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NWA Holiday Lights, Parades & Celebrations

The magic and wonder of the holidays are alive in Northwest Arkansas! With Santa Trains, candlelight tours, and dazzling downtowns adorned with thousands of twinkling lights, these celebrations will fill you and your family with holiday cheer this season. 

 

Lights of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

Lights of the Ozarks Lighting Night & Parade, Fayetteville | Nov. 16

Don’t miss the kickoff to this award-winning lights display surrounding the beautiful downtown Fayetteville Square: Lights of the Ozarks! On Friday, Nov. 16, enjoy a parade of floats and walkers and prepare to be dazzled as nearly a half-million twinkling lights come to life at 6pm! Every night through Dec. 31, stroll, drive or take a carriage ride through this magical display with festive music and a warm cup of hot cocoa – it’s a holiday tradition that can’t be missed!

Hunstville: A Hometown Christmas | Nov. 16

You’ll feel right at home at Huntsville’s Christmas celebration. It all begins downtown in Polk Square at 5 p.m. with a community dinner, followed by joyful carolers, photos with Santa and that magical moment during the lighting ceremony when the bulbs come to life! Young and old come out to watch as the town square transforms into a glistening holiday scene right before their eyes. 

Lighting of the Square, Bentonville

Winter Wonderland and Lighting of the Square, Bentonville | Nov. 17

This dynamic nighttime holiday lights display attracts thousands to Bentonville’s historic downtown square. The community gatheres from 4-6 p.m. to 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!

The Great Passion Play: Christmas Drive-Thru Lights | Nov. 22

After dark, embark upon on an inspirational display of lights on the grounds of The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs. Through Jan. 1, the forest will be lined with illuminated Christmas trees along the way to the Christ of the Ozarks statue. Come celebrate the light of the world!

Winter Market at Christmas on the Creek, Springdale

Sprindale’s Christmas on the Creek | Nov. 24 

Don’t miss the lighting of the region’s largest live Christmas tree! The 3rd Annual Christmas on the Creek includes everything from live music, photos with Santa, mini-train rides, 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!

Springdale’s Christmas Parade of the Ozarks | Nov. 24

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. to help close out the Christmas on the Creek celebration and will carry the theme “Merry Christmas Wishes.” The parade has become a Springdale tradition, bringing together a diverse audience to ring in the holiday season together.

Eureka Springs Christmas Parade of Lights | Nov. 30

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!

Light Up Siloam Springs Parade

Light Up Siloam Christmas Parade | Dec. 1

All it takes is a wave of the Siloam Springs mayor’s magic candy cane and downtown becomes a stunning display of holiday lights. Following the lighting ceremony, the annual procession will take off down Jefferson Street with floats dressed up for this year’s theme of “Over the River and Through the Woods to Siloam Springs We Go.” The magic begins at 5:30 p.m.

Berryville Christmas Parade | Dec. 1

The entire town comes together to celebrate with a parade of floats, decorated bikes and dazzling equestrian groups at the annual Berryville Christmas Parade. Held at 6 p.m. on the public square in the heart of downtown, the theme for this year’s parade is “Christmas Around the World.”  

Eureka Springs Candlelight Tour of Homes

Eureka Springs 36th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes | Dec. 1

Journey back to days gone 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 be treated to carolers, Christmas music and refreshments along the way.

Hunstville Christmas Parade | Dec. 1

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?! With a theme of “Christmas Candy,” the parade is set to begin at Polk Square at 6 p.m. sharp. Be sure to bring your stocking to fill with treats!

Rogers Christmas Parade | Dec. 7

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

All aboard!

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. 1 when it hosts the 15th 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 and dreamlike rides on the Holiday Express Train featuring Santa Claus and friends. Check out the online calendar for tickets and more information. 

Bentonville Christmas Parade

Bentonville Christmas Parade | Dec. 8

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 “Movies on Main Street,” the Bentonville Christmas Parade is a wonderful way to celebrate with family and friends. And you might just see one of your all-time favorite movie characters!

