Walton Arts Center Announces the Return of Artosphere

Mar 25, 2024 | News & Events

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, March 25, 2024 –
Walton Arts Center is proud to announce the return of Artosphere: Arkansas’ Arts + Nature Festival May 2-23, with events and performances at locations across Northwest Arkansas.

Artosphere celebrates art, music and nature with exciting performances, activities and events for the whole family. Each year, Artosphere spotlights artists and performers from around the world who are inspired by nature and provides a creative framework for the community to discuss issues of sustainability and environmental awareness.

The multi-week festival features a mix of free and low-cost events, including outdoor performances, large orchestral concerts and several chamber music performances in special spaces throughout our region. Several Artosphere favorites are back this year including Trail Mix, art workshops with Shannon Green and performances by the signature Artosphere Festival Orchestra in their finale season.

New this year, Taking Flight: Restorative Mindfulness String Quartet & Bird Watching emphasizes meaningful observation, beginning with guided bird watching provided by NWA Land Trust. Afterward, musicians Miho Sakon, Andrew Chu, Grace Clark and Mickael Puryear will perform Haydn’s String quartet in C major Opus 33 No. 3 “The Bird” on the beautiful Wilson Springs Preserve Trail. You have two chances to experience this one-of-a-kind event on Saturday, May 4 at 10 am and 5 pm.

Tunes on the Trail returns, bringing classical music outdoors! Throughout May when you enjoy the trails at Lake Fayetteville, Mount Kessler, Mount Sequoyah, Cato Springs, Frisco Trail & The Lower Ramble, Wilson Springs Preserve and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, enjoy a curated playlist featuring some of the Artosphere Festival Orchestra’s most beloved performances from the past 11 seasons. Find the Artopshere signage and scan the QR code to see how music, nature and movement collide!

Except where noted below, tickets or reservations for these events are available now. Purchase or reserve tickets to all events at artospherefestival.org, by calling 479.443.5600 weekdays 10 am-5 pm or in person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office weekdays 10 am-2 pm.


Ticketed Performances

Fayetteville Film Fest: Indie Film Artosphere

8 pm | Saturday, May 11 | Walton Arts Center

Tickets: $15


Dover Quartet

7 pm | Saturday, May 11 | St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Tickets: $15


Artopshere Festival Orchestra

American Soundscapes 

Corrado Rovaris, Musical Director

7 pm | Tuesday, May 14 | Walton Arts Center

Tickets: $10


Compagnia TPO’s ERBA – A Forest in the City

6:30 pm | Tuesday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 15 | Walton Arts Center

Tickets: $10


Dover Quartet

7 pm | Wednesday, May 15 | Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Tickets: $29


Artosphere Festival Orchestra

Verdi’s Requiem

Corrado Rovaris, Musical Director

8 pm | Sunday, May 18 | Walton Arts Center

Tickets: $15-50



7 pm | Tuesday, May 21 | Walton Arts Center

Tickets: $10


Artosphere Festival Orchestra

Mozart in the Museum

Corrado Rovaris, Musical Director

7 pm | Wednesday, May 22 | Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Tickets: $54

Free Events and Performances

Taking Flight: Restorative Mindfulness String Quartet & Bird Watching

10 am & 5 pm | Saturday, May 4 | Wilson Springs Preserve, Fayetteville

Free but ticketed event


Trout Fishing in America

6:30 pm | Tuesday, May 7 | Botanic Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

Free but ticketed event


Trail Mix

5-7 pm | Friday, May 10 | The Lower Ramble and Fayetteville Public Library


Recycled Bead Flowers Workshop

2 pm | Saturday, May 11 | Fayetteville Public Library Art & Movement Room


Paper Mums Workshop

4:30 pm | Thursday, May 16 | Fayetteville Public Library Teen Project Room


Nature Sensory Play

9:30 am | Friday, May 17 | Fayetteville Public Library Youth Craft Room


The Falconer: Bird Abatement Demos and Walmart AMP Mini Tour

11 am and 11:30 am | Sunday, May 19 | The Walmart AMP, Rogers

Free but ticketed. Registration opens May 6


Jazz on the Mountain featuring Backbeat Jazz

6 pm | Thursday, May 23 | Mount Sequoyah, Fayetteville

Free but ticketed event



Partner and Artosphere-sponsored Events

First Thursday 

Sponsored by Artosphere

5:30-9 pm | Thursday, May 2 | Downtown Fayetteville Square



Arkansas Pottery Festival

May 3-5 | Community Creative Center, Fayetteville



First Friday

Sponsored by Artosphere

3-9 pm | Friday, May 3 | Downtown Bentonville Square


Railyard Live presents The Cate Brothers & The Nace Brothers

Sponsored by Artosphere

7 pm | Friday, May 3 | Butterfield Stage, Downtown Rogers

Tickets: Free-$30 available at railyardlive.com


Square 2 Square Starting Line featuring The Juice

Sponsored by Artosphere

7-9:30 am | Saturday, May 4 | Walker Park, Fayetteville

Square 2 Square registration is $35 for adults 14 and up / $20 for youth 13 and under

Register at Fayetteville-ar.gov


Yoga on the Glade

Sponsored by Artosphere

6 pm | Monday, May 6 | Fayetteville Public Library



Railyard Live – Gente Privada presents: La Fiesta Con Grupo del 4 & Emmanuel Cortes with Little Yei and DJ Alfaro

Sponsored by Artosphere

7 pm | Saturday, May 4 | Butterfield Stage, Downtown Rogers

Tickets: Free-$30 available at railyardlive.com


Victory Theater presents Bruce Cockburn

Sponsored by Artosphere

7:30 pm | Monday, May 6 | The Victory Theater, Rogers

Tickets: $29.50-59.50 at thevictorytheater.com


Artosphere presents Mountain Street Stage: Aaron Smith with Still on the Hill and Friends

Sponsored by Artosphere

2 pm | Sunday, May 12 | Fayetteville Public Library



Artosphere Main Stage at Strawberry Festival

noon-6 pm | Sunday, May 19 | Downtown Fayetteville Square




Support for Walton Arts Center is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 215,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 300 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 35,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 250 volunteers donate 28,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to enjoy world-class performances at a great price. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.

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