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Weekend Roundup

Happy Friday, Northwest Arkansas! Here's your Weekend Roundup:

  • 🇺🇸 A Salute to Service: Downtown Bentonville’s First Friday celebration returns this weekend with a full day of activities, live music, great food, and community fun this Friday, Jul 5, from 11a-9p.

  • 🎨 Compact Creativity Fest: Kick off your weekend with a burst of creativity, live music, and nature during the free Weekend Starts Series in Fayetteville’s Lower Ramble, happening every Friday from 5-7p through October.

  • 🔥 Rebel Just For Kicks: Experience multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning indie rock phenomenon Portugal. The Man on the Momentary Green in Bentonville this Saturday, Jul 6, at 8p.

  • 🖌️ Hands On Art: Experience the arts, enjoy open galleries, and be part of Eureka’s vibrant art scene during the Eureka Springs Art Walk this Saturday, Jul 6, from 4-7p.

  • 🎷 Juice Jams: Experience back-to-back nights of free live music as Railyard Live’s summer concert series continues this weekend with Midnight Wagon on Friday, Jul 5, and The Juice on Saturday, Jul 6, on the Butterfield Stage in Downtown Rogers.

  • 🪄 Abracadabra: Prepare for eye-popping illusions, stunts with live animals, and seemingly impossible displays of magic when award-winning magicians Magic Morgan and Liliana take the stage at the Springdale Public Library this Saturday, Jul 6, at 10:30a.

  • 🧘 In Nature: Enjoy Free Yoga at Ozark Highlands Nature Center in Springdale this Saturday, Jul 6, from 9-10a hosted by Springdale Parks & Rec.

  • 🛍️ In The Bag: Dirtbag Vintage in Fayetteville will host a $15 and under Fill A Bag Bin Clearance Sale this Saturday, Jul 6, from 10a-4p.

  • 🤸 Get A Move On: Enjoy a weekend of dance, yoga, and art during the Fayetteville Movement Festival this weekend, Jul 5-7, featuring contemporary, hip-hop, Latin dance, ice baths, sound baths, poetry, bird watching, jazz dance, hiking, DJs, yoga, mocktails, vendors, and more.

  • 🎸 Singin’ the Blues: The 2024 Mountain Street Stage concert series at the Fayetteville Public Library continues with local blues band Brick Fields this Sunday, Jul 7, from 2-4p.

  • 🎆 Baby You’re A Firework: There are a few more fireworks shows happening around town this weekend.

  • 🧑‍🌾 Off To Market: Shop locally-grown produce, handcrafted goods, and original artwork at one of the local Farmer’s Markets in NWA!

Have a great weekend!


Thirteen Athletes With Ties To Arkansas Headed To Paris For The 2024 Summer Olympics

With the conclusion of the Olympic Trials, thirteen current or former Razorbacks are set to compete on the global stage during the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris from Jul 26-Aug 11.

  • Team Jamaica: Current Razorback Track & Field athletes Carey McLeod, Wayne Pinnock, Rojé Stona, Nickisha Pryce, Ackera Nugent, and Janeek Brown will represent Team Jamaica.

  • Team USA: Arkansas alumni Chris Bailey, Jarrion Lawson, Taliyah Brooks, Nikki Hiltz, and current Razorback athlete Rachel Glenn will represent Team USA in various Track & Field events. Incoming freshman Joscelyn Roberson will join Team USA as an alternate in Gymnastics events.

Find more Razorbacks in the Olympics updates HERE.


XNA Barely Misses Top 100 Busiest Airports In USA But In Top Five Fastest Growing

Data from the U.S. Department of Transportation revealed Northwest Arkansas National Airport (XNA) was the nation’s 102nd busiest airport last year, just shy of 1 million passengers in 2023.

  • Quick Take Off: XNA had 972,866 paying passengers in 2023, marking a 19.7% increase over the previous year. Only four airports in the US outpaced that growth rate, including Asheville, N.C.; White Plains, N.Y.; Louisville; and Raleigh.

  • Onward & Upward: In a recent session of the Onward Ozarks speaker series, airport COO Andrew Branch shared details about the airport’s plans for growth, potential new flight routes, and ongoing projects like the current terminal renovation.

Find a recap of the conversation in Talk Business & Politics HERE.


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