Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival

Come to the Bella Vista Arts and Crafts Festival October 14th, 15th, and 16th.

Make your plans to spend a day at the premier arts festival in northwest Arkansas the 13th, 14th, and 15th of October, 2021. Featuring over two hundred artisans from all over North America and representing over 30 states, our artisans offer unique items from fine art to handmade jelly. All items are handmade. The middle of October in Northwest Arkansas is a fall cornucopia of fair and festival excitement with arts festivals from Bella Vista to Springdale and places in between. All are built around arts and crafts but the Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival is the only one 100% juried show in the region. 

All items must be handmade by the artist. No reselling of crafts produced by other than the artist is permitted. You will find things you love as well as perfect one-of-a-kind gifts to check off your list for birthdays, showers, house warming, Christmas for the rest of 2021 and all the way to next Valentine's day. 

Many of the artists make custom pieces when they are not exhibiting at summer and fall festivals. Here you have a chance to talk to the artists, look and touch their work close up and make arrangements for a custom piece that will tie that newly remodeled bathroom or kitchen together in a way that is all you.

And, of course, the festival wouldn't be a party without a myriad of food trucks, face painting, music, and other entertainment. 

Seven NW Arkansas Arts and Crafts shows in six days.

Plan for this trip now. If you've really missed shopping for art and 200 vendors is likely to just whet your appetite, there are arts and crafts events that week in Bentonville, Rogers, Fayetteville, and Springdale. Invest in a good pair of walking shoes and book your vacation rental today. Every fair is within an hour or so drive from Bella Vista. At the end of a satisfying but exhausting day, you'll be glad to be home.

At the end of the day, what kind of road warrior are you? A "It's what we usually do?" or B "It's time we went on a real vacation?"



Kick off your shoes, lay on the bed for 30 minutes, put shoes back on, meet friends in lobby, find a restaurant and a place to park, wait 30 minutes standing in the entrance, order food, including a bottle of wine (driver abstains); finish meal, climb back in the car, drive to motel, say good-bye to friends, kick off your shoes, pull the drapes closed, sink on to the bed, and flick on the tv. It's that kind of road trip.

Kick off your shoes, open a bottle of ice cold Armand de Brignac, order a delicious dinner delivered, put your feet up and share your finds with your friends. You've a lot to talk about after the past year of isolation. Take a long shower, slip into something comfortable. Join your friends on the deck for a night cap. Make plans for tomorrow as a red and gold sun sinks into the still lake. It's that kind of road trip.

Six Nights. $1,898.73 all in.

Motel row in the city

View of the parking lot

Four standard rooms, each w/bath, just down the second floor hall.

Coffee maker

ice bucket.

motel lobby.

Six Nights $1,506 all in.

Bella Vista Vacation Rental

View of the Lake

Four private, beautifully appointed bedrooms and luxurious bathrooms.

Full kitchen

private open living space

private deck

The Bella Vista Arts & Craft Festival is sponsored by the Artisan Alliance at Wishing Spring, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and provides funds to support the core missions of the Alliance to improve access to and promote the arts. Nearly 90 percent of profits go to art scholarships for college students, block grants for elementary school art supplies, support for the Wishing Spring Gallery (a place for artisans to sell their work all year, staffed fully by volunteers), and the Clay Studio (a new Alliance endeavor to teach pottery to all interested). Even the festival director and staff are volunteers. Hundreds of people devote hundreds of donated hours every year to continue these missions. The other ten percent of profits go straight to community organizations.