Sweet summertime in NWA can mean everything from community bluegrass and BBQ, celebrating local Italian tradition, popular bike festivals, classic car shows, diversity parades, or a magical firefly party for families at the region’s botanical gardens. Whatever your fancy, we’ve got it, so make your plans to attend these popular summer festivals now!Eureka Springs Mustang Days | Thru June 2 Take the scenic route through the Ozark byways for the Eureka Springs Mustang Days presented by the Midwest Blue Oval Club. The only such show of its kind in the region, it includes the Mustang Mardi Gras parade, a Country Cruise, and cars from every generation – from daily drivers to souped-up restorations. Other Ford models are welcome to attend! IMBA Trail Labs, Bentonville | June 10-12 Trail Labs are in-depth, off-road, bike riding workshops designed to catalyze the next generation of riders and destinations. Learn what it takes to create a model trail community, and share your knowledge with others. The city of Bentonville, a silver-level IMBA Ride Center, is the host community for Trail Labs. Register now! Bluegrass & BBQ, Huntsville | June 8 Get your appetite ready for Hunstville’s Bluegrass & BBQ at Mitchusson Park, complete with a volleyball court, paved walking trails, a disc golf course and a bike skills course and pump track. This community festival is the perfect way spend a Saturday with the family. Entertainment includes live bluegrass shows, and of course, the BBQ cookoff! NWA Pride Parade & Festival, Fayetteville | June 15 The 15th annual NWA Pride Parade and Festival is the largest LGBTQ Pride celebration in Arkansas. Held in conjunction with diversity events throughout the month of June, the festival kicks off at 11 a.m. in the Dickson Street Entertainment District with the parade at noon, a beer garden, food, the PFLAG family zone, and the NWA Bear King Contest. BITE NW Arkansas Culinary Festival, Bentonville | June 26-28 As part of the NW Arkansas Championship, BITE NW Arkansas returns for a fifth year! This world-class culinary festival is held at Bentonville’s 8th Street Market, showcasing the best cuisine, beverages, ingredients, restaurants and chefs that Northwest Arkansas has to offer. Limited tickets remain! Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival | July 12-14 The 21st Annual Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival attracts riders, spectators and party-goers from several states. This three-day festival is packed with downhill, short track and cross-country racing, glued together with group rides, social gatherings, live music, craft beer and all-around good vibes! Western Roundup Days, Hunstville | July 22-27 Held in conjunction with the Madison County Rodeo on July 26-27, Huntsville celebrates its heritage for a full week during Roundup Days on July 22-27. Festivities include a Dutch oven cook-off, gospel singing, Kids Night and a rodeo parade through downtown. Rogers Cycling Festival | July 26-28 Eleven events, three days, one amazing cycling festival! Varied race opportunities include events for mountain bike enthusiasts and road cyclists alike – plus family events like the Family Glow Ride at Lake Atalanta. Eurekan Multisport Festival | July 19-21 Do you have what it takes to handle the ultimate multisport challenge? To earn the title of The Eurekan you must complete a triathlon, 100-mile bike ride and 10K run. Not as ambitious (but still a beast!)? Try the Half Eurekan with a triathlon, 58-mile bike ride and 5K run. Firefly Fling, Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville | July 20 One of the most anticipated summer events for families every year, the Firefly Fling returns to the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks on July 20! This magical celebration sees BGO’s 12 themed gardens come to life with kiddos dressed as fairies, woodland creatures, giant bubbles, nature stations, crafts and more. Stick around at sunset for glow-in-the-dark performances and fire dancing on BGO’s Great Lawn! Summer Diversity Weekend in Eureka Springs | August 1-4 Four times a year, Eureka Springs dedicates a weekend to celebrating love and diversity! Spend an afternoon strolling the city’s beautifully preserved downtown, the entirety of which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Eureka’s art community is prolific and quirky, with dozens of galleries and arts experiences, plus local pubs, scrumptious restaurants and eclectic shops. Sponsored by Out in Eureka. Arkansas Bike Summit, Bentonville | August 2-3 Join state and national industry leaders as they convene in one of the nation’s leading mountain bicycling destinations to share the latest news about cycling infrastructure, culture and events. Learn how cycling can benefit and grow your own community! 121st Tontitown Grape Festival | August 6-10 A Northwest Arkansas tradition, the Tontitown Grape Festival knows how to draw a crowd! This community west of Springdale has deep Northern Italian roots, and its annual festival is famous for made-from-scratch spaghetti and fried chicken dinners and grape stomping events. The live music lineup is always a crowd-pleaser, too, and has included country music stars Maren Morris and Arkansas’ own Ashley McBryde in past years. Frisco Festival, Rogers | August 23-24 This family friendly, end-of-summer festival has been delighting people from all over for more than two decades. With live entertainment, cook-offs, contests, a car show and vendors, the Frisco Festival is another great reason to visit beautiful downtown Rogers! 27th Annual Eureka Springs VW Festival | August 23-25 Enjoy a weekend dedicated to one of most recognizable car brands of our time! Not only will you find classic Volkswagen Bugs, vans and all models in between, but there is the giant swap meet, a “tourcade” and live entertainment, too. Groovy! ALSO: Be sure to check out our Summer of Music blog for this season’s outdoor concerts, music festivals and local concerts series!
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