Category Archives: Eureka Springs

Naturally Fun: State Parks, Lakes and Rivers

A retreat to any of our state and national park properties or sparking lakes and rivers makes for the perfect summer getaway! Hiking, biking, camping, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding — whatever your pleasure — these naturally fun destinations provide the best that mother nature has to offer!

 

STATE & NATIONAL PARKS:

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, mountain biking 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

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, Washington County: The site of the last major Civil War battle in Northwest Arkansas (Dec. 7, 1862), this park has a museum, visitor center, the one-mile Battlefield Trail and a five-mile driving tour. 
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 and about 2.5 miles of the Trail of Tears. 

 

Beaver Lake

LAKES
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.

 

Tanyard Creek Nature Trail, Bella Vista

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.
 
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.

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.

Watch for This: Coming Soon in Fall 2018

When the temperatures get cooler and the leaves start to change, that means a new season of fun is making its way to the region. Don’t miss these annual signature events coming to Northwest Arkansas this fall!

 

Bikes, Blues and BBQ (Image by Beth Hall)

BIKES, BLUES & BBQ
Come autumn, thousands of motorcyclists from across the country roll into Northwest Arkansas for the largest charitable rally of its kind in the nation! Over the past 18 years, Bikes, Blues & BBQ has raised more than $2 million for local charities, and the festivities get bigger and better every year. This year’s rally is Sept. 26-29 with live concerts on multiple stages, poker runs, hundreds of vendor booths, award-winning BBQ and much more – it’s an epic week you won’t want to miss!

 

War Eagle Mill During Craft Fair Season

FALL ARTS & CRAFT FAIRS
Northwest Arkansas has long held a rich arts and maker culture, and every October we are home to some of the premier arts and crafts fairs in the country! Stroll through thousands of booths with contemporary, juried, country-styled, vintage, holiday-themed, indie items and more. Fall craft fairs are held region-wide offering wares for every taste, style and budget. Click here for more info. 

 

Woo Pig Sooie! Hogs Fans at the U of A Campus

ARKANSAS RAZORBACK FOOTBALL
Sports fans come from all over the state and beyond for Razorback football at the beautiful University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville. Donald W. Reynolds Stadium, the home of the Hogs, will debut a $160 million dollar renovation on Sept. 1, 2018, during the first home football game. New amenities include wide premium club seats, 20 field-level lodge boxes, 44 second-level covered lodge boxes, 38 new suites and a standing area. New head coach Chad Morris will be leading the Razorbacks on the field for his first season at Arkansas. For schedule and ticket information, click here.

Outdoor Farmers Markets Return For Spring!

Farmers markets are re-opening for the season all across the Northwest Arkansas region, featuring locally grown produce and farm-fresh items that are pleasing to the eyes and the palate. Each market offers a different experience with live music, street performers, arts and crafts, and other engaging activities. These vibrant hubs are where the community gathers to interact and soak in the colorful sights and sounds. Don’t miss the chance to visit some of the best farmers markets around, while supporting local agriculture and artisans at the same time!

 

Fayetteville Farmers Market

FAYETTEVILLE | Opens March 31

  • Historic Downtown Square
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7am – 1pm
  • Saturdays, 7am – 2pm

The award-winning Fayetteville Farmers Market offers the finest in locally produced fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, baked goods, eggs, meats and juried artisan crafts. The market is 100 percent local with all produce, crafts and food items originating from within a 60-mile radius. Open Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays on the Fayetteville downtown square, this market also offers engaging cooking demos, street performers and more. Visit fayettevillefarmersmarket.org.

Siloam Springs Farmers Market

SILOAM SPRINGS | Opens April 14

  • Downtown City Park
  • Saturdays, 8am – 1pm

This producer-only market is open Saturdays from April to October with fresh produce, pasture-raised meats, baked goods and handmade wares. Pre-order local goods each week online and pick up your order on Saturday. More info at siloamsprings.locallygrown.net. Also, stay in the know of upcoming special events by visiting the market’s Facebook page.

 

BELLA VISTA | Opens April 15

  • Sugar Creek Center
  • Sundays, 9am

One of the only farmers markets in the region to operate on Sunday, this market features locally grown products and handcrafted items in a fun, family friendly environment. This year, the market is moving to a new location at the Sugar Creek Center parking lot, just north of U.S. 71 and Mercy Way. From April to October, come mingle with your neighbors and friends while supporting community agriculture and wellness. More info at bellavistaar.gov.

