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Music Destination: Northwest Arkansas

From multi-day music festivals to live performances in the state’s largest outdoor amphitheater, plus a strong local live scene, classical symphony performances and more, NWA has you covered in the tunes department!

FALL MUSIC FESTIVALS

Set in the serene beauty of the Ozark Mountains, fall music festivals in NWA are a truly unique concert experience!

Terra Studios Music & Art Fest

Cool Water Music Fest, Sept: 8-9: A new music fest makes its debut in Gravette this fall. Cool Water Music Fest brings 15+ talented bands from the Red Dirt genre to the region for a unique festival experience with primitive camping near the fresh springs of Spavinaw Creek, one of the freshest springs of water in all of Northwest Arkansas. Take a cool dip while waiting on your favorite band to play and then relax in the serene country setting while southern sounds flow from two stages!

Terra Studios Fall Music and Art FestivalSept. 10: Home of the famous Bluebird of Happiness®, Terra Studios hosts its Fall Music and Art Festival with upwards of 80 musicians, artists demonstrating flame and glass work, flow-artists and fire-spinners! The festival’s beloved “song circles” are formed by musicians who play all genres of music throughout Terra Studio’s six-acre Art Park.

Jazz Eureka, Sept. 14-16: Eureka Springs celebrates its 32nd annual jazz festival in lively downtown with a stellar lineup of outstanding acts, free jazz in Basin Springs Park and performances by headliner Victoria Swift, Block Street Hot Club, Fourscore, Charged Particles featuring Paul McCandless, and the Richard Bruton Quartet.

Hillberry, Courtesy Jamie Seed

Hillberry The Harvest Moon Festival, Oct. 15-16: All of the action of this multi-day music festival in the mountains takes place far away from the city lights. Come out to The Farm Campground in Eureka Springs for primitive camping and an earthy music experience with acts including Handmade Moments, Arkansauce, Greensky Bluegrass and Yonder Mountain String Band.

WALMART AMP IN ROGERS

The Walmart Arkansas Music Pavillion — known by locals as the AMP — still has concert dates left in its rockin’ 2017 season of headlining shows!

Brad Paisley, Sept. 1: The preeminent male country artist to emerge in the 2000’s, Paisley blends the past with the present, paying constant tribute to his forefathers but pushing the music forward. His brings special guests Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryand and Lindsay Ell.

Zac Brown Band, Sept. 14: Following a record-breaking year for the multi-platinum group, Zac Brown Band brings its Welcome Home Tour to Northwest Arkansas. Rolling Stone said the band’s live shows reach far behind the boundaries of country music “roping in everything from Metallica covers to EDM-inspired light displays.”

Sublime with Rome, Sept. 19: This Long Beach, Calif., band delivers an irresistible blend of ska, reggae, punk, surf rock and hip hop. Hits including “What I Got,” “Santeria” and “Wrong Way,” remain radio staples across music channells today.

Walmart AMP

KISS, Sept. 28: More than 40 years of record-breaking global tours have brought KISS to their fans and now is your chance to experience the legacy right here in NWA. As America’s #1 Gold Record award winners, KISS is clearly one of rock’s most influential bands of all time.

SPECIAL AMP PERFORMANCE: 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert Featuring the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA), Oct. 7: Don’t miss this first installment of the Harry Potter™ Film Concert Series at the AMP! As momentous scenes from the film “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” are projected on the big screen, audiences will be enchanted by the memorable score performed by symphony musicians and written by celebrated composer John Williams. It’s sure to be a magical evening!

AMPFEST, Oct. 14: Now in its second year, this beer, music and tech festival features unlimited free samples of more than 60 local, regional and craft beers, cutting edge games and technology demonstrations, and great live music!

LIVE LOCAL MUSIC

Dickson Street Entertainment District, Fayetteville: When in Fayetteville, do as the locals do: go to Dickson Street! The heartbeat of downtown is home to some of the best live music venues in the region, plus unique shops and boutiques, art galleries and diverse restaurants. From dancing to shooting pool, shopping and people watching, there’s something for everyone on Dickson Street. 

George’s

George’s Majestic Lounge, Fayetteville: The oldest and longest-running club/live music venue in the state of Arkansas has hosted some of the hottest names in the city’s robust live local music scene to its stages. Located steps from the University of Arkansas campus, George’s dates back to the 1930s and was the first bar in the state to integrate in the ’50s. Come for happy hour on the patio or late night when the dance floor inside is packed.

Meteor Guitar Gallery, Bentonville: A restored movie theater that dates back to the 1920’s has been given a new life as an live music/entertainment venue that doubles as a guitar store and art gallery that displays the work of local artists alongside iconic pieces of music history. Hosting a variety of live entertainment, The Meteor radiates a vintage vibe that will take you back to the good ole’ days!

Chelsea’s Corner Café, Eureka Springs: For 25 years and counting, Chelsea’s has been the place where the misfits fit! With live music five nights a week, this is where you can dance your cares away late-night. If in town in the afternoon drop by for happy hour and chat with the locals, while enjoying amazing view from the double deck patio. 

SYMPHONIES AND ORCHESTRAS

Our region is known for its diversity and that doesn’t stop with the music. Two regional, professional orchestras of the highest caliber call Northwest Arkansas home.

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA)The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) presents its 2017-18 Season with a bold and exciting lineup of six mainstage concerts performed by Northwest Arkansas’ very own professional orchestra, with special guest soloists, talented choral and opera singers, and even the sounds of a big-band jazz collective. Under the direction of Maestro Paul Haas, the season features the return of the distinguished Masterworks series as well as the holiday family favorite, The Snowman. For season tickets and show information, visit sonamusic.org.

SoNA

Arkansas Phiharmonic Orchestra (APO)Under the direction of Maestro Steven Byess, APO is an integral part of the community by employing local, professional musicians to bring concerts not only to the community, but into area classrooms. Through its partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, APO supports local music programs through Carnegie Hall’s Link Up, the APYO, and by offering free tickets to music students in our area. For season tickets and show information, visit arphil.org.

 

 

Autumn Outdoor Fun and Adventure

The sky’s the limit when it comes to outdoor fun and adventure in NWA! Between mountain bike festivals, eagle watching on Beaver Lake, scenic motorcycle trails and byways, world-class bike trails, and our many lakes, rivers and parks – the opportunities are endless!