Culinary Arts Events: Taste and Toast the Season

Winter food and drink events brighten the days with warmth and flavor! Give your taste buds the divine gift of flavor this holiday season at any one of these chef-hosted events, wine tours, and food and beer-centric gatherings.

 

1. Holiday Spirits with Weisi Basore, Dec. 5, Brightwater NWA, Bentonville

Part of Brightwater’s Winter 2018-19 Cocktail Series, culinary master and mixologist Weisi Basore kicks off the first of four cocktail making courses. The series continues on Jan. 30 with Hibernation Libations with Weisi Basore. Basore’s new Restaurant NEFF is set to open in Bentonville in 2019!

 

2. Art of Meals Series with Chef Lindsey Hardin, Dec. 7, Brightwater NWA

Join Chef Lindsey Hardin for final class of her culinary series: Vegan Holiday Treats. Hardin’s vegan versions of dining favorites and holiday treats are to die for, and tickets sell out fast!

 

3. Ozark Wineries Tastings & Tours

Commercial winemaking in Northwest Arkansas dates back to the early 1900s when families who emigrated from Italy, Germany and France found the climate favorable to growing grapes. Today, that rich tradition continues at family owned vineyards and small operations that produce exceptional wines and celebrate the culture of the Ozarks. 

 

Keels Creek Winery in Eureka Springs 

Keels Creek grows eight varieties of grapes and has been producing wine since 2006. Experience award winning wine in the Spanish style tasting room, which is shared with the Keels Creek Art Gallery where the work of more than 15 regional artists is on display.

 

Railway Winery & Vineyard, Eureka Springs

Nestled in the Ozark hills, along the route of the historic Missouri & North Arkansas Railroad line, this small family farm operation grows twelve different varieties of grapes and several fruits. Featuring artisan wines plus plus jellies, coffees and other local products. 

 

Tontitown Winery, West of Springdale

The Taldo House built in 1917 houses the Tontitown Winery, owned by the Ranalli family who have been in the wine business since 1923. Wines are made on-site from local Tontitown-grown grapes. Free tastings seven days a week.

 

Sassafras Springs Vineyard, East of Springdale

Sassafras Springs not only features an award-winning winery, but two event venues at the Chapel Ruins and The Stables on its 30 acres. What was a milk barn 50 years ago is the cozy tasting room, which also has a covered patio with a fireplace. Enjoy daily tasting flights as well as several Arkansas beers.

 
4. CR(EAT)E, Dec. 9, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville

The Crystal Bridges culinary team presents this cooking demonstration, which you’ll enjoy with five courses paired with wine!

 

5. Farm to Table Dining in Fayetteville  

Fayetteville takes farm to table seriously with some of the freshest locally sourced and organic fare around. With dozens of FTT options in town, Experience Fayetteville spotlights some of its top picks.

 

6. WOW: High South Greatest Hits, Dec. 19, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Join regional chefs and mixologists to discuss and eat the virtues of Northwest Arkansas High South Cuisine.

 

 

7. Frost Fest: Arkansas’ Premier Winter Beer Festival, Feb. 2, Fossil Cove Brewing

Spend the day enjoying craft beer, live music, food trucks, live art and local vendors. Brewery reps will be pouring samples and discussing their product. This festival goes down rain, sleet, snow or shine!

 

8. Plus, NWA restaurant listings by city include:

Bentonville
Eureka Springs
Fayetteville
Rogers
Springdale
Siloam Springs

Razorbacks Draw Fans to Northwest Arkansas

The Arkansas Razorbacks provide fans with some of the best collegiate sports matchups around. With back-to-back basketball, gymnastics, baseball, softball, and other sports, too, don’t miss your chance to see the Razorbacks in action!

