The Friday 5: Fun things to do this weekend in Northwest Arkansas

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1. Fitness in the Garden, Saturday {free}. The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks is starting its FREE 2016 season of Fitness in the Garden!

“We’ll be kicking off this year’s program on International Tai Chi day, featuring a special guest on April 30. Bring yourself, your family, friends, water, towel and a yoga mat.

All classes are FREE open to the public, and start at 9 a.m. on the Great Lawn at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.

During May, there will be Power Flow Yoga with the Fayetteville Athletic Club For the month of June, Active Life Acupuncture & Wellness Center will host QiGong & Tai Chi. In July, Trailside Yoga will be leading yoga in the garden and another Tai Chi special guest will be joining us on July 30. YogaGypsy will be here for the month of August, and Soul Rhythm will be at the Garden on September 17.

Click here for more info and to see a full schedule of fitness events.

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Family bird class

2. Family Bird Class, Saturday {$20/per family of 4 for members, $25/family of 4 for nonmembers, $5 for each additional child} Speaking of the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, they’re having an  interactive children’s class on birds, bird watching, and bird nests with Donna and Kelly Mulhollan as well as Kitty Sanders from 9-10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Both parents or grandparents and children are encouraged to participate in this fun family class together as we discover the amazing world of birds and nest building. Each family will create/take home a bird nest material dispenser. This is also the same day as our plant sale so arrive early to buy plants before the class if you like!

Click here for more information about the bird class!

mill street market, springdale3. Mill Street Market opening day, Saturday.

The Mill Street Market offers farm products, crafts and baked goods on Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm and Tuesdays from 5-8:00 pm, starting April 30th. All produce is locally grown in Washington, Benton, Madison and Carroll counties. In addition to food, the market will offer Arkansas Made needlework, soaps, salves and more.

The new market will be in historic downtown Springdale, adjacent to The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History on the Razorback Trail.

Click here for more info about the market!

4. drop in artDrop-in art making, Saturday, Crystal Bridges {Free} Drop in the Durand and Estes art studio at Crystal Bridges anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. on Saturday for creative play and art making for the whole family.

If the weather’s nice, you can play on the trails afterward!

Click here for more information.

swing dance5. Swing Dance lessons at Mama Carmen’s, Saturday.

Come out for a fun night of swing dancing at Mama Carmen’s on College Avenue in Fayetteville.

The NWA Swing Dance Society will lead a brief beginner lesson at 5:30. Open floor dancing starts at 6 p.m.

Click here for more information!

Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: May 2016

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Strawberry Pic-nic, Dickey Farms

strawberryBring your picnic baskets, lawn chairs and instruments. Sunday, May 1st, beginning at 11 a.m.. They will be giving away free strawberry shortcake. Bring your own lunch and stay as long as you want. The farm will be open for u-pick that day as well. “We always have you out in the fall, but this year you can enjoy the spring with us and see what else we do besides pumpkins. Can’t wait to see you!”

Date: May 1

Time: 11 a.m.

Location: Dickey Farms

More info: Click here

Bentonville Film Festival

The Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) will be May 3 – 8 in Bentonville and will feature approximately 35 films in competition, and expand its platform with the addition of a short film competition, three community events and a new Diversity and Inclusion Summit to be held for senior level decision makers from multiple industries. The Bentonville Film Festival remains the only festival to offer winning films guaranteed distribution.

Date: May 3-8

Time: Varies

Location: Varies

More info: Click here

Farm Friends

farm friendsThis is a great event for kids to see live farm animals, to enjoy free beans and cornbread and lots more. So much fun!

Date: May 5

Time: 5-7 p.m.

Location: Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center, Highway 112 South, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

First Fridays: Film Fest

Date: May 6

Time: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: Bentonville Square

More info: Click here

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Spanker Creek Craft Fair

Date: May 6-7-8

Time: Varies

Location: Spanker Creek Farm

More info: Click here

Ozark Regional Arts and Crafts Festival

springdale arts and craftsDate: May 6-7

Time: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Springdale Convention Center

More info: Click here

Spring Craft Fair, War Eagle Mill

May 6 – 8 – Spring Celebration. Enjoy live music on the Mill Porch: Voxana will be playing on Saturday, 11-3 and another band to be announced will be playing on Sunday! Shop the Sharp Craft Show in the fields adjacent to the Mill, Friday and Saturday 8 am – 5pm and Sunday 8 am – 4pm. The Mill will have regular business hours.

