For those not traveling to Dallas this weekend for the iconic Arkansas-Texas A&M football game, there are plenty of live music performances, festivals and other events to attend in Northwest Arkansas. 


The ‘90s alternative cover band The Mixtapes will perform at George’s Majestic Lounge starting at 9:30 p.m. The band generally plays tunes from well-known bands like Nirvana, Weezer and Foo Fighters. General admission to the show is $15, and tickets are available on the George’s website

FloatLife Fest has returned for its fourth year at the Coler Mountain Bike Preserve in Bentonville, and runs through Sunday. The event includes riding clinics with professional riders, group rides and nightly social gatherings. The mountain biking festival will be livestreamed, and in-person tickets are available on the event’s website, ranging from $35 to $140. 

Designing Women, the theatrical adaptation of the iconic sitcom, premieres at TheatreSquared. The comedy features Julia, Suzanne, Mary Jo and Charlene, who work at an Atlanta-based interior design firm called Sugarbaker’s. However, the partners are considering separating and selling the business. Tickets are available on the TheatreSquared website. Masks and proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result are required for entry.

Bikes, Blues & BBQ may be postponed this year, but that has not deterred the organizers of other local biking events. The Rally Off Exit 86 is taking place at Pig Trail Harley-Davidson in Rogers from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 21-28. More than 350 motorcycles will be available for purchase, and the event includes vendors, food and a beer garden.


Gary Hutchinson Trio & Jim Goza will play a free show at George’s at 2 p.m. Later, John Burnette will present a tribute to Tom Petty. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $12 and are available on the George’s website

Ashtyn Barbaree, an indie Americana singer-songwriter, will perform at the vintage motorcycle show Hill City Rumble in the parking lot across from Brainstorm Tattoo. The show starts at 11:30 a.m. and lasts one hour. The chopper show also features music from other local bands, food, vendors and a swap meet. 

The Rotary Satellite of Bentonville’s Oktoberfest celebration will take place from 6-9 p.m. on the grounds of the First National Bank in Bentonville. Features include live music, German food and beers and a stein hoist competition. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County and Havenwood, and tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. You must be 21 years or older to purchase tickets


The NWA Hispanic Heritage Festival continues Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fayetteville Downtown Square. Thousands of dollars in door prizes are up for grabs, and events include arts and crafts, dance contests, a parade, live entertainment and a soccer tournament.


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