MADISON COUNTY / HUNSTVILLE | Opens April 17

  • Huntsville Downtown Square
  • Tuesdays & Saturdays, 7am – 12pm

The Hunstville market for local growers and craftsmen is a great place to meet and visit with your neighbors. Be sure to visit in August for the chance to win a basket of hand-picked vegetables! Visit the Facebook page for more information.

Bentonville Farmers Market

BENTONVILLE | Opens April 21

  • Historic Downtown Square
  • Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7:30am – 1pm

Now in its 42nd year, this producer-only market sells only the highest quality local produce, meat and foods, as well as a variety of arts and crafts from April to October. Woven into the market experience are special activities, including chef demonstrations and the Kids Art Park. Like others do, the market strives to make fresh food available to the entire community by accepting WIC, SNAP and other vouchers. More info at downtownbentonville.org.

EUREKA SPRINGS | Opens April 26

  • Eureka Springs Community Center
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, 8am – 1pm

This market moves to a new home this year at the Eureka Springs Community Center located at 44 Kingshighway. The Eureka Springs Farmers Market is the premier source for organic, naturally grown food in Carroll County. More info at eurekaspringsfarmersmarket.com.

SPRINGDALE 

  • Evening Market: Downtown Shiloh Square, Opens May 3
  • Thursdays, 4pm – 8pm
  • Saturday Market: Jones Center Memorial Walk Plaza, Opens May 5
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, 7am – 1pm

All of the goods at the Springdale Farmers Market are grown or made by farmers and craft vendors in the four-county area. Offerings include fruits and vegetables, herbs, raw honey, nuts, farm fresh eggs, and grass fed/free range meats. Stay tuned to the Thursday market’s Facebook page for updates on weekly themes and special guests. More information on the Saturday market (including a guide to what’s fresh each month) at springdalefarmersmarket.org.

Yoga at the Market in Rogers

ROGERS | Opens May 5

  • Historic Downtown Rogers
  • Saturdays, 8am – 1pm

Open Saturdays May through October, shop the Rogers Farmers Market where you’ll find fresh produce, baked goods, meats, honey, jams, flowers, plus woodworks, knitwear, home and garden decor and more. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for special events like Yoga at the Market. More info at mainstreetrogers.com

Spring Festivals, Outdoor Concerts & Major Music Fests

Northwest Arkansas is pulling out the stops this spring with festivals and celebrations, outdoor concerts and major music fests! Mark your calendars and make your way to NWA to celebrate this bright and beautiful season! 

SPRINGTIME FESTIVALS:

        28th Annual Kite Festival at Turpentine Creek

28th Annual Art with an Altitude Kite Fest, March 24

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge | Eureka Springs

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a kite festival! In its 28th year at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, this festival offers a day of fun for all ages. Bring your own kite to fly, or get with the kite experts from KaleidoKites of Eureka Springs who will be onsite to help kids (and parents!) make a kite and share flying techniques. Including contests, music, games and more, this family-friendly event is a fundraiser to help Turpentine Creek care for the tigers, lions, cougars and other exotic wildlife that call the refuge home. eurekasprings.org

Spring Diversity Festival in Eureka Springs, April 6-7

Historic Downtown | Eureka Springs

This special weekend dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQ community has turned into a festival with multiple events and opportunities to explore Eureka Springs! Spend the weekend jamming to live music at various locations, attend the meet and greet, and get in on special game nights, dance parties and more. Take in all that this vibrant community has to offer from gourmet food shops, sidewalk cafes and art galleries, to boutiques, urban trails and turn-of-the-century neighborhoods. eurekasprings.org

Ales & Tails Crawfish Festival

March 31 | 8th Street Market & Bike Rack Brewery | Bentonville

April 7 | Washington County Fairgrounds | Fayetteville

This year, Ales & Tails expands! Now with events in both Fayetteville and Bentonville, these two days revolve around a true Southern delicacy: crawfish! A ticket buys all-you-can-eat crawfish, corn on the cob and potatoes – all boiled to perfection. The best of local craft brews and a select menu of local wines are available for purchase. With live entertainment by local band Crescent City Combo playing Cajun-inspired tunes, you’ll feel as though you’ve arrived in the heart of the bayou! alesandtails.org 