Date: May 6-8

Time: See above

Location: War Eagle Mill, Rogers

More info: Click here

Frisco Station Mall Arts and Crafts Festival

It’s that time of year again, spring is in the air and the craft fair is back in town. Frisco Station Mall will have their spring craft fair inside of the mall starting Friday May 6th at 10 am. Lots a great vendors and an air conditioned great place. This is a free family friendly event.

Date: May 6-8

Time: Varies

Location: Frisco Station Mall, Rogers

More info: Click here

Free Comic Book Day

Date: May 7

free comic book dayFayetteville Public Library, 10:30 a.m. to noon:

Enjoy free comics, themed crafts for different ages, superhero face painting, and become a superhero in FPL’s own standup cut out!

Children will be able to decorate their own superhero mask to compliment their painted faces and teens can decorate themed book bags to celebrate the day.

Free cotton candy to be provided by Arkansas Dentistry and Braces.

This event is free and open to all ages. Art supplies and comics will be provided.

Bentonville Public Library, all day:

BPL is celebrating 15 years of Free Comic Book Day with its 4th Annual Free Comic Book Day event in partnership with Children’s Book Week and Bentonville Film Festival. Starting with the free comics, we will also have a superhero training camp for children, a cosplay accessory station for teens, illustrator workshops for teens and adults, and more.

Artosphere: Circa’s Carnival of the Animals

carnival of the animalsCirca, an ensemble of multi-skilled dancers, acrobats, gymnasts and tumblers, will perform Carnival at Walton Arts Center’s Baum Walker Hall. Tickets are only $10. One of the 2016 Artosphere Festival’s featured events for children and families, Carnival of the Animals is a blend of circus, music and multimedia. Circa’s performers will take audiences on a thrilling escapade through the wondrous world of the animal kingdom with whimsical tales of creatures from land and sea.

Date: May 13

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

Kendrick Fincher Hydration race/walk event

The Kendrick Fincher Hydration Celebration will have 5 exciting events this year for the entire family: 18th Annual Youth Run, which is a free event for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade, distances are 1/2 mile for students K-3rd and 1 mile for students 4th-8th.  The event also hosts 5K run/walk and the Duathlon, which is a 3.1 mile run, 12.4 mile bike, 3.1 mile run. New this year is the addition of a Diaper Dash and Toddler Trot! There’s something for everyone!

A great way for an entire family to get active together!

Date: May 14

Location: Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall

More info: Click here

Artosphere Festival Trail Mix: Razorback Greenway

fayetteville-trailmix-2015FREE. This year, Trail Mix has expanded to include the Razorback Regional Greenway, spanning six Northwest Arkansas cities. Join us for a festive day of free programs with artists and musicians in various locations across NWA – we’ll start with a kickoff celebration at the Fayetteville square, then meet up again for the Springdale Front Porch Festival in the Mill Street District.

There will be live performances at: Mercy Trailhead in Rogers and a final celebration at Lawrence Plaza just off the Bentonville square. Events include bike parades, interactive performance art, live music and dancing, farmers’ markets and a celebration of the one-year anniversary of the Razorback Greenway. This year’s Trail Mix also partners with the second annual “Square to Square” bike ride (fee and registration required).

Saturday Trail Mix artists include: The Bike Zoo, Evalyn Parry, Paula Fuga, Polyglot Theatre ANTS, The Okee Dokee Brothers, The Barefoot Movement and more.

Saturday’s Trail Mix will extend to the grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art for the 2nd Annual Garden Party until 5 pm, with music, food trucks and special performances by Trail Mix artists Circa, Beth Stockdell and more!

Date: May 14

Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Locations throughout Northwest Arkansas (see above)

More info: Click here for a full list of 2016 Artosphere events.

Artosphere Festival Trail Mix: Frisco Trail

FREE. On Sunday, Trail Mix comes to the Frisco Trail in downtown Fayetteville, starting with bike decorating at Community Creative Center at 4 pm. Then, beginning at 5 pm, head to the Frisco Trail for more outdoor fun and entertainment.

Sunday Trail Mix artists include: Paula Fuga, The Barefoot Movement and more.

Date: Sunday, May 15

Time: 4-8 p.m.

Location: Frisco Trail, Fayetteville

More info: Click here for a full list of this year’s Artosphere events.

Books in Bloom Literary Festival, Crescent Hotel

books in bloomSpend the day with inspiring writers in the garden setting of The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs.

Date: May 15

Time: Starts around noon

Location: Crescent Hotel, Eureka Springs

More info: Click here

Artosphere: The Okee Dokee Brothers

Rafting down their neighborhood creek and discovering hiking trails through the Rocky Mountains created the Okee Dokee Brothers passion for the great outdoors. They write and perform original music to inspire children and families to get outside and get creative. The Brother’s witty lyrics, musicianship and unique folk style have won praise from NPR’s All Things Considered and USA Today. Inspire your students’ love and respect for our Natural State with these three-time Parents’ Choice Award winners! Tickets are only $8.

