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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.

Devil’s Den State Park

Devil’s Den State Park, Washington County: Touting 2,500 unspoiled acres adjoining the Ozark National Forest, Devil’s Den is a favorite for camping, hiking 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.

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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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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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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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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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