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NATA BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2017-18
NATA is guided by a Board of Directors made up of Northwest Arkansas tourism and hospitality industry leaders.
PRESIDENT J.R. Shaw Visit Rogers VICE PRESIDENT Kalene Griffith Visit Bentonville SECRETARY Cassi Lapp City of Bella Vista TREASURER Sandy Martin Arts Council of Eureka Springs ELECTED DIRECTORS Darcy Ballew Walton Arts Center
Val Gonzalez Terra Studios
Molly Rawn Experience Fayetteville
Nancy Marsh Huntsville Chamber of Commerce
Jennifer Irwin Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce
Elvis Moya University of Arkansas
Lawrence Blood Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District
Tanya Smith Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Mayor Darrell Trahan City of Huntsville Mark Zaiger Arvest Ballpark
Shey Bland Main Street Rogers
ORGANIZATION EXECUTIVES Sam Hendren Bella Vista POA
Diane Carroll Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Debbie Griffin Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce
David Faulkner Pinnacle Hills Promenade
Chris Claybaker City of Berryville
Meghan Feyerabend Feyerabend Photoartists
Mike Maloney Eureka Springs A&P Commission
Linda Graves Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District
Paul Miller Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce
Top to bottom: photos courtesy Visit Bentonville, Eureka Springs A&P, Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism
David Pemberton Huntsville Chamber of Commerce Sandy Luetjen City of Siloam Springs Nathan Reed Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce Perry Webb Springdale Chamber of Commerce Aerial Courdin Springdale Chamber of Commerce REGIONAL PARTNERS Arkansas Welcome Centers Northwest Arkansas Council NorthwestArkansas.org | 7
2018 NORTHWEST ARKANSAS VISITORS GUIDE
TABLE OF CONTENTS REGIONAL MAP WELCOME TO NWA
16 Bentonville Snapshot 17 Bella Vista Snapshot 18 Eureka Springs Snapshot 20 Fayetteville Snapshot 21 Holiday Island Snapshot 22 Huntsville Snapshot 22 Rogers Snapshot 24 Siloam Springs Snapshot 26 Springdale Snapshot
28 29 32 38
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Museums & Art Galleries Performing Arts Eventful Arts
43 Lakes & Rivers 45 State Parks 46 Trails 48 Display Gardens 50 Daredevil Fun 51 Into the Wild: Caves, Caverns & Animal Life 52 Scenic Rides Photo courtesy Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism
SPORTS & RECREATION
54 Go Team! 55 Golf 56 Splish Splash 58 Eventful Sports
66 67 69 70 73 74
HISTORY & HERITAGE Historical Sites, Museums & Monuments
FESTIVALS & EVENTS Community Festivals Culinary Festivals & Events Arts & Crafts Fairs Holiday Events Farmers Markets
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WA S H I N G T O N COUNTY
WLincoln ASHINGTON COUNTY
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Devil’s Den State Park
Devil’s Den State Park
Farmington Prairie Grove Battlefield 62 State Park Prairie GrovePrairie Grove Battlefield LincolnState Park Prairie Grove
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Hobbs State Park
Tontitown Elm Springs
Il 16 Ozark National Forest
Cave Springs Bethel Heights Lowell71 Elm Springs
Cave Springs Lowell
Ozark National Forest Tontitown Johnson
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Arkansas Welcome Center
Springtown Arkansas Welcome Center
BENTON C 102 O U N T Y
Decatur Highfill Gentry XNA Airport Springtown
Sulphur Springs Gravette
Ozark National Forest
Ozark National Forest
Withrow Springs 23 23 State Park Withrow Springs State Park
Table Rock Lake Gateway Pea Ridge National Beaver Military Park 62 Table Rock Lake 62 Pea Ridge Gateway 71 Pea Ridge NationalGarfield Beaver Arkansas Welcome Center Military Park 62 Pea Ridge Avoca62 71 Garfield Little Flock 1 Arkansas Welcome Center Beaver Lake Avoca Prairie Creek Little Flock 12 1 Hobbs State Beaver Park Lake 62
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Holiday Island Suburban HOLIDAYDistrict ISLAND Improvement 110 Woodsdale Drive Holiday Island Suburban Holiday Island, AR 72631 Improvement District 479.270.1393 110 Woodsdale Drive www.VisitHolidayIsland.com Holiday Island, AR 72631 479.270.1393 www.VisitHolidayIsland.com HUNTSVILLE Huntsville Area Chamber of Commerce HUNTSVILLE 103 E. Main Street Huntsville, AR 72740 Huntsville Area Chamber of Commerce 479.738.6000 103 E. Main Street www.HuntsvilleARChamber.com Huntsville, AR 72740 479.738.6000 www.HuntsvilleARChamber.com
Visit Bentonville BENTONVILLE 104 E. Central Avenue Bentonville, AR 72712 Visit Bentonville 479.271.9153 (local) 104 E. Central Avenue 800.410.2535 (toll free) Bentonville, AR 72712 www.VisitBentonville.com 479.271.9153 (local) 800.410.2535 (toll free) www.VisitBentonville.com EUREKA SPRINGS
Eureka Springs Chamber Visitor EUREKA SPRINGS Information Center 516 Village Circle Eureka Springs Chamber Visitor Pine Mountain Village Information Center Eureka Springs, AR 72632 516 Village Circle 479.253.8737 (local) Pine Mountain Village 800.6EUREKA (toll free) Eureka Springs, AR 72632 www.EurekaSprings.org 479.253.8737 (local) 800.6EUREKA (toll free) www.EurekaSprings.org ARKANSAS STATE WELCOME CENTERS:
Bentonville Welcome Center Siloam Springs Welcome Center 13750 Visitors Center Drive 2000 U.S. 412 ARKANSAS STATE WELCOME CENTERS: Bella Vista, AR 72714 Siloam Springs, AR 72761 Bentonville Welcome Center Siloam Springs Welcome Center 479.855.3111 479.524.4445 13750 Visitors Center Drive 2000 U.S. 412 Bella Vista, AR 72714 Siloam Springs, AR 72761 479.855.3111 479.524.4445
Fayetteville Visitors Bureau FAYETTEVILLE 21 S. Block Avenue Fayetteville, AR 72701 Fayetteville Visitors Bureau 479.521.5776 (local) 21 S. Block Avenue 800.766.4626 (toll free) Fayetteville, AR 72701 www.ExperienceFayetteville.com 479.521.5776 (local) 800.766.4626 (toll free) www.ExperienceFayetteville.com HOLIDAY ISLAND
City of Bella Vista BELLA VISTA Bella Vista City Hall 101 Town Center City of Bella Vista Bella Visa, AR 72714 Bella Vista City Hall 479.876.1255 101 Town Center www.BellaVistaAr.gov Bella Visa, AR 72714 479.876.1255 www.BellaVistaAr.gov BENTONVILLE
NWA VISITOR INFORMATION CENTERS: BELLA VISTA
NWA VISITOR INFORMATION CENTERS:
For a listing of area attractions, see the At-A-Glance section, pgs. 76-81.
For more information, please visit our website NorthwestArkansas.org
Springdale Chamber of Commerce SPRINGDALE 202 W. Emma Avenue Springdale, AR 72765 Springdale Chamber of Commerce 479.872.2222 202 W. Emma Avenue www.ExploreSpringdale.com Springdale, AR 72765 479.872.2222 www.ExploreSpringdale.com
Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce SILOAM SPRINGS 108 E. University Street Siloam Springs, AR 72761 Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce 479.524.6466 108 E. University Street www.SiloamChamber.com Siloam Springs, AR 72761 479.524.6466 www.SiloamChamber.com SPRINGDALE
Visit Rogers ROGERS 317 W. Walnut Street Rogers, AR 72756 Visit Rogers 479.636.1240 (local) 317 W. Walnut Street 800.364.1240 (toll free) Rogers, AR 72756 www.VisitRogersArkansas.com 479.636.1240 (local) 800.364.1240 (toll free) www.VisitRogersArkansas.com SILOAM SPRINGS
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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS You’ve arrived at a place unlike any other: Northwest Arkansas! Artsy, historic, vibrant and authentic, we are the perfect blend of urban sophistication and small-town charm. With easy access to nature, a world-class art museum, the state’s largest outdoor music venue, a booming craft brew scene, and miles upon miles of cycling trails – we offer a truly one-of-a-kind experience.
WELCOME TO NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
t’s no surprise that Northwest Arkansas
our hands-on maker movement, visit the
is one of the most sought-after travel
nearby Scott Family Amazeum interactive
destinations in the U.S. In the last year or two alone, the cities of our dynamic region have been voted among the coolest, the hippest, the most underrated and the best places to live and visit.
museum for children and families. Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville presents
The Perfect Blend of
international performing artists
Northwest Arkansas is a place to expect
the unexpected – where you can revel at an
productions in its
international film festival downtown, then
savor the serenity of the Ozarks 30 minutes
away. Where the culinary scene stays true to
local, while also attracting celebrated chefs
perform sellout shows
from across the country. Where an explosive
at the Walmart AMP in
new street-art movement is redefining
Rogers – the state’s largest
what used to be ordinary into something
adventurous and new.
SMALL TOWN CHARM
The region enjoys a huge farmers market
It's no wonder more than four million
movement, with new and traditional
people visit Northwest Arkansas each
markets open in just about every
year. And, no visit is complete without
community. The culinary scene is riding
a stop at Bentonville’s Crystal Bridges
a wave of national attention as a new
Museum of American Art. The renowned
generation of foodies evolves the culinary
museum features traveling exhibitions from
landscape. For those who love ale, lager
around the world, with free admission to
and all things beer, we boast an ever-
its permanent collection of American art
expanding craft brew scene, including
masterpieces. If you’re looking to experience
the state’s only hard cidery.
Scott Family Amazeum
Both pages clockwise from the top: photo courtesy Walmart AMP, Bella Vista POA, Eureka Springs A&P,, Scott Family
Street Art in Fayetteville
Amazeum, Stephen Ironside, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
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WELCOME TO NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
Fayetteville Farmers Market
Sports fans can enjoy those local brews
Bicycling Association (IMBA) designated
while watching minor league baseball as the
Northwest Arkansas as an inaugural
Northwest Arkansas Naturals take the field at
Regional Ride Center. And, the region has
Arvest Ballpark in Springdale. The University
the only off-road bike park in this part of the
of Arkansas Razorbacks attract fans to the
country: The Railyard Bike Park.
state’s flagship campus in Fayetteville, where the collegiate sports venues are some of the finest in the nation. Every summer, Rogers hosts the Walmart Northwest Arkansas Championship LPGA tournament.
Set in the foothills of the rolling Ozark Mountains, the region offers easy access to lakes, rivers and state and national parks. Paddle the rapids of the scenic Illinois River at the Siloam Springs Kayak Park, or float the
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nearby Buffalo River – America’s first national river. Hike Devil’s Den State Park, and enjoy Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
fishing, boating and water sports on Beaver Lake. Northwest Arkansas is home to the much-loved arts city of Eureka Springs, a quirky Victorian-
Alfresco Dining in Siloam Springs
Outdoor lovers won’t want to miss the
style hamlet with eclectic shops, galleries and eateries, and an entire downtown that is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Razorback Regional Greenway, a 37-mile
This region also hosts the Bentonville Film
paved-trail network that meanders through
Festival co-founded by Oscar-winning actress
cities, connecting urban cores with nature
Geena Davis, and the multi-day music and
and providing a transportation alternative.
food Fayetteville Roots Festival, both of which
We have a booming mountain bike scene,
draw people from dozens of countries around
too, with 200+ miles of topnotch off-road
the world. The annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ
bike trails. The International Mountain
motorcycle rally is one of the largest in the U.S.
Both pages clockwise from the top: photos courtesy Walmart Museum, Experience Fayetteville, Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism, Walmart, Visit Rogers, City of Siloam Springs, Arkansas Razorbacks
Visitor parks in both Pea Ridge and Prairie Grove mark Civil War battles fought here. Influential artists and politicians have also called Northwest Arkansas home, including poet Miller Williams, architect E. Fay Jones, and former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose first home together is now the popular Clinton House Museum. Our fast-growing economy is driven by Fortune 500 companies including Walmart, Tyson Foods and J.B. Hunt Transport Services, plus a robust roster of business startups, and more than 1,400 Walmart suppliers such as Procter & Gamble, Heinz and Coca-Cola. Our cities include Bentonville, Bella Vista, Eureka Springs, Fayetteville, Holiday Island, Huntsville,
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Rogers, Siloam Springs and Springdale â€“ all with the warmth and hospitality that is characteristic of Walmart Home Office
Arkansas as a whole.
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BENTONVILLE A NEW AMERICAN TOWN
Clockwise: Downtown Bentonville, Crepes Paulette Food Truck, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
County / Benton Population / 46,000 Area / 31.29 sq. miles Founded / 1837
ophisticated yet quaint,
Bentonville is one of only
big city amenities with
seven cities with a Conde
an intimate feel, charming
and creative, Bentonville
is all of this and more. No longer just known as the corporate headquarters of Walmart, this progressive town of 46,000 boasts a
Be amazed by all there is to see and do in Bentonville, like the Scott Family Amazeum – an interactive children’s museum with
Bentonville Film Festival / pg. 38 Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art / pg. 29 21c Museum Hotel / pg. 30 Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra / pg. 36 Compton Gardens / pg. 48 Lawrence Plaza Ice Rink and Splash Park / pg. 56 Melvin Ford Aquatic Center / pg. 57 Museum of Native American History / pg. 62 Peel Mansion Museum and Heritage Gardens / pg. 62 Scott Family Amazeum / pg. 31 Slaughter Pen Bike Trails / pg. 46 The Walmart Museum / pg. 63 8th Street Market / pg. 69
bounty of art, food, music,
The 21c Museum Hotel adds
another artful element to
Geena Davis and supports
downtown, with gallery
gender inclusion in the film
space adjoining both
industry. Each spring, the
the 104-room boutique
Bentonville Half Marathon
hotel and the acclaimed
draws thousands of runners.
restaurant The Hive.
The new 8th Street Market
Visit Bentonville 104 E. Central Ave. (800) 410-2535 VisitBentonville.com
cycling and history for visitors and residents alike.
50,000 square feet of space to learn, play and tinker. Walk down memory lane at
The Washington Post called
The Walmart Museum with
Crystal Bridges Museum of
its original 5&10 store that
American Art “the most-
Sam Walton opened in 1950.
talked-about new museum
Or explore life as far back
in the United States in a
as 14,000 years ago at the
generation.” Spanning five
Museum of Native American
centuries of American art on
History, with one of the
120 acres of wooded forest
most comprehensive artifact
minutes from downtown,
collections in the South.
this world-class museum is truly a treasure sown into the foothills of the Ozark mountains.
Love festivals and events? The Bentonville Film Festival, now in its 4th year, was co-founded by Academy
Clockwise: photos courtesy Visit Bentonville, Visit Bentonville, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
downtown hosts a growing
with 140 miles of hard and
number of culinary festivals,
Squirrel Cook Off.
soft trails, there’s something
like the two-day BITE NW Arkansas, and the annual
Bentonville is fast becoming one of the top cycling destinations in
Slaughter Pen Trail
for everyone – whether you’re an experienced cyclist or a beginner.
When food and drink are
in order, grab a pint at
one of our local breweries,
and experience Southern
hospitality at a whole
new level with High South
Silver Level Ride
cuisine, farm-to-table dining
and everything in between.
Highlands Golf Course
A PLACE TO CALL HOME
ella Vista is a nature-
50 more miles — is now
Greenway, and is currently
lover’s paradise. Lakes,
being designed. The City of
expanding the greenway
woods, trails, golf courses
Bella Vista incorporated in
further into the city.
