Category Archives: Fayetteville

The Walmart LPGA Championship Returns!

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

 

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

 

5K @ the LPGA

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

Shake Hands with a Pro

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

Artosphere: Arkansas’ Arts + Nature Festival Returns!

Walton Arts Center is proud to present the 9th Annual Artosphere: Arkansas’ Arts + Nature Festival on June 10-23 with exciting performances and events across Northwest Arkansas.
The 2018 Artosphere Festival celebrates art, music and nature with dozens of free and low-cost performances, activities and events that the whole family can enjoy. This year’s festival explores water, a subject of crucial importance around the world, through large-scale art installations, a film series, performances and conversations. 
The Artosphere Festival Orchestra, led by acclaimed music director Corrado Rovaris, returns for an eighth year as the musical centerpiece of the festival, performing three major concerts. For classical music lovers who like a casual vibe, don’t miss the festival’s AFO: Off the Grid featuring AFO musicians performing mini concerts at downtown restaurants and pubs in Fayetteville, Siloam Springs and Springdale.
The popular Chapel Music Series is back with both internationally lauded and locally loved musicians, many making their festival debut. This uplifting series of performances takes place in churches, chapels and unique architectural venues across Northwest Arkansas.

Artosphere Blends Art, Music & Nature

Artosphere Trail Mix returns with two days of outdoor fun and entertainment along local trail systems, while a worldwide, citizen-led walking tour makes its debut at the festival. Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of free walking conversations happening in hundreds of cities around the world and inspired by writer and activist Jane Jacobs. The Artosphere Jane’s Walk Tours will uncover unseen aspects of the community during themed walks in Fayetteville, while encouraging walking as a way to connect with our neighbors.
A new Artosphere Film Series, featuring films for adults, kids and families alike, will explore the wonder, magic and reality of the world’s greatest waterways, the creatures that dwell there, and the generations of people who call the water home.

 

HIGHLIGHTED FESTIVAL EVENTS:

ARTOSPHERE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
Live from Crystal Bridges: Mozart in the Museum Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville | Friday, June 15, 8 pm | $40
From the Great Hall of the world-class Crystal Bridges museum in Bentonville, Maestro Rovaris leads the Artosphere Festival Orchestra in the 6th annual Mozart in the Museum performance. The concert will be broadcast live on KUAF 91.3 FM Public Radio. SOLD OUT
Beethoven Masterworks | Walton Arts Center, Baum Walker Hall, Fayetteville |10×10 Arts Series Event | Tuesday, June 19, 7 pm | $10
AFO performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, the Emperor Concerto, featuring Italian pianist Maurizio Baglini; and Symphony No. 6, the Pastoral Symphony. The performance will be illustrated and animated by French artist Grégoire Pont, whose visual imagery drawn live, will accent Beethoven’s work and delight audiences of all ages. 
The American Spirit Walton Arts Center, Baum Walker Hall, Fayetteville | Saturday, June 23, 8 pm | $10-49
A contemporary American sampler, this concert features the unique compositions of Leonard Bernstein, Jennifer Higdon and John Adams, and the incredible artistry of violist Roberto Díaz. Each piece brings a distinct perspective to a concert that exemplifies the best of American classical music.

 

Chapel Music Series

CHAPEL MUSIC SERIES
June 10, 11, 12, 13, 20 | Tickets: $10-$25
Listen to exquisite music played in local churches and architectural marvels including St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Hunt Chapel in Rogers, the E. Fay Jones-designed Mildred B. Cooper Chapel, the Chapel Ruins at Sassafras Springs Vineyard, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. This year’s series features the acclaimed Dover Quartet, Ozark singers/songwriters Still on the Hill, percussion ensemble Arx Duo and violinist Roberto Díaz

 

TRAIL MIX
TRAIL MIX: FAYETTEVILLE
Downtown Entertainment District | Friday, June 15, 5:30 to 7:30 pm | Free
Trail Mix comes to the heart of Fayetteville’s Entertainment District with artists and musicians performing at locations in the cultural corridor adjacent to Frisco Trail and around Walton Arts Center.