BIKE FESTIVALS:

Back 40 Fall for All Trail Festival, Sept. 2: Choose your passion along Bella Vista’s Back 40 trails: hiking, running, bike riding, or all three! Group rides led by Ozark Off-Road Cyclists and GPP Cycling start at 9 a.m. and include a skills course offered by the Friends of Arkansas Singletrack. Afterward, hang out at the festival area for music, food, face painting and more!

29th Annual NW Arkansas Mountain Bike Championships, Sept. 16: Bring your best off-road cycling skills to this annual mountain biking event at Devil’s Den State Park where rowdy XC riders are all in for a day of racing on courses designed for various skill levels. All races include laps on Racers Hill, while the Ride the Dam skilled course has tricky jumps over natural and manmade objects. Stick around for the awards ceremony and cookout with prizes, swag and food!

Coler Enduro Hosted by Oz Trails, Sept. 17: Presented by Bike Bentonville, this race combines the endurance of cross country and the technical features of a downhill race. Coler Trails are about a mile west of Bentonville on land designated as a mountain bike preserve. Technical sections include the Rock Solid line where you’ll blast through rock gardens and tight rock berms, while the Cease and Desist — the big boy jump line — will take you all the way down the mountain.

Slaughter Pen

Slaughter Pen Jam Mountain Bike Festival, Oct. 6-8: This annual festival is this largest XC race in Arkansas! The fun kicks off Friday evening on the Bentonville Square with a kids ride and a Monster Stunt Show, and moves over to Compton Gardens for a pre-race party, with more fun, music and food. It’s about bikes on Saturday morning as the festival opens at the bike park, followed by an archery biathalon. On Sunday, it’s the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series Race.

MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS:

Coler Preserve Trails in Bentonville: Coler Trails are about a mile west of downtown Bentonville on land designated as a mountain bike preserve. Features include flowy jump lines and challenging technical rocky sections that culminate near the top of a mountain. More at oztrailsnwa.com.

Slaughter Pen Bike Park in Bentonville: 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. Visit oztrailsnwa.com.

Coler Trails

Lincoln Lake: Seven miles of hand-cut singletrack around Lake Lincoln and rocky tech will hone your skills with plenty of scenic overlooks and rock formations. Visit oztrailsnwa.com.

Mount Kessler Greenways in Fayetteville: These trails wind around rock formations and hillsides with expansive views of the Fayetteville city skyline. Visit mtkesslergreenways.com or oztrailsnwa.com.

Back 40 Trails in Bella Vista: Trails wind through wooded areas, past bluffs, caves and waterfalls, and down to the shore of Bella Vista’s Lake Ann. More at oztrailsnwa.com.

Blowing Springs Park in Bella Vista: The six-mile loop features bluff faces and streams trickling down rocks. Connects to Slaughter Pen trail in Bentonville. More at oztrailsnwa.com.

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. Visit rogersar.com or oztrailsnwa.com.

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

Lake Leatherwood Trails in Eureka Springs: Make your way through miles of rock gardens and up the climb to Minor’s Rock, then descend through downhill switchbacks. More at eurekaspringstrails.com or oztrailsnwa.com.

Thunder Chicken Trail in Springdale: Features singletrack, flow, jumps, rollers, berms and drops, with a convenient location off Interstate 49. Visit nwatrails.org.

Thunder Chicken

Sager Creek Mountain Bike Trail in Siloam Springs: This new, five-mile trail runs along Sager Creek, opening into two different trail systems on the north and west sides of the John Brown University campus. Visit jbu.edu.

Lake Fayetteville Trails: A local favorite for beginners, Lake Fayetteville features seven miles of mostly flat trails around the lake in urban Fayetteville. Visit oztrailsnwa.com.

Hobbs State Park Trails: Nestled in a thick patch of pine trees this system provides some of the smoothest riding in the state and is your best bet if the weather is wet. Make sure to stop at the Beaver Lake overlook. Visit oztrailsnwa.com

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MOTORCYCLE TRAILS AND SCENIC BYWAYS:

NWA is home to some of the best trails and byways in this part of the country – perfect to take in the dazzling fall colors from the back of a motorcycle or the passenger seat of your car!

Top Motorcycle Trails: Eureka Springs is a hub for great the state’s top motorcycle rides, as is Rogers, and Fayetteville as host to the annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ motorcycle rally on Sept. 20-23. Our bike-friendly region has numerous routes worthy of a ride, including Ark. 21, the Pig Trail (Ark. Hwy. 23), Beaver Town Bridge (Ark. Hwy. 187), and more. Visit arkansas.com.

Pig Trail

Scenic Byways: Nearby routes include the Pig Trail (Ark. Hwy. 23), Ozark Highlands Scenic Byway (Ark. Hwy. 21), Scenic 7 Byway, Scenic 71 Loop, and I-49 Scenic Byway. Others are Scenic Hwy. 12, U.S. 62, and Ark. Hwys. 123, 59, 43, and 74. Visit arkansas.com.

LAKES AND RIVERS:

Beaver Lake: NWA’s largest lake has key access points in or near Rogers, Eureka Springs and Springdale. There are 28,000 acres of clear water surrounded by beautiful forests, bluffs and meadows. Campgrounds, resorts, marinas, restaurants and outfitters are available.

Lake Wedington: Regularly stocked with fish, the 102-acre lake has a swim beach, air-conditioned cabins, playgrounds, volleyball courts, trails, a boat ramp and horseshoes.

Bella Vista Lakes: Bella Vista offers seven stunning lakes for fishing and water sports. Use of the lakes and facilities is available to all Bella Vista Village property owners and their guests.

White River: The White is home to a string of pools and shoals with overhanging trees, tight turns, and gravel bottoms among bluffs and forests. Below Beaver Dam, it’s a prime cold-water trout fishery with guides and outfitters available.

Kings River

Kings River: A top pick for canoeists and kayakers with about 50 miles of easy floating water. Deep pools provide first-rate fishing for smallmouth bass, channel catfish, rock bass and other fish.

Illinois River: This spring-fed, scenic-designated river starts in the northwest corner of Arkansas and streams into northeast Oklahoma. Near Siloam Springs, the Siloam Springs Kayak Park is a popular Class II play spot for kayakers year-round. Canoe and kayak outfitters, campsites, hiking and horseback riding trails and cabin rentals are available.