During the 2018-19 Season, don’t miss: 

  • Fan extras and giveaways

  • Special entertainment 

  • Family programming

  • And, the finest in SEC sports 

Arkansas Razorback Basketball

Thru March 9, 2019

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Razorbacks’ NCAA national championship win in 1994, Razorback basketball is back in action! After falling short by one point in overtime against old rival the Texas Longhorns on Nov. 9, the Hogs are back home and ready to bring fans to their feet! Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville comes alive when the Hogs play Coach Mike Anderson’s “Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball.” And with 21 home games this year, there’s plenty of excitement to go around.

 

Razorback Women’s Basketball

Thru March 3, 2019

The 2018-19 season is underway for the Arkansas Women’s Basketball Team, now in its second year under the direction of Head Coach Mike Neighbors. Look for Arkansas’ leading scorer Malica Monk and top rebounder Kiara Williams, along with five newcomers. If you’re a University of Arkansas student, all regular-season home games are FREE. In addition, all season tickets this year include an official Razorback women’s basketball chrome license-plate frame. Score!

 

 

Razorbacks Gymnastics

Starts Jan. 5, 2019

Join the excitement this season as the Arkansas gymnastics team officially returns to the mat! The 2019 season vaults into action on Saturday, Jan. 5, at the University of Arkansas’ Barnhill Arena. Fans flip for Razorback gymnastics and ranked ninth in attendance last year at just under 4,000 fans per meet. For families looking for fun and affordable entertainment, these meets are a blast. 

 

Photo by Walt Beazley

Other 2018-19 Seasons include:

Razorback Track & Field – Starts Jan. 11, 2019

Razorback Tennis – Starts Jan. 16, 2019

Razorback Softball – Starts Feb. 9, 2019

Razorback Baseball (Diamond Hogs) – Starts Feb. 15, 2019

 

 

For tickets and more information about Arkansas Razorback sports team action, visit arkansasrazorbacks.com.

 

Winter Roundup: Baby it’s Cold Outside!

Indoors or out, kids in school or not, with family, friends or solo, check out our handpicked list of awesome ways to have fun this winter (December thru February) in Northwest Arkansas! 

 

1. HOLIDAYS ON THE BRICKS

Enjoy a merchants’ winter wonderland as businesses in downtown Rogers pull out all the stops for Holidays on the Bricks, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2.

 
 
2. JINGLE BELL JOG 5K & FUN RUN

Don your reindeer ears and leg warmers for the Jingle Bell Jog 5K & Fun Run on Dec. 1 at the lovely Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville. 

 
3. PEEL MANSION CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE

Enjoy music, hot cocoa and a visit from Santa at the historic Peel Mansion & Heritage Garden’s Christmas Open House, Dec. 1, Bentonville.

 

4. BATTLE OF PRAIRIE GROVE RE-ENACTMENT

Watch the actors skirmish and real cannons discharge during this bi-annual Civil War battle re-enactment at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park on Dec. 1-2. 

 
5. OZARK FIGURE SKATING ON ICE

Glide into the holidays with the Ozark Figure Skating Club as they present A Merry and Bright Christmas Show, Dec. 8, at the Jones Center, Springdale.

 

 

6. HOLIDAY PERFORMING ARTS

Performing arts venues all over the region will gear up for Christmas concerts, symphonies, plays and theater showings. Here’s a sampling from area lineups:

 

 
7. BACK 40 TRAIL RUN & RIDE

Ride, run, or do both on Bella Vista’s newest trail system at the 3rd Annual Back 40 Trail Run & Ride on Dec. 8-9.

 

 

 
8. WINTER WONDERLAND NWA  &  HOLIDAY GIFT MARKET

Looking for the perfect gift? Shop Winter Wonderland NWA on Dec. 15-16 at the Benton County Fairgrounds, and the Community Creative Center’s Holiday Gift Market at Walton Arts Center’s McBride Studio on Nov. 23 thru Dec. 16.

 
9. THE ICE SKATING RINK AT LAWRENCE PLAZA

Beginner or experienced, lace up with your crew for a day or evening of gliding around on the cold stuff at the Lawrence Plaza ice rink in downtown Bentonville. Nov. 17 thru Jan. 21.

