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Halloween in NWA: Trick, Treat and Be Scary!

Halloween is a spooktacular time in Northwest Arkansas! With intense haunted houses, ghost tours and ghoulish gatherings for grown-ups, plus family trick-or-treating, pumpkin patches, and other wholesome festivities – we’ve gathered up some of the best (and most outrageous!) ways to have fun this Halloween!

 

HAUNTED HOUSES: 

The Expelled Haunted House | Fridays & Saturdays
Thru Nov. 3  Huntsville

One of the most terrifying haunts in Arkansas! Located in an abandoned slaughter house, with dozens of live actors closely watching your every step, there is a terrifying new jump around ever corner!

 

Nightmares Haunted House | Oct. 19-20, 26-28, 31 | Bentonville

A four-state favorite! This intense, high energy haunted attraction brought to you by the Bentonville Lion’s Club has been making nightmares come true in NWA since 1987. Board the Phantom 13 Bus for a nighttime ride past a bona fide cemetery to the haunted house, which takes frightening to the next level!

 

The Asylum Haunted House | Oct. 19-20, 25-27, 29-31 | Cave Springs

Voted #2 best haunt in Arkansas by The Scare Factor in 2017, and it’s even scarier this year! Not recommended for the young or faint of heart….Mua ha ha ha ha!

 

FAMILY FRIENDLY:

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Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular | Oct. 27 | Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

The one time of the year when you can see the animals of Turpentine Creek at night. Turpentine Creek refuge turns into open-air haunted house for this annual moon-lite event with crazy decorations, costume contests, hayrides, giveaways, music and the big cats growling in the dark.

 
Springdale Halloween Fest | Oct. 27 | Downtown

Part of the Downtown Springdale Alliance’s annual Ozarktober Fest, celebrate with friends and family for a free night of carnival games, costume contests and candy giveaways!

 

Halloween Spooktacular: Goblin Run 5K | Oct. 27 | Bentonville Community Center

Wholesome, spooky fun! Wear your costume for the 5k around town, followed by pumpkin decorating at an onsite pumpkin patch, costume contests, inflatables, Truck or Treating with Bentonville police and fire departments and more.

 

Ozark Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch | Thru Oct. 28 | Cave Springs

With 16 acres of corn and hay mazes! Pick your own pumpkin, test your skills with the pumpkins sling shot and corn cannon, and take selfies with miniature donkeys and other cute baby animals at the petting zoo!

 

17th Annual Trick or Treat on the Square | Oct. 31 | Downtown Fayetteville

Hosted by Experience Fayetteville, trick-or-treaters and their families are invited to the historic downtown square to visit booths and area businesses where city employees will hand out treats. Free and open to the public.

 

Farmland Adventures | Thru Nov. 3 | Springdale

With a 9-acre corn maze, a pumpkin patch, pig races, pony rides, farm animals, and wagon rides. Groups are welcome!

 
Halloween Costume Contest 2018 | Oct. 27 | Museum of Native American History

Drop in for tricks or treats and trek through history. With best costume contests with prizes in six categories!

 

CREEPING IT REAL:

Eureka Springs Halloween | Events Throughout October 

This time of year gives Eureka Springs yet another reason to showcase its fun-loving, zany side! With hordes of zombies, underground walking tours, drag shows, dances and everything in between, no other city does Halloween like Eureka!

 

 
America’s Most Haunted Hotel: 1886 Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours

The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs is famous for its nightly ghost tours of hotel guests who “checked out but never left.” Famous spirits include:

  • Michael, an Irish stonemason who fell to his death while building the hotel in 1885;

  • Theodora, a cancer patient who seems to need help finding her room key;

  • Norman Baker in his white suit and lavender shirts;

  • And Morris the Cat, who appears in the luxury suites at the foot of your bed!

Artinfusion Halloween in the Hollow | Oct. 27 | Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

“Hollywood Horrors” is the theme of this year’s Artinfusion costume party bash. Museum members can hit dance floor and groove out to the sensational mixes of DJ Werewulf. Enjoy the main stage show from Native American sketch comedy group, The 1491s, as they portray the realities of an Indigenous experience through humor. 

 

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: A Halloween Party | Oct. 31 | Walton Arts Center

Join Janet, Riff Raff and all the gang! Dress in character and bring your own props for an interactive showing of this campy film favorite. Live music and specialty drinks prior to the show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Heart Autumn: Top Things to Do & See This Fall

From scenic fall rides, foodie fests, art strolls and concerts at the AMP, to farmers markets, fun runs, rides and marathons, and more – experience NWA your way this autumn with our curated list of top things to do and see!          

