EVENTS IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Bentonville Farmers Market—Thru Oct. 29

The downtown market is back with the usual fresh vegetables, flowers, meats, cookies, cakes, crafts and more. Market will run on Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bentonville Square. (479) 222-0946. www.downtownbentonville.org

 

Fayetteville Farmers Market—Thru Nov. 19

The oldest farmers market in Arkansas featuring a wide variety of seasonal vegetables, fruits, meats, eggs and cheeses, in addition to fresh-cut flowers, baked goods, honeys and jams. As well as plants, flytraps, fine art and handmade crafts. Downtown Fayetteville. (479) 935-5111. www.experiencefayetteville.com

 

The Original Rogers Farmers Market—Thru Nov.

Serving Rogers for more than 30 years, the market offers locally grown produce, handmade crafts, baked goods, jams and jellies, local honey, meats, eggs and more. Market will be open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Frisco Station Mall Parking Lot. Rogers. (479) 246-8383. www.rogersfarmersmarket.org

 

First Thursday—May 5 & June 2

Celebrating Fayetteville's local arts culture, music, food and beer including an Outdoor Refreshment Area. Guests that are 21 and older can sip and stroll their way through the event. Downtown Fayetteville. (479) 521-5776. www.experiencefayetteville.com

 

First Friday—May 6 & June 3

The Bentonville Square is turned into a giant neighborhood block party with plenty of food, activities and family fun. May’s theme will be “Pet-a-Palooza,” and June’s theme will be “The Great Outdoors.” Bentonville Square. (479) 254-0254. www.downtownbentonville.org

 

Art on the Bricks—May 12 & June 9

Enjoy artwork from local and regional artists featured in local businesses and shops. Downtown Rogers. (479) 636-1240. www.rogerslowell.com

 

Springdale Art Walk—June 11

Galleries, museums, makers’ spaces and boutiques will open their doors with Arkansas hospitality. Enjoy an evening of free exhibitions and live music, food and drinks in the Outdoor Dining District. Event takes place from 2 to 7 p.m. Downtown Springdale. (501) 425-0478. www.downtownspringdale.com

THEATRE & FILM

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity—Thru May 8

Think pro-wrestling is all outrageous masks and pyrotechnics? Think again — there's so much more in this fresh, funny and high-octane Pulitzer Prize finalist that transforms the West Theatre into an in-the-round arena. TheatreSquared. Fayetteville. (479) 777-7477. www.theatre2.org

 

Leonardo! A Wonderful Show about a Terrible Monster—May 5

A hand-made movie about Leonardo, a terrible monster who tries so hard to be scary, but he just isn’t. Then Leonardo finds Sam, the most scaredy-cat kid in the world. Will Leonardo finally get his chance to scare the tuna salad out of an unsuspecting human? Or will it be the start of an unlikely friendship? Recommended for ages 5 and older. Movie begins at 7 p.m. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600. www.waltonartscenter.org

 

The Revolutionists—May 6 thru 15

A play about four very real women who lived boldly in France during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. This grand and dream-tweaked comedy is about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we actually go about changing the world. The Victory Theater, Arkansas Public Theatre. Rogers. (479) 631-8988. www.arkansaspublictheatre.org

 

Indie Films Artosphere—May 26

Join in on this event that will be part of Fayetteville Film Fest 2022. Shows begin at 7 p.m. Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600. www.waltonartscenter.org

 

The Great Divorce—June 5

This mesmerizing fantasy about heaven, hell and the choice between them comes to life with C.S. Lewis’ signature wit, amazing actors and dazzling, state-of-the-art stagecraft. Brilliantly crafted characters take a fantastical bus trip from hell to the outskirts of paradise. Each is given a choice to stay or return to hell, forever divorced from heaven. It proves more challenging than imagined. Performance begins at 3 p.m. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600. www.waltonartscenter.org

 

Brian Regan—June 12

Enjoy an evening with a performer who has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Regan fills theaters nationwide with fans that span generations. Performance begins at 7 p.m. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600. www.waltonartscenter.org

 

Art—June 17 thru 26

Audiences are invited to come enjoy this play by Yasmina Reza that revolves around three long-standing friends who find themselves on shaky ground when one buys an expensive painting. The Victory Theater, Arkansas Public Theatre. Rogers. (479) 631-8988. www.arkansaspublictheatre.org