The Okee Dokee Brothers will also be performing at The Razorback Greenway Trail Mix on May 14.

Date: May 15

Time: 4 p.m.

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here


The Okee Dokee Brothers

Mountain Bike Skills Clinic

Provided by Arkansas NICA and Fayetteville Parks and Recreation. Instruction will be focused on pre-ride checks, braking, cornering, body positioning, and climbing. Concludes with a group ride! Open to all ages, but aimed at getting children interested in the sport of mountain biking.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Date: May 7

Time: 9-11 a.m., followed by a group ride

Location: Lake Fayetteville (North Shore Pavilion/Skills Park)

More info: Parks and Recreation at 444-3463, or click here for more information.

Touch a Truck

touch a truckThis year’s Touch-a-Truck will once again feature crowd favorites – dozens of vehicles that kids (and kids-at-heart) can explore. Vehicles you can expect to see include construction equipment, safety and transportation vehicles, motorcycles, tractors and much more. There will also be special appearances and activities including mascots, costumed characters, fingernail painters, science demonstrations and building projects, just to name a few.

In addition to equipment, vehicles, and entertainment, there will be concessions available offering lunch, refreshments, ice cream and all the tasty treats you’d expect to find at a family-fun event.

Tickets are just $5 each or $20 per family (max 5 guests per family ticket). Guests can purchase their tickets online soon, or at the event. For questions about the event, please email the Touch-a-Truck Committee at

Date: May 7 (Rain date: Saturday, June 4th)

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Pinnacle Promenade, Rogers

More info: Click here

Discover the Grounds: Nature Photography Walk

Free. See the great outdoors through the eyes of renowned nature photographer Bob Lyons from Longwood Gardens. After an inspiring presentation about his 30-year career as a photographer and contributor for the plant magazine Horticopia, Lyons, the former Director of the Longwood Graduate Program in Public Horticulture, will guide participants in using eyes, mind, and camera to capture extended and fleeting moments in your personal landscapes. All image-taking devices are welcome; or simply come, listen, and gain a new understanding of looking at nature and landscapes.

Date: May 14

Time: 10-11:30 a.m.

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville

More info: Click here to register online or call guest services at 479.657.2335.

Under the Sea with Ariel

Come under the sea to meet Ariel in person at The Jones Center pool! On Sunday, May 15th from 1-3 pm, Ariel will be in person at the splash pool to take pictures, sign autographs, and interact with kids.

This event is MEMBERS ONLY, so make sure your membership is active, and bring your family. CLICK HERE to become a member or renew your membership online. You can also call 479-756-8090.

Date: May 15

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Location: Jones Center for Families

More info: Click here

under the sea

Egg, a children’s play

eggA magical story of friendship unfolds from a nest of twigs, feathers and shell. Three exuberant birds are on an adventure of a lifetime through which they grapple with growing up and finally take flight. Told through physical theater, illusion and music, Egg is a funny non-verbal exploration of the theme of leaving the nest performed by In Cahoots Theatre Company of Belfast, Ireland. Tickets are only $8.

Recommend for ages 4 and up, including non-English speakers.

Date: May 21

Time: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Location: Walton Arts Center

More information: Click here

Cowboys for Hospice and Family Country Fun Day

cowboys for hospiceThis free event includes: sorting competition Calcutta, pie competition and auction, outdoor music concert, greased pig catchin’, sack races, barrel train, kid’s games, BBQ chicken, smoked brisket, chuck wagon beans, turkey fries and campfire potatoes until they’re gone! Donations will be accepted at this fundraising event, with all proceeds going to Washington Regional Hospice.

Date: Saturday, May 21

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Willow Springs Ranch, 15053 Walker Road, Prairie Grove

6th Annual Block Street Block Party

Date: May 22

Time: Noon to dark

Location: Block Street, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Rug Rat Adventure Day

Kids of all ages are invited to participate in a day full of activities and learning geared toward our primitive roots of exploration. This free event will work in stations around the Pat Rack pond, including:
– Tyrolean Traverse
– Monkey Bridge
– Rock wall
– Boat paddle
– Nature crafts
– Face painting

Ozark Off-Road Cyclists will be here with their ice cream bike churning homemade ice cream. There will also be fruit, water, and lemonade available.

Woody & Sunshine will be there with their smiles and jams.

