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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!

 

 

 

 

Razorback Sports Action at its Finest

In Northwest Arkansas, we call the Hogs year ‘round! Whether you’re a basketball, baseball or gymnastics fan, the University of Arkansas Razorbacks have what you need this season!

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Razorback Basketball

Fans love to fill up the state-of-the art Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville and cheer for Razorback basketball. With the men’s and women’s seasons in play through March 4, 2017, there is plenty of time to get in on the action.

Head Coach Mike Anderson and the men’s team are well underway to delivering their signature “Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball” for the 2016-17 season. Plus, Anderson added to the coaching staff Razorback legend Scott Thurman, who played during one of the most decorated seasons in Razorback history and made the three-point buzzer beater than won the 1994 NCAA championship for the Hogs. For the 2016-17 men’s basketball schedule, click here.

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Razorback Women’s Basketball

The Razorback women’s basketball team is on a roll after cruising to a 79-32 win over Oklahoma Baptist in an exhibition game on Nov. 3. Head coach Jimmy Dykes is entering his third year at the helm with nine returning players from a team that went 12-18 overall last season. For the 2016-17 women’s season schedule, click here.

Razorback Baseball

The Razorback baseball team is preparing for an action-packed 2017 season. The Diamond Hogs will play 34 home games at Fayetteville’s Baum Stadium, home of the largest video board in collegiate baseball. Look forward to a great turnout at the team’s season opener at Baum against the Miami University Redhawks on Feb. 17. For the 2017 season schedule, click here.

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Razorback Gymnastics

Don’t miss the Arkansas Gymbacks as they prepare to cartwheel their way through a loaded 2017 season. The Razorback gymnastics teams will host home meets against SEC opponents Alabama on Jan. 27, LSU on Feb. 10, and Florida on Feb. 17 — all at UA’s Barnhill Arena. For the gymnastics team’s 2017 schedule, click here.

 

 

Get Ready for Bikes, Blues & BBQ 2016

Every fall, a familiar rumble can be heard as motorcycles converge along Fayetteville’s Dickson Street Entertainment District (and throughout NWA) for the annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ rally!

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Hundreds of thousands of bikes will hit the road across Northwest Arkansas on Sept. 21-24 during Bikes, Blues & BBQ – one of the largest charitable motorcycle rallies in the U.S.

For riders, there’s the Poker Run, a parade and bike show, scenic rides, demo rides and plenty of vendors to choose from. Enter the Stokes Air Battle of the Bikes to see how your ride stacks up. Or simply take in a close-up view of all makes and models, from stock bikes straight off the lot to individually customized choppers. Between the tricked-out custom jobs, Harleys, metric bikes, cruisers, vintage stock and sport bikes — it’s a sight like no other!

For the lady riders, Bikes, Blues & BBQ has tons of vendors with women’s apparel and accessories. There’s also the Miss BBB Contest, lady demo rides and more.

This year, music lovers can look forward to NBC’s “The Voice” star and Fayetteville native Barrett Baber, Leah and the MoJo Doctors, Joe Giles and the Homewreckers, piano wizard Jason D. Williams, and more at the main stage on Dickson Street. Or, feel the rhythm and visit Blues Alley Saloon at the Washington County Fairgrounds for nothing but the blues.

Love all kinds of music? The rally offers everything from Americana to Bluegrass, ’80s hairbands, country, funk and classic rock. Other artists include Divas on Fire, Oreo Blue, The Dead Metal Society, The Nace Brothers, Members Only and Full House. It’s non-stop entertainment at Bikes Blues & BBQ.

All about the BBQ? A $6 donation lets you cast a vote for your favorite, finger-lickin’-good barbecue during the People’s Choice Competition. The main barbecue event is the Kansas City Barbecue Society portion of the Arkansas State BBQ Championship. Contestants will put their best meat forward for a chance to win thousands in prize money.

