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NWA Holiday Lights, Parades & Celebrations

The magic and wonder of the holidays are alive in Northwest Arkansas! With Santa Trains, candlelight tours, and dazzling downtowns adorned with thousands of twinkling lights, these celebrations will fill you and your family with holiday cheer this season. 

 

Lights of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

Lights of the Ozarks Lighting Night & Parade, Fayetteville | Nov. 16

Don’t miss the kickoff to this award-winning lights display surrounding the beautiful downtown Fayetteville Square: Lights of the Ozarks! On Friday, Nov. 16, enjoy a parade of floats and walkers and prepare to be dazzled as nearly a half-million twinkling lights come to life at 6pm! Every night through Dec. 31, stroll, drive or take a carriage ride through this magical display with festive music and a warm cup of hot cocoa – it’s a holiday tradition that can’t be missed!

Hunstville: A Hometown Christmas | Nov. 16

You’ll feel right at home at Huntsville’s Christmas celebration. It all begins downtown in Polk Square at 5 p.m. with a community dinner, followed by joyful carolers, photos with Santa and that magical moment during the lighting ceremony when the bulbs come to life! Young and old come out to watch as the town square transforms into a glistening holiday scene right before their eyes. 

Lighting of the Square, Bentonville

Winter Wonderland and Lighting of the Square, Bentonville | Nov. 17

This dynamic nighttime holiday lights display attracts thousands to Bentonville’s historic downtown square. The community gatheres from 4-6 p.m. to 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!

The Great Passion Play: Christmas Drive-Thru Lights | Nov. 22

After dark, embark upon on an inspirational display of lights on the grounds of The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs. Through Jan. 1, the forest will be lined with illuminated Christmas trees along the way to the Christ of the Ozarks statue. Come celebrate the light of the world!

Winter Market at Christmas on the Creek, Springdale

Sprindale’s Christmas on the Creek | Nov. 24 

Don’t miss the lighting of the region’s largest live Christmas tree! The 3rd Annual Christmas on the Creek includes everything from live music, photos with Santa, mini-train rides, 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!

Springdale’s Christmas Parade of the Ozarks | Nov. 24

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. to help close out the Christmas on the Creek celebration and will carry the theme “Merry Christmas Wishes.” The parade has become a Springdale tradition, bringing together a diverse audience to ring in the holiday season together.

Eureka Springs Christmas Parade of Lights | Nov. 30

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!

Light Up Siloam Springs Parade

Light Up Siloam Christmas Parade | Dec. 1

All it takes is a wave of the Siloam Springs mayor’s magic candy cane and downtown becomes a stunning display of holiday lights. Following the lighting ceremony, the annual procession will take off down Jefferson Street with floats dressed up for this year’s theme of “Over the River and Through the Woods to Siloam Springs We Go.” The magic begins at 5:30 p.m.

Berryville Christmas Parade | Dec. 1

The entire town comes together to celebrate with a parade of floats, decorated bikes and dazzling equestrian groups at the annual Berryville Christmas Parade. Held at 6 p.m. on the public square in the heart of downtown, the theme for this year’s parade is “Christmas Around the World.”  

Eureka Springs Candlelight Tour of Homes

Eureka Springs 36th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes | Dec. 1

Journey back to days gone 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 be treated to carolers, Christmas music and refreshments along the way.

Hunstville Christmas Parade | Dec. 1

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?! With a theme of “Christmas Candy,” the parade is set to begin at Polk Square at 6 p.m. sharp. Be sure to bring your stocking to fill with treats!

Rogers Christmas Parade | Dec. 7

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

All aboard!

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. 1 when it hosts the 15th 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 and dreamlike rides on the Holiday Express Train featuring Santa Claus and friends. Check out the online calendar for tickets and more information. 

Bentonville Christmas Parade

Bentonville Christmas Parade | Dec. 8

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 “Movies on Main Street,” the Bentonville Christmas Parade is a wonderful way to celebrate with family and friends. And you might just see one of your all-time favorite movie characters!

