Motorcycle Rally Brings Thousands to Northwest Arkansas

People who live in Northwest Arkansas know fall means Arkansas Razorbacks football, the War Eagle Arts and Crafts Fair (Oct. 16-19) and Bikes, Blues & BBQ.

The fun and energy in Northwest Arkansas created by those events and others couldn't be any higher than it is in the fall. Every weekend has something fantastic to offer.

Starting tomorrow and running through Saturday, it's Bikes, Blues & BBQ's turn to dominate Northwest Arkansas. The official Bikes Blues & BBQ website has the complete schedule of events for the entire week.

Bikes, Blues & BBQ brings thousands of people to Northwest Arkansas, and visitors fill up hotel rooms from Fort Smith to the Missouri state line.

In fact, no one-time event brings more people to the region than the motorcycle rally, which is recognized as one of the nation's largest motorcycle rallies. The rally's impact is significant as research by the University of Arkansas Center for Business and Economic Research shows. The overall economic impact is near $69 million, the university estimates.

The people who do visit have an opportunity to discover all that is Northwest Arkansas, stopping at restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and tourist attractions as they tool around on those curvy two-lane highways that make Northwest Arkansas such a great place for motorcycle riding. Once they arrive at rally locations in Fayetteville and at rally events that will occur for the first time at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, day trips to Bentonville, Eureka Springs, Huntsville, Rogers and Siloam Springs allow for the full discovery of Northwest Arkansas. 

The Northwest Arkansas Tourism Association maintains a website describing all of the events occurring in the region over the next few weeks.