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Fall Arts and Crafts Fairs Return!

Arts and crafts lovers rejoice as autumn brings the much-anticipated return of Fall Arts and Crafts Fairs to Northwest Arkansas! 
The Ozarks have long held a rich arts and maker culture, and every October we are home to some of the premier arts and craft fairs in the country. 
With contemporary, country-styled, holiday-themed and Indie wares, too, these arts and crafts fairs are held region-wide, offering handmade, authentic items for every taste, style and budget. 
 
HERE ARE SOME OF THE POPULAR FAIRS:
The Homegrown Festival – Oct. 6: Held in historic downtown Siloam Springs, this arts and crafts fair has a contemporary bent with one-of-a-kind and limited-run items including illustrations, printmaking, clothing, music, jewelry and accessories, homemade, salvaged and repurposed goods and lots of hand-picked vintage. There’s also live music, food trucks and kayaking along Sager Creek.
 
Spanker Creek Farm Arts & Crafts Festival – Oct. 17-21: Located on a farm setting with a true Ozark atmosphere, Spanker Creek welcomes returning and new exhibitors from all over the country to the fair now in its 12th year. Just north of Bentonville, Spanker Creek runs along the entire south side of the fairgrounds and flows into Sugar Creek on the west side. 
 
 
WAR EAGLE MILL CRAFTS FAIRS: The picturesque War Eagle Mill east of Rogers is the site of three longtime arts and crafts fairs that draw tens of thousands of crafters each year! 
War Eagle Mill Arts & Crafts Fair – Oct. 18-21: Celebrating its 46th year, this fair features the work of professional crafts men and women offering original, handmade work such as country decorative items, folk art, watercolor and oil painting, pottery, stoneware, wreaths, potpourris, dried arrangements, quilts, miniatures, country clothing, wearable art, candles, homemade soaps and more.
 
War Eagle Fair  – Oct. 18-21: A tradition dating back to 1954, War Eagle Fair’s mission is to keep true handcrafted arts alive and well in the Ozarks. Explore the wares of more than 250 booths sure to be filled with unique, handmade products set up along the banks of the War Eagle River.
 
Sharp’s Show of War Eagle – Oct. 18-21: This fair takes place on the fields adjacent to the War Eagle Mill, with more than 250 booths. Find stained glass, leather works, baskets, woodwork, paintings, sculpture and more. Holiday themed gifts and seasonal décor are also prominent. 
 
Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival  – Oct. 18-20: This premier juried festival has grown to nearly 300 artisans since it began in 1969. Offering high quality arts and crafts, this fair strictly requires that all items for sale be handmade by the artisan.
 
Ozark Regional Arts & Crafts Show: Two Locations Fayetteville, Oct. 18-20 and Springdale, Oct. 19-20: Recognized as one of the top 100 craft fairs in the U.S., this fair is the largest indoor craft fair in the state! Featuring 650+ booths in two locations: the Washington County Fairgrounds in Fayetteville and the NWA Convention Center in Springdale. 
 
It’s Fall Y’all Craft Fair – Oct. 18-21: Four fun-filled days of shopping with local artisans and small business owners await at the Benton County Fairgrounds with family friendly fun, giveaways and food. 
 
Frisco Station Mall Crafts Fair – Oct. 18-21: Indoors at the Rogers mall, this fair sells baskets, woodworking, potpourris, candles, jewelry, clothing, wreaths, oils plus holiday gift items and seasonal décor. 
 
 Heart of Rogers Craft Fair– Oct. 19-20: The 4th Annual HeART of Rogers Craft Fair held in historic downtown spans the gamut from upscale items, fine aft and locally handcrafted items not typically found anywhere else. This year the fair will be held inside two venues: the lower level of the beautiful, newly-restored Haas Hall Academy building that was once the Historic Lane Hotel, and at the First United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall.  
 

19th Annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ in the Ozarks

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

New Mountain Bike Hotspots

Lake Leatherwood

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

 

Fitzgerald Mountain Trails:

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

 

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

 

Passion Play

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

 

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

 

Mitchusson Park

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

 

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

 

City Lake Park

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

 

 

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

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

Or visit oztrailsnwa.com for more info.

 

Dog Days of Summer: Cool Ways to Beat the Heat!