MUSIC & DANCE

Walmart AMP—Upcoming Concerts

The 2022 season continues May 8 for Miranda Lambert & Little Big Town, 7 p.m.; May 14 for Whiskey Myers, 6:30 p.m.; May 21 for King + Country, 7 p.m.; May 25 for Halsey, 7 p.m.; May 27 for Cody Jinks, 7 p.m.; June 8 for Cheer Live, 7:30 p.m.; June 9 for Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band, 8 p.m.; June 10 for Steely Dan, 7:30 p.m.; June 13 for REO Speedwagon and Styx, 6:45 p.m.; June 17 for Backstreet Boys, 7:30 p.m.; June 21 for Chicago and Brian Wilson, 7 p.m.; June 23 for Fitz and the Tantrums & St. Paul and The Broken Bones, 7 p.m.; June 25 for Cody Johnson, 7 p.m.; June 28 for 5 Seconds of Summer, 7 p.m.; June 29 for ZZ Top, 8 p.m.; and June 30 for Kenny Chesney, 7:30 p.m. Admission varies by concert. Walmart AMP. Rogers. (479) 443-5600. www.waltonartscenter.org/amp

 

Mat Kearney—May 2

Mat Kearney is an Oregon-born, Nashville-based pop singer/songwriter whose mellow compositions and deft blending of hip-hop, folk and contemporary Christian music have garnered him more than 2.5 billion global streams. Performance begins at 2 p.m.

Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600. www.waltonartscenter.org

 

Trout Fishing in America—May 4

Come enjoy this free performance by this eclectic folk/rock band that writes songs for all ages. Part of the Walton Arts Center’s Artosphere. Performance begins at 7 p.m. Reservations are required. Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600. www.waltonartscenter.org

 

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem—May 5

From bluegrass barnstormers to sultry swing, old-time gospel to bluesy folk-rock, this group consistently turns in lush arrangements with stylish, unexpected choices. They are the standard bearers of string bands who blur the boundaries of American roots music. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Starr Theatre, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600. www.waltonartscenter.org

 

The Little Mermaid—May 5 thru 8

Join Arts Live Theatre for its spring musical, a classic Disney tale full of romance, fun and adventure. 214 (Formerly Arts Center of the Ozarks). Springdale. (479) 521-4932. www.artslivetheatre.com

 

Los Valeros—May 6

Music on the Mountain is partnering with NWA Jazz Society to present a unique bossa/jazz concert featuring Los Valeros. Seating will open at 6 p.m. and the concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. BYOB and picnic dinner allowed. Please bring your own picnic chairs/blankets. Cottage Circle at Mount Sequoyah. Fayetteville. (479) 443-4531. www.mountsequoyah.org

 

Little River Band—May 7

Little River Band has garnered huge chart success with multi-platinum albums and chart-topping hits in the ‘70s and ‘80s. They continue to deliver distinctive harmonies and vocal abilities under the direction of 41-year LRB veteran, lead vocalist and bass player Wayne Nelson. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The Auditorium. Eureka Springs. (479) 253-7788. www.theaud.org

 

Second Nature—May 7

Opera Fayetteville presents this tale about the enduring and transformative power of hope. This performance tells the story of two young people, Jake and Lydia, curious about what lies beyond the confines of their artificial habitat. Starr Theatre, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600. www.waltonartscenter.org

 

The Firebird—May 7 & 8

Join Ozark Ballet Theater for this timeless adventure of fantasy, love, and triumph. There will be two performances on Saturday and one performance on Sunday. Pat Ellison Performing Arts Center. Springdale. (479) 259-2162. www.ozarkballettheater.com

 

Fiddler on the Roof—May 10 thru 15

Join in on a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece from Tony winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. A wonderful cast and a lavish orchestra tell this heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600. www.waltonartscenter.org

 

Old Crow Medicine Show with Brittney Spencer—May 12

Lauded as one of “12 Black Artists Shaping Country Music’s Future” by USA Today, vocal powerhouse Brittney Spencer will kick off the evening before moving into the freewheeling collision of Americana, old-time music, folk, and rock ‘n’ roll with Old Crow Medicine Show. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. The Momentary Green. Bentonville. (479) 367-7500. www.themomentary.org

 

CORPS—May 13 & 14

Join us for the regional premiere of choreographer Milka Djordjevich’s CORPS, a boundary-pushing performance that draws from marching bands, dance, military formations and more. The Momentary’s Rode House. Bentonville. (479) 367-7500. www.themomentary.org

 

The Next Gen Project—May 13 thru 21

Artists with Trike Theatre's Resident Acting Company and their directors will work as an ensemble to create an original production from the ground up. Trike Theatre. Bentonville. (479) 464-5084. www.triketheatre.org

 