Because hundreds of thousands of bikes aren’t enough, there’s also a car show at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale. These custom cars, street rods, vintage treasures and rat rods will take part in the Dickson Street Cruise car parade, too. Grab some grub from one of the many food trucks and don’t miss it!

Main Stage on Dickson Street:

Wednesday, Sept. 21

5:30-7:00 – The Boss Tweeds

7:30-9:00 – Arkansauce

9:30-11:00 – Leah and the MoJo Doctors

Thursday, Sept. 22

4:00-5:00 – Gary Hutchison

5:30-7:00 – The Nace Brothers

7:30-9:00 – Oreo Blue

9:30-11:00 – Joe Giles and the Homewreckers

Friday, Sept. 23

3:00-4:00 – The Ocie Band

4:15-4:30 – Whataburger Jalapeno Eating Contest

4:45-6:00 – The Uncrowned Kings

6:30-8:00 – Earl and Them

8:30-10:00 – Members Only presented by Pace Industries

10:30-12:00 – Jason D. Williams

Saturday, Sept. 24

3:00-4:00 – Fayetteville School of Rock

4:30-6:00 – Divas on Fire

6:30-8:00 – Dead Metal Society

8:30-10:00 – Full House

10:15 – The Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys Miss BBB Contest

10:30-12:00 Barrett Baber

The Blues Alley Saloon at the Bikes Blues and BBQ Campground:

Wednesday, Sept. 21

5:30-8:30 – The Buddy Shute Band

9:00-12:00 – Trick Bag

Thursday, Sept. 22

5:30-8:30 – Blew Reed and the Flatheads

9:00-12:00 – Down Town Live Wires

Friday, Sept. 23

6:00-9:00 – Art Bentley

9:15-9:45 – The Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys Miss BBB Prelims

10:00-1:00 – Knock Kneed Sally

Saturday, Sept. 24

5:00-8:30 – 412 West

9:00-1:00 – Connie Hawkins and the Blues Wreckers

For more info, visit bikesbluesandbbq.org.

 

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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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Fall Arts and Crafts Fairs in Northwest Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas is home to some of the premier arts and crafts fairs in the country! Every October, hundreds of vendors and nationally juried artisans display their wares across the region, offering handcrafted works for every taste. This is one autumn festival season you won’t want to miss!

War-Eagle-Craft-Fair-visit-rogersWar Eagle Mill Fall Arts & Crafts Fair in Rogers — Oct. 13-16 — The War Eagle Fair Show is held across the bridge from the War Eagle Mill. Professional crafts men and women offer original handmade work ranging from country decorative items to antique broken china jewelry. You can also explore the old mill and eat at the Bean Palace restaurant. wareaglemill.com

Frisco Station Mall Arts & Crafts Festival in Rogers — Oct. 13-16 — Located indoors at the Frisco Station Mall, it’s one of the largest fairs in Northwest Arkansas. Featuring woodworkers, candles, jewelry, clothing, paintings and an abundance of holiday themed gifts and seasonal decor.  nwacraftsfairs.com

The Homegrown Festival in Siloam Springs — Oct. 8 — Hosted by Main Street Siloam Springs, this festival showcases local handmade goods, curated vintage items, and food from across the region. Vendors offer an array of original and limited-run items including illustrations, printmaking, music, jewelry and accessories, pottery and more. mainstreetsiloam.org

Sharp’s Show of War Eagle in Rogers — Oct. 13-16 — This fair takes place on the fields adjacent to the War Eagle Mill, with more than 250 booths offering a wide array of handmade crafts from skilled artisans located throughout the country. Featuring holiday themed gifts and seasonal decorations, too. nwacraftsfairs.com

Spanker Creek Farm Arts & Crafts Fair in Bentonville — Oct. 12-16 — Returning and new exhibitors from all over the nation can be found at this show located on a farm setting with a great Ozark atmosphere. Spanker Creek runs along the entire south side of the fair grounds and flows into Sugar Creek on the west side. spankercreekfarm.com

Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival — Oct. 13-15 — Now in its 47th year, this premier Northwest Arkansas festival has steadily grown in size and reputation since 1969. Offering high quality arts and crafts that are always hand-made, this juried festival has grown to nearly 300 artisans and is conveniently located on Ark. Hwy. 279, just south of the intersection with Ark. Hwy. 340. bellavistafestival.org

Ozark Regional Arts & Crafts Festivals in Springdale, Rogers and Fayetteville — Oct. 13-15 — Recognized as one of the top 100 craft fairs in the U.S., this is touted as the largest indoor craft fair in the state! Taking place in three locations: the NW Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale, the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers, and the Washington County Fairgrounds in Fayetteville. nwacraftsfairs.com

Pine Mountain Village Craft Fair in Eureka Springs — Oct. 14-15 — Stained glass, leather, basket makers, woodworkers, oil and acrylic painting, sculpture, and lots of other handmade arts and crafts are available. Holiday theme gifts are also in abundance, as well as seasonal decorations. eurekaspringschamber.com

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Mountain Biking World Summit Spotlights NWA Trails

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is holding its 2016 World Summit in Bentonville on Nov. 10-12. Yep, you read that right – its WORLD Summit. The biennial conference draws a worldwide audience of industry leaders and participants, with each host community adding its own distinct flavor.

Northwest Arkansas has been chosen as this year’s host because of the region’s impressive, ever-evolving network of bikes trails. With 200+ miles of off-road trails cropping up in locations everywhere, our mountain bike scene is booming! We have trails for every taste, and also the first off-road jump park of its kind in this part of the country.

Summit-goers can bike their way around the stunning Northwest Arkansas fall scenery and experience our distinctive downtowns, thriving arts scene and other attractions. In addition to industry specific events, the summit is also offering activities that are open to the general public geared toward visitors looking to participate in limited events. However, tickets are limited. Register now for these public events at imba.com/world-summit.

  • Opening Ceremony: Wednesday 11/9 – $30
  • Youth Expo: Thursday 11/10 – $15
  • Adult Expo/Show at The Railyard Bike Jump Park in Rogers: Friday 11/11 – $25
  • Youth Expo/Show at The Railyard Bike Jump Park in Rogers: Friday 11/11 – $15
  • Adult Epic Ride: Saturday 11/12 – $45
  • Family Ride: Saturday 11/12 – $20

Visit Northwest Arkansas for the ultimate urban off-road biking experience! For more info on where to find mountain bike trails across our region, visit nwatrails.com and oztrailsnwa.com.

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Scenic Rides in Northwest Arkansas

Autumn in the Ozarks… From the seat of your car, the back of a motorcycle, or the passenger car of an excursion train, take in the rugged natural beauty of Northwest Arkansas on one of these great rides! 

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NWA’s Scenic Byways and Trails

Nearby scenic byways include the Pig Trail (Ark. Hwy. 23), Ozark Highlands Scenic Byway (Ark. Hwy. 21), Scenic 7 Byway, Scenic 71 Loop, and I-49 Scenic Byway. Others are Scenic Hwy. 12, U.S. 62, and Ark. Hwys. 123, 59, 43, and 74. Visit arkansas.com for more info.

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Top Motorcycle Rides

Eureka Springs is a hub for great motorcycle rides, as is Rogers, and Fayetteville is host to the annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ motorcycle rally on Sept. 21-24. Our bike-friendly region has numerous routes worthy of a ride, including Ark. 21, the Pig Trail (Ark. Hwy. 23), Beaver Town Bridge (Ark. Hwy. 187), and more. Additional info at arkansas.com.

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad Scenic Tours

Ride in style on the meticulously restored antique passenger cars, ranging from the 1920s to the 1950s, while conductors enhance the journey with anecdotes about the area’s rich history. The train travels to the top of the scenic Boston Mountains and into the historic Arkansas River Basin. Visit amrailroad.com for day-excursion ticketing options.