– we have it all for anyone who
2007 after many years as
enjoys the great outdoors!
a retirement destination,
The city’s Back 40 Trail system offers 40 miles of pure Arkansas singletrack, boasting Back 40 Trails
challenging features that bring
and is now home to young families and working professionals who live here because outdoor recreation is king. Bella Vista is not a “gridded” city – it offers hills and woods and plenty to explore, minutes north of bustling Bentonville. The Bella Vista Property
mountain bike riders back
to their roots. But you don’t
operates seven lakes ideal
have to be on a bike to
for fishing, swimming and
enjoy the trails. Let the rising
boating, as well as seven
bluffs, bridges, waterfalls
golf courses, swimming
and creeks inspire you while
pools, lighted tennis courts,
pedaling or on foot.
playgrounds and more.
There is more exciting news! The next phase of soft-surface trails — almost
Bella Vista links to the northern section of the Razorback Regional
Left to right: photos courtesy Oz Trails NWA, Visit Bentonville, Bella Vista POA, Bella Vista POA
BELLA VISTA AT-A-GLANCE
County / Benton Population / 28,406 Area / 44.26 sq. miles Founded / 1965
Back 40 Trails / pg. 46 Bella Vista Golf Courses / pg. 55 Bella Vista Historical Museum / pg. 64 Bella Vista POA Trails / pg. 46 Cooper Chapel / pg. 76 Veterans Wall of Honor / pg. 64 Bella Vista Lakes / pg. 43
Bella Vista City Hall 101 Town Center (479) 876-1255 BellaVistaAr.gov
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EUREKA SPRINGS THE EXTRAORDINARY ESCAPE
Downtown Eureka Springs
Blue Spring Heritage Center
year-round, spanning the
streets that don’t
gamut from classical music,
meet at right angles are
opera, blues and jazz, to
the first clue that Eureka
UFOs, antiques and visual
Springs has a flair all its
arts. Regular musical shows
own. The town’s Victorian
and The Great Passion Play
draw visitors, as do other
visitors to enjoy leisurely
attractions such as wineries,
scenic drives past historic
the E. Fay Jones architectural
homes of all shapes, sizes
delight that is Thorncrown
County / Carroll Population / 2,095 Area / 6.8 sq. miles Founded / 1879
and colors hugging the
Chapel, and Turpentine Creek
picturesque cliff sides.
Wildlife Refuge. Nestled
Eureka Springs’ entire
in the heart of the Ozarks,
downtown area is on
Eureka is also a great hub
the National Register of
for outdoor activities. Trout
Historic Places. More than
fishing is popular on the
150 independent and
White River, and in Eureka
unique retail shops and
Springs West, Beaver Lake
restaurants fill the town’s
offers the fun of water sports,
many elaborate Victorian
camping, fishing and hiking.
Zip lining is also available,
The culinary offerings on
and the city is a favorite
tap are plentiful, including
destination for motorcyclists.
Mountain biking enthusiasts
Chinese, Italian, Mexican
get ready: new downhill runs
are set to open in Spring
EUREKA SPRINGS AT-A-GLANCE
Blue Spring Heritage Center / pg. 48 Cosmic Cavern / pg. 51 Eureka Springs Downtown District / pg. 31 Eureka Springs Historical Museum / pg. 62 Keels Creek Winery / pg. 76 Lake Leatherwood / pg. 47 Opera in the Ozarks / pg. 36 Ozark Mountain Ziplines / pg. 50 The Great Passion Play / pg. 33 Thorncrown Chapel / pg. 76 Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge / pg. 51
Eureka Springs Chamber Visitor Information Center 516 Village Circle Pine Mountain Village (800) 6-EUREKA EurekaSprings.org
The heavy influence of an artist community is obvious – from the beautiful galleries of fine art and fine jewelry, to creative outdoor art installations and art workshops. Festivals and special events are held
2018 at Lake Leatherwood, where an improvement project will create a new endurostyle riding experience!
Clockwise from the top: photos courtesy Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism, Eureka Springs A&P, Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism, Arkansas Dept. of Parks and Tourism, Eureka Springs A&P
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FAYETTEVILLE T H E
C O L L E G E
T O W N
F FAYETTEVILLE AT-A-GLANCE
County / Washington Population / 78,960 Area / 53.85 sq. miles Founded / 1828
Arkadia Retrocade / pg. 76 Arkansas Air and Military Museum / pg. 61 Art Ventures / pg. 30 Botanical Garden of the Ozarks / pg. 48 Clinton House Museum / pg. 63 Community Creative Center / pg. 31 Fayetteville Ale Trail / pg. 76 Fayetteville Farmers Market / pg. 74 Headquarters House Museum & Garden / pg. 64 Joy Pratt Markham Gallery / pg. 30 Mount Kessler Trails / pg. 47 Lake Fayetteville / pg. 47 Northwest Arkansas Mall / pg. 78 Stonebridge Meadows Golf Course / pg. 55 Symphony of Northwest Arkansas / pg. 36 Terra Studios / pg. 31 TheatreSquared / pg. 33 University of Arkansas / pg. 54 Walton Arts Center / pg. 32 Lake Wedington / pg. 43
Experience Fayetteville 21 S. Block Ave. (800) 766-4626 ExperienceFayetteville.com
ayetteville offers many
sculptors while they work.
experiences that allow
And, the newly renovated
guests to create their own
Walton Arts Center — the
adventure, and that always
state’s performing arts
leave them wanting more.
powerhouse — brings artists
This eclectic community
and entertainers from all
hosts year-round events
over the world, with large-
and entertainment – a place
scale touring productions
where culture and nature
that include critically
meet, and free spirits thrive.
For nature lovers, Fayetteville has more than 40 miles of paved walking/biking trails that run through downtown, fan out through the city and connect with the 37-mile Razorback Regional Greenway, providing miles upon miles of
plays and musicals. Also in the heart of downtown and the Dickson Street Entertainment District, TheatreSquared presents locally produced, nationally acclaimed entertainment year-round.
impeccable scenery. The city is an International Mountain Bicycling Association Ride Center, boasting an extensive network of trails for all skill levels. Mount Kessler, the 8.5-mile trail created by a local mountain biking club, is a hidden gem, winding past rock formations with beautiful views of the valley below.
Nightlife on Fayetteville’s famed Dickson Street is 24/7
The art scene here is
with restaurants and clubs
explosive! The newly minted
offering diverse options for
Green Candy project
food and entertainment. Live
features vibrant public art in
music venues like George’s
the most unexpected places
Majestic Lounge are
across historic downtown.
legendary, and dining ranges
Art Ventures gallery and
from formal and elegant, to
studio space lets you
street eats at food trucks
watch painters, potters and
Clockwise from the top: photos courtesy Experience Fayetteville, Walt Beazley – University of Arkansas, Experience Fayetteville, Experience Fayetteville
among the country’s best. Left to Right: Downtown Mural, Razorback Sports, Farmers Market, Craft Beer
Are you a beer connoisseur? The Fayetteville Ale Trail takes you off the beaten path
A vacation centered only on great food could easily happen in Fayetteville. “Local” is key here, with too many culinary holes-inthe-wall to mention, many
and on a tasting tour of delicious craft brews at several local breweries – now including a hard cidery with beverages that are perfect for gluten-free diets!
Whether you’re downtown, at a maker fair or browsing for antiques, there are plenty of
ways to bring Fayetteville home with you. The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, the state’s flagship campus and a major research institution,
serving the freshest farm-
Experience shopping that is
is home to the Arkansas
to-table around. This city
casual to upscale with
Razorbacks and host to
caters to every taste, and the
trendy local boutiques,
many SEC championships.
Fayetteville Farmers Market
national chain stores and
Our “Woo Pig Sooie” cheer
is consistently named
unique handmade goods.
is known nationwide!
HOLIDAY ISLAND AN ISLAND IN THE OZARKS Hiking Trails
ituated on the shores of
driving range in the state,
the 53,000-acre Table
hiking trails, a campground/
Rock Lake, Holiday Island
RV park, and a recreation
features beautiful mountain
complex with two pools,
and lake vistas and four mild
tennis, pickleball, basketball,
seasons that showcase the
and rental facilities for
natural magnificence of the
Ozarks year-round. With
the lake and its 800 miles of shoreline, Holiday Island is a paradise for boaters, fishermen and water sports enthusiasts alike. The marina
Spacious rental homes, condos, cabins and a motel provide accommodations for visitors.
provides a free boat launch, fishing piers, boat rentals,
Holiday Island Golf Courses / pg. 55 Holiday Island Marina at Table Rock Lake / pg. 44 Holiday Island Campground / pg. 44 Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District 110 Woodsdale Drive (479) 270-1393 VisitHolidayIsland.com
located five miles north of Eureka Springs and 40 miles southwest of Branson, Mo., Holiday Island additionally courses, the most unique
County / Carroll Population / 2,373 Area / 7.14 sq. miles Founded / 1970
food and fuel. Conveniently
offers two major golf
HOLIDAY ISLAND AT-A-GLANCE
Holiday Island Golf Courses
Photos at top courtesy Experience Fayetteville; all others on page courtesy Holiday Island Suburban Improvment District.
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HUNTSVILLE CROSSROADS OF THE OZARKS
HUNTSVILLE AT-A-GLANCE County / Madison Population / 2,381 Area / 3 sq. miles Founded / 1925
Bluegrass and Bar B Q Festival / pg. 40 Huntsville Farmers Market / pg. 74 Kings River / pg. 44 Ozark Natural Science Center / pg. 76 Western Roundup Days / pg. 67 Movies on the Square / pg. 79 Withrow Springs State Park / pg. 45
Huntsville Area Chamber of Commerce 103 E. Main St. (479) 738-6000 HuntsvilleARChamber.com
untsville and its surrounding area have plenty to offer in the form of scenic drives, rivers to float and fish, nature areas for hiking and camping, and the cozy feel of small-town living. Huntsville has two scenic walking trails. Polk Square is the center of activity in downtown Huntsville, which boasts special events, a county fair and parade, Western Roundup Days, car shows and Movies on the Square. The Huntsville Farmers Market is a popular place for residents and visitors to mix and mingle. Huntsville’s city park, Mitchusson Park, features a
WHERE POSSIBLE LIVES
Downtown Shopping The Railyard
disc golf course, playground equipment including handicap swings, an amphitheater, picnic tables, a walking trail, ball fields, soccer fields and pavilions. Nearby attractions include the majestic Kings River, one of the few remaining pristine free-flowing rivers in the country – a beautiful float any time of year. Explore the outdoors at War Eagle Creek, Sweden Creek Falls, Arkansas Natural Heritage areas and Withrow Springs State Park. Groups can enjoy the Ozark Natural Science Center, a residential field science center that offers hands-on activities, guest lodging and miles of trails.
streets in historic downtown
– all a stone's throw from
where we invite
the breathtaking views of
you to experience
Beaver Lake, nestled high
the new with the
in the Ozark Mountains.
Visitors come to Rogers for
trendy shops and restaurants
any number of reasons, all
live alongside gorgeous
of which combine to form a
natural scenery, well-worn
destination that is vibrant,
trails and historic sites. This
classy, urbane, folksy and
may be one of the fastest-
energetic. All at the same
growing places in the nation,
time, if you’re lucky.
but the heart and soul of small-town America are alive and well.
Downtown is loaded with history and hospitality and a few surprises, too. Park
Once you’re here, discover
the car (for free), and stroll
museums, live music at the
the city’s very walkable
Walmart AMP, and specialty
downtown to the Daisy
shops, art galleries and
Airgun Museum, Rogers
restaurants along brick-lined
Historical Museum and 1895
Clockwise from the top: photos courtesy Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism, City of Huntsville, Visit Rogers, Visit Rogers
Hawkins House. Culture
lineup of music superstars
mavens will want to catch a
and up-and-comers, all at
performance at the Arkansas
Arkansas’ largest outdoor
Public Theatre at The
Victory, established in 1927. discover the hard-packed thrills of The Railyard, the only jump bike park of its kind in the state. Then hop on a mountain bike or hard for hiking, fishing, treehouse climbing, and almost any outdoor activity you can imagine.
East of Rogers, Beaver Lake features fishing, boating, and all the water sports residents
Begin your happy
and visitors love. Scenic
hour at one of Rogers’
Highway 12 is your local
newest restaurants or
pathway to Hobbs State
microbreweries. Then head
Park Conservation Area, War
to the Walmart Arkansas
Eagle Cavern, and War Eagle
Music Pavilion, or the AMP as
Mill — home to longstanding
the locals call it, for a diverse
arts and crafts fairs.
Photo courtesy Visit Rogers
County / Benton Population / 60,112 Area / 37.94 sq. miles Founded / 1881
Blocks from downtown,
trail down to Lake Atalanta
Arkansas Public Theatre / pg. 34 Beaver Lake / pg. 43 Daisy Airgun Museum / pg. 62 Hobbs State Park Conservation Area / pg. 45 Lake Atalanta / pg. 44 The Railyard Bike Park / pg. 47 Pinnacle Hills Promenade / pg. 78 Rogers Aquatic Center / pg. 56 Rogers Historical Museum / pg. 63 Scenic Hwy. 12 / pg. 52 Walmart AMP / pg. 32 War Eagle Cavern / pg. 51 War Eagle Mill & Bridge / pg. 64
Visit Rogers 317 W. Walnut St. (800) 364-1240 VisitRogersArkansas.com
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Left to Right: Downtown Siloam Springs, Downtown Shopping, Kayak Park
SILOAM SPRINGS AT-A-GLANCE County / Benton Population / 15,856 Area / 11.07 sq. miles Founded / 1882
Cherokee Casino / pg. 76 Family Aquatic Center / pg. 57 JBU Berry Performing Arts Center / pg. 34 Sager Creek Mountain Bike Trail / pg. 47 Siloam Springs Historic Downtown / pg. 24 Siloam Springs Museum / pg. 62 Siloam Springs Kayak Park / pg. 50 Skydive Skyranch / pg. 50
City of Siloam Springs 400 N. Broadway (479) 238-0940 Siloamsprings.com/tourism
iloam Springs is a quaint, yet progressive community with an idyllic mix of history and natural beauty. The entire downtown, on the National Register of Historic Places, tells the story of health seekers who came in the late 1800s for the therapeutic springs along Sager Creek. Downtown remains the heart of the city, a vibrant gathering place with awardwinning eateries, shops, businesses and loft living. Cultural offerings include the Siloam Springs Museum, Berry Performing Arts Center and a new public library. The town is home to John Brown University,
SILOAM SPRINGS â€ŚITâ€™S A NATURAL consistently rated a top-five Southern regional college by U.S. News & World Report. Outdoor entertainment includes the Family Aquatic Center, Siloam Springs Kayak Park, three parks surrounding the downtown area, 11 miles of pedestrian/ biking trails, Sager Creek Mountain Bike Trail, City Lake, Skydive Skyranch, golf, soccer and more. Indoor adventure can be found just across the border at Cherokee Casino in Oklahoma.
Left to right: photos courtesy City of Siloam Springs, City of Siloam Springs, Siloam Springs Kayak Park
Come see what's new in
Siloam Springs Whether you are hitting the trails, splashing in rapids, or grabbing a bite after all the excitement, Siloam Springs has it all! Sager Creek Mountain Bike Trail is located on the campus of John Brown University and runs along Sager Creek. The trail includes 5 miles of soft-surface trail designed for varying skill levels. Improvements are planned for City Lake Park, including 5 miles of dirt trails, a wooden truss bridge, birder blind, bike skills course, fishing dock and disc golf course.
