An impromptu tour of Fayetteville street art or the kickoff of Karnival season in Eureka Springs – here are some great options to keep you entertained this season!
1. FAYETTEVILLE STREET ART There’s a great new way to take an impromptu tour of the street art in Fayetteville! The website FayettevilleStreetArt.com has printable maps and info on more than 60 murals and works of street art across the city, letting you make a beeline to select works or enjoy than all in an afternoon.
2. GLASS CHAPELS Take in the view at Northwest Arkansas’ famed glass chapels! Thorncrown Chapel and Mildred B. Cooper Chapel are architectural marvels nestled in Ozark woodland setting. Both are open but with social distancing rules in place.
THORNCROWN CHAPEL in Eureka Springs was designed by renowned architect E. Fay Jones. The magnificent wooden structure with 425 windows and more than 6,000 square feet of glass has been called “one of the finest religious spaces of modern times.” More at thorncrown.com.
MILDRED B. COOPER MEMORIAL CHAPEL is located along Lake Norwood in Bella Vista, designed by E. Fay Jones and Maurice Jennings and built in 1988. Nestled among beautiful pines and majestic oaks, this one-of-a-kind chapel is a blend of ancient and modern architecture, and is open with restrictions in place. More at cooperchapel.com.
3. DAY HIKE: THE OZARK HIGHLANDS TRAIL Area outfitter 37 North Expeditions will host the Ozarks Highlands Trail Series on Saturday, December 12. This day hike departs from Winslow at 6:45 a.m. from Winslow. Dust off those hiking boots and visit 37northexhibitions.com for more!
4. RAILYARD BIKE PARK The newly updated Railyard Bike Park is open in Rogers after a major renovation! The world-class paved slope-style park is one of the best in the country – and now it is also the largest!
Upgrades at the Railyard include new park lights, progressive jumps ranging in difficulty and progressive downhill, slope-style runs.
The iconic ride-through rail car is still there but updated. A concrete kid zone with a small pump track is outfitted with softer landers.
Hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Visit the Railyard’s official Facebook page for more.
5. KREWE DU KORK KARNIVAL January 6 Eureka Springs kicks off Karnival season with the annual Mardi Gas Bead Tree on Spring Street! Hosted by the Krewe du Kork, bring your favorite beads to this outdoor community event. Masks are required.
6. FROZEN TOES 5K/15K TRAIL RUN January 23 Fayetteville’s annual cold weather trail running race will be held at Kessler Mountain Regional Park, where the single track is technical and the scenic views are well worth it.
Two major art exhibitions are in their final weeks in Northwest Arkansas with free or low cost admission, and safeguards in place during the pandemic. Don’t miss:
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