Fall Foliage Update

With the landscape painted in beautiful golds and reds, fall colors in Northwest Arkansas are simply incredible! Keep tabs on the best places to see the colors as they reveal themselves with this Arkansas Fall Foliage Update.

 

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Best Summer Ever: Summertime Must-Dos in Northwest Arkansas

Looking for ways for you and your family to have fun this summer? Search no further! This roundup of fun summertime activities, attractions and events will help you make every day in Northwest Arkansas extraordinary!

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Rogers Aquatic Center

When the warm, sunny days of summer come calling, Northwest Arkansas has plenty of splash zones to keep you cool! The Fountains at Lawrence Plaza in Bentonville, the Rogers Aquatic Center, The Jones Center in Springdale and The Family Aquatic Center in Siloam Springs, just to name a few!

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Tee off at award-winning golf courses across the region with Bermuda fairways and other scenic features such as rolling hills, surrounding hardwood forests and pristine streams. Courses in Bella Vista Village and Holiday Island, along with Stonebridge Meadows in Fayetteville, Prairie Creek Country Club in Rogers and The Creeks in Cave Springs are great places to start!

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Ozark Mountain Ziplines

Soar!

Northwest Arkansas has the high-flying excitement daredevils crave! The Skydive Skyranch in Siloam Springs has licensed parachute instructors to accompany you on tandem skydive adventures. Or, zip through the Ozark hardwood forest at Ozark Mountain Ziplines in Eureka Springs.

Bravo! Brava! Bravi! 

Opera in the Ozarks kicks off its 2016 Summer Season on June 17 and runs through July 15 with 22 fully staged and costumed performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Britten’s Albert Herring and a double bill of Puccini’s Il Tabarro and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. Featuring the talents of 75 singers and musicians from across the country, enjoy performances at beautiful Inspiration Point in Eureka Springs and Arend Arts Center in Bentonville!

Roar!

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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Visit Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs to bond with exotic cats who’ve been rescued from across the nation. Meet with a curator, take a tour of the habitat areas, or stay overnight in an onsite safari lodge! Turpentine Creek is dedicated to caring for abandoned, abused and neglected tigers, lions, leopards and cougars.

The Great Outdoors!

Northwest Arkansas is an outdoor paradise in the summertime, with plenty of fun to be had at state and national parks, and area lakes and rivers. Click HERE to discover more!

 

Take it Off-Road!

Northwest Arkansas is the ultimate off-road/mountain biking destination with 200+ miles of trails for all tastes and terrain preferences – and the first freestyle jump park of its kind in this part of the country. Click HERE to learn more!

Indulge in Art!

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Art lovers rejoice! Northwest Arkansas’ art museums, galleries and art districts host the finest in local, regional and world-class art in nearly every medium imaginable. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 21c Museum Hotel, Fayetteville Underground, Windgate Visual Arts Galleries at JBUEureka Springs Downtown District and Arts Center of the Ozarks, to name a few.

 

Father’s Day: Hook, Line and Sinker!

Grab your fishing pole and take Dad to the Father’s Day Fishing Derby at War Eagle Mill east of Rogers on June 19. Prizes given for the biggest, smallest and ugliest fish, with a special Father’s Day lunch to follow at the Bean Palace Cafe!

Be Amazed!

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Scott Family Amazeum

Pay a hands-on visit to the Scott Family Amazeum in Bentonville where you’ll engage in exploration, learning and more. The 50,000 square feet of exhibit and learning spaces includes a Tinkering Hub, a climbable tree canopy, a water area and exploratory wet lab, and an outdoor playscape. Fun for all ages!

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Get ready for authentic rodeo action at the 72nd Annual Rodeo of the Ozarks in Springdale on June 22-25. With more than 500 of the best cowboys and rough stock, Rodeo of the Ozarks is one of the top outdoor rodeos in the nation!

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Home Run!