Holiday Island Marina & Campground: The campground overlooks the impressive Table Rock Lake straddling the Arkansas/Missouri border, and hosts 31 campsites with full water, sewer and electric hookups.

STATE AND NATIONAL PARKS:

Devil’s Den State Park: With 2,500 unspoiled acres adjoining the Ozark National Forest, Devil’s Den is a favorite for camping, hiking and horseback riding.

Devil’s Den

Hobbs State Park and Conservation AreaA massive park with more than 12,000 acres and 35 miles of hiking trails. Includes ADA accommodating routes.

Withrow Springs State Park: Hiking trails offer views of and access to War Eagle Creek, and canoeing includes a shuttle service for canoe rentals.

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

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

EAGLE WATCH TOURS ON BEAVER LAKE:

It’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s a bald eagle! In October, Belle of the Ozarks Beaver Lake Cruises offers expert guided tours for visitors to spot migrating osprey, great blue herons, king fishers, deer, red-tailed hawks and of course, the impressive bald eagle. Bring the family on this adventure to take in all the beautiful flora, fauna and wildlife the Northwest Arkansas Ozarks has to offer! 

Broadway and Beyond! Walton Arts Center Kicks Off 2017-18 Season

Get ready for more than 50+ dazzling productions as Walton Arts Center — Arkansas’ premier performing arts center — kicks off its 2017-18 Season!

WAC brings entertainers and artists from around the world to Northwest Arkansas, with Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more.

The first show of the 2017-18 season is TajMo: The Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ Band – a historic collaboration between country blues artist Taj Mahal, and post-modern blues artist, Keb’ Mo’ on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

Beautiful

Highlights of the season include Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin of the People’s Republic of China, country superstar LeAnn RimesDisenchanted and David Sedaris.

With shows from Sept. 19 through June 23, 2018 and featuring eight distinct series (Broadway, comedy, jazz, blues, kids and families, and more) – you won’t want to miss these amazing performances! Tickets and subscription packages are available by calling the WAC box office at (479) 443-5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.

THE 2017-18 SEASON BY SERIES

P&G BROADWAY SERIES

The King and I

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I opens the series on Oct. 3-8 with the timeless story of an unconventional yet passionate relationship between the King of Siam and British schoolteacher Anna Leonowens. With amazing costumes and a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting to Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful,” the King and I is too beautiful to miss!

On Nov. 7-12, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas brings plenty of dancing and laughter, just in time for the holidays.

The magic continues Dec. 19-23 with Finding Neverland, a heartwarming theatrical portrayal of the story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan.

If you prefer more spice than sugar, then Cabaret just for you! On Jan. 19-21, 2018, this award-winning production invites you into the Kit Kat Klub where a raucous ensemble takes the stage nightly.

An American in Paris comes to WAC on Feb. 6-11 with unforgettable songs by George and Ira Gershwin. The musical takes us to Paris for a romantic story about an American soldier and a mysterious French girl.

RENT

Then on March 2-4, two decades after its initial and unprecedented debut, RENT returns to NWA with its 20th Anniversary Tour.

The celebration of love and music continues April 24-29 with Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. Carol Klein was a Brooklyn girl who fought her way into the record business as a teenager and by her 20s was writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she managed to find her true voice.

 

The Broadway Series ends May 15-20 with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s timeless production of The Sound of Music, with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.

10×10 ARTS SERIES:

Ballet Arkansas Emergence – Oct. 13

Cas Public Symphonie Dramatique –  Oct. 26

Voces8

Voces8Dec. 3

Béla Fleck and Brooklyn Rider Jan. 17, 2018

The Triplets of Belleville Cine-Concert – Feb. 1, 2018

Pasadena Roof Orchestra – Feb. 24, 2018

 

 

 

Pasadena Roof Orchestra

Aquila Theatre Company’s Sense and Sensibility – March 8, 2018

Dublin Guitar Quartet – March 9, 2018

Ravé Mehta’s FLOW – May 24, 2018

Artosphere Festival Orchestra 10×10 Concert  June 19, 2018

 

STARRLIGHT JAZZ CLUB SERIES:

The Huntertones – Oct. 14

Huntertones

Bria Skonberg – Nov. 10

The Latin Jazz All Stars featuring Steve Turre & Nestor Torres – Dec. 8

Donny McCaslin – Feb.10, 2018

Alicia Olatuja – March 2, 2018

Conrad Herwig – April 28, 2018

The Northwest Arkansas Jazz All-Starts Youth Ensemble – April 30, 2018

KIMBERLY-CLARK FAMILY FUN SERIES:   

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo Oct. 27

 

Secret Agent 23

 

Trike Theater presents Charlotte’s Web – Nov. 17, 19, 25-26 & Dec. 1-2

Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, People’s Republic of China  Dec. 7-8

Danú A Christmas Gathering: Féile Na Nollag – Dec. 10

Walton Arts Center and SoNA Present The Snowman: A Family Concert – Dec. 17

Slingsby Theater Company’s The Young King – May 5, 2018

Ailie Cohen Puppet Maker’s The Secret Life of Suitcases – May 11, 2018

 

COCA-COLA NIGHT OUT SERIES:

At This Performance – Jan. 29, 2018

Classic Albums Live: Rumours – Feb. 2, 2018

Mummenschanz

Mummenschanz you & me – Feb. 27, 2018

PostSecret: The Show – March 9-10, 2018

VoicePlay – April 6, 2018

            

AMERICAN MUSIC SERIES:

TajMo: The Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ Band with special guest Black Pacific – Sept. 19

Jake Shimabukuro – Oct. 18

LeAnn Rimes: Today is Christmas Tour 2017 – Dec. 12

Charlie Daniels Band – May 10, 2018

            

MATTEL KIDS SERIES:

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical – Dec. 1-2

Rudolph

Theatre Company Cahoots NI presents Shh! We Have a Plan – Feb. 25, 2018

Claire Parsons’ And Then… – March 29, 2018

Trike Theatre presents Lily’s Purple Plastic PurseApril 13-14 & 20-21, 2018

            

LOL @ WAC COMEDY SERIES:

David Sedaris Oct. 24

 

