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Spring Festivals, Outdoor Concerts & Major Music Fests

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

SPRINGTIME FESTIVALS:

        28th Annual Kite Festival at Turpentine Creek

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

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge | Eureka Springs

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

Spring Diversity Festival in Eureka Springs, April 6-7

Historic Downtown | Eureka Springs

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

Ales & Tails Crawfish Festival

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

April 7 | Washington County Fairgrounds | Fayetteville

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

Dogwood Festival

Siloam Springs Dogwood Festival, April 27-29

Historic Downtown | Siloam Springs

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

 

5th Annual Jeep Fest, May 12

Veterans Memorial Park | Holiday Island

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

Fayetteville Foam Fest, May 12

Historic Downtown Square| Fayetteville

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

Eureka Springs Mustang Days, May 31 – June 3

Best Western Inn | Eureka Springs

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

OUTDOOR CONCERTS & MUSIC FESTS:           

Backwoods at Mulberry Mountain, April 20-22

Outdoor Music Festival | Ozark

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

Byrdfest 2018 Outdoor Music Festival, May 4-5

Outdoor Music Festival | Ozark 

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

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

Brantley Gilbert, April 28, Walmart AMP | Rogers

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

Primus and Mastodon, May 12, Walmart AMP | Rogers

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

Dave Matthews Band, May 30, Walmart AMP | Rogers

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

 

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Premier Mountain Bike Trails: Pick One and Shred!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

1. SPRING BREWS & CULINARY GO-TO’S:

2. SPRING FAMILY FUN GO-TO’S:

3. SPRING NATURE & OUTDOORS GO-TO’S:

 

 

 4. SPRING ART & CULTURE GO-TO’S:

5. SPRING SPORTS & REC GO-TO’S:

6. SPRING MUSIC & THEATER GO-TO’S:

 

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Bentonville Film Festival Brings Film Industry to NWA

The Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) returns to Northwest Arkansas on May 1-6 with an exciting lineup of exclusive film screenings, studio premieres, industry panels, headlining concerts, parties, A-list guests and more.

Panel discussion at BFF

Founded by Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis and Inclusion Companies CEO Trevor Drinkwater, BFF shines a light on the female and minority filmmakers who are blazing trails in media and the entertainment industry.

BFF supports the creation and production of film and media with realistic portrayals of gender and diversity. It’s the only such film festival to guarantee theatrical, television, digital and retail home-entertainment distribution to a select winner.

Last year, BFF drew an estimated 75,000 people to Northwest Arkansas, with much of the festival taking place around downtown Bentonville. Look for community events like outdoor family films, a Cinco de Mayo celebration, a regional bike ride/movie adventure and, for the first time this year, film screenings at Bentonville’s new Skylight Cinema.

       BFF Co-Founder Geena Davis

New for 2018 will be BFF’s Legacy Series, which was inspired by the success of last year’s 25th anniversary screening of the 1992 film “A League of Their Own,” which starred BFF founder Davis. The Legacy Series will feature past pioneering films that have changed the conversation about diversity in entertainment.

A-list celebrities are also known to show up in restaurants and pubs around NWA during festival time. Last year, BFF welcomed notable guests including Meg Ryan, William H. Macy, Judy Greer, Patty Jenkins, Terry Crews and Jewel. So, be on the lookout!

Tickets for BFF are on sale now. Buy single event passes or a weekly pass to be sure you don’t miss a thing. For tickets and info including up-to-date event listings and more, visit bentonvillefilmfestival.com.

 

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Sports Showcase: Spring Baseball at its Best!

Every spring, droves of sports fans head to NWA to fill the baseball stadiums for some of the best collegiate and minor league action around! With extras like fan giveaways, special entertainment and family programming, there’s something for everyone at the ballpark.

ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS BASEBALL  |  Baum Stadium, Fayetteville

After starting off strong with a staggering sweep over Bucknell University on opening weekend, the University of Arkansas baseball team is back on the diamond at Baum Stadium for its 22nd season. The 2018-19 Season runs through May 19, and the Razorbacks have high hopes of making it to the College World Series this June.

