Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: August 2015

Yarnell’s Ice Cream Festival

Free samples of Arkansas’ Yarnell’s ice cream, $1 Coke floats during the Bentonville Farmer’s Market.

Date: Aug. 1

Time: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Bentonville Square (during the Bentonville Farmer’s Market)

More info: Click here

bville ice cream festival

Tontitown Grape Festival

The 117th Tontitown Grape Festival will have Armband Nights, Grape Ice Cream, those Famous Spaghetti Dinners, Arts & Crafts, Free Concerts, Carnival Rides, and more. Free parking, admission and nightly entertainment.

Date: Aug. 4-8

Time: Varies

Location: Downtown Tontitown

More info: Click here

Fayetteville First Thursday

Date: Aug. 6

Time: Starts at 5:30 p.m.

Location: Fayetteville Square

More info: Click here

Dive-In Movie at Wilson Pool

Disney’s “Big Hero 6″ (2014) follows the special bond between Hiro Hamada and his giant inflatable robot, Baymax through a high-tech action adventure where an unlikely group of friends team up to right the city of San Fransokyo. Join Fayetteville Parks and Recreation and Fayetteville Firefighters Association for this summer’s final showing at Wilson pool of Disney’s fun-filled, action-packed “Big Hero 6.

Date: Aug. 7

Time: Gates open at 7:15 p.m. Movie starts at dusk.

Location: Wilson Park pool, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

First Friday Flicks, Bentonville

Movies begin around 8 p.m. and are free. Paddington.

Date: Aug. 7

Time: 8 p.m.

Location: Lawrence Plaza, Bentonville

More info: Click here

Secchi Day on Beaver Lake

The 10th annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake will be Saturday, Aug. 15, at Prairie Creek on Beaver Lake five miles east of Rogers on Hwy. 12. The event is named for the Secchi Disk, a black and white device lowered into the water to measure clarity.

There will be a Science Education Festival with activities for all ages, with a mobile aquarium, on shore scavenger hunt with prizes, free lunch and ice cream, kayak test rides, microscope activities, a photo contest and more. This event is free and open to everyone.

Date: Aug. 15

Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Prairie Creek on Beaver Lake

More info: Click here

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Frisco Festival

There will be live music plus the Kids’ Zone will feature fun activities including the Bungee Trampoline, remote-controlled cars, giant inflatable slides, a climbing wall and more. Music includes Ultra Suede and Trout Fishing in America.

Date: Aug. 28-29

Time: Varies

Location: Downtown Rogers

More info: Click here

Slide the City Fayetteville

At Slide The City Fayetteville there will be two sessions. The Day Session will be from 11am – 3pm with an additional two hours from 9am – 11am for Unlimited Sliders. The Evening Session will be from 5:30pm – 9pm with an additional two hours from 3:30pm – 5:30pm for Unlimited Sliders. If you’d like to attend both sessions, you must have a ticket to each. You can select your session/wave time during the registration process.

Before you jump on the Slide, head to the registration tent to check-in and pick up your goodies.  Based on what you registered for, you will receive a wristband which gives you access to ride the Slide. Hang onto your wristband or you won’t be able to ride. For maximum speed and safety all sliders must have an inflatable tube to ride. 

Children must be at least 46 inches tall or 5 years old to slide. If they don’t meet either requirement they will be denied access to the slide. Riders must also go down on their own tube. Lap riding is not permitted.

Date: Aug. 30

Time: Varies (see description above)

Location: Dickson Street from Church Avenue to West Avenue

More info: Click here

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Washington County Fair

Date: Sept. 1-5

Time: Varies

Location: Washington County Fairgrounds, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

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Outings under $20: Northwest Arkansas Amazeum

amazeum building

Hooray, The Scott Family Amazeum opens on July 15th!

We definitely wanted to get this new children’s museum on our Outings list. Now, it’s not free, but the math works out to under $2 per person if you go every week after buying a family membership for a year. The annual membership fee (for a family of four) is $95. You can add more people to the family membership for an extra $25 each.

