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Crystal Bridges Debuts A New Understanding of Indigenous Art

Contemporary Indigenous art comes front and center at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art with Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now – a new, free exhibition coming to the world-class Bentonville museum.

 

Art for a New Understanding opens Saturday Oct. 6, 2018, and will be on view through Jan. 7, 2019.

This major exhibition presents more than 80 works of art from the 1950s to today, including paintings, photography, video, sculptures and performance art all created by Indigenous U.S. and Canadian artists.

 

                

 

Visitors to the exhibition will discover new stories in the artworks that fill the museum’s galleries with rich colors, images of community and joy, and thought-provoking moments of reflection.

Featured artists include Shan Goshorn, an artist who creates social critiques through basket weaving, Spiderwoman Theater, three sisters who challenge heavy topics with humor and heart, Athena LaTocha, an artist who created a large-scale mural based on her Northwest Arkansas environmental experience, plus many more.

 

                   

 

The exhibition will be accompanied by a multi-author catalog that offers a comprehensive consideration of contemporary Native North American art and features new essays by art historians, cultural critics and artists, as well as excerpts from key texts from the last 50 years of scholarship and criticism.

Crystal Bridges has been recognized as part of the inaugural Sotheby’s Prize for the breadth and depth of ambitious exhibition research that comes with Art for a New Understanding. The Sotheby’s Prize jury said this exhibition will be a turning point in our understanding of this field.

 

                    

 

Following its run at Crystal Bridges, Art for a New Understanding will travel to other major museums in the United States and in Europe.

Don’t miss the chance to broaden your definition of contemporary art with a new understanding of Indigenous art!

 

                    

Visit CrystalBridges.org for more info.

 

Photo Credits:

Top (from left) Dana Claxton, Headdress, 2015; Melissa Cody, World Traveler, 2014.

First row (from left) Brian Jungen, Prototype for New Understanding #2, 1998; Fritz Scholder, Monster Indian, 1968; Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Scorched Earth, Clear-cut Logging on Native Sovereign Land. Shaman Coming to Fix, 1991.

Second row (from left) Oscar Howe, Dance of the Heyoka, ca. 1954; Shan Goshorn, Removal (Ancestral Homeland and Indian Territory), 2012; Spiderwoman Theater, Australia3ladies.

Third row (from left) Anna Tsouhlarakis, Let’s Dance!, 2004; Andrea Carlson  Ink Babel, 2014; Dana Claxton, Headdress, 2015.

Fourth row (from left) Lloyd Kiva, New Cherokee Syllabary, ca. 1945–60; Kent Monkman, History is Painted by the Victors, 2013.

 

 

Performing Arts: Broadway and Beyond

Get ready for tons of musicals, renowned dance companies, entertainment greats, up-and-coming artists, comedians, and dazzling must-see productions as Walton Arts Center — and other performing-arts venues and troupes in NWA — kick off new seasons and shows this fall!

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Walton Arts Center: From the heart of Fayetteville’s entertainment district, Arkansas’ performing arts powerhouse will present nine dynamic series during its 2018-19 Season! Tickets sell fast, so get yours now at waltonartscenter.org.

 

                             

1. Broadway Series
Jersey Boys: Oct. 5-7 They were four guys from Jersey with a sound nobody had ever heard… and the fans loved it! Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons with the Tony Award-winning true-life musical phenomenon Jersey Boys!
School of Rock: Oct. 23-28 – Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band! 
On Your Feet!Dec. 4-9  From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a cross-over sensation at the very top of the pop music world. 
Falsettos: Feb. 8-9, 2019 – The Lincoln Center Theater Broadway Production of Falsettos revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, lover, about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist and the lesbians next door. 
A Bronx Tale: Feb. 26 thru March 3, 2019 – Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be.

                             

Waitress: April 9-14, 2019 – Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, the irresistible new hit tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage.
Cats: May 28 thru June 2, 2019 – A record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in more than 30 countries and 15 languages, Cats tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn.
Les Misérables: June 18-23, 2019 – Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an unforgettable story of heartbreak, passion and the resilience of the human spirit. Featuring the beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More” and many more.

                        

2. The 10×10 Arts Series
Mwenso & The Shakes: Sept. 14
Jessica Lang Dance: Sept. 20
Ragamala Dance Company’s Written in Water: Oct. 14
The Story of Everything, Kealoha, Slam Poet: Nov. 1
Hot Club of San Francisco’s Cinema Vivant: Jan. 10, 2019 
And more!
                         
