Spring Festivals, Outdoor Concerts & Major Music Fests

March 2, 2018
Northwest Arkansas is pulling out the stops this spring with festivals and celebrations, outdoor concerts and major music fests! Mark your calendars and make your way to NWA to celebrate this bright and beautiful season! 

SPRINGTIME FESTIVALS:

        28th Annual Kite Festival at Turpentine Creek
28th Annual Art with an Altitude Kite Fest, March 24
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge | Eureka Springs
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a kite festival! In its 28th year at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, this festival offers a day of fun for all ages. Bring your own kite to fly, or get with the kite experts from KaleidoKites of Eureka Springs who will be onsite to help kids (and parents!) make a kite and share flying techniques. Including contests, music, games and more, this family-friendly event is a fundraiser to help Turpentine Creek care for the tigers, lions, cougars and other exotic wildlife that call the refuge home. eurekasprings.org
Spring Diversity Festival in Eureka Springs, April 6-7
Historic Downtown | Eureka Springs
This special weekend dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQ community has turned into a festival with multiple events and opportunities to explore Eureka Springs! Spend the weekend jamming to live music at various locations, attend the meet and greet, and get in on special game nights, dance parties and more. Take in all that this vibrant community has to offer from gourmet food shops, sidewalk cafes and art galleries, to boutiques, urban trails and turn-of-the-century neighborhoods. eurekasprings.org
Ales & Tails Crawfish Festival
March 31 | 8th Street Market & Bike Rack Brewery | Bentonville
April 7 | Washington County Fairgrounds | Fayetteville
This year, Ales & Tails expands! Now with events in both Fayetteville and Bentonville, these two days revolve around a true Southern delicacy: crawfish! A ticket buys all-you-can-eat crawfish, corn on the cob and potatoes – all boiled to perfection. The best of local craft brews and a select menu of local wines are available for purchase. With live entertainment by local band Crescent City Combo playing Cajun-inspired tunes, you’ll feel as though you’ve arrived in the heart of the bayou! alesandtails.org 
Dogwood Festival
Siloam Springs Dogwood Festival, April 27-29
Historic Downtown | Siloam Springs
Held every year on the last full weekend in April, this award-winning festival features hundreds of booths filled with arts and crafts, handmade items, gifts and vintage. Food vendors offer a variety of good eats, performers provide live music and entertainment, and the KidZone keeps the young ones happy and engaged. Also, take part in the Dogwood 5K Run and the Bed Races on Broadway. siloamchamber.com
5th Annual Jeep Fest, May 12
Veterans Memorial Park | Holiday Island
Jeeps and their peeps! Check out the 5th annual Jeep Fest on Saturday, May 12, in beautiful Holiday Island, Arkansas. With new attractions, plus a Jeep poker run, wooded trail runs for Jeeps and UTVs, a technical playpen, live entertainment, food and drinks, and the Jeep Show & Go main event. Enter for a chance to win trophies and cash prizes, too! hichamber.com
Fayetteville Foam Fest, May 12
Historic Downtown Square| Fayetteville
In its sixth year, this beer sampling festival ­– for those age 21 and older – features the best of handcrafted local, regional, national and international brews, live music for your listening pleasure, and food trucks serving up their tastiest offerings. Proceeds benefit local charities: the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Lib Horn Animal Shelter of Fayetteville and Ranger's Pantry Pet Food Bank. fayettevillefoamfest.com
Eureka Springs Mustang Days, May 31 – June 3
Best Western Inn | Eureka Springs
Quite possibly the greatest Mustang show in the Ozarks, this is one car event you don’t want to miss! Featuring cars from every generation from way back to fresh off the lot, this weekend includes cruises and parades, meet and greets, giveaways and more. Each year gets better and better celebrating America’s favorite continuously produced, pony car, the Ford Mustang. midwestblueoval.club

OUTDOOR CONCERTS & MUSIC FESTS:

Backwoods at Mulberry Mountain, April 20-22
Outdoor Music Festival | Ozark
A major music festival moves its location to the previous spot where the Arkansas’ most popular music festival, Wakarusa, took place for over 10 years. Backwoods is an outdoor concert experience that features primitive camping in the serene setting of the Ozark Mountains with a musical lineup that presents a variety of genres from low-key Americana to high-energy electronic dance music. backwoodsmusicfestival.com
Byrdfest 2018 Outdoor Music Festival, May 4-5
Outdoor Music Festival | Ozark 
In its 16th year, Byrdfest returns to Byrds Adventure Center in Ozark, Ark. Set upon 800 acres of natural Ozark beauty near the Mulberry River, this festival features two nights of live music with shaded camping areas (electric hookups available) swimming in the Mulberry, and a restaurant and a general store. It’s the ultimate outdoor concert experience! byrdfest.com
From L to R: Brantley Gibert, AMP view from the lawn, Dave Matthews Band
Brantley Gilbert, April 28, Walmart AMP | Rogers
Kicking off an exciting season of major outdoor concerts at the AMP is country music singer Brantley Gilbert with his The Ones That Like Me tour. Gilbert’s number one country singles include “Kick it in the Sticks,” “Small Town Throwdown,” a track featuring Arkansas native Justin More, and “Bottoms Up” to name a few. Gilbert is also a songwriter whose work includes “My Kinda Party” and “Dirt Road Anthem” for country sensation Jason Aldean. waltonartscenter.org/AMP
Primus and Mastodon, May 12, Walmart AMP | Rogers
Primus and Mastadon will arrive at the Walmart AMP ready to rock! Primus' musical spectrum includes notes of alternative, punk, avant-garde, psychedelic and even country sounds. The band has toured with some of rock’s biggest stars including U2 and Jane’s Addiction and has headlined multiple music festivals. Mastodon is a Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band with tracks featured in momentous scenes of major TV shows like Game of Thrones. waltonartscenter.org/AMP
Dave Matthews Band, May 30, Walmart AMP | Rogers
Making a return performance at the AMP, the Dave Matthews Band’s stop in Rogers is part of a tour celebrating the release its first studio album since 2012! This Grammy-Award winning group has been around for more than two decades, continuing to produce chart-topping music and bigger and better crowds with every tour. Selling more than 50 million records worldwide, DMB is best known for extended improvisational renditions of its songs with spectacular light shows accompanying the music. waltonartscenter.org/AMP
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