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19th Annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ in the Ozarks

The 19th Annual Bikes Blues and BBQ motorcycle rally rolls into town on Sept. 26-29 with four days of action-packed festivities and motorcycles and guests from all over the country!
 Bikes, Blues and BBQ is the largest charitable motorcycle rally in the nation, benefiting children, women and underserved residents in Northwest Arkansas. In 18 years, the rally has generated approximately $2 million in proceeds for local charities.
 
New this year, Bikes, Blues and BBQ includes the Ink & Art In the Ozarks tattoo and art expo, plus new mapped rides (see below) that let riders experience the rolling hills and natural beauty of the region – with plenty of stops for great food and sightseeing along the way.
 
Bikes, Blues and BBQ brings tens of thousands of motorcycles to Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas. Riders and spectators alike come together for revving and rocking with live music stages, beer gardens, the KCBS Arkansas State BBQ Championship, lawn mower pulls, a car and truck show, the Stokes Air Battle of the Bikes, karaoke contests, tons of vendors, VIP rides, the Fayetteville Firefighters Poker Run, and the Parade of Power along Dickson Street.
Even if you don’t ride, comes see the spectacular that is the festival: Harleys, crotch rockets, tricked-out custom jobs, metric bikes, cruisers, vintage stock and sport bikes — and some of the best people watching around!
 
The Dickson Street Entertainment District is the heart of the festival, but other primary venues include the Washington County Fairgrounds, the Baum Motorcycle Village, and the Dickson Street Main Stage and Beer Garden.
 
Throw Open the Throttle: This year, Bikes, Blues and BBQ has curated a series of mapped rides along select highways and byways in Northwest Arkansas and surrounding areas. Categorized by distance (five to 100 miles, 100 to 200 miles and 200 to 300 miles), these rally rides will take you and your friends along the famous Pig Trail, to War Eagle and Eureka Springs, through old town Van Buren, and to Roaring River State Park and beyond. 
 
While you’re tooling around, head up to Rogers for the 2018 Bikes on the Bricks in historic downtown for a vintage motorcycle show, a scenic guided ride and more. 
 
BIKES, BLUES AND BBQ MUSIC LINEUP
On the live music stage, Bikes, Blues and BBQ presents a kickin’ lineup of local and regional bands, ready to rock ‘n rumble as part of the event schedule. 
Wednesday
5:30 p.m. Ouachita River Band
7:30 p.m. The Boston Mountain Playboys
9:30 p.m. The Squarshers
Thursday
4 p.m. Gary Hutchison
5:30 p.m. Boss Tweeds
7:30 p.m. Fayetteville Funk Factory
9:30 p.m. The Mixtapes
Friday
5:00 p.m. Vintage Pistol
6:30 p.m. Leah And The Mojo Doctors
8:30 p.m. The Nace Brothers
10 p.m. Goose
Saturday
6:30 p.m. Fayetteville Funk Factory
8:30 p.m. The Mixtapes
10:30 p.m. Dead Metal Society
For more info about the festival, visit bikesbluesandbbq.org
 
 

Razorbacks Kick Off Football Season in Renovated Stadium

Razorback Football Stadium Rendering

The Arkansas Razorbacks will kick off their 2018-19 football season with a new head football coach and a newly renovated Razorback football stadium!

Season action from the Razorback basketball team is right around the corner, too, with 2018-19 tickets on sale now.

For decades, the University of Arkansas’ Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium — one of the most storied football venues in college athletics — has attracted students, locals, visitors, families and alumni alike.

Now, the home of Razorback football has undergone a major renovation and expansion and will debut the $160 million project at the Hogs’ first home football game on Saturday, Sept. 1, against Eastern Illinois.

 

Stadium SEC Club  Rendering                    

Stadium Field Club Rendering

Encompassing the legacy of the late athletic director Frank Broyles and other Razorback greats, the new renovation project will take football gameday experiences and traditions to the next, new level!

Some of the new changes and amenities include 38 new stadium suites, 20 field-level loge boxes, 44 second-level covered loge boxes and premium club seating.

 

Razorback fans can now access all sides of the stadium by utilizing the new 360 degree concourse. The Level 1 Concourse lets guests get to where they want to in the stadium easier than before. 

 

A new video board has been added, as well as additional and expanded entrances, additional elevators and restrooms, and new concessions. A new game day locker room and training room were added for the football team, and safety and security systems throughout the stadium have been  enhanced.

