What's New for 2018 in Northwest & North Central Arkansas

8th Street Market, Bentonville

Region: Northwest

Foodie fun continues to grow in this region as well. The 8th Street Market in Bentonville is a community-focused food hub where the anchor tenants and merchants serve each other, as well as the larger community. It is committed to becoming a model for creating economic growth by supporting small and midsize local farmers and real food entrepreneurs. Here, you’ll find Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food, Bike Rack Brewing, Hello Cocoa, Yeyo’s Mexican Grill and a vendor market with more market partners on the way. Culinary summits and food events are a big part of the offerings as well.

CONTACT: 801 SE 8th Street, Bentonville, AR 72712, [email protected], www.8StMarket.com.

Developments in Batesville

Region: North Central

A recent resurgence of downtown Batesville means more storefronts to visit for eateries, antique shops and other specialty stores. Main Street also underwent a major beautification project with many live plantings. The newest attraction is a $22 million Community Center/Aquatics Park that opened in 2017. It houses a large outdoor water park, indoor aquatic center, volleyball/racquetball courts, walking track, convention space and more.

CONTACT: Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, 870-793-2378, www.MyBatesville.org.

Unexpected Project, Fort Smith

Region: Northwest

New additions include a modern art mural trail that blends nicely with Old West history in Fort Smith. Eight more murals were painted on buildings last year during the Unexpected Project, a week-long festival held each summer that lets folks watch talented international artists create urban contemporary art downtown. In its third year, the festival has resulted in more than 30 murals.

CONTACT: [email protected], www.UnexpectedFS.com.

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