Artosphere encourages families to explore the natural world through live theater and outdoor activities.
All kids and family events are free or low cost to ensure the arts are accessible to the entire community.

The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer
May 13 – 15, 7pm
May 17, 2pm & 8pm
$6 I Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville

This award-winning, one-man puppet show uses digital animation, live and recorded music, and multimedia to tell a story of enduring love in ecologically scary times. The seas have risen, billions have died, and the survivors live atop skyscrapers and mountains. Scientists have tried everything – floating islands, space probes and giant sponges. A last ditch effort to save the human race requires a journey through the mysterious depths of the ocean. Alvin Sputnik, grieving the loss of his wife, accepts this perilous mission to be reunited with her soul in the underworld. 

Recommended for ages 11 & up.


Trey McIntyre Project: SpUrban Sphere
Tuesday, May 13, 6:30-7:30pm
FREE I Wilson Park, Fayetteville

Join us for this fun-filled family event and get ready to boogie in the park! The SpUrban Sphere is spontaneous and urban group movement! Teams of dancers from the Trey McIntyre Project will be teaching dance choreography to the public at Fayetteville’s Wilson Park. This opportunity to dance together as a large community group provides a fun connection to each other and to Mother Nature, while affording the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful elements that Wilson Park has to offer. No dance experience necessary.



Artoshere Celebration
Friday, May 16, 5:30pm
FREE I Tyson Plaza, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville

The community is invited to get to know the Artosphere artists, hear about festival highlights and enjoy live music, activities, specialty food and beverages and free mulch from Patrick Dougherty’s stick installation. Patrons can also attend an opening reception and gallery talk for the Synesthesia exhibit at 6:30pm. (This will be followed by the Trey McIntyre creative conversation at 7pm and performance at 8pm.) 


Compagnia TPO's Bleu
Saturday, May 24, 9:30am, 11am & 2pm
$6 I Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville

Take a journey to the sea! Italian dance company TPO (Farfalle and Kindur) returns to Walton Arts Center with an imaginative and interactive journey to the Mediterranean. The audience, accompanied by two dancers, embarks to poetically explore the Mediterranean – a cradle of nature, culture and myths. Bleu, using an impressionistic style, visual imagery and movement, alludes to idyllic Greek islands among the stones and sea shells, wanderings through bustling sea ports, and finally the deep blue abyss populated by fish, mollusks and the ruins of ancient civilizations. Children love the dreamy landscapes created through motion capture technology.


Trail Mix Concert Tour
Sunday, June 1
1-3pm, Crystal Bridges Trail, Bentonville
5-7pm, Frisco Trail, Fayetteville

The annual Artosphere Trail Mix Concert Tour features live music and art on local foot and bike trails. Catch the entertainment at the Crystal Bridges Trail in Bentonville from 1-3pm, then at Fayetteville’s Frisco Trail from 5-7pm. This year’s artists include: Artosphere Festival Orchestra Ensembles, Street Drum Corps, Candy Lee & the Sweets, Martha Redbone Trio, Carter Sampson, Smokey & The Mirror, and Cry You One.


Tread Lightly 5K & 1 Mile Family Fun Walk
Saturday, June 7, 8:30am
Online Registration Required $10-$25 I Veterans Park, Lake Fayetteville

Hosted by EcoPotential NGO, the 2nd Annual Tread Lightly 5K Run and 1 Mile Family Fun Walk strives to remove roadblocks to sustainability by donating at least 80 percent of the net proceeds from the event to help fund a sustainability project for a Northwest Arkansas school. Event participants will vote on which school receives the money. Packet pickup is at 8:30am. The 5K Run starts at 9:30am, and the 1 Mile Fun Walk starts at 10am. An awards ceremony will follow at 11am.


Summer Solstice Event
Saturday, June 21, 6:30-10pm
FREE I Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville

Join us in a Solstice celebration exploring James Turrell’s seasonal artwork, The Way of Color, which is a Skypace chamber designed to view the sky’s cyclical time and the atmosphere’s unique color patterns!  We’ll embrace this experiential play on art and science with a mesmerizing concert presented by Downtown Bentonville’s Notes at Night series, and an “Astronomical” spoken word performance by Houston Hughes and friends at sunset. Both adults and children can try their hand at colorful art-making projects, or telescope star-gazing into the late evening. FREE, drop-in program. Cash bar and concession stand available for purchase.

Arsaga's, Clubhaus FitnessCrystal Bridges Museum of American ArtEcoPotential NGOFayetteville UndergroundGreenhouse Grille,  and UpStream Art.

Please enjoy Artosphere Festival specialty drinks from May 1 through June 7 at all Arsaga's locations in Northwest Arkansas.



Other supporters include Bob & Becky Alexander, Les & Mina Baledge, The Banks Family, James & Emily Bost, Ed & Karlee Bradberry, June Carter, Dale & Prudy Caudle, Chip & Susan Chambers, Steve & Jamie Clark, Nick & Carolyn Cole, Marybeth Cornwell & Rick Hays, Cynthia & Tom Coughlin, Sandy Edwards, Pete & Shirley Esch, Fred & Barbara Frye, Hershey & Denise Garner, Jeff & Lisa Gearhart, Orville & Susan Hall, Meza Harris, Roger Lee Harrison, Malcolm & Ellen Hayward, Tony & Susan Hui, Tom & Jill King, Greg & Hannah Lee, David & Deborah Malone, David & Pam Parks, John & Marsha Phillips, Mary Lynn Reese, Frank & Sara Sharp, Mitchell & Barbara Singleton, Barbara G. Taylor 

NWA Media, Celebrate Arkansas Magazine, CitiScapes Metro Monthly, KUAF 91.3 Public Radio and Kid’s Directory of Northwest Arkansas.