 

For the 2018-19 season, the Razorback football team will play seven home games, including the season opener on Sept. 1, and matchups against North Texas on Sept. 15, Alabama on Oct. 6, Ole Miss on Oct. 13, Tulsa on Oct. 20, Vanderbilt on Oct. 27, and LSU on Nov. 10.

 

This season is also the first at Arkansas for new head football coach Chad Morris. Morris has an extensive resume that includes 16 years as head coach at the prep level, four years as offensive coordinator at Clemson University, and most recently, three seasons as head coach at Southern Methodist University.

 

Razorback Basketball

Razorback basketball fans know how to make Bud Walton Area at the University of Arkansas campus come alive!

 

Known as the Basketball Palace of Mid-America, the state-of-the art Bud Walton Arena is charged with excitement from tip-off to the final buzzer. The men’s basketball team opens its regular 2018-19 season at home on Nov. 12 against UC Davis. With Hogs hoops action through March 2019, there’s plenty of time to get in on the action.

 

Coach Mike Anderson

 

The Hogs basketball team is one of eight record-setting SEC teams to reach the NCAA Tournament last season, and Razorback fans can expect more of Coach Mike Anderson’s “fastest 40 minutes in basketball” this year.  Basketball fans will have a chance to cheer on their beloved team at Bud Walton in Fayetteville at 21 home games during the 2018-19 season.

 

For tickets and more info about football, basketball and other Razorback sports action, visit arkansasrazorbacks.com.

New Mountain Bike Hotspots

Lake Leatherwood

With internationally ranked trails, first-in-class parks and courses, and infrastructure that keeps on growing, Northwest Arkansas is a mountain bikers’ paradise! Here are some of the newest hotspots to come online (or that are coming soon!) across the region.

 

Fitzgerald Mountain Trails:

Near Bayyari Park in east Springdale, this promises to be the city’s largest trail system when complete later this year. The Walton Family Foundation and the NWA Trailblazers are developing 10 miles of mountain bike trails on Fitzgerald Mountain, several of which opened on June 29. These first miles of trail to open feature natural rock formations and premium cut singletrack that make for a fun ride for intermediate to advanced shredders.

 

Lake Leatherwood Downhill Runs: New downhill trails – perfect for enduro-style racing – opened at Lake Leatherwood recreation area on June 24. These downtown runs feature steep ramps and sharp curves and cater to advanced mountain bikers. In August, Lake Leatherwood hosted its first Arkansas Enduro Race Series. Shuttles are in operation to take riders back up to the top when they’re ready for another run!

 

Passion Play

The Great Passion Play: The Great Passion Play with its Christ of the Ozarks statue in Eureka Springs has completed the first phase of mountain bike trails on its 700-acre wooded complex. Trail builder Tony Boone and the Carroll County Ozark Off Road Cyclists are helping lead the project that began in 2016 primarily as nature trails for hiking. Since then plans have snowballed to encompass a network of singletrack for all skill levels. Completion is set for 2019!

 

Runway Bike Park and Pump Track: The new mountain bike skills park at the Jones Center in Springdale will feature skills trails, a children’s bicycle playground and the Velosolutions Pump Track designed for mountain bikes, BMX’s, skateboards and all things wheels. Set to open this fall, the Runway’s pump track will be the site of the 2018 Red Bull Pump Track World Championship Final on Oct. 13. Pump it up!

 

Mitchusson Park

Mitchusson ParkA new mountain bike skills course opened at Mitchusson Park in Huntsville in May with cool stunt features designed to mimic natural elements found in the region. The centerpiece is an “s” shaped pump track, with outlying features to help cyclists build fun bike-handling skills. Volunteers played a huge role in the project by hand-building several natural rock-gardens course features. 

 

City Lake Park in Siloam Springs:  Three miles from downtown, City Lake Park has opened three new intermediate-level mountain bike trails: Simon’s Descent (a flow trail), Wango Tango and Gatsanula, and a beginner’s trail called Osage Flats. The 165-acre park will also include multi-use trails, raised-bed hiking trails and a new bicycle skills course and pump track.

 

City Lake Park

Gregory Park in Fayetteville: Located in the heart of Fayetteville, the Gregory Park trail has recently been rejuvenated and reopened as an official mountain bike park! New updates to the 19-acre park include: new singletrack mountain biking trails, a pump track and skills course. This trail is for all skill levels, hikers and dog walkers, too, making this the ultimate multi-use urban trail! Check out this article by the Fayetteville Flyer for photos and more info.