The Amazeum recently announced that its hours of operation will include special evening hours and member exclusive opportunities. Beginning July 15, the Amazeum will be open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. The museum will be closed on Tuesdays (it’s over by Crystal Bridges Museum, which is also closed on Tuesdays).

Through Labor Day, the Amazeum will remain open until 7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Amazeum logoCharter memberships are available for purchase at Members will be able to enter the Amazeum on opening day beginning at 9 a.m.

Membership benefits include reciprocal admission with science and children’s museums across the country (including the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock). Full details of membership options and benefits can be found at So far, more than 1,200 memberships have been sold.

A single-day admission will be $9.50 and kids under 2 will be free.

“We are happy to be able to keep our admission at the low end of our goal range thanks to the hard work of our staff and the support of our funders,” said Sam Dean, executive director of the Scott Family Amazeum. “We wanted to keep our admission at a place that was affordable, yet still supported our sustainability as a nonprofit organization.”

Dean noted that the organization’s accessibility program, Amazeum for All, will work to ensure that families and children who may not be able to afford entry are able to visit at no cost. “We were able to distribute the first 550 Amazeum for All passes to Sunshine School and Development Center thanks to support from General Mills generous charter members who made additional gifts. We look forward to growing the Amazeum for All program in the coming months.”

Children and their families will be able to grab a healthy snack or light meal from the quick service café. There’s also a museum store.

More about the Amazeum: The Amazeum is a hands-on, interactive museum for children and families in Northwest Arkansas. The nearly 50,000-square-foot space, located at the intersection of J Street and Museum Way in Bentonville, is designed to engage the imagination of children and their families through hands-on activities and interactive exhibits. Experiences will include a climbable tree canopy, indoor cave, an art studio, and more. Exhibitions will extend to the museum grounds where approximately one acre of land will provide the background for more learning and fun. The Amazeum will also feature indoor and outdoor event space. For additional information about the museum and its progress, visit

Where to watch fireworks in Northwest Arkansas + July 2015 Calendar of Events

fireworks at the crossFourth of July holiday events:

Fireworks at the Crosses

8th Annual Fireworks at the Crosses at the Pinnacle Hills Campus, will include a patriotic celebration featuring live music, outdoor baptisms, and fireworks. Lots of food and drink options for purchase.

Date: June 26

Time: 5-10 p.m.

Location: Cross Church, Pinnacle Hills campus, Rogers

More info: Click here

Rodeo of the Ozarks, Springdale

July 1, Rodeo Parade

Fourth of July weekend parade! Join us to observe a patriotic display of cowgirls, floats, bands, entertainment and candy for the kiddos at our Rodeo kick off parade. Beginning at 3:00 pm at the rodeo grounds and proceeding west through downtown Springdale. To win monetary prizes by participating in the float contest, find the rules and entry forms available online.

July 1 – 4    71st Annual Rodeo of the Ozarks

With 71 years of proud tradition, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to see some of the roughest and toughest cowboys and cowgirls from all around in one of the Top 5 Largest Outdoor Rodeos in the U.S! Gates open at 6:00 pm. Mutton Bustin’ begins at 6:30. Rodeo begins at 7:30 pm.

July 4   Rodeo Parade

What is red, white, and blue and makes lots of noise? Our Fourth of July weekend parade! Join us to observe a patriotic display of cowgirls, floats, bands, entertainment and candy for the kiddos at our Rodeo parade. Begins at 10:00 am beginning at the rodeo grounds and proceeding west through downtown Springdale.

The last day of the 71st Annual Rodeo of the Ozarks. A fireworks display will take place after the rodeo.
Gates at 6 p.m., the rodeo starts at 7 p.m., and the fireworks begin after the rodeo.


