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Bluegrass festivals, new trails, craft shows, and more! Looks like a lot to do in Northwest Arkansas this weekend.

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Weekend Roundup

Howdy, folks! Here are a few ideas to help you plan a great weekend in Northwest Arkansas:

  • 🪕 I Hear Banjos: Gear up for two days of today’s best modern bluegrass and progressive roots music at FressGrass | Bentonville at the Momentary on May 17-18.

  • 🥾 Rapid Paths: Join Trailblazers for the Grand Opening of the WOKA Trails in Siloam Springs, near the new WOKA Whitewater Park, this Friday, May 17, at 4p.

  • 🪴 Plant City: Shop perennials, annuals, herbs, shrubs, trees, houseplants, and more during the 2024 Benton County Master Gardener’s Annual Plant Sale and Expo this weekend, May 17-18.

  • 🎻 Cello There: The Artosphere Festival Orchestra will take the stage on Saturday, May 18, at 8p, joined by 120 singers from regional choral groups, for a performance of Verdi’s Requiem.

  • 🦶 Can I Kick It: Gather your teams and join P.E.A.R.L. for its 3rd Annual Stripes vs. Blue Community Kickball Event at Pea Ridge Memorial Park on Saturday, May 18.

  • 🔎 Super Sleuths: Unlock the secrets to historic preservation in a Sherlock Holmes & Nancy Drew-inspired Tinker’a-zation Station event, hosted by Level 5 Architects and Pencil to Pixels, during the Fayetteville Farmers Market this Saturday, May 18, from 8-11a.

  • 👌 Looks Like We Made It: Explore the works of local artists and craftspeople during The Little Craft Show at Shiloh Square in Downtown Springdale this Saturday, May 18, from 10a-5p.

  • 🛍️ Local Wares: Shop over twenty local makers during the Mini Makers Market in the taproom and patio at Ozark Natural Foods in Fayetteville this Saturday, May 18, from 10a-4p.

  • ✈️ Flying Cars: Head down to Drake Field in Fayetteville for the Wings & Wheels car show and fly-in hosted by Arkansas Air and Military Museum and Pinky's Hot Rod Events this Saturday, May 18, from 8a-5p.

  • 🌼 Wildflowers: The 2024 u-pick wildflower season at Sacred Hollow Farm in Lowell begins this Saturday, May 18, from 9a-6p.

  • 🦞 Let’s Boil: Enjoy delicious food and live music in support of a great cause during the 14th Annual Founders Crawfish Boil at George’s Majestic Lounge this Saturday, May 18, from 11a-3p — all proceeds benefit Children's Safety Center of Washington County.

  • 🚗 Good Volks: Bauhaus Biergarten in Downtown Springdale is hosting a European Car Meet Up this Saturday, May 18, from 12-4p. Drive up for delicious drinks, German beer, and giant Bavarian pretzels!

Happy weekend’ing, NWA!


Explore the Flavors of Northwest Arkansas During the 5th Annual Tour De BBQ

The 5th Annual Tour de BBQ starts rolling on Saturday, Jun 1, bringing riders together around the love of cycling and food for a great cause!

  • Supporting Success: All rides start and finish at JUNK Brands in Bentonville and benefit women and families seeking economic independence through Dress for Success. During registration, you can go ahead and secure your spot for the Tour De Tacos ride on Sep 14 with a ticket bundle.

  • BBQ Block Party: Tour de BBQ includes 62, 30, and 7-mile bike rides along the Razorback Greenway, with restaurants and businesses set up along the path to provide cyclists food and hydration. A Block Party will be set up at the finish line, where you can enjoy BBQ vendors, drinks, live music, and community booths.

Purchase tickets HERE.

Experience Michelin-Starred Japanese Cuisine With Bentoville

Bentoville is making waves in the local culinary scene, transforming fresh ingredients from Northwest Arkansas and Japan's culinary traditions into innovative dining experiences created by Michelin-starred chefs.

  • The Bentoville Box: Enjoy sumptuous bento boxes created daily by Michelin-starred chefs from Japan. These elegantly crafted lunches and dinners are available for pickup at Onyx in Downtown Bentonville. Available Tuesday through Saturday, Bentoville is making convenience delicious.

  • Food Concerts: From May 30 to Jun 2, Bentoville will host guest chefs from Tokyo's acclaimed Butagumi restaurant for a multi-course tonkatsu feast. The event sold out almost instantly, but we're giving away two tickets to the lunch on Saturday, Jun 1. Visit our Instagram to enter!

Order Bentoville Boxes online up to a week in advance HERE.


Groundbreaking Prosthetic Project At The University of Arkansas Is Changing Lives

The University of Arkansas’s Institute for Integrative and Innovative Research (I³R) is changing lives with its groundbreaking prosthetic that allows users to experience a restored sense of touch.

  • Restoring Touch: The Neural Enabled Prosthesis for Upper Limb Amputees clinical trial is testing a neural-enhanced prosthetic hand system that can provide users with meaningful sensations of touch, grip force, and hand opening.

  • Restoring Hope: Dewey Hickey, who had a bicycle accident in fourth grade and a subsequent amputation of his left hand years later, is the first Arkansan and second person in the world to receive I³R’s novel prosthetic device.

Hear about his experience in this recent episode of Short Takes.


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