 

 

These new trails and courses join hundreds of existing miles of off-road and mountain bike trails just waiting to be explored across NWA!

Follow this link for a list of top mountain bike trails.

Or visit oztrailsnwa.com for more info.

 

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.

 

 

Performing Arts: Broadway and Beyond

Get ready for tons of musicals, renowned dance companies, entertainment greats, up-and-coming artists, comedians, and dazzling must-see productions as Walton Arts Center — and other performing-arts venues and troupes in NWA — kick off new seasons and shows this fall!

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Walton Arts Center: From the heart of Fayetteville’s entertainment district, Arkansas’ performing arts powerhouse will present nine dynamic series during its 2018-19 Season! Tickets sell fast, so get yours now at waltonartscenter.org.

 

                             

1. Broadway Series
Jersey Boys: Oct. 5-7 They were four guys from Jersey with a sound nobody had ever heard… and the fans loved it! Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons with the Tony Award-winning true-life musical phenomenon Jersey Boys!
School of Rock: Oct. 23-28 – Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band! 
On Your Feet!Dec. 4-9  From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a cross-over sensation at the very top of the pop music world. 
Falsettos: Feb. 8-9, 2019 – The Lincoln Center Theater Broadway Production of Falsettos revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, lover, about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist and the lesbians next door. 
A Bronx Tale: Feb. 26 thru March 3, 2019 – Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be.

                             

Waitress: April 9-14, 2019 – Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, the irresistible new hit tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage.
Cats: May 28 thru June 2, 2019 – A record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in more than 30 countries and 15 languages, Cats tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn.
Les Misérables: June 18-23, 2019 – Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an unforgettable story of heartbreak, passion and the resilience of the human spirit. Featuring the beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More” and many more.

                        

2. The 10×10 Arts Series
Mwenso & The Shakes: Sept. 14
Jessica Lang Dance: Sept. 20
Ragamala Dance Company’s Written in Water: Oct. 14
The Story of Everything, Kealoha, Slam Poet: Nov. 1
Hot Club of San Francisco’s Cinema Vivant: Jan. 10, 2019 
And more!
                         
3. Night Out Series
THE ILLUSIONISTS – Live From Broadway™: Oct. 17-18
The King’s Singers: Dec. 11
Hot Club of San Francisco Swing Dance Party: Jan 11, 2019
Dorrance Dance: Feb. 12, 2019
Cirque Éloize Saloon: Feb. 19, 2019
One Night of Queen: March 14, 2019

                            

4. American Music Series
Indigo Girls: Oct. 2
Take Me to the River: Live from New Orleans!: Oct. 21
Mission Temple Fireworks Revival featuring Paul Thorn & Band, Blind Boys of Alabama and The McCrary Sisters: Nov. 17
Monterey Jazz Festival 60th Anniversary Tour: March 31, 2019
Boz Scaggs: Out of The Blues Tour 2019: April 7, 2019
Joan Baez Fare Thee Well…Tour 2019: April 20, 2019

                            

5. Starrlight Jazz Club Series
George Brooks’ ASPADA: Oct. 12
The John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet: Dec. 1
Alfredo Rodríguez and Pedrito Martinez Duo: Feb. 8, 2019
Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings & Bill Stewart Trio: March 15, 2019
Benny Green Trio with Veronica Swift: April 19, 2019
And more! 

                       

6. West Street Live Series
An Evening with Jimmy Webb: Oct. 11
John McCutcheon: Nov. 29
Ruthie Foster: Jan. 3, 2019
Gretchen Peters: March 7, 2019
Royal Wood: April 18, 2019
Molly Tuttle: May 2, 2019
                          
7. Family Fun Series
Trike Theatre’s Peter Pan: Nov. 2,3,9 & 10
Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s The Nutcracker: Nov. 23-25
Walton Arts Center and SoNA Present The Snowman: A Family Concert: Dec. 16
Air Play: March 8, 2019
Terrapin Puppet Theatre’s You and Me and the Space Between: March 28, 2019

                         

8. Kids Series
Claire Parsons’ And Then…: Nov. 8
The Polar Express: Dec. 21
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and
   Other Eric Carle Favorites: Jan. 13, 2019
Trike Theatre’s Go, Dog. Go!: Jan. 19 & 26, 2019
Tall Stories’ Emily Brown and The Thing: May 10, 2019
                          