Date: May 28

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Pack Rat Outdoor Center, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

The Friday 5: Fun things to do this weekend in Northwest Arkansas!


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Happy Friday, mamas! If you’re looking for things to do this weekend in NWA, you’re in luck! Here are some fun events for the weekend of April 22-24.

1. First Responders Night with Post-Game Fireworks Spectacular, NWA Naturals, Friday {cost varies}. The Naturals will honor and celebrate the dedicated First Responders in Northwest Arkansas. The night will feature a post-game Fireworks Spectacular.

Gates open at 6 p.m. and the game starts at 7:05 p.m.

Click here for more information.

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2. RazorFest, Saturday {free}. RazorFest is a free, family-friendly event held prior to the annual Red-White game at Donald champions for kidsW. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. RazorFest includes games, inflatables, concerts, performances, autographs, mascots, healthy tips, giveaways, and more.

RazorFest starts at 9 a.m. and kickoff is at noon at Razorback Stadium.

Click here for more information.

3. How does your Garden Grow, Saturday, Fayetteville Public Library {free}.

Come enjoy stories and songs on the terrace with Miss Rachel, and plant some flowers to grow at home. The event is at 10:30 a.m.

Click here for more information.

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How does your garden grow?

4. Art Night Out: Rock & Roll and the Open Road, Saturday {$10/$8 for Members/Free for artinfusion Members). Celebrate The Open Road exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum with Art Night Out! Enjoy road-trip films, performances in classic cars, a neon art show, and a rock and roll concert. Music of the night will feature Smokey & the Mirror and Little Rock-based funk rock band Amasa Hines. You’ll meet photographer Alec Soth, featured in The Open Road, as he shares his unique, experimental pop-up show Postcards from America. Soth will be joined by photographers Jim Goldberg from San Francisco and Mikhael Subotzky from South Africa.

The event is from 8-11 p.m.

Register online or by calling guest services at 479.657.2335.

Click here for more information.

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5. Arts Live Theatre presents Annie Jr., Friday, Saturday, Sunday. {Tickets: $12 ages 13 and above/$8 ages 12 and under} This show will run through Sunday.

Our resident Pet Parenting writer here at Motherlode, Denise Holmes, is excited to have her dog, Henri, in the show!

Show dates/times:

  • Friday, April 22, 7 pm
  • Saturday, April 23, 2pm & 7pm
  • Sunday, April 24, 2pm

Purchase online at, by phone with credit card (479.521.4932), or at the door. Advance purchase encouraged.

Please note Sunday, April 24 is the Joe Martin Stage Race, which will take place in downtown Fayetteville near the performance venue. Please allow extra time for parking.

Click here for more information!

Annie Junior

It’s a hard knock life!

The Friday Five: Fun things to do this weekend in Northwest Arkansas

friday 5 png fileOK, so there are SIX things to do. Be sure to scroll down far enough to read about the Amazeum event happening on Saturday!

glow run1. Cherishing Children Glow Run, downtown Rogers, Friday night. This glow-themed run is a family- friendly event that raises awareness to empower children to find their voice and speak up against abuse.

There will be inflatables and all kinds of kid’s activities.

Click here to get the Glow Run scoop and to register.

2. 12th Annual Carving in the Ozarks, Eureka Springs, Friday and Saturday. This is Eureka’s chainsaw carving festival. carving in the ozarksThe carving begins on Friday morning and continues throughout the day — as well as Saturday until 5 p.m. Watch carvings of all kinds materialize before your very eyes.

On Saturday there will be free ice cream for kids 16 and under from noon to 5 p.m. provided by Big Dipper. And food vendor Sparky’s will be serving food during the event. There will be an auction Saturday at 4 p.m.

The event is at the old Victoria Inn Parking lot on Hwy 62 East/ 4028 E Van Buren in Eureka Springs.

Click here for more carving info.

3. Reading with the Razorbacks, Saturday. Bring the entire family to the Fayetteville Public Library to meet the Razorbacks at 11 a.m. The Razorbacks will read to the kiddos, color, make book marks and sign autographs.

reading razorbacksEach child who attends will receive a free book.

Click here for more information.

4. Pie-Palooza, Saturday. The new-ish pie show, Fork and Crust, is hosting its first ever Pie-Palooza pie event. It will be on Saturday, April 16th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and there will be pie flights, BBQ and music. No, not pie FIGHTS, pie “flights”, meaning multiple types of “sample-sized” pieces of pie on a plate.

This event will be at Fork and Crust Pie Company at Village on the Creeks in Rogers.

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Click here for more pie-loving info!