City Lake Park
Visit the Siloam Springs Kayak Park, recently named a "Top 4 Must Visit Destination for Water Sport Families." The park is located about 4 miles south of Siloam Springs, off of Hwy 59.
siloamchamber.com Siloam Springs Kayak Park
SPRINGDALE MAKING ADVENTURE HAPPEN
fourth largest city, is a
authentic taquerias. One
center of economic growth
of the region’s newest
and visitor amenities. The city
off-road trails, Thunder
boasts a diverse economy
Chicken, offers exceptional,
and the service sector. Tyson
at the Arts Center of the
Foods, the world’s largest
Ozarks includes regional
Arkansas & Missouri Railroad / pg. 52 Arts Center of the Ozarks / pg. 31 Black Apple Crossing / pg. 26 Northwest Arkansas Naturals / pg. 54 Rodeo of the Ozarks / pg. 58 Sassafras Springs Vineyard / pg. 76 Shiloh Museum of Ozark History / pg. 61 Springdale Aquatic Center / pg. 57 The Jones Center / pg. 57 Tontitown Historical Museum (near Springdale) / pg. 64 Tontitown Winery (near Springdale) / pg. 76
producer of protein, is
theater productions and
visual arts exhibitions.
County / Washington Population / 77,859 Area / 41.80 sq. miles Founded / 1838
Springdale Chamber of Commerce 202 W. Emma Ave. (479) 872-2222 ExploreSpringdale.com
Clockwise from the left: photos courtesy Explore Springdale, Explore Springdale, Northwest Arkansas Naturals, Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism
Clockwise: Razorback Greenway, Craft Beer, Arvest Ballpark
The Northwest Arkansas Naturals, a Class AA affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, calls Springdale’s awardwinning Arvest Ballpark home from April through Labor Day. The Rodeo
Rodeo of the Ozarks
of the Ozarks, one of the nation’s top outdoor rodeos,
Nearby, the Shiloh Museum
provides great family fun
of Ozark History, established
since 1935. The Razorback
in 1965, tells the history and
Regional Greenway, a
heritage of Springdale and
37-mile paved, shared-use
the surrounding region.
trail, cuts through the heart
The Arkansas & Missouri
of a revitalized Downtown
Railroad offers sightseeing
Springdale – home to
a variety of eateries
stunning Ozark mountain
views. The Jones Center, the
including Black Apple
Midwest's premier family
Crossing, Arkansas' only
recreational and meeting
hard cidery. Springdale’s
venue, features the region’s
self-guided Taco Tour
only indoor ice rink.
THE BEAUTY I S THAT IT’S
Hike to an iconic overlook above Lee Creek Valley, enjoy a peaceful float along War Eagle Creek, walk the grounds of an actual Civil War battlefield, and explore the diverse habitat at Arkansas’s largest state park – all of these places (and 48 others) are free and open to you. Devil’s Den State Park • West Fork Withrow Springs State Park • Huntsville Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park • Prairie Grove Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area • Rogers
For reservations, call 877-879-2741
ArkansasStateParks.com My park, your park, our parks
Devil’s Den State Park #ARStateParks
Experience what makes Springdale one of the top dessnaaons in Arkansas. Call 479.872.2222 or visit explorespringdale.com for more informaaon
Walton Arts Center
Scott Family Amazeum
Public Art in Downtown Bentonville
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Northwest Arkansas has a diverse and sophisticated arts scene that includes an American art museum with international appeal, makers of fine Ozark crafts, acclaimed sculptors and painters, a national film festival, emerging opera stars, traveling Broadway shows, live community theater, arts festivals and more.
Clockwise from the top: photos courtesy Scott Family Amazeum, Walton Arts Center, Visit Bentonville, TheatreSquared, Eureka Springs A&P
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
MUSEUMS & VISUAL ART GALLERIES Explore Northwest Arkansas’ art museums and galleries and discover works by local artists as well as those from across the globe. Several cities also host monthly art walks or gallery receptions in their arts districts.
CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART 600 Museum Way, Bentonville crystalbridges.org / 479-418-5700 Crystal Bridges brings together the best of art, nature and architecture for visitors of all ages to enjoy. The museum’s distinctive building was designed by worldrenowned architect Moshe Safdie, and features two bridge structures spanning a natural waterway. Inside, Crystal Bridges’
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
permanent collection highlights hundreds of works by American masters from colonial
important architectural works, including a
times to the present, enhanced with a year-
Usonian house designed in 1954 by Frank
round schedule of temporary exhibitions.
Lloyd Wright, and the Fly’s Eye Dome, a
Temporary exhibitions for 2018 include Soul
50-foot dome structure designed by
of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power,
American inventor R. Buckminster Fuller.
Feb. 3 thru April 23; Georgia O'Keeffe and
When you visit, be sure to explore the Crystal
Contemporary Artists, May 26 thru Sept.
Bridges Library and Museum Store, and enjoy
3; and Native North America, Oct. 6 thru
a meal of award-winning High South cuisine
Jan. 7, 2019. Enjoy more than four miles
in Eleven, the museum’s restaurant.
of trails within the museum’s 120-acre setting, inviting you to explore the natural Ozark woodlands. The grounds also feature
All photos on page courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
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U OF A FINE ARTS CENTER GALLERY 116 Fine Arts Center, Fayetteville art.uark.edu / 479-575-7987 Part of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, the gallery features student works as well as works of visiting artists and faculty. Parking 21c Museum Hotel
21C MUSEUM HOTEL 200 N.E. A St., Bentonville 21cmuseumhotels.com/bentonville 479-286-6500 Curated rotating exhibitions, site-specific installations and arts programming make this 104-room boutique hotel a unique contemporary art museum and cultural civic center. It has more than 12,000 square feet of exhibition, meeting and event space. The iconic Green Penguins show up throughout the building, including at the popular onsite restaurant The Hive.
available in Stadium Drive Parking Facility.
WINDGATE VISUAL ARTS GALLERIES AT JOHN BROWN UNIVERSITY 2000 W. University St., Siloam Springs jbu.edu/art/gallery / 479-238-8561 The Windgate west building is a generous gallery space hosting a variety of shows, including many national and international offerings as well as the work of John Brown University's finest local artists, faculty and students. The Windgate east gallery features the solo and collaborative work of university students.
JOY PRATT MARKHAM GALLERY 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville waltonartscenter.org / 479-443-5600 Located inside Walton Arts Center, the gallery serves to connect patrons to the visual arts. It is used as an exhibition space for works by Art Ventures
both emerging and internationally recognized artists, as well as for temporary displays
related to performing arts offerings.
101 W. Mountain St., Fayetteville fayettevilleunderground.com / 479-871-2722 Home to artist studios and galleries, Art Ventures is a non-profit organization that showcases regional art and serves the community as a venue for musical, literary and dramatic performances. Art exhibitions change monthly, and opening night receptions are held on the first Thursday of each month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Joy Pratt Markham Gallery
Top to bottom: photos courtesy 21c Museum Hotel, Chuck Turley, Walton Arts Center
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
MUSEUMS & VISUAL ART GALLERIES
SCOTT FAMILY AMAZEUM 1009 Museum Way, Bentonville amazeum.org / 479-696-9280 The Scott Family Terra Studios
TERRA STUDIOS 12103 Hazel Valley Road, Fayetteville terrastudios.com 479-643-3185 or 800-255-8995 This whimsical art park is home to the world-famous Bluebird of Happiness, and the gallery boasts works by more than 100 regional artists. See glass demos, explore, shop, shop, snack, play, create and relax. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; free admission.
Amazeum is 50,000 square feet of handson science, technology, engineering, art and math fun for curious, creative children and families. Interactive exhibits and daily pop-up activities enable discovery through play.
EUREKA SPRINGS DOWNTOWN DISTRICT eurekasprings.org / 866-947-4387 Some 400 artists work in Eureka Springs, a friendly Ozark mountain town filled with Victorian architecture and numerous galleries. With its entire downtown district
Scott Family Amazeum
are inspired by the culture and
landscape of Northwest Arkansas along with a Tinkering Hub, an indoor water exploration area, a two-story climbable tree structure, an art studio and more.
listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Eureka Springs has been named one of the Top 10 Small Market Arts Destinations by American Style and one of America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
ARTS CENTER OF THE OZARKS 214 S. Main St., Springdale acozarks.org / 479-751-5441 A regional art institution hosting exhibitions throughout the year with educational
COMMUNITY CREATIVE CENTER 505 W. Spring St., Fayetteville communitycreativecenter.org 479-571-2706 Community Creative Center is a non-profit visual arts organization providing highquality clay and ceramics, painting and mixed-media art classes and workshops
programs for children and adults by professional artists and curators. Spacious galleries in the lobby areas and on the elevated upper gallery offer an eye-catching and thought-provoking array of works in every medium from budding student artists to professional local and regional artists. Arts Center of the Ozarks
for children and adults of all ages and skill levels. Clay, painting, drawing, private parties, team building and family workshops are available year-round. Clockwise from the top: photos courtesy Terra Studios, Scott Family Amazeum, Arts Center of the Ozarks
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PERFORMING ARTS Community theater, dinner theater, traveling Broadway shows, symphony orchestras, headliner concerts, summer opera festivals and more make up the flourishing performing arts offerings in
WALTON ARTS CENTER
WALMART AMP 5079 W. Northgate Road, Rogers
495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville
amptickets.com / 479-443-5600
waltonartscenter.org / 479-443-5600
As the state’s largest outdoor music
Walton Arts Center celebrates its 26th
amphitheater, this exciting performance
year as Arkansas’ premier performing arts
venue hosts headlining entertainers from the
center. With a grand reopening in November
best of every musical genre. With seating for
2016 following a $23 million renovation and
more than 9,500 (3,200 covered chairs, plus
expansion, Walton Arts Center has once
lawn seating), the Walmart AMP has great
again transformed Dickson Street and the
sight lines, concessions and other facilities,
entertainment district adding 30,000 square
and is centrally located off Interstate 49 in
feet of space including a newly expanded
Rogers’ vibrant commercial district.
atrium lobby and Starr Theater. Walton Arts Center proudly presents major Broadway productions, as well as music, dance and theater acts from around the world. In 201718, the full schedule of exciting live shows and entertainment includes An American in Paris, Beautiful, and RENT: 20th Anniversary Tour, as well as the Charlie Daniels Band, the 4th Annual VoiceJam competition and more. With more than 300 public events each year,
Walton Arts Center
there is something for everyone to enjoy! Top to bottom: photos courtesy Walmart AMP, Walton Arts Center
Sassafras Springs Vineyard Winery • Wedding Venue • Event Center
THE GREAT PASSION PLAY
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
The Great Passion Play
935 Passion Play Road, Eureka Springs greatpassionplay.org / 800-882-7529 Every year from May through October, experience this play that depicts the last week of Christ’s life on earth with live animals, a cast of 170, a multi-level set, and special lighting and sound effects on a large
Outdoor Drama. Also on the grounds:
JIM & JOYCE FAULKNER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
year-round tours of the Christ of the Ozarks
453 N. Garland Ave., Fayetteville
statue, the Holy Land Tour, Moses' Tabernacle
faulkner.uark.edu / 479-575-5387
in the Wilderness, Noah’s Ark Petting Zoo, a
Nestled in the stunning Ozark Mountains on
section of the Berlin Wall, the Church in the
the beautiful University of Arkansas campus,
Grove, the Bible Museum, the Sacred Arts
the Jim & Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts
Museum and a buffet restaurant.
Center is a 500+ seat, state-of-the-art
outdoor stage. The Institute of Outdoor Drama named it America’s #1 Attended
venue dedicated to providing a community-
UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE
centered approach to the performing arts. In addition to hosting acclaimed artists and performers, the Faulkner Center is also home to the U of A music department's large ensembles. With an impressive
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
offering of renowned performers and
theatre.uark.edu / 479-575-4752
culturally relevant events, the center excels
The U of A’s Department of Theatre presents
in its mission to contribute to education and
a number of ticketed shows throughout
excellence, helping build a new generation
the year. These first-rate productions offer
of artists and patrons.
invaluable hands-on experience for student actors, designers and crews. Parking available in the Stadium Drive Parking Facility.
THEATRESQUARED 505 W. Spring St., Fayetteville theatre2.org / 479-445-6333 The region’s only year-round professional theater company produces 220 annual performances reaching 40,000 patrons. It is Arkansas’ home for professional playwrights, developing scripts through the Arkansas New Play Festival and producing new works and world premieres each year. T2 is a past winner of the National Theatre Company Award from the American Theatre Wing.
Top to bottom: photos courtesy Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism, TheatreSquared
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TRIKE THEATRE 209 N.E. 2nd St., Bentonville triketheatre.org / 479-464-5084 Trike encourages and inspires youth to see, participate in and learn through theater. At its home in Bentonville, Trike offers Theatre Academy classes and camps for PreK, 4-12th grades, performance opportunities for 3rdTrike Theatre
ARTS CENTER OF THE OZARKS
12th graders, and professional theater for youth productions enjoyed by all ages.Â Trike is a resident company of Walton Arts Center.
214 S. Main St., Springdale acozarks.org / 479-751-5441 Arts Center of the Ozarks is an arts hub in downtown Springdale creating live performances, curating visual arts exhibitions, and presenting programs by regional arts organizations and artists from around the world. This non-profit arts organization offers a diverse range of programming to engage people of every
Arts Center of the Ozarks
age and background to create a vibrant and cohesive community.
ARKANSAS PUBLIC THEATRE 116 S. 2nd St., Rogers arkansaspublictheatre.org / 479-631-8988 Located in downtown Rogers in the historic Victory Theater, this non-profit community theater produces plays and musicals and offers special events throughout the year.
ARTS LIVE THEATRE 818 N. Sang Ave., Fayetteville artslivetheatre.com / 479-521-4932 This nonprofit theater company offers programming for children and youth ages 6-18. With eight to nine Broadway-style productions each year, Arts Live offers a series of afterschool classes, spring break and summer camp programs in musical theater, comedy improv, reader's theater, Create-A-Play and more!
Arkansas Public Theatre
BERRY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 2000 W. University St., Siloam Springs jbu.edu / 479-524-9500 Located at John Brown University and home to the 500-seat Herklotz Auditorium, BPAC has a full orchestra pit and a 1,500-square-foot performance area with modern, innovative acoustic technology for orchestral concerts, choral concerts, theatrical productions, lectures and more.
Top to bottom: photos courtesy Trike Theatre, Arts Center of the Ozarks, Marty Shutter
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Symphony of Northwest Arkansas
Paul Haas, Music Director
“A remarkable symphonic experience!” –Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
For concert dates and ticket information visit sonamusic.org
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
ARKANSAS PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Arend Arts Center, Bentonville arphil.org / 479-841-4644 Under the baton of Maestro Steven Byess, this professional symphony performs several concerts each year with a mission to broaden and deepen the appreciation of the musical arts. Educational initiatives include
Opera in the Ozarks
the Arkansas Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
OPERA IN THE OZARKS
and the Carnegie Hall Link Up program.
16311 U.S. 62 West, Eureka Springs opera.org / 479-253-8595 Opera in the Ozarks, a nationally acclaimed program for emerging operatic professionals, presents an annual summer music festival featuring three fully staged and costumed operas spotlighting the exceptional voices of tomorrow and an orchestra of professional musicians from across the nation. Audiences enjoy 20+ performances at Opera in the Ozarksâ€™ air-conditioned mountainside venue â€“ Inspiration Point Fine Arts Center. Its 68th season will kick off June 22 and run through July 20, 2018.
