Sweet summertime is the season for gathering with friends and family to enjoy the longest days of the year! You’re in for a treat if you find yourself at any of these lively festivals or events that explore the best of NWA culinary, mountain biking, arts and culture and tradition!
Bentonville Art & Culinary
Bentonville Art & Culinary Week | June 1-8
The Bentonville Art & Culinary Festival takes place across downtown with foodie events, demonstrations, talks and tastings, as well as interactive crafts and art activities for the kiddos.
Bluegrass & BBQ, Huntsville | June 2
Get your appetite ready for this annual festival at Huntsville’s Mitchusson Park! With a volleyball court, paved walking trail, pavilion, disc golf course, and brand-new bike skills course, it’s the perfect place to spend a Saturday with the family. There will be entertainment by a half dozen bluegrass bands, and of course, the BBQ cookoff.
Eureka Springs Mustang Days | Thru June 3
Take the scenic route through the Ozarks for the Eureka Springs Mustang Days presented by the Midwest Blue Oval Club. The only such show of its kind in the region, the festival includes a Mustang Mardi Gras parade, a Country Cruise and more. Get ready to see cars from every generation – from daily drivers to souped-up restorations. Other Ford models are welcome, too.
Art of Wine Festival
Art of Wine Festival, Fayetteville | June 8-9
You will be on “cloud wine” during the 18th Annual Art of Wine Festival at Fayetteville’s Walton Arts Center. Sample some of the world’s finest wines and delicious local cuisine during night one at Uncorked! Then nosh on a six-course meal and wine pairing at the Winemakers Dinner on night two.
Hunstville Timber Festival | June 15-16
Timberrrr! The Hunstville Timber Festival dedicates two days to celebrating the wood industry with an expo showcasing top-of-the-line equipment, live auctions, wood-related craft vendors, and skillet throwing and sawing contests. Also, check out the wood carving exhibition with work by master chainsaw carving artist Brandon Adams.
NWA Pride Parade & Festival | June 16
In conjunction with Northwest Arkansas Pride Week, the NWA Pride Parade & Festival is happening on June 16 in downtown Fayetteville near Walton Arts Center. Festivities include a beer garden, food and craft vendors, and the NWA Bear Bash & Contest in the Dickson Street Entertainment District.
BITE NWA Culinary Festival
BITE NW Arkansas Culinary Festival | June 20-22
As part of NW Arkansas Championship Week, BITE NW Arkansas Culinary Festival returns for a fourth year with a third day added and bigger and better than before. This world-class food festival takes place at Bentonville’s 8th Street Market and celebrates the best cuisine, ingredients, restaurants, beverages and chefs that Northwest Arkansas has to offer!
Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival | July 13-15
The 20th Annual Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival attracts riders, spectators and party-goers from several states. This three-day cycling festival is packed with downhill, short track and cross-country racing, along with group rides, social gatherings, live music, craft beer and all-around good vibes!
Rogers Cycling Festival
Rogers Cycling Festival | July 27-29
Nine races, three days, one historic cycling festival! With multiple race opportunities, there are events for mountain bike enthusiasts and road cyclists alike – including the Family Glow Ride at Lake Atalanta.
Summer Diversity Weekend in Eureka Springs | August 3-5
Four times a year, Eureka Springs dedicates a weekend to celebrating love and diversity. Spend an afternoon strolling the city’s darling downtown, the entirety of which is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are dozens of art galleries, local pubs, scrumptious restaurants and eclectic shops, too.
Tontitown Grape Festival
120th Tontitown Grape Festival | August 7-11
Northwest Arkansas summer staple, this unique festival in its 120th year knows how to draw a crowd. The Italian community of Tontitown is full of tradition and its annual festival is famous for the made-from-scratch spaghetti, fried chicken dinners and grape stomping events. There’s homemade grape ice cream, too!
Eurekan Multisport Festival | August 10-12
Do you have what it takes to complete the ultimate challenge? To earn the title of The Eurekan you must complete a triathlon, 100-mile bike ride and 10K run. If you’re a bit less ambitious, give the Half Eurekan a try with a triathlon, 58-mile bike ride and 5K run.
26th Annual Eureka Springs VW Festival | August 24-26
Enjoy a weekend dedicated to one of most recognizable car brands of our time! The Eureka Springs VW Festival not only has classic Volkswagen Bugs, vans and all models in between, but there is the giant swap meet, a tourcade and live entertainment, too. Groovy!
Frisco Festival, Rogers | August 31 – Sept. 1
This family friendly, end-of-summer festival has been delighting people from all over for more than two decades now. With live entertainment, cook-offs and contests, a car show and vendors, Frisco Festival is yet another great reason to visit beautiful downtown Rogers!
First Thursdays, Fayetteville
First Fridays, Bentonville
On the first Thursday and Friday of each month, the downtown squares of Fayetteville and Bentonville transform into community block parties! With live music and street performers, food trucks serving up their best eats, beer gardens pouring locally crafted ale, and activities for the kiddos, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!
ALSO: see our Summer of Music blog for outdoor concerts, festivals and local concerts series!