Trail Mix

TRAIL MIX: BENTONVILLE
Compton Gardens to Crystal Bridges Museum | Saturday, June 16, 11 am to 1 pm | Free
Don’t miss Trail Mix in Bentonville with artists and musicians performing along the Crystal Bridges Trail between Compton Gardens and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

 

4TH ANNUAL CRYSTAL BRIDGES GARDEN PARTY
June 16, 11 am to 4 pm | Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville | Free
Enjoy more free entertainment along the grounds and trails of Crystal Bridges featuring local, regional and Artosphere Festival musicians playing classics from Mozart and Bach to Michael Jackson and Beyoncé, as well as performances from Opera in the Ozarks, the nationally acclaimed summer music program based in Eureka Springs.
 

AFO: Off the Grid

AFO: OFF THE GRID
June 21-22 | 7 pm | Free
Artosphere Festival Orchestra ensembles perform casual “pop-up” concerts at local favorite gathering places in downtown Fayetteville (June 21), Springdale (June 22) and Siloam Springs (June 22). Follow Walton Arts Center on social media for the most up-to-date schedule of Off the Grid performance times and locations.

 

 
 
ARTOSPHERE FILM SERIES
The Buffalo Flows | Thursday, June 14, 7 pm | Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center | $5
Song of the Sea | Sunday, June 17, 11 am | Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center | $5
DisneyNature’s Oceans | Sunday, June 17, 2 pm | Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center | $5
Chasing Coral | Sunday, June 17, 5 pm | Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center | Free 
 
KUAF SUMMER JAZZ SERIES
Bill Frisell Trio | Thursday, June 14, 7:30 pm | Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center | $30, $40
 
ARTOSPHERE JANE’S WALK
Fayetteville’s Urban History | Sunday, June 10, 10 am | Free
Mullins Creek Urban Stream Restoration | Sunday, June 10, 2 pm | Free
Walking Native Fayetteville | Sunday, June 10, 3 pm | Free
Ways to Wander: Rediscovering Our City | Saturday, June 17, 11 am | Free
 
VISUAL ARTS
The Bleak and the Burgeoning
June 19 – Oct. 7 | Joy Pratt Markham Gallery | Walton Arts Center | Free
Topo Map for School Avenue                                                        
On display throughout the festival | School Avenue, Fayetteville | Free

Artosphere Festival Musicians

 
For more information about the Artosphere Festival and a complete event lineup, download the Artosphere App from Google Play or the Apple App Store or visit artospherefestival.org.

Off-Road and Paved: NWA’s Premier Bike Trails

From smooth paved trails and wild off-road courses, it’s bike trails galore in Northwest Arkansas!

Summer is a great time of year to explore our growing number of off-road mountain bike trails and paved shared-use trails.  The region has invested heavily in the thoughtful construction of new bike trails over the past few years, and we’re now one of the nation’s leading hubs for mountain bicycling.

To date, there are more than 219 miles of off-road and 132 miles of paved trails in Benton and Washington counties alone. 

Many of the trails provide easy access to restaurants, pubs, art and lodging.  So don’t wait —check out the links below to find the perfect way to experience fun on two wheels this summer!

 

MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS is home to some of the best mountain bike trails in the nation with old-school technical riding, a slope-style jump park, and scenic views you can’t find anywhere else. From the Back 40 in Bella Vista to Kessler Mountain in Fayetteville and new enduro-style downhill runs opening soon at Lake Leatherwood in Eureka Springs, it’s easy to see why we’re a top U.S. cycling destination. For more info visit oztrailsnwa.com.

