We Heart Autumn: Top Things to Do & See
Razorback football season, scenic train rides, and farm-to-table dinners, plus art strolls, trail runs, performing arts, garden parties and helicopter sky tours – experience NWA your way this autumn with our top things to do and see!
Scenic Excursion Train
Arkansas & Missouri Railroad, Springdale
9/8: 5th Annual Farm to Table Dinner
Dine with the farmers! Enjoy farm-fresh culinary, live music and local entertainment at this summer’s end supper.
9/8, 26 + 10/12, 25 : Live at the Walmart AMP
Arkansas largest outdoor music venue wraps up its 2019 concert series with a bang!
- 9/8 | Breaking Benjamin
- 9/26 | Luke Combs
- 10/12 | Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert
- 10/25 | Zac Brown Band
9/10: Chefs in the Garden
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville
9/12, 10/10, 11/7: Art on the Bricks
The second Thursday of each month, downtown businesses host artists and musicians to showcase their work along the brick lined streets of downtown.
9/14: Go Hogs!
Arkansas Razorback Football 2019 Season
The Hogs host Colorado State at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville on Sept. 14 for a perfect weekend match-up – the second home game of the new season!
9/14: Chalk it Up!
Bob Henry Park, Siloam Springs
This annual event hosted by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department always draws a crowd!
9/14: Razor Rail to Razorback Game
Rogers to Fayetteville
Ride in style aboard the Arkansas & Missouri passenger train to the Colorado State game at Razorback Stadium, then hop back on for the return ride to downtown Rogers.
9/16: Mexican Independence Day Celebration
Basin Park, Eureka Springs
Gather downtown for family style celebration featuring live music, authentic dance and Mexican history.
9/21: Farm to Table Dinner
This multi-course sit-down dinner features the finest ingredients locally sourced from the Downtown Rogers Farmers Market.
9/26-29: 64th Annual Saunders Memorial Muzzleloader Shoot
Luther Owens Park, Berryville
Some participants go all-out and dress in period clothing for this longtime event, which tests the skill and patience of using a front-loading firearm.
9/28: Fall Demolition Derby
Rodeo of the Ozarks, Springdale
Cash prizes and bragging rights are at stake at this spirited competition where drivers face off until the last car is left standing!
9/27: Cruise the Square,
The entire town comes out for this annual charity car show with food, music, shopping – and lots of chrome!
9/28 – 11/2: A House in Mourning
Rogers Historical Museum
This exhibition at the museum’s 1895 Hawkins House delves into superstitions and turn-of-the century funeral practices.
10/3: First Thursday Fayetteville: Space
This themed event transforms the historic downtown square into an outdoor arts district on the first Thursday of each month.
10/3-6: 29th Annual Corvette Weekend
No bitter competition, no points to win or lose, just a lot of Corvette seeing and driving enjoyment plus the autumn scenery and the unique charm of the Eureka Springs.
10/5: Meet The Momentary
Learn about this major new contemporary arts venue opening on 2/22/20 in Bentonville, the sister venue to the world-class Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art!
10/5: Gardens on Tap
Compton Gardens, Bentonville
Enjoy a laid back evening of live music, brews and bites in the beautiful Compton Gardens.
Fayetteville Ale Trail
Arkansas’ original craft beer tour visits 15 breweries across the region giving guests a taste of NWA’s unique craft-brew culture.
FLY ARH Helicopter Tours
Across Northwest Arkansas
Take a sky tour over NWA landmarks! Book a flight to restaurants, destinations and events. Upscale, causal or for the whole family – soar over your stomping grounds in style!
10/9: Skyspace Nights: Star Party + Skyspace Anniversary
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of James Turrell’s Skyspace: The Way of Color, the Star Party begins at sunset with a chance to look through telescopes, chat with astronomers and more.
Pick up a map and stroll the special route that is put together four times a year to showcase the new art downtown.
10/12: Flea in the Park
Blowing Springs Park, Bella Vista
Mark your calendars for this 3rd annual vintage flea market brought to you by the Bella Vista Property Owners Association.
10/12: Downtown Runaround
Jones Center, Springdale
This family event showcases downtown and the Razorback Regional Greenway with a 1-mile Fun Run, a 5K and a 10K.
10/17: Farm to Train Dinner Excursion
The charm of an old-fashioned train ride on the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad, coupled with a multi-course farm-to-table dinner made with product from local growers.
Cedar Lodge Arkansas Resort
Cedar Lodge brings the luxury with the Ozarks forest, hiking trails and Lake Loch Lomond right outside your door.
11/3: Bam Bam Day
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Eureka Springs
Come celebrate Turpentine Creek’s beloved grizzly bear with a fun-filled day of activities and educational programs for all ages!
Sports bar, restaurant and weekend stand-up comedy club all wrapped in one, with a back deck overlooking a flag football field.
Blue Spring Heritage Center
See the wonder of Blue Spring, which pours 38 million gallons of cold, clear water into its trout-filled lagoon each day.
Tour the deep wonders of the Ozarks! These caves features bottomless lakes and plenty of cool underground formations.
11/11: Veterans Day Parade
Downtown Eureka Springs
Come join Eureka Springs in honoring area veterans and members of the military. Every year, this parade gets bigger and better!
Veterans Wall of Honor
This always-open monument connects the names of more than 4,000 veterans from all branches of the services to a historical timeline of U.S. military conflicts.
11/11: First Friday Bentonville: Toyland
Walmart toy vendors set up toys from their latest lines around the square – just in time for the holidays!
11/16: Fayetteville Half Marathon
University of Arkansas
Choose between the 13.1-mile half, a 5K, 10K or the Fun Run/Walk. Stay for food, drink and socializing afterward.
11/23: Kessler Trail Run
Kessler Mountain Regional Park, Fayetteville
The popular 10K and 5K runs are sponsored by the Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association.
11/23: Turkey Trot 5K Run Downtown Siloam Springs
Registration begins in October for this 5K, followed by a one-mile Fun Run begins.
Performing Arts Venues & Productions
NWA is your place for year-round performing arts with tons of talent and a variety of venerable venues, such as:
• Walton Arts Center,
• Arts Center of the Ozarks,
• Arkansas Public Theater,
• The Great Passion Play,
Keep In The Know
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