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BITE NW Arkansas Food Festival

Returning for its third year, the BITE NW Arkansas culinary fest in Bentonville just keeps getting bigger and better – and 2017 promises to be the best year yet!

BITE NW Arkansas is a premier two-night food festival that is part of the Walmart NWA LPGA Championship.

The festival celebrates the best cuisine, ingredients, restaurants, beverages and chefs that Northwest Arkansas has to offer. Two nights. One world-class event!

BITE Night One, Thursday, June 22: Mix, mingle and enjoy an abundance of sample-sized menu items prepared by restaurants and chefs from throughout the region. 6-9 p.m.

BITE Night Two, Friday, June 23: Sample signature burgers from the best Northwest Arkansas restaurants, and sip local libations while enjoying a fun and relaxed atmosphere at this festival style event. 6-9 p.m.

This year, BITE is relocating to the 8th Street Market in Bentonville as the new market’s inaugural signature event.

One of Bentonville’s newest culinary destinations, the 8th Street Market encompasses 10 acres along 8th Street in the Bentonville Market District near the Bentonville Square. Already home to Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food, the market will ultimately showcase culinary education, music and the arts, new restaurant and hospitality venues, and other specialized food and drink concepts.

 

Don’t miss your chance to taste, sip, sample and discover the best of our region and beyond at BITE NW Arkansas! For tickets and info visit bitenwa.com.

 

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Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

Now in its 11th year, the 2017 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G returns to NWA June 19 – 25 at Pinnacle Hills Country Club in Rogers.

This official LPGA tournament brings more than 140 of the world’s top female golfers to Northwest Arkansas for three days of stiff competition on June 23-25.

The premier week-long event also includes the 5K@ the LPGA on June 24, followed by Elle King in concert that evening at the nearby Walmart AMP.

2016 Championship Winner Lydia Ko

There is also the two-night BITE NW Arkansas food festival on June 22-23, featuring the best in local cuisine, libations and regional chef talent. (More here.)

Other crowd favorites during championship week include the Pantene Beautiful Lengths community hair donation ceremony, the Walmart Kids Center, and the upbeat party atmosphere at the 17th hole for the Gatorade Loudest Hole on Tour event.

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There is also the Play with the Pros pro-am game with an opportunity to play 18 holes with an LPGA tour professional during championship week.

The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship has something fun for everyone, so get your tickets now at nwachampionship.com.

 

 

 

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Naturally Fun: NWA State Parks, Lakes and Rivers

Northwest Arkansas’ state and national park properties, and area lakes and rivers, are the perfect summer getaway! Whether you’re hiking, biking, camping, fishing, floating, waterskiing or whatever your pleasure, these naturally fun destinations provide all sorts of ways to explore and savor the great outdoors.

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 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, 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

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park: The site of the last major Civil War battle in Northwest Arkansas (Dec. 7, 1862), this park features a museum, visitor center, the one-mile Battlefield Trail and a five-mile driving tour. Battle reenactments take place biennially in December of even numbered years.

 

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, approximately 2.5 miles of the Trail of Tears and more.

 

Beaver Lake

Beaver Lake

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.

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.

Loch Lomond in Bella Vista

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.

 

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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.

 

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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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Epic Off-Road Biking

Whether you’re ripping through the woods on singletrack or flying over a tabletop at our regional jump park, you’ll find plenty of action on Northwest Arkansas’ 200+ miles of mountain bike trails. For more info on off-road biking in NWA, visit oztrailsnwa.com or nwatrails.org.

Mt. Kessler Greenways

MT. KESSLER GREENWAYS – The newest addition to the Fayetteville trail system, Mt. Kessler features technical, challenging trails that wind through massive boulders. As the trail runs along rock formations and hillsides, cyclists can enjoy Fayetteville’s skyline as they climb. Visit mtkesslergreenways.com. 

 

BACK 40 TRAILS – The Back 40 in Bella Vista offers 40 miles of natural surface, multi-use trails that meander through the east side of the city. Completed in 2016, these trails are already gaining recognition for world-class mountain biking. Visit bellavistaar.gov.

 

The Railyard Bike Park

THE RAILYARD BIKE PARK – This slope-style mountain bike jump course in downtown Rogers also connects to the Lake Atalanta trail system. Featuring wall rides, whale tales, concrete lips and more, it’s the only bike park of its kind in this part of the country. Visit oztrailsnwa.com.

 

TRAILS AT LAKE ATALANTA – Ten miles of easy, intermediate and expert mountain bike trails at the renovated Lake Atalanta Park in Rogers include scenic and fast singletracks with swooping bridges, short steep climbs and gravity cavities. Visit oztrailsnwa.com.

 

Sager Creek Trail

SAGER CREEK MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL – This new, five-mile mountain biking trail in Siloam Springs runs along Sager Creek, opening into two different trail systems on the north and west sides of the John Brown University campus. The soft surface trail covers terrain with various elevations around JBU’s main campus and has been designed as a gateway trail to be enjoyed by riders of various skill levels. Visit jbu.edu.