 

                     

BACK 40 TRAILS, BELLA VISTA: Wind through wooded areas, past bluffs, caves and waterfalls, and down to the shore of Lake Ann. Try your luck on the hand-cut rock ledge at Grayson’s Canyon. 
BLOWING SPRINGS TRAIL, BELLA VISTA: This six-mile loop takes you past vast bluff faces and trickling streams, and connects to the wildly popular Slaughter Pen trails in Bentonville. 
SLAUGHTER PEN MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK, BENTONVILLE: This urban off-road bike park has clean flow, major downhills and plenty of berm. And it’s near Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and other local hot spots.  

 

                   

COLER TRAIL IN BENTONVILLE: About a mile west of downtown 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. 
SAGER CREEK MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL IN SILOAM SPRINGS: This five-mile trail runs along Sager Creek, opening into two trail systems around the main John Brown University campus. Covering terrain at various elevations, it’s a great gateway trail for riders of all skill levels.
THE RAILYARD BIKE PAR IN ROGERS: One of the only parks of its kind in this part of the country! Equipped with world-class dirt jumps, wooden ramps and a ride-thru railroad car. Its downtown location provides quick access to restaurants and pubs. 

 

                    
LAKE ATALANTA 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. 
HOBBS STATE PARK TRAILS IN ROGERS: 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. 
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 summer 2018! 

 

                    

THUNDER CHICKEN TRAILS 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. 
LAKE FAYETTEVILLE TRAILS: 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. 
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. 

 

LINCOLN LAKE TRAILS: Seven miles of hand-cut singletrack surround Lake Lincoln with rocky tech that will hone your skills and plenty of scenic overlooks and rock formations. 

THE GREAT PASSION PLAY TRAILS: The newly opened six miles of trails at The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs offers multi-use routes for varying skill levels. Explore the grounds by riding through the Holy Land tour area and see the Christ of the Ozarks statue that is over 60 feet tall, all while experiencing the beauty and grandeur of the Ozark mountains.

 

PAVED SHARED-USE BIKE TRAILS
Looking to take an evening bike ride with the family, a weekend hike with friends, or a morning walk for some alone time? Northwest Arkansas has tons of shared-use trails that are perfect for biking, walking and hiking.
Click on these cities to learn more about their paved shared-used trails!

 

BENTONVILLE                            ROGERS                                FAYETTEVILLE

          

SPRINGDALE                            EUREKA SPRINGS                 BERRYVILLE

          

SILOAM SPRINGS

Naturally Fun: State Parks, Lakes and Rivers

A retreat to any of our state and national park properties or sparking lakes and rivers makes for the perfect summer getaway! Hiking, biking, camping, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding — whatever your pleasure — these naturally fun destinations provide the best that mother nature has to offer!

 

STATE & NATIONAL PARKS:

Devil’s Den State Park

Devil’s Den State Park, Washington County: Touting 2,500 unspoiled acres adjoining the Ozark National Forest, Devil’s Den is a favorite for camping, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.
Hobbs State Park and Conservation Area, Benton, Madison and Carroll Counties: This massive park with more than 12,000 acres has 35 miles of hiking trails that include ADA routes, a 17,500-square-foot visitor center with interactive exhibits and a wildlife viewing area.

 

Withrow Springs State Park

Withrow Springs State Park, Madison County: Hiking trails offer views of and access to War Eagle Creek, where fishing for catfish, bream and bass is popular. Canoeing is another prized pastime, and shuttle service for canoe rentals is also available.
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Washington County: The site of the last major Civil War battle in Northwest Arkansas (Dec. 7, 1862), this park has a museum, visitor center, the one-mile Battlefield Trail and a five-mile driving tour. 
Pea Ridge National Military Park, Benton County: Protecting the site of the Battle of Pea Ridge (March 7-8, 1862), this park has one of the best-preserved Civil War battlefields in the country. Spanning 4,300 acres, it includes a visitor center and museum, a driving tour and about 2.5 miles of the Trail of Tears. 