3. Night Out Series
THE ILLUSIONISTS – Live From Broadway™: Oct. 17-18
The King’s Singers: Dec. 11
Hot Club of San Francisco Swing Dance Party: Jan 11, 2019
Dorrance Dance: Feb. 12, 2019
Cirque Éloize Saloon: Feb. 19, 2019
One Night of Queen: March 14, 2019

                            

4. American Music Series
Indigo Girls: Oct. 2
Take Me to the River: Live from New Orleans!: Oct. 21
Mission Temple Fireworks Revival featuring Paul Thorn & Band, Blind Boys of Alabama and The McCrary Sisters: Nov. 17
Monterey Jazz Festival 60th Anniversary Tour: March 31, 2019
Boz Scaggs: Out of The Blues Tour 2019: April 7, 2019
Joan Baez Fare Thee Well…Tour 2019: April 20, 2019

                            

5. Starrlight Jazz Club Series
George Brooks’ ASPADA: Oct. 12
The John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet: Dec. 1
Alfredo Rodríguez and Pedrito Martinez Duo: Feb. 8, 2019
Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings & Bill Stewart Trio: March 15, 2019
Benny Green Trio with Veronica Swift: April 19, 2019
And more! 

                       

6. West Street Live Series
An Evening with Jimmy Webb: Oct. 11
John McCutcheon: Nov. 29
Ruthie Foster: Jan. 3, 2019
Gretchen Peters: March 7, 2019
Royal Wood: April 18, 2019
Molly Tuttle: May 2, 2019
                          
7. Family Fun Series
Trike Theatre’s Peter Pan: Nov. 2,3,9 & 10
Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s The Nutcracker: Nov. 23-25
Walton Arts Center and SoNA Present The Snowman: A Family Concert: Dec. 16
Air Play: March 8, 2019
Terrapin Puppet Theatre’s You and Me and the Space Between: March 28, 2019

                         

8. Kids Series
Claire Parsons’ And Then…: Nov. 8
The Polar Express: Dec. 21
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and
   Other Eric Carle Favorites: Jan. 13, 2019
Trike Theatre’s Go, Dog. Go!: Jan. 19 & 26, 2019
Tall Stories’ Emily Brown and The Thing: May 10, 2019
                          
9. LOL@WAC Series
Late Nite Catechism: Sept. 6-9
The Pump and Dump Show: 2018 Parentally Incorrect Tour: Sept. 22
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Party: Oct. 31
Dixie’s Tupperware Party: Feb. 19-24, 2019
Jay Leno: March 30, 2019

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MORE PERFORMING ARTS…

  • TheatreSquared: Northwest Arkansas’ professional regional theater company kicks off its 2018-19 season with Once on August 22, followed by productions of Skeleton Crew, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Every Brilliant Thing and more. 
  • Arts Center of the Ozarks: This arts organization in the heart of downtown Springdale will open its 2018-19 theater season on Sept. 7 with Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite, followed by Tradition of the Mask: Africa in the Ozarks, Braum Stoker’s Dracula and more. 
  • Arkansas Public Theatre: Housed in the venerable Victory Theater in the Rogers Historic District, the APT community-based performing arts troupe opens its Season 33 in September with Sunset Boulevard, the first of eight season productions, featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. 
  • Symphony of Northwest Arkansas: Under the direction of Maestro Paul Haas, Northwest Arkansas’ professional symphony orchestra will present six mainstage concerts at Walton Arts Center for the 2018-19 Season, starting Nov. 3 with Masterworks I: Bernstein & Brahms, followed by the return of A Very SoNA Christmas on Dec. 15, and The Snowman: A Family Concert on Dec. 16. 
  • Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra: Under the baton of Music Director Stephen Byess, the APO will present its 2018-19 Season beginning on Sept. 29 with a Halloween Fantasia concert, followed by the much-loved annual Christmas with the APO concert on Dec. 15 at Arend Arts Center. 
 

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. 

Georgia O’Keeffe Exhibition Debuts at Crystal Bridges

After opening May 26 to rave reviews, the blockbuster exhibition The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe & Contemporary Art  is now on view at the world-class Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville!

 

                         

 

Featuring works by the mother of American Modernism herself, and by a new generation of American artists expanding on O’Keeffe’s legacy, The Beyond  will be on display through Sept. 3, 2018.

With enormous flowers, luscious colors, landscapes, feminine forms, and still lifes, O’Keeffe’s work has intrigued viewers and artists alike for generations. Now, Crystal Bridges has brought together more than 30 of her paintings, plus the work of 20 emerging artists focusing on similar themes.

The unique exhibition was developed by Crystal Bridges and features paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photographs, site-specific installations and more. It builds on the museum’s existing collection of significant works by O’Keeffe – including Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 and Radiator Building – Night, New York, which help serve as the exhibition’s centerpiece.

