(Almost) Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall

Don’t pack away those flip flops yet! Get ready for one last hurrah as summer starts drawing to a close in NWA, making way for autumn to take the spotlight. This time of year brings a sweet combo of crisp sunshine and the very first signs of fall, setting the stage for a new season of fun in the Ozarks! 

From a new Razorback football season and the largest motorcycle of its kind in the U.S., to exciting new world-class art, up-to-the minute music and culinary, and a summer grand finale at your favorite lake or park – now is the perfect time of year to enjoy our gem of a region.

FAYETTEVILLE ROOTS FEST

Intimate Urban Music And Food Festival | August 21-25 The Fayetteville Roots Festival is an dedicated to the sounds, tastes and vibes that make this part of the Ozarks so unique! Roots Fest is a five-day urban music and culinary extravaganza featuring:

  • Nationally known musicians
  • Undiscovered talent
  • Multiple music stages downtown
  • 40+chefs, farmers and restaurants focused on locally grown
  • Film screenings & workshops
  • And more!

Come see why people from more 25 states and countries have fallen in love with Roots Fest! Limited tickets available at therootsfest.org.

WALMART AMP | LIVE MUSIC

Rogers | Concerts are king in Northwest Arkansas, and it’s not too late to catch the finale of the Summer Concert Series at the Walmart AMP! The state’s largest outdoor music amphitheater will close its 2019 season with these big-name performances:

For tickets and info visit waltonartscenter.org/AMP.

ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville The Arkansas Razorbacks are ready to kick off a new season of SEC football with plenty of home-game fun and excitement! In one of many home games of the 2019 Season, the Razorbacks host Colorado State on Saturday, Sept. 14, for a 3 p.m. afternoon match-up. Buy single tickets, or even rent a gazebo to tailgate with your friends and family before, during and after the game! Discounted group rates are available. More info at arkansasrazorbacks.com.

Razor Rail, Rogers Ride to the Arkansas-Colorado State game in style and skip the hassle of parking and driving! Hop aboard Razor Rail – an Arkansas & Missouri passenger train that goes from Rogers to Razorback Stadium and back again once the game is over!

 

BIKES, BLUES & BBQ

Motorcycle Rally & Festival, Fayetteville |  Sept. 25-28 Feel the rumble as hundreds of thousands of motorcycles and festival-goers from all over the country roll into Northwest Arkansas for the annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ! Centered along the Dickson Street Entertainment District, this four-day rally features:

 

  • Live music stages
  • Beer gardens
  • KCBS Arkansas State BBQ Championship
  • Poker runs & VIP rides
  • Lawn mower pulls
  • Contests & vendors
  • Chrome, chrome & more chrome!
  • And scenic rides that can only be found in the NWA Ozarks!

Don’t miss action-packed excitement — and some of the best people watching around — at the largest charitable motorcycle rally in the nation! Visit bikesbluesandbbq.org.

CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

ART, NATURE AND COLOR See these major summer art exhibitions before they’re over!

Color Field  The large colorful sculptures in this outdoor exhibition will blow your mind! Meander through the Bentonville museum’s North Forest to see works like Spencer Finch’s billboard-sized grid that is Back to Kansas – each set against the lush backdrop of the museum’s Ozark forest. Through Sept. 30.

Indoors, Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment  shines the light on American artists’ impact on environmental understanding and stewardship. Featuring 100 works from 70 eminent U.S. collections, Nature’s Nation traces 300 years of evolving ideas about the natural world and our place within it. Through Sept. 9

COMING IN OCTOBER

Plan now for these three new must-see experiences coming to Crystal Bridges this fall!

Infinity Mirrored Room – My Heart is Dancing into the Universe by Yayoi Kusama is an incredible art installation staged in an enclosed room that is filled with mirrors and dotted paper lanterns that change color. Opens to the public on Oct. 2 (Member preview: August 31 thru Sept. 30) 

Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today is the first exhibition of its kind to explore the connections between crystal and art throughout the world! Features more than 70 works spanning Ancient Egypt to today. On view from Oct. 12. thru Jan. 6, 2020

North Forest Lights is Crystal Bridges’ new nighttime, multimedia experience. From the middle of the North Forest, five distinct installations bring the forest to life with light, sound and sensory effects. On view from Oct. 26 thru Feb. 16, 2020

 

SOAK UP THE RAYS

It’s not too late to squeeze in a last summer hurrah on the water! Navigate the rapids at the Siloam Springs Kayak Park, have a picnic at a state or national park, or cast a rod at one of our many lakes and rivers. For a list of lakes, rivers and parks in NWA click here.  

 

MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS AND RIDES

Every season is mountain bike season in Northwest Arkansas! Feel the love and camaraderie of one of the most progressive cycling communities in the nation. NWA has 250+ miles of off-road bike trails, singletrack ranked by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), the largest asphalt pump track in North America, and miles upon miles of premier paved shared-use trails!

For a list of mountain bike trails and amenities, click here and visit OzTrailsNWA.com.

Upcoming races and rides – here are a few: (more info coming soon)

NWA Mountain Bike Championships | Devil’s Den State Park | Sept. 14 Celebrate 31 years of mountain biking in Northwest Arkansas during this annual cross-country race at Devil’s Den State Park. Including group rides, camping, cookouts and qualifying events for the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series.

Back 40 Fall For All | Bella Vista | Sept. 20 Celebrate fall on the Back 40 with cycling, hiking, trail running, bird watching, bug hunting — anything trail related in Bella Vista!

Arkansas Enduro Series | Coler Mountain Bike Preserve, Bentonville | Sept. 21-22 The fifth and final stop on the statewide enduro series wraps up at the coveted Coler Mountain Bike Preserve. Five minutes from downtown, this 300-acre site is a mountain biker’s dream!

 

VISIT EUREKA SPRINGS

Nestled in the heart of the Ozarks, Eureka Springs is a great place for a vacation, day trip or quick weekend getaway! With shops, restaurants and art galleries, Victorian architecture and a quirky vibe, the entire downtown is on the National Register of Historic Places. Eureka is tucked in the mountains and surrounded by rivers, lakes and springs, offering plenty of opportunities to sightsee, free-wander and unplug. Visit EurekaSprings.org for details.

 

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