Live from Crystal Bridges: Mozart in the Museum—May 19

Join the Artosphere Festival Orchestra for their special performance featuring Van Cliburn Competition Laureate, Pianist Benedetto Lupo. Show begins at 7 p.m. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Bentonville. (479) 443-5600. www.waltonartscenter.org

 

FreshGrass—May 20 & 21

Spanning two days and multiple stages, this all-ages festival celebrates today’s bluegrass and progressive roots music. Knockout performances will be accompanied by fun, family-friendly activities, great local food and drink, homegrown retail vendors, artist merchandise and more. Music starts 6 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday. The Momentary. Bentonville. (479) 367-7500. www.themomentary.org

 

Artosphere Festival Orchestra—May 23 & 27

The Artosphere Festival Orchestra returns for its final year to Northwest Arkansas, performing works that showcase the talents of 90 virtuosic young musicians who, for the past 10 years, have traveled here from around the world to perform under the baton of acclaimed Maestro Corrado. Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600. www.waltonartscenter.org

 

Live at Turnbow—May 26 & June 30

Enjoy live music in downtown Springdale on the last Thursday of the month. Featured music will include local musicians and bands — from jazz to mariachi, bluegrass and funk. Grab a bite and sip in the Outdoor Dining District and enjoy the tunes. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Turnbow Park. Downtown Springdale. www.downtownspringdale.org

 

Miss You Like Hell—June 1 thru July 10

The newest musical from the Pulitzer Prize-winning co-creator of In The Heights. When a whip-smart, deeply imaginative teenager agrees to take a road trip with her free-spirited Latina mother, neither can imagine where it will take them. TheatreSquared. Fayetteville. (479) 777-7477. www.theatre2.org

 

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band—June 9

Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The Auditorium. Eureka Springs. (479) 253-7788. www.theaud.org

 

Fayetteville Roots on the Avenue—June 17 thru 19

The three-day music festival on the Fayetteville square will feature two musical acts each evening and is intended to be an intimate, urban, outdoor street concert experience. As a smaller iteration of Fayetteville Roots Fest itself, there will unsurprisingly be foods curated by local chefs and craft bar selections available too. Downtown Fayetteville. (479) 521-5776. www.experiencefayetteville.com

 

A Chorus Line—June 24 thru 26

Casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete, and for 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. This musical evokes both the glamour and grind of showbiz. It’s the musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. (479) 443-5600. www.waltonartscenter.org

 

Kraftwerk 3-D—June 26

Grab your 3-D glasses (don’t worry, they are provided) and join in on an evening with the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and 1970s visionaries who ignited pop music’s evolution with their revolutionary soundscapes and musical experimentation. Show begins at 9 p.m. The Momentary. Bentonville. (479) 367-7500. www.themomentary.org

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

Arkansas Air & Military Museum—Current Exhibition

Currently on display until Dec. 22: 30% Above and Below: The Pacific Story of the Navy. Arkansas Air & Military Museum. Fayetteville. (479) 521-4947. www.arkansasairandmilitary.com

 

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art—Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

Currently on display thru May 16: Julie Alpert: Altars, Keepsakes, Squiggles, and Bows; running thru May 30: The Light Fantastic; running thru July 25: The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse; running thru Sept. 5: Wa Kuk Wa Jimor/Canoe of One Community; beginning June 11 running thru Nov. 7: Architecture at Home; and beginning June 18 running thru Sept. 12: Let’s Talk: Art of the West. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Bentonville. (479) 418-5700. crystalbridges.org

 

The Momentary—Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

Currently on display thru May 5: Rashawn Griffin: We No Longer Recognize the Backs of Hands; running thru May 9: The Momentary Flag Project: Neka King; running thru Sept. 25: Esteban Cabeza de Baca: Let Earth Breathe; and beginning May 14 running thru Sept. 25: A Divided Landscape. The Momentary. Bentonville. (479) 367-7500. www.themomentary.org

 

Rogers Historical Museum—Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

Currently on display thru June 4: Welcoming Baby; running thru June 25: Creative Minds in the Ozarks; and beginning May 7 running thru Nov. 12: Civil War in Benton County: Untold Stories. Free admission. Rogers Historical Museum. (479) 621-1154. www.rogershistoricalmuseum.org

 

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History—Current Exhibition

Currently on display thru Dec. 31: Ken Smith’s Buffalo River Country. Free admission. Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. Springdale. (479) 750-8165. www.shilohmuseum.org

SPORTS & RECREATION

NWA Naturals—Upcoming Home Games

Join the Naturals as they continue their 2022 season on May 1 vs. Amarillo Sod Poodles; on May 10 thru 15 vs. Wichita Wind Surge; on May 31 thru June 5 vs. Corpus Cristi Hooks; on June 14 thru 19 vs. Arkansas Travelers; and on June 21 thru 26 vs. Springfield Cardinals. Admission varies. Arvest Ballpark. Springdale. (479) 927-4900. www.nwanaturals.com

