Springtime Festivals & Outdoor Concerts
Northwest Arkansas springs into action this season with much-loved festivals, outdoor concerts and other popular events – like a monthlong festival in May in the vibrant arts community of Eureka Springs.
With four counties, 10 cities, tons of attractions and more, do yourself a favor and save these dates so you can start planning your springtime getaway now!
March 23 | Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge | Eureka Springs It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the kite festival! In its 29th year at Turpentine Creek, the Kite Fest offers a day of fun for all ages. Bring a kite, or see the experts at KaleidoKites who will be onsite to help you make your own. With contests, music, games and more, the festival helps Turpentine Creek care for the tigers, lions, cougars and other exotic wildlife that call the refuge home.
April 5-7 | Downtown Eureka This weekend celebrating the LGBTQ community has turned into a festival with multiple events and opportunities to explore Eureka Springs. Jam to live music at various locations, attend the meet and greet, and get in on special game nights and dance parties, too.
April 6 | Fayetteville & April 13 | Bentonville This festival revolves around a true Southern delicacy: crawfish! One ticket buys all-you-can-eat crawfish, corn on the cob and potatoes – all boiled to perfection. The best of local craft brews and entertainment by Crescent City Combo will have you feeling like you’re in the heart of the bayou!
April 20 | Dickson Street
This festival, which began in the 1980s as a celebration of springtime organized by downtown businesses, features local arts and crafts, a pancake breakfast, activities for kids and families, and, of course, the annual bed races on Dickson Street!
April 26-28 | Historic Downtown This award-winning festival features hundreds of booths filled with arts and crafts, handmade items, gifts and vintage goods. With food vendors, live music and entertainment, and the KidZone to keep the young ones happy. Don’t forget the Dogwood 5K Run and the Bed Races on Broadway!
May 3-5 | Downtown Bentonville
This festival features Grammy Award-winning songwriters and top industry professionals pairing up with emerging local talent to perform at events like First Friday on the downtown Square and Beer & Hymns at Bike Rack Brewery. Other festival events include master classes, the BMG Songwriters Show, and the Ozark Regional Songwriters Association Showcase Finale.
May 4 | Downtown Square The 8th Annual Fayetteville Foam Fest returns to the historic downtown square with dozens of local, regional and international brews! In between rounds, check out the local food trucks and stop by the merch tent for all the best Foam Fest swag. Takes place rain or shine!
May 4 | Washington County Fairgrounds, Fayetteville Enjoy an afternoon of brews and tunes at the Arkansas Brewgrass Festival! Back for a fourth year, spend the day jamming to bluegrass by Sad Daddy and The Ozark Highballers, with locally crafted libations, bingo, kids activities and more.
May 16-17 | Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville Northwest Arkansas’ premier wine and food event! Sample some of the world’s finest wines and delicious local fare at the signature Uncorked! event, and nosh on a six-course meal and wine pairing with live entertainment at the Winemakers Dinner.
May 30 thru June 2 | Eureka Springs Come celebrate America’s favorite continuously produced pony car: the Ford Mustang! The weekend features Mustangs from every generation – from way back to fresh off the lot, plus cruises and parades, meet and greets and giveaways.
Month of May | Historic Downtown Home to more than 350 working artists in all mediums, the vibrant arts community of Eureka Springs brings the flair during this annual month-long festival. Featuring one-of-a-kind art exhibits, demonstrations, performances, culinary arts, free music in the park, and the festival’s signature street party thrown by the artists themselves – The White Street Walk.
Eureka Springs May Festival of the Arts
At the Walmart AMP in Rogers:
- Chris Tomlin, April 17 Grammy Award-winning and worship leader/songwriter Chris Tomlin has sold more than seven million records and wows crowds with his angelic vocals. This Texas native brings the energy wherever he goes with his contemporary style of Christian music.
- Carlos Santana, April 28 Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana brings his Global Consciousness Tour to the Walmart AMP! This special tour honors the 20th anniversary of the release of his groundbreaking Supernatural album as well as the 50th anniversary of his memorable set at Woodstock.
- Leon Bridges, May 1 This new artist is on the up-and-up after surprising the music industry when his very first album debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 in 2015. Bridges will have the audience grooving with his soulful tunes.
- The Killers, May 6 This group has been rocking crowds around the globe for well over a decade and they continue to headline some of the world’s top music festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza and Glastonbury. Don’t miss them – it’s sure to be a killer show!
- Earth, Wind & Fire, May 17 Are you ready to groove tonight?! Get down to the sounds of one of the top-selling musical groups of all time, which has dabbled in genres across the musical spectrum including R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, dance, Latin and Afro pop.
- The Avett Brothers, May 18 This folk band makes its much-anticipated return to Northwest Arkansas! Heavily influenced by the sounds of Hall & Oates, the Americana Roots sounds of The Avett Brothers always mellows out the crowd.
- Star Wars: A New Hope™ in Concert, May 25 Experience the major film screening of Star Wars: A New Hope™ on the AMP’s big screen as musicians from the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) perform selections from the award-winning film score. It’s going to be out of this world!
May 31 thru June 2 | Nearby Franklin County Back for a second year at the original location of the mega-popular music festival Wakarusa, Backwoods offer a unique outdoor concert experience with primitive camping in the serene setting of the Ozark Mountains. The musical lineup includes a variety of genres from low-key Americana to high-energy electronic dance.
Carlos Santana; Earth, Wind & Fire
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