Symphony of Northwest Arkansas
SYMPHONY OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
Eureka Springs City Auditorium
Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville
EUREKA SPRINGS CITY AUDITORIUM
sonamusic.org / 479-521-4166
36 S. Main St, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
Under the musical direction of Maestro Paul
theaud.org / 479-253-7788
Haas, SoNA presents classical and pops
With nearly 1,000 seats, this venue provides
performances for symphonic music lovers
an intimate setting with flawless acoustics. It
in Northwest Arkansas. A resident company
has a history of attracting stars to its stage
of Walton Arts Center, the professional
and is used for the headlining acts of the
orchestra has provided more than 60 years
many festivals held in Eureka Springs as
of music and educational opportunities to
well as for other community performances.
the community. The performance season
Serving the Ozarks since 1928, the City
typically spans fall through spring.
Auditorium is thriving.
Top to bottom: photos courtesy Opera in the Ozarks, Walton Arts Center, Eureka Springs A&P
JUNE 22 â€“ JULY 20
love VISIT opera.org FOR TICKETS & SCHEDULE INFORMATION 16311 Hwy. 62 West / Eureka Springs, AR / (479) 253-8595
Bentonville Film Festival
First Thursdays in Fayetteville
FIRST THURSDAYS IN FAYETTEVILLE
Music, drama, visual and culinary arts meld together for unique art-based
experiencefayetteville.com 800-766-4626 First Thursday on the downtown square is a family friendly seasonal event produced by
events taking place throughout the year
Experience Fayetteville on the first Thursday
in Northwest Arkansas.
of the month. This community centered celebration features a combination of music,
BENTONVILLE FILM FESTIVAL
food, art and fun. The festivities are free and take place April through October, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
bentonvillefilmfestival.com Founded by Academy AwardTM winner Drinkwater in 2015, BFF is steeped in a
FIRST FRIDAYS IN BENTONVILLE
mission focusing on content that exemplifies
the growing diversity of the American
During the months of April through
landscape. Research and social action
November, the Bentonville Square is
are deeply rooted in the objectives of the
transformed into a themed community
festival and its leadership. BFF provides
block party with live music, outstanding
a platform to significantly increase the
culinary and family friendly activities.
commercial value of content produced by
Thousands gather to celebrate during First
minorities and women. The festival is set for
Fridays, so don’t miss it!
Geena Davis and filmmaker Trevor
various locations around Bentonville on May 1-6, 2018, and provides ongoing and turnkey distribution opportunities for its content and creators to obtain global reach. May Festival of the Arts in Eureka Springs
MAY FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS IN EUREKA SPRINGS eurekaspringsfestivalofthearts.com With more than 400 artists working in all mediums in Eureka Springs, the May Festival of the Arts in downtown is packed with one-of-a-kind art exhibits, demonstrations, performances, culinary arts, free music in the park, and the wildest street party thrown by artists – The White Street Walk.
Clockwise from the top: photos courtesy Visit Bentonville, Experience Fayetteville, Eureka Springs A&P
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
ARTOSPHERE: ARKANSAS’ ARTS AND NATURE FESTIVAL waltonartscenter.org / 479-443-5600 This annual festival across NWA celebrates artists, influenced by nature, who inspire us to live more sustainable lives. This year’s
Fayetteville Roots Festival
festival in June will offer dance, symphony, visual art, live chamber and folk music, family activities, workshops, community conversations and more.
FAYETTEVILLE ROOTS FESTIVAL fayettevilleroots.com This multi-day, urban music festival celebrates music, food and culture. Local, regional and national artists play on multiple stages throughout downtown, with the main headliners featured each evening. Food sold
BENTONVILLE ART AND CULINARY FESTIVAL
during the festival focuses on locally grown produce, locally raised meats and other locally made products.
This month-long festival in June celebrates
art and food with a wide variety of free and
AMP Fest is a beer, music and tech festival
ticketed events downtown. Local museums,
at the Walmart AMP in Rogers. Held in fall,
restaurants and galleries all collaborate to
the event combines cutting-edge games
host outstanding arts programming.
and tech activations, live music on multiple stages, and craft beer from local, regional
ART OF WINE FESTIVAL
and national breweries. Art of Wine Festival
waltonartscenter.org / 479-443-5600 A weekend of evening events for wine enthusiasts! Discover new vintages with hundreds of wines on hand for tasting, and sample cuisine from the area’s finest restaurants. The epic toast takes place in June at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville.
DOWNTOWN ROGERS ART ON THE BRICKS
EUREKA SPRINGS BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL eurekasprings.org
godowntownrogers.com / 479-619-3195
This annual family Bluegrass weekend
Art walk every second Thursday from 4:30
typically held each August includes a
to 7:30 p.m.; view original art and meet the
watermelon social, performances in the City
artists at over 25 pop-up galleries while
Auditorium, and music in Basin Spring Park.
strolling and shopping downtown.
Bring your instruments and join in the pickin’!
Top to bottom: photos courtesy Jeremy Scott, Walton Arts Center, Walton Arts Center
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Eureka Springs Blues Weekend
EUREKA SPRINGS INDIE FILM FEST esfilmfest.org This film fest aspires to promote and encourage independent filmmakers of all ages and celebrates the art of filmmaking
EUREKA SPRINGS BLUES WEEKEND eurekaspringsblues.com
in our community and beyond, focusing on innovative women in film, young filmmakers, films made on mobile, and human rights documentaries.
Presented by the 1905 Basin Park Hotel and Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, the annual Blues Weekend is June 14-17, 2018. From Grammy AwardTM winners and Blues Hall of Famers, to up-and-coming new artists, the lineups are known to feature the Whoâ€™s Who of the Blues! Shows will be held in various venues around Eureka Springs. Ozark Folk Festival
Hillberry: The Harvest Moon Festival
HILLBERRY: THE HARVEST MOON FESTIVAL hillberryfestival.com / 888-762-7158 Railroad Earth and Deadhead Productions present Hillberry: The Harvest Moon Festival in Eureka Springs on Oct. 11-14, 2018, with live music and primitive camping. Also by
OZARK FOLK FESTIVAL IN EUREKA SPRINGS
Deadhead Productions, the Highberry Music Festival will be held May 25-27, 2018, at The Farm in Eureka Springs.
ozarkfolkfestival.com One of the longest running folk festivals in Basin Spring Park, a parade, contests and
BLUEGRASS AND BAR B Q FESTIVAL
performances in the City Auditorium.
the U.S., this festival includes free music in
Huntsvilleâ€™s annual Bluegrass festival is set
FAYETTEVILLE FILM FEST
for June 2, 2018. This musical outdoor event features an afternoon of live music, a BBQ cook off, crafts, vendors, games of pickleball
and other activities. Held at downtown
This annual independent film fest takes
place Nov. 1-4, 2018, at multiple locations around the downtown square. The festival features independent films in multiple genres including feature length films, short films, documentaries, animated films, music videos and films with an Arkansas connection.
Fayetteville Film Fest
Top to bottom: photos courtesy Charles Ragsdell, Hillberry: The Harvest Moon Festival, Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism, Fayetteville Film Fest
Eureka Springs Great History. Great Steaks.
GASKINS CABIN STEAKHOUSE
2883 HWY 23 North – Only 3 miles from downtown Eureka Springs Plenty of Parking • 479-253-5466
Serving Dinner 5-9 Daily
Arkansas Award Winning Restaurant 26 White St on the Upper Historic Loop
Serving Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Brunch 479.253.9522
Authentic Mexican Street Food
91 South Main St. 479.253.6888
Outdoor Patio, Award Winning Wine List 71 S. Main St. Across from the main Trolley Depot
The Railyard Bike Park
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
OUTDOOR ADVENTURES Exploring the great outdoors in the Northwest Arkansas Ozarks can mean seeing the sun come up over a foggy river as you cast your line for trout, the wind against your face as you zipline through a hardwood forest, or the thrill of speeding across a lake in a bass boat. It can be the exhilaration of a skydive, or hiking and biking challenging trails. It comes in the form of watching eagles soar, paddling through whitewater, or relaxing by a campfire. There are countless ways to renew your spirit and connect with nature.
Devil's Den State Park
Both pages clockwise from the top: photos courtesy The Railyard, Turpentine Creek, Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism, Bella Vista POA; Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism, Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism, Visit Rogers
LAKES & RIVERS Northwest Arkansas is blessed with rich scenery and numerous lakes and rivers that make this area a paradise for a multitude Buffalo National River
of outdoor activities.
arkansas.com / 479-636-1210
BUFFALO NATIONAL RIVER
Located in the Ozark Mountains with prime
nps.gov/buff / 870-439-2502
access points in or near Rogers, Eureka
Experience towering limestone bluffs,
Springs and Springdale, Beaver Lake is
whitewater rapids, inviting gravel bars, the
a glistening treasure for boating, water
Boxley Valley Historic District, Lost Valley,
sports, fishing, hiking and birdwatching. The
Indian Rockhouse and more along the
28,000 acres of clear water is surrounded
nationâ€™s first national river, which begins
by forests, tall bluffs and meadows.
in nearby Newton County and meanders
Campgrounds, resorts, marinas, restaurants
through the Ozarks for approximately 135
and outfitters are plentiful.
miles. With more than 100 miles of public trails, there are also canoe and kayak outfitters, campsites, hiking and horseback riding trails and cabin rentals.
BELLA VISTA LAKES bellavistaPOA.com / 479-855-8000 The northernmost city in Northwest Arkansas, Bella Vista offers seven beautiful Beaver Lake
lakes for fishing and water sports. Use of the lakes and facilities is available to all Bella
LAKE WEDINGTON 15689 Lake Wedington Entry, Fayetteville arkansas.com / 479-442-3527
Vista property owners and their guests. Loch Lomond
On the National Register of Historic Places, it is one of Northwest Arkansas' best-kept recreational secrets. Surrounded by a lush hardwood forest and the 424-acre Lake Wedington Recreation Area, this 102-acre lake is regularly stocked with fish. The area is popular 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. NorthwestArkansas.org | 43
LAKES & RIVERS
HOLIDAY ISLAND MARINA 124 Woodsdale Drive, Holiday Island himarinafun.com / 479-253-8300 White River
This full-service marina offers a free boat launch, annual and overnight slip rentals,
WHITE RIVER arkansas.com The upper reaches of the White River are popular for canoeing from late October
boat, kayak and jet-ski rentals, fuel, food, and bait and tackle for those enjoying the 53,000-acre Table Rock Lake. Two fishing piers are adjacent to the marina.
through spring, particularly the 31-mile stretch from near Fayetteville to below Brashears. Below Beaver Dam, near Eureka Springs, the White is a great cold-water trout fishery with numerous guides and outfitters to serve tourists.
HOLIDAY ISLAND CAMPGROUND 21 North Star Loop, Holiday Island holidayisland.us 479-253-6995 or 479-253-9700 Surrounded by trees and rock formations,
KINGS RIVER arkansas.com Popular with canoeists and kayakers, the Kings River provides about 50 miles of easy floating water, including popular stretches in both Carroll and Madison counties. Deep pools provide great fishing for smallmouth
the campground overlooks Table Rock Lake. The facility hosts 31 camp sites with full water, sewer and electric hookups offering both 30 and 50 amp services, restrooms, showers, pavilions and horseshoe pits. It is within minutes of the marina, golf courses, and the many amenities of Holiday Island.
bass, channel catfish, rock bass and other fish. Kings River
ILLINOIS RIVER arkansas.com This spring-fed river starts in the northwest corner of Arkansas near the town of Hogeye and flows into northeastern Oklahoma. Near Siloam Springs, enhancements that are part of the Siloam Springs Kayak Park have made the Illinois a nice Class II play spot for kayakers year-round.
MULBERRY RIVER arkansas.com Excellent whitewater is found on this 55-mile river that was designated a National Wild and Scenic River in 1992. With easy access from the nearby Pig Trail Scenic Byway, much of the river is within the 1.2-millionacre Ozark National Forest with several public campgrounds along its course.
All photos courtesy Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism
LAKE ATALANTA 500 E. Walnut St., Rogers / rogersar.gov Paddle, pedal, fish or hike at Lake Atalanta. An old place made new, the lake was given new life in October 2016 with additions including walking and mountain biking trails, new pavilions, fishing piers, boat ramps, a raised walkway over the lake, playgrounds, and even a tree house.
Holiday Island Marina
STATE PARKS The State Parks in our region let you
Withrow Springs State Park
WITHROW SPRINGS STATE PARK 33424 Ark. Spur 23, Huntsville
experience the best of Mother Nature
arkansasstateparks.com / 479-559-2593
and the great outdoors.
Hiking trails offer great views and access to War Eagle Creek, where fishing for catfish,
DEVILâ€™S DEN STATE PARK
bream and bass is popular. Activities include camping, swimming, baseball, softball, tennis and picnicking. Canoeing is another
11333 Ark. Hwy 74, West Fork
favorite pastime, and shuttle services for
arkansasstateparks.com / 479-761-3325
canoe rentals are available. The park has a
With 2,500 unspoiled acres adjoining the
visitor center and gift shop.
Ozark National Forest, this park is a favorite for camping, hiking, backpacking, horseback
Devils's Den State Park
riding and mountain biking. A swimming pool, nature programs and cabins add to its rustic appeal.
HOBBS STATE PARK CONSERVATION AREA 20201 Ark. Hwy. 12, Rogers arkansasstateparks.com / 479-789-5000 A natural park with limited development, Hobbs consists of 12,056 acres of diverse Ozark landscape and offers 35 miles of hiking trails, including multi-use and ADA routes. The 17,500-square-foot visitor center has interactive exhibits, a wildlife viewing area and educational programs.
PRAIRIE GROVE BATTLEFIELD STATE PARK See page 61 in the History & Heritage section.
Hobbs State Park Conservation Area
Clockwise from the top: photos courtesy Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District, all others Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism,
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Razorback Regional Greenway
TRAILS With an impressive array of trail systems
Trails at Crystal Bridges
TRAILS AT CRYSTAL BRIDGES 600 Museum Way, Bentonville
that continue to evolve, Northwest Arkansas
crystalbridges.org / 479-418-5700
is an emerging international destination for
The 120-acre grounds of Crystal Bridges
mountain bikers, cyclists and hikers alike.
Museum of American Art feature more than four miles of trails winding through the museum’s wooded site. The trails, many are
RAZORBACK REGIONAL GREENWAY nwatrails.org / oztrailsnwa.com Extending from Lake Bella Vista to just south of Walker Park in Fayetteville, this 37-
which wheelchair and stroller accessible, provide access to Ozark landscapes, natural springs, and outdoor artwork such as artist James Turrell’s “Skyspace,” with its color-and light-enhanced sky views at sunrise and sunset.
mile paved cycling and pedestrian trail links dozens of popular destinations, including downtowns, arts and entertainment venues, historic sites, parks, mountain bike trails, shopping areas, schools and workplaces. Slaughter Pen Bike Park
BELLA VISTA POA TRAILS
SLAUGHTER PEN BIKE PARK
bellavistaPOA.com / 479-876-1255
Off U.S. 71B, Bentonville
Walking and biking trails range from level,
slaughterpentrails.com / oztrailsnwa.com
looping and paved routes at Branchwood
This mountain biking park features more
and Loch Lomond, to natural surface trails
than 20 miles of singletrack, a free-ride
offering rolling contours and more of a
park for tricks, and 16 skinny Northshore log
challenge at Tanyard Creek Nature Trail and
rides. An IMBA designated Silver Level Ride
Blowing Springs Park. Nearby is the Blowing
Center, trails here are considered easy to
Springs RV Park and Campground.
moderate to navigate.
BELLA VISTA BACK 40 TRAIL SYSTEM
THUNDER CHICKEN TRAIL
bellavistaar.gov / oztrailsnwa.com
2474 W. Pump Station Road, Springdale
Offering 40 miles of natural surface multi-use
Featuring singletrack, flow, jumps, rollers,
trails that meander through the east side of the
berms and drops, and with a convenient
city. Completed in 2016, they are recognized as
location off Interstate 49, Thunder Chicken
world-class mountain biking trails.
has all the bells and whistles.