The Diamond Hogs swept Bucknell with 47 runs over three games, followed by another win over San Diego State, which was Dave Van Horn’s 600th victory as the head coach of the Razorbacks. Van Horn is one of the only three coaches in the entire Southeastern Conference to have reached this many victories at their current program. 

From L to R: Sunny day at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville, Head Coach Dave Van Horn

In 2017, there were a total of 13 Razorback alumni on MLB rosters. Van Horn hopes the team will produce more major league players, but not before concluding this season’s impressive schedule, which includes home games through May 15. 

Whether you’re seated near the base line or kicked back with refreshments in the Hog Pen, you’ll have a great view thanks to Baum’s state-of-the-art video board that shows high definition replays, instant statistics, game updates and more.

Beat the crowd to the stadium, and you could walk away with some cool Razorback swag while the goodies last. For a schedule of promo giveaways, check out the video below.

For tickets and more info on Razorback baseball season, click here.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS NATURALS  |  Arvest Ballpark, Springdale

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals resume play at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale for their season opener on Thursday, April 5, with a six-game home stand against the Corpus Christi Hooks. The Naturals, the Double-A Affiliate of the two-time World Series champion Kansas City Royals, will play more than 70 home games this season, ending Sept. 3. 

The Naturals host special promotion nights that are fun for the entire family! Crowd favorites include Kids Eat Free Family Sunday, Monday Night Lights: $1 Hot Dogs + Baseball Bingo, What’s It? Wednesday, Thirsty Thursday and Fireworks Friday. Click here for a listing of special promotions for each game.

When you support the Naturals, you’re supporting the Northwest Arkansas community, too. The team partners with upwards of 150 local organizations including high school sports teams and music programs, non-profits, churches and others as part of a fundraising program that benefits the participating organizations.

For Naturals tickets and more info, click here.

From L to R: #1 Naturals fan, Fireworks Friday, Naturals celebrating in the outfield

 

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Eureka Springs May Festival of the Arts

Each May, the artsy haven of Eureka Springs magically comes to life during this month-long celebration featuring special exhibits, art gallery strolls, colorful parades, music, community and more!

Eureka Springs has more than 350 artists working in all mediums, and during the May Festival of the Arts it’s their time to shine. From the Bridge of Love, plein air painting and the ArtRageous Parade, to concerts, art classes and the annual White Street Walk, this eclectic festival has been a cultural statement of the NWA Ozarks for 30 years!

2018 MAIN EVENTS INCLUDE:

Artmosphere Street Festival, May 5 ­– The ArtRageous Parade lines the streets with art and spunky performers creating a lively downtown “art-mosphere!” Also includes the wildly colorful ArtRageous Costume Contest!

Bridge of Love, May 10-13 – The 2nd Annual Bridge of Love event celebrates women and Mother’s Day by turning the Basin Bath Bridge into a floral masterpiece.

Art Wall Reveal, May 11 – A 3D and interactive photo display will feature then and now images of Eureka Springs on panels that span 100 feet long and 8 feet tall along First Street. Viewers will have the opportunity to experience the history of the city and how neighborhoods have changed over the years.

Music Park Yarn Bomb and Music, May 12 ­­– Crochet artist Gina Gallina and artist Ranaga Farbiarz are teaming up to turn trees into art! Interactive yarning and live music at Music Park are highlights of this event.  

Chalk Art Fest, May 16-20 – Nationally acclaimed chalk street artist Craig Thomas will lead the chalk art fest and conduct workshops. Craig will be joined by several local and regional artists for an exciting finale and reveal event!

28th Annual White Street Walk, May 18 – A party thrown by the artists themselves, the White Street Walk includes open house receptions, a street fair, a flash dance and other surprises!

Books in Bloom, May 20 – Hosted by the 1886 Historic Crescent Hotel, this free event features a bouquet of renowned authors speaking and reading from their books, as well as author signings.

Eureka Springs Plein Air Festival, May 21-24 – Now in its third year at the May Festival of the Arts, artists come together to paint the stunning, well-preserved architecture of downtown Eureka. Artists compete in a paint-out and quick-draw contest or submit their best plein air works for a public art exhibit and sale.