9. LOL@WAC Series
Late Nite Catechism: Sept. 6-9
The Pump and Dump Show: 2018 Parentally Incorrect Tour: Sept. 22
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Party: Oct. 31
Dixie’s Tupperware Party: Feb. 19-24, 2019
Jay Leno: March 30, 2019

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MORE PERFORMING ARTS…

  • TheatreSquared: Northwest Arkansas’ professional regional theater company kicks off its 2018-19 season with Once on August 22, followed by productions of Skeleton Crew, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Every Brilliant Thing and more. 
  • Arts Center of the Ozarks: This arts organization in the heart of downtown Springdale will open its 2018-19 theater season on Sept. 7 with Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite, followed by Tradition of the Mask: Africa in the Ozarks, Braum Stoker’s Dracula and more. 
  • Arkansas Public Theatre: Housed in the venerable Victory Theater in the Rogers Historic District, the APT community-based performing arts troupe opens its Season 33 in September with Sunset Boulevard, the first of eight season productions, featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. 
  • Symphony of Northwest Arkansas: Under the direction of Maestro Paul Haas, Northwest Arkansas’ professional symphony orchestra will present six mainstage concerts at Walton Arts Center for the 2018-19 Season, starting Nov. 3 with Masterworks I: Bernstein & Brahms, followed by the return of A Very SoNA Christmas on Dec. 15, and The Snowman: A Family Concert on Dec. 16. 
  • Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra: Under the baton of Music Director Stephen Byess, the APO will present its 2018-19 Season beginning on Sept. 29 with a Halloween Fantasia concert, followed by the much-loved annual Christmas with the APO concert on Dec. 15 at Arend Arts Center. 
 

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. 

Fourth of July Fireworks Celebrations in NWA

Fireworks at the Walmart AMP

No matter where you are in Northwest Arkansas this 4th of July holiday, there is sure to be something festive happening nearby! Whether you like to spend your time attending a community gathering or watching a fireworks display with friends and family, don’t miss these Independence Day celebrations throughout the four-county NWA region!

 
BENTON COUNTY

 

An Evening at Orchards Park | Bentonville
Date: Wednesday, July 4 / Time: Music at 7 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Location: Orchards Park
Main events: Fireworks display, live music by Funk Factory and Arkansas Winds Orchestra
For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.
 
 

City of Bella Vista Fireworks

Bella Vista Independence Blues Festival
Date: Tuesday, July 3 / Time: Music at 5 p.m., fireworks at dark 
Location: Loch Lomond Dam
Main events: Fireworks show, live music by The Cate Brothers Band and The Downtown Livewires
For more information, see the event page on Facebook.
 
Fireworks at the Crosses | Rogers
Date: Sunday, July 1 / Time: 5 p.m., fireworks at dark
Location: Cross Church at Pinnacle Hills
Main events: Fireworks show, live music and food vendors
For more information, visit crosschurch.com.

 

SoNA Performs at the AMP

 
An American Salute with Fireworks and the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas | Rogers
Date: Wednesday, July 4 / Time: Gates open at 6 p.m. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at dark
Location: Walmart AMP
Main events: Fireworks display featuring a performance by Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA)
Time: Gates open at 6 p.m. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at dark
Tickets: General Admission/Lawn: $3, Covered seats: $10-13
For more information, visit waltonartscenter.org/AMP.

 

Fire in the Sky | Siloam Springs
Date: Wednesday, July 4 / Time: Lot opens at 6 p.m. Fireworks begin at around 9:15 p.m.
Location: Siloam Springs Municipal Airport
Main events: Fireworks show, live DJ, parachutists, concessions, inflatables
For more information, visit discoversiloam.com.
 

 

Gentry Freedom Fest

Gentry Freedom Fest
Date: Wednesday, July 4 / Time: Car show + other activities start at 12 noon, fireworks begin at dark
Location: Gentry City Park
Main events: Fireworks display, petting zoo, Kids Zone, car show, live entertainment by Mark Shields & Good Company, River’s Edge Band, Back Road Story, John King
For more information, visit gentrychamber.com.
 
Fourth Fest | Centerton
Date: Wednesday, July 4 / Time: 7 p.m., fireworks begin at dark
Location: First Baptist Church in Centerton
Main events: Fireworks display, inflatables and kid’s activities, games and music
For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.
 
