2018 Fall Fun Guide: Top 10 things to do with your family this fall in Northwest Arkansas!

Isn’t this fall weather awesome, mamas?! It has us thinking about pumpkin patches, s’mores and Halloween costumes!

We love that there are definitely multiple seasons in Northwest Arkansas — and fall is definitely one of the prettiest. There’s so much to enjoy in Northwest Arkansas this time of year, so we rounded up 10 of the best for you below:

{Just click on the orange highlighted words to find out more about each activity, and CLICK HERE to see a printer-friendly Fall Fun Guide that lists even more events/activities}

Be sure to print out the Fall Fun Guide list sponsored by Farmland Adventures! and keep it on your fridge or in your purse for a quick reminder of things to do over the next few months. You can also save it to your phone for a quick peek when you’re looking for fall fun activities.

1. Pick a pumpkin and navigate a corn maze. If you want to pick your own pumpkin, let the kids pet some cute animals, get lost in a corn maze and hang out on a farm for a few hours, there are several options around here, including our favorite — printable sponsor Farmland Adventures. {Click here to see our printable, which has a FULL list of pumpkin patches and corn mazes, including dates of operation.}

2.  Find some festival fun. If you like visiting hometown festivals, the Arkansas Apple Festival in Lincoln is coming up on Oct. 5-7, there’s Vintage Market Days of NWA at the Benton County Fairgrounds on Oct. 12-14 and The Little Craft Show, downtown Bentonville, Nov. 17, and at the Fayetteville Town Center, Nov. 30-Dec. 1.

{Click here to see lots more festivals listed in our Fall Fun Guide printable.}

3. Take a scenic stroll! The fall foliage on the Crystal Bridges trails are beautiful this time of year, so you should go take a stroll! And click here to see the museum’s Fall Forest Fun events. You might also want to walk  around War Eagle Mill, Lake Atalanta, Devil’s Den State Park and Hobbs State Park.

You might also take some time to visit Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park. The battlefield is SO PRETTY in the fall and there are lots of walking trails to enjoy, historical markers to read and a playground for the kids

4. Seek out vintage pretties and cool antiques. We love to kick around cool vintage and antique stores in the fall. In Prairie Grove, some of our favorites are Daisies and Olives and The Summit Hill Cottage Shoppe and there’s a new place called High on the Hog Vintage Market that has some fun goodies plus classes.

In Fayetteville, there’s the Fayetteville Funky Yard Sale, In Retrospect Vintage Mall & Boutique and 410 Vintage Market.

In Springdale, we love Midtown Eclectic and hear great things about Cellar Door Antiques.

In Rogers, friends recommend Betty’s Attic and Somewhere in Time.

In Bentonville, we like the Cannery Market.

5. Craft a beautiful day at a craft fair. Of course, there are plenty of craft fairs to visit in October, including the HUGE War Eagle Mill Arts & Crafts Fair in Rogers on the HeART of Rogers Craft Fair, plus the Spanker Creek Farm Arts & Crafts Fair.

{Check out our printable list for LOTS more craft fair listings!}

6. Let no leaf go unnoticed. Of course, this time of year means it’s time to drive I-49 or the Pig Trail Scenic Byway to ooh and ahhh over the trees that are changing into their brightly-colored fall clothes. You might want to take a train ride to see the leaves from your window.

7. Call the Hogs. You really should enjoy a Razorback football game this fall or take part in the University of Arkansas Homecoming, which is Oct. 14-20 this year. The Dickson Street Parade and Homecoming Pep Rally will be on Friday, Oct. 19. Just find yourself a spot on Dickson Street and see the Arkansas Spirit Squads, Razorback Marching Band, Homecoming Court, Greek Floats and more.

8. Shop unique boutiques. In early November, there’s the NWA Boutique Show to enjoy! This show is held each fall in Northwest Arkansas and will be on Nov. 16-17 this year. We’ll be there with a booth, so be sure to stop by and say hello (plus sign up for our giveaway)! This juried show features boutique booths with custom and one-of-a-kind creations from local and regional designers. Clothing, jewelry, art, stationery, gifts, personalized items, home décor, furniture, baby essentials and more. See you there!

9. Enjoy the bounty at the many farmer’s markets around NWA. The various farmer’s markets in hometowns across NWA run through the fall, so if you haven’t been out to one yet, you should visit those while you can!

Here are the links to each farmer’s market (our printable lists the dates that each season ends):

10. Get happy about all the Halloween events! There are SO MANY Halloween events coming up in NWA!

You can always depend on kid-friendly fun at the designated city events, including trick-or-treating on the Fayetteville Square, the Downtown Rogers Candy Crawl, the downtown Springdale Halloween Fest and the Halloween Spooktacular at the Bentonville Community Center. The Trick Art Treat at Crystal Bridges also looks like fun!

{Click here to see more Halloween events on our printable!}

Note from the mamas: We’ll keep writing about fall fun/Halloween activities here on nwaMotherlode as the season continues, so be sure to look for our Halloween Fun Guide!

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