Artosphere Trail Mix Offers Free Opportunities to Enjoy Art and Music in the Great Outdoors

FAYETTEVILLE, ARK, (May 23, 2018) — The 9th Annual Artosphere Trail Mix returns to downtown Fayetteville on June 15 and downtown Bentonville on June 16 with free events for the whole family and trailside entertainment with dynamic, one-of-a-kind artistic experiences.

Trail Mix brings local and regional musicians, performers and artists to Northwest Arkansas for the community to enjoy while they explore local trails, outdoor spaces and city centers.

“Trail Mix encompasses a sense of community, environmental awareness and the celebration of art and nature that the Artosphere Festival embodies,” said Scott Galbraith, vice president of programming at Walton Arts Center. “We invite cyclists, walkers, hikers and spectators alike to join us at Trail Mix for the ultimate outdoor arts experience.”

The Artosphere Festival, June 10-23, features artists and art inspired by nature and provides a creative framework for the community to consider issues of environmental sustainability. This year’s festival — including Trail Mix — explores a theme of water and celebrates the importance of our water resources through fun activities and artistic expressions including large-scale art installations, an all-new film series, concerts, conversations and more.

Trail Mix: Fayettevill
Friday, June 15, 5:30 – 7:30 pm | Free
Fayetteville Entertainment District

Trail Mix comes to the heart of Fayetteville’s Entertainment District with artists and musicians performing at locations in the cultural corridor adjacent to Frisco Trail and around Walton Arts Center. Audiences can take part in a movement exploration hosted by The Spark Foundation and free arts and crafts with Community Creative Center in Walton Arts Center’s Bradberry Amphitheater and gardens. Enjoy live music and performances in a variety of other outdoor spaces surrounding the arts center as well as just off the Frisco Trail in front of nearby Nadine Baum Studios. Community members also are invited to explore the real-world science of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s supersized Mobile Aquarium.

Trail Mix Fayetteville artists include: bluegrass band The Crumbs, folk group Melody Pond, eclectic duo Rozenbridge, storytelling songwriters Still on the Hill, jazz band Block Street Hot Club, and a water balloon gladiator show by Acrobuffos called Waterbombs! See the Artosphere App or festival website for up-to-date artist lineup, location and schedule details.

Be sure to also head over to School Avenue for the life-sized public art installation Topo Map for School Avenue. This thermoplastic topographic map of the terrain between Dickson and Mountain streets illustrates and underscores the issues surrounding water on Fayetteville’s hilly landscape.

Then at 8 pm, gather in the Bradberry Amphitheater for a live radio broadcast of the Artosphere Festival Orchestra’s Mozart in the Museum performance on KUAF 91.3 FM Public Radio. Families can enjoy music under the stars as the esteemed AFO performs live from the Great Hall at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Trail Mix: Bentonville
Saturday, June 16, 11 am to 1 pm | Free
Compton Gardens to Crystal Bridges Museum

Don’t miss Trail Mix in Bentonville with artists and musicians including The Crumbs, Melody Pond and Rozenbridge performing along the Crystal Bridges Trail between Compton Gardens and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. See the Artosphere App or festival website for up-to-date artist lineup, location and schedule details.

Acrobuffos will start the morning with a 10:30 am performance of Waterbombs! at the Amazeum and then bring the show to Trail Mix for a 12:30 pm performance. Set to dramatic opera music, this hysterical battle filled with flying water balloons and ridiculous comic antics will have audiences of all ages in stitches.

4th Annual Crystal Bridges Garden Party
Saturday, June 16, 11 am to 4 pm | Free
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Enjoy more free entertainment along the grounds and trails of Crystal Bridges featuring local, regional and Artosphere Festival musicians playing classics from Mozart and Bach to Michael Jackson and Beyoncé, as well as performances from Opera in the Ozarks, the nationally acclaimed summer music program based in Eureka Springs.

The Crystal Bridges Garden Party also includes art making, nature and art talks, and tasty refreshments from Eleven restaurant and local food trucks.

For more information about the 2018 Artosphere Festival, including a complete event lineup, download the Artosphere App from Google Play or the Apple App Store, or visit

Presented by Walton Arts Center, Artosphere 2018 is sponsored by The Walton Family FoundationWalmart/Sam's ClubTysonSimmons FoodsExperience Fayetteville, Visit Bentonville and Greenwood Gearhart. Additional support provided by Lee & Linda Scott and Friends of Walton Arts Center. Support for Maestro Corrado Rovaris provided by Reed & Mary Ann Greenwood. Media support provided by the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-GazetteKUAF 91.3FM Public RadioCelebrate Arkansas Magazine and CitiScapes Magazine

The Artosphere App is compatible with all standard smartphones and tablets. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Google Play is a trademark of Google Inc.

Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 195,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 400 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 45,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 200 volunteers donate 21,000 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 pay on average only 45% of the cost of programs offered. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit

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