Ring in the New Year NWA Style

Celebrate New Year 2019 the Northwest Arkansas way! Enjoy parties and bashes held for kids and families. Or if you’re a night owl, head to any of our vibrant downtowns to socialize and welcome the new year with a midnight toast at a variety of pubs, nightclubs and live-music venues offering special entertainment, libations and fun! 

 

DOWNTOWN COUNTDOWN

Bar hop and mingle with other partygoers, or keep it low key at a restaurant or coffee house with friends. Our dynamic downtowns have a variety of venues to help you ring in 2019.

Arkansauce at George’s Majestic Lounge

Dickson Street Entertainment District, Fayetteville

Dickson Street Entertainment District, Fayetteville: An eclectic mix of bars, live music stages, restaurants, wine bars and breweries in the heart of the city. On New Year’s Eve, check out George’s Majestic Lounge for its New Year’s Eve Bash with Arkansauce including special guests Deep Sequence and the Julian Davis Band. Also happening just around the block is soul/rock band Full House at The Chancellor Hotel.

Downtown Bentonville

The nightlife scene is young and vibrant here, amidst upscale wine bars, coffee shops and an impressive brewery scene. If you’re the trendy cocktail bar type, look no further than Undercroft – a speakeasy-style bar beneath The Preacher’s Son, a restored historic church-turned-restaurant. For a more laid back and casual evening, you’ll want to hit up The Holler, where they serve up everything from coffee to cocktails, and it’s always fun to sling some biscuits on the indoor shuffleboard court!

Raising a toast at the Crescent in Eureka Springs

Downtown Eureka Springs

With more than 20 bars, restaurants and clubs within walking district, downtown Eureka is where you can dance your way into 2019. Swing in the New Year at the 1886 Historic Crescent Hotel, enjoy dancing, hors d’oeuvres and champagne at the Inn of the Ozarks party, or kick back in a swanky lounge and mingle with locals at Upstairs at Grotto. There’s always some great live music and a feisty atmosphere at Chelsea’s Corner Café & Bar, too!

 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Strike a pose! Photo Booth Fun at Crystal Bridges

NEW 365 – Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with this magical evening of music, art, and adventure at Crystal Bridges museum. Make your way through the galleries to experience art through relaxing massages, tai chi, gongs and dream interpreters. Stroll between the lounges for dancing and jiving by a Northwest Arkansas dream-cast of musicians. A champagne toast, appetizers, and a Crystal Bridges dream pillow come with the purchase of a ticket. For ages 21+ from 9:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. This event usually sells out, so get your tickets now!

Noon Year’s Eve Kids and Family Celebration – Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville

Ring in the New Year (without staying up past bedtime) at this fourth annual family celebration! Festivities include games, fun art projects, performances, a Coca-Cola toast at noon, and a family dance party. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

Zing in the New Year

Zing in the New Year ­– Scott Family Amazeum, Bentonville

Zing in the New Year with family and friends at the Scott Family Amazeum! Activities include a photo booth, creating wishing balloons to be released during a celebratory countdown, the Hershey’s S’mores Pit, and the final end-of-day parade for 2018. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

FIRST DAY HIKES

Set out on your first adventure of 2019 by exploring any of the region’s state and national park properties!

Devil’s Den State Park

Devil’s Den State Park – With 2,500 unspoiled acres adjoining the Ozark National Forest, Devil’s Den is a favorite for its multi-use trails.

Hobbs State Park and Conservation Area – A massive park with more than 12,000 acres, 36 miles of multi-use trails and a state-of-the-art 17,000 square-foot visitors center. Includes ADA accommodating routes.

Withrow Springs State Park  – Hiking trails offer views of and access to War Eagle Creek.

Prairie Grove Battlefield State ParkThe site of the last major Civil War battle in Northwest Arkansas on Dec. 7, 1862. Features a museum, visitor center, the one-mile Battlefield Trail and a five-mile driving tour.

Pea Ridge National Military ParkThe site of the Battle of Pea Ridge on March 7-8, 1862. Spanning 4,300 acres, includes a visitor center and museum, a driving tour, and approximately 2.5 miles of the Trail of Tears.