Take the gang out to Arvest Ballpark in Springdale to see the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in prime home-turf action. The Naturals are the AA minor league affiliate for the 2015 World Series champion Kansas City Royals!

 

Bang! Bang!

Start summer off with a bang as more than 400 youth compete at the Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match on July 1-4 in Rogers. Contestants compete with a muzzle-loaded, single shot BB gun named the Daisy AVANTI Champion Model 499 in four positions. Also, see where it all started at the Daisy Airgun Museum!

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Farm Fresh!

Take advantage of Northwest Arkansas’ booming farmers market scene flush with bountiful summer harvests, local arts and crafts, and community activities for the whole family. Check out these markets: Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville, Holiday Island, Siloam Springs, Eureka Springs, Bella Vista and Huntsville.

 

 

Spelunk!

Discover the underground wonders of the Arkansas Ozarks on a guided tour of the beautiful War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake east of Rogers where there’s also gem panning, the “Lost in the Woods” maze, a trading post, nature paths and more. Or, take a walking tour at Cosmic Cavern in Berryville near Eureka Springs, one of the state’s most beautiful natural attractions with a nine-foot soda straw formation and two bottomless lakes.

Get Festive!

It’s a festival frenzy this summer in Northwest Arkansas with community celebrations of nearly every kind, in every city, most every weekend! Click HERE to learn more!

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Cheers!

Raise your glass at the 16th Annual Art of Wine Festival on June 9-11 at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. With three days of epic events for wine novices and connoisseurs alike, and with hundreds of wines on hand, you’ll discover new vintages and sample cuisine from the area’s finest restaurants.

Bounce to the Beat!

The Walmart AMP kicks off its 2016 summer concert series with big names in music like Miranda Lambert, Meghan Trainor, Sammy Hagar, Widespread Panic and more! Click HERE for details.

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Bloom!

The region’s fabulous heritage and display gardens exemplify the natural and historic beauty of the Northwest Arkansas Ozarks. They are truly a sight to behold! Click HERE for more info!

Discover!

Take journey through the past at Northwest Arkansas’ history museums – from Native American artifacts and aviation history, to Ozarks pioneers, healing springs and the railroad. The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale, Museum of Native American History in Bentonville, Rogers Historical Museum, Arkansas Air and Military Museum in Fayetteville and the Eureka Springs Museum to name a few.

 

Outdoor Drama!

Experience the epic drama of Jesus Christ’s last days on earth at The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs. Recognized as America’s #1 Attended Outdoor Drama, The Passion Play is a voyage through time you won’t forget!

An Outdoor Paradise: NWA’s State Parks, Lakes and Rivers

In the summertime, Northwest Arkansas’ state and national parks, lakes and rivers provide the ultimate escape to some of the most spectacular mountains, hiking, biking, camping, fishing, water sports and scenery around.

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Devil’s Den State Park – Washington County

This iconic park for camping, hiking, backpacking, and equestrian and mountain bike trails consists of 2,500 unspoiled acres adjoining the Ozark National Forest. A swimming pool, nature programs and cabins add to its rustic appeal. More info at arkansasstateparks.com.

Hobbs State Park – Benton, Madison and Carroll Counties

With 12,056 acres and limited development, this massive park truly explores the diverse Ozarks landscape. It offers 35 miles of hiking trails, including multi-use and ADA routes; a 17,500-square-foot visitor center with interactive exhibits; a wildlife viewing area and educational programs. More info at arkansasstateparks.com.

 

Withrow Springs State Park – Madison County

Hiking trails offer charming views and access to War Eagle Creek, where fishing for catfish, bream and bass is a favorite pastime for park visitors. Park activities include camping, swimming, baseball, softball, tennis and picnicking. Canoeing is another prized pastime, and shuttle service for canoe rentals is available. The park has a visitor center and gift shop. More info at arkansasstateparks.com.