NWA Mall kids’ activities/ fireworks on Friday, July 3rd

Uptown Fayetteville Freedom Fireworks, NWA Mall

7- 9 pm: Free Family Activities. Concert by Boom Kinetic in the upper JCPenney parking lot. Inflatables Outside. Activities Inside. Fireworks Display will be at approx. 9:25pm. *Rain date: Sunday, July 5th

Date: July 3

Time: 7-9 p.m. free kids’ activities (inflatables outside, activities inside) and the fireworks start around 9:25 p.m.

Location: NWA Mall, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Freedom on the Hill

Christian Life Cathedral and KLRC invites you to a family-friendly celebration that includes food, inflatable water slides, activities for children, a horseshoe tournament. Then you can watch the Northwest Arkansas Mall fireworks.

Date: July 3

Time: 6-9:30 p.m.

Location: Christian Life Cathedral, 1285 Millsap Rd., Fayetteville

For more info: Click here

Celebrate Prairie Grove!

The third annual Celebrate Prairie Grove celebration will be held Friday July 3rd beginning at 7   pm at the Prairie Grove Aquatic Park. The pool will be open free to the public, hot dogs and treats will be provided, and the evening will be capped off with a fireworks celebration.

Date: July 3rd

Time: Starts at 7 p.m., fireworks at dusk

Location: Prairie Grove Aquatic Park

More info: Click here

Fireworks Spectacular featuring SoNA

The Walmart AMP and the city of Rogers are presenting a brand new July 4th Fireworks Spectacular this year featuring a patriotic concert by the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA). SoNA, under the musical direction of Paul Haas, will present a concert celebrating both the beauty and grandeur of America as well as honoring those who have served in our nation’s armed forces. The program will include beloved music like “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” “Overture of “William Tell,” “Bugler’s Holiday,” an Armed Forces Salute and so much more! The uplifting and celebratory concert will lead right into the City of Roger’s beautiful fireworks show. FIREWORKS begin at 9:30. A musical salute will be broadcast on KIX 104 to accompany the fireworks. Blankets are welcome, no chairs.

ALSO at the AMP on July 4th, City of Rogers Family Fair:

You and your family can enjoy inflatables, games, hydration stations (provided by Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life), free watermelon (provided by Regions Bank), face painting and more! You don’t need a ticket to attend the City of Rogers Family Fair.

In the north parking lot of the Walmart AMP
Free and open to the public!

NOTE: For this show, ticket holders will be able to go back and forth between the Family Fair outside the Amp and the Amp (normally re-entry is not allowed).

Date: July 4

Time: For fireworks spectacular, gates open at 6 p.m., music starts at 8 p.m.

Location: Walmart Amp, Rogers

More info: Click here for more info and to buy tickets.


4th at the Field, NWA Naturals

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals and The Walmart Museum will be partnering on 4th at the Field at Arvest Ballpark on Saturday, July 4.  In addition to the fireworks show, 4th at the Field will include an exhibition baseball game between two teams from the M.I.N.K Collegiate Baseball League, the Joplin Outlaws and the Nevada Griffons, which will begin at 6:35 p.m. Gates will open to the public at 5:30 p.m. for the special event and the Naturals will have Kansas City Royals Kid Zone passes available for purchase for the four inflatables located down the left field concourse.  The Kids Train, Speed Pitch, and the Bella Vista POA 5-hole Mini Golf Course will also be open throughout the game. The Arvest Ballpark concessions stands will be selling food and beverage throughout the night and ALL seating is General Admission within the seating bowl. Following the exhibition game, the Fireworks Spectacular will start at approximately 9:05 p.m. to conclude the night.

4th at the Field w Walmart Museum LogoTickets for 4th at the Field are $9 for adults and $3 for kids 12 and under. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Arvest Ballpark Box Office, at, or by calling our toll free ticket hotline at (877) 444-2637.

Date: July 4th

Time: See event info in italics above

Location: Arvest Ballpark

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An Evening at Orchards Park, Bentonville

Entertainment  will be 19-year-old singer Kaylee Rutland first, then the Arkansas Winds Orchestra. Concessions will be available. Fireworks start around 9:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, July 4

Time: 7-10 p.m.

