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Culinary Arts Events: Taste and Toast the Season

Winter food and drink events brighten the days with warmth and flavor! Give your taste buds the divine gift of flavor this holiday season at any one of these chef-hosted events, wine tours, and food and beer-centric gatherings.

 

1. Holiday Spirits with Weisi Basore, Dec. 5, Brightwater NWA, Bentonville

Part of Brightwater’s Winter 2018-19 Cocktail Series, culinary master and mixologist Weisi Basore kicks off the first of four cocktail making courses. The series continues on Jan. 30 with Hibernation Libations with Weisi Basore. Basore’s new Restaurant NEFF is set to open in Bentonville in 2019!

 

2. Art of Meals Series with Chef Lindsey Hardin, Dec. 7, Brightwater NWA

Join Chef Lindsey Hardin for final class of her culinary series: Vegan Holiday Treats. Hardin’s vegan versions of dining favorites and holiday treats are to die for, and tickets sell out fast!

 

3. Ozark Wineries Tastings & Tours

Commercial winemaking in Northwest Arkansas dates back to the early 1900s when families who emigrated from Italy, Germany and France found the climate favorable to growing grapes. Today, that rich tradition continues at family owned vineyards and small operations that produce exceptional wines and celebrate the culture of the Ozarks. 

 

Keels Creek Winery in Eureka Springs 

Keels Creek grows eight varieties of grapes and has been producing wine since 2006. Experience award winning wine in the Spanish style tasting room, which is shared with the Keels Creek Art Gallery where the work of more than 15 regional artists is on display.

 

Railway Winery & Vineyard, Eureka Springs

Nestled in the Ozark hills, along the route of the historic Missouri & North Arkansas Railroad line, this small family farm operation grows twelve different varieties of grapes and several fruits. Featuring artisan wines plus plus jellies, coffees and other local products. 

 

Tontitown Winery, West of Springdale

The Taldo House built in 1917 houses the Tontitown Winery, owned by the Ranalli family who have been in the wine business since 1923. Wines are made on-site from local Tontitown-grown grapes. Free tastings seven days a week.

 

Sassafras Springs Vineyard, East of Springdale

Sassafras Springs not only features an award-winning winery, but two event venues at the Chapel Ruins and The Stables on its 30 acres. What was a milk barn 50 years ago is the cozy tasting room, which also has a covered patio with a fireplace. Enjoy daily tasting flights as well as several Arkansas beers.

 
4. CR(EAT)E, Dec. 9, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville

The Crystal Bridges culinary team presents this cooking demonstration, which you’ll enjoy with five courses paired with wine!

 

5. Farm to Table Dining in Fayetteville  

Fayetteville takes farm to table seriously with some of the freshest locally sourced and organic fare around. With dozens of FTT options in town, Experience Fayetteville spotlights some of its top picks.

 

6. WOW: High South Greatest Hits, Dec. 19, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Join regional chefs and mixologists to discuss and eat the virtues of Northwest Arkansas High South Cuisine.

 

 

7. Frost Fest: Arkansas’ Premier Winter Beer Festival, Feb. 2, Fossil Cove Brewing

Spend the day enjoying craft beer, live music, food trucks, live art and local vendors. Brewery reps will be pouring samples and discussing their product. This festival goes down rain, sleet, snow or shine!

 

8. Plus, NWA restaurant listings by city include:

Bentonville
Eureka Springs
Fayetteville
Rogers
Springdale
Siloam Springs

Celebrate Mardi Gras in Eureka Springs

2019 Eureka Springs Mardi Gras Festival

January thru March, 2019 

Celebrate Mardi Gras in Eureka Springs during this carnival-style festival – the largest of its kind in the state of Arkansas! Each year, Eureka Springs residents and businesses come together to celebrate Mardi Gras in the Ozarks, drawing revelers from all over Northwest Arkansas and neighboring states, too.