 

Mercy Golf Classic—May 2

Register for Mercy’s annual Golf Classic to support enhanced health care services across Northwest Arkansas. Guests are invited to enjoy a day on the course with several on-course activities, food and all around fun. Pinnacle Country Club. Rogers. (479) 338-2990. www.mercyhealthfoundation.net/NWA

 

NWA Fellowship of Christian Athletes Golf Tournament—May 6

Join in on this event that helps raise funds for the FCA. Shotgun starts at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m. Paradise Valley Golf Course. Fayetteville. (479) 225-3928. www.nwafca.org/golf-event

 

Heather Ridley-Fleeman Battle for Hope—May 7

This event honors the life of Heather Ridley-Fleeman and helps raise awareness for colon cancer. All proceeds benefit Hope Cancer Resources. Race begins at 7:30 a.m. Old Tiger Stadium. Bentonville. (479) 361-5847. www.heathersraceforhope.com

 

Square 2 Square Spring Ride—May 7

Designed for all ages and abilities, the intention of the S2S Ride, the “Official Ride of the Razorback Greenway”, is to provide an event for folks that are new to riding bikes while promoting safe riding and showcasing the Razorback Greenway. A virtual ride throughout the month of May is also available. Walker Park. Fayetteville. (479) 444-3471. www.experiencefayetteville.com

 

Stripes, Blue & You Kickball Tournament—May 7

Bringing together the law enforcement community with those in recovery in this fun-filled 2nd annual kickball tournament. Proceeds support P.E.A.R.L. and their mission of providing assistance, education and support to the recovery community. Northwest Park. Rogers. (479) 250-5227. www.arpearl.org

 

Walk for Wishes—May 7

This nationwide Make-A-Wish fundraiser supports granting life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Walk begins at 10 a.m. with a VIP breakfast for wish families and sponsors happening at 9 a.m. The walk portion is a short walk around the inside of the ballpark, followed by a Wish World carnival filled with music, prizes, giveaways, food and more. Arvest Ballpark. Springdale. (479) 755-4524. www.walkforwishesnwa.org

 

Yoga in the Garden—May 7 thru July 30

Back by popular demand is the free yoga in the garden series led by Fayetteville Athletic Club certified yoga instructors. This class promotes strength while stretching, incorporating both the mind and body. Guests are encouraged to pre-register. All classes are free and open to the public. Classes will be Saturdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., except for May 21 and July 16. Cottage Lawn or Boxwood Circle. Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. Fayetteville. (479) 750-2620. www.bgozarks.org

 

Spring Sprint—May 8

An exciting new event where participants can choose between running or walking, and a 5K or 10K. There is also a virtual option. The 5K and 10K events begin at 8 a.m. 4451 N Vantage Dr. Fayetteville. (479) 521-5776. www.experiencefayetteville.com

 

Chamber Golf Classic—May 9

Annual sell-out golf tournament providing the perfect balance of leisure and business for colleagues, clients, community members and more. This four-person scramble offers 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. shotgun starts. There will also be various skills contests and prizes to the top finishers. Springdale Country Club. (479) 872-2222. www.springdale.com

 

Cow Paddy Run—May 14

Join the Spark Foundation for their annual fundraising family-friendly 5K & 1K Fun Run. Proceeds will support innovative educational projects in schools. 8:45 a.m. to noon. Gulley Park. Fayetteville. (479) 387-7116. www.cowpaddyrun.com

 

Double Barrel Gravel Ride—May 14

This annual gravel cycling and shooting event returns! Come out and ride some gravel, shoot skeet, listen to live music and dig into our famous Jambalaya and Crawfish Boil. The full route is 71 miles with almost 5K feet of climbing and over 85% gravel, but there are also 15- and 31-mile options. Benton County Quail Barn. Bentonville. www.ozarkcyclingadventures.com

 

Noon 2 Moon—May 14

Be a part of the first ever endurance mountain bike race at Coler. Race solo or grab two friends and make it a team. Riders can choose to do a 6-hour or 12-hour race challenge. Coler Mountain Bike Preserve. Bentonville. (479) 254-3870. www.peelcompton.org

 

Kids Fishing Derby—May 15

Annual event that allows kids to try out fishing or show off their skills. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and fishing begins at 8 a.m. Children ages 3 to 15 are welcome to participate. This event is open to the public. Metfield Clubhouse Pond. Bella Vista. (479) 855-8000. www.bellavistapoa.com

