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We Heart Autumn: Top Things to Do & See This Fall

From scenic fall rides, foodie fests, art strolls and concerts at the AMP, to farmers markets, fun runs, rides and marathons, and more – experience NWA your way this autumn with our curated list of top things to do and see!          

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Major Fall Festivals & Events

The sky is the limit when it comes to the variety of fall festivals and events in Northwest Arkansas! From September through November, we’ve got the best ways to experience the tastes, sounds, culture and happenings of autumn in the Ozarks.

 

Antique Auto Fest

48th Annual Antique Auto Festival | Sept. 7-8 | Eureka Springs

The longest running car show in Northwest Arkansas! Featuring a sunset cruise, live music, food, a parade through historic downtown and awards. Trolley service, on-site camping and RV parking are available. Gate admission is free.

 

Fall Music & Art Festival | Sept. 9 | Terra Studios | Fayetteville

Bring the family and explore Terra Studios’ magical six-acre Art Park featuring live entertainment by Song Circles, heritage folk art, onsite art demonstrations, delicious food from local food trucks, craft vendors and more! 

 

Fall Music & Art Fest

Jazz Eureka | Sept. 14-15 | Downtown

Celebrating 33 years of jazz in Eureka Springs! Always packing a stellar lineup, this annual jazz fest features free performances in Basin Spring Park – plus, this year’s headliner, four-time Grammy winner Larry Carlton in concert at The Auditorium.

 

International Festival | Sept. 16 | Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

As part of national Welcoming Week, bring the family to the garden on a beautiful fall evening for the 3rd Annual International Festival! This free event, open to the community, features traditional dance performances on the Great Lawn throughout the evening, a variety of ethnic food for sale from local food trucks, and interactive displays and activities. Picnics, lawn chairs and blankets are welcome!

 
30th Annual Mountain Bike and Cross Country Festival | Sept. 15 | Devil’s Den 

Devil’s Den State Park is proud to celebrate 30 years of mountain biking in the Ozarks. This USA Cycling-sanctioned race is a point series event for the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series. For more info contact Tim Scott at tim.scott@arkansas.gov.

 

Fayetteville Film Fest

Fayetteville Film Fest | Sept 20-22 | Downtown

In its tenth year, the Fayetteville Film Fest is a cultural leader in the region, bringing world-class film to the area, developing meaningful relationships with filmmakers, and nurturing the art. With young and emerging filmmakers, virtual reality film, and a red-carpet opening night street party, be sure to save the dates!

 

30th Annual Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival | Sept. 22 | Fayetteville

Each year, hundreds of college and high school teams compete in this fun and prestigious race. Additionally, hundreds of individuals take part in the fun runs and one-mile Pepper Dash. After the races are over, everyone comes together for a hot Mexican food feast!

 

Chile Pepper Festival

Bluegrass & BBQ at The Farm | Sept. 28-30 | Eureka Springs

Two nights of music and camping await at the Farm, located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains with 360-degree panoramic views. This year’s festival lineup includes Aaron Kamm and the One Drops, Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings, Grateful Bluegrass Boys, Whiskey for the Lady, and Circus No. 9.

 

Oz Trails Off-Road Festival | Oct. 5-7 | Bentonville & Bella Vista 

Featuring mountain bike rides with three distance options (25, 35 or 50 miles) along some of the finest singletrack in Northwest Arkansas! With an industry expo, live music, and great eats, don’t miss this change to mingle with bike-minded riders in what is being called the new Mountain Bike Mecca of America!

 

Off-Road Festival

Arkansas Apple Festival, Oct. 5-7 | Lincoln, Washington County

Founded in 1975, the Arkansas Apple Festival brings arts and crafts, fair food, kids activities and apples galore to Northwest Arkansas. Snack on free apple slices while getting a historic glimpse of what life was like in the Apple Capital of Arkansas years ago.

 

Tinkerfest 5 | Oct. 6 | Scott Family Amazeum

This celebration of creativity and curiosity brings makers, tinkerers, artists and creatives together to share their work – while inviting attendees to join in the DIY fun! Spotlighting work by Amazeum Makers-in-Residence and STEAM activities for all ages.