Location: Orchards Park

More info: Click here

Devil’s Den State Park Games, West Fork

Join us as we celebrate the 40th year of the Devil’s Den Games! Enjoy a fun filled family day of horseshoes, softball, parades, and much more. Top it all off with homemade ice cream! Make your plans early and plan to join us for a July 4th celebration your family won’t soon forget! 

Date: July 4

Time: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: Devil’s Den

More info: Click here

July events in NWA:

Special Event Thursdays at the Springdale Public Library

Thursdays, 10 am:

July 2 – Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic

July 9 – Weather Wise with Dan Skoff

More info: Click here

Opera in the Ozarks

Opera in the Ozarks, an annual summer musical summer music festival featuring emerging opera professionals from across the country, celebrates its 65th anniversary season from June 19-July 17 with 22 performances and a trio of operas that are sure to entertain. This year’s featured operas include Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, Gioacchino Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella), and Jacques Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann. 19 performances will take place at Inspiration Point in Eureka Springs and three performances will be hosted at the Arend Arts Center in Bentonville. Tickets are $20 and $25 and may be purchased online here or by calling 479.253.8595. Visit for season details.

Date: Now through July 17

Time: Varies

Location: Varies

More info: Click here


5th Annual Fleur Delicious Weekend, Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs is excited to announce that they are once again throwing the exciting Fleur Delicious Weekend.. This event is a French-themed celebration in which restaurants, bars, art galleries, boutiques, spas and music venues participate in French-inspired indulgences. Fleur Delicious Weekend (FDW) is an event that treats all the senses, including sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch.. The celebration will take place in the historic village of Eureka Springs.

Date: Tuesday, July 7, through Sunday, July 12

Time: Varies

Location: Varies

More info: Click here

Dive-In Movies at Wilson Pool: The Lego Movie

The witty and satirical family comedy that brought you the Grammy and Oscar nominated song “Everything is Awesome,” dares the ordinary to be amazing when everyday construction worker Emmet Brickowoski is thought to be the prophesied chosen one to take down the tyrannical President Business. Break the mold with Fayetteville Parks and Recreation and Fayetteville Firefighters Association and join us for the Dive-In Movie, “The Lego Movie.”

Date: July 17

Time: 7:15 pm

Location: Wilson Pool, Fayetteville

Play it Forward Concert Series at The Walmart Museum

play it forwardThe admission fee is only $5 and all ticket proceeds will go towards the hosting nonprofit for that concert.

Saturday, July 18: Blues and rock with Fayetteville native, David Starr on Saturday, July 18th, at 6:30 pm in the Walmart World Room at The Walmart Museum. Tickets are $5 with proceeds benefiting Open Avenues. Doors open at 6. Tickets can be purchased in advance:

Click here to purchase tickets in advance.

Saturday, August 22: Piedmont blues with Little Joe McLerran on Saturday, August 22nd, at 6:30 pm in the Walmart World Room at The Walmart Museum. Tickets are $5 with proceeds benefiting the Ozarks Blues Society. Doors open at 6.

Click here to purchase tickets in advance.

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Firefly Fing

Firefly Fling: The Summer Festival for Families returns to the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks on Saturday, July 18 from 6 to 10 p.m. This year’s festival features some of Firefly‘s popular traditions as well as exciting new adventures and entertainment. New Firefly directors Dani Dingman and Jules Taylor are planning another fantastic festival. Admission will be $7 for adults; $4 for children over 3; 3 and under free. At the gate admission will be $9 for adults; $5 for children over 3; 3 and under free.

Date: July 18

Time: 6-10 p.m.

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

frozen at the jones center

Special Family Ice Skating Event, The Jones Center

Join the characters of Once Upon a Party in Northwest Arkansas on the Jones Center’s Ice Arena for a magical afternoon. Come dressed as your favorite character from the movie Frozen. $3 per person, no cost for ice skates rental.

Date: July 25

Time: Noon to 3 p.m.