 

Joe Martin Stage Race—May 19 thru 22

One of the top professional and amateur road cycling stage races in the nation returns to Northwest Arkansas. Celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2022, this race features four days of professional and elite amateur road cycling teams that assemble in Fayetteville for a series of race stages that include time trials, road races and criteriums. (479) 521-7766. www.joemartinstagerace.com

 

Fayetteville Chamber Spring Classic—May 23

Golf tournament with registration beginning at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch at noon and a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Fayetteville Country Club. (870) 318-5384. www.fayettevillear.com

 

Bella Vista Charity Challenge—May 23 thru 28

Come watch members of the All Pro Tour and Women’s All Pro Tour in tournament play and get a chance to play alongside the professionals in the Pro-Am tournament. The event will also include a Pro-Am party and silent auction. (479) 855-5079. www.bellavistapoa.com/bellavistacharitygolf

 

21-Mile Salute—May 28

Salute our fallen heroes of Arkansas on Memorial Day weekend by participating where you can run, walk, bike or ruck a distance of 7, 14 or 21 miles along the Razorback Greenway. Those who don’t want to walk at the event can still participate by creating their own route. Event raises money for Camp Alliance, Inc., a nonprofit with the purpose to serve the United States Armed Forces. Lake Bentonville. (479) 601-1722. www.campallianceinc.org

 

Glow Run—June 3

Join Bentonville Parks & Recreation for a lights out celebration. This 2-mile is perfect for those of all ability levels. As the only nighttime run they offer throughout the year, participants are encouraged to deck themselves in glow gear. Be sure to stick around for a fun after party. Memorial Park. Bentonville. (479) 464-7275. www.runbentonville.com

 

Ozark Valley Triathlon—June 3 thru 5

New for this year’s event is the USAT National Championships for Off-Road Triathlon, the Off-Road Duathlon and the first ever Gravel Triathlon. Friday will be the Gravel Triathlon National Championships, and Saturday will contest both the Off-Road Triathlon and Off-Road Duathlon National Championships of which both will be TeamUSA world qualifiers. Both triathlon events will involve Olympic-distance events consisting of approximately 1.5K swim, 30K bike and 10K runs. The Off-Road Duathlon National Championship course will be a 5K run, 30K bike, 10K run. The Ozark Valley Triathlon on Sunday has two road triathlon distances (international and sprint), plus an aquabike category for individuals, a team category for the international distance and a sprint duathlon. Lake Wedington Recreation Area. Fayetteville. www.fayettevillear.com

 

Northwest Arkansas Takes Steps—June 4

By joining this walk, you will make an impact in the fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis by helping fund the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s critical research and patient programs. Event starts at 9:30 a.m. Village on the Creeks. Rogers. (646) 899-0333. www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org

 

Pig Trail Mud Run—June 4

If you think getting wet and dirty sounds fun and you and your piggy pal team members love to be mentally and physically challenged, then this 8th annual event is the race for you! The run is built and directed by members of the Rotary Club of Springdale, and while you have fun, you’ll be helping raise money for significant club projects. Check in at 7 a.m. and first flight begins at 8 a.m. Ecclesia College. Springdale. www.pigtrailmudrun.org

 

Pups for Peace Walk—June 4

A walk to end domestic violence for all members of the family, including our four-legged ones. This fun 1.5-mile walk is to provide awareness and support for the Candy Clark Pet Sanctuary at Peace at Home Family Shelter. Event will be from 10 a.m. to noon. Gulley Park. Fayetteville. (479) 444-8310. www.peaceathomeshelter.org

 

Sunshine School’s Walk ’N Roll—June 4

Teams of classrooms and programs at Sunshine School will raise money May 9 thru June 4 culminating in a Fun Walk on June 4. The month of fundraising will include community fundraisers and other ways to partner with Sunshine School. The fun walk will begin at 10 a.m. and the celebration will include food, drinks and treats as well as carnival games, entertainment and prizes for the winning teams. Sunshine School & Development Center. Rogers. (479) 636-3190. www.nwasunshineschool.org

 

Tour de BBQ Cycling & Youth Run—June 4

This event combines cycling with BBQ and hydration stops and features 50-, 30-, and 7-mile bike rides along the Razorback Greenway. We are excited to be combining the annual Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life Youth Run, a 1-mile fun run with a BBQ stop, with the Tour de BBQ this year. Proceeds benefit Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life, promoting proper hydration and preventing heat illness through education and supporting activities. Bentonville. (479) 986-9960. www.kendrickfincher.org