 

Hillberry The Harvest Moon Music Festival | Oct. 11-14 | The Farm

This four-day outdoor music festival sells out fast! This year’s lineup includes Railroad Earth, Trampled by Turtles, Sam Bush, Lettuce, The Wood Brothers, Billy Strings, Big Smith and more!

 

30th Annual Pea Ridge Mule Jump | Oct. 13 | Pea Ridge

This truly one-of-a-kind event features mules of all shapes and sizes leaping incredible heights over all sorts of obstacles! Bring the family and make a day of it joining thousands of other attendees enjoying the festivities.  

 

Oktoberfest Pub Crawl: Tap into History | Oct. 19 | Downtown Siloam Springs

Beer, food, friends and history. What could be better? This annul pub crawl includes downtown bars and restaurants with a stop at the Siloam Springs Museum to learn about the history of this Benton County city with a creek running through its downtown. 

 

Eureka Oktoberfest

Eureka Springs Oktoberfest | Oct. 20

Nestled in the Ozarks, the Victorian-styled arts enclave of Eureka Springs loves to throw a party! This annual festival held in the middle of downtown includes the finest craft brews from more than 25 local breweries.

 

MINIs in the Ozarks | Oct. 25-28 | Eureka Springs

Each fall, MINI car enthusiasts from all over the country gather for a fun-packed weekend in Eureka Springs, taking in the stunning autumn scenery and relishing in the curvy roads of Northwest Arkansas. 

 

MINIs in the Ozarks

Ozarktober Fest | Oct. 25-28 | Downtown Springdale

Celebrating the rich culture of the Ozarks, sample the area’s wonderful traditions set among amenities that are unique to Springdale. Ozarktober Fest features local food, live music, lore, microbrews and a free Halloween fest for kids.

 

Outerbike Bentonville Expo | Oct. 26-28 | Bentonville

One of four national Outerbike events this year, Outerbike Bentonville brings the industry’s newest bike demos for attendees to try out on local trails. When you’re not riding, check out the latest and greatest bike innovations and partake of free beer – part of the day’s pass!

 

IMBA Dirty 30

IMBA Dirty 30 | Oct. 26-27 | Bentonville

Help the International Mountain Bicycling Association celebrate its 30th anniversary! Part of Outerbike Bentonville, this festival includes multiple group rides, an awards ceremony and a Saturday night party. 

 

Eureka Springs Zombie Crawl | Oct. 27 | Downtown

A parade of hungry zombies will make their way down Spring Street, followed by apocalyptic vehicles, spooky street performers and Halloween floats. Don’t miss Eureka’s biggest parade spectacle!

 

Zombie Crawl

Fall Diversity Weekend | Nov. 2-4 | Downtown Eureka Springs

The LGBT community and friends celebrate fall in Eureka Springs! Hotels, restaurants and nightclubs offer a wide variety of entertainment, including live music, DJ dance-till-you-drop parties, glam drag shows, costume contests and more.

 

NEW* Kessler Mountain Jam | Nov. 3-4 | Fayetteville

Formerly hosted in Bentonville as the Slaughter Pen Jam, Kessler Mountain Jam is a mountain bike festival with live music, food and family friendly activities. Open to all riding abilities and sanctioned by USA Cycling.  

 

Ozark Folk Fest

71st Annual Ozark Folk Festival | Nov. 9-11 | Eureka Springs

Celebrate the longest-running annual folk festival in America! Featuring the Barefoot Ball, free folk music and dancing in Basin Spring Park, and the Hedgehoppers in concert at The Auditorium.

 

Back 40 Fall for All | Nov. 10 | Bella Vista 

Mark your calendar for this community festival celebrating the Back 40 Trails — a favorite for biking, hiking, running, and enjoying nature at its best. With activities in the morning and food, music and an expo in the afternoon, it’s fall for all, y’all! 

 

Antique Festival

 
Antique Festival of the Ozarks | Nov. 16-19 | Eureka Springs

Enjoy antique shopping from dealers across the country in beautiful Eureka Springs during the peak season of fall color. 

Fall Arts and Crafts Fairs Return!