Dogwood Festival

Siloam Springs Dogwood Festival, April 27-29

Historic Downtown | Siloam Springs

Held every year on the last full weekend in April, this award-winning festival features hundreds of booths filled with arts and crafts, handmade items, gifts and vintage. Food vendors offer a variety of good eats, performers provide live music and entertainment, and the KidZone keeps the young ones happy and engaged. Also, take part in the Dogwood 5K Run and the Bed Races on Broadway. siloamchamber.com

 

5th Annual Jeep Fest, May 12

Veterans Memorial Park | Holiday Island

Jeeps and their peeps! Check out the 5th annual Jeep Fest on Saturday, May 12, in beautiful Holiday Island, Arkansas. With new attractions, plus a Jeep poker run, wooded trail runs for Jeeps and UTVs, a technical playpen, live entertainment, food and drinks, and the Jeep Show & Go main event. Enter for a chance to win trophies and cash prizes, too! hichamber.com

Fayetteville Foam Fest, May 12

Historic Downtown Square| Fayetteville

In its sixth year, this beer sampling festival ­– for those age 21 and older – features the best of handcrafted local, regional, national and international brews, live music for your listening pleasure, and food trucks serving up their tastiest offerings. Proceeds benefit local charities: the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Lib Horn Animal Shelter of Fayetteville and Ranger’s Pantry Pet Food Bank. fayettevillefoamfest.com

Eureka Springs Mustang Days, May 31 – June 3

Best Western Inn | Eureka Springs

Quite possibly the greatest Mustang show in the Ozarks, this is one car event you don’t want to miss! Featuring cars from every generation from way back to fresh off the lot, this weekend includes cruises and parades, meet and greets, giveaways and more. Each year gets better and better celebrating America’s favorite continuously produced, pony car, the Ford Mustang. midwestblueoval.club

OUTDOOR CONCERTS & MUSIC FESTS:           

Backwoods at Mulberry Mountain, April 20-22

Outdoor Music Festival | Ozark

A major music festival moves its location to the previous spot where the Arkansas’ most popular music festival, Wakarusa, took place for over 10 years. Backwoods is an outdoor concert experience that features primitive camping in the serene setting of the Ozark Mountains with a musical lineup that presents a variety of genres from low-key Americana to high-energy electronic dance music. backwoodsmusicfestival.com

Byrdfest 2018 Outdoor Music Festival, May 4-5

Outdoor Music Festival | Ozark 

In its 16th year, Byrdfest returns to Byrds Adventure Center in Ozark, Ark. Set upon 800 acres of natural Ozark beauty near the Mulberry River, this festival features two nights of live music with shaded camping areas (electric hookups available) swimming in the Mulberry, and a restaurant and a general store. It’s the ultimate outdoor concert experience! byrdfest.com

From L to R: Brantley Gibert, AMP view from the lawn, Dave Matthews Band

Brantley Gilbert, April 28, Walmart AMP | Rogers

Kicking off an exciting season of major outdoor concerts at the AMP is country music singer Brantley Gilbert with his The Ones That Like Me tour. Gilbert’s number one country singles include “Kick it in the Sticks,” “Small Town Throwdown,” a track featuring Arkansas native Justin More, and “Bottoms Up” to name a few. Gilbert is also a songwriter whose work includes “My Kinda Party” and “Dirt Road Anthem” for country sensation Jason Aldean. waltonartscenter.org/AMP

Primus and Mastodon, May 12, Walmart AMP | Rogers

Primus and Mastadon will arrive at the Walmart AMP ready to rock! Primus’ musical spectrum includes notes of alternative, punk, avant-garde, psychedelic and even country sounds. The band has toured with some of rock’s biggest stars including U2 and Jane’s Addiction and has headlined multiple music festivals. Mastodon is a Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band with tracks featured in momentous scenes of major TV shows like Game of Thrones. waltonartscenter.org/AMP

Dave Matthews Band, May 30, Walmart AMP | Rogers

Making a return performance at the AMP, the Dave Matthews Band’s stop in Rogers is part of a tour celebrating the release its first studio album since 2012! This Grammy-Award winning group has been around for more than two decades, continuing to produce chart-topping music and bigger and better crowds with every tour. Selling more than 50 million records worldwide, DMB is best known for extended improvisational renditions of its songs with spectacular light shows accompanying the music. waltonartscenter.org/AMP

 

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Premier Mountain Bike Trails: Pick One and Shred!