 

May in Eureka means there are endless ways to be immersed in the arts! Other fun events include:

For more information, visit eurekaspringsfestivalofthearts.com.

 

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Crystal Bridges Knocks It Out of the Park with ‘Soul of a Nation’

The world-class Crystal Bridges of American Art has launched a new eye-opening exhibition that shines a light on the vital contribution of black artists during the tumultuous 1960’s, ‘70s and early ’80s. 

Named by the Observer as one of the 12 Must-See Exhibitions of 2018, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power is on display at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville through April 23.

 L–R: Adger Cowans, “Shadows”, 1961; Benny Andrews, “Did the Bear Sit Under a Tree?”, 1969

This landmark exhibition was developed the Tate Modern art museum and galleries in London and made its U.S. debut at Crystal Bridges on Feb. 3.

        Wadsworth Jarrell,  “Revolutionary”, 1972.

With works by 60 artists from 1963 to 1983, Soul of a Nation includes vibrant paintings, powerful sculptures, street photography and murals. It explores the impact of the Black Power movement and the many ways artists of the era spoke through art to protest discrimination, rally people to their cause and celebrate black culture.

The exhibition begins with works created by the Spiral Group, a collective based in New York that opened up questions about the role of artists during the Civil Rights movement. 

Key events and cultural stimuli such as music, literature and sports, as well as significant symbols of the movement including Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcom X, are visible in Soul of a Nation

Crystal Bridges is one of only two American venues that are hosting this exhibition! Following its debut in Bentonville, it will travel to the Brooklyn Museum in New York.

Tickets to the featured exhibition are $10 per person; admission is free to museum members and youth 18 and younger.

Crystal Bridges welcomes all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature. The museum’s permanent collection spans five centuries of American masterworks ranging from the Colonial era to the current day. Included within the collection are iconic images such as Asher B. Durand’s Kindred Spirits, Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter, and Andy Warhol’s Coca-Cola [3] — each reflecting a distinct moment in American artistic evolution — as well as major works by modern and contemporary American artists, including Georgia O’Keeffe, John Baldessari and James Turrell. Admission to view the museum’s permanent collection is free. 

On your visit to Crystal Bridges, don’t forget to also explore the nature trails and outdoor art installations, grab a bite at Eleven restaurant, or stop by the gift shop! More information at crystalbridges.org.

 

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Watch for This! Coming This Summer

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

2018 Artosphere: Arkansas’ Arts + Nature Festival  

June 10-23 | Across Northwest Arkansas

Artosphere Trail Mix

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

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

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

For more info, visit artospherefestival.org.

BITE NW Arkansas Culinary Festival

June 20-22 | 8th Street Market, Bentonville

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

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

Opera in the Ozarks 2018 Summer Season

June 22 – July 20 | Inspiration Point, Eureka Springs

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

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

For more info, visit opera.org.

 

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New at Crystal Bridges: The Best for 2018

The arrival of 2018 means three new major exhibitions coming soon to the world-renowned Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, and we know you don’t want to miss them!
The first is a rare exhibition that shines light on the contributions of black artists in the tumultuous ‘60s and beyond, then a collection anchored by the works of the “Mother of American modernism,” and finally an exhibition portraying Native Americans in American art – inspiration awaits at every turn!
SOUL OF A NATION: ART IN THE AGE OF BLACK POWER
Feb. 3 through April 23, 2018
Tickets: $10

The first major exhibition of 2018 demonstrates how activism in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s helped shape American art as we have come to know it. Soul of a Nation features the work of 60 black artists, including vibrant paintings, powerful sculptures, street photography and murals. With only two venues in the U.S. hosting it, this landmark exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see era-defining American art.
 
Soul of a Nation begins with pieces from the Spiral Group, a New York collective that opened up questions about the role of artists during the Civil Rights movement. The exhibition explores the impact of the Black Power movement and defines the many ways artists spoke through art to protest discrimination, rally people to their cause and celebrate black culture.
 
