Top 10 Reasons to Fall Into Rogers

When the temperatures start to drop, you know fall is upon us. Here are your top 10 reasons to fall into Rogers.

When the weather begins to cool, take in autumn’s splendor in the midst of Ozarks Mountain country in Northwest Arkansas. From spectacular fall foliage to charming arts-and-crafts fairs, you’ll find plenty of natural beauty and small-town charm for a perfect getaway.

1. Craft Festivals

As the fall foliage begins to transform the Ozarks countryside into a blaze of sublime colors, Rogers, Arkansas also begins to shift into a more colorful atmosphere—with arts and crafts fairs. These annual fall fairs draw hundreds of local artisans, makers, and artists to the area to display handcrafted jewelry, small batch soaps, homemade quilts, country furniture, antiques, fine art and much more. Go shopping at these unique fairs and festivals throughout Northwest Arkansas to discover something truly one-of-a-kind. Download the most recent copy of the NWA Craft Fair Map here

2. Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkin patches are perfect for family-fun with corn mazes, hayrides, pig races, play areas, corn cannons, barrel train rides, live music, and of course hundreds and hundreds of pumpkins to pick from and take home. Here's a list of pumpkin patches in the area.

3. Motorcycles

There’s nothing like the thrill of the open road, an engine rumbling beneath you and wide-open spaces stretching out before you. Explore Northwest Arkansas’ scenic roads on motorcycle, such as Scenic 71 Loop and I-49 Scenic Byway, featuring idyllic countryside and picturesque Ozark forests. Find your next route through the Ozarks here.

4. Fall Foliage

Cooler weather starts to creep in, and each year everything becomes just a tad bit cozier. You can almost feel the change as the leaves start to lighten. Dogwoods turn a deep burgundy red. Here and there pops of orange, red, and yellow can be seen amongst the trees as winter draws closer. Click here to read about where to find the best views in Rogers this fall.

5. Events

With Oktoberfest events around NWA like Natural State Beer Co. Oktoberfest and the Rogers Oktoberfest hosted in downtown, we also have a few annual events. NW Arkansas Championship is our annual LPGA Tour stop. This 6-day event is packed with family-friendly fun throughout the week including a food festival called BITE NW Arkansas. Down in Fayetteville is the annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ, a non-profit motorcycle rally with a purpose that benefits women, children, and the underserved members of the NWA community. Events are held in many of the surrounding cities including Rogers with Bikes on the Bricks featuring the Frisco Inferno BBQ competition in downtown Rogers.

6. Outdoors

Fall is the perfect time to explore the outdoors in Rogers and Northwest Arkansas. Bring your bike, or rent from one of the many cycling shops to test your skills at over 200 miles of trails in the area. Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area has a variety of trails for hiking, biking, or even riding horses. Take a different approach and try an urban hike discovering the inspirational murals around Rogers. Other outdoor activities include eagle watch cruises on Beaver Lake, cavern tours at War Eagle Cavern, and golfing at one of the pristine courses in Rogers.

7. Craft Beer

Craft beer enthusiasts will find plenty to love in Rogers’ booming beer scene. Many of our breweries come out with seasonal beers that locals wait all year for their release. Be sure to check out Natural State Beer Company, Ozark Beer Company, and Hawk Moth Brewery & Beer Parlor. For a complete list of local breweries and tap rooms, click here.

8. Football

Just a short drive down I-49 is Fayetteville, Arkansas the home to the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Hogs average 5 to 6 home football games each fall at Donald W. Reynolds Stadium. You won't want to miss tailgating prior to the game and pre-function activities such as the kid's zone. Tip: all U of A sporting events have a clear bag policy in affect.

Photo credit: Walt Beazley, University of Arkansas Athletics Communications

9. Halloween

All your ghosts and goblins are sure to have fun during Halloween in Rogers. From Ghost Walks at the Rogers Historical Museum, to scary corn mazes, and Halloween themed parties and event, there's something for all ages.

10. Coffee

What says Fall more than a pumpkin spice latte? Visit local hot spots like Onyx Coffee Lab, Iron Horse Coffee Company, and Reverie Coffee & Teahouse to check out their seasonal coffees and teas. Click here for a complete list of coffee spots in and around Rogers.

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