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April 22, 2023

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Mount Sequoyah's AMMPLIFY Festival Coming Next Month

Mount Sequoyah Center

On May 6, Fayetteville's Mount Sequoyah Center will fill with local creatives and entertainment industry leaders as it hosts the first-ever AMMPLIFY, or Arts & Music Mentorship Program and Festival, a multi-disciplinary festival and training opportunity for the region's emerging artists.

  • Arts apprenticeship: Over the past few months, six mentors in graphic design, visual arts, AV technology, music management, music performance, and arts management have guided 30 participants through the process of creating this festival-style event on the mountain.
  • Party on the mountain: The Main Event will take place May 6, from noon to midnight, featuring a full day of interactive workshops with industry leaders, refreshments from local food trucks and breweries, art markets, and performances capped by headliner Adam Faucett.

Tickets for AMMPLIFY are $25. Reserve yours HERE.


Weekend Roundup

NWA Daily

Get outside this weekend and enjoy the beautiful weather headed our way this Earth Day!

  • Mother Earth: Join the Earth Day Festival at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks in Fayetteville on Friday, Apr 21, from 3-6p, including family-friendly activities, booths from community partners, live music, and a magic show!
  • Fireworks Friday: Enjoy a spectacular fireworks show following the end of the ballgame at Arvest Field, where the NWA Naturals take on the Amarilla Sod Poodles tonight, Apr 21at 7:05p.
  • On track: The Arkansas Track & Field Team's Outdoor season begins today with field events at 10a and running events at 3:30p at John McDonnell Field. Tickets are only $5.
  • Crawdads 🦞: Delta Crawfish and B List have teamed up to bring the first annual Crawfish Festival to Downtown Rogers starting today, Apr 21, at 1p, including live music, great food, and a Crawfish Cookoff on Sunday.
  • Loop de loop: Check out the new Loop exhibit opening at the Amazeum, and while you're at it, scoop some last-minute tickets for the UnGala FUNdraiser tonight, Apr 21, from 6-10p.
  • Shifting gears: Gear Garden at Blowing Springs Park in Bella Vista is re-opening for the 2023 season and throwing a party all weekend, Apr 21-23, with food trucks, live music, and more.
  • Tough as iron: Lace up your running shoes for the Iron Pig Festival, consisting of a duathlon, 5K, Fun Run, and timed bike trial at Drake Field in Fayetteville on Saturday, Apr 22, from 7-10a.
  • Gearheads: Adventure Subaru of Fayetteville and Ozark Off-Road Cyclists are hosting Bike Maintenance 101, a free workshop on maintaining your bike, on Saturday, Apr 22, from 101-1p. Basecamp Coffee will be providing coffee!
  • A real tree(t): Take part in spring tree giveaways happening all across Benton County on Saturday, Apr 22, at locations in Bentonville, Rogers, and Bella Vista.
  • Want an apple? Ozark Ballet Theater presents Snow White with two performances happening Apr 22-23 at the Medium in Springdale.
  • Artists all around: The Full Circle Showcase, a free event highlighting the talented artists of the Artists 360 program, will be at Crystal Bridges on Sunday, Apr 23, from 1-3p.

Happy Earth Day, Northwest Arkansas! Enjoy your weekend.


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The Perfect Guide To Help You Enjoy This Weekend's Patio Weather

Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery

Warm days and cool evenings mean it is finally patio season, and we've got the perfect guide to help you plan your upcoming social calendar around Northwest Arkansas's best patios.

Let us know what patio spots we missed, and we'll keep the list growing! Find our patio guide HERE.


New Updates At Siloam Springs Kayak Park Will Reduce Overcrowding

Arkansas Outside

Changes are coming to the Siloam Springs Kayak Park as the City of Siloam Springs takes a more active role in reducing overcrowding and addressing safety concerns.

  • Too much fun: The park, designed to be a regional destination for whitewater enthusiasts, has quickly expanded to include families, swimmers, and tubers, causing overcrowding and damage to the parking facilities, streambanks, and neighboring properties. Contractors just wrapped up $50,000 worth of repairs to the streambanks at the park due to damage from heavy foot traffic.
  • Keeping it cool: Beginning May 19, the conservation non-profit Illinois River Watershed Partnership will lease the park each weekend during the season to manage parking, clean facilities, and ensure visitor safety. Visitors will be charged $10 per car for entry Friday-Sunday, and cars parked illegally along Fisher Ford Rd will be towed.

Learn more about the goal of these changes on HERE.

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