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park – Washington County

This expansive park was the site of the last major Civil War battle in Northwest Arkansas. Fought on December 7, 1862, the Confederate defeat here paved the way for control of the region by the Union Army. The park features a museum, visitors center, the one-mile Battlefield Trail and a five-mile driving tour. Battle reenactments take place biennially in December of even numbered years. More info at arkansasstateparks.com.

Pea Ridge National Military Park – Benton County

Protecting the site of the American Civil War Battle of Pea Ridge (March 7-8, 1862), this national military park is one of the best-preserved Civil War battlefields. Spanning 4,300 acres, it includes a visitors center and museum, a driving tour, approximately 2.5 miles of the Trail of Tears, restored battlefields, and more. And with the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service this year, it is the perfect reason to visit today! More info at nps.gov.

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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 plentiful in this prize of a lake. More info at arkansas.com.

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. The area is buzzing with anglers, canoeists, campers, hikers, mountain bikers, and wildlife watchers. Amenities include a swim beach, air-conditioned cabins, playgrounds, volleyball courts, trails, a boat ramp and horseshoes. More info at arkansas.com.

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Loch Lomond in Bella Vista

Bella Vista Lakes ­– Benton County

The northernmost city in Northwest Arkansas, 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. More info at bellavistapoa.com.

White River – Carroll, Madison and Washington Counties

Flowing through mountainous regions of the Ozarks, 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. More info at arkansas.com.

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. More info at arkansas.com.

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Siloam Springs Kayak Park

Illinois River – Benton and Washington Counties

This spring-fed, scenic-designated river starts in the northwest corner of Arkansas near the town of Hogeye and streams into northeast Oklahoma. Near Siloam Springs, enrichments that are part of the Siloam Springs Kayak Park have made the Illinois a lovely Class II play spot for kayakers year-round. Canoe and kayak outfitters, campsites, hiking and horseback riding trails and cabin rentals are available. More info at arkansas.com and siloamspringskayakpark.com.

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. It is within minutes of the marina, golf course and the many other amenities of Holiday Island. More info at holidayisland.us.

 

Team Sports Action in Northwest Arkansas

Year after year, gung-ho fans continue to fill up Razorback and Naturals stadiums in Northwest Arkansas, and 2016 is no exception. Come find out what everyone’s raving about as our home teams head into spring!

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Razorback Baseball

They earned the nickname “Omahogs” after playing in the College World Series in 2015, and this year the University of Arkansas Razorback baseball team started 2016 ranked in the pre-season Collegiate Baseball poll. Coached by Dave Van Horn, the U of A “Diamond Hogs” call the state-of-the-art Baum Stadium in Fayetteville home – named one of the top five “must visit” stadiums for 2016 by NCAA.com. The season runs through May 21 (May 19 being the last home game), followed by regionals, super regionals and the College World Series in June (fingers crossed!), so there’s plenty of time to catch all the action, free giveaways, fan specials and more! Visit arkansasrazorbacks.com for more.

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Arvest Ballpark in Springdale

Northwest Arkansas Naturals

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals return to action on April 7 when they host the Frisco RoughRiders to begin season nine of Naturals baseball. The Naturals are the Double-A Texas League Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals – the 2015 World Series champs! And with that kind of baseball lineage, expect the very best in minor league play. Coupled with family giveaways and fantastic fireworks shows at Springdale’s Arvest Ballpark, Naturals baseball is an exciting experience indeed! Visit milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t1350 for more.

 

Razorback Football Red/White Game & RazorFest

Fans will be in Hog heaven at the Arkansas Razorback football team’s annual Red/White Game and RazorFest celebration this year on Saturday, April 23. Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium at the U of A campus is where the football scrimmage gets underway at noon. The game is free and open to the public. Before the game, RazorFest is where you’ll find Razorback team players signing autographs, mascots Big Red, Sue. E or Pork Chop showing off their team spirit, live music, fun giveaways and fans galore! Visit championsforkids.org/razorfest for more info.

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