Eden’s Bluff Fireworks | Lowell
Date: Wednesday, July 4 / Time: Fireworks begin at dark
Location: Eden’s Bluff, Beaver Lake
Main events: Fireworks show
For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.

 

Ventris Trail’s End on Beaver Lake

Ventris Trail’s End Fireworks | Garfield
Date: Wednesday, July 4 / Time: Fireworks begin at dark (around 9 p.m.)
Location: Ventris Trail’s End Resort, Beaver Lake 
Main events: Fireworks show choreographed to music. The best view is from on a boat from Beaver Lake.
For more information, visit beaverlakeresorts.com.

 

 

WASHINGTON COUNTY

 

Rodeo of the Ozarks

Rodeo of the Ozarks with Fireworks | Springdale
Date: Saturday, June 30 / Time: Gates at 6 p.m., the rodeo starts at 7:00 p.m., fireworks after the rodeo at around 9 p.m.
Location: Parsons Stadium
Main events: Fireworks after the last night of the 74th Annual Rodeo of the Ozarks
For more information, visit rodeooftheozarks.org.
 
 
City of Farmington Fireworks Display
Date: Saturday, June 30 / Time: Fireworks begin at dark (about 9 p.m.)
Location: Farmington High School Football Stadium
Main events: Fireworks show
For more information, visit the city of Farmington’s Facebook page.

 

4th at the Field, Arvest Ballpark

Arvest Ballpark Fireworks Spectacular & 4th at the Field | Springdale
Dates: Monday, July 2, Tuesday, July 3 & Wednesday, July 4 / Time: First pitch 6:30 p.m., and fireworks after each game
Location: Arvest Ballpark
Main events: Exhibition baseball matchups followed by fireworks
For more information, visit milb.com.
 
 
Fireworks at Mount Comfort | Fayetteville
Date: Wednesday, July 4 / Time: Fireworks begin at dark
Location: Mount Comfort Church of Christ
Main events: Fireworks display and refreshments
For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.
 
Elkins Fireworks Display
Date: Friday, June 29 / Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Bunch Park
Main events: Fireworks display, concessions
For more information, visit the city of Elkins’ website.
 

Prairie Grove Aquatic Center

Celebrate Prairie Grove
Date: Saturday, June 30 / Time: 7 p.m., fireworks at dusk
Location: Rieff Park, Prairie Grove
Main events: Fireworks display, slip-n-slide and swimming at Prairie Grove aquatic park, and an obstacle course
For more information, visit the City of Prairie Grove’s Facebook page.

 

 

CARROLL COUNTY
 
4th of July Pool Potluck | Holiday Island
Date: Wednesday, July 4th / Time: 12 noon – 4 pm
Location: Holiday Island Recreation Center
Main events: Potluck style lunch and swimming
For more information, visit holidayisland.us.
 

 

Lady Liberty in Eureka Springs

Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade | Eureka Springs
Date: Wednesday, July 4th / Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Downtown Eureka Springs
Main events: Old fashioned parade with floats, street performers and belly dancers
For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.
 
 
Fire on the Mountain | Berryville
Date: Wednesday, July 4th / Time: Dusk
Location: Saunders Heights Overlook
Main events: Fireworks show, patriotic music simulcast on KTHS 107.1 FM
For more information, visit berryvillechamber.com.
 
MADISON COUNTY
 
City of Hunstville Fireworks Display
Date: Wednesday, July 4th / Time: Dusk
Location: Mitchusson Park
Main events: Fireworks show
For more information, visit huntsvillear.org.
 

 

Have a happy and safe holiday, everyone!

 

Summer of Music: Major Concerts and Music Festivals

Roots Fest, Forest Concert Series, Walmart AMP

Make Northwest Arkansas your music destination this summer! With the biggest names in music hitting the stage at the Walmart AMP, an incredible lineup of outdoor music festivals including the Fayetteville Roots Fest and free local concert series across the region – you can hop from concert to concert all summer long!

 

WALMART AMP IN ROGERS
The Arkansas Music Pavilion welcomes some of the biggest names in music this summer, making for the most impressive lineup to date! Tickets and info at waltonartscenter.org/AMP.
Ray LaMontagne with Neko Case, Part of the Light Tour, June 12
Sit back and get ready to be serenaded by the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Ray Lamontagne featuring versatile indie rock artist Neko Case as his opening act. Lamontagne is known for implementing folk, contemporary and blues genres into his sets.

Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton, All American Road Show, June 25
You’ll be on your feet for Brent Cobb, Marty Stuart and Chris Stapleton! This is one lineup of country artists that will move the crowd. After starting out his career with the Jompson Brothers and the Steeldrivers, critically acclaimed Stapleton has been on the solo route since 2015, picking up multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM awards in just the last few years.
The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore, June 25
Two huge music icons team up for one incredible night! Don’t miss the Billboard chart-topping Kesha, with her trademark swagger and playful snarl, and Grammy-award winning rapper Macklemore. Get ready to dance and sing all night long to hit songs like Kesha’s “Praying” and Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop!”

Chicago

Chicago and REO Speedwagon, June 26
Reminisce on the good old days with an evening of your favorite tunes by Chicago and REO Speedwagon. This night is sure to bring back hits from deep catalogs of both bands. Chicago plans an epic performance of the iconic album Chicago II in its entirety, while REO Speedwagon will have the audience awestruck with songs like “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and “Keep On Loving You.”
July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas
Celebrate this country’s 242nd birthday with a patriotic concert performed by the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) followed by a fireworks spectacular courtesy of the City of Rogers.
Thirty Seconds to Mars, The Monolith Tour, with special guest Walk the Moon, July 8     
These alternative rockers will bring the energy to the AMP! The trio has achieved worldwide success with records going platinum in as many as four countries, and their latest hit song “Walk on Water” has remained on Billboard’s rock charts since its release last August. Special guest Walk the Moon starts off the evening with an upbeat set including dance-rock hit “Shut Up and Dance!”
Kenny Chesney, Trip Around the Sun Tour, July 12
Country superstar Kenny Chesney brings the sounds of summer to the AMP! Known for his ever-popular country hits “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem” and “How Forever Feels,” Chesney has taken home multiple American Country Music and Country Music Association awards.

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson, State of the World Tour, July 13
Janet Jackson’s music has earned her five Grammy Awards, a BET Ultimate Icon Award and a GLADD Vanguard Award along with 11 American Music Awards, 10 Billboard Music Awards and nine MTV Video Music Awards. She has also received accolades as an actress, winning the NAACP Best Supporting Actor award adding to her already iconic career.
Modest Mouse, July 19
Formed in 1993, this indie rock band has set the gold standard for bands of our time. Modest Mouse made Rolling Stone’s “Best Songs of the 2000’s” list with its 2009 #1 hit single “Float On,” and continues to produce hit songs.
Halsey, July 20
New to the music scene, Halsey has skyrocketed to the tops of the charts in the last couple of years with catchy singles like “Bad at Love” and a hugely popular release where she was featured on “Closer” by The Chainsmokers. She comes to the Walmart AMP on her first solo tour.
Niall Horan with Special Guest Maren Morris, July 21
Former One Direction member Niall Horan has broken out into his solo career and achieved global success from his hit number, “Slow Hands.” Special guest Maren Morris has made a splash in country music, nabbing Grammy, CMA, ACM, Radio Disney and Billboard awards all in the last two years. You’ll recognize her country radio smash hits “My Church” and “I Could Use A Love Song.”
Kidz Bop Live, July 22
The ultimate concert for the kiddos, “sung by kids for kids,” Kidz Bop takes today’s biggest songs and turns them into kid-friendly tunes. Each concert features innovative stage design, special effects, fan interaction and even a lip-sync battle to 90s hits featuring the parents in the audience!

Acapella Sensations Pentatonix

Pentatonix, July 25
This three-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling acapella group has sold nearly 10 million albums worldwide. Performing for hundreds of thousands of fans at their sold out shows across the globe, they have more than 14.5 million YouTube channel subscribers yielding over three billion video views! Their 2015 self-titled album reached certified Gold status after debuting at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart.
Weezer with Pixies, July 29
The Grammy Award-winning rock band Weezer returns to the AMP! Fans can expect to hear new material as well as beloved anthems like their 2005 radio smash hit that reached the #1 spot on the billboard charts, “Beverly Hills.” Weezer will be joined by the alternative rock group, Pixies. 
Coheed and Cambria & Taking Back Sunday, July 31
This band is a rare breed as their sound effortlessly spans the many genres of rock. They are frequently compared to operatic rock bands of the 70’s including Queen and Rush and fans go crazy for the expansive light show that accompanies the music. American rock band Taking Back Sunday will also perform.
Luke Bryan, August 1 
Another mega country music star will hit the AMP stage this summer! Luke Bryan’s first five studio albums have produced 14 #1 hit songs, so the audience is sure to be singing along. Bryan has also served as a judge on the most recent season of the popular talent show “American Idol.”
G-Eazy with Lil Uzi Vert, Ty Dolla $ign, P-Lo and Murda Beatz, August 11
Rapper and music producer G-Easy makes a stop in Rogers on his first solo headlining tour. This artist has performed on the Vans Warped Tour as well as alongside iconic rappers Lil Wayne and 2Chainz. Special guests Lil Uzi Vert, Ty Dolla $ign, P-Lo and Murda Beatz will take the stage and bring the beats and the rhymes.
Slayer Final World Tour, August 13
One of the most recognizable sounds across punk genres, Slayer embarks on its final world tour. The wildly chaotic guitar solos and dark lyrics coupled with full throttle energy has made Slayer one of the biggest metal bands of all time.