Disenchanted

The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Oct. 30-31Robert Earl Keen’s “Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee” Show – Dec. 13, 2017 

My Funny Valentine – Feb. 8-9, 2018

Disenchanted – March 14-15, 2018

 

WEST STREET LIVE:

Hot Club of Cowtown – Sept. 28

Hot Club of Cowtown

Joe Ely Acoustic – Oct. 19

Susan Werner Trio – Nov. 9

An Evening with Spencer Bohren – Jan. 18. 2018

John McEuen & Friends: Will the Circle Be Broken – Feb. 3, 2018

Raul Midón – March 1, 2018

SOLD OUT: An Evening with Peter Yarrow (Of Peter, Paul & Mary) – March 31, 2018

           

Fayetteville Roots Fest: Recipe of Music and Culinary Keeps Festival Goers Coming Back

Fayetteville and the NWA region are gearing up for the 8th Annual Fayetteville Roots Festival, a five-day urban music and food festival on August 23-27, 2017 in Northwest Arkansas!

Inspired by the sounds of folk and Americana music, the Fayetteville Roots Festival features some of the best music acts in the nation, while spotlighting the rich culture of the region and serving up the perfect combination of food, music and community.

What began in 2009 as a humble mountain town festival in a one-venue restaurant, the Roots Festival has surged in popularity, gaining momentum each year by adding new venues and experiences, and picking up national music acts in new genres along the way.

Held in one of the most hip and vibrant cities in the region, the five-day Fayetteville Roots Fest draws festival goers from more than 25 states and countries. The festival features a musical style that is diverse and rooted in many uniquely American musical styles such as Folk, Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz, Country, and more.

Chef Cook Off

This year’s festival’s extensive culinary program also features nationally known chefs and restaurateurs hosting special culinary events and tastings utilizing only locally grown produce, locally raised meats and locally produced products from the Ozarks.

The Roots Festival also highlights local art and artists, as well as film screenings, live radio broadcasts, workshops, a kids/family concert and other entertainment on stages in both Fayetteville and Bentonville.

Reflecting the region’s love of diversity in music, people and food, Roots Fest wants the community to be engaged, so nearly half of the events and experiences are part of a free community programming initiative.

Festival goers can spend the entire weekend at music workshops, screenings, cooking demonstrations and a Chef Cook Off at the Fayetteville Farmers Market – all without spending a dime!

Some festival events require pre-registration. Make plans to arrive at events early. See the festival’s full schedule of events for more details.

MAIN MUSIC STAGE 

The Roots Festival’s Main Music Stage is at the Fayetteville Town Center on the historic downtown square. A carefully curated music lineup, including headlining acts as well as undiscovered regional and local talent, will take the Main Stage for dozens of performances during the five-day festival.

This year’s main stage lineup features The Wood Brothers, Iron & Wine, John Paul White, Rodney Crowell, Nick Offerman, John Fullbright, River Whyless, Elephant Revival, The Stray Birds, Smokey & the Mirror, Dead Man Winter, Dana Louise & the Glorious Birds, Joe Purdy, Mandolin Orange and more. 

LATE NIGHT STAGES

No need to worry if you don’t have tickets for a Main Stage act. The Roots Festival also features happy hour and late night music at multiple venues in the downtown entertainment district.

Hop from bar to bar on and off Dickson Street where Late Night Stages host live music at low cost or no cover.

The iconic George’s Majestic Lounge will have live music from local favorites as well as festival headliners performing second sets while they are in town. Also catch no-cover late night shows at local hot spots Kingfish, Maxine’s Tap Room and Stage 18.

DIG IN CULINARY: The Roots Fest pays special tribute to regional farmers by working with almost entirely locally sourced food. Award-winning guest chefs will prepare festival cuisine from seasonal, locally sourced produce, meat and artisanal products.

TV host and garden designer P. Allen Smith and foodie/home chef Joe Kwon of the Avett Brothers band are among the dozens of culinary guests who will be cooking up deliciousness and sharing their talents at special culinary events. 

Special culinary events include:

Feed Communities Luncheon, August 24 – An afternoon of food, drink and conversation about the local food movement with host P. Allen Smith at Fayetteville’s Pratt Place Inn.

Master Classes, August 25 – The Brightwater Institute of Culinary in Bentonville hosts live music, craft brew, cider and food tastings, and the opportunity to learn with some of the country’s best chefs.

Taste & Talk Series, August 26 – Join chefs, farmers, brewers and makers for an elevated conversion around food, sourcing and styles. Followed by a “taste the lesson” sesh.

Chef Cook Off, August 26 – A Saturday morning at the Farmers Market with eight chefs, five judges, one dish and 45 minutes. Using only locally sourced farmers market ingredients. Come cheer on your favorites!

Roots Pop Up Bistro and more!

For more information about the Fayetteville Roots Festival, visit therootsfest.org.

Photos courtesy Fayetteville Roots Festival

NWA Summer Festivals

Summertime in Northwest Arkansas is packed with a full range of community events and festivals – from art, music and diversity, to classic cars, cycling and even man’s best friend! Make the most of your summer during this busiest of busy seasons!

Eureka Springs Mustang Show, June 1-4: Take the scenic route through Ozark byways for this inaugural event 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.

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend, June 15-18: Award-winning musicians, including Blues Hall of Fame artists, will perform at venues all around historic Eureka Springs during the city’s annual Blues Weekend.

Bentonville Art and Culinary Festival, Month of June: During the month of June, this festival is carried out across downtown Bentonville through culinary events, demonstrations, talks and tastings, as well as interactive crafts and activities for the kiddos.

Highberry Music Festival – June 29-July 2: The 8th Annual Highberry Music Festival at The Farm Campground in Eureka Springs boasts rockin’ tunes and beautiful scenery amidst the 160-acre site that backs up to the Mark Twain National Forest. Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake and the White River are all within 5 miles of the venue. This four-day music and camping festival features dozens of bands on multiple stages and performance spaces – including The Floozies, Dark Star Orchestra, Funky Meters, Dopapod, Perpetual Groove, The Marcus King Band, Pink Talking Fish and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, just to name a few. 

19th Annual Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival, July 14-16: Attracting riders, spectators and party-goers from several states, this three-day cycling festival is packed with downhill, short track and cross country racing…glued together with group rides, social gatherings, live music, craft beer and all-around good vibes! 