Clockwise from the top: photos courtesy Wesley Hitt, Visit Bentonville, Visit Bentonville
TRAILS AT LAKE FAYETTEVILLE PARK 1208 E. Lake Fayetteville Road, Fayetteville accessfayetteville.org / oztrailsnwa.com This city park boasts natural surface and paved trails circling the lake for runners, walkers, cyclists and mountain bikers. Includes playgrounds, volleyball courts,
Trails at Lake Atalanta
pavilions, a boat dock and marina, a softball complex, a disc golf course, a bike skills park and botanical gardens.
TRAILS AT LAKE ATALANTA 500 E. Walnut St., Rogers / nwatrails.org
TRAILS AT LAKE LEATHERWOOD PARK U.S. 62 West, Eureka Springs eurekaspringstrails.com / oztrailsnwa.com Biking trails with varying terrains include
Ten miles of easy, intermediate and expert mountain biking trails surround Lake Atalanta, featuring singletracks with swooping bridges, steep short climbs and gravity cavities.
miles of rock gardens. Make your way up to Minor’s Rock, then feel the thrill of descending through the downhill switchbacks.
SAGER CREEK MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL jbu.edu This five-mile soft surface trail runs along Sager Creek in Siloam Springs. It covers terrain of various elevations around the John Brown University campus can be enjoyed by riders of various skill levels.
Mount Kessler Trails
MOUNT KESSLER TRAILS
COLER TRAILS 11840-11850 Peach Orchard Road, Bentonville oztrailsnwa.com
2600 W. Judge Cummings Road
Located a mile west of downtown
Bentonville on land designated as a mountain
Fayetteville’s first mountain bike trail! With
bike preserve. Features include flowy jump
technical, challenging trails winding through
lines and challenging technical rocky sections
massive boulders, Mount Kessler is not for
that culminate near the top of a mountain.
the faint of heart.
THE RAILYARD BIKE PARK 299 E. Cherry St., Rogers visitrogersarkansas.com / oztrailsnwa.com This slope-style mountain bike jump course connects to the Lake Atalanta trail system and features wall rides, whale tales, concrete The Railyard Bike Park Top to bottom: photos courtesy Oz Trails NWA, Experience Fayetteville, The Railyard Bike Park
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DISPLAY GARDENS From themed gardens to native woodland plants and historic springs, Northwest Arkansas preserves and adds to Blue Spring Heritage Center
the outdoor beauty of the Ozarks.
BLUE SPRING HERITAGE CENTER Scenic U.S. 62 West, Eureka Springs bluespringheritage.com / 479-253-9244 More than 38 million gallons of cold turquoise water pour into a trout-filled lagoon each day at Blue Spring Heritage Center, Eureka’s premier outdoor wedding venue. Explore the bluff shelter listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and experience the beauty of the natural gardens. Walk on grounds where the Cherokee people were encamped during the Trail of Tears. View the documentary film and visit the museum.
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks
BOTANICAL GARDEN OF THE OZARKS 4703 N. Crossover Road, Fayetteville bgozarks.org / 479-750-2620 Showcasing the beautiful plant life of the region, Botanical Garden of the Ozarks draws more than 80,000 visitors each year. BGO features 12 themed gardens and the state's only butterfly house. Consistently voted "The Best Place to Get Married" in the region by CitiScapes Magazine, it’s also a destination for corporate events and celebrations of all kinds, as well as a regional resource for educational programs..
COMPTON GARDENS AND CONFERENCE CENTER 312 N. Main St., Bentonville peelcompton.org / 479-254-3870 This 6.5-acre native Ozark garden is a local favorite and regional destination. Once the home of Dr. Neil Compton, it includes an exhibit room of events significant to his life and personal mission to save the Buffalo River. The center is available to rent for events of all kinds, both private and corporate. Top to bottom: photos courtesy Eureka Springs A&P, Experience Fayetteville
Learn. Play. Grow. Open 9am–5pm daily 4703 N. Crossover Rd. | Fayetteville, AR 72764 479.750.2620 | www.bgozarks.org |
OPEN Monday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm FREE ADMISSION 118 W. Johnson Avenue, Springdale 479-750-8165 • shilohmuseum.org
The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks is a unique collection of 12 themed gardens and the state’s only butterfly house. The garden offers exceptional programs and events for people of all ages throughout the year. Located on Lake Fayetteville and the Razorback Greenway trail system, the botanical garden is a perfect place to learn, celebrate and enjoy the beauty of the Ozarks.
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Ozark Mountain Ziplines
DAREDEVIL FUN Adrenaline junkies find plenty of excitement in Northwest Arkansas with ziplining, skydiving and whitewater rapids.
OZARK MOUNTAIN ZIPLINES 208 W. Van Buren Ave., Eureka Springs ziplineeurekasprings.com / 479-363-6699 Experience the exhilarating thrill of a zipline canopy tour in the heart of the pristine Ozark Mountains. Soar through the air at 300+ feet high with cable lengths of up to
2,000 feet long over hardwood trees and limestone cliffs. The dense forest provides
4400 Smith Field Drive, Siloam Springs
a nature filled experience guaranteed to
skyranch.com / 479-651-6160
satisfy the thrill seeker in you.
Make your first jump from as high as 20,000 feet! Licensed instructors will take you on out what skydiving is all about. With a large
SILOAM SPRINGS KAYAK PARK
aircraft fleet, be on your way up in as little
19253 Fisher Ford Road, Siloam Springs
as an hour.
a tandem skydive for those ready to find
479-524-5779 Positioned along the scenic Illinois River, this engineered river park contains lengths of rapids of about 700 feet with Class I and Class II difficulty. The park has a climbing boulder, a picnic area, accessible walking trails, a family swimming area during low water and a designated changing area. Family friendly and alcohol free. Users are strongly encouraged to wear life jackets and river shoes. Siloam Springs Kayak Park
Clockwise from the top: photos courtesy Skydive Skyranch, Ozark Mountain Ziplines, Siloam Springs Kayak Park
ARTS OUTDOOR & ENTERTAINMENT ADVENTURES
INTO THE WILD! Tour the deep underground wonders of the Ozarks and visit the exotic animals that find refuge in Northwest Arkansas. Take time to enjoy the flight of our country’s national symbol amid a natural setting.
COSMIC CAVERN 6386 Ark. 21 North, Berryville cosmiccavern.com / 870-749-2298 See one of the longest soda straw formations in the Ozarks, along with two bottomless lakes, stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones, helictites, cave bacon, draperies, and many other speleothems. Enjoy a 1.25hour guided tour, pan for gems and explore the rock shop. Motorcycle parking available.
TURPENTINE CREEK WILDLIFE REFUGE 239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs
WAR EAGLE CAVERN
turpentinecreek.org / 479-253-5841 Atop of the Ozark Mountains on 459 acres,
21494 Cavern Road, Rogers
this USDA licensed nonprofit offers lifetime
wareaglecavern.com / 479-789-2909
sanctuary to victims of the exotic animal
This private show cave features a
trade. Learn about the mission through
spectacular natural entrance on the shores
daily tours, or opt to stay on the property in
of Beaver Lake. Follow the meandering
unique lodging accommodations. Follow the
stream straight into the mountain for an
refuge on social media for regular updates,
easy guided tour with wide, level pathways,
photos, videos of the animals and more.
unique formations, two waterfalls and an underground lake. More than 100,000 bats
the walls and ceilings of the cavern. Don’t
BEAVER LAKE EAGLE WATCH AND FALL FOLIAGE TOUR
miss gemstone panning and the Lost in the
4024 Mundell Road, Eureka Springs
Woods maze. Pet friendly.
estc.net/belle / 479-253-6200
call War Eagle Cavern home, and in spring or late fall, hundreds hibernate and cling to
Cruise Beaver Lake aboard the Belle of the Ozarks boat tour and see dozens of points of interest, such as Beaver Dam, a 200-acre game preserve island, the prehistoric Ozark Bluff Dweller’s burial ground and a submerged homestead. Departures take place May through October, with October featuring eagle watching and fall foliage cruises. Top to bottom: photos courtesy Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism
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The Pig Trail Arkansas Highway 23
SCENIC RIDES Sightseeing highways are plentiful in Northwest Arkansas.
Arkansas Highway 21
TOP MOTORCYCLE RIDES arkansas.com/outdoors/motorcycling/northwest Eureka Springs and Rogers are hubs for great motorcycle rides, and Fayetteville is host to
the annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ motorcycle rally. Our bike-friendly region has numerous
routes worthy of a ride, including Ark. 21, the
Nearby scenic byways include the Pig Trail
Pig Trail (Ark. Hwy. 23), Beaver Town Bridge
(Ark. Hwy. 23), the Ozark Highlands Scenic
(Ark. Hwy. 187) and more.
Byway (Ark. Hwy. 21), Scenic 7 Byway, Scenic 71 Loop and the I-49 Scenic Byway. Others are Scenic Hwy. 12, U.S. 62, and Ark. Hwys. 123, 59, 43 and 74.
SCENIC HIGHWAY 12
ARKANSAS & MISSOURI RAILROAD SCENIC TOURS 306 E. Emma, Springdale amrailroad.com / 479-725-4017
Ride in style on meticulously restored antique
Stretching from historic downtown Rogers
passenger cars, orginally from the 1920s to
to connect near Eureka Springs on the south
the 1950s, while conductors enhance the
side of Beaver Lake, this scenic highway
journey with anecdotes about the areaâ€™s rich
offers many stops along the way for hiking,
history. The passenger train travels to the top
swimming, boating, historic discovery, and
of the scenic Boston Mountains and into the
even a visit to a living cavern.
historic Arkansas River Basin.
Arkansas & Missouri Railroad
All photos courtesy Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism
Slaughter Pen Jam
SPORTS & RECREATION The excitement of college sports, minor league baseball, pro golf tournaments, rodeos, fishing competitions and more draws huge crowds to Northwest Arkansas. And there is plenty of recreation you can take part in yourself at area golf courses, aquatic centers and special sporting events.
Northwest Arkansas Naturals Clockwise from the top: photos courtesy Visit Bentonville, Razorback Communications, Marc F. Henning, Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Highlands Golf Course
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Donald W. Renyolds Razorback Stadium
GO TEAM! The U of A Razorback sports programs and Northwest Arkansas Naturals baseball team fill up area stadiums with excited fans. Northwest Arkansas Naturals
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS NATURALS
arkansasrazorbacks.com / 479-575-3755
3000 S. 56th St., Springdale
Fans go “Hog Wild” to show their support
nwanaturals.com / 479-927-4900
for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks
The Naturals are the Double-A Affiliate of
whether rooting for Razorback football,
the Kansas City Royals and play at state-of-
basketball, baseball, track and field,
the-art Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, which
gymnastics, women’s volleyball, soccer,
is centrally located off of I-49. The regular
swimming and diving, or a myriad of other
season consists of 70 home games and
runs from April until September. Catch the Fireworks Spectacular on Fridays, Premium Giveaways on Saturdays, or the Kids Eat FREE Family Sundays.
Clockwise from the top: photos courtesy Walt Beazley, Experience Fayetteville, Northwest Arkansas Naturals, Northwest Arkansas Naturals
SPORTS & RECREATION
GOLF Scenic beauty, rolling hills, hardwood forests, pristine streams, and a moderate year-round climate make Northwest Arkansas a natural golf destination.
STONEBRIDGE MEADOWS GOLF COURSE 3495 E. Goff Farm Road, Fayetteville stonebridgemeadows.com / 479-571-3674 This award-winning 18-hole course features Bermuda fairways, bentgrass greens and an energetic layout by renowned architect Randy Heckenkemper. It has a 13-acre practice facility and a clubhouse to relax in after a round. Stonebridge has hosted several prestigious golf events and is on The Natural State Golf Trail.
Dogwood Hills in Bella Vista
BELLA VISTA GOLF COURSES bellavistaPOA.com / letsgolfbellavista.com 479-855-5079 Bella VistaÂ offers six 18-hole regulation golf courses (Bella Vista Country Club, Berksdale, Dogwood Hills, Highlands, Kingswood and Scotsdale), and one nine-hole executive golf course (Brittany). Driving ranges and retail golf shops are available.Â All are welcome to play on Bella Vista courses.
HOLIDAY ISLAND GOLF COURSES Stonebridge Meadows Golf Course
1 Country Club Drive, Holiday Island holidayisland.us / 479-253-9511 The championship course features 18 treelined holes atop the ridges of the Ozark Mountains. The nine-hole executive course with rolling terrain is on Table Rock Lake and surrounded by high bluffs and wooded areas. A unique, secluded driving range
Holiday Island Golf Courses
THE CREEKS GOLF AND RV RESORT 1499 S. Main St., Cave Springs nwarvresort.com / 479-248-1000 Set along the Spring and Osage creeks in Osage Valley, this 18-hole course is scenic and challenging with amenities including private and group lessons, a practice range, putting green, a chipping and short game area, a lounge and a sports bar.
has a view for miles. The pro shop, grill and lounge are open seven days a week.
OAKRIDGE GOLF COURSE 276 Madison 6020 Rd., Huntsville 479-738-6401 This public nine-hole golf course is located on a high, scenic ridge with beautiful views of the Ozark Mountains. Cart rental, driving range and snacks are available.
Top to bottom: photos courtesy Bella Vista POA, Experience Fayetteville, Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District
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SPLISH SPLASH When the warm, sunny days of summer come calling, Northwest Arkansas has plenty of splash zones to keep you cool. One even transforms into an ice rink in the winter, meaning the fun never ends. Lawrence Plaza
LAWRENCE PLAZA ICE RINK AND SPLASH PARK
ROGERS AQUATIC CENTER
215 S.W. A St., Bentonville
1707 S. 26th St., Rogers
playbentonville.com / 479-464-7275
rogersar.gov / 479-936-5482
The plaza is a 7,000-square-foot multi-use
This three-acre water park offers fun for the
facility located just north of the downtown
whole family with leisure, competition and
square. In warm months, it serves as a splash
plunge pools, a tot pool, a splash pad and a
park with more than 80 fountain jets. In
lazy river, speed slides, a concession stand
mid-November it turns into an ice rink. Catch
and more. Groups of up to 1,200 guests
a free movie on a giant blow up screen, or
may rent the center for exclusive use during
dress up for a themed night for added fun.
BENTONVILLE COMMUNITY CENTER 1101 S.W. Citizens Circle, Bentonville playbentonville.com / 479-696-0200 This 84,000-square-foot, public recreation center has an indoor water park, a competition swimming pool, a fitness center, basketball and volleyball courts and community halls that are perfect for large events or small business conference. Bentonville Communtiy Center Photos courtesy Visit Bentonville
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3000 GENE GEORGE BLVD. SPRINGDALE, ARKANSAS 72762
Rogers Aquatic Center
SPORTS & RECREATION
Springdale Aquatic Center
SPRINGDALE AQUATIC CENTER
MELVIN FORD AQUATIC CENTER
1100 Watson Ave., Springdale
2000 N.E. Memorial Park Square,
springdalear.gov / 479-750-SWIM
Splash pools for young children, and slides,
playbentonville.com / 479-273-9206
diving boards and deeper pools for big
From a wading pool with a raindrop
kids make this a great place to play in the
fountain to a diving well that is 13 feet deep,
summer. Swim lessons, pavilion rentals
this aquatic center is for all ages. It has a
and private party rentals are also available.
one-meter springboard for diving and a 12-foot-tall water slide. The competitive
THE JONES CENTER
pool, ranging from three- to eight-feet deep, is open for lap and recreational swimming
922 E. Emma Ave., Springdale
during designated times. Enjoy a shaded
thejonescenter.net / 479-756-8090
picnic area and concession stand.
