“It’s a perfect location, a great American town. I’ve been coming here for over 20 years, and the changes over that time are nothing short of spectacular.”TREVOR DRINKWATER, CO-FOUNDER OF BENTONVILLE FILM FESTIVAL
Like any strong local music scene, Northwest Arkansas supports some great music festivals. People here are particularly proud of the Fayetteville Roots Festival, a four-day urban music festival taking place August 22-26, 2018. The Roots element of the festival is dedicated to showcasing what makes the Ozarks so amazing. Elements of community represented at the festival will include local artisans, live art performances, local non-profit organizations and community action groups.
Another must-see event is the Bentonville Film Festival. The festival, through it’s partnership with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, is open exclusively to female and minority filmmakers. Their mission is “championing women and diversity in media.” Stars such as Robert DeNiro, Rosie O’Donnell and Soledad O’Brian were in Northwest Arkansas for the inaugural festival.
The Walton Arts Center puts on a beloved community event called Artosphere. The event takes place across Northwest Arkansas along the Razorback Regional Greenway. Artosphere is Arkansas’ Arts and Nature Festival, celebrating artists influenced by nature, who inspire us to live more sustainable lives. There’s something for everyone.
Cities produce some great events for the community, too. Out of the many the locals enjoy, two that are particularly popular – the Lights of the Ozarks and Bikes, Blues & BBQ. The Lights of the Ozarks is a popular holiday attraction. Every year, the community comes bundled up to see more than 400,000 lights turned on at the Fayetteville Square. Bikes, Blues & BBQ is one of the nation’s largest motorcycle rallies. Some estimates are that as many as 300,000 riders attend the event to enjoy the fall weather and scenic rides.
War Eagle Mill Fall Arts and Crafts Fair and the Little Craft Show are both popular events for makers and creatives. Hundreds of makers booths go up at these events, and both are well known throughout the South. The Little Craft Show happens twice a year, once in Bentonville and once in Fayetteville. War Eagle Mill Arts & Crafts Fair takes place over four days in Rogers.
Crystal Bridges produces some amazing events that serve the whole family. For example, their Noon-Year Celebration geared towards children, or the Black Hearts Ball, a Valentines Day Celebration for adults. Check here for a full listing of Crystal Bridges Events & Programming.