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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

Bentonville art culinary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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


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

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

Rogers Frisco Festival – August 26-27


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

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


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

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 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.


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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 and

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


Ultimate Off-Road Biking Destination!

Whether you’re ripping through the woods on ribbons of singletrack or flying over a tabletop at a jump park, riders of all skill levels will find plenty of action on Northwest Arkansas’ nationally known bike trails. For comprehensive trail info, visit and

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Slaughter Pen

Slaughter Pen – Bentonville

This mountain biking park 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 or click here for more info.

Blowing Springs Trails – Bella Vista

About six miles of singletrack and spectacular scenic views are on tap at Blowing Springs. Dotted with caves, waterfalls, springs and cliff riding, this trail is accessible to amateurs with challenges for seasoned riders. Great for hikers, mountain bikers and trail runners alike. Visit or click here for more info.


The Railyard

The Railyard


The Railyard Bike Park – Rogers

One of the only bike jump courses in this part of the country, The Railyard opened in Rogers in Fall 2015. The bike park connects to the Lake Atalanta trail system and features wall rides, whale tails, concrete lips and more. It accommodates all kinds of bicycles and riders of every skill level. More info at

Mount Kessler Greenway – Fayetteville

One of the best hidden treasures in Fayetteville, this unique and rocky trail system meanders through an urban forest in southwest Fayetteville. Weave your way through the tricky terrain with big boulders and rock gardens before climbing to singletrack. Mountain bikers, hikers and runners can’t stay away from this exciting adventure destination! Visit or click here for more info.

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Mount Kessler

Lake Leatherwood – Eureka Springs

With one of the most aggressive downhill bike trails in the region, Lake Leatherwood Trails serve up adventure at every turn with lots of short climbs, ridge-line flows, technical rock drops, and great lake views. The system includes approx. 25 miles of multi-use trails amongst a 1600-acre park within the city limits of Eureka Springs, and offers opportunities for all skill levels. Visit for more info.

Spring Roundup: Fun Things to Do and See in Northwest Arkansas

Whether you’re hanging with the kids while school is out for Spring Break, or looking for weekend fun during the entire spring season, here’s a list of some best-bet options:

Soar through the air on a high-flying zipline or skydive adventure: Ozark Mountain Ziplines, Skydive Skyranch


Hike the grounds at Crystal Bridges past waterfalls, art sculptures and more along the 3.5 miles of trails winding through the museum’s wooded grounds: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Pedal the Razorback Regional Greenway along its 37 miles of multi-use trails, alongside lakes, parks, downtowns and more: NWA Trails

Hit the dirt at the region’s off-road mountain-bike trails and parks: The Railyard, Mt. Kessler GreenwaysSlaughter Pen Trails

Navigate the waters of the scenic Illinois River in Siloam Springs, engineered for skilled kayakers as well as beginners with a length of rapids approximately 700 feet and Class II and III difficulty: Siloam Springs Kayak Park


Fancy a golf game at award-winning courses in Bella Vista and Holiday Island: Bella Vista Village, Holiday Island

Relive moments in time at a regional history museum: Shiloh Museum, Arkansas Air & Military MuseumThe Walmart Museum, Rogers Historical MuseumMuseum of Native American History, Clinton House Museum

Explore the underground wonders of the Ozarks during a wild cave tour: Cosmic Cavern, War Eagle Cavern

Taste your way through a local craft brew tour: Fayetteville Ale Trail

Walk on the wild side at a wildlife animal park: Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Wild Wilderness Drive Through Safari

Sway your head at a headlining concert at the Walmart AMP – upcoming shows include Jason Aldean, Ellie Goulding, Journey and The Doobie Brothers, Kenny Chesney, Sammy Hagar, Miranda Lambert and more: Arkansas Music Pavilion

Opening night at the Walmart AMP Pavilion with Blake Shelton on Saturday June 7, 2014 in Rogers, Arkansas

Work your taste buds on Holiday Island at the state Chili Championship: Arkansas State Chili Cookoff

Explore the Ozarks landscape, wildlife and exhibits at Northwest Arkansas’ four state parks: Devil’s DenPrairie Grove BattlefieldHobbsWithrow Springs

Paddle a canoe along the nearby Buffalo National River, or the White, Kings or Mulberry Rivers: BuffaloWhiteKingsMulberry

Indulge in local art, culture and entertainment downtown at Fayetteville’s First Thursday and Bentonville’s First Friday celebrations: First Thursday Fayetteville, First Friday Bentonville


Check out the blooms at a colorful display garden: Botanical Garden of the OzarksBlue Spring Heritage Center, Compton Gardens

Get creative with spring art lessons, camps and workshops: Crystal Bridges Museum of American ArtCommunity Creative Center, Arts Center of the Ozarks

Stoke your sense of curiosity and discovery at the Scott Family Amazeum through hands-on activities and interactive exhibits: Scott Family Amazeum


Browse the season’s best at NWA’s award-winning local farmers markets: Fayetteville, RogersSiloam SpringsEureka SpringsBentonville, Springdale, Huntsville/Madison County