Northwest Arkansas is known for having four beautiful seasons, from crisp autumns and chilly winters to warm, sunny springs – and even warmer summers. When August rolls around and the temps go up, try some of these great ways to cool down and make the most of the final days of summer!

  1. COOL EATS

    Pure Joy Ice Cream

Pure Joy Ice Cream
This Siloam Springs-based ice cream company centers all of its recipes around locally sourced ingredients to create seriously flavorful scoops! In addition to its brick-and mortar-shop in Siloam Springs, Pure Joy is served at local grocers and has mini bars at Fork and Crust Pie Company in Fayetteville and Rogers. Name a better summer duo than ice cream and pie!

 

Burton’s Comfort Creamery
This ice cream joint originated on four wheels as a food truck in the Shulertown Food Truck Court in downtown Fayetteville. Burton’s has recently opened up a new storefront in Uptown Fayetteville with a menu of 14 signature cones plus shakes and ice cream sammies, too. Nationally recognized by MSN.com as the Best Ice Cream Stand in the State and Best Food Truck by Taste of Home, you won’t be able to resist Instagramming your cone!

 

Spark Café

Spark Café and Soda Fountain
This old-fashioned soda shop in The Walmart Museum on the historic Bentonviille square will take you back to the good ole days! With ice cream, sweet treats and beverages, the Spark serves Yarnell’s, a family brand made in Searcy, Arkansas. Treat yourself!

 

  1. SPLASH ZONES

Northwest Arkansas offers top-notch aquatic centers and pools where the kids can splash and play, while you relax and catch some rays. Check out this handy list of some of the best places to swim, splash or get in touch with nature.

 

Lawrence Plaza Splash Pad

Also check out our Naturally Fun blog for a rundown of nearby lakes and rivers!

 

  1. Skylight Cinema

    MOVIE DAYS

Kick back in the air conditioning for an afternoon at a variety of new and renovated movie theaters throughout NWA. Three in particular have completed upgrades or recently opened brand new locations. Malco Razorback Cinema & IMAX in Fayetteville features expanded concessions, a bar area, reclining seats and a new IMAX theater that delivers cutting-edge 2D and 3D immersive viewing.
Bentonville’s new-ish Skylight Cinema touts reclining leather seats and full table service from The Cutting Room restaurant and bar. While AMC Fiesta Square in Fayetteville has recently added a new craft bar where you can enjoy a cocktail or mocktail before shows.
After the sun goes down, check out the region’s only drive-in theater, the 112 Drive-In, playing new releases as well as classics during popular throwback weekends.

 

  1. EXPLORE COOL CAVES & CAVERNS

Cosmic Cavern

Tour the deep underground wonders of Northwest Arkansas in natural settings that stay at a perpetual 52 or so degrees no matter how hot it is outside!
Cosmic Cavern in Berryville has one of the longest soda straw formations in the Ozarks, along with two bottomless lakes, stalactites, stalagmites and many other speleothems. Take a one-and-a-half hour guided tour, then pan for gems and explore the rock shop.
War Eagle Cavern in Rogers features a spectacular natural entrance on the shores of Beaver lake. Follow a meandering stream straight into the mountain for an easy guided tour with wide level pathways, unique formations, waterfalls and an underground lake. Don’t miss the gemstone panning and the Lost in the Woods maze. Bring your furry companions along, too, because this cave is pet-friendly!

 

  1. MUSEUM DAY: DISCOVER COOL ART, SCIENCE & HISTORY

Northwest Arkansas is home to rich collections of art and an even richer history spanning many cultures and time periods. Explore our museums to discover world-class art and interactive exhibitions, landmarks that highlight the natural beauty of the Ozarks, and artifacts that are a testament to our intriguing past!
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum

Bentonville’s world-class museum brings together the best of art, nature and architecture for visitors of all ages to enjoy! The 120-acre setting offers more than four miles of trails with inspiring architectural works by Frank Lloyd Wright, R. Buckminster Fuller and others. Inside, Crystal Bridges houses a permanent collection of American masterworks from colonial times to present, as well as a year-round rotating schedule of special temporary exhibitions. General admission is free.
Scott Family Amazeum
The Amazeum is a hands-on, interactive museum for children and families with a foundation in the arts and sciences. It encourages creativity and curiosity through exhibitions, educational collaborations, programs, workshops and camps. Experiences include a climbable tree canopy, indoor cave, tinkering hub and nearly one acre of outdoor space.  
The Walmart Museum