Northwest Arkansas is home to some of the best mountain bike trails in the nation! With new routes and features coming online all the time (think new enduro-style downhill runs coming to Eureka Springs in May) plus old-school technical riding, a slope-style jump park, and scenic views you can’t find anywhere else – it’s easy to see why we’re a top U.S. cycling destination!

1) Back 40 Trails in Bella Vista: The Back 40 Trails wind through wooded areas, past bluffs, caves and waterfalls, and down to the shore of Lake Ann. Be sure to try your luck on the hand-cut rock ledge at Grayson’s Canyon. oztrailsnwa.com

2) Blowing Springs Park in Bella Vista: Vast bluff faces and streams trickling down the rocks are just a few of the highlights you’ll encounter on the six-mile Blowing Springs Loop. Located in the southern part of the city, Blowing Springs also connects to Slaughter Pen trails in Bentonville. oztrailsnwa.com

3) Slaughter Pen Bike Park in Bentonville: Looking to ride off-road but stay in the city? Slaughter Pen is the ideal urban off-road bike park. You get clean flow, major downhills and plenty of berms while cruising near Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and other local hot spots. oztrailsnwa.com

4) Coler Trail in Bentonville: The new Coler Trail is about a mile west of downtown Bentonville on land designated as a mountain bike preserve. This trail features multiple flowy jump lines and challenging technical rocky sections that culminate near the top of a mountain. oztrailsnwa.com

5) Sager Creek Mountain Bike Trail in Siloam Springs: This five-mile trail runs along Sager Creek, opening into two trail systems on the north and west sides of John Brown University. Covering terrain at various elevations around the JBU main campus, it’s designed as a gateway trail to be enjoyed by riders of all skill levels. jbu.edu

6) The Railyard Bike Park in Rogers: One of the only parks of its kind in this part of the country, the Railyard is fully equipped with world-class dirt jumps, wooden ramps and a ride-thru railroad car. Its downtown location allows ease of use and quick access to restaurants and pubs. rogersar.com or oztrailsnwa.com

7) Lake Atalanta Trails in Rogers: Ten miles of easy, intermediate and expert bike trails at the beautiful Lake Atalanta include fast singletrack with a view, swooping bridges and gravity cavities. rogersar.gov or oztrailsnwa.com

8) Hobbs State Park Trails: Nestled in a thick patch of pine trees, lined by native flowering plants, this trail system provides some of the smoothest riding in the state and is your best bet if the weather is wet. Great for single speed aficionados. Make sure to stop at the Beaver Lake overlook. oztrailsnwa.com

9) Lake Leatherwood Trails in Eureka Springs: Make your way through miles of rock gardens and up the climb to Minor’s rock, then feel the thrill of descending through the downhill switchbacks. New enduro-style downhill runs are under construction, set to open in May 2018! eurekaspringstrails.com or oztrailsnwa.com

10) Thunder Chicken Trail in Springdale: In search of a trail with singletrack, flow, jumps, rollers, berms and drops and then some? With a convenient location off Interstate 49, Thunder Chicken has all the bells and whistles. nwatrails.org

11) Lake Fayetteville Trails: A local favorite for beginning mountain bikers, Lake Fayetteville features seven miles of mostly flat trails around the lake in urban Fayetteville. Connect to the Razorback Regional Greenway paved pedestrian trail all the way to the downtown entertainment district. oztrailsnwa.com

12) Kessler Mountain Trails: Technical rocky singletrack and hand-cut lines aren’t for the faint of heart. Wind around rock formations and hillsides and enjoy expansive views of the Fayetteville city skyline. mtkesslergreenways.com or oztrailsnwa.com

13) Lincoln Lake Trails: There are seven miles of hand-cut singletrack around Lake Lincoln and rocky tech that will hone your skills with plenty of scenic overlooks and rock formations. oztrailsnwa.com

 

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Spring Itineraries: Your Go-To Lists for Fun in NWA

Planning a visit to NWA — or simply deciding what to do this weekend — is easy with so many activities and events happening in spring! Check out these go-to lists — Brews/Culinary, Family Fun, Nature/Outdoors, Arts/Culture, Sports/Rec, Music/Theater — and make the most of your downtime!

