The 8th Annual Artosphere Festival Trail Mix Weekend returns to Northwest Arkansas May 13-14 with two days of free family events and trailside entertainment that celebrate art, music and nature along the Razorback Regional Greenway throughout the region.

Each year, Trail Mix Weekend captures the very essence of Artosphere by bringing the community together to enjoy hiking and biking in parks and along local trails. Creating a one-of-a-kind experience, audiences can visit trailside stages and enjoy free performances by area musicians and artists from across the country.

Saturday’s Trail Mix along the Greenway also coincides with the annual Square 2 Square Bike Ride (S2S) in Northwest Arkansas. Hundreds of cyclists will ride the 32-mile route that stretches from Fayetteville to Bentonville, enjoying activities and entertainment at Trail Mix pit stops along the way.

Whether on a bike, walking the trails or exploring our region’s unique downtowns, Trail Mix audiences will be taking part in the area’s largest regional cultural event, spanning from Fayetteville to Bentonville with stops in Springdale and Rogers, too. Sunday’s event will take place along the trails of Fayetteville’s Walker Park.

“Trail Mix encompasses a sense of community, environmental awareness and the celebration of art and nature that the Artosphere Festival embodies,” said Jennifer Ross, director of programming at Walton Arts Center. “We invite cyclists, walkers, hikers and spectators alike to experience this signature weekend of outdoor music and exploration along our trails.”

Trail Mix: Square to Square
Saturday, May 13, 8 am-3 pm
Locations along the Razorback Regional Greenway
Admission is FREE

Join us for a festive day of fresh air and free entertainment with artists and musicians along the Razorback Regional Greenway. The day kicks off with bike decorating hosted by Community Creative Center from 8-10:30 am at the WAC West Avenue Parking Lot, where audiences can also see Bike Zoo Butterflies. The WAC lot is the starting point for cyclists participating in the Square 2 Square Bike Ride (fee and registration required at www.visitbentonville.com/bike/events).

Heading north from downtown Fayetteville, cheer on the S2S riders from 8:30-11:30 am at the Lake Fayetteville trail stop, where audiences can catch live entertainment by bluegrass and folk trio The Crumbs from 8:30-9:45 am and the guitar/cello duo Rozenbridge from 10-11:30 am.

From 9 am-1 pm, enjoy a morning full of family friendly events and entertainment at the Shiloh Square trail stop in downtown Springdale – featuring bike decorating and a bike parade hosted by Arts Center of the Ozarks, entertainment by Artosphere Chapel Music Series artists Claire Lynch and The Seamus Egan Project, as well as a performance by Mariachi Esencia de America & Ballet Folklorico Herencia de Mexico. The Little Craft Show will also be taking place nearby.

The fun continues from 10 am-2 pm as S2S riders pass through the Mercy Trailhead in Rogers where folk and jazz duo Melody Pond plays from 10-11:15 am,followed by acoustic country and bluegrass band The Sons of Otis Malone from 11:45 am-1 pm.

Participants end their adventure from 10:30am-3 pm at Lawrence Plaza just off the Bentonville square. Squonk Opera will perform from 11:30 am-12:15 pm and lead a special activity from 12:15-12:30 pm. At 12:30 pm, don’t miss a parade, speeches and a celebration commemorating the Razorback Greenway’s second birthday. Afterward, there will be bike decorating hosted by Arts Center of the Ozarks from 10:30 am-3 pm for bike decorating and a bike parade at 12:30 pm. Squonk will perform again 1:30-2:15 pm, with activities from 2:15-2:30 pm.

From noon to 5 pm on Saturday, head over to the grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville for the 3rd Annual Garden Party. Artosphere Festival Orchestra (AFO) musicians will present a series of site-specific, curated performances that will transform existing structures on the museum grounds into playable musical instruments.

Trail Mix: Walker Park
Sunday, May 14, 5-8 pm
Walker Park, Fayetteville
Admission is FREE

A beautiful evening adventure awaits participants when Trail Mix comes to Walker Park, 10 West 15th Street, Fayetteville. From 5-7 pm, meander the trails and enjoy performances by local and nationally recognized musicians. At 7 pm you can experience the outdoor spectacle of Squonk Opera’s CycleSonic. These giant, double-decker bike-stages that sprout bulb-horns, banners and whirligigs will envelop the audience with joyful sounds sustainably powered by their own legs as they pump out a chamber rock ruckus ¬– something that you don’t want to miss.

Other Sunday Trail Mix artists include: local entertainers Rozenbridge, The Crumbs, Melody Pond, The Sons of Otis Malone, Chapel Music Series artists Claire Lynch and The Séamus Egan Project all performing from 5-6:45 pm.

About Artosphere: Arkansas’ Arts + Nature Festival

Presented by Walton Arts Center, the 2017 Artosphere Festival celebrates the intersection of art, music and nature with events and activities at locations across the region May 4-20. Artosphere features many free and low-cost performances and art experiences for children, families and the entire community to enjoy. Showcasing artists who are influenced by nature, Artosphere provides a creative framework by which the community can explore important issues of sustainability.

To purchase tickets and for more information about the 8th Annual Artosphere Festival including addresses and maps to each performance location, download the new Artosphere App, available on Google Play™ or in the Apple® App StoreSM; visit artospherfestival.org; or call the Walton Arts Center Box Office at (479) 443-5600.

Thanks to Walton Family Foundation, Walmart, Tyson Foods Inc., Experience Fayetteville, Visit Bentonville, Mid-America Arts Alliance, National Endowment for the Arts, Greenwood Gearhart Inc., Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas, Springdale A&P, and Friends of Walton Arts Center. Additional support provided by Lee and Linda Scott. Support for AFO Music Director Corrado Rovaris provided by Mary Ann and Reed Greenwood. Media Partners: NWA Democrat-Gazette, CitiScapes Magazine, Celebrate Arkansas, NWA Business Journal, The Arkansas CW and KUAF 91.3 FM Public Radio. The Artosphere App is compatible with all standard smartphones and tablets. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Google Play is a trademark of Google Inc.