Developed by Tate Modern in London, artists represented include Romare Bearden, Noah Purifoy, Martin Puryear, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, Alma Thomas, Charles White and William T. Williams.
Following its U.S. debut at Crystal Bridges, Soul of a Nation will travel to the Brooklyn Museum in New York.
 
THE BEYOND: GEORGIA O’KEEFFE & CONTEMPORARY ART 
May 26 through Sept. 3, 2018
Building on the museum’s own collection of significant works by Georgia O’Keeffe — including Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 and Radiator Building–Night, New York — Crystal Bridges has brought together more than three dozen of O’Keeffe’s most important works as the centerpiece of this exhibition.
It also introduces a new generation of American artists who expand upon O’Keeffe’s artistic legacy, giving viewers a chance to see her iconic style through a lens shaped by contemporary art.
Featuring works by numerous artists, O’Keeffe’s style remains an undeniable touchstone for the art presented in this exhibition, with signature themes such as flowers, feminine form, city and desert landscape, and interplay between abstraction and realism.

 

NATIVE NORTH AMERICA
Oct. 6 through Jan. 7, 2019

For generations, Native American artists have been considered outside the “mainstream” contemporary art world. This new exhibition organized by Crystal Bridges will begin to remedy that division.
Native North America is the first exhibition to chart a history of contemporary Indigenous art from the United States and Canada. It presents some 75 works spanning the 1950s to today by several important Native American artists: Kay WalkingStick, Carl Beam, Fritz Scholder, Edgar Heap of Birds and Kent Monkman.
This unprecedented exhibition offers Indigenous perspectives on land and history – and takes on the politics surrounding the way Native peoples have been represented, challenging historical assumptions and biases about Indigenous art.
Ultimately, Native North America unveils the power and influence of Native American artists, upends what has — until now — been the dominant story about contemporary art, and enriches our understanding of American art.
 
For more information about these major exhibitions and more, visit crystalbridges.org.   
While you’re at Crystal Bridges, don’t forget to visit the Museum Store, and enjoy modern American comfort food at the museum restaurant, Eleven.
A membership to Crystal Bridges provides complementary access to temporary exhibitions like the above, plus other benefits such as free guest tickets, invitations to exclusive previews, special member-only events, discounts at the museum store and more. Admission to see the museum’s permanent collections is free.
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Photo credits: Soul of a Nation: Carolyn Lawrence, Black Children Keep Your Spirits Free, 1972, acrylic on canvas; Elizabeth Catlett, Black Unity, 1968, Cedar; Dawoud Bey, A Boy in front of the Loew’s 125th Street Movie Theater, 1976, gelatin silver print. The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe & Contemporary Art: Georgia O’ Keeffe, Jimson Weed/ White Flower No. 1, 1932, oil on canvas; Loie Hollowell, Yellow Mountains, 2016, oil on acrylic medium mixed with sawdust on linen over panel; Georgia O’Keeffe, Radiator Building – Night, New York, 1927, oil on canvas; Native North America: Shan Goshorn, Removal (Ancestral Homeland and Oklahoma Indian Territory), 2012, arches watercolor paper splints, first printed with archival inks; Fritz Scholder, Monster Indian, 1968, oil on canvas; James Lavadour, (one panel from) Shake, 2014, oil on panel.

 

NWA Holiday Lights, Parades & Celebrations

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

Lights of the Ozarks

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

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

 

Huntsville, A Hometown Christmas, Nov. 17

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

Bentonville Lighting of the Square

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

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

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

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

Springdale’s Christmas on the Creek, Nov. 25

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

Eureka Springs Parade of Lights

Eureka Springs Parade of Lights, Dec. 1

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

Rogers Christmas Parade, Dec. 1

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

Light up Siloam Springs Christmas Parade, Dec. 2

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

Berryville Christmas Parade, Dec. 2

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

Candlelight Tour of Homes in Eureka Springs

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

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

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad’s Annual Holiday Trains

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

Bentonville Christmas Parade

Bentonville Christmas Parade, Dec. 9

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

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

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

Hunstville Christmas Parade, Dec. 2

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