 

 
10. THADEN FIELD *NEW

Watch planes take off and land at Bentonville’s newly renovated Thaden Field airport and field house. Featuring a large spectator balcony and new modern American diner, Louise at Thaden Field.

 
11. WINTER BREAK WONDERS

Kids! Enjoy art making and other family friendly activities at Winter Break Wonders in December and January at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. 

 

12. MUSIC SCENE

From the venerable George’s Majestic Lounge in downtown Fayetteville, to the vibrant, young sounds emerging from Bentonville’s “New American Town,” discover diverse music and entertainment in NWA. Here are but a few listings:

13. PINNACLE HILLS PROMENADE

Stay primed for the holidays with the stores and brands you love, along with great dining and entertainment options, at Pinnacle Hills Promenade mall in Rogers.

 
14. PREMIER BIKE TRAILS

Get your daily dose of nature! Explore hundreds of miles of paved trails connecting cities, parks and neighborhoods, and mountain bike trails featuring downhill runs, pump tracks and some of best singletrack in the country.

 

15. VEORIDE BIKESHARE *NEW

Don’t own a bike? Pick up two wheels and discover Fayetteville with the new VeoRide Bikeshare program.

 

16. WANGO TANGO *NEW

Bundle up for the Wango Tango – a rowdy, endurance mountain bike race at Siloam Springs’ new City Lake Trail on Dec. 18.          

 

17. DIVERSE MUSEUMS

Experience rich culture, engaging learning and just plain fun at Northwest Arkansas’ area museums:

 

18. OZARK MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL

Head over to Eureka Springs and groove to bluegrass, folk and American roots at the annual Ozark Mountain Music Festival on Jan. 17-20.

 

 
19. BLACK HEARTS BALL 

Break Valentine’s traditions and indulge in art, music and dance at the annual ArtInfusion Black Hearts Ball on Feb. 16 at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville.

 

Ring in the New Year NWA Style

Celebrate New Year 2019 the Northwest Arkansas way! Enjoy parties and bashes held for kids and families. Or if you’re a night owl, head to any of our vibrant downtowns to socialize and welcome the new year with a midnight toast at a variety of pubs, nightclubs and live-music venues offering special entertainment, libations and fun! 

 

DOWNTOWN COUNTDOWN

Bar hop and mingle with other partygoers, or keep it low key at a restaurant or coffee house with friends. Our dynamic downtowns have a variety of venues to help you ring in 2019.

Arkansauce at George’s Majestic Lounge

Dickson Street Entertainment District, Fayetteville

Dickson Street Entertainment District, Fayetteville: An eclectic mix of bars, live music stages, restaurants, wine bars and breweries in the heart of the city. On New Year’s Eve, check out George’s Majestic Lounge for its New Year’s Eve Bash with Arkansauce including special guests Deep Sequence and the Julian Davis Band. Also happening just around the block is soul/rock band Full House at The Chancellor Hotel.

Downtown Bentonville

The nightlife scene is young and vibrant here, amidst upscale wine bars, coffee shops and an impressive brewery scene. If you’re the trendy cocktail bar type, look no further than Undercroft – a speakeasy-style bar beneath The Preacher’s Son, a restored historic church-turned-restaurant. For a more laid back and casual evening, you’ll want to hit up The Holler, where they serve up everything from coffee to cocktails, and it’s always fun to sling some biscuits on the indoor shuffleboard court!

Raising a toast at the Crescent in Eureka Springs

Downtown Eureka Springs

With more than 20 bars, restaurants and clubs within walking district, downtown Eureka is where you can dance your way into 2019. Swing in the New Year at the 1886 Historic Crescent Hotel, enjoy dancing, hors d’oeuvres and champagne at the Inn of the Ozarks party, or kick back in a swanky lounge and mingle with locals at Upstairs at Grotto. There’s always some great live music and a feisty atmosphere at Chelsea’s Corner Café & Bar, too!