 

1. SPRING BREWS & CULINARY GO-TO’S:

2. SPRING FAMILY FUN GO-TO’S:

3. SPRING NATURE & OUTDOORS GO-TO’S:

 

 

 4. SPRING ART & CULTURE GO-TO’S:

5. SPRING SPORTS & REC GO-TO’S:

6. SPRING MUSIC & THEATER GO-TO’S:

 

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Watch for This! Coming This Summer

Longer days and plenty of sunshine are the perfect combination for summer fun! As the temps get warmer, be on the lookout for these festivals and events to start the season right!

2018 Artosphere: Arkansas’ Arts + Nature Festival  

June 10-23 | Across Northwest Arkansas

Artosphere Trail Mix

Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville is proud to present the 9th Annual Artosphere Festival coming to Northwest Arkansas with free and ticketed events that are fun for the whole family! Artosphere: Arkansas’ Arts + Nature Festival features entertainment, performance, celebration and conversation centered on art, music and nature at inspiring locations across the region. 

The Artosphere festival embraces sustainability, and this year, it will explore water, a subject of crucial importance around the globe.

Don’t miss the festival’s signature Chapel Music Series, featuring exquisite music performed in local churches and architectural marvels; the Artosphere Festival Orchestra with premier musicians from around the world performing under the baton of Maestro Corrado Rovaris; Artsophere’s Trail Mix, a chance for families to explore local trail systems with one-of-a-kind artistic experiences along the way – and much, much more!

For more info, visit artospherefestival.org.

BITE NW Arkansas Culinary Festival

June 20-22 | 8th Street Market, Bentonville

Returning for its fourth year, the BITE NW Arkansas culinary fest just keeps getting bigger and better – and 2018 promises to be the best yet! BITE is Northwest Arkansas’ premier food festival and is held in conjunction with the Walmart NWA LPGA Championship.

Expanded from two nights to three, the festival celebrates the best cuisine, ingredients, restaurants, beverages and chefs that this region has to offer! Tickets are on sale now! Get yours at bitenwa.com

Opera in the Ozarks 2018 Summer Season

June 22 – July 20 | Inspiration Point, Eureka Springs

This nationally acclaimed summer music festival and training program for the nation’s top emerging opera professionals will kick off its 68th season in June. Opera in the Ozarks will perform nearly two-dozen performances of three of the world’s finest operas at its mountainside venue, Inspiration Point, as part of its 2018 Summer Season!

Tickets go on sale in May for performances of Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss’ ebullient comedy, performed in English; Il Barbiere Di Siviglia, Gioacchino Rossini’s comedic masterpiece, starring Figaro, sung in Italian with English supertitles; and  The Ballad of Baby Doe, the historic tale of silver baron Horace Tabor who gains the love of the beautiful Baby Doe but loses all – except her love.

For more info, visit opera.org.

 

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NWA Holiday Lights, Parades & Celebrations

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season with Northwest Arkansas’ award-winning holiday lights displays, parades and celebrations. Santa Trains, candlelight tours, tree lightings and plenty of holiday pageantry will keep everyone in the spirit!

Lights of the Ozarks

Lights of the Ozarks, Fayetteville, Nov. 17 – Dec. 31

Each year, locals and visitors alike can’t wait to see the award-winning Lights of the Ozarks! Beginning Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. with a lighting ceremony and parade, nearly a half-million twinkling lights turn Fayetteville’s historic downtown square into a sparkling winter wonderland! Every night through Jan. 1, 2018, stroll or drive through this amazing display and enjoy festive music, hot chocolate, and carriage and camel rides, too!

 

Huntsville, A Hometown Christmas, Nov. 17

You’ll feel right at home at Huntsville’s inaugural Christmas celebration! The fun begins in downtown Polk Square at 5 p.m. with a community chili dinner, followed by joyful carolers, a Christmas train for children and that magical moment during the lightening ceremony when the bulbs come to life!

Bentonville Lighting of the Square

Winter Wonderland: Lighting of the Bentonville Square, Nov. 18

This dynamic nighttime holiday lights display attracts thousands to the historic downtown square! Gather with the community from 4-6 p.m. and celebrate the season with live music, steaming hot chocolate and photos with Santa. At 6 p.m., watch as the mayor flips the switch and illuminates downtown with bright, beautiful lights!

