Roundup: Best Summer Ever!

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!

AL FRESCO STREET DINNER

June 1 | Downtown Springdale

Gather for this friendly outdoor community dinner served under the night sky – right down the middle of Emma Avenue!

WAR EAGLE APPRECIATION DAY & FLOAT

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.

FIRST FRIDAY BENTONVILLE

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!

SILOAM SPRINGS KAYAK PARK

Scenic Illinois River

A summertime hotspot for whitewater paddlers with a swim area, a climbing boulder, walking trails, picnic tables and rain gardens!

FIRST THURSDAY FAYETTEVILLE

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!

CRYSTAL BRIDGES GARDEN PARTY

June 8 | Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Celebrate the beauty of Crystal Bridges’ trails and grounds at the fifth annual Garden Party.

TURPENTINE CREEK WILDLIFE REFUGE: NEW SERVAL HABITAT 

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.

NWA BALLET THEATRE PRESENTS: NEXT

June 13 & 14 | Arend Arts Center Bentonville

Experience a magnetic mixture of music and movement as Northwest Arkansas’ premier dance company presents NEXTClassically Contemporary Dance – two evenings of exciting performing arts! 

THE KITCHEN TABLE

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.

NORTHWEST NATURALS BASEBALL

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!

Lawrence Plaza Splash Pad in Bentonville

Rogers Aquatics Center

Springdale Aquatic Center

Siloam Springs Kayak Park

The Jones Center Indoor Pool, Springdale

Wilson Park Pool in Fayetteville

Bentonville’s Melvin Ford Aquatic Center

Family Aquatic Center in Siloam Springs

New* Walker Park Splash Pad, Fayetteville

New*Pea Ridge Splash Pad

Gravette Pool and Splash Park

Berryville Community Center Pool

Holiday Island Recreation Center Pools

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.

Bella VistaBentonville

BerryvilleEureka Springs

FayettevilleHuntsville

RogersSiloam Springs

Springdale

ARKANSAS RAZORBACK BASEBALL

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. 

34TH ANNUAL BERRYVILLE CHAMBER ICE CREAM SOCIAL

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!

ART ON THE BRICKS

June 13, July 11 & August 8  Downtown Rogers

Guest artists from around region showcase photography, ceramics, paintings, stained glass, fiber art and more!

SCOTT FAMILY AMAZEUM

Bentonville

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!

STARS OVER THE BATTLEFIELD

June 22 | Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

Journey back in time during this star gazing event hosted by the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society.

75TH ANNUAL RODEO OF THE OZARKS

June 26-29 | Parsons Stadium  Springdale 

A tradition for 75 years! See performances by the most talented riders in this part of the country. 

FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR: AN AMERICAN SALUTE

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!

BELLA VISTA INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS

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!

 

ARKANSAS ENDURO SERIES

July 20 | Back 40 Trails | Bella Vista

This premier Arkansas mountain biking enduro race is along Bella Vista’s venerable Back 40 Trails.

 

NWA ROLLER DERBY

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.

 

DR. COMPTON DAY

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.

 

SOAR NWA

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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