Scott Family Amazeum

The story of Walmart comes alive at The Walmart Museum housed in the original Walton’s 5&10 store on the Bentonville square. Visitors can experience a piece of the Walton family history in a real, functional storefront along with a replica of Sam Walton’s offices, his trusty old Ford pickup and other memorabilia.
Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
This regional history museum in Springdale focuses on the Northwest Arkansas Ozarks, taking its name from the pioneer community of Shiloh, which became Springdale in the 1870s. Most of what you’ll see highlights the real shapers of Ozarks history – the everyday men, women and children who lived in area towns and rural communities. Along with exhibits, you can explore six historic buildings on the museum’s grounds. 
Arkansas Air & Military Museum

Arkansas Air & Military Museum

Follow the colorful history of aviation in Arkansas and during American military conflicts. At this Fayetteville museum, see displays of original military artifacts and aviation memorabilia, including historic aircraft – many of which still fly. Static displays at the museum range from the Golden Age of Aviation to the jet age, including Vietnam-era Army helicopters and a Navy carrier fighter.
Siloam Springs Museum
This museum displays permanent exhibits that highlight many facets of the city’s history including Native American culture, pioneer life and medicine. 
Daisy Airgun Museum
Enjoy a chronological presentation of Daisy’s history and view the extensive collection of antique air guns, packaging and vintage advertisements at this museum in Rogers.

Artifacts at MONAH

Clinton House Museum
Located in Fayetteville, this museum was the first home of Bill and Hillary Clinton and offers memorabilia chronicling their political lives on the local and national stage. Also featuring the First Ladies Garden and items related to Arkansas history and politics.
Museum of Native American History (MONAH)
Take a 14,000-year journey through five different periods of Native American history laid out in chronological order, starting with the first Americans through the early European influence. View some of the finest artifacts of early man including brilliant headdresses, artistic effigy vessels, the famous Sweetwater Biface, and an Ice Age Wooly Mammoth. Located in Bentonville.
Eureka Springs Historical Museum

Eureka Springs Historical Museum

Built in 1889 and located in the heart of the Eureka Springs historic district, this museum highlights the colorful past of this unique town and the people who lived here through a fascinating collection of papers, photographs, mementos, official documents, home furnishings and other artifacts.
Saunders Memorial Museum
The early 1900’s home of Colonel C. Burton “Buck” Saunders in Berryville houses an extensive collection of some of the rarest firearms in the country. Pistols carried by the most infamous gunslingers, including Jesse James and Annie Oakley, as well as items memorializing America’s rich and rugged past can be found on display here. 

Fourth of July Fireworks Celebrations in NWA

Fireworks at the Walmart AMP

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

 
BENTON COUNTY

 

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

City of Bella Vista Fireworks

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

 

SoNA Performs at the AMP

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

 

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

 

Gentry Freedom Fest

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

 

Ventris Trail’s End on Beaver Lake

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

 

 

WASHINGTON COUNTY

 

Rodeo of the Ozarks

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

 

4th at the Field, Arvest Ballpark

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

Prairie Grove Aquatic Center

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

 

 

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

 

Lady Liberty in Eureka Springs

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

 

Have a happy and safe holiday, everyone!

 

Summer of Music: Major Concerts and Music Festivals

Roots Fest, Forest Concert Series, Walmart AMP

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

 

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

Chris Stapleton

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

Chicago

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

Janet Jackson

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

Acapella Sensations Pentatonix

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

Keith Urban

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

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend

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

Free Concert Series at The JBGB

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

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

Summertime Festivals

Sweet summertime is the season for gathering with friends and family to enjoy the longest days of the year! You’re in for a treat if you find yourself at any of these lively festivals or events that explore the best of NWA culinary, mountain biking, arts and culture and tradition!

 

Bentonville Art & Culinary 

Bentonville Art & Culinary Week | June 1-8

The Bentonville Art & Culinary Festival takes place across downtown with foodie events, demonstrations, talks and tastings, as well as interactive crafts and art activities for the kiddos. 

Bluegrass & BBQ, Huntsville | June 2

Get your appetite ready for this annual festival at Huntsville’s Mitchusson Park! With a volleyball court, paved walking trail, pavilion, disc golf course, and brand-new bike skills course, it’s the perfect place to spend a Saturday with the family. There will be entertainment by a half dozen bluegrass bands, and of course, the BBQ cookoff. 

