May is full of outdoor events, movement, and music! We’ve made an event guide for you to navigate the biggest events coming to Bentonville in May so you can have the best visit ever, From live music and art exhibitions to mountain biking, markets, and more—there’s always something to look forward to in Bentonville, Arkansas.
If you’re visiting this month, be sure to check out these exciting events happening around town:


May 1
Prepare to journey through a transcendent soundscape as Chicano Batman takes the stage at 6 pm!
Their genre-blurring magic fuses Chicano heritage with psychedelic and R&B influences, creating a musical experience like no other. Catch them live at the Momentary RØDE House to experience the magic up close and personal. Get your ticket here
Image courtesy of the Momentary
Image courtesy of the Momentary.

Wellness Festival

May 2-4
Join Crystal Bridges Museum and the Momentary for four days of programming that uplifts art, nature, food, and community in a celebration of well-being.
Set during the opening of The Portal: An Art Experience by Jewel and featuring a variety of free and ticketed talks, workshops, culinary experiences, and family-friendly engagements by community partners, the festival showcases the profound connections between creative expression and personal health.
Come meet regional health and wellness providers, take part in wellness-boosting gallery activities, enjoy farm-to-table food demos, and more—all hosted across the campuses of Crystal Bridges and the Momentary. Check out the festival schedule and get your ticket here
Image courtesy of Crystal Bridges and the Momentary
Image courtesy of Crystal Bridges and the Momentary. Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside. 

May First Friday—Outdoor Adventure

May 3
Join us for Bentonville's May First Friday—Outdoor Adventure on May 3 from 3 to 9 pm! This event is a FREE, family-friendly, community event put on by Downtown Bentonville Inc. Featuring local artists, live music, a variety of vendors, and fun for the whole family.
Image courtesy of Downtown Bentonville Inc.
Image courtesy of Downtown Bentonville Inc.

Noon2Moon MTB Race

May 3
Noon2Moon, Coler Mountain Bike Preserve’s 3rd annual mountain bike race, returns May 4! As Coler’s only fundraiser, Noon2Moon is your chance to support the Preserve and all the amazing people who make it the best mountain biking destination in the country!
Bring the whole family to Packet Pick-Up happening 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday, May 3. Racers will have the opportunity to pre-ride the Noon2Moon course. Kids are welcome to drop in for a short Kids Camp experience or Kids Race hosted by our partners at Pedal Kids USA.
Image courtesy of Peel Compton Foundation
Image courtesy of Peel Compton Foundation.

Bentonville Farmers Market

May 4, 11, 18, & 25 
From fresh produce and baked goods to beautiful arts and crafts, shop local goods between 7:30 am and 1 pm at Bentonville Square.
Image courtesy of Downtown Bentonville Inc.
Image courtesy of Downtown Bentonville Inc. 

Square 2 Square Spring Ride Fayetteville to Bentonville

May 4
The Square 2 Square Bike Ride is a festive, family-friendly experience that allows participants to take in the scenery and camaraderie of the Razorback Greenway! The Spring ride starts at Walker Park in Fayetteville and ends at the Sam's Club Home office in Bentonville.
Get your ticket today
Square 2 Square
Image courtesy of Experience Fayetteville. Photo by Kate Austin Photography.

The Portal: An Art Experience by Jewel

May 4 
Presented as a collaboration between Jewel and Crystal Bridges, The Portal features one-of-a-kind, 200-piece aerial drone shows choreographed by Jewel and set to an original score by the artist, a meditative art walk featuring works by prominent contemporary artists, a never-before-seen painting and sculpture by Jewel, and chef-crafted dining options as part of a complete experience for the body, mind, and spirit.
Get your ticket here!
Image courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum.
Image courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum.

Ozark Craggin’ Classic

May 10
The craggin’s are a party with a heart. Play hard on world-class rock, revel and frolic with the climbing community, learn some new skills, and give back to the crag—at the biggest climbing festival series in the US! 
Each event offers films, presentations, vendor villages, local food, and craft beer. Best of all, connect with new friends and old, locals and travelers, seasoned rock-wranglers and climbers just learning to climb outdoors. Celebrate and connect with what inspires your climbing.
Join the Craggin’ Classic community—you belong here!
Rock Climbing Lincoln Lake
Image courtesy of Drager Creative.

FreshGrass Bentonville 

May 17 + 18
Set amongst the beauty of the Ozarks, FreshGrass | Bentonville is a two-day, all-ages festival with the best of today’s bluegrass and progressive roots music filling multiple outdoor stages, courtyards, and galleries at the Momentary (exhibitions are always free to view!).

Two-Day General Admission and VIP Tickets are available now at! Get your Guide to Freshgrass Bentonville here.
Courtesy of FreshGrass Bentonville
Image courtesy of FreshGrass Bentonville. 

Bentonville Bike Fest

May 23-26
The Bentonville Bike Fest returns to Ole Applegate from May 23 to 26 this Memorial Weekend!
This year we plan on bringing all the action back with tricks you usually only see on Youtube, from the world's best freestylers!
If you like bikes, music, action, kid's entertainment, and a great atmosphere overall, then the Bentonville Bike Fest is the place to be! 
FREE entry. See you May 23-26 at Ole Applegate right of Coler MTB Preserve.
 Bike Fest
Image courtesy of Bike Fest Bentonville.


May 25
A new monthly club night hosted by the Momentary, COLLIDE promises to be the best new spot in NWA to move and groove your way into 2024. Experience new artists each night, DJ sets and live musicians, dancers, friends, lovers, and more. Bring a friend, or come by yourself, and get ready to dance!
Tickets are $5, reserve your spot online or with the Box Office at (479) 657-2335 today.
Image courtesy of the Momentary.
Image courtesy of the Momentary.

Glow Run

May 31
Shine bright for Run Bentonville’s only night time race! This 2-mile race is fun for the whole family. Starting outside Melvin Ford Aquatic Center at Memorial Park. Dogs are not allowed on the race course due to safety concerns. 
Register by April 30 to guarantee your shirt size! Registration closes May 29, 11:59 pm.
Image courtesy of RunBentonville.
Image courtesy of RunBentonville. 

June Sneak Peak: An Evening with John Legend | Live on the Green at the Momentary 

Image courtesy of the Momentary.

Image courtesy of the Momentary.


Looking for more recommendations during your visit? We’ve got you covered!

We’re happy to help you with any additional information needed during your stay in Bentonville. Our Visitor’s Center is open from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, and from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturdays. Stop by and see us at 406 SE 5th Street, Suite 6.

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