Springdale’s Christmas Parade of the Ozarks, Nov. 25

There’s nothing like a parade of shimmering holiday floats to get you in the spirit! This year’s parade starts at 6 p.m. and will carry the theme “Christmas Around the World.” The parade has become a Springdale tradition, bringing together a diverse audience to kick off the holiday season!

Springdale’s Christmas on the Creek, Nov. 25

Don’t miss the lighting of the region’s largest live Christmas tree! The 2nd Annual Christmas on the Creek includes everything from a Christmas parade, live music, photos with Santa, carolers, food trucks and a winter market. Held downtown near Spring Creek and the new Walter Turnbow Park from noon – 7 p.m., it’s a holiday extravaganza you won’t want to miss!

Eureka Springs Parade of Lights

Eureka Springs Parade of Lights, Dec. 1

Beginning at 6 p.m., the Christmas Parade of Lights glides along the beautifully decorated streets of historic downtown Eureka Springs with holiday music, floats, parade walkers – and of course thousands of twinkling lights! 

Rogers Christmas Parade, Dec. 1

Kids and their families – naughty and nice — line the sidewalks of downtown for the annual Rogers Christmas parade. This year’s event, called “A Hollywood Christmas,” starts at 7 p.m. and includes floats in all colors, shapes and sizes, and a guest appearance by Santa himself.

Light up Siloam Springs Christmas Parade, Dec. 2

All it takes is a wave of the Siloam Springs mayor’s magic candy cane and downtown illuminates in a stunning display of holiday lights! Following the lighting ceremony, the 37th Annual Christmas Parade procession will take off down Jefferson Street with floats dressed up for this year’s theme of “Red, White & Who.” The magic begins at 5:30 p.m.!

Berryville Christmas Parade, Dec. 2

See your favorite holiday characters from the big screen, plus bands and parade royalty at its finest at the annual Berryville Christmas Parade. Held on the public square in the heart of downtown, the theme for this year’s parade is “Christmas Movies.” It starts at 6:30 p.m.!

Candlelight Tour of Homes in Eureka Springs

35th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes in Eureka Springs, Dec. 2

Journey back to days past when you tour Eureka Springs’ most beautifully restored homes lavishly decorated for the holidays. This annual self-guided tour features Victorian attired docents who tell the history of each of the homes. Visitors will also be treated to carolers, Christmas music and refreshments along the way.

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad’s Annual Holiday Trains

All-aboard for a day of ho-ho-ho-liday fun! The Arkansas & Missouri Railroad caters to the kiddos on Dec. 2 when it hosts the 14th Annual Children’s Christmas Train with rides throughout the day and a winter wonderland of games and activities before departure! Other holiday rides offered include a Springdale to Fayetteville Pajama Train excursion and dreamlike rides on the Holiday Express Train featuring Santa Claus and friends. Check out their online calendar for tickets and more information.

Bentonville Christmas Parade

Bentonville Christmas Parade, Dec. 9

Enter a parade float, or just sit back and enjoy watching nearly 100 jolly and bright floats make their way down ‘A’ Street in Bentonville. Starting at 11 a.m. with a theme of “12 Days of Christmas,” the Bentonville Christmas Parade is a wonderful way to celebrate with family and friends!

The Great Passion Play’s Christmas Drive-Thru Lights, Nov. 24 ­– Jan. 1

After dark, drive the grounds of The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs for a lights display that is sure to inspire. Enjoy a forest of illuminated Christmas trees along the way to the Christ of the Ozarks statue, and celebrate the light of the world!

Hunstville Christmas Parade, Dec. 2

Floats with delightful characters, candy, Christmas music, beautiful holiday lights and a snowball drop for the kiddos – what’s not to love about the Hunstville Christmas Parade?! The parade is set to begin at Polk Square at 6 p.m. sharp.

Winter Roundup: Fun Things to Do and See this Season

Point your compass to Northwest Arkansas and have a blast during this chilliest of seasons! Between winter gift markets, a frosty beer festival, runs and races, indoor performances and activities, and an Ozark music celebration, we’ve got what it takes to keep the fun meter up when the temps go down!

DON YOUR REINDEER EARS for the Jingle Bell Jog 5K & Reindeer Fun Run at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks on Dec. 2. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRAB YOUR SKATES and make a figure 8 at the Ice Skating Rink at Lawrence Plaza in downtown Bentonville thru January.