Arts and crafts lovers rejoice as autumn brings the much-anticipated return of Fall Arts and Crafts Fairs to Northwest Arkansas! 
The Ozarks have long held a rich arts and maker culture, and every October we are home to some of the premier arts and craft fairs in the country. 
With contemporary, country-styled, holiday-themed and Indie wares, too, these arts and crafts fairs are held region-wide, offering handmade, authentic items for every taste, style and budget. 
 
HERE ARE SOME OF THE POPULAR FAIRS:
The Homegrown Festival – Oct. 6: Held in historic downtown Siloam Springs, this arts and crafts fair has a contemporary bent with one-of-a-kind and limited-run items including illustrations, printmaking, clothing, music, jewelry and accessories, homemade, salvaged and repurposed goods and lots of hand-picked vintage. There’s also live music, food trucks and kayaking along Sager Creek.
 
Spanker Creek Farm Arts & Crafts Festival – Oct. 17-21: Located on a farm setting with a true Ozark atmosphere, Spanker Creek welcomes returning and new exhibitors from all over the country to the fair now in its 12th year. Just north of Bentonville, Spanker Creek runs along the entire south side of the fairgrounds and flows into Sugar Creek on the west side. 
 
 
WAR EAGLE MILL CRAFTS FAIRS: The picturesque War Eagle Mill east of Rogers is the site of three longtime arts and crafts fairs that draw tens of thousands of crafters each year! 
War Eagle Mill Arts & Crafts Fair – Oct. 18-21: Celebrating its 46th year, this fair features the work of professional crafts men and women offering original, handmade work such as country decorative items, folk art, watercolor and oil painting, pottery, stoneware, wreaths, potpourris, dried arrangements, quilts, miniatures, country clothing, wearable art, candles, homemade soaps and more.
 
War Eagle Fair  – Oct. 18-21: A tradition dating back to 1954, War Eagle Fair’s mission is to keep true handcrafted arts alive and well in the Ozarks. Explore the wares of more than 250 booths sure to be filled with unique, handmade products set up along the banks of the War Eagle River.
 
Sharp’s Show of War Eagle – Oct. 18-21: This fair takes place on the fields adjacent to the War Eagle Mill, with more than 250 booths. Find stained glass, leather works, baskets, woodwork, paintings, sculpture and more. Holiday themed gifts and seasonal décor are also prominent. 
 
Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival  – Oct. 18-20: This premier juried festival has grown to nearly 300 artisans since it began in 1969. Offering high quality arts and crafts, this fair strictly requires that all items for sale be handmade by the artisan.
 
Ozark Regional Arts & Crafts Show: Two Locations Fayetteville, Oct. 18-20 and Springdale, Oct. 19-20: Recognized as one of the top 100 craft fairs in the U.S., this fair is the largest indoor craft fair in the state! Featuring 650+ booths in two locations: the Washington County Fairgrounds in Fayetteville and the NWA Convention Center in Springdale. 
 
It’s Fall Y’all Craft Fair – Oct. 18-21: Four fun-filled days of shopping with local artisans and small business owners await at the Benton County Fairgrounds with family friendly fun, giveaways and food. 
 
Frisco Station Mall Crafts Fair – Oct. 18-21: Indoors at the Rogers mall, this fair sells baskets, woodworking, potpourris, candles, jewelry, clothing, wreaths, oils plus holiday gift items and seasonal décor. 
 
 Heart of Rogers Craft Fair– Oct. 19-20: The 4th Annual HeART of Rogers Craft Fair held in historic downtown spans the gamut from upscale items, fine aft and locally handcrafted items not typically found anywhere else. This year the fair will be held inside two venues: the lower level of the beautiful, newly-restored Haas Hall Academy building that was once the Historic Lane Hotel, and at the First United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall.  
 

Crystal Bridges Debuts A New Understanding of Indigenous Art

Contemporary Indigenous art comes front and center at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art with Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now – a new, free exhibition coming to the world-class Bentonville museum.

 

Art for a New Understanding opens Saturday Oct. 6, 2018, and will be on view through Jan. 7, 2019.

