Arkansas Outside is NOT the owner or organizer of these events (unless otherwise noted). We aggregate these events into this one place to allow our readers a chance to see what outdoor recreation events are going on around the state. There is no need for FOMO when playing outside.
If you’re looking for a specific type of event you can use the following links:
Are we missing an event? Enter your event here:
We’ll see you on the trail.
Bentonville Bike Fest presented by Mobil1 returns for its third year with several exciting changes, the first being an earlier date, May 25 through 28, 2023. The earlier date is one of several updates for the Bike Fest including a new venue, more competitions, and additional activities. These features will add to festival staples that include free demo bikes, hundreds of vendors, non-stop entertainment, and access to legendary Northwest Arkansas riding.
New Venue – Located adjacent to the popular Coler MTB preserve, the Bentonville Bike Fest presented by Mobil1 central venue will be hosted at “Old Applegate,” the former home of the historical Applegate Arts & Crafts fair. These historic fairgrounds are ideal for the Bike Fest offering easy access to some of the best riding in the region, yet only minutes by bike from downtown. A new venue and expo floor plan means new opportunities for brands to exhibit, sponsor, and demo.
New Competitions – New among our diverse collection of events celebrating the bike culture of Bentonville, will be the North American debut of the 2023 Mountain Bike Eliminator Pan American series, powered by City Mountainbike. Mountain Bike Eliminator, or XCE, is a relatively new XC mountain bike race format in which four riders compete against each other over a very short course. In each heat, the two fastest riders get to the next round, while the two slower riders are eliminated from the race.
Other festival favorites continue in 2023, including;
“I’m super excited to bring the Bike Fest to Bentonville for the 3rd time in a row. Moving the date to Memorial Weekend will not only guarantee cooler weather but also give the opportunity to our festival goers to travel from all over the country and spend a long weekend in Bentonville, to ride bikes, and enjoy this amazing town. We are also super excited to get the most out of our new venue which is adjacent to the amazing Coler MTB preserve so you can literally freewheel to the trails. We are here to celebrate bikes and give everyone an unforgettable time!” commented festival Founder Kenny Belaey.
New Date – Cooler temperatures and new opportunities roll in with the Bentonville Bike Fest moving to the Memorial Day weekend. With regional average high temps in the upper seventies and cool, comfortable nights, the riding in Northwest Arkansas is at its best. With more than 14 hours of daylight, you’ll get plenty of miles in. And as always, entrance for attendees is free and bike demos are complimentary.