Fat Tire Festival

Summer Diversity Weekend in Eureka Springs, August 4-6: Four times a year, Eureka Springs dedicates a weekend to celebrating love and diversity. Spend an afternoon strolling the city’s downtown, the entirety of which is on the national historic register. There are dozens of art galleries, local pubs, scrumptious restaurants and eclectic shops, too.

Dog Days at the Farmers Market in Siloam Springs, August 5: You and your four-legged friend will be nothing short of spoiled at this celebration of pets and their people. Enjoy activities and pet-themed vendors in downtown Siloam Springs.

Dog Days of Summer

Tontitown Grape Festival, August 1-5: A Northwest Arkansas summer staple, this unique festival in its 119th 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 and fried chicken dinners and grape stomping events.

Eurekan Multisport Festival, August 11-13: 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.

Fayetteville Roots Fest

Fayetteville Roots Festival, August 24-27: With four days of music, food and community, the Fayetteville Roots Festival keeps it funky. Check out the music that gives the Ozarks its soul while showing your support of locally sourced cuisine.

25th Annual Eureka Springs VW Festival, August 25-27: Enjoy a weekend dedicated to one of most recognizable car brands of our time! Not only will you find classic Volkswagen Bugs, vans and all models in between, but there is the giant swap meet, a tourcade and live entertainment, too.

Rogers Frisco Festival, August 25-26: 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, it’s another great reason to visit beautiful downtown Rogers.

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NWA Top Summer Picks

Summer is (almost) here! People are active, cold beverages are flowing and special summer events and activities are heating up. Optimize your fun this summer with our list of some fun and unique NWA must-dos this season!

PUBLIC ART TOUR: Northwest Arkansas, Fayetteville in particular, has a vibrant public art scene…from eclectic outdoor sculptures to large art murals, painted utility boxes and storm drains, and more. Snap pictures of these public art favorites while you explore the city on foot or by bike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RIDE WITH US: Bentonville’s cycling culture is second to none! With local community rides for cyclists every Monday through Sunday, it’s always a good day to bike in Bentonville. Bonus: The greater NWA region’s 200+ miles of bike trails!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CELEBRATION OF THE SENSES: The Art of Wine Festival on June 8-10 at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville is a chance to sample some of the world’s finest wines and an array of artfully crafted local cuisine! (Must be 21 or older to purchase tickets.)

 

BANG, POW, BOOM: NWA’s first Art Pop Comic Expo is coming to the Jones Center in Springdale on June 9-10. Pick up prints, original art and signed comics by top industry talent from Marvel, DC, IDW, Dark Horse and more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PADDLE-UP YOGA: Combine the natural beauty of Beaver Lake east of Rogers with stand-up paddle boarding and yoga, and you’ll get a fun, healing workout with a few laughs, too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOCALLY GROWN: Take advantage of Northwest Arkansas’ summer farmers market with seasonal harvests, arts and crafts, and community activities for the whole family! Check out markets in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville, Holiday Island, Siloam Springs, Eureka Springs, Bella Vista and Huntsville.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YEE-HAW! The 73rd Annual Rodeo of the Ozarks coming to Springdale on June 21-24 is one of the leading outdoor rodeos in the nation, bringing more than 500 of the best cowboys and rough stock for four nights of rodeo action!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZIPPIN IN THE OZARKS: Ozark Mountain Ziplines in Eureka Springs will take you on a Costa Rican-style zipline canopy tour in the heart of the Ozarks. With ten cables and one awesome swinging bridge!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SIP & LEARN: Try a flight from new wineries every first Thursday of the month at Brick Street Brews in Rogers! Sip & Learn includes hand-picked styles from a variety of boutique wineries, followed by guided tasting in a casual atmosphere. Also check out tastings at Keels Creek Winery in Eureka Springs, Sassafras Springs Vineyards and Winery in Springdale, and Tontitown Winery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIVE IN: When the warm, sunny days of summer come calling, Northwest Arkansas has plenty of splash zones to keep you cool! Check out The Fountains at Lawrence Plaza in Bentonville, the Rogers Aquatic Center, The Jones Center in Springdale and The Family Aquatic Center in Siloam Springs, just to name a few!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOCAL FLAVORS: With everything from street food to fine dining, eclectic to mainstream and locally sourced to international, a mouthwatering array of choices and culinary experiences are ripe for the taking in Bentonville, Eureka Springs, Fayetteville, Rogers, Springdale and Siloam Springs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRAVO! Opera in the Ozarks‘ summer season kicks off June 23 thru July 21 at its mountainside (and air conditioned!) venue, Inspiration Point in Eureka Springs. Catch the country’s top opera up-and-comers in 22 performances of The Marriage of Figaro, Carmen and Susannah. Sunday shows at Arend Arts Center in Bentonville.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL: Experience the story behind the music when the record-breaking smash Broadway hit Motown The Musical comes to Walton Arts Center June 27 – July 2!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR: Celebrate the 4th of July with NWA Naturals Baseball at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale with the largest Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular in all of Northwest Arkansas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRIT SERIES: The Natural State Criterium Series brings pro and amateur cyclists to downtown Bentonville, Rogers and Springdale on July 7-9. Free and fun for all ages, cyclists will wow spectators as they zoom along city streets during the competition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIREFLY FLING: The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks will transform into a magical world for the 2017 Firefly Fling on July 15 with live music and tales from storytellers, and after dark there will be glowing games, performances and fire dancing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Off-Road Cycling: 200+ Miles of Trails

Touting everything from back-country trails with old-school technical riding, to a cutting edge, slope-style jump park and scenic views you can’t find anywhere else, it’s easy to see why the regions 200+ miles of bike trails makes NWA one of the top off-road bicycling destinations in the U.S.! 

Slaughter Pen Bike Park

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. More at oztrailsnwa.com.

 

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. More at oztrailsnwa.com.

 

Park Springs Park in Bentonville: One of the city’s oldest rec areas, Park Springs is adding a new phase of mountain bike trails. Adjacent to a sweet jump line behind the Lincoln Junior High, there’s a pavilion, built-in BBQ grills and the newly redesigned Burns Arboretum Nature Trail. Visit oztrailsnwa.com.

Lincoln Lake: 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. Visit oztrailsnwa.com.

