The Ozarks beckon
Head to Northwest Arkansas for a cultural bounty and summer fun.
Courtesy Downtown Bentonville Inc.
There’s nothing like a weekend away during the summer. Northwest Arkansas is just the place to escape from the hustle and bustle of Tulsa — and there’s plenty to see and experience. Here are a few of our “must-dos” this summer.
Similar to our own Brady Arts District, downtown Bentonville and its historic square host a monthly First Friday event with live music, food and family-friendly activities — a can’t-miss for residents and visitors alike.
On June 2, the monthlong Art and Culinary Festival kicks off with a number of free and ticketed events throughout the downtown area.
Downtown Bentonville is booming this summer with things to do, such as a Saturday Farmers’ Market. Be sure to check downtown’s online events calendar to help plan your getaway.
Between South Walton Boulevard and Northeast J Street, along Northwest A Street.
479-254-0254 | downtownbentonville.org
“Chihuly: In the Gallery and In the Forest” at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
American sculptor Dale Chihuly is synonymous with breathtaking feats of glass art. Crystal Bridges welcomes his exhibition to its gallery and North Forest area June 3-Aug. 14. The outdoor installations will remain through Nov. 13.
The exhibition will showcase not only new works, but also iconic pieces that span the breadth of his career and favorite media.
While visiting on a weekend, be sure to stop by on a Saturday night and experience live music alongside Chihuly’s exterior artwork, as well as circus acts, artist demonstrations, games and food trucks.
This exhibition is free for members and those 18 and younger; $20, June 3-Aug. 14; $10, Aug. 16-Nov. 13, for adults. Crystal Bridges is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Wednesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday; closed Tuesday.
600 Museum Way, Bentonville, Arkansas
479-418-5700 | crystalbridges.org
Beat the heat and visit the Scott Family Amazeum, where kids and families can climb an indoor tree canopy, explore an indoor cave or experience one of many science-related exhibits and educational centers. Just down the road from Crystal Bridges, the Amazeum is free for members and children under the age of 2 and $9.50 for adults and kids.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m., Sunday; closed Tuesday.
1009 Museum Way, Bentonville, Arkansas
479-696-9280 | amazeum.org
Opera in the Ozarks
Northwest Arkansas is brimming with culture, and one of its mainstays is Opera in the Ozarks. Now in its 67th season, the company will perform three operas this summer. “The Marriage of Figaro” will be June 23 and 28 and July 1, 6, 9,13 and 19. “Susannah” is set for June 24 and 29 and July 2, 7, 11, 15 and 20. “Carmen” will be June 27 and 30 and July 5, 8, 12, 14, 16 and 21.
Nestled in the Ozark Mountains at Inspiration Point, the nonprofit Opera in the Ozarks provides operatic and performing arts training to students and graduates while staging and presenting world-class performances. The outdoor venue is air-conditioned, and individual tickets range from $10-$30.
16311 U.S. Highway 62, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
479-253-8595 | opera.org