This major exhibition presents more than 80 works of art from the 1950s to today, including paintings, photography, video, sculptures and performance art all created by Indigenous U.S. and Canadian artists.

 

                

 

Visitors to the exhibition will discover new stories in the artworks that fill the museum’s galleries with rich colors, images of community and joy, and thought-provoking moments of reflection.

Featured artists include Shan Goshorn, an artist who creates social critiques through basket weaving, Spiderwoman Theater, three sisters who challenge heavy topics with humor and heart, Athena LaTocha, an artist who created a large-scale mural based on her Northwest Arkansas environmental experience, plus many more.

 

                   

 

The exhibition will be accompanied by a multi-author catalog that offers a comprehensive consideration of contemporary Native North American art and features new essays by art historians, cultural critics and artists, as well as excerpts from key texts from the last 50 years of scholarship and criticism.

Crystal Bridges has been recognized as part of the inaugural Sotheby’s Prize for the breadth and depth of ambitious exhibition research that comes with Art for a New Understanding. The Sotheby’s Prize jury said this exhibition will be a turning point in our understanding of this field.

 

                    

 

Following its run at Crystal Bridges, Art for a New Understanding will travel to other major museums in the United States and in Europe.

Don’t miss the chance to broaden your definition of contemporary art with a new understanding of Indigenous art!

 

                    

Visit CrystalBridges.org for more info.

 

Photo Credits:

Top (from left) Dana Claxton, Headdress, 2015; Melissa Cody, World Traveler, 2014.

First row (from left) Brian Jungen, Prototype for New Understanding #2, 1998; Fritz Scholder, Monster Indian, 1968; Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Scorched Earth, Clear-cut Logging on Native Sovereign Land. Shaman Coming to Fix, 1991.

Second row (from left) Oscar Howe, Dance of the Heyoka, ca. 1954; Shan Goshorn, Removal (Ancestral Homeland and Indian Territory), 2012; Spiderwoman Theater, Australia3ladies.

Third row (from left) Anna Tsouhlarakis, Let’s Dance!, 2004; Andrea Carlson  Ink Babel, 2014; Dana Claxton, Headdress, 2015.

Fourth row (from left) Lloyd Kiva, New Cherokee Syllabary, ca. 1945–60; Kent Monkman, History is Painted by the Victors, 2013.

 

 

Dog Days of Summer: Cool Ways to Beat the Heat!

Northwest Arkansas is known for having four beautiful seasons, from crisp autumns and chilly winters to warm, sunny springs – and even warmer summers. When August rolls around and the temps go up, try some of these great ways to cool down and make the most of the final days of summer!

  1. COOL EATS

    Pure Joy Ice Cream

Pure Joy Ice Cream
This Siloam Springs-based ice cream company centers all of its recipes around locally sourced ingredients to create seriously flavorful scoops! In addition to its brick-and mortar-shop in Siloam Springs, Pure Joy is served at local grocers and has mini bars at Fork and Crust Pie Company in Fayetteville and Rogers. Name a better summer duo than ice cream and pie!

 

Burton’s Comfort Creamery
This ice cream joint originated on four wheels as a food truck in the Shulertown Food Truck Court in downtown Fayetteville. Burton’s has recently opened up a new storefront in Uptown Fayetteville with a menu of 14 signature cones plus shakes and ice cream sammies, too. Nationally recognized by MSN.com as the Best Ice Cream Stand in the State and Best Food Truck by Taste of Home, you won’t be able to resist Instagramming your cone!

 

Spark Café

Spark Café and Soda Fountain
This old-fashioned soda shop in The Walmart Museum on the historic Bentonviille square will take you back to the good ole days! With ice cream, sweet treats and beverages, the Spark serves Yarnell’s, a family brand made in Searcy, Arkansas. Treat yourself!

 

  1. SPLASH ZONES

Northwest Arkansas offers top-notch aquatic centers and pools where the kids can splash and play, while you relax and catch some rays. Check out this handy list of some of the best places to swim, splash or get in touch with nature.

 

Lawrence Plaza Splash Pad

Also check out our Naturally Fun blog for a rundown of nearby lakes and rivers!