This 220,000-square-foot center houses the regionâ€™s only indoor ice-skating rink, two indoor swimming pools, a gym, a fitness center, a food court, classrooms, conference space, a chapel/auditorium, party rooms and more.
Melvin Ford Aquatic Center
THE FAMILY AQUATIC CENTER 1800 N. Mt. Olive St., Siloam Springs siloamsprings.com / 479-524-2936 Enjoy curvy slides and a large pool to play in at this summer oasis. Zero-depth entry to the The Jones Center
main pool and a 6,000-gallon baby pool.
Clockwise from the top: photos courtesy Visit Rogers, Explore Springdale, Bella Vista POA, The Jones Center
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EVENTFUL SPORTS Run, fish, golf or bike! There’s always something competitive going on in Northwest Arkansas.
Walmart NW Arkansas Championship
WALMART NW ARKANSAS CHAMPIONSHIP
NATURAL STATE CRITERIUM SERIES
This three-day, three-city, national-caliber
Presented by P&G, this official LPGA tour
road cycling event on July 6-8, 2018, brings
features 144 of the top female golfers in
pro and amateur cyclists to downtown
the world. The 54-hole stroke competition
Bentonville, Rogers and Springdale. Free and
takes place June 18-24, 2018, at Pinnacle
fun for all ages, cyclists from all over will wow
Country Club in Rogers. As part of the
spectators as they zoom along city streets
event, run along the championship’s
during this exciting road race competition.
signature 17th hole during the 5K@ the LPGA race on Saturday, June 23, starting and finishing at the Walmart AMP.
RODEO OF THE OZARKS rodeooftheozarks.org A Northwest Arkansas tradition, the 74th Annual Rodeo of the Ozarks takes place June 27-30, 2018, at Parsons Stadium in Springdale. Nearly 500 professional athletes will compete in seven PRCA and WPRA sanctioned events. The region’s best cowboys and stock come together for other area rodeos in Siloam Springs on June 14-16, 2018, and in Madison County on July 27-28.
Joe Martin Stage Race
JOE MARTIN STAGE RACE joemartinstagerace.com / 479-521-7766 The 2018 event on on April 12-15 in Fayetteville will mark the 41st anniversary of the amateur races, the 16th anniversary on the USA Cycling Pro Racing Tour, and the fourth year on the Union Cycliste Internationale America Tour calendar.
ROGERS CYCLING FESTIVAL rogerscyclingfestival.com Eight races, three days, one historic festival. Set for July 27-29, 2018, this unique cycling festival features competitive USA CyclingRodeo of the Ozarks
sanctioned road events, mountain bike challenges and casual, family friendly rides.
Top to bottom: photos courtesy Visit Rogers, Experience Fayetteville, Rodeo of the Ozarks
SPORTS & RECREATION
HOGEYE MARATHON & RELAYS hogeyemarathon.com The 42nd Annual Hogeye Marathon & Relays is April 14, 2018, in beautiful Northwest Arkansas. Races include a marathon, half marathon, 5K run/walk, and four-person The Eurekan Multisport Festival
relay. A pasta dinner and expo round out the weekend.
THE EUREKAN EUREKA SPRINGS MULTISPORT FESTIVAL eurekasportsfestival.com / 479-521-7766 A three-day multisport festival in and around Eureka Springs on August 10-12, 2018,
Chile Pepper Festival
consisting of a triathlon, the Gran Fondo bike rides and running races. Participants can enter individual events or challenge themselves with The Eurekan or the Half Eurekan.
CHILE PEPPER CROSS COUNTRY FESTIVAL chilepepperfestival.org Created in 1988 to support area cross country teams, the Chile Pepper is now one of the premier running events in the nation. More than 6,500 runners participate including college and high school teams and individuals. Held at the University of Arkansasâ€™ incredible off-road course, all runners can enjoy a hot Mexican food feast after the race set for Sept. 22, 2018.
Slaughter Pen Jam
SLAUGHTER PEN JAM MOUNTAIN BIKE FESTIVAL
RUN BENTONVILLE HALF MARATHON runbentonville.com Run the half marathon, 5K or Fun Run on April 7, 2018. The festival includes an expo
and a post-race celebration with tons of food,
Typically held in September or October,
music, vendors and fun for the entire family.
this three-day festival for riders of all ages kicks off with First Friday and bike related The second day features a mini downhill,
EUREKA SPRINGS FAT TIRE FESTIVAL
an archery biathlon, music, food, vendors,
giveaways, guided rides, kids events,
Typically held in July and based at Lake
stunt riders and more. The final day gets
Leatherwood, this spirited three-day
serious with the Arkansas Mountain Bike
mountain biking festival has plenty of races,
Championship Series Race.
fun and music.
events on the downtown Bentonville square.
Top to bottom: photos courtesy Eureka Springs A&P, Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival, Visit Bentonville
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Clockwise from the top: Museum of Native American History, Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, The Walmart Museum
HISTORY & HERITAGE From Ice Age artifacts to the first home of a U.S. President and former Secretary of State, Northwest Arkansas offers a variety of museums, Civil War battlefields and historic places. Whether for research, education or simply an interesting outing, visitors will find a number of ways to relive defining moments in time.
HISTORY & HERITAGE
HISTORICAL SITES, MUSEUMS & MONUMENTS Trace our intriguing past and visit the places where history happened. Explore the museums, exhibits and landmarks that are a testament to our region’s rich Pea Ridge National Military Park
PEA RIDGE NATIONAL MILITARY PARK
15930 E. Hwy 62, Garfield
PRAIRIE GROVE BATTLEFIELD STATE PARK
nps.gov/peri / 479-451-8122
506 E. Douglas St., Prairie Grove
A decisive Civil War battle took place here
arkansasstateparks.com / 479-846-2990
on March 7-8, 1862. Some 26,000 soldiers
This 837-acre park was the site of the
fought to decide the fate of Missouri, just
last major Civil War battle in Northwest
over the state line. The only national military
Arkansas. Fought on December 7, 1862,
park in Arkansas, this 4,300-acre historically
the Confederate defeat here paved the
significant site includes a visitors center
way for control of the region by the Union
with interactive educational exhibits, historic
Army. The park features a museum, a
buildings, picnic areas, a driving tour, and
visitors center, walking and driving tours,
trails for horses, biking and hiking.
and guided tours of the historic homes onsite. Reenactments take place biennially in December of even numbered years.
SHILOH MUSEUM OF OZARK HISTORY Arkansas Air and Military Museum
118 W. Johnson Ave., Springdale shilohmuseum.org / 479-750-8165
ARKANSAS AIR AND MILITARY MUSEUM 4290 S. School Ave., Fayetteville arkansasairandmilitary.com / 479-521-4947 Follow the colorful history of aviation in Arkansas and during American military conflicts. See displays of original military artifacts and aviation memorabilia, including historic aircraft – many of which still fly. Static displays at the museum range from
This regional history museum focuses on the Northwest Arkansas Ozarks. It takes 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 Ozark 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 grounds. Admission is free.
the Golden Age of Aviation to the jet age,
Both pages clockwise from the top: photos courtesy
including Vietnam-era Army helicopters and
Museum of Native American History, Shiloh Museum
a Navy carrier fighter.
of Ozark History, Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism, Experience Fayetteville, The Walmart Museum
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EUREKA SPRINGS HISTORICAL MUSEUM 95 South Main St., Eureka Springs eurekaspringshistoricalmuseum.org 479-253-9417 The Eureka Springs Historical Museum is located in the heart of the historic district in the Calif House, built in 1889. Its mission is to collect, preserve and exhibit the documents, photographs and artifacts pertaining to the history of Eureka Springs. See 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 on display.
Daisy Airgun Museum
DAISY AIRGUN MUSEUM 202 W. Walnut St., Rogers daisymuseum.com / 479-986-6873 Enjoy a chronological presentation of Daisy’s history and view the extensive collection of antique airguns, packaging and vintage advertisements. Baby Boomers can reminisce about their first Daisy BB gun and view the prototype from the movie A Christmas Story.
MUSEUM OF NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY Museum of Native American History
202 S.W. O St., Bentonville monah.us / 479-273-2456 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 ancient artifacts of early man: brilliant headdresses, artistic effigy vessels, the famous Sweetwater Biface, and an Ice Age Wooly Mammoth. Audio wands are available
The Peel Mansion Museum
for self-guided tours. Admission is free.
THE PEEL MANSION MUSEUM & HERITAGE GARDENS
SILOAM SPRINGS MUSEUM
400 S. Walton Blvd., Bentonville
112 N. Maxwell St., Siloam Springs
peelcompton.org / 479-254-3870
siloamspringsmuseum.com / 479-524-4011
This Italianate mansion, built by Colonel
The Siloam Springs Museum preserves,
Samuel West Peel, has been preserved as
interprets and celebrates the heritage of an
a museum authentic to the time. Its outdoor
area with a rich past. At this museum, you
grounds of historic roses, perennials and
can explore permanent exhibits highlighting
native plants were once surrounded by 180
Indian culture, pioneer life, medicine and
acres of apple trees.
many other facets of the city’s history.
Both pages clockwise from the top: photos courtesy Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism, Visit Bentonville, Experience Fayetteville, Visit Bentonville, Visit Bentonville
HISTORICAL SITES, MUSEUMS & MONUMENTS
HISTORY & HERITAGE
THE WALMART MUSEUM
CLINTON HOUSE MUSEUM
105 N. Main St.,
clintonhousemuseum.org / 479-444-0066
The first home of Bill and Hillary Clinton, this
museum offers memorabilia of the Clintons'
early life in Northwest Arkansas and
The story of
chronicles their political lives on the local
and national stage. The museum includes
alive at The Walmart
the gorgeous First Ladies Garden and a
store featuring items related to the Clintons
in the original
as well as Arkansas history and politics.
930 W. Clinton Drive, Fayetteville
Walton’s 5&10 store The Walmart Museum
on the Bentonville Square. Visitors can experience
a piece of Sam Walton’s history in a real, functional storefront, along with a replica of Sam’s office, his trusty old Ford truck and other memorabilia. Also enjoy hot and cold beverages as well as ice cream, malts, sundaes and more at The Spark Café Soda Fountain.
ROGERS HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Clinton House Museum
UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS SPORTS MUSEUMS 1270 Leroy Pond Drive / Fayetteville, AR arkansasrazorbacks.com / 479-575-3755 The Tommy Boyer Hall of Champions
322 S. 2nd St., Rogers
Museum (Razorback basketball and all other
rogershistoricalmuseum.org / 479-621-1154
sports) is located inside the south entrance
You can discover Rogers’ and Northwest
of Bud Walton Arena, and the Razorback
Arkansas’ colorful history at this museum
Women's Sports Museum is inside Barnhill
through family friendly exhibits and hands-
Arena. Visit the official store of Razorback
on activities. In addition, the museum
athletics, Hog Heaven, located inside Bud
broadens its offerings through special
Walton Arena for all your Razorback apparel
events, family programming and tours of the
needs. Visitor parking is in Lot 60, across
historic Hawkins House.
from the entry into the store.
322 S. 2nd Street, Downtown Rogers
Cosmic Cavern Private Show Cave Motorcycle Parking
Call for hours & availability 479-621-1154
• 2 Lakes • Rock Shop • Wild Tours Available 6386 Highway 21 N, Berryville, AR 870.749.2298 • CosmicCavern.com firstname.lastname@example.org
HISTORY & HERITAGE
HISTORICAL SITES, MUSEUMS & MONUMENTS
HEADQUARTERS HOUSE MUSEUM AND GARDEN 118 E. Dickson St., Fayetteville headquartershouse.org / 479-521-2970 Headquarters House was built by Judge Jonas Tebbetts in 1853 and miraculously survived the Civil War. The Battle of Fayetteville was fought on its front lawn and a doorway bears the scar of a Minié ball bullet, preserving in testament the hardfought battle that earned the intersection of College Avenue and Dickson Street the title “Bloody Corner.” Headquarters House is furnished with authentic pieces from the mid19th century, making it an interesting tour for history buffs, especially those interested in the early days of the Southwestern frontier.
Veterans Wall of Honor
VETERANS WALL OF HONOR 103 Veterans Way, Bella Vista veteransmonumentbellavistaar.org The Veterans Wall of Honor was established in 2004 and is situated on a site connecting to the Lake Bella Vista walking trail. The monument features 28 walls containing 5,000 granite honoree
War Eagle Mill and Bridge
tablets inscribed with the names of service people from 23 states who
WAR EAGLE MILL AND BRIDGE
served in the military from 1776 to 2006.
11045 War Eagle Road, Rogers
BELLA VISTA HISTORICAL MUSEUM
wareaglemill.com / 866-492-7324 A visit to the state’s only operating mill provides a taste of the pioneering spirit of the 1800’s. The mill is home to a restaurant, an 18-foot waterwheel and beautiful scenery. The War Eagle Bridge, a one-lane steel bridge originally built in 1907, adjoins the mill and is listed on the
1885 Bella Vista Way, Bella Vista bellavistamuseum.org / 479-855-2335 This museum features the history, photos and displays interpreting the 100+ year history of Bella Vista. Open year-round.
National Register of Historic Places. R OU ED S 1-H ID R
on Beaver Lake On Scenic Hwy 12, 21 miles southwest of Eureka Springs, 15 miles east of Rogers Experience the Moonshine New Attraction! Mystery Shack!
479-789-2909 • www.wareaglecavern.com
Find the Lost Indian Tribes in our Lost-in-the-Woods Maze and Pan for Gems at the War Eagle Mining Co.
TONTITOWN HISTORICAL MUSEUM 251 E. Henri de Tonti Blvd., Tontitown tontitown.com / 479-361-9800 Reflecting the town’s rich Italian history, the museum includes artifacts from original pioneers and town founders, a pictorial history and information on the town’s annual Grape Festival, now in its 120th season – all housed in the former home of Mary and Zelinda Bastianelli, sisters and original settlers. Top to bottom: photos courtesy Visit Bentonville, Visit Rogers
y Every Da g! Amazin Interactive Fun for the Whole Family! Plan your next visit at:
I - 49 | Exit 88B
1009 Museum Way | Bentonville, AR 72712 | 479 696 9280
FESTIVALS & EVENTS Northwest Arkansas comes together for fun and festivity in a variety of ways â€“ to taste a foamy brew, fly a kite or celebrate spring. All of these events add to the region's colorful and vibrant culture.
Block Street Block Party
Bentonville Farmers Market
Clockwise from the top: photos courtesy City of Eueka Springs, Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Visit Bentonville, Experience Fayetteville
FESTIVALS & EVENTS
COMMUNITY FESTIVALS From lively festivals and vibrant arts and crafts fairs, to farmers markets, holiday
KITE FESTIVAL Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge 239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs turpentinecreek.org / 479-253-5841 It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the 28th Annual Kite Festival! This family and pet friendly
light displays and more, there’s a festival
event is free and open to all ages and skill
or event for everyone!
levels. Happening on March 24, 2018. Dogwood Festival
FIREFLY FLING 4703 N. Crossover Road, Fayetteville bgozarks.org / 479-750-2620 Set for July 21, 2018, this magical family event at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks features nature play for all ages. Enjoy performances on the Great Lawn and watch for Shaky Bugs and other friends to make their appearances. At dark, the Great Lawn comes alive with fire dancers and glow-inthe-dark visuals. Food, drink and The Firefly Shoppe add to the festivities.