 

 

COMIC REVELRY

For 2019, the theme of the festival is Comic Book Characters. So come as your favorite superhero or villain and get in on the action. This year, Eureka Gras (as the locals call it) kicks off in mid-January and stretches into March with costume balls, parades, Cajun food, coffee and beignets, umbrella decorating and much, much more.

2019 Schedule of Events:

  • Kings Day Kickoff on Jan 12

  • Umbrella Decorating on Jan. 16, 23 & 30

  • Taste of N’Awlins on Feb. 9

  • Coronation Ball on Feb. 22

  • Eureka Gras Night Parade on Feb. 23

  • Jokers Masquerade Ball on March 1

  • Eureka Gras Day Parade on March 2

WATCH FOR UPDATES

Details are still being finalized, so watch for updates at eurekaspringsmardigras.org. Eureka Springs Mardi Gras is hosted by the Krewe of Krazo.

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler à Eureka Springs, Arkansas!

 

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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Major Fall Festivals & Events

The sky is the limit when it comes to the variety of fall festivals and events in Northwest Arkansas! From September through November, we’ve got the best ways to experience the tastes, sounds, culture and happenings of autumn in the Ozarks.

 

Antique Auto Fest

48th Annual Antique Auto Festival | Sept. 7-8 | Eureka Springs

The longest running car show in Northwest Arkansas! Featuring a sunset cruise, live music, food, a parade through historic downtown and awards. Trolley service, on-site camping and RV parking are available. Gate admission is free.

 

Fall Music & Art Festival | Sept. 9 | Terra Studios | Fayetteville

Bring the family and explore Terra Studios’ magical six-acre Art Park featuring live entertainment by Song Circles, heritage folk art, onsite art demonstrations, delicious food from local food trucks, craft vendors and more! 

 

Fall Music & Art Fest

Jazz Eureka | Sept. 14-15 | Downtown

Celebrating 33 years of jazz in Eureka Springs! Always packing a stellar lineup, this annual jazz fest features free performances in Basin Spring Park – plus, this year’s headliner, four-time Grammy winner Larry Carlton in concert at The Auditorium.

 

International Festival | Sept. 16 | Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

As part of national Welcoming Week, bring the family to the garden on a beautiful fall evening for the 3rd Annual International Festival! This free event, open to the community, features traditional dance performances on the Great Lawn throughout the evening, a variety of ethnic food for sale from local food trucks, and interactive displays and activities. Picnics, lawn chairs and blankets are welcome!

 
30th Annual Mountain Bike and Cross Country Festival | Sept. 15 | Devil’s Den 

Devil’s Den State Park is proud to celebrate 30 years of mountain biking in the Ozarks. This USA Cycling-sanctioned race is a point series event for the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series. For more info contact Tim Scott at tim.scott@arkansas.gov.

 

Fayetteville Film Fest

Fayetteville Film Fest | Sept 20-22 | Downtown

In its tenth year, the Fayetteville Film Fest is a cultural leader in the region, bringing world-class film to the area, developing meaningful relationships with filmmakers, and nurturing the art. With young and emerging filmmakers, virtual reality film, and a red-carpet opening night street party, be sure to save the dates!

 

30th Annual Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival | Sept. 22 | Fayetteville

Each year, hundreds of college and high school teams compete in this fun and prestigious race. Additionally, hundreds of individuals take part in the fun runs and one-mile Pepper Dash. After the races are over, everyone comes together for a hot Mexican food feast!

 

Chile Pepper Festival

Bluegrass & BBQ at The Farm | Sept. 28-30 | Eureka Springs

Two nights of music and camping await at the Farm, located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains with 360-degree panoramic views. This year’s festival lineup includes Aaron Kamm and the One Drops, Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings, Grateful Bluegrass Boys, Whiskey for the Lady, and Circus No. 9.

 

Oz Trails Off-Road Festival | Oct. 5-7 | Bentonville & Bella Vista 

Featuring mountain bike rides with three distance options (25, 35 or 50 miles) along some of the finest singletrack in Northwest Arkansas! With an industry expo, live music, and great eats, don’t miss this change to mingle with bike-minded riders in what is being called the new Mountain Bike Mecca of America!