 

Mount Kessler Greenways

Mount Kessler Greenways in Fayetteville: Take your bike along trails that wind around rock formations and hillsides and enjoy expansive views of the Fayetteville city skyline. Visit mtkesslergreenways.com or oztrailsnwa.com.

 

Back 40 Trails in Bella Vista: Newly opened last year, the Back 40 Trails wind through wooded areas, past bluffs, caves and waterfalls, and down to the shore of Bella Vista’s Lake Ann. More at oztrailsnwa.com.

 

Blowing Springs Park in Bella Vista: Vast bluff faces and streams trickling down the rocks are just a few of the highlights that riders will encounter on the six-mile Blowing Springs Loop. Blowing Springs also connects to Slaughter Pen trail in Bentonville. More at oztrailsnwa.com.

 

Railyard Bike Park

The Railyard Bike Park in Rogers: With great accessibility to downtown Rogers and 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. More at rogersar.com or oztrailsnwa.com.

 

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

 

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. More at eurekaspringstrails.com or oztrailsnwa.com.

 

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. Visit nwatrails.org.

 

Sager Creek Bike Trail

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

 

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. Visit oztrailsnwa.com.

 

Hobbs State Park Trails: Nestled in a thick patch of pine trees this 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. More at oztrailsnwa.com

 

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Major Arts Festivals Underway in May!

In Northwest Arkansas, we’re an arty bunch, and May is our month to show it off! Two major arts festivals that span the region and the May calendar are happening now, and you don’t want to miss them!

The Eureka Springs May Festival of the Arts and Artosphere: Arkansas’ Arts and Nature Festival both produce a feast of arts talent, variety and experiences. Underway now, they bring artists and communities together in a variety of settings – from art galleries and historic downtowns to a botanical garden, a renowned art museum and bike trails that crisscross the region.

This year, these festivals are bigger and better than ever! They’re a great way for you and your family to experience arts and culture in NWA today.

May Festival of the Arts

MAY FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS IN EUREKA SPRINGS

Through May 31

The 30th Annual May Festival of the Arts is packed with arts and entertainment, including gallery walks, art bazaars, musical performances, culinary experiences, demonstrations, interactive exhibits and more. Featured events include an ArtRageous Parade downtown on May 6 and the White Street Studio Walk on May 19 – where artists invite the public into their home studios.

Nestled in the Ozarks Mountains, Eureka Springs is a colorful arts hamlet with more art galleries per capita than any other city in the country! The May festival lets you tap into the creative vibe running through the historic village, driven by more than 350 working artists in all mediums.

 

 

Here are some of the festival’s highlights:

ArtRageous Parade

ARTRAGEOUS PARADE, Downtown, May 6

Quirky, energetic and sometimes surprising, the ArtRageous Parade is the traditional kick-off of the May Festival of the Arts. Join the stream of colorful floats, art cars, walkers, dancers, musicians, jugglers, drummers and dancers.

DANCE OF DECEIT, The Auditorium, May 7

Produced by local playwright Tom Gorsuch, featuring local actors and on-stage musicians and entirely “Eureka made,” this play is set in three rooms of a seedy motel, where a fun-loving retired couple eavesdrops on two younger couples. With wit and wisdom, they bear witness as lust and infidelity tango with ambition and greed in a dangerous dance of deceit.

Bridge of Love

BRIDGE OF LOVE: MOTHER’S DAY LIVING ART INSTALLATION, Main Street Air Bridge, May 8-14

If you love a mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin or friend, bring fresh flowers to fasten to the Bridge of Love!

NUITS ROSE WINE FEST, May 12-14

The Nuits Rosé Eureka Springs Wine Fest is celebrated at participating restaurants and lounges offering Rosé tastings, flights and pairings to serve with special menu items.

GRAND GALLERY STROLL, Downtown, May 13

Eureka Springs has more than 30 art galleries that line the streets of the historic downtown, which is why the Grand Gallery Stroll is a must-do festival event. Several galleries will host special exhibits for the stroll. Fun is mandatory; purchasing is not!

Art in the Park

ART IN THE PARK, Basin Spring Park, May 13

Come enjoy a day of artistry in every form at lovely Basin Spring Park in downtown Eureka Springs. Artists offering textiles, jewelry, painting, sculpting and fine wood designs will be available all day to discuss their process and medium.

WHITE STREET WALK, May 19

The 27th Annual White Street Studio Walk is held along historic White Street, which is the working address of several local artists who will welcome the public into their homes and studios to view their latest works.

White Street Walk

BOOKS IN BLOOM LITERARY FESTIVAL, 1886 Crescent Hotel, May 21

The 12th Annual Books in Bloom Literary Festival is a celebration for writers and readers alike. Visiting authors include Craig Johnson, Laurie R. King, S.C. Gwynne, Nathalia Holt, and “Pete the Cat” creators, James and Kimberly Dean.

PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL, May 21-25

Plein Air artists and collectors won’t want to miss this multi-day exhibition with pre- and post-festival workshops by Spencer Meagher and Marty Coulter, and an opening reception at the Eureka Springs School of the Arts.

For more information and tickets, visit eurekaspringsfestivalofthearts.com.

 

8TH ANNUAL ARTOSPHERE: ARKANSAS’ ARTS + NATURE FESTIVAL

Through May 20

The 2017 Artosphere Festival presented by Walton Arts Center brings together artists from around the world with dozens of free and low-cost events across the region. Artosphere’s signature event is Trail Mix Weekend, May 13-14, where musicians and artists perform along local trails and the Razorback Regional Greenway, while the musical cornerstone of the festival is the esteemed Artosphere Festival Orchestra.

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS:

Artosphere’s Trail Mix

TRAIL MIX: RAZORBACK REGIONAL GREENWAY, May 13 | Free

Join us for a festive day of fresh air and free entertainment with artists and musicians along the Razorback Regional Greenway, beginning in Fayetteville and ending in Bentonville. Entertainment includes The Bike Zoo Giant Butterflies, Squonk Opera, Claire Lynch and The Séamus Egan Project, and local entertainers Rozenbridge, The Crumbs, Melody Pond and The Sons of Otis Malone. Saturday’s Trail Mix also coincides with the annual Square 2 Square Bike Ride along the greenway. (Fee and registration required for Square 2 Square. Register at visitbentonville.com/bike.)