 

The Cancer Challenge—June 9 thru 11

Annual event designed to advocate and support world-class cancer care in NWA through the local nonprofit The Cancer Challenge. Events include a golf tournament, trap shoot tournament, tennis tournament, Pickleball tournament and a 10K/5K/1-mile run walk. Various locations in NWA. (479) 273-3172. www.cancerchallenge.com

 

Ladies Du Fayetteville—June 11

The atmosphere of this event is a unique multi-sport race experience for women athletes. Women, non-binary and gender non-conforming athletes are welcome to participate in the Du. The duathlon will follow a traditional run/bike/run format with the distances being 2-miles/11-miles/2-miles. Participants can race as individuals or as a relay team of two or three. Lake Fayetteville. (479) 444-3471. www.fayetteville-ar.gov

 

Bentonville Bike Fest—June 17 thru 19

An annual celebration of cycling culture, welcoming cyclists, bike fans and families of all disciplines, ages, skill levels and abilities. It includes exhibitors, races and other competitive events for athletes and spectators to enjoy. Mama Bear Pump Track. Bentonville. www.bentonvillebikefest.com

 

Catfish, Corndogs and Cornhole Tournament—June 17

Come and play cornhole in teams of two, eat and enjoy a day raising money to improve local health care. Amateur and competitive brackets are available for the cornhole tournament. All proceeds benefit Mercy Health Foundation. Mercy Hospital. Rogers. (479) 338-2990. www.mercyhealthfoundation.net/NWA

 

Iron Pig Festival—June 18

This annual event includes a duathlon, bike time trial, 5K and fun run. For the first time this year, the event will also include a food and beer festival. Registration and packet pickup begins at 7 a.m. with the event beginning at 8:30 a.m. Arkansas Air & Military Museum. Fayetteville. www.ozarkcyclingadventures.com

 

Highlands Gravel Classic—June 25

This event is the first qualifier in the USA for the inaugural Trek UCI Gravel World Series. The GWS will include both new and existing events from around the world as part of the series to qualify competitors to attend the world championships in October. It will include two courses — the 70-mile Highlands and 52-mile Farmlands. Fritchie Farms. Elkins. www.ozarkcyclingadventures.com

OTHER EVENTS

Arkansas State Parks—Upcoming Events

Arkansas State Parks have lots of family-friendly fun and educational events to keep you busy this spring! Three local parks right here in our backyard feature a variety of experiences from guided hikes to educational workshops: Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Devil’s Den State Park and Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area. Search for fun activities and ways you can get involved to make Arkansas State Park memories to last a lifetime. (888) 287-2757. www.arkansasstateparks.com

 

One Haute Night—May 5

The Elizabeth Richardson Center will be hosting the Haute Trash Couture Fashion Show and the Hot Bingo Bash in one fun evening. Come dressed in your beach attire or your version of runway attire. Event includes music, food, fashion, fun, games, prizes and a silent auction. Haute Trash Couture Fashion Runway Show is a performance-based fashion satire. Beach Bingo Bash will include games of traditional and super bingo giving our attendees a chance to win prizes. Event begins 6 p.m. Fayetteville Town Center. (479) 872-1800. www.ercinc.org

 

Rogers Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast—May 5

This 22nd annual community event is held in conjunction and in support of the National Day of Prayer. This year’s event will be preceded by a downtown prayer walk at 5:30 a.m. Prayer breakfast begins at 6:30 a.m. Cross Church. Rogers. www.rogersprayerbreakfast.com

 

Springdale Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast—May 5

Join our community from 6 to 8 a.m. for the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast as we pray for our city and our country. Robinson Avenue Church of Christ. Springdale. (479) 872-2222. www.springdale.com

 

Hanging Basket Sale Pickup Days—May 5 thru 7

Get ready to brighten your porch with this annual sale. With 10 varieties of plants offered, there is something for everyone and just in time for Mother’s Day. Order online and pick up curbside on designated days. Peel Museum & Botanical Garden. Bentonville. (479) 254-3870. www.peelcompton.org

 

Pawject Runway—May 6

Come support the Animal League of Washington County with an evening that will include dinner, a silent auction, open bar, live music by Red Ambition and, of course, a fashion show by local boutiques that includes rescue dogs strutting the runway. Event will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Fayetteville Public Library. (479) 263-7058. www.animalleagueofwashingtoncounty.org

 

The Scott Family Amazeum UnGala—May 6

This fun evening provides unique, interactive experiences inside and outside the Amazeum allowing grown-ups to give their inner children a night out to play. Proceeds from the UnGala support access to Amazeum programs. Scott Family Amazeum. Bentonville. (479) 696-9280. www.amazeum.org/events/ungala