 

 

MEET THE ARTISTS while they work during the Nov. 19 Holiday Showcase – Meet the Artists event at Terra Studios in Fayetteville.     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHOP LOCAL during the Community Creative Center’s Holiday Gift Market from Nov. 25 to Dec. 23 at Walton Art Center’s McBride Studio. Plus, check out all kinds of other great NWA shopping options here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DON’T MISS CHIHULY: IN THE FOREST, the blockbuster outdoor exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, extended by popular demand through Nov. 27.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RUN AND RIDE one of the newest trail systems in the region at The Back 40 Trail Run & Ride in Bella Vista on Dec. 9-10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GET YOUR TICKER POUNDING with the action and thrills of cyclocross bike racing at the 2017 CycloFrost – CX Race on Dec. 9 at Lake Fayetteville.

 

TAKE A PUBLIC ART TOUR and dig the new urban street-art movement taking hold in cities across Northwest Arkansas! Read all about it here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAISE THAT PINKIE on Dec. 7 at the 51st Annual Silver Tea at the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPEND YOUR WINTER BREAK at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art with family friendly activities like art making, music, puppets and dance each afternoon from Dec. 21 thru Jan. 5, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNLEASH YOUR INNER SPIDERMAN at a local rock climbing gym, such as Ozark Climbing Gym in Springdale and La Casa Pollo in Fayetteville.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEHOLD STUNNING ARCHITECTURE at NWA’s glass chapels: Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs and Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel in Bella Vista.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAKE A HELICOPTER TOUR of NWA’s cities, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the University of Arkansas and other landmarks from above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPARK YOUR CURIOSITY this holiday season at the Scott Family Amazeum, with exhibits, fun and learning for the whole family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RING IN 2018! You and your crew (or family) are sure to find the perfect way to count down at NWA’s diverse New Year’s Eve celebrations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GET YOUR FEELS on Bluegrass, folk and American Roots at the 5th Annual Ozark Mountain Music Festival, Eureka Springs, Jan. 18-21, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAISE A FROSTY MUG and sample local craft beer on Feb. 3 at the 2018 Frost Fest Outdoor Beer Festival at Fossil Cove Brewing Company in Fayetteville. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Tis the Season… For Shopping!

In Northwest Arkansas, each of our cities offers unique, exciting shopping experiences. With luxury storefronts, hallmark department stores, eclectic boutiques, galleries and locally owned emporiums, you won’t shop here and not find something you like!

Fayetteville – From casual to upscale, with trendy boutiques, locally owned shops, and home to a community of talented artists and makers, Fayetteville has something for everyone. Whether you’re visiting the Northwest Arkansas Mall and the surrounding Uptown retail district, strolling the shops around the downtown square and along Block Street, or browsing for fab finds at stores peppered throughout town, there are plenty of ways to bring a piece Fayetteville home with you!

Eureka Springs – Eureka Springs is a shopper’s paradise. Boutiques, antiques, handcrafted jewelry, eclectic gifts and world-renowned arts can be found anywhere in town. From vendors in the park to lovely independent shops aplenty, you’ll find uniquely Eureka treasures and gifts for any occasion and not a mall in sight! 

Bentonville – Finding yourself in need of some retail therapy? There are many options in Bentonville. This “New American Town” boasts some of the best locally owned, one-of-a-kind boutiques and unique shopping experiences around! Be sure to explore downtown for custom gifts, local designers, art galleries, up-cycled merch and more.

Rogers – With shopping malls, quaint boutiques and antique shops, Rogers is the ultimate shopping destination. Stock up on luxury labels at the open-air Pinnacle Hills Promenade, or buy local wares and handmade items at shops along the historic downtown’s brick-lined streets. Whether you’re shopping for him, her or home, you’re bound to find it in Rogers!

Downtown Siloam Springs – Classic antiques. Classy boutiques. Funky furniture shops. Amazing artwork. Bath and kitchen bounty. Check off everything on your list when you shop in downtown Siloam Springs. The question is, is your trunk big enough for all the treasures you’ll find?

SpringdaleSpringdale offers shopping options from one end of the city to the other. Browse boutiques and specialty shops along Emma Street in downtown, or find some of the best deals around at factory stores and outlets. From antique malls with thousands of square feet of collectables and gifts, to local markets with food, vintage and handmade – let your quest for that perfect unique gift lead you to Springdale!