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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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.

Artifacts at MONAH

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

Eureka Springs Historical Museum

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

Fourth of July Fireworks Celebrations in NWA

Fireworks at the Walmart AMP

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

 
BENTON COUNTY

 

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

City of Bella Vista Fireworks

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

 

SoNA Performs at the AMP

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

 

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

 

Gentry Freedom Fest

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

 

Ventris Trail’s End on Beaver Lake

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

 

 

WASHINGTON COUNTY

 

Rodeo of the Ozarks

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

 

4th at the Field, Arvest Ballpark

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

Prairie Grove Aquatic Center

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

 

 

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

 

Lady Liberty in Eureka Springs

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

 

Have a happy and safe holiday, everyone!

 

The Walmart LPGA Championship Returns!

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

 

Fore!

In its 12th year, the 2018 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G returns to Pinnacle Hills Country Club in Rogers on June 18-24.
This official LPGA tournament brings more than 140 of the world’s top professional female golfers to the region for three days of competitive play on June 22-24. Contenders will compete for the grand-prize $2 million purse.

 

5K @ the LPGA

Though the tournament is at the heart of Championship Week, the entire community will enjoy the special events. In addition the 5K @ the LPGA on June 23, Junior Golf on June 19, there is Yoga on the Green on June 24 and Yoga for Girls on June 19. 
 
Also in conjunction with Championship Week, the signature BITE NW Arkansas culinary festival takes place on June 20-22. Held at the 8th Street Market in Bentonville, BITE showcases the best of local cuisine and regional chef talent and offers a delicious variety of refreshing libations. New this year, a third night has been added to the festival with unique, exciting flavors inspired by Walmart’s international reach. Get your tickets now because this festival will sell out! 
 
Other Championship Week favorites include the Pantene Beautiful Lengths community hair donation ceremony, the Sam’s Club Kid’s Center, a lively gathering on the 17th hole for Gatorade’s Loudest Hole on Tour, and the Hallmark Autograph Alley.

Shake Hands with a Pro

 
There is also the Play with the Pros pro-am experience with an opportunity to play a round of golf with an LPGA tour professional. Four-player teams and individual playing spots are available.
 
The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship has something fun for all ages, so don’t miss the excitement and get your tickets now at nwachampionship.com.

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.

Watch for This: Coming Soon in Fall 2018

When the temperatures get cooler and the leaves start to change, that means a new season of fun is making its way to the region. Don’t miss these annual signature events coming to Northwest Arkansas this fall!

 

Bikes, Blues and BBQ (Image by Beth Hall)

BIKES, BLUES & BBQ
Come autumn, thousands of motorcyclists from across the country roll into Northwest Arkansas for the largest charitable rally of its kind in the nation! Over the past 18 years, Bikes, Blues & BBQ has raised more than $2 million for local charities, and the festivities get bigger and better every year. This year’s rally is Sept. 26-29 with live concerts on multiple stages, poker runs, hundreds of vendor booths, award-winning BBQ and much more – it’s an epic week you won’t want to miss!

 

War Eagle Mill During Craft Fair Season

FALL ARTS & CRAFT FAIRS
Northwest Arkansas has long held a rich arts and maker culture, and every October we are home to some of the premier arts and crafts fairs in the country! Stroll through thousands of booths with contemporary, juried, country-styled, vintage, holiday-themed, indie items and more. Fall craft fairs are held region-wide offering wares for every taste, style and budget. Click here for more info. 

 

Woo Pig Sooie! Hogs Fans at the U of A Campus

ARKANSAS RAZORBACK FOOTBALL
Sports fans come from all over the state and beyond for Razorback football at the beautiful University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville. Donald W. Reynolds Stadium, the home of the Hogs, will debut a $160 million dollar renovation on Sept. 1, 2018, during the first home football game. New amenities include wide premium club seats, 20 field-level lodge boxes, 44 second-level covered lodge boxes, 38 new suites and a standing area. New head coach Chad Morris will be leading the Razorbacks on the field for his first season at Arkansas. For schedule and ticket information, click here.