3RD ANNUAL BENTONVILLE FILM FESTIVAL
Co-founded in 2015 by Academy Award winner Geena Davis, the Bentonville Film Festival is a commercially focused, research based platform with a mission to champion women and diverse voices in media and proactively supports content creation that inspires young minds to do great things. It is the only film competition in the world to award guaranteed theatrical, television, digital and retail home entertainment distribution presented by AMC Theatres, Lifetime and Starz for its winners.
ARTOSPHERE: ARKANSAS’ ARTS & NATURE FESTIVAL
May 4 -20
Spring is prime time for the arts in Northwest Arkansas! Featuring more than 100 prestigious artists and performers from around the world, residents and visitor alike will get to enjoy the various art forms, celebrating artistic individuals who find inspiration in the world around us.
This year’s Wild Wines kicks off with a special VIP Reserve Room event at the Zoo on Friday, May 5, featuring high-end wine and food. On Saturday, May 6, the festivities continue at War Memorial Stadium with the Wild Wines Grand Tasting the public has grown to love, featuring more than 150 selections of wine and beverage samples carefully paired with delectable food provided by more than 50 of the best restaurants in Little Rock. For more info and tickets.
BERNICE GARDEN MARKET
You’ll always find smiling faces and meet up with old friends – or new at The Bernice Garden Market, returning to the SoMa district in downtown Little Rock on May 6! All items sold are held to special standards and must be esoteric, wacky, fun, high-quality and clean. Free admission for shoppers adds to the fun and convenience. Come support your local artists and craftspeople and enjoy the awesome, artsy atmosphere.
ARKANSAS HERITAGE DAY AT PETIT JEAN STATE PARK
May is Arkansas Heritage Month, and you are invited to discover the state’s rich heritage in Arkansas’s first state Park. From Native American Indian life to the era of the Civilian Conservation Corps, Petit Jean State Park is a place rich with the influence of the past. Contact the park for a schedule. Free admission.
MAGNOLIA BLOSSOM FESTIVAL AND WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STATE COOK-OFF – MAGNOLIA
Ready for a weekend full of family fun and entertainment? You will find it located deep in the beautiful pine forests of Southern Arkansas! Named one of USA Today and Food Network’s list of the “10 Best Food Festivals”, Magnolia Blossom Festival & World Championship Steak Cook-Off will be one for the books!
May 19 through 20
Offering something for the entire family, Crawdad Days has grown into one of the “must attend” festivals in Arkansas. A 5K run kicks off things on the festival’s Saturday morning, and other activities may include; Canoe Rides, Pony Rides, Car Show, the Carnival, Rubber Duck Races, Children’s Stage, and Crawdad eating contest, just to name a few. Then, there is the music which includes a venue for every taste; country, rock-n-roll and down home. Trust us – you don’t want to miss the music this year! Vendors include food, crafts, clothing items and the star attraction – CRAWFISH!
AN EVENING WITH BUDDY GUY
At age 79, Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. A seven-time Grammy and 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Buddy is a genuine American treasure whose incendiary style left its mark on guitarists from Jimmy Page to John Mayer. On tour for his newest album, Born to Play Guitar, this living legend visits Northwest Arkansas to keep the legacy of blues alive!
ROBINSON PERFORMANCE HALL
With their song “Sharp Dressed Man” serving as the theme song to the popular reality show Duck Dynasty, ZZ Top continues to garner critical acclaim while enjoying mainstream success. Known for their gritty blues-tinged Southern rock and roll, their stylish and humorous music videos, and, most of all, their iconic chest-length beards, they’ve sold over 25 million albums worldwide. www.ticketmaster.com
EUREKA SPRINGS FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
Month of May
To say that Eureka Springs is a colorful community is an understatement. There’s an overall creative vibe running through our historic arts village driven by more than 350 working artists in all mediums. During the month of May, they will show it all off. Our 30th annual May Festival of the Arts is packed with one-of-a-kind art exhibits, demonstrations, performances, culinary arts, free music in the park, and the wildest street party thrown by artists – The White Street Walk.