DOGWOOD FESTIVAL Historic Downtown Siloam Springs siloamchamber.com / 479-524-6466 This 44th annual, award-winning festival set for April 27-29, 2018, draws exhibitors from all over the U.S. and features hundreds of booths filled with handmade, craft and resale items. Don’t miss the Dogwood 5K Run, Bed Races on Broadway, music and entertainment, food vendors and the KidZone.
THE GOOD LIFE EXPERIENCE rogerslowell.com / 479-619-3195 Bikes, Blues and BBQ
BIKES, BLUES AND BBQ Downtown Fayetteville & Northwest Arkansas
Rogers’ newest annual festival celebrates quality of life, culture, food, arts and the outdoors! Set for Sept. 14-15, 2018, featuring a farm-to-table dinner, pop-ups, culinary classes, vendors and more.
bikesbluesandbbq.org / 479-527-9993 The largest charity motorcycle festival in the region. Set for Sept. 26-29, 2018, highlights
WESTERN ROUNDUP DAYS
include poker runs, parades and bike
Downtown Huntsville / huntsvillear.org
shows, scenic rides, demos and plenty of
Held in July in conjunction with the Madison
vendors – plus live music and award-winning
County Rodeo, Huntsville celebrates its
barbeque. Festivalgoers love the rumble of
heritage for a full week during Western
motorcycles in all makes and models – from
Roundup Days. Includes a Dutch oven cook-
stock bikes straight off the lot to individually
off, gospel singing, a Kids Night and a rodeo
country draws hundreds of thousands to the
Top to bottom: photos courtesy City of Siloam Springs, Experience Fayetteville
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DAISY NATIONAL BB GUN CHAMPIONSHIP 3303 S. Pinnacle Hills Pkwy. John Q. Hammons Center, Rogers dnbbgcm.com / 479-636-1200 Teams that compete in a state match are eligible for the Daisy Championship on
Eureka Springs Antique Automobile Festival
team BB gun competition. They shoot a
EUREKA SPRINGS ANTIQUE AUTOMOBILE FESTIVAL
muzzle-loaded, single-shot BB gun named
516 Village Circle, Eureka Springs
the Daisy AVANTI Champion Model 499.
antiqueautofest.com / 479-253-8737
June 30 – July 3, 2018. Young people ages 8 to 15 qualify annually for the 5-meter
Hundreds of antique cars are based
BLOCK STREET BLOCK PARTY Downtown Fayetteville
at Pine Mountain Village and seen all over town. On Sept. 7-8, 2018, the festival includes a parade and a 1922 bank robbery re-enactment.
blockstreetbusinesses.com Waiters’ races, beer gardens, live music, Block each spring. Visit all the great shops
EUREKA SPRINGS VW FESTIVAL WEEKEND
and restaurants along the street leading to
eurekaspringsvwshow.com / 479-435-1133
the downtown square. Set for May 20, 2018.
This three-day festival includes an awards
vendors and funky characters help rock
show, a swap meet, and a parade with every
34TH ANNUAL FRISCO FESTIVAL
style and color of VW you can imagine. Typically held in August, this is one of the biggest Volkswagen events in the Midwest.
Downtown Rogers mainstreetrogers.com / 479-936-5487 This family friendly, end-of-summer festival in beautiful downtown Rogers includes a BBQ contest, a chicken cookoff, a car show, vendor booths, the Kid Zone, helicopter rides, and non-stop live entertainment. Set for August 24-25, 2018.
SPRINGFEST Dickson Street, Fayetteville fayettevillespringfest.com Typically held each April, this event on Dickson Street celebrates the history, culture and flavor of Fayetteville. Festivities include vendors of local arts and crafts, a pancake breakfast, lots of live music, kid-friendly activities, bed races, street food and a 5K run.
EUREKA SPRINGS DIVERSITY WEEKENDS Downtown Eureka Springs / outineureka.com This artsy city celebrates diversity in the Ozarks at two festivals each year: in spring and summer. Explore art galleries, gourmet food shops, boutiques, sidewalk cafes, turnof-the-century neighborhoods, urban trails and more.
Top to bottom: photos courtesy Eureka Springs A&P, Visit Rogers
FESTIVALS & EVENTS
EUREKA SPRINGS MARDI GRAS Downtown Eureka Springs eurekaspringsmardigras.org Arkansas’ largest Mardi Gras festival features jazz music, lively parades, masquerade balls, costume contests, and authentic New Orleans-style food
Eureka Springs Mardi Gras
during a month-long celebration.
CULINARY FESTIVALS Northwest Arkansas has a diverse palate for outstanding culinary fare and libations, and we like to show it off with these fun foodand drink-centric festivals and events!
BACON & BEER BASH Bike Rack Brewing Company, Bentonville facebook.com/bikerackbrewing Bacon and beer take the spotlight at this event hosted by Bentonville’s oldest brewery. Munch on Arkansas Petit Jean bacon, and judge local chefs’ most appetizing baconcentered recipes. Taste the finest locally handcrafted libations – all while rocking to live music. Set for early November 2018.
ALES & TALES Washington County Fairgrounds, Fayetteville Bite NW Arkansas
BITE NW ARKANSAS
alesandtails.org Set for April 7, 2018, this annual event revolves around a true Southern delicacy: crawfish! A
8th Street Market, Bentonville
ticket buys all-you-can-eat crawfish, corn and
potatoes boiled to perfection. Handcrafted
The BITE NW Arkansas two-day
ale and wine are also available for purchase.
food festival kicks off with a grand tasting event where you can mix, mingle and enjoy signature menu items
from the best restaurants and chefs
Fossil Cove Brewing Company, Fayetteville
across the region. Sample signature
fossilcovebrewing.com / 479-445-6050
burgers and sip local libations at BITE
Whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur or
Night Two. Set for June 20-21, 2018.
an occasional sipper, celebrate local craft beer and community at Frost Fest on Feb.
FAYETTEVILLE FOAM FEST Downtown Fayetteville
3, 2018. Spend the day outdoors with live music, food trucks, local art and dozens of breweries from multiple states pouring their signature creations.
fayettevillefoamfest.com This festival for 21 and older includes offerings from more than 50 local, regional, national and international breweries. Plus, live music and food trucks selling their tastiest eats. Set for May 12, 2018. Top to bottom: photos courtesy Eureka Springs A&P, Bite NW Arkansas, Fayetteville Foam Fest
Fayetteville Foam Fest
FESTIVALS & EVENTS
THE HOMEGROWN FESTIVAL Twin Springs Park, Siloam Springs mainstreetsiloam.org / 479-524-4556 War Eagle Mill Arts and Crafts Fair
Showcasing handmade goods, and curated and vintage items from across the region.
ARTS & CRAFTS FAIRS
Vendors offer original, one-of-a-kind and
The hills are alive with hundreds of
Siloam Springs Farmers Market and free
thousands of craft fairgoers each spring
kids activities. Held in early October.
limited-run items including illustrations, printmaking, music, jewelry and accessories, pottery and more. Visitors can enjoy the
and fall in Northwest Arkansas. Spring dates for 2018 are in May, and fall dates are in October. Check with individual shows for exact times and dates.
SHARP’S SHOW OF WAR EAGLE War Eagle, Rogers nwacraftfairs.com / 479-789-5683
WAR EAGLE MILL FALL ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR 11045 War Eagle Road, Rogers wareaglemill.com / 479-789-5343 Juried artists and craftsmen set up along
This spring and fall show takes place on the fields adjacent to the War Eagle Mill. More than 250 booths offer a wide array of handmade crafts by skilled artisans from across the country.
the War Eagle Mill grounds and offer handmade wares ranging from country decorative items to antique broken china jewelry. Explore the old mill and eat at the Bean Palace restaurant.
FRISCO STATION MALL ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL 100 N. Dixieland Road, Rogers nwacraftfairs.com / 479-631-0006
WAR EAGLE FAIR 11037 High Sky Inn Road, Hindsville wareaglefair.com / 479-789-5398
Located indoors at the Frisco Station Mall, this festival features hundreds of craft vendors at its spring and fall shows.
Located on the west side of the War Eagle River, this original arts and crafts fair was founded in 1954. More than 250 booths offer handcrafted products.
OZARK REGIONAL ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVALS Springdale & Fayetteville
PINE MOUNTAIN ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR Hwy. 62 East, Eureka Springs eurekaspringschamber.com / 479-253-8737 Stained glass, leather goods, weaved baskets, woodworking, oil and acrylic paintings, sculpture and more are available at this fair, typically held in October.
Photo courtesy Visit Rogers
craftfairsnwa.com / 479-756-6954 The 2018 shows will be held at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center/Holiday Inn in Springdale on Oct 19-20, and the Washington County Fairgrounds in Fayetteville on Oct. 18-20. Live music and concessions with free admission and parking.
ARTS & CRAFTS FAIRS
SPANKER CREEK FARM ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR 8464 W. McNelly Road, Bentonville
Spanker Creek Farm Arts & Crafts Fair
spankercreekfarm.com / 479-685-5655
VINTAGE MARKET DAYS
Returning and new exhibitors can be found
at this show located on a farm setting
This open-air, vintage-inspired market
with a great Ozark atmosphere. Spanker
features original art, antiques, clothing,
Creek runs along the entire south side of
jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor,
the fairgrounds. Held on Oct. 17-21, 2018.
outdoor furnishings and more. Fall and spring shows take place in April and
BELLA VISTA ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
October in Bentonville.
bellavistafestival.org / 479-855-2064
HEART OF ROGERS CRAFT FAIR
Usually held in the third weekend of
Historic Downtown Rogers
October, find high-quality arts and crafts,
always handmade. Started in 1969, this
Set for the third weekend in October, enjoy
festival benefits the Village Art Club
arts and crafts displays while strolling
scholarship program, children's art
through downtown with its variety of shops
programs, continuing education for
and dining spots. For the little ones, check
artists/artisans and festival partners.
out the Kids' Rock free rock-painting sessions.
1991 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista
Photo courtesy Spanker Creek Farm Arts & Crafts Fair
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FESTIVALS & EVENTS
From Thanksgiving through the New Year, enjoy colorful holiday light displays throughout Northwest Arkansas. Cities also host lighting ceremonies, parades and open houses in shopping districts, while Santa makes his first appearances of the season.
LIGHTS OF THE OZARKS
Downtown Fayetteville experiencefayetteville.com This award-winning winter wonderland features nearly a half-million twinkling lights on Fayettevilleâ€™s historic downtown square. Stroll or drive through this amazing display, enjoying festive music, hot chocolate, and carriage and camel rides, too!
Downtown Eureka Springs
BENTONVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE AND WINTER WONDERLAND
Downtown Bentonville downtownbentonville.org One of the largest daytime Christmas parades in the state, the fun takes place in the vibrant downtown area of Bentonville. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides and ice skating at Lawrence Plaza.
EUREKA SPRINGS CHRISTMAS
Downtown Eureka Springs eurekasprings.org This Victorian town hosts a Candlelight Tour of Homes, the annual Silver Tea, a Christmas parade, and a holiday decorating contest for both commercial and residential properties.
CHRISTMAS ON THE CREEK
ROGERS CHRISTMAS PARADE
Downtown Rogers mainstreetrogers.com / 479-936-5487 Head downtown for the 34th annual Rogers Christmas Parade with dozens of floats, marching bands, cars, kids and animals.
Downtown Springdale downtownspringdale.org /rodeooftheozarks.org With the regionâ€™s largest live Christmas tree, this festival includes carolers, food trucks, a winter market and the annual Christmas Parade of the Ozarks. Held downtown near Spring Creek and the new Walter Turnbow Park.
LIGHT UP SILOAM CELEBRATION AND CHRISTMAS PARADE
HUNTSVILLE: A HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS
Downtown Siloam Springs siloamspringsheritageleague.com With the wave of a magic candy cane, thousands of lights illuminate downtown. Featuring a parade with lighted floats, bands, dance troupes, fire trucks and antique cars.
Downtown Huntsville huntsvillear.org Held on Polk Square with a community chili dinner, joyful carolers, a Christmas train for children, and that magical moment during the lighting ceremony when the bulbs come to life!
Clockwise from the top: photos courtesy Visit Bentonville, Eureka Springs A&P, Experience Fayetteville
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FESTIVALS & EVENTS
Bentonville Farmers Market
The outdoor Farmers Markets in Northwest Arkansas are pleasing to the palate, eyes and ears. They open in April with most serving customers into November.
Mercy Bella Vista, 1 Mercy Way bellavistaar.gov This Sunday market features locally grown products and handcrafted items in a fun, family friendly environment. Come mingle with your neighbors and friends mid-April through October.
Historic Downtown Square fayettevillefarmersmarket.org The award-winning market offers the finest in locally produced fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, baked goods, eggs, meats and juried artisan crafts. Open Saturdays from April to November, and also Tuesdays and Thursdays from April to October. The indoor Winter Market is open Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Ozark Natural Foods from December through March.
The Jones Center Memorial Walk Emma Avenue & Hwy. 265 springdalefarmersmarket.org All of the products are grown or made by farmers and craft vendors in the four-county area. With fruits and vegetables, herbs, raw honey, nuts, farm fresh eggs, and grass fed/ free range meats. Open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., May through October.
Historic Downtown Square downtownbentonville.org From April to October, Wednesday and Saturday. Offering quality produce, meats, arts and crafts and more. Woven into the market experience are special activities, including chef demonstrations and the Kids Art Park.
Historic Downtown Rogers mainstreetrogers.com/farmers-market Open Saturdays, April through October, and with select dates through the winter, find fresh produce, baked goods, meats, honey, jams, flowers, plus woodworks, knitware, home and garden decor and more.
Downtown City Park siloamsprings.locallygrown.net Open Tuesdays, 3 to 7pm, and Saturdays, 8am to 1pm, April through October, with fresh produce, pasture-raised meats, baked goods and handmade wares. Pre-order local goods each week online Siloam Springs and pick up your Farmers Market order on Saturday.
Pine Mountain Village, Van Buren St. eurekaspringsfarmersmarket.com This first solar powered farmers market in Arkansas is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, April to November. It’s the premier source for organic, naturally grown food in Carroll County.
MADISON COUNTY/ HUNTSVILLE
Downtown Square fb.com/HuntsvilleFarmersMarketinMadisonCounty Held each Tuesday and Saturday, this market for local growers and craftsmen is a great place to meet and visit with your neighbors.