Keith Urban

Keith Urban, Graffiti U World Tour, August 26
Country music star, impressive guitarist, and Austrailian native Keith Urban brings an all-new production setup as well as never before heard songs! Opener Lindsay Ell makes her second appearance at the AMP and has recently been named a “Top Country Artist to Watch” by Huffington Post.
Charlie Puth with Special Guest Hailee Steinfeld, The Voicenotes Tour, August 26
Charlie Puth is known for his upbeat songs like the blockbuster hit, “Attention,” while Steinfeld has been hot on the charts with collaborations like “Starving” featuring Zedd and “Let Me Go” with Florida Georgia Line.
 
MAJOR OUTDOOR MUSIC FESTIVALS THROUGHOUT NWA
Take in the rich history and beautiful scenery of the Ozarks at one of these signature Northwest Arkansas music festivals!
Opera in the Ozarks Summer Music Festival
Inspiration Point, Eureka Springs | June 20 – July 22
Arts Center of the Ozarks, Springdale | July 1, 8, 15
This nationally acclaimed summer music festival and training program for top emerging opera professionals celebrates its 2018 Season with nearly two dozen performances. Featuring Gioachino Rossini’s comedic masterpiece Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Douglas Moore’s love story The Ballad of Baby Doe, and Johann Strauss II’s lively operetta Die Fledermaus.

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend, June 14-17
Award-winning musicians, including Blues Hall of Fame artists, will perform at venues around historic Eureka Springs. Including a special Father’s Day Blues Picnic at Turpentine Creek Wildllife Refuge, don’t miss the hot blues, cold beverages, great food and craft vendors – it’s fun for the entire family!
Spaceberry Music Festival, July 6-7, The Farm Campground, Eureka Springs
Celebrate your independence with two nights of music, primitive camping, fireworks and art vendors at Spaceberry Music Festival! Nestled in the Ozark Mountains with 360 degree panoramic views, the venue includes 160 acres and borders the Mark Twain National Forest. Also, Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake, and the White River are all within five miles.
Fayetteville Roots Festival, August 22-26
This five-day, intimate, urban music and food festival features more than ten music stages and multiple culinary stages and events. With nationally known musicians/bands paired with undiscovered regional and local talent, Roots Fest celebrates the elements that make the Fayetteville community and Northwest Arkansas region a beloved cultural hot spot.
Banjo Rally International 2018, August 29-Sept. 1, Eureka Springs
Don’t miss this opportunity to pick and grin with your fellow musicians! This year’s headlining performer is Matt Tolentino, who specializes in sounds of the 1920’s and ‘30’s with a catalog including everything from ragtime to jazz to polka. All acoustic musicians are welcome.
 
LOCAL CONCERT SERIES THROUGHOUT NWA
Take advantage of free concerts this summer in Northwest Arkansas! With bands spanning every genre at different venues throughout the region, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 
The JBGB Free Summer Concert Series | Fayetteville