 

Off-Road Festival

Arkansas Apple Festival, Oct. 5-7 | Lincoln, Washington County

Founded in 1975, the Arkansas Apple Festival brings arts and crafts, fair food, kids activities and apples galore to Northwest Arkansas. Snack on free apple slices while getting a historic glimpse of what life was like in the Apple Capital of Arkansas years ago.

 

Tinkerfest 5 | Oct. 6 | Scott Family Amazeum

This celebration of creativity and curiosity brings makers, tinkerers, artists and creatives together to share their work – while inviting attendees to join in the DIY fun! Spotlighting work by Amazeum Makers-in-Residence and STEAM activities for all ages.

 

Hillberry The Harvest Moon Music Festival | Oct. 11-14 | The Farm

This four-day outdoor music festival sells out fast! This year’s lineup includes Railroad Earth, Trampled by Turtles, Sam Bush, Lettuce, The Wood Brothers, Billy Strings, Big Smith and more!

 

30th Annual Pea Ridge Mule Jump | Oct. 13 | Pea Ridge

This truly one-of-a-kind event features mules of all shapes and sizes leaping incredible heights over all sorts of obstacles! Bring the family and make a day of it joining thousands of other attendees enjoying the festivities.  

 

Oktoberfest Pub Crawl: Tap into History | Oct. 19 | Downtown Siloam Springs

Beer, food, friends and history. What could be better? This annul pub crawl includes downtown bars and restaurants with a stop at the Siloam Springs Museum to learn about the history of this Benton County city with a creek running through its downtown. 

 

Eureka Oktoberfest

Eureka Springs Oktoberfest | Oct. 20

Nestled in the Ozarks, the Victorian-styled arts enclave of Eureka Springs loves to throw a party! This annual festival held in the middle of downtown includes the finest craft brews from more than 25 local breweries.

 

MINIs in the Ozarks | Oct. 25-28 | Eureka Springs

Each fall, MINI car enthusiasts from all over the country gather for a fun-packed weekend in Eureka Springs, taking in the stunning autumn scenery and relishing in the curvy roads of Northwest Arkansas. 

 

MINIs in the Ozarks

Ozarktober Fest | Oct. 25-28 | Downtown Springdale

Celebrating the rich culture of the Ozarks, sample the area’s wonderful traditions set among amenities that are unique to Springdale. Ozarktober Fest features local food, live music, lore, microbrews and a free Halloween fest for kids.

 

Outerbike Bentonville Expo | Oct. 26-28 | Bentonville

One of four national Outerbike events this year, Outerbike Bentonville brings the industry’s newest bike demos for attendees to try out on local trails. When you’re not riding, check out the latest and greatest bike innovations and partake of free beer – part of the day’s pass!

 

IMBA Dirty 30

IMBA Dirty 30 | Oct. 26-27 | Bentonville

Help the International Mountain Bicycling Association celebrate its 30th anniversary! Part of Outerbike Bentonville, this festival includes multiple group rides, an awards ceremony and a Saturday night party. 

 

Eureka Springs Zombie Crawl | Oct. 27 | Downtown

A parade of hungry zombies will make their way down Spring Street, followed by apocalyptic vehicles, spooky street performers and Halloween floats. Don’t miss Eureka’s biggest parade spectacle!

 

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Fall Diversity Weekend | Nov. 2-4 | Downtown Eureka Springs

The LGBT community and friends celebrate fall in Eureka Springs! Hotels, restaurants and nightclubs offer a wide variety of entertainment, including live music, DJ dance-till-you-drop parties, glam drag shows, costume contests and more.

 

NEW* Kessler Mountain Jam | Nov. 3-4 | Fayetteville

Formerly hosted in Bentonville as the Slaughter Pen Jam, Kessler Mountain Jam is a mountain bike festival with live music, food and family friendly activities. Open to all riding abilities and sanctioned by USA Cycling.  