 

 

 

LAKE LEATHERWOOD TRAILS – This singletrack mountain bike trail in Eureka Springs takes you around Lake Leatherwood and tests your technical skills as you maneuver through miles of rock gardens. Be sure to come in July for the Phat Tire Mountain bike Festival and join hundreds of riders racing from downtown Eureka Springs to the lake. Visit eurekaspringstrails.com

 

Slaughter Pen Trail

SLAUGHTER PEN MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK – This mountain biking park in Bentonville features more than 20 miles of singletrack, a free-ride park for tricks, and 16 skinny Northshore log rides. Considered easy to moderate to navigate, the trails run through forested and rocky hillsides. Visit oztrailsnwa.com.

 

THUNDER CHICKEN TRAIL – Conveniently located off Interstate 49 in Springdale, the Thunder Chicken Trail is 1.5 miles of singletrack full of fun, flow and jumps. Fully equipped with rollers, berms, drops, wooden features and more, this trail will delight a variety of cyclists. Visit nwatrails.org.

 

Blowing Springs Bike Trail

BLOWING SPRINGS PARK – Six miles of natural surface trail in the southern portion of Bella Vista connects with the Slaughter Pen bike trail in Bentonville. Large bluff faces and streams pouring from the rock faces are part of the magic you’ll encounter on this ride. Visit oztrailsnwa.com.

 

 

 

 

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Sports Action in Northwest Arkansas

Each spring, sports fans flock to Northwest Arkansas for SEC and minor league baseball action at its finest, accompanied by fan giveaways, special entertainment and more. See for yourself what the buzz is all about!

Baum Stadium

Arkansas Razorbacks Baseball

The University of Arkansas’ baseball team returns to the diamond for its 21st season at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville. The regular season runs through May 20, 2017 — with May 14 being the last home game — followed by regionals, super regionals and the College World Series in June (fingers crossed!). Now with the largest video board in the SEC, you’re guaranteed to have the best seat in the house whether you’re on the third base line or kicked back relaxing in the Hog Pen. For tickets and more info, click here.

 

 

Arvest Ballpark

Northwest Arkansas Naturals

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals are back at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale for their season opener against the San Antonio Missions on Thursday, April 6. The Naturals, the Double-A affiliate of 2016 World Series champion Kansas City Royals, will play more than 70 home games this season, ending Sept. 4. Watch the Fireworks Spectacular on Friday evenings, win amazing prizes on Premium Giveaway Saturdays, and bring the kiddos to eat free on Sundays. For tickets and more info, click here.

 

Razorbacks Red & White Spring Game

Hog fans will be in Hog heaven at this sneak peek of the 2017 Arkansas Razorbacks football team! As the finale to the spring practice season, fans are invited to the annual Red & White Spring Game on Saturday, April 29 at Donald W. Reynolds Stadium on the University of Arkansas campus. Kickoff is at noon, and admission is free! For more info, click here.

 

 

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May Festival of the Arts in Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs is a vibrant arts community that radiates an eclectic and eccentric vibe like none other – and especially during the month of May, they like to show it off!

Come see for yourself how this quirky hamlet in the Ozarks lives up to its reputation during the annual May Festival of the Arts. The festival kicks off May 2 with more than 75 events all month long.

Eureka Springs has more than 350 artists working in all mediums, and the festival is packed with one-of-a-kind art exhibits, gallery strolls, demonstrations and performances.

Also enjoy culinary arts experiences, live music in Basin Park, and a street party thrown by artists themselves: the 27th Annual White Street Art Walk on May 19 features open house receptions, a street fair, a flash dance and other surprises!

Other Festival Events:

The ArtRageous Parade on May 6 ­– This colorful parade pays tribute to the late artist Max Elbo with the theme ‘ArtRageous to the Max.’ See floats, art cars, walkers, dancers, musicians, jugglers and more as they emerge on the festival scene.

Dance of Deceit on May 7­ – An original play by Five & Dime Drama Collective will be performed at one of Eureka’s most beloved venues, The Auditorium. Locally written, produced and directed this multi-media production featuring area-native musicians is promised to amuse.

Grand Gallery Stroll on May 13 Spring Street Art Galleries hosts this grand affair featuring special artist shows and receptions.

The Eurekan Spectacle An augmented reality experience happening throughout town. Download the free app on any mobile device to participate.

Books in Bloom Literary Festival on May 21­ – The Crescent Hotel hosts this free event featuring a bouquet of renowned authors speaking and reading from their works, and signing books.

Taste of Art ­ After viewing all the exhibitions, connect with the artists at receptions hosted by various restaurants throughout town.

Music in the Park ­– Enjoy free live entertainment by some of the area’s most talented musicians on Saturdays at Basin Park. Bring your dancing shoes!

For more info, visit eurekaspringsfestivalofthearts.com.

 

 

 

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