Free Concert Series at The JBGB

A new local hotspot in uptown Fayetteville, The JBGB is equipped with yard games, a full-service restaurant, and a vast assortment of craft beer that is brewed onsite. Check out their free Summer Concert Series where fun takes center stage!
JBGB Concert Series Lineup:
June 14 | Josh Abbott Band
June 21 | Randy Rogers Band
June 28 | Devin Dawson
July 5 | Houndmouth
July 16 | Casey Donahew
July 19 | Langhorne Slim and the Lost at Last Band
July 26 | Koe Wetzel
August 2 | Willliam Clark Green
August 16 | Mat Kearney
August 9 | Drake White and the Big Fire
August 23 | Whiskey Meyers
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Turnbow Tunes Free Family Concerts | Springdale 
Don’t miss free, family-friendly live music on select Thursday evenings at the newly completed Walter Turnbow Park, beautifully situated along the Razorback Greenway and Spring Creek. Turnbow Tunes will showcase live music as diverse as the community itself – taking place alongside Downtown Springdale’s Thursday Evening Market in Shiloh Square.
Turnbow Tunes Lineup:
May 24 | “Salsa Night” – with music by CalleSoul Salsa
June 14 | “Soul Night” – with music by JukeBoxx
July 26 | “Americana Night” – with music by Route 358
August 23 | “’80s Night” – with music by 88 Miles Per Hour
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Gulley Park Summer Concert Series | Fayetteville 
Summer nights filled with music return to Fayetteville’s Gulley Park for a 22nd year! On select Thursday nights, bring your comfiest quilt or lawn chair and get ready to enjoy live entertainment at one of Fayetteville’s most treasured parks — it’s pupper-friendly, too!
Gulley Park Concert Series Lineup:
June 3 | Crescent City Combo
June 14 | Ben Miller Band
June 28 | The Empty Pockets
July 12 | The Mighty Pines
July 26 | Barret Baber
August 9 | Fett’s Folly
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Botanical Garden of the Ozarks Summer Concert Series | Fayetteville 
Located just off the Razorback Regional Greenway, the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks offers the perfect setting for a summer evening of music. With multiple theme gardens, running water features and music in the air, you’re sure to find a moment of bliss!
BGO Concert Series Lineup:
June 26 | “Red, White & Bloom” music by Arkansas Winds Community Concert Band
July 31 | Funk Factory
August 21 | National Park Radio
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Crystal Bridges Concert Series in the North Forest

Crystal Bridges Forest Concert Series | Bentonville
Spend your Saturday evenings at the world-class Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art! This concert series takes place along the trails on the museum grounds, so get ready for nights filled with music and dancing under the forest trees. A food truck and cash bar will be available.  Tickets are $10, or free for members and ages 18 or under. 
 
Forest Concert Series Lineup:
June 16 | Digging Roots, Featuring Museum of Native American History Artists
June 23 | Latin Flavors with music by Cuñao
June 30 | Great American Picnic Day with music by Crescent City Combo
July 7 | Annual Lightning Bug Hunt with music by Dom Flemons
July 14 | Beatles Tribute with music by The Liverpool Legends
July 21 | Amasa Hines Band
July 28 | Soul Night with music by Funk Factory
August 4 | Island Party with music by Rochelle Bradshaw & Hypnotion
August 11 | 1 Oz. Jig

Summertime Festivals

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

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! 

The Walmart LPGA Championship Returns!

The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship sees the world’s top female pro golfers competing during a week of fun activities and events, including the 5K @ the LPGA, Junior Golf, and the hugely popular culinary festival BITE NW Arkansas!

 

Fore!

In its 12th year, the 2018 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G returns to Pinnacle Hills Country Club in Rogers on June 18-24.
This official LPGA tournament brings more than 140 of the world’s top professional female golfers to the region for three days of competitive play on June 22-24. Contenders will compete for the grand-prize $2 million purse.

 

5K @ the LPGA

Though the tournament is at the heart of Championship Week, the entire community will enjoy the special events. In addition the 5K @ the LPGA on June 23, Junior Golf on June 19, there is Yoga on the Green on June 24 and Yoga for Girls on June 19. 
 
Also in conjunction with Championship Week, the signature BITE NW Arkansas culinary festival takes place on June 20-22. Held at the 8th Street Market in Bentonville, BITE showcases the best of local cuisine and regional chef talent and offers a delicious variety of refreshing libations. New this year, a third night has been added to the festival with unique, exciting flavors inspired by Walmart’s international reach. Get your tickets now because this festival will sell out! 
 
Other Championship Week favorites include the Pantene Beautiful Lengths community hair donation ceremony, the Sam’s Club Kid’s Center, a lively gathering on the 17th hole for Gatorade’s Loudest Hole on Tour, and the Hallmark Autograph Alley.

Shake Hands with a Pro

 
There is also the Play with the Pros pro-am experience with an opportunity to play a round of golf with an LPGA tour professional. Four-player teams and individual playing spots are available.
 
The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship has something fun for all ages, so don’t miss the excitement and get your tickets now at nwachampionship.com.