See what’s happening during Artosphere 2023!

Happy May, mamas! We love how Northwest Arkansas looks this time of year — so green and pretty! Not too hot, and not too cold. It’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy Artosphere 2023!

With locations across Northwest Arkansas, Artosphere has events happening May 4-24, 2023. Artosphere is a celebration of art, music and nature with exciting performances, activities and events for the whole family. Each year, Artosphere showcases artists and performers from around the world who are inspired by nature. Artosphere also 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. 

Whether you’re looking for a concert in a garden, a fun art exhibition, performers on the trails or in bars, free film screenings or even yoga with live music, Artosphere has something creative, unexpected and accessible for all.  

New this year, throughout the month of May you can enjoy Tunes on the Trail when you visit the trail systems at Lake Fayetteville, Mount Kessler, Mount Sequoyah, Cato Springs, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Frisco Trail. Enjoy a curated playlist featuring Artosphere Festival Orchestra’s most-loved performances from the past 10 festival seasons. To listen along while enjoying the trails, scan the QR code on signage placed at each trailhead.  

Also new this year is Fashion Machine May 13-14, an opportunity to foster creativity in the next generation of artists. Professional artists, photographers and textile experts from Canada’s Theatre SKAM will guide 28 local children as they redesign and rework outfits worn by audience members. After an hour at the hands of the kids’ sewing machines, the audience members will don their remade outfits and showcase their new looks in a fashion show with commentary by the kids.  

Except where noted below, tickets or reservations for these events are available now. Purchase or reserve tickets to all events at, 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.  

For more information about the Artosphere Festival and a complete event lineup, download the Artosphere App from Google Play or the Apple App Store or visit The Artosphere App is compatible with all standard smartphones and tablets.

Here’s a list of Artosphere events in Northwest Arkansas during May 2023:

Ticketed Performances 

Indie Films Artosphere Curated by Fayetteville Film Fest 

  • 8 pm | Friday, May 12 | Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center 
  • Tickets: $15 plus applicable fees 

Artosphere Festival Orchestra An Evening of Brahms and Beethoven 

  • 7 pm | Tuesday, May 16 | Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center 
  • Tickets: $10  

Dover Quartet An Evening of Hadyn, Walker and Dvořák  

  • 7 pm | Wednesday, May 17 | Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center 
  • Tickets: $29 plus applicable fees 

Chapel Music Series: Smokey & The Mirror 

  • 6:30 pm | Wednesday, May 17 | The Chapel Ruins at Sassafras Springs Vineyard, Springdale  
  • Tickets: $15 plus applicable fees 

Chapel Music Series: Smokey & The Mirror 

  • 6:30 pm | Thursday, May 18 | Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, Bella Vista 
  • Tickets: $15 plus applicable fees 

Artosphere Festival Orchestra Respighi’s Roman Trilogy 

  • 8 pm | Saturday, May 20 | Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center 
  • Tickets: $15-50 plus applicable fees 

Artosphere Festival Orchestra  Live from Crystal Bridges: Mozart in the Museum 

  • 7 pm | Wednesday, May 24 | Crystal Bridges’ Great Hall 
  • Tickets: $49 plus applicable fees 

Free Events and Performances 

Trout Fishing in America 

  • 6:30 pm | Tuesday, May 9 | Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville 
  • Tickets: Free but ticketed event 

StoneLion Puppet Theater’s Little Red Hen’s Garden 

  • 10:30 am | Tuesday, May 9 | Fayetteville Public Library 

StoneLion Puppet Theater’s  Little Red Hen’s Garden 

  • 4 pm | Wednesday, May 10 | Springdale Public Library 

Artosphere Film Screening: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds 

  • 8:30 pm | Wednesday, May 10 | Prairie Street Live, Fayetteville 
  • Tickets: Free but ticketed event 

StoneLion Puppet Theater’s Little Red Hen’s Garden 

  • 2 pm & 5:30 pm | Thursday, May 11 | Bentonville Public Library 
  • Free tickets available starting at 9am on-site, day of show 

Trail Mix on The Lower Ramble 

  • 5:30-7:30 pm | Friday, May 12 | The Lower Ramble, Fayetteville 

Fashion Machine 

  • 7 pm Saturday, May 13 | 2 pm Sunday, May 14  
  • Yvonne Richardson Community Center, Fayetteville 
  • Tickets: Free but ticketed event  

The Herbie Hancock Institute National Peer-to-Peer Jazz Sextet  

  • 7 pm | Thursday, May 18 | Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center 
  • Tickets: Free but ticketed event 

AFO Off the Grid 

  • 7-11 pm | Thursday, May 18 | Downtown Fayetteville Entertainment District 
  • Official locations will be announced soon! 

Artosphere Film Screening: The Artist and the Astronaut 

  • 7 pm | Friday, May 19 | Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center 
  • Tickets: Free but ticketed event 

Yoga in the Atrium 

  • 2 pm | Sunday, May 21 | Walton Arts Center Atrium 
  • Tickets: Free but ticketed event 

Partner & Artosphere-Sponsored Events 

First Thursday featuring Papa Rap & Irie Lions 

  • Sponsored by Artosphere 
  • 5:30-9 pm | Thursday, May 4 | Downtown Fayetteville Square 
  • Free 

Arkansas Pottery Festival 

  • May 5-7 | Community Creative Center 
  • Free 

First Friday featuring Papa Rap & Coloring Twelve, presented by The Music Education Initiative 

  • Sponsored by Artosphere 
  • 5-9 pm | Friday, May 5 | Downtown Bentonville Square 

Railyard Live featuring Proyecto Tumbado & DJ Susie Q  

  • Sponsored by Artosphere 
  • 8 pm | Friday, May 5 | Downtown Rogers Butterfield Stage 
  • Tickets: Free-$30 available at 

Yoga in the Garden  

  • 9:30 am | Saturday, May 6 | Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville 
  • Tickets: Free but ticketed event at 

Square to Square Starting Line featuring The Juice 

  • Sponsored by Artosphere 
  • 7 am | Saturday, May 6 | Walker Park, Fayetteville 
  • Square to Square registration is $35 for adults 14 and up / $20 for youth 13 and under 
  • Register at 

Railyard Live featuring Rodney Block Collective & Pura Coco 

  • Sponsored by Artosphere 
  • 8 pm | Saturday, May 6 | Downtown Rogers Butterfield Stage 
  • Tickets: Free-$30 available at 

Crystal Bridges’ Garden Party 

  • Noon-4 pm | Saturday, May 13 | Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville 
  • Free 

Jazz on the Mountain featuring Dillon Brouse Quartet