 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Strike a pose! Photo Booth Fun at Crystal Bridges

NEW 365 – Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with this magical evening of music, art, and adventure at Crystal Bridges museum. Make your way through the galleries to experience art through relaxing massages, tai chi, gongs and dream interpreters. Stroll between the lounges for dancing and jiving by a Northwest Arkansas dream-cast of musicians. A champagne toast, appetizers, and a Crystal Bridges dream pillow come with the purchase of a ticket. For ages 21+ from 9:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. This event usually sells out, so get your tickets now!

Noon Year’s Eve Kids and Family Celebration – Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville

Ring in the New Year (without staying up past bedtime) at this fourth annual family celebration! Festivities include games, fun art projects, performances, a Coca-Cola toast at noon, and a family dance party. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

Zing in the New Year

Zing in the New Year ­– Scott Family Amazeum, Bentonville

Zing in the New Year with family and friends at the Scott Family Amazeum! Activities include a photo booth, creating wishing balloons to be released during a celebratory countdown, the Hershey’s S’mores Pit, and the final end-of-day parade for 2018. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

FIRST DAY HIKES

Set out on your first adventure of 2019 by exploring any of the region’s state and national park properties!

Devil’s Den State Park

Devil’s Den State Park – With 2,500 unspoiled acres adjoining the Ozark National Forest, Devil’s Den is a favorite for its multi-use trails.

Hobbs State Park and Conservation Area – A massive park with more than 12,000 acres, 36 miles of multi-use trails and a state-of-the-art 17,000 square-foot visitors center. Includes ADA accommodating routes.

Withrow Springs State Park  – Hiking trails offer views of and access to War Eagle Creek.

Prairie Grove Battlefield State ParkThe site of the last major Civil War battle in Northwest Arkansas on Dec. 7, 1862. Features a museum, visitor center, the one-mile Battlefield Trail and a five-mile driving tour.

Pea Ridge National Military ParkThe site of the Battle of Pea Ridge on March 7-8, 1862. Spanning 4,300 acres, includes a visitor center and museum, a driving tour, and approximately 2.5 miles of the Trail of Tears.

Celebrate Mardi Gras in Eureka Springs

2019 Eureka Springs Mardi Gras Festival

January thru March, 2019 

Celebrate Mardi Gras in Eureka Springs during this carnival-style festival – the largest of its kind in the state of Arkansas! Each year, Eureka Springs residents and businesses come together to celebrate Mardi Gras in the Ozarks, drawing revelers from all over Northwest Arkansas and neighboring states, too.

 

 

COMIC REVELRY

For 2019, the theme of the festival is Comic Book Characters. So come as your favorite superhero or villain and get in on the action. This year, Eureka Gras (as the locals call it) kicks off in mid-January and stretches into March with costume balls, parades, Cajun food, coffee and beignets, umbrella decorating and much, much more.

2019 Schedule of Events:

  • Kings Day Kickoff on Jan 12

  • Umbrella Decorating on Jan. 16, 23 & 30

  • Taste of N’Awlins on Feb. 9

  • Coronation Ball on Feb. 22

  • Eureka Gras Night Parade on Feb. 23

  • Jokers Masquerade Ball on March 1

  • Eureka Gras Day Parade on March 2

WATCH FOR UPDATES

Details are still being finalized, so watch for updates at eurekaspringsmardigras.org. Eureka Springs Mardi Gras is hosted by the Krewe of Krazo.

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler à Eureka Springs, Arkansas!

 

Halloween in NWA: Trick, Treat and Be Scary!

Halloween is a spooktacular time in Northwest Arkansas! With intense haunted houses, ghost tours and ghoulish gatherings for grown-ups, plus family trick-or-treating, pumpkin patches, and other wholesome festivities – we’ve gathered up some of the best (and most outrageous!) ways to have fun this Halloween!