 

  1. Skylight Cinema

    MOVIE DAYS

Kick back in the air conditioning for an afternoon at a variety of new and renovated movie theaters throughout NWA. Three in particular have completed upgrades or recently opened brand new locations. Malco Razorback Cinema & IMAX in Fayetteville features expanded concessions, a bar area, reclining seats and a new IMAX theater that delivers cutting-edge 2D and 3D immersive viewing.
Bentonville’s new-ish Skylight Cinema touts reclining leather seats and full table service from The Cutting Room restaurant and bar. While AMC Fiesta Square in Fayetteville has recently added a new craft bar where you can enjoy a cocktail or mocktail before shows.
After the sun goes down, check out the region’s only drive-in theater, the 112 Drive-In, playing new releases as well as classics during popular throwback weekends.

 

  1. EXPLORE COOL CAVES & CAVERNS

Cosmic Cavern

Tour the deep underground wonders of Northwest Arkansas in natural settings that stay at a perpetual 52 or so degrees no matter how hot it is outside!
Cosmic Cavern in Berryville has one of the longest soda straw formations in the Ozarks, along with two bottomless lakes, stalactites, stalagmites and many other speleothems. Take a one-and-a-half hour guided tour, then pan for gems and explore the rock shop.
War Eagle Cavern in Rogers features a spectacular natural entrance on the shores of Beaver lake. Follow a meandering stream straight into the mountain for an easy guided tour with wide level pathways, unique formations, waterfalls and an underground lake. Don’t miss the gemstone panning and the Lost in the Woods maze. Bring your furry companions along, too, because this cave is pet-friendly!

 

  1. MUSEUM DAY: DISCOVER COOL ART, SCIENCE & HISTORY

Northwest Arkansas is home to rich collections of art and an even richer history spanning many cultures and time periods. Explore our museums to discover world-class art and interactive exhibitions, landmarks that highlight the natural beauty of the Ozarks, and artifacts that are a testament to our intriguing past!
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum

Bentonville’s world-class museum brings together the best of art, nature and architecture for visitors of all ages to enjoy! The 120-acre setting offers more than four miles of trails with inspiring architectural works by Frank Lloyd Wright, R. Buckminster Fuller and others. Inside, Crystal Bridges houses a permanent collection of American masterworks from colonial times to present, as well as a year-round rotating schedule of special temporary exhibitions. General admission is free.
Scott Family Amazeum
The Amazeum is a hands-on, interactive museum for children and families with a foundation in the arts and sciences. It encourages creativity and curiosity through exhibitions, educational collaborations, programs, workshops and camps. Experiences include a climbable tree canopy, indoor cave, tinkering hub and nearly one acre of outdoor space.  
The Walmart Museum

Scott Family Amazeum

The story of Walmart comes alive at The Walmart Museum housed in the original Walton’s 5&10 store on the Bentonville square. Visitors can experience a piece of the Walton family history in a real, functional storefront along with a replica of Sam Walton’s offices, his trusty old Ford pickup and other memorabilia.
Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
This regional history museum in Springdale focuses on the Northwest Arkansas Ozarks, taking its name from the pioneer community of Shiloh, which became Springdale in the 1870s. Most of what you’ll see highlights the real shapers of Ozarks history – the everyday men, women and children who lived in area towns and rural communities. Along with exhibits, you can explore six historic buildings on the museum’s grounds. 
Arkansas Air & Military Museum

Arkansas Air & Military Museum

Follow the colorful history of aviation in Arkansas and during American military conflicts. At this Fayetteville museum, see displays of original military artifacts and aviation memorabilia, including historic aircraft – many of which still fly. Static displays at the museum range from the Golden Age of Aviation to the jet age, including Vietnam-era Army helicopters and a Navy carrier fighter.
Siloam Springs Museum
This museum displays permanent exhibits that highlight many facets of the city’s history including Native American culture, pioneer life and medicine. 
Daisy Airgun Museum
Enjoy a chronological presentation of Daisy’s history and view the extensive collection of antique air guns, packaging and vintage advertisements at this museum in Rogers.

