The Ozarks are a place for awe-inspiring adventures and people who care for one another. It is truly unique when you can have a conversation with someone each day about how fortunate we are to live in such an incredible place! Bentonville offers diverse ways to meet new people, encourage each other and find our place in community.
Our favorite explorations are accessible and owned by locals who have a passion for community. If you’re looking to sink your roots deeper in NWA or want to be in “the know” for the best of the best in the area, check out these favorites!
37 North Expeditions: Get Sweaty. Get Connected. Get Happy.
Let’s get outside, but without all the coordinating schedules and convincing friends to fit it in their weekend. What if there was a day hike or float trip coordinated for strangers to come together with a guide who makes the adventure effortless? 37 North Expeditions does just that! They even provide transportation! Whether you’re up for a hike into a cave, a float down the river, or meander through the woods an expedition with 37 North will be an exceptional experience that introduces you to new people and often includes a brewery or wine stop after the day together! Sign up for your next expedition into the Ozarks here.
Trifest for MS: Triathlon
Become a triathlete this summer! The Trifest for MS is an encouraging place to do just that. This 3-day triathlon event is famed as one of the top 5 triathlons in the nation and benefits Multiple Sclerosis research at UAMS! This event is designed for all ages and fitness levels and is founded on the principles of encouragement, community and fitness. When you spend 3 sweat-filled days together you become friends fast…and you’re friends for life. The event, held at Memorial Park, hosts over a thousand athletes competing in super sprint, sprint distance and Olympic distance triathlon. If you’re new to triathlon this is the place to start right in your backyard. Come be a part of this event, founded by a local family, who believes in hope for a cure for MS. Come be a part of an encouraging community at Trifest for MS!
The Local Table: Food Experiences. Together
“When we eat together, we become family.” There is a truth to this that inspires guests to come together at The Gathering Table, a monthly dinner experience hosted by The Local Table. These dinners bring 10 people around a meal, served family-style, for conversation with a purpose. An intimate occasion with a single topic for discussion at the table. If you would like to skip the chit chat and go deep in conversation, I’d like to invite you to The Gathering Table. Our humanness shows when we are vulnerable and we begin to see each other, not for our differences or our similarities, but for the core that we share: we all have fears and hopes, we laugh and we cry, we are human. Dinners are hosted on the second Monday of each month at unique locations in NWA and a list of topics and locations can be found on their website and social media. The Local Table is founded on building relationships around food that make our community stronger. Book an experience at The Gathering Table here!
Two Friends Books: Book Club
Supporting an Indie Bookstore is one of my favorite ways to invest in community and we’re lucky to have Two Friends Books to call our own here in Bentonville. Whether you’re an avid reader or haven’t picked up a book since your school days, a book club is an interesting way to explore unfamiliar genres and share diverse perspectives with others in community. Hosted at Airship coffee on the first Tuesday of every month the discussions range from lighthearted to how to change the world. If you want to broaden your horizons, Two Friends Book Club is the place to begin. The books are announced every three months so be sure to check out their social media for the coming months selection. All book club selections are 15% off at Two Friends Books so stock up and join the club!
Dive Into Community
Whether you choose to exercise your body or your brain there is a gamut of ways to explore Bentonville! Sign up for an experience and join local businesses who believe in building community together!