Springfest5. Spring Fest, downtown Fayetteville, Saturday. This is a free, family-friendly event with live music on three stages, a pancake breakfast, a 5K, a dog parage, bed races, kid zone, magician, face painting, shopping, food, beer garden.

Click here for more about what’s happening at Spring Fest.

6. Scott Family Amazeum Hosts “Healthy Amazing Me”, Sunday. On Sunday (April 17) from 1-5 pm, the Scott Family Amazeum will host “Healthy Amazing Me”, a child-focused wellness event, sponsored by Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Activities featured during Healthy Amazing Me include:

  • Teddy bear clinic: bring a doll, teddy bear or other stuffed companion to learn more about. Find us on the second floor.
  • Amazeum logoSmile Shoppe dental wellness cart: Professionals from Smile Shoppe Pediatric Dentistry will be here to demonstrate proper brushing technique. Found in the lobby.
  • Car seat safety check: (Weather permitting) Certified professionals will be here to check that car seats are properly installed and fitted. The child using the seat should be present. Located in the loading zone south of the main entrance.
  • Eye and brain dissections: Ever wonder what an eye and brain really look like? Our friends from University of Arkansas Department of Biological Sciences will be back and assisting guests with exploring eyes and brains. Studio Showcase, adjacent to the Art Studio
  • Fruit makey-makey: Did you know you can build a piano from fruit and vegetables? You can, and we’ll show you how in the 3M Tinkering Hub. The 3M Tinkering Hub is for guests 7 years old and up.
  • Dance for Health: Kaleidoscope Dance will help kids get groovin’ and movin’. Dance yourself silly in Learning Loft A, on the second floor.

Watch for other activities to pop up in the museum throughout the day.

Daily admission at the Scott Family Amazeum is $9.50 per person over 2 years old. There is no additional charge for Healthy Amazing Me thanks to Arkansas Children’s Hospital. No advanced registration is required.

The Friday Five: Fun things to do in Northwest Arkansas this weekend

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crystal bridges logo1. Choral Concert, Crystal Bridges, TONIGHT. Choral music  will soar in the Great Hall.

This concert will be at sunset, performed by the award-winning Bentonville High School Chamber Choir, conducted by Terry Hicks. The music is inspired by The Open Road and the American landscape exhibitions at the museum, including “Song at Dusk,” with text by American poet Leigh Hanes, and an arrangement of “She’ll be Comin’ Round the Mountain.”

The concert will be from 7:30-8:30 p.m. tonight and is free (no registration required).

Click here for more information about the concert.

e.t.2. Moonlight Movie Night: E.T., Saturday. Downtown Springdale will come to life every second Friday night of the month with outdoor screenings of iconic American movies. The public is invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket and lounge on closed streets or grassy lawns.

The event is free for everyone.

Moonlight Movie Nights will start at 8 p.m. or dusk, whichever comes later, on the second Friday from March through October.

The films will be displayed on the side of the Archer Learning Center at 500 E. Meadow Street, across from Luther George Park. A portion of Meadow and Water streets will be closed from 5:30 p.m. through 11 p.m. each film night.

Click here for more info about the Moonlight Movie Nights.

3. Storytime at Museum of Native American History, Saturday. “Storytime with Miss Sarah” is scheduled at the Museum of Native American History for the second Saturday of the month, April 9 at 10am.

Museum storytimes are geared towards preschoolers but great for all ages. April’s storytime will feature a Seneca folk tale, stories of furry creatures, seasonal rhymes and a game of “find the squirrel”!

The museum storytimes are free and open to the public. The Museum of Native American History is located at 202 SW ‘O’ Street, Bentonville, Storytimes by appointment are available for groups of 10 children or more. Museum storytime is in partnership with the Bentonville Public Library.

Click here for more information about the storytime at the Museum of Native American History.

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Museum of Native American History, Northwest Arkansas

4. 2nd Annual Young Meteorologist Weatherfest, Fayetteville Public Library, Saturday. Come meet local weathermen Dan Skoff, Garrett Lewis and Darby Bybee; see storm spotter vehicles, be a weatherman, play the Planit Now game, learn how to be prepared for weather emergencies, get your face painted, and win prizes.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fayetteville Public Library

Click here for more information about the weatherfest!


5. Multicultural Celebration, Crystal Bridges, Sunday. Celebrate the diverse cultures of Northwest Arkansas with music, dance, artmaking activities, and bilingual discussions throughout our galleries. The day will end with a Dance Off in the Great Hall!

Free, no registration required. The event is from 2-5 p.m.

Click here for more information!

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