Top to bottom: photos courtesy Visit Bentonville, City of Siloam Springs
www.mermaids.ws 2217 N. College Ave., Fayetteville
LATIN FUSION CUISINE
509 W. Spring Street • Open Daily at 11 Call for reservations 479-251-1650 Fayetteville • Hot Springs • Fort Smith
112 N University Ave, Fayetteville (479) 422-8300
Voted Best Seafood in NWA
Park Here • Eat Here Just off Dickson • Near Walton Arts Center
DESTINATION: NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
BUSINESS Arkadia Retrocade Arkansas & Missouri Railroad Bentonville Film Festival Blue Spring Heritage Center Botanical Garden of the Ozarks Cherokee Casino & Hotel Compton Gardens Cooper Chapel Cosmic Cavern Fayetteville Ale Trail Malco Theaters Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down Ozark Mountain Ziplines Ozark Natural Science Center Rodeo of the Ozarks Scott Family Amazeum Thorncrown Chapel Tontitown Winery Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake
ADDRESS CITY 1478 N. College Ave. Fayetteville 306 E. Emma Ave. Springdale Various Locations Bentonville Scenic U.S. 62 West Eureka Springs 4703 N. Crossover Rd. Fayetteville 2416 U.S. 412 West Siloam Springs 312 N. Main St. Bentonville 504 Memorial Drive Bella Vista 6386 Hwy. 21 North Berryville Various Locations Fayetteville Northwest Arkansas 3140 E. Van Buren St. Eureka Springs 208 W. Van Buren St. Eureka Springs 1905 Madison 1305 Huntsville 1423 E. Emma Ave Springdale 1009 Museum Way Bentonville 12968 Hwy. 62 West Eureka Springs 335 N. Barrington Rd. Springdale 239 Turpentine Creek Ln. Eureka Springs 21494 Cavern Rd. Rogers
INFO fb.com/ArkadiaRetrocade amrailroad.com bentonvillefilmfestival.com bluespringheritage.com bgozarks.org cherokeecasino.com comptongardens.org cooperchapel.com cosmiccavern.com fayettevillealetrail.com malco.com theozarkmountainhoedown.com ziplineeurekasprings.com onsc.us rodeoofthozarks.org amazeum.org thorncrown.com tontitownwinery.com turpentinecreek.org wareaglecavern.com
ART MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
BUSINESS 21c Museum Hotel Galleries Arts Center of the Ozarks Art Ventures Community Creative Center Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Eureka Springs Downtown District Joy Pratt Markham Gallery Terra Studios U of A Fine Arts Center Gallery Windgate Visual Arts Galleries
BUSINESS 28 Springs Aquarius Taqueria Black Apple Crossing Cidery Bordinos Restaurant Ermilioâ€™s Italian Home Cooking Gaskins Cabin Steakhouse The Hive at 21c Museum Hotel Keels Creek Winery Lakepoint Restaurant Local Flavor Cafe Mermaids Seafood Restaurant Powerhouse Seafood & Grill Pure Joy Ice Cream Rockin' Pig Saloon Rolando's Latin Fusion Cuisine Sassafras Springs Vineyard Wood Stone Craft Pizza
ADDRESS 200 N.E. A St. 214 S. Main St. 101 W. Mountain St. 505 W. Spring St. 600 Museum Way
CITY Bentonville Springdale Fayetteville Fayetteville Bentonville
INFO 21cmuseumhotels.com/bentonville acozarks.org fayettevilleunderground.com communitycreativecenter.org crystalbridges.org
44 S. Main St. Walton Arts Center 12103 Hazel Valley Rd. University of Arkansas John Brown University
Eureka Springs Fayetteville Fayetteville Fayetteville Siloam Springs
eurekasprings.org waltonartscenter.org terrastudios.com art.uark.edu jbu.edu/art
ADDRESS 100 E. University St. 91 S. Main St 321 E. Emma Ave. 310 W. Dickson St 26 White St. 2883 Hwy 23 North 200 N.E. A St. 3185 E. Van Buren St. 101 Marina Dr. 71 S. Main St. 2217 N. College Ave. 112 N. University Ave. 108 N. Broadway 2039 E. Van Buren 509 W. Spring St. 6461 E. Guy Terry Rd. 557 S. School Ave
CITY Siloam Springs Eureka Springs Springdale Fayetteville Eureka Springs Eureka Springs Bentonville Eureka Springs Bella Vista Eureka Springs Fayetteville Fayetteville Siloam Springs Eureka Springs Fayetteville Springdale Fayetteville
INFO 28springs.com eurekasprings.org/aquarius-taqueria blackapplecrossing.com bordinos.com ermilios.com gaskinscabin.com thehivebentonville.com keelscreek.com lakepointrestaurant.com localflavorcafe.net mermaids.ws powerhouseseafoodandgrill.com purejoyicecream.com rockinpigsaloon.com rolandosrestaurante.com sassafrasspringsvineyard.com woodstonecraftpizza.com
Dining options listed are advertisers; additional options may be found on member-city websites linked through NorthwestArkansas.org
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PG. # 16, 30, 35 26, 31, 34 20, 30 20, 31 8, 12-13, 16, 29, 46 18, 31 20, 30 15, 20, 31 30 30
PG. # 71 41 26 75 41 41 16, 30, 35 18-19 79 41 75 75 71 41 75 26, 32 75
PERFORMING ARTS BUSINESS Arkansas Public Theatre Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion (AMP) Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra Arts Center of the Ozarks Arts Live Theatre Berry Performing Arts Center Eureka Springs City Auditorium Faulkner Performing Arts Center Opera in the Ozarks Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) The Great Passion Play TheatreSquared Trike Theatre U of A Department of Theatre Walton Arts Center
ADDRESS 116 S. 2nd St. 5079 W. Northgate Rd.
CITY Rogers Rogers
INFO arkansaspublictheatre.org amptickets.com
Arend Arts Center 214 S. Main St. 818 N. Sang Ave. 2000 W. University St. 36 S. Main St. 453 N. Garland Ave. 16311 Hwy. 62 West Walton Arts Center
Bentonville Springdale Fayetteville Siloam Springs Eureka Springs Fayetteville Eureka Springs Fayetteville
arphil.org acozarks.org artslivetheatre.com jbu.edu theaud.org faulkner.uark.edu opera.org sonamusic.org
935 Passion Play Rd. 550 W. Spring St. 209 N.E. 2nd St. University of Arkansas 495 W. Dickson St.
Eureka Springs Fayetteville Bentonville Fayetteville Fayetteville
greatpassionplay.org theatre2.org triketheatre.org theatre.uark.edu waltonartscenter.org
PG. # 23, 34 5, 12-13, 22-23, 32, 39, 58 16, 36 26, 34 34 24, 34 36 32-33 18, 36-37 20, 35-36 18-19, 33 20, 28, 33 34 33 4, 13, 20, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 39
See pages 38-40 for a listing of art related events.
See pages 58-59 for a listing of sports related special events.
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HISTORY & HERITAGE BUSINESS
Arkansas Air & Military Museum
4290 S. School Ave.
Arkansas State Parks
PG. # 20, 61
27, 45, 61
Bella Vista Historical Museum
1885 Bella Vista Way
Clinton House Museum
930 W. Clinton Dr.
Daisy Airgun Museum
202 W. Walnut St.
Eureka Springs Historical Museum
95 S. Main St.
Headquarters House Museum & Garden 118 E. Dickson St.
Museum of Native American History
202 S.W. O St.
Pea Ridge National Military Park
15930 Hwy. 62 East
The Peel Mansion Museum & Heritage Gardens
400 S. Walton Blvd.
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park
506 E. Douglas St.
Rogers Historical Museum
322 S. 2nd St.
Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
118 W. Johnson Ave.
26, 49, 61
Siloam Springs Museum
112 N. Maxwell St.
Tontitown Historical Museum
251 E. Henri de Tonti Blvd.
The Trail of Tears
Veterans Wall of Honor
103 Veterans Way
The Walmart Museum
105 N. Main St.
War Eagle Mill and Bridge
11045 War Eagle Rd.
University of Arkansas Sports Museums 1270 Leroy Pond Dr.
SHOPPING & SERVICES
17, 64 15, 20, 63 6, 22-23, 62
16, 60, 62 15, 61 16, 62, 82 15, 27, 45, 61
26, 64 48 17, 64 14, 16, 60-61, 63 23, 64, 70 63
Bathetopia Bath Boutique
116 N. Broadway Suite E
PG. # 71
Bella Vista Farmers Market
1 Mercy Way
Bentonville Farmers Market
Eureka Springs Farmers Market
Pine Mountain Village
Eureka Massage Center
117 Wall St.
Fayetteville Farmers Market
Madison County/Huntsville Farmers Market Downtown
Northwest Arkansas Mall
4201 N. Shiloh Dr.
Pinnacle Hills Promenade
2203 Pinnacle Hills Blvd.
Rogers Farmers Market
Siloam Springs Farmers Market
Downtown City Park
Springdale Farmers Market
The Jones Center Memorial Walk
63 Spring St.
74 70, 71, 74
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Golf Bella Vista!
Book your tee time at any of our golf courses:
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Exquisite Lakeside Dining
Join us for • Wine Room Specials • Happy Hour “Beautiful atmosphere/wonderful fare.” –Trip Advisor lakepointrestaurant.com • (479) 855-8110 101 Marina Drive • Bella Vista, AR 72715
“Crossroads to the Ozarks”
Enjoy these many hometown activities in 2018
Bluegrass & Bar B Q Festival – Saturday, June 2nd Western Days Week – July 23-28 Farmers Market every Tuesday and Saturday, May thru October Madison County IPRA Rodeo – July 27-28 Friendship Club Fall Home Tour, Sunday October 7st Movies on the Square – First Saturday, May thru September Charity Car Show – Saturday, October 6th Christmas Parade, Saturday December 1st, 6pm ‘Huntsville, Hometown Christmas’- City Christmas Lights On; Downtown Merchants Holiday Open House – November 16th For more information about these events and other activities please contact Huntsville City Hall | PO Box 549 Huntsville, AR 72740 479-738-6607 firstname.lastname@example.org
SPORTS & RECREATION BUSINESS Bella Vista Golf Courses Bentonville Community Center The Creeks Golf and RV Resort The Family Aquatic Center Holiday Island Golf Courses The Jones Center Lawrence Plaza Ice Rink & Splash Park Melvin Ford Aquatic Center Northwest Arkansas Naturals Rogers Aquatic Center Springdale Aquatic Center Stonebridge Meadows Golf Course University of Arkansas Razorbacks
LODGING BUSINESS 21c Museum Hotel 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa 1905 Basin Park Hotel The Chancellor Hotel Cedar Lodge Vacation Rentals
ADDRESS Multiple Locations 1101 S.W. Citizens Circle 1499 S. Main St. 1800 N. Mt. Olive St. 1 Country Club Dr. 922 E. Emma Ave. 215 S.W. A St. 2000 N.E. Memorial Park Square 3000 S. 56th St. 1707 S. 26th St. 1100 Watson Ave. 3495 E. Goff Farm Rd.
ADDRESS 200 N.E. A St. 75 Prospect Ave. 12 Spring St. 70 N. East Ave 18 Mason Ln. 430 Town Center
CITY Bella Vista Bentonville Cave Springs Siloam Springs Holiday Island Springdale Bentonville Bentonville Springdale Rogers Springdale Fayetteville Fayetteville
CITY Bentonville Eureka Springs Eureka Springs Fayetteville Bella Vista Bella Vista
Lodging options listed are advertisers; additional options may be found on member-city websites linked through NorthwestArkansas.org
INFO bellavistapoa.com playbentonville.com nwarvresort.com siloamsprings.com holidayisland.us jonescenter.net playbentonville.com playbentonville.com nwanaturals.com rogersar.gov springdalear.gov stonebridgemeadows.com arkansasrazorbacks.com
INFO 21cmuseumhotels.com/ bentonville crescent-hotel.com basinpark.com hotelchancellor.com cedarlodgearkansas.com vacationrentalsinc.net
PG. # 17, 55, 79 56 55 24, 57 21, 55 26, 57, 74 16, 56, 73 16, 57 14, 26, 53-54, 56 23, 56-57 26, 57 20, 55 14, 21, 53-54, 63
PG. # 16, 30, 35 19 40, 56 72 72
NATURE & OUTDOOR ADVENTURE BUSINESS
Arkansas State Parks
27, 45, 61
Back 40 Trails
9, 14-15, 18, 22-23, 43, 51-52
Beaver Lake Eagle Watch & Fall Foliage Tour 4024 Mundell Rd.
Bella Vista Lakes
Bella Vista POA Trails
17, 43 17, 46
Buffalo National River
11840-11850 Peach Orchard Rd. Bentonville
Crystal Bridges Trails
600 Museum Way
Devilâ€™s Den State Park
11333 Ark. Hwy. 74
Hobbs State Park
20201 Ark. Hwy. 12
23, 27, 45
Holiday Island Marina
124 Woodsdale Dr.
Holiday Island Campground
21 N. Star Loop
14, 43, 48
14, 24, 44, 50
500 E. Walnut St.
Lake Fayetteville Park
1208 E. Lake Fayetteville Rd.
Lake Leatherwood City Park
U.S. 62 West
15689 Lake Wedington Entry
Mt. Kessler Trails
2600 W. Judge Cummings Road Fayetteville
22, 44 23, 42, 44, 47
The Railyard Bike Park
299 E. Cherry St.
Razorback Regional Greenway
nwatrails.org / oztrailsnwa.com
Pea Ridge National Military Park
15930 Hwy. 62 East
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park
506 E. Douglas St.
Sager Creek Mountain Bike Trail
20, 47 18, 47, 59 20, 43
Mulberry River arkansas.com Rogers
14, 27, 42, 45
3, 20, 47 44
visitrogersarkansas.com / oztrailsnwa.com 14, 22-23, 42, 47 14, 17, 20, 26, 46 15, 61 10, 15, 45, 61 24, 47
Scenic Byways arkansas.com/places-to-go/scenic-byways 52 Siloam Springs Kayak Park
19253 Fisher Ford Rd.
4400 Smith Field Dr.
Slaughter Pen Bike Trails
14, 24, 44, 50 24, 50
SUP Outfitters Stand Up Paddle Boarding
234 Timber Ridge Rd
Thunder Chicken Trail
2474 W. Pump Station Rd.
16-17, 46, 53, 59 26, 46
Top Motorcycle Rides
Withrow Springs State Park
33424 Ark. Spur 23
18, 44 22, 25, 45
FESTIVALS & EVENTS See pages 66-74 for a listing of community festivals and special events taking place throughout Northwest Arkansas.
NWA VISITOR INFORMATION CENTERS See page 11 for a listing of NWA Visitor Information Centers. NorthwestArkansas.org | 81
1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 1905 Basin Park Hotel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 21c Museum Hotel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 28 Springs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Arkansas State Parks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Arkansas & Missouri Railroad. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Aquarius Taqueria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Bathetopia Bath Boutique. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Bella Vista POA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Blue Spring Heritage Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Bordinos Restaurant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Cedar Lodge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Cherokee Casino & Hotel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 City of Bella Vista . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 City of Huntsville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 City of Siloam Springs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Compton Gardens & Conference Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Cosmic Cavern. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Daisy Airgun Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Ermilio’s Italian Home Cooking. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Eureka Springs CAPC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Experience Fayetteville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Explore Springdale. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Faulkner Performing Arts Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Gaskins Cabin Steakhouse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Keels Creek Winery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Local Flavor Cafe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Main Street Siloam Springs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Mermaids Seafood Restaurant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Northwest Arkansas Naturals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Opera in the Ozarks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Ozark Mountain Ziplines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 The Peel Mansion Museum & Heritage Gardens. . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Powerhouse Seafood & Grill. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Pure Joy Ice Cream. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Rockin’ Pig Saloon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Rogers Historical Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Rolando's Latin Fusion Cusine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Scott Family Amazeum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Siloam Springs Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Siloam Springs Farmers Market. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Terra Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 The Great Passion Play. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Vacation Rentals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Visit Bentonville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Visit Rogers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Walmart AMP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Walton Arts Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Wood Stone Craft Pizza & Bar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Meet the Natives. Explore our Heritage.
This woodland garden trail of plants native to the Ozark Plateau connects the heart of downtown Bentonville to Crystal Bridges. The trailhead is the home of Dr. Neil Compton, the conservationist instrumental in the preservation of the Buffalo River, designated the first National River in 1979. The Center details his life and legacy and also is available for special events. Enter off North Main Street. 479-254-3870
"Where generations experience the history, heritage and natural beauty of Northwest Arkansas" The home of one of the first Bentonville families, this Italianate Victorian was built in 1875 and now serves as a museum portraying Victorian era life. Surrounded by heritage strolling gardens, this historic landmark makes a great wedding setting. Visit the authentic pre-Civil War cabin and Museum Store for tickets. Tours offered Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 3pm. Adults $5, Children $2, Children under 6 are free. 400 South Walton. Blvd.
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7 miles south of Eureka Springs 479.253.5841 • TurpentineCreek.org 239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
“Top Ten” Northwest Arkansas Attraction!