 

Ozark Folk Fest

71st Annual Ozark Folk Festival | Nov. 9-11 | Eureka Springs

Celebrate the longest-running annual folk festival in America! Featuring the Barefoot Ball, free folk music and dancing in Basin Spring Park, and the Hedgehoppers in concert at The Auditorium.

 

Back 40 Fall for All | Nov. 10 | Bella Vista 

Mark your calendar for this community festival celebrating the Back 40 Trails — a favorite for biking, hiking, running, and enjoying nature at its best. With activities in the morning and food, music and an expo in the afternoon, it’s fall for all, y’all! 

 

Antique Festival

 
Antique Festival of the Ozarks | Nov. 16-19 | Eureka Springs

Enjoy antique shopping from dealers across the country in beautiful Eureka Springs during the peak season of fall color. 

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
 
 

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.

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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. 

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.

Ring in the New Year NWA Style

Turn the hours leading up to 2017 into memories that will last a lifetime at one of these popular New Year’s destinations!

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Hog Drop at Last Night Fayetteville

Last Night Fayetteville, Dec. 31 — Find out why TripAdvisor named Last Night Fayetteville one of the Top Ten New Year’s Eve celebrations in the nation. With the famous Hog Drop at midnight and a spectacular fireworks display, Arkansas’s largest New Year’s festival provides a full evening of entertainment for revelers of all ages. Performers including Handmade Moments, Arkansauce and The Silvershakers will headline the main stage at the Fayetteville Town Center, while other indoor stages around the downtown square will host live music, comedy, theater, dance, and youth and kids shows.

Noon Year’s Eve Family Celebration, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Dec. 31 — Ring in the New Year (without staying up past bedtime!) at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s family friendly Noon Year’s Eve celebration. Enjoy fun art projects, performances, and a huge family dance party!

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The Great Hall at Crystal Bridges

NEW 365 at Crystal Bridges, Dec. 31 — Whether you prefer a stylish supper or a get-your-groove-on dance party, Crystal Bridges offers two unique ways to ring in the New Year at the NEW 365 event. Knock on the secret door and slip into our speakeasy-style supper club in the museum’s Great Hall for a fine dining experience paired with cocktails or wine. Or kick into high gear with the Dance Party that sweeps throughout the art galleries featuring electro-swing DJ, silent disco and more. Members ages 21 and up are welcome.

 

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Dancing on Dickson

Dickson Street Entertainment District, Fayetteville — Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the heart of downtown! Whether your idea of a evening out is an easygoing game of billiards or a dance-til-you-drop experience, the Dickson Street Entertainment District has it all. With an eclectic miscellany of dive bars, live music stages, restaurants, wine bars and breweries, nightlife on Dickson Street delivers!

 

 

 

 

The NWA Craft Brew Craze

Come fall, craft brews take the spotlight as Oktoberfest is celebrated all around the world! And with its growing number of breweries, Northwest Arkansas is the perfect place to raise a glass year-round. Here are some of our favorites!

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Apple Blossom Brewing Company in Fayetteville — Named after the Arkansas state flower, this 250-seat brewpub is the largest in the state! Twelve taps flow with craft beer all made on-premises. The food menu features affordable classics and amazing desserts, too. appleblossombrewing.com

Bike Rack Brewing Company in Bentonville — With the lifestyle of the NWA biking community as its namesake, Bike Rack Brewing is located in the hub of downtown, right on the bike trail in the heart of the newly rezoned arts district – it’s a great place to ride in for refreshing faves and great conversation. bikerackbrewing.com

Bentonville Brewing Company — This production craft micro-brewery and tasting room has its beer available in bars and restaurants throughout Benton and Washington County. This fall, there will be live music on select Thursday and Friday nights. bentonvillebrewing.com

Black Apple Crossing in Springdale — Arkansas’ first cidery, Black Apple Crossing was named by Nightclub & Bar Media Group as one of 2015’s Top Rated Hotspots. The entrance is cleverly tucked in the back of the building, and there’s a great patio for seasonal alfresco enjoyment.