Artifacts at MONAH

Clinton House Museum
Located in Fayetteville, this museum was the first home of Bill and Hillary Clinton and offers memorabilia chronicling their political lives on the local and national stage. Also featuring the First Ladies Garden and items related to Arkansas history and politics.
Museum of Native American History (MONAH)
Take a 14,000-year journey through five different periods of Native American history laid out in chronological order, starting with the first Americans through the early European influence. View some of the finest artifacts of early man including brilliant headdresses, artistic effigy vessels, the famous Sweetwater Biface, and an Ice Age Wooly Mammoth. Located in Bentonville.
Eureka Springs Historical Museum

Eureka Springs Historical Museum

Built in 1889 and located in the heart of the Eureka Springs historic district, this museum highlights the colorful past of this unique town and the people who lived here through a fascinating collection of papers, photographs, mementos, official documents, home furnishings and other artifacts.
Saunders Memorial Museum
The early 1900’s home of Colonel C. Burton “Buck” Saunders in Berryville houses an extensive collection of some of the rarest firearms in the country. Pistols carried by the most infamous gunslingers, including Jesse James and Annie Oakley, as well as items memorializing America’s rich and rugged past can be found on display here. 

Stories of American Art Told at Crystal Bridges

Dale Chihuly, Fiori Boat, 2016

At the world-class Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, you can discover many diverse works of art, including an upcoming temporary exhibition exploring the work of black artists during the tumultuous ‘60s, ’70s and ’80s; a collection on display now that captures the cool rhythms of jazz; and a master glass artist’s exhibition extended by popular demand. Crystal Bridges in Bentonville is an experience you don’t want to miss!

 

The blockbuster exhibition Chihuly: In the Forest  has been extended on the museum’s grounds through Nov. 27. American artist Dale Chihuly’s breathtaking glass and neon sculptures are celebrated around the world, and tickets to this outdoor exhibition are just $10! Once it ends, Chihuly’s colorful Fiori Boat will remain along Crystal Bridges’ nature trails amongst nearly two dozen other outdoor art installations.

 

 

Stuart Davis, The Mellow Pad, 1945–51

On view until Jan. 1, 2018, is Stuart Davis: In Full Swing, a major retrospective of 80+ paintings described as “a universe of jazzy patterns and blazing colors” by The New York Times. This collection focuses on specific phases of artist Davis’ work where he applied forms of Cubism to still-life and landscapes, and invented a new abstract language that merged the aesthetics of advertising and jazz with language. Over his career, Davis forged a union of international Modernism and uniquely American imagery that continues to influence art being made today. Tickets for this exhibition are $8 (free for members and under 18). 

 

Jeff Donaldson, Study for Wall of Respect [Miles Davis], c. 1967

Opening Feb. 3, 2018, is the debut of an exhibition highlighting how activism in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s helped shape American art as we know it. Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power features the work of more than 60 black artists, beginning with works by the Spiral Group, a New York-based collective that opened up questions about the role of artists in the Civil Rights movement. From there, the exhibition traces the impact of the growing Black Power movement and explores the many ways artists worked to protest discrimination, rally people to their cause and celebrate black culture.

Artists featured include Romare Bearden, Melvin Edwards, Betye Saar, Faith Ringgold, Charles White, Alvin Loving, Alma Thomas and Lorraine O’Grady. Crystal Bridges is one of only two American venues to host this important and eye-opening exhibition. Following its debut in Northwest Arkansas, it travels to the Brooklyn Museum in New York.

Other exhibitions coming to Crystal Bridges in 2018 include Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Artists from May 26 thru Sept. 2, 2018, and Native North America from Oct. 6 thru Jan. 7, 2019.

For more information, visit crystalbridges.org.

NWA Holiday Celebrations and Events

From children’s trains, Christmas parades and winter gardens of lights, to a night of 1,000 Santas, a snow village and a historic home tour by candlelight, these Northwest Arkansas holiday happenings will have everyone in the spirit!

Light of the Ozarks

Lights of the Ozarks Lighting Night Parade, Fayetteville, Nov. 18 — Flip the switch on nearly a half-million twinkling lights at the Fayetteville Square during the Lights of the Ozarks Lighting Night Parade!