TRAIL MIX: WALKER PARK, FAYETTEVILLE, May 14 | Free

On Sunday, Trail Mix artists will be featured along the trails of Walker Park in Fayetteville starting at 5 p.m. Then, beginning at 7, get ready for the outdoor spectacle of Squonk Opera’s Cycle Sonic. These giant, animated human-powered stages that sprout bulb-horns, banners and whirligigs, will joyfully circle the audience, propelled by their own original chamber rock music.

 

Artosphere Festival Orchestra

ARTOSPHERE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA

Three Main Performances

Performing under the baton of acclaimed Music Director Corrado Rovaris, AFO is comprised of more than 90 musicians from prestigious ensembles, orchestras and music programs from around the world.

LIVE FROM CRYSTAL BRIDGES: MOZART IN THE MUSEUM, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Great Hall, May 12

From the Great Hall of the world-class Crystal Bridges museum in Bentonville, AFO performs an exceptional all-Mozart program showcasing the musical talents the orchestra’s principal clarinet, bassoon, horn and oboe players as featured soloists. This performance is sold out but will be broadcast live on KUAF 91.3 FM Public Radio.

MENDELSSOHN IN SCOTLAND, Walton Arts Center, Baum Walker Hall, May 17 | Tickets: $10

This opening AFO performance at Walton Arts Center will showcase Felix Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and Symphony No. 3 “Scottish, and Johannes Brahms’ Variations on a theme by Haydn.

ARTOSPHERE FESTIVAL FINALE, Walton Arts Center, Baum Walker Hall, May 20 | Tickets: $10

This AFO finale concert will present Luciano Berio’s Quattro versioni originali della “Ritirata notturna di Madrid,Antonin Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7, and Avner Dorman’s Frozen in Time featuring guest solo percussionist Mika Godbole.

 

Chapel Music Series

CHAPEL MUSIC SERIES, May 9, 11, 13 & 16 | Tickets: $10-$25

Listen to exquisite music played in local churches and architectural marvels like St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the E. Fay Jones-designed Mildred B. Cooper Chapel, and the Chapel Ruins at Sassafras Springs Vineyard. This year’s Chapel Music Series features the acclaimed Dover Quartet, bluegrass artist Claire Lynch and The Séamus Egan Project. See Artosphere App or artospherefestival.org for times and details.

 

 

OTHER EVENTS AT WALTON ARTS CENTER:

The Painted Garden

COMPAGNIA TPO’s THE PAINTED GARDEN, May 6 | Tickets: $10

Dancers, performers and the audience itself interact with four virtual landscapes each inspired by the colors of the Kurdish landscape.

MOMIX OPUS CACTUS, May 7 | Tickets: $15-$45

Inspired by the flora and fauna of the American Southwest, dancer-illusionists conjure up a world of surrealistic images in this multi-media experience that brings the magic of the Sonoran Desert to life.

The Way Back Home

 

THE WAY BACK HOME, May 14 | Tickets: $10

When a boy discovers a single-propeller airplane in his closet, he does what any young adventurer would do: he flies into outer space and executes a daring landing on the moon!

THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES, May 19 & 20 | Tickets: $10

This theatrical adaptation of Jean Giono’s environmental classic tells the inspiring story of a shepherd who plants a forest, acorn by acorn.

MORE FREE EVENTS:

Inuksuit

INUKSUIT, Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, May 19

Inspired by the Stonehenge-like structures in the Arctic that the Inuit people used as markers to navigate their space, this expansive community performance is written for 9 to 99 musicians – featuring Grammy Award®-winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion.

AFO: OFF THE GRID, Downtown/Dickson Entertainment District, Fayetteville, May 18

Settle in or move around your favorite local pubs and other gathering places around Fayetteville’s downtown/Dickson entertainment district as Artosphere Festival Orchestra ensembles perform casual “pop-up concerts” for your listening pleasure. Download the Artosphere App for a list of locations.

For details on all Artosphere events, including a complete festival lineup, download the Artosphere App from Google Play or the Apple App Store, visit artospherefestival.org or call the Walton Arts Center box office at (479) 443-5600.

Artosphere: Arkansas’ Arts and Nature Festival

Walton Arts Center proudly presents the 8th Annual Artosphere: Arkansas’ Arts + Nature Festival, May 4-20, at locations across Northwest Arkansas!

Artosphere invites the entire community to celebrate the intersection of art and nature with exciting events that are fun for the whole family. Featuring both free and ticketed performances, events and activities at locations across Northwest Arkansas, Artosphere celebrates artists influenced by nature and provides a creative framework to discuss issues of sustainability. 

New in 2017, Artosphere is launching an app that will be updated throughout the festival with the latest news on featured artists, performances and events. In keeping with Artosphere’s sustainability mission, the new app reduces the use of paper programs and maps, helping minimize the festival’s impact on our environment. Information on how to download the app can be found below.

Artosphere Trail MIx

The annual Artosphere Trail Mix Weekend captures the very essence of Artosphere. For the ultimate outdoor arts experience, audiences hike or bike between stages while enjoying art and entertainment by a variety of artists and acts. On Saturday, May 13, enjoy a full day of fresh air and free entertainment along the Razorback Regional Greenway, from Fayetteville to Bentonville and locations in between. Saturday’s Trail Mix also coincides with the Square 2 Square bike ride along the Razorback Greenway. And on Sunday, May 14, Trail Mix fun comes to Fayetteville’s Walker Park.

 

 

Artosphere Festival Orchestra

With more than 90 musicians from distinguished symphonies and music programs around the world, the Artosphere Festival Orchestra (AFO) is entering its seventh year performing under the baton of internationally acclaimed Music Director Corrado Rovaris, AFO will present three performances: Mozart in the Museum on Friday, May 12, will take place in Crystal Bridges’ Great Hall and will be broadcast live on KUAF 91.3 FM Public Radio. Mendelssohn In Scotland on Wednesday, May 17 and the Artosphere Festival Finale concert on Saturday, May 20 will both take place in Walton Arts Center’s Baum Walker Hall.

 

 

Chapel Music Series

 

Artosphere’s Chapel Music Series brings exquisite music to local churches and architectural marvels like St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the E. Fay Jones-designed Mildred B. Cooper Chapel, the Great Hall at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and Chapel Ruins at Sassafras Springs Vineyard. This year’s Chapel Music Series features the Dover Quartet on May 9 and 13, Claire Lynch on May 11 and The Séamus Egan Project on May 16.