 

Arkansas Pottery Festival—May 6 thru 8

This exciting 3-day weekend will include pottery demonstrations, a lecture, exhibition and pottery sale of more than 50 potters from around the state, as well as a flowerpot and plant sale fundraiser. Concurrent events will include the UARK Ceramics Student Sale and Exhibition, and tours of the Historic Cane Hill Museum. (479) 571-2706. www.facebook.com/CommunityCreativeCenter

 

Cinco de Mayo Festival—May 7

Presented by the Hispanic Women’s Organization of Arkansas, this fun and festive event featuring various talent, food, presentations and much more is making a comeback and will bring innovation to our area. Event will be from noon to 7 p.m. Downtown Springdale. (479) 751-9494. www.hwoa.org

 

Ducky Derby—May 7

Support Spay Arkansas by adopting a yellow ducky that could be one of the first duckies to cross the finish line and win you a prize. Derby will take place at 11 a.m. Event will be live-streamed and winners do not have to be present to win. Lake Atalanta. Rogers. (479) 756-1100. www.spayarkansas.org

 

Equestrian Bridges Mini Derby—May 7

This 10th annual fundraising evening for Equestrian Bridges and their Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies, will include a meal from local food trucks, open bar with mint juleps, live music from Boom Kinetic, silent auction, live mini horse racing, and a Kentucky Derby watch party. Event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. 5290 S. Bellview Road. Rogers. (479) 301-2814. www.miniderby.com

 

The Little Craft Show—May 7

Don’t miss Arkansas’ most talked about indie craft show. With its inviting atmosphere, juried indie crafters, small-town feel, exciting playlists, and art installations, The Little Craft Show strives to seek out and provide the best of the best for both it’s makers and patrons. Downtown Springdale. www.downtownspringdale.com

 

TheatreSquared Gala—May 12

Join in on this signature event celebrating education, access and exceptional theatre. Event begins at 6 p.m. Fayetteville Public Library. (479) 777-7477. www.theatre2.org

 

Springdale City-wide Bike Drive—May 12 thru 14

Downtown Springdale Alliance, Buffalo Builders LLC, and Phat Tire Bike Shop are partnering with Pedal It Forward NWA to host the first ever city-wide bicycle drive. Residents can donate new and used bicycles of any size. Buffalo Builders Office and Phat Tire Bike Shop. Springdale. (501) 425-0478. www.downtownspringdale.org

 

St. Joseph Panther Gala—May 14

This always-fun annual PTO dinner and auction has earned up to $100,000 at a single event for various school projects. Fayetteville Town Center. (479) 442-4554. www.sjfayschool.com

 

Go Red for Women Luncheon—May 17

The Go Red for Women experience continues to be the cornerstone of the Go Red for Women movement in local communities. Proceeds support the American Heart Association where empowering gathering focuses on preventing heart disease and stroke, sharing stories of people impacted by cardiovascular disease and raising critically needed funds to save more lives. Rogers Convention Center. (479) 439-6800. www.heart.org

 

Caffeine Crawl—May 21

This interactive, pub crawl style tour event gives individuals an opportunity to learn, share, and experience what the passionate baristas, tea soms, coffee roasters, chocolatiers, and other local, artisan producers in their communities bring to the table. The NWA crawl includes local businesses from Bentonville to Fayetteville. Locations throughout Northwest Arkansas. www.experiencefayetteville.com

 

Touch-a-Truck—May 21

This event is back this year featuring crowd favorites! Check out the dozens of vehicles that kids (and kids at heart) can explore while supporting the mission of the Junior League of Northwest Arkansas. General admission hours will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a quiet hour for children with sensory needs from 9 to 10 a.m. Pinnacle Hills Promenade. Rogers. www.juniorleaguenwa.org/touchatruck

 

Chefs in the Garden—May 24

Save your appetites and plan to join in on a delicious and fun evening benefiting the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. Stroll through the Garden listening to live music, sipping premium alcoholic beverages, while enjoying a diverse selection of sweet and savory culinary creations from the area’s finest chefs. Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. Fayetteville. (479) 750-2620. www.bgozarks.org

 

Spring Carnival—May 26 thru 29

Pride Amusements presents rides, fair foods and fun during this annual event. Rodeo of the Ozarks. Springdale. (479) 756-0464. www.rodeooftheozarks.org

 

