With river floats, farmers markets, exotic wildlife and baseball, plus fireworks, performing arts, bike races and splash zones, check out our handpicked list of awesome things to do and see this summer in Northwest Arkansas!
June 1 | Downtown Springdale
Gather for this friendly outdoor community dinner served under the night sky – right down the middle of Emma Avenue!
June 1 | Withrow Springs State Park Huntsville
Free activities all day! Includes a guided float along War Eagle Creek, free lunch, and entertainment by Ozark duo Still on the Hill.
June 7, July 5 & August 2 | Downtown Bentonville
Music, food, vendors and community – the Bentonville Square turns into a giant neighborhood block party once a month!
Scenic Illinois River
A summertime hotspot for whitewater paddlers with a swim area, a climbing boulder, walking trails, picnic tables and rain gardens!
June 6, July 4 & August 1 Downtown Fayetteville
The historic square hosts an outdoor arts celebration with live music, street performances, children’s activities and a craft beer garden!
June 8 | Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Celebrate the beauty of Crystal Bridges’ trails and grounds at the fifth annual Garden Party.
June 12 | Eureka Springs
Celebrate the grand opening of a new habitat especially for exotic serval wildcats! Turpentine Creek is one of the largest rescues of its kind, providing a lifetime of care and compassion for abused and neglected animals.
June 13 & 14 | Arend Arts Center Bentonville
Experience a magnetic mixture of music and movement as Northwest Arkansas’ premier dance company presents NEXT: Classically Contemporary Dance – two evenings of exciting performing arts!
June 15 | Apple Seeds in Fayetteville
Visiting Chef Matt Cooper of The Preacher’s Son prepares a meal fresh from the garden! Includes cocktail hour and a multi-course dinner. Seating is limited.
Through Sept. 2 | Arvest Ballpark Springdale
Baseball and summertime go hand-and-hand, and you and your family can enjoy the best in Minor League action right here in NWA!
NWA SPLASH ZONES!
Beat the heat this summer at splash pads, pools and aquatic centers across the region where you can swim, splash and play!
NWA FARMERS MARKETS
Soak up the sights and sounds at these vibrant community hubs that not only feature locally grown produce and farm-fresh items, but live music, street performers and kids’ activities, too.
Thru Mid-June | Baum Stadium Fayetteville
The Diamond Hogs are in the midst of another great season! Catch all the live action at Baum Stadium with instant replays on the high-def video board and cool refreshments from onsite food trucks and concessions.
June 7-8 | Town Square
This day of family fun kicks off summer in historic downtown with arts and crafts, kids activities, a 5K run and fun walk – and plenty of the cold stuff!
June 13, July 11 & August 8 Downtown Rogers
Guest artists from around region showcase photography, ceramics, paintings, stained glass, fiber art and more!
With 2019 experiences like Maker Boot Camp and Fridays in the Forest, this hands-on, interactive museum has what it takes to keep kids engaged this summer!
June 22 | Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park
Journey back in time during this star gazing event hosted by the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society.
June 26-29 | Parsons Stadium Springdale
A tradition for 75 years! See performances by the most talented riders in this part of the country.
July 4 | Walmart AMP Rogers
Celebrate the 4th of July with this patriotic concert by the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA), plus fireworks and fun for the whole family!
July 3 | The Dam at Loch Lomond
Bring the kids or your crew for a stunning display over the lake. Don’t forget your blankets and lawn chairs!
July 20 | Back 40 Trails | Bella Vista
This premier Arkansas mountain biking enduro race is along Bella Vista’s venerable Back 40 Trails.
July 27 & August 24 | Starlight Skatium | Fayetteville
Watch your favorite NWA derby gals take on the Springfield, Mo., team on July 27 and the 580 Roller Girls on Aug. 24. During bouts, check out what’s on tap in the beer garden, too.
August 10 | Compton Gardens & Conference Center | Bentonville
Dr. Compton Day is a free community event for all ages to learn about conservation, environmental stewardship and recreational activities in NWA. The event is a celebration of Dr. Compton and the issues he championed in Arkansas and beyond.
August 24 | Drake Field Airport Fayetteville
NWA’s hot air balloon festival features tethered rides, a skydiving show, helicopter rides, a beer garden and a kids zone. Supports the non-profit Open Avenues.
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