 

 

OTHER ARTOSPHERE FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS:

Manual Cinema’s Lula del Ray – May 4

 

An Arkansas debut! Performed with vintage overhead projectors, shadow puppets, actors in silhouette and live music, Lula del Ray tells the story (almost entirely without dialogue) of an adolescent girl who lives with her mother in the middle of the desert. After a chance encounter over the radio, Lula becomes obsessed with a soulful country music duo and decides to run away from home. Inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline, Lula del Ray is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming of age story, exploring the themes of loneliness, femininity and the iconography of 1950s and 60s Americana through live cinematic shadow puppetry.

Glacial Shifts, Changing Perspectives: Works by Diane Burko Opens May 4

Internationally recognized artist Diane Burko creates large-scale paintings and photographic series documenting glacial melt and other dramatic changes to the Earth caused by global warming. Working in the crossroads between science and art, Burko captures the beauty and grandeur of vast mountain landscapes and highlights some of the profound transformations taking place in our environment.

 

The Painted Garden

Compagnia TPO: The Painted Garden ­– May 6

Celebrated Italian children’s theater company Compagnia TPO has become known for their visual, emotional and immersive theater that crosses the border between art and play. In The Painted Garden, dancers, performers and the audience itself interact with four virtual landscapes each linked to a different color and inspired by painter Rebwar Saeed’s memories of his childhood in Kurdistan. The audience is led into a digitally created world of astonishing sounds and images, where every movement made alters the visual display as the gardens burst into bloom and life.

 

 

MOMIX

MOMIX Opus Cactus – May 7

Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty for more than 20 years, MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists celebrated for its ability to conjure up a world of surrealistic images using creative props and costumes, lights and shadows, and the human body. Inspired by the flora, fauna and simple magic of the American Southwest, this multimedia experience brings the Sonoran Desert to life, creating dynamic images of cactuses, slithering lizards and fire dancers. Its visual splendor, wit and sheer physical daring will leave you breathless.

 

The Way Back Home

The Way Back Home – May 14

Teater Refleksion of Denmark presents a story sure to fascinate your little ones! When a boy discovers a single-propeller airplane in his closet, he does what any young adventurer would do: he flies out into outer space! Millions of miles from Earth, the plane begins to sputter and quake. The fuel tank is empty, and the boy must execute a daring landing on the moon. But as it turns out, he is not alone up there… 

 

The Man Who Planted Trees – May 19 and 20

This multi-sensory theatrical adaptation of Jean Giono’s environmental classic tells the inspiring story of a shepherd who plants a forest, acorn by acorn, transforming a barren wasteland. As much a touching tale as it is a hilarious puppet show, The Man Who Planted Trees shows us the difference one man (and his dog) can make to the world.

John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit – May 19

Grammy Award®-winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion returns to Northwest Arkansas to perform John Luther Adams’ expansive work Inuksuit. The title refers to the Stonehenge-like structures in the Arctic that the Inuit people used as markers to navigate their space. Inspired by the stones, Adams composed rhythmic layers within this massive, mobile community performance to represent the structures. Written for 9 to 99 musicians, Third Coast Percussion is currently recruiting community performers for this outdoor evening performance.

AFO: Off the Grid – May 18

Settle in or move around your favorite local pubs and other gathering places around Fayetteville’s downtown/Dickson entertainment district as Artosphere Festival Orchestra ensembles perform casual “pop-up concerts” for your listening pleasure. Download the Artosphere App for an up-to-date list of pop-up concerts.

For a complete festival event listing, visit artospherefestival.org.

Download the Artosphere App – available on Google Play™ and the Apple® App StoreSM. The Artosphere App is compatible with all standard smartphones and tablets. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Google Play is a trademark of Google Inc.

 

For tickets and more information about the Artosphere Festival and a complete event lineup, download the Artosphere App from Google Play or the Apple App Store, visit artospherefestival.org or call the Walton Arts Center box office at (479) 443-5600.

 

 

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Springtime Festivals in Bloom

With spring now on our doorstep, Northwest Arkansas is gearing up with festivals that celebrate the season. Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss these springtime events that make Northwest Arkansas such a vibrant and fun place to be!

Kite Festival

Turpentine Creek’s Annual Kite Festival, Eureka Springs — March 25 — It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the kite festival! Mark your calendars for the 27th Annual Kite Festival at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs. Includes food, vendors, giveaways and more! Experts will be on hand to help kids (and parents!) make their own kites and share flying techniques. The festival is a fundraiser to help Turpentine Creek care for the tigers, lions, cougars and other wildlife. eurekasprings.org.

Springfest, Fayetteville — April 15 — This iconic downtown festival dates back to 1983 when merchants of Dickson Street established a way to celebrate history, culture and the rich flavors of Fayetteville – and it became a late-April staple in no time! Springfest features local arts and crafts, lots of live music, bed races, food trucks, a 5K run and even a dog parade. fayettevillespringfest.com.

Dogwood Festival

Siloam Springs Dogwood Festival — April 28-30 — Held annually on the last weekend in April, this award-winning festival features hundreds of booths filled with handmade, assembled and resale items. 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.

Eureka Springs Diversity Weekend — April 7-8 — The LGBT community and Eureka Springs celebrate all that the city’s eclectic downtown has to offer ­­– from gourmet food shops, sidewalk cafes and art galleries, to boutiques, urban trails and turn-of-the-century neighborhoods. eurekasprings.org.

Fayetteville Foam Festival — May 13 — This beer sampling festival for those age 21 and older features local, regional, national and international brews, live music for your listening pleasure, and food trucks serving up their tastiest offerings. You can also join in on the cycling brewery tour for a new and unique way experience craft beer. fayettevillefoamfest.com.

Block Street Block Party

Block Street Block Party, Fayetteville — May 21 — Waiters races, beer gardens, live music and funky characters occupy downtown Faytown for this ultimate Sunday Funday! Plus, you’ll get to visit all the great shops, bars, restaurants and other locally owned and independent businesses along Block Street. See for yourself why come May, crowds are flocking to Block Street! blockstreetbusinesses.com.

 

 

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