian and mountain bike trails consists of 2,500 unspoiled acres adjoining the Ozark National Forest. A swimming pool, nature programs and cabins add to its rustic appeal. More info at arkansasstateparks.com.

Hobbs State Park – Benton, Madison and Carroll Counties

With 12,056 acres and limited development, this massive park truly explores the diverse Ozarks landscape. It offers 35 miles of hiking trails, including multi-use and ADA routes; a 17,500-square-foot visitor center with interactive exhibits; a wildlife viewing area and educational programs. More info at arkansasstateparks.com.

 

Withrow Springs State Park – Madison County

Hiking trails offer charming views and access to War Eagle Creek, where fishing for catfish, bream and bass is a favorite pastime for park visitors. Park activities include camping, swimming, baseball, softball, tennis and picnicking. Canoeing is another prized pastime, and shuttle service for canoe rentals is available. The park has a visitor center and gift shop. More info at arkansasstateparks.com.

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park – Washington County

This expansive park was the site of the last major Civil War battle in Northwest Arkansas. Fought on December 7, 1862, the Confederate defeat here paved the way for control of the region by the Union Army. The park features a museum, visitors center, the one-mile Battlefield Trail and a five-mile driving tour. Battle reenactments take place biennially in December of even numbered years. More info at arkansasstateparks.com.

Pea Ridge National Military Park – Benton County

Protecting the site of the American Civil War Battle of Pea Ridge (March 7-8, 1862), this national military park is one of the best-preserved Civil War battlefields. Spanning 4,300 acres, it includes a visitors center and museum, a driving tour, approximately 2.5 miles of the Trail of Tears, restored battlefields, and more. And with the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service this year, it is the perfect reason to visit today! More info at nps.gov.

Beaver Lake

Beaver Lake

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 plentiful in this prize of a lake. More info at arkansas.com.

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. The area is buzzing with anglers, canoeists, campers, hikers, mountain bikers, and wildlife watchers. Amenities include a swim beach, air-conditioned cabins, playgrounds, volleyball courts, trails, a boat ramp and horseshoes. More info at arkansas.com.

Photo by Marc F. Henning Fishermen on Loch Lomond in Bella Vista, Ark.

Loch Lomond in Bella Vista

Bella Vista Lakes ­– Benton County

The northernmost city in Northwest Arkansas, 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. More info at bellavistapoa.com.

White River – Carroll, Madison and Washington Counties

Flowing through mountainous regions of the Ozarks, 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. More info at arkansas.com.

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. More info at arkansas.com.

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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, enrichments that are part of the Siloam Springs Kayak Park have made the Illinois a lovely Class II play spot for kayakers year-round. Canoe and kayak outfitters, campsites, hiking and horseback riding trails and cabin rentals are available. More info at arkansas.com and siloamspringskayakpark.com.

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. It is within minutes of the marina, golf course and the many other amenities of Holiday Island. More info at holidayisland.us.