Artosphere, Arkansas’ Arts + Nature Festival, returns May 4-27 with events taking place across Northwest Arkansas.
Presented annually by the Walton Arts Center, the Artosphere Festival celebrates art, music and nature with a mix of free and paid performances, activities and events for the whole family all throughout the month!
The multi-week festival will offer outdoor performances, large orchestral concerts, chamber music performances, and dozens of free and low-cost community events. The 2022 festival events are inspired by the sun, particularly “the energy and light it provides — which is essential for life,” said Scott Galbraith, Walton Arts Center vice president of programming and executive producer. “The arts are essential to our quality of life, so it seems only natural to bring those elements together.”
This year’s Artosphere Festival will see the return of some much-loved events and experiences, including a performance by the full 90-member Artosphere Festival Orchestra (AFO) made up of members from all around the world. Members of AFO will also perform mini pop-up concerts during Artosphere, many of them outdoors in natural settings and along our scenic trails. 2022 marks the first time the AFO has been able to safely perform since the 2019 festival.
Artosphere Trail Mix, a popular event focused on Downtown Fayetteville and the Frisco Trail, will also be a returning feature of this year’s festival. Performers and activities station themselves along the trail for a fun evening of enjoying art in nature. An exhibition entitled Sol will give patrons a look back at memorable moments in Artosphere history while celebrating the themes of energy, light and sustainability.
For a complete schedule of Artosphere events, please visit WAC’s Artosphere page.