Ride for a Healthier Tomorrow—June 1 thru 30

Go the distance for kids! Join any time during the month, riding to benefit Arkansas Children’s Northwest. Register, set your personal cycling and fundraising goals, and participate in this month-long cycling challenge anytime, anywhere. In-person Celebration at Arvest Ballpark on July 14. Visit website for more information. (479) 725-2962. www.archildrens.org/ride

 

Live in America Festival—June 2 thru 12

Join in to share and celebrate the power of communities in performance. You are invited to gather among artists and thinkers from across America’s distinctive cultural landscape. This festival will feature multiple events, performances and experiences. The Momentary. Bentonville. (479) 367-7500. www.themomentary.org

 

The Junk Ranch—June 3 & 4

A show for people who love the good antique stuff, the handmade pieces and the all but forgotten one-of-a-kind finds. Come Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the early shopping event, and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Junk Ranch. Prairie Grove. (479) 790-1379. www.thejunkranch.net

 

Garden Gate Tour—June 4

This is a fundraising tour of various private Fayetteville gardens. Proceeds support the Washington County Master Gardeners. Event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Various locations in Fayetteville. (479) 301-2128

 

Champions of Literacy—June 8

Annual Ozark Literacy Council’s event honoring a community member with an evening of delicious food and captivating entertainment. In 2022, they will be celebrating Mexican culture with the fabulous two-time James Beard Award Semifinalist, Chef Rafael Rios of Yeyo’s Mexican Grill. Event will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fayetteville Public Library. (479) 521-8250. www.ozarkliteracy.org

 

Street Dinner—June 11

This annual event is simply magical and downtown Springdale’s biggest fundraiser of the year. All proceeds go to programming that builds a vibrant and thriving downtown. Event will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Downtown Springdale. (501) 425-0478. www.downtownspringdale.com

 

Paint the Town Red—June 17

Come out and enjoy this annual event that includes a silent auction, music, restaurant competition and sponsor lounges. Event helps raise awareness and funds for the American Heart Association and will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. JJ’s Live. Fayetteville. (479) 439-6800. www.heart.org

 

Arkansas Anime Festival—June 17 thru 19

Come join other anime fans for this event that will include cosplay, panels, gaming, artists and more. Four Points Sheraton. Bentonville. www.arkansasanimefestival.com

 

Northwest Arkansas Pride 2022—June 18

This event, produced by Northwest Arkansas Equality, Inc., is returning in full swing for 2022, with the state’s largest LGBTQ Pride Parade, the 2nd annual Trans March, the return of the Pride Festival featuring vendors, mainstage entertainment, the Equality Crew Youth Zone, and the return of Glitterville, the official party of NWA Pride at George’s Majestic Lounge. Dickson Street. Fayetteville. www.nwapride.org

 

The Longest Day—June 21

The Longest Day is the day with the most light — the summer solstice. For this event, people from across the world will fight the darkness of Alzheimer's through a fundraising activity of their choice. Whether you're participating at home, online or in-person, there are plenty of fun ideas that will engage family and friends. All across Northwest Arkansas. act.alz.org/donate

 

Battle of the Banks—June 22

Join in on this 5th annual event that has become a signature event for Big Brothers Big Sisters NWA. 100% of funds raised at this event will stay in Northwest Arkansas to support the children, families and volunteers who have been served by our program this year. Topgolf. Rogers. (479) 966-4366. www.bbbsnwa.org

 

Rodeo of the Ozarks—June 22 thru 25

Don’t miss the opportunity to see some of the roughest and toughest cowboys and cowgirls from all around in one of the Top 5 Largest Outdoor Rodeos in the U.S! Come get a sneak peak at the competitors on June 21 for the Rodeo Slack Performance. Rodeo will kick off on June 22, concluding with the Rodeo Parade on June 25. Parsons Stadium, Rodeo of the Ozarks. Springdale. (479) 756-0464. www.rodeooftheozarks.org

 

Sharing & Pairing—June 23

Join in on this special event benefiting children and families in need. Evening will include a seated 4-course dinner with wine pairings, silent auction and wine pull. Proceeds go to Sharing & Caring of Benton County. River Grille. Bentonville. (479) 657-6884. www.sharingandcaringkids.com

 

The Cancer Challenge Summer Soiree—June 24

Come celebrate this year’s Cancer Challenge with the annual summer social event. The event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Heroncrest. Springdale. (479) 273-3172. www.cancerchallenge.com

 

Red, White & Baby Blue—June 24

This 18th annual event helps raise funds for the Jackson L. Graves Foundation. The evening will include live music and fellowship in support of the foundation’s precious cause, supporting babies in critical care situations. Event will be from 7 to 10 p.m. The Garden Room. Fayetteville. (479) 466-8339. www.jacksongraves.org