 

                            

 

Featured in The Beyond are a new generation of select artists who evoke, investigate and expand upon O’Keeffe’s artistic legacy – and who provide a fresh look her lauded work through the lens of contemporary art. These emerging artists include Sharona Eliassaf, Monica Kim Garza, Loie Hollowell, Molly Larkey, Matthew Ronay, Anna Valdez, Kim Keever and more.

Some of O’Keeffe’s most-loved work features themes that are also prominent in the work of this group, including flowers, feminine forms, city and desert landscapes, and the delicate interplay between abstraction and realism.

 

                                    

 

Don’t wait to experience this one-of-a-kind exhibition! Admission is free for museum members and youth ages 18 and under. Tickets are $10 for non-members.

For more info, visit crystalbridges.org.

Photo credits: First row, left to right: Yellow Mountains, Loie Hollowell, 2016; Evening Star No. II, O’Keeffe, 1917; Flying Backbone, O’Keeffe, 1944. Second row: Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, O’Keeffe, 1932; Abstract 30682b, Kim Keever, 2017; Radiator Building – Night, New York, O’Keeffe, 1927. Third row: Deer Skull with Blue Vase, Anna Valdez, 2017; Abstraction, O’Keeffe, modeled 1946, cast ca.1979,1980; Small Purple Hills, O’Keeffe, 1934.

 

 

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.

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

NWA Holiday Lights, Parades & Celebrations

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

Lights of the Ozarks

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

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

 

Huntsville, A Hometown Christmas, Nov. 17

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

Bentonville Lighting of the Square

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

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

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

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

Springdale’s Christmas on the Creek, Nov. 25

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

Eureka Springs Parade of Lights

Eureka Springs Parade of Lights, Dec. 1

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

Rogers Christmas Parade, Dec. 1

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

Light up Siloam Springs Christmas Parade, Dec. 2

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

Berryville Christmas Parade, Dec. 2

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

Candlelight Tour of Homes in Eureka Springs

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

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

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad’s Annual Holiday Trains

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

Bentonville Christmas Parade

Bentonville Christmas Parade, Dec. 9

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

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

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

Hunstville Christmas Parade, Dec. 2

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

Winter Roundup: Fun Things to Do and See this Season

Point your compass to Northwest Arkansas and have a blast during this chilliest of seasons! Between winter gift markets, a frosty beer festival, runs and races, indoor performances and activities, and an Ozark music celebration, we’ve got what it takes to keep the fun meter up when the temps go down!

DON YOUR REINDEER EARS for the Jingle Bell Jog 5K & Reindeer Fun Run at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks on Dec. 2. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRAB YOUR SKATES and make a figure 8 at the Ice Skating Rink at Lawrence Plaza in downtown Bentonville thru January.

 

 

MEET THE ARTISTS while they work during the Nov. 19 Holiday Showcase – Meet the Artists event at Terra Studios in Fayetteville.     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHOP LOCAL during the Community Creative Center’s Holiday Gift Market from Nov. 25 to Dec. 23 at Walton Art Center’s McBride Studio. Plus, check out all kinds of other great NWA shopping options here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DON’T MISS CHIHULY: IN THE FOREST, the blockbuster outdoor exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, extended by popular demand through Nov. 27.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RUN AND RIDE one of the newest trail systems in the region at The Back 40 Trail Run & Ride in Bella Vista on Dec. 9-10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GET YOUR TICKER POUNDING with the action and thrills of cyclocross bike racing at the 2017 CycloFrost – CX Race on Dec. 9 at Lake Fayetteville.

 

TAKE A PUBLIC ART TOUR and dig the new urban street-art movement taking hold in cities across Northwest Arkansas! Read all about it here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAISE THAT PINKIE on Dec. 7 at the 51st Annual Silver Tea at the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPEND YOUR WINTER BREAK at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art with family friendly activities like art making, music, puppets and dance each afternoon from Dec. 21 thru Jan. 5, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNLEASH YOUR INNER SPIDERMAN at a local rock climbing gym, such as Ozark Climbing Gym in Springdale and La Casa Pollo in Fayetteville.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEHOLD STUNNING ARCHITECTURE at NWA’s glass chapels: Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs and Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel in Bella Vista.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAKE A HELICOPTER TOUR of NWA’s cities, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the University of Arkansas and other landmarks from above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPARK YOUR CURIOSITY this holiday season at the Scott Family Amazeum, with exhibits, fun and learning for the whole family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RING IN 2018! You and your crew (or family) are sure to find the perfect way to count down at NWA’s diverse New Year’s Eve celebrations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GET YOUR FEELS on Bluegrass, folk and American Roots at the 5th Annual Ozark Mountain Music Festival, Eureka Springs, Jan. 18-21, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAISE A FROSTY MUG and sample local craft beer on Feb. 3 at the 2018 Frost Fest Outdoor Beer Festival at Fossil Cove Brewing Company in Fayetteville.