 

HAUNTED HOUSES: 

The Expelled Haunted House | Fridays & Saturdays
Thru Nov. 3  Huntsville

One of the most terrifying haunts in Arkansas! Located in an abandoned slaughter house, with dozens of live actors closely watching your every step, there is a terrifying new jump around ever corner!

 

Nightmares Haunted House | Oct. 19-20, 26-28, 31 | Bentonville

A four-state favorite! This intense, high energy haunted attraction brought to you by the Bentonville Lion’s Club has been making nightmares come true in NWA since 1987. Board the Phantom 13 Bus for a nighttime ride past a bona fide cemetery to the haunted house, which takes frightening to the next level!

 

The Asylum Haunted House | Oct. 19-20, 25-27, 29-31 | Cave Springs

Voted #2 best haunt in Arkansas by The Scare Factor in 2017, and it’s even scarier this year! Not recommended for the young or faint of heart….Mua ha ha ha ha!

 

FAMILY FRIENDLY:

Roar!

Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular | Oct. 27 | Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

The one time of the year when you can see the animals of Turpentine Creek at night. Turpentine Creek refuge turns into open-air haunted house for this annual moon-lite event with crazy decorations, costume contests, hayrides, giveaways, music and the big cats growling in the dark.

 
Springdale Halloween Fest | Oct. 27 | Downtown

Part of the Downtown Springdale Alliance’s annual Ozarktober Fest, celebrate with friends and family for a free night of carnival games, costume contests and candy giveaways!

 

Halloween Spooktacular: Goblin Run 5K | Oct. 27 | Bentonville Community Center

Wholesome, spooky fun! Wear your costume for the 5k around town, followed by pumpkin decorating at an onsite pumpkin patch, costume contests, inflatables, Truck or Treating with Bentonville police and fire departments and more.

 

Ozark Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch | Thru Oct. 28 | Cave Springs

With 16 acres of corn and hay mazes! Pick your own pumpkin, test your skills with the pumpkins sling shot and corn cannon, and take selfies with miniature donkeys and other cute baby animals at the petting zoo!

 

17th Annual Trick or Treat on the Square | Oct. 31 | Downtown Fayetteville

Hosted by Experience Fayetteville, trick-or-treaters and their families are invited to the historic downtown square to visit booths and area businesses where city employees will hand out treats. Free and open to the public.

 

Farmland Adventures | Thru Nov. 3 | Springdale

With a 9-acre corn maze, a pumpkin patch, pig races, pony rides, farm animals, and wagon rides. Groups are welcome!

 
Halloween Costume Contest 2018 | Oct. 27 | Museum of Native American History

Drop in for tricks or treats and trek through history. With best costume contests with prizes in six categories!

 

CREEPING IT REAL:

Eureka Springs Halloween | Events Throughout October 

This time of year gives Eureka Springs yet another reason to showcase its fun-loving, zany side! With hordes of zombies, underground walking tours, drag shows, dances and everything in between, no other city does Halloween like Eureka!

 

 
America’s Most Haunted Hotel: 1886 Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours

The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs is famous for its nightly ghost tours of hotel guests who “checked out but never left.” Famous spirits include:

  • Michael, an Irish stonemason who fell to his death while building the hotel in 1885;

  • Theodora, a cancer patient who seems to need help finding her room key;

  • Norman Baker in his white suit and lavender shirts;

  • And Morris the Cat, who appears in the luxury suites at the foot of your bed!

Artinfusion Halloween in the Hollow | Oct. 27 | Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

“Hollywood Horrors” is the theme of this year’s Artinfusion costume party bash. Museum members can hit dance floor and groove out to the sensational mixes of DJ Werewulf. Enjoy the main stage show from Native American sketch comedy group, The 1491s, as they portray the realities of an Indigenous experience through humor. 

 

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: A Halloween Party | Oct. 31 | Walton Arts Center

Join Janet, Riff Raff and all the gang! Dress in character and bring your own props for an interactive showing of this campy film favorite. Live music and specialty drinks prior to the show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.