Eureka Springs Snow Village & Train Exhibit, Nov. 25 thru Dec. 24 — The Eureka Springs Snow Village and Train Exhibit tells the story of small-town American from the 1930’s through the 1950’s. This privately owned exhibition features more than 300 buildings, accessory pieces and trees, along with three Lionel 0-scale trains, and a Lionel 0-scale trolley.

Christmas on the Creek: A New Springdale Tradition, Nov. 26 — Springdale begins a new holiday tradition! Christmas on the Creek takes place downtown on the banks of Spring Creek with a Christmas parade, the lighting of the state’s largest live Christmas tree, caroling, and holiday displays in area stores and businesses.

Eureka Springs Christmas Festival, Month of December — Let the magic of Eureka Springs pull you into its enchanted holiday spell! This year’s Christmas Festival features family fun, historic hotel celebrations, Santa strolls and more! Highlights include a Santa Brunch at the 1886 Crescent Hotel on Dec. 4, an illuminated Stroll of the Springs on Dec. 11, and the Night of 1,000 Santas: Let’s See Who’s Naughty or Nice! celebration on Dec. 17.

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Rogers Christmas Parade

Rogers Christmas Parade, Dec. 2 — Bundle up and head downtown for the 32nd Annual Rogers Christmas Parade. This year’s theme — A Woodland Christmas — will feature more than 100 floats, marching bands, cars, kids, animals and more.

Siloam Springs Christmas Parade, Dec. 3 — The 36th Annual Siloam Springs Christmas Parade is sure to bring the whole community together for a celebration of fun, family and the holidays. Sponsored by the Heritage League of Siloam Springs, there is also a light breakfast with Santa, plus pictures and crafts.

Candlelight Tour of Homes, Eureka Springs, Dec. 3 — Tour Victorian homes lavishly decorated for the holidays during the Eureka Springs 34th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes. The self-guided tour of a bygone era also features Victorian-attired docents, Christmas carolers and holiday refreshments.

Children's Christmas Train

A&M Railroad Children’s Christmas Train

Children’s Holiday Train Excursions, Springdale, Dec. 3 — All aboard for a day of special holiday fun! The Arkansas and Missouri Railroad caters to kids on Dec. 3 when it hosts the 13th Annual Children’s Christmas Train with rides throughout the day, and the Springdale to Fayetteville Pajama Train, featuring Santa Claus and friends.

Huntsville Christmas Parade, Dec. 3 — Floats with wonderful characters, Christmas music, holiday lights and a snowball drop for the kiddos – what’s not to love about the Huntsville Christmas Parade?

Bentonville Christmas Parade, Dec. 10 — Enter a float or just enjoy the show… Either way, the Bentonville Christmas Parade is a great way to celebrate with family and friends!

 

Scenic Rides in Northwest Arkansas

Autumn in the Ozarks… From the seat of your car, the back of a motorcycle, or the passenger car of an excursion train, take in the rugged natural beauty of Northwest Arkansas on one of these great rides! 

Photo courtesy ADPT

NWA’s Scenic Byways and Trails

Nearby scenic byways include the Pig Trail (Ark. Hwy. 23), Ozark Highlands Scenic Byway (Ark. Hwy. 21), Scenic 7 Byway, Scenic 71 Loop, and I-49 Scenic Byway. Others are Scenic Hwy. 12, U.S. 62, and Ark. Hwys. 123, 59, 43, and 74. Visit arkansas.com for more info.

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Top Motorcycle Rides

Eureka Springs is a hub for great motorcycle rides, as is Rogers, and Fayetteville is host to the annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ motorcycle rally on Sept. 21-24. Our bike-friendly region has numerous routes worthy of a ride, including Ark. 21, the Pig Trail (Ark. Hwy. 23), Beaver Town Bridge (Ark. Hwy. 187), and more. Additional info at arkansas.com.

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad Scenic Tours

Ride in style on the meticulously restored antique passenger cars, ranging from the 1920s to the 1950s, while conductors enhance the journey with anecdotes about the area’s rich history. The train travels to the top of the scenic Boston Mountains and into the historic Arkansas River Basin. Visit amrailroad.com for day-excursion ticketing options.

Fall Foliage Update

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

 

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