Core Brewing Co. in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Lowell — Founder Jesse Core started production in 2010 on a 1-barrel RIMS brewhouse with eight small fermenters. Now, his product can be found in more than 500 locations. With a family dog, Barney, as the company mascot, Core’s brews are big, innovated and rooted in tradition. corebeer.com

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Creekside Taproom in Siloam Springs — Serving local craft brews and wines, Creekside is a popular neighborhood eatery featuring special events on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. creeksidetaproom.com

 

Fossil Cove Brewing Company in Fayetteville — With its quirky taproom and colorful one-off brews, Fossil Cove pushes itself with the ongoing creation of new and interesting beers. Stop by and try the Birch Ave. Blonde, the Oatty Stout, or the IPA #3. fossilcovebrewing.com

 

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New Province Brewing Company in Rogers — Established in 2014, New Province features Civilian Pale Ale, Philosopher IPA, Migrant Belgian Dubbel and Yeoman Porter. newprovincebrewing.com

Ozark Beer Company — This Rogers brewery operates under the culture that hard work makes honest beer. Featuring American Pale Ale, Belgian Style Golden Strong, Onyx Coffee Stout and others. ozarkbeercompany.com

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Saddlebock Brewery in Springdale — Housed in a red and white barn, Saddlebock is complete with two outdoor patios great for hosting events, a horse stable, a sand volleyball court, and even a guest cottage. saddlebock.com

West Mountain Brewing Co. in Fayetteville— Located on the historic downtown Fayetteville Square, West Mountain Brewing places a large emphasis on what their customers want, and then crafts the selections from there. Enjoy eats from Tiny Tim’s Pizza along with your beverage.

Fayetteville Alre Trail — The Fayetteville Ale Trail gives visitors and locals alike a glimpse into the unique craft brewery culture of Northwest Arkansas. Pick up the Official Fayettteville Ale Trail passport at participating breweries or the Fayetteville Visitors Center on the Downtown Square. You can also print a copy of just the passport here or fill out this form and we’ll send you one in the mail. fayettevillealetrail.com

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Go Hogs! Arkansas Razorbacks Kick Off New Seasons

Once the leaves start changing and school is back in session at the University of Arkansas, one thing is for certain: It’s time for Razorback sports! Get ready for Hog calling and tailgating as the Razorback football and basketball teams kick off their 2016-17 seasons.

The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville is home to some of the best collegiate sports venues in the nation. While you are in town, stop by the Dickson Street Entertainment District for beverages, dining and live music.

Razorback Football

There is nothing quite like the crisp, fall air and the roar of the fans at Donald W. Reynolds Stadium on the U of A campus! The Razorback football team begins its 2016 season with a home-game match-up against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Sept. 3, in Fayetteville. (Other home games include Sept. 17 vs. Texas State; Oct. 1 vs. Alcorn State; Oct. 8 vs. Alabama; Oct. 15 vs. Ole Miss; Nov. 5 vs. Florida; and Nov. 12 vs. LSU.)

What can Razorback Nation expect this year? Head Coach Bret Bielema returns for his fourth season at Arkansas, while Razorback Austin Allen is poised to take the starting quarterback position in place of his older brother, Brandon Allen, a Jacksonville Jaguar who was the Hogs’ star quarterback from 2013 to 2015. Get ready to call those Hogs – it’s football season! Visit arkansasrazorbacks.com for more!

Razorback Basketball

Join the Razorback men’s basketball team this fall for a new season of Head Coach Mike Anderson’s “Fastest 40 Minutes of Basketball.” Fans come alive when the basketball Hogs hit the court at the state-of-the-art Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville. This season welcomes new Assistant Basketball Coach Scotty Thurman, the former Arkansas shooting guard who hit the win-clinching three pointer to win the Hogs’ 1994 NCAA Basketball Championship!

Keep your eyes out for a full-season game schedule at arkansasrazorbacks.com.

ALSO: Check out our blog post 18+ Things to Do in Northwest Arkansas on Razorback Game Day Weekends for more to do while you’re in town for the big game!

 

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