Location: The Jones Center, Springdale

More info: Click here

National Flip Flop Day is June 19, 2015

flip flop day graphicSlide into your favorite flip-flops, ladies! Tropical Smoothie Café is celebrating National Flip Flop Day on June 19, 2015. Anyone who wears flip flops to Tropical Smoothie Cafe between the hours of 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, June 19th will get a FREE 24-ounce Jetty Punch Smoothie.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe, nwa(The cafes will also offer a Chipotle Chicken Flatbbread for only $1.99 between 2 and 7 p.m. The food is amazing! We’re big fans.)

You can find Tropical Smoothie Cafe at these three locations in Northwest Arkansas:

Fayetteville: 3878 Crossover Road

Springdale: 7022 W. Sunset Ave.

Rogers: 3351 S. Pinnacle Hills Parkway

While you’re enjoying your smoothie, consider making a donation because National Flip Flop Day raises money for Camp Sunshine  — a resort that provides rest, support and joy to kids with life-threatening illnesses in times of need. The kids’ families are also invited to join them at this special camp.

This is the 9th year for National Flip Flop Day at Tropical Smoothie Cafe, and the company is committed to reaching $1 million in donations this year with the help of their locations across the nation. Each Tropical Smoothie Cafe location will have a donation box available during the month of June.

When you’re there, be sure to get one of the cute flip flop key fobs for $5. That key fob will get you 10 percent off for the rest of the summer and proceeds of the key fob sales go straight to Camp Sunshine. (This is the ONLY time of year that Tropical Smoothie Cafe offers the key fobs, and you have to get it by the end of the day on June 19th.) If you like, you could also purchase a paper flip flop for a $1 donation.

Mamas, we hope you’ll take your kids and go enjoy a free treat at Tropical Smoothie Cafe on National Flip Flop Day (Friday) June 19th. This local, mom-friendly company is the leading fast casual cafe concept and it’s known across Northwest Arkansas for its better-for-you food and smoothies. Tropical Smoothie Cafe is also a sponsor of and their support helps this website provide online resources for moms across NWA.

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Outings under $20: $2 Malco Movies + the Highway 112 Drive-In

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Taking kids on adventures over an entire summer can be expensive, but we’re here to help! We’re sharing some of our best ideas for what families can do inexpensively in Northwest Arkansas.

We’re trying to keep our suggestions for Outings to under $20, for a family of 4 — or a parent with up to three kids.

Click here to previously published Outings Under $20 ideas.

For this Outings Under $20 idea, we’re talking movies. Summer and the movies just go hand in hand, right?

Once again, Malco is hosting its Kids Summer Film Fest. These movies are only $2 and they’re at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday in June and July at the Razorback Cinema and Rogers Towne Cinema.

So a few have already happened, but here’s what’s coming up next:

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Also, you can get a a kids food package during the Film Fest for $2.50 and that includes a drink, popcorn and Laffy Taffy, according to the manager at Razorback Cinema.

If you’ve never been to the Highway 112 Drive-In, you might try it this summer! Sadly, they don’t have pay-by-car prices anymore, but if you have kids under 13 it’s not too bad. The movies start at 8:45 and they’re open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. There’s always a second movie if you want to stay for that as well (typically, they’re usually for older audiences).

Here are the prices:

Ages 13 and older - $8
Ages 6-12 - $3
Ages 5 and under are free

This weekend’s shows are San Andreas (PG-13) and then Tomorrowland (PG).

inside outComing Attractions (which are subject to change):

June 26th: Jurassic World & San Andreas

July 2nd: Jurassic World & Spy

July 9th: Inside Out & Jurassic World

July 16th: Inside Out & Max

You can bring your own snacks to save money — or there’s a snack bar. We always bring our own treats, which saves lots of dough.

If you want to add some fun to this outing, we love the homemade pie (and they always have LOTS of flavors choose from) at Restaurant on the Corner. You might want to swing by there and enjoy a snack! Pie is $3.50 a slice.