Northwest Arkansas


2023's Hottest Festival

3 Days of BBQ, Crafts, Music and Fun.


1991 Forest Hills Dr.
Bella Vista, AR


September 22-24, 2023

The Biggest BBQ Competition in the area

Professional Teams

The KCBS competition will take place on Friday and Saturday, September 22nd, and 23rd, with the “Ribfest” competition to take place on Saturday, September 23rd. Amateur events will take place on Sunday, September 24th. The KCBS competition will be a four-meat competition, the teams will be cooking 4 meats, Pork ribs, Beef Brisket, Chicken, and Pork Butt.


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Arts & Craft Fair

The NWA Festival Association Arts and Crafts Fair follows in the footsteps of the previous “national level” arts and crafts fair held in Bella Vista, Arkansas for the past 53 years prior to Covid-19, drawing more than 30,000 shoppers during the 3 day event.
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So Many Activities

2 days full of design.


Arts & Crafts Show

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$ 275
  • Indoor Space
  • Outdoor Space
  • Electrical Available
  • Non-Juried and no commission

Youth BBQ Contest

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$ 15
  • Open to kids 7-14
  • Meat will be provided
  • Trophies and ribbons awarded

Backyard Chili Cookoff

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$ 25
  • Big Prizes
  • Big Bragging rights
  • Electrical Available

Professional BBQ Class

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$ 50
  • Taught by Tim Gray
  • Tips and tricks for the best BBQ
  • Limited Class Size

Amature BBQ Competition

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$ 50
  • Rib Cookoff
  • Meat Will Be Provided

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