 

Beaver Lake

LAKES
Beaver Lake, Benton, Carroll and Washington Counties: A glistening treasure for boaters, water sports enthusiasts, anglers, hikers, campers and birdwatchers, Beaver Lake is NWA’s largest lake with 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, Washington County: Surrounded by lavish hardwood forest and the 424-acre Lake Wedington Recreation Area, this 102-acre lake is regularly stocked with fish. Amenities include a swim beach, air-conditioned cabins, playgrounds, volleyball courts, trails, a boat ramp and horseshoes.

 

Tanyard Creek Nature Trail, Bella Vista

Bella Vista Lakes, Benton County: 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, Carroll, Madison and Washington Counties: The White River is home to a string of pools and shoals with overhanging trees, tight turns, and gravel bottoms among bluffs, forests and peaceful pastures. Below Beaver Dam, near Eureka Springs, the White is a prime cold-water trout fishery with numerous guides and outfitters to serve tourists.
 
Kings River, Carroll and Madison Counties: A top pick for canoeists and kayakers, the Kings River provides about 50 miles of easy floating water. Rare flora and fauna are found on its rocky banks and bluffs, and deep pools provide first-rate fishing for smallmouth bass, channel catfish, rock bass and other fish.

Siloam Springs Kayak Park

 
Illinois River, Benton and Washington Counties: This spring-fed, scenic-designated river starts in the northwest corner of Arkansas near the town of Hogeye and streams into northeast Oklahoma. Near Siloam Springs, the Siloam Springs Kayak Park has made the Illinois 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, Carroll County: Nestled amidst glorious trees and brilliant rock formations, the Holiday Island campground overlooks the impressive Table Rock Lake straddling the Arkansas/Missouri border. It hosts 31 campsites with full water, sewer and electric hookups offering both 30 and 50 amp services, restrooms, showers, a pavilion and horseshoe pits.

Watch for This: Coming Soon in Fall 2018

When the temperatures get cooler and the leaves start to change, that means a new season of fun is making its way to the region. Don’t miss these annual signature events coming to Northwest Arkansas this fall!

 

Bikes, Blues and BBQ (Image by Beth Hall)

BIKES, BLUES & BBQ
Come autumn, thousands of motorcyclists from across the country roll into Northwest Arkansas for the largest charitable rally of its kind in the nation! Over the past 18 years, Bikes, Blues & BBQ has raised more than $2 million for local charities, and the festivities get bigger and better every year. This year’s rally is Sept. 26-29 with live concerts on multiple stages, poker runs, hundreds of vendor booths, award-winning BBQ and much more – it’s an epic week you won’t want to miss!

 

War Eagle Mill During Craft Fair Season

FALL ARTS & CRAFT FAIRS
Northwest Arkansas has long held a rich arts and maker culture, and every October we are home to some of the premier arts and crafts fairs in the country! Stroll through thousands of booths with contemporary, juried, country-styled, vintage, holiday-themed, indie items and more. Fall craft fairs are held region-wide offering wares for every taste, style and budget. Click here for more info. 

 

Woo Pig Sooie! Hogs Fans at the U of A Campus

ARKANSAS RAZORBACK FOOTBALL
Sports fans come from all over the state and beyond for Razorback football at the beautiful University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville. Donald W. Reynolds Stadium, the home of the Hogs, will debut a $160 million dollar renovation on Sept. 1, 2018, during the first home football game. New amenities include wide premium club seats, 20 field-level lodge boxes, 44 second-level covered lodge boxes, 38 new suites and a standing area. New head coach Chad Morris will be leading the Razorbacks on the field for his first season at Arkansas. For schedule and ticket information, click here.

Outdoor Farmers Markets Return For Spring!