Eureka Springs Mustang Days | Thru June 3

Take the scenic route through the Ozarks for the Eureka Springs Mustang Days presented by the Midwest Blue Oval Club. The only such show of its kind in the region, the festival includes a Mustang Mardi Gras parade, a Country Cruise and more. Get ready to see cars from every generation – from daily drivers to souped-up restorations. Other Ford models are welcome, too.

 

Art of Wine Festival

Art of Wine Festival, Fayetteville | June 8-9

You will be on “cloud wine” during the 18th Annual Art of Wine Festival at Fayetteville’s Walton Arts Center. Sample some of the world’s finest wines and delicious local cuisine during night one at Uncorked! Then nosh on a six-course meal and wine pairing at the Winemakers Dinner on night two.

 

 

 

Hunstville Timber Festival | June 15-16

Timberrrr! The Hunstville Timber Festival dedicates two days to celebrating the wood industry with an expo showcasing top-of-the-line equipment, live auctions, wood-related craft vendors, and skillet throwing and sawing contests. Also, check out the wood carving exhibition with work by master chainsaw carving artist Brandon Adams.

 

NWA Pride Parade & Festival | June 16

In conjunction with Northwest Arkansas Pride Week, the NWA Pride Parade & Festival is happening on June 16 in downtown Fayetteville near Walton Arts Center. Festivities include a beer garden, food and craft vendors, and the NWA Bear Bash & Contest in the Dickson Street Entertainment District. 

 

BITE NWA Culinary Festival

BITE NW Arkansas Culinary Festival | June 20-22

As part of NW Arkansas Championship Week, BITE NW Arkansas Culinary Festival returns for a fourth year with a third day added and bigger and better than before. This world-class food festival takes place at Bentonville’s 8th Street Market and celebrates the best cuisine, ingredients, restaurants, beverages and chefs that Northwest Arkansas has to offer!

Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival | July 13-15

The 20th Annual Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival attracts riders, spectators and party-goers from several states. This three-day cycling festival is packed with downhill, short track and cross-country racing, along with group rides, social gatherings, live music, craft beer and all-around good vibes!

 

Rogers Cycling Festival

Rogers Cycling Festival | July 27-29

Nine races, three days, one historic cycling festival! With multiple race opportunities, there are events for mountain bike enthusiasts and road cyclists alike – including the Family Glow Ride at Lake Atalanta. 

Summer Diversity Weekend in Eureka Springs | August 3-5

Four times a year, Eureka Springs dedicates a weekend to celebrating love and diversity. Spend an afternoon strolling the city’s darling downtown, the entirety of which is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are dozens of art galleries, local pubs, scrumptious restaurants and eclectic shops, too.

 

Tontitown Grape Festival

120th Tontitown Grape Festival | August 7-11

Northwest Arkansas summer staple, this unique festival in its 120th year knows how to draw a crowd. The Italian community of Tontitown is full of tradition and its annual festival is famous for the made-from-scratch spaghetti, fried chicken dinners and grape stomping events. There’s homemade grape ice cream, too!

 

Eurekan Multisport Festival | August 10-12

Do you have what it takes to complete the ultimate challenge? To earn the title of The Eurekan you must complete a triathlon, 100-mile bike ride and 10K run. If you’re a bit less ambitious, give the Half Eurekan a try with a triathlon, 58-mile bike ride and 5K run.

26th Annual Eureka Springs VW Festival | August 24-26

Enjoy a weekend dedicated to one of most recognizable car brands of our time! The Eureka Springs VW Festival not only has classic Volkswagen Bugs, vans and all models in between, but there is the giant swap meet, a tourcade and live entertainment, too. Groovy!

Frisco Festival

Frisco Festival, Rogers | August 31 – Sept. 1

This family friendly, end-of-summer festival has been delighting people from all over for more than two decades now. With live entertainment, cook-offs and contests, a car show and vendors, Frisco Festival is yet another great reason to visit beautiful downtown Rogers!

First Thursdays, Fayetteville

First Fridays, Bentonville

On the first Thursday and Friday of each month, the downtown squares of Fayetteville and Bentonville transform into community block parties! With live music and street performers, food trucks serving up their best eats, beer gardens pouring locally crafted ale, and activities for the kiddos, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! 

 

ALSO: see our Summer of Music blog for outdoor concerts, festivals and local concerts series! 

The Walmart LPGA Championship Returns!

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

 

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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.