Farmers markets are re-opening for the season all across the Northwest Arkansas region, featuring locally grown produce and farm-fresh items that are pleasing to the eyes and the palate. Each market offers a different experience with live music, street performers, arts and crafts, and other engaging activities. These vibrant hubs are where the community gathers to interact and soak in the colorful sights and sounds. Don’t miss the chance to visit some of the best farmers markets around, while supporting local agriculture and artisans at the same time!

 

Fayetteville Farmers Market

FAYETTEVILLE | Opens March 31

  • Historic Downtown Square
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7am – 1pm
  • Saturdays, 7am – 2pm

The award-winning Fayetteville Farmers Market offers the finest in locally produced fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, baked goods, eggs, meats and juried artisan crafts. The market is 100 percent local with all produce, crafts and food items originating from within a 60-mile radius. Open Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays on the Fayetteville downtown square, this market also offers engaging cooking demos, street performers and more. Visit fayettevillefarmersmarket.org.

Siloam Springs Farmers Market

SILOAM SPRINGS | Opens April 14

  • Downtown City Park
  • Saturdays, 8am – 1pm

This producer-only market is open Saturdays from April to October with fresh produce, pasture-raised meats, baked goods and handmade wares. Pre-order local goods each week online and pick up your order on Saturday. More info at siloamsprings.locallygrown.net. Also, stay in the know of upcoming special events by visiting the market’s Facebook page.

 

BELLA VISTA | Opens April 15

  • Sugar Creek Center
  • Sundays, 9am

One of the only farmers markets in the region to operate on Sunday, this market features locally grown products and handcrafted items in a fun, family friendly environment. This year, the market is moving to a new location at the Sugar Creek Center parking lot, just north of U.S. 71 and Mercy Way. From April to October, come mingle with your neighbors and friends while supporting community agriculture and wellness. More info at bellavistaar.gov.

MADISON COUNTY / HUNSTVILLE | Opens April 17

  • Huntsville Downtown Square
  • Tuesdays & Saturdays, 7am – 12pm

The Hunstville market for local growers and craftsmen is a great place to meet and visit with your neighbors. Be sure to visit in August for the chance to win a basket of hand-picked vegetables! Visit the Facebook page for more information.

Bentonville Farmers Market

BENTONVILLE | Opens April 21

  • Historic Downtown Square
  • Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7:30am – 1pm

Now in its 42nd year, this producer-only market sells only the highest quality local produce, meat and foods, as well as a variety of arts and crafts from April to October. Woven into the market experience are special activities, including chef demonstrations and the Kids Art Park. Like others do, the market strives to make fresh food available to the entire community by accepting WIC, SNAP and other vouchers. More info at downtownbentonville.org.

EUREKA SPRINGS | Opens April 26

  • Eureka Springs Community Center
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, 8am – 1pm

This market moves to a new home this year at the Eureka Springs Community Center located at 44 Kingshighway. The Eureka Springs Farmers Market is the premier source for organic, naturally grown food in Carroll County. More info at eurekaspringsfarmersmarket.com.

SPRINGDALE 

  • Evening Market: Downtown Shiloh Square, Opens May 3
  • Thursdays, 4pm – 8pm
  • Saturday Market: Jones Center Memorial Walk Plaza, Opens May 5
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, 7am – 1pm

All of the goods at the Springdale Farmers Market are grown or made by farmers and craft vendors in the four-county area. Offerings include fruits and vegetables, herbs, raw honey, nuts, farm fresh eggs, and grass fed/free range meats. Stay tuned to the Thursday market’s Facebook page for updates on weekly themes and special guests. More information on the Saturday market (including a guide to what’s fresh each month) at springdalefarmersmarket.org.

Yoga at the Market in Rogers

ROGERS | Opens May 5

  • Historic Downtown Rogers
  • Saturdays, 8am – 1pm

Open Saturdays May through October, shop the Rogers Farmers Market where you’ll find fresh produce, baked goods, meats, honey, jams, flowers, plus woodworks, knitwear, home and garden decor and more. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for special events like Yoga at the Market. More info at mainstreetrogers.com

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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