Christmas 2015: Where to see Santa this season in Northwest Arkansas!


Jolly Old St. Nick will soon be seen all over town!

He arrives at the Northwest Arkansas Mall at 6 tonight!

In celebration of Santa’s arrival, everyone is invited to attend a free performance by the Northwest Arkansas Dance Company at 6 p.m. in the Food Court.

After the performance, there will be a special reading of The Night Before Christmas by our celebrity guest reader, Jim Bodine, from Magic 107.9 radio. Afterwards, Santa will arrive at the Food Court and parade with children down to his holiday home at Center Court.

Photos with Santa will start immediately after the celebration of his arrival. Every child who visits Santa during the holiday season will get a special gift from Santa. In addition, the first 50 customers who purchase a photo package will receive a free gift (while supplies last). You know what else is cool about this Santa? He’s an interpreter for hearing impaired people, so he can communicate with hearing impaired children and parents.

Visits and photos with Santa will continue through Christmas Eve at Northwest Arkansas Mall. Santa’s regular hours are listed below:

*Regular Santa Hours from Nov. 21 – Dec. 23

  • Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Break from 3 – 4 p.m.)
  • Sunday, Noon – 6 p.m. (Break from 3 – 3:30 p.m.)
  • Christmas Eve hours are 11a.m. to 6p.m.

On December 7th and 14th you can bring your pets to Center Court to purchase photos with Santa from 6-8 p.m.

On December 12th, your kids can have breakfast with Santa from 8-10 a.m. at Mariachi’s Cantina at the NWA Mall. Tickets are $5 and kids 2 and under are free. Every child will receive a special gift. You can buy tickets at the Boys & Girls Club of Fayetteville or go online here:

Here are some other spots around NWA where you’ll also spy Santa this season:

Light of the Ozarks on the Fayetteville Square

santasThe Fayetteville Square will light up tonight (Nov. 20) starting at 6 p.m. with the Lighting Night parade. Festive floats, Razorback mascots, and even Santa will be there to join in the fun.

The lights illuminate the square each evening fom 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Nightly carriages and pony rides, fresh hot chocolate and festive holiday music are awesome, but . The romantic and breathtaking display of a half-million twinkling lights is cherished by the locals and visitors alike that stroll or drive through the Lights of the Ozarks each year.

You can also visit Santa on the Square. Santa is free to see (tickets are $2 to visit his reindeer) but there is a $5 fee for photos with Santa. Santa and his reindeer are out on the Square every evening until December 23rd from 6 to 9 p.m., weather permitting.

Lighting of the Bentonville Square

On Nov. 21, the Bentonville square will light up! Look for the First National Bank of NWA booth to get free photos with Santa from 4-6 p.m.!

fnbnwa santaCabela’s

On Dec. 5-6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., kids can visit Santa in the Octagon at Cabela’s and get a free picture and Cabela’s keepsake frame with Santa Claus. (Or you can take one with your camera). Cabela’s says: Due to the popularity of this event, photo printing wait time may vary, so please make sure to bring your patience!

The Jones Center

christmas show, jones centerOn December 12th, at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., the Ozark Figure Skating Club will present “It’s a Classic Christmas” at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. This will be a fantastic family event showcasing the finest figure skaters in Northwest Arkansas. After the show, ticket holders are invited to skate with the cast and Santa. Concessions will be available. Visit for more information.

Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall

Santa will be at Pinnacle Promenade in Rogers through Dec. 24 in the Food Pavilion.

The Walmart Museum

Santa Claus will be at the Walmart Museum (just off the Bentonville Square) and ready for pictures with you, your family, and friends. It’s free.

Here are the dates & times he’ll be at the museum:

Friday, December 4th from 5pm to 8pm

Saturday, December 19th, from 9am to 2pm

Wednesday, December 23rd, from 5pm to 8pm

NWA Circle of Friends, Santa’s North Pole Party

Circle of FriendsThis party benefits Arkansas Children’s Hospital and sounds like a blast. On Dec. 5, from 5-7 p.m., kids 2 and up are invited to St. Thomas Episcopal Church on 48th St. in Springdale to enjoy games, photos with Santa, stories and crafts.

Tickets are $10 for kids (adults don’t pay). They will also be collecting new, unwrapped gifts for Arkansas Children’s Hospital kids.


On Saturday, Dec. 5 and 12th from 1-4 p.m., your pet (and kids) can pose with Santa at Petco locations in Fayetteville and Rogers. For $9.95 you’ll receive a photo and keepsake frame and all proceeds  help homeless animals. We’ll bark — and meow — to that!

Farmland Adventures

Santa will stop by multiple times at Farmland Adventures in Springdale when they start selling Christmas trees and hosting fun winter adventures, which is new this year!

There will also be a shepherd and sheep for families to take pictures with at various times.

Click here to read a story about Farmland Adventures’ new winter hours, family activities (including a community campfire to enjoy!) and pre-cut Christmas trees.

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Farmland Adventures now has fresh Christmas Trees + fun farm activities!

Farmland adventures, Christmas treesIf you and your kids had a blast picking out a pumpkin or playing at Farmland Adventures last month, we’ve got fun news to share. This year Farmland Adventures is offering Winter Attractions for families, AND they’ll be selling Christmas trees!

If your family always puts up “the real deal” kind of Christmas tree, now you can make selecting your tree a family event that will be a lot of fun for the kids and awesome for family snapshots, too. This could be a special new “getting the Christmas tree” family tradition that you begin this year.

In addition to pre-cut Christmas trees for sale, Farmland will also have the play area available, wagon rides, pony rides, a small petting farm and pedal karts. If you don’t need a live Christmas tree, you can still take the kids to Farmland Adventures to play and to get some great photos of them enjoying winter fun on the farm.

Hours of operation will be:

FRIDAYS: November 27th through December 19th on Fridays from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

SATURDAYS: November 27th through December 19th on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission info: $8 per person; FREE for kids 2 years old or under; Groups of 20 or more people pay $7 per person.

Here’s a run-down of all you’ll find during the holiday season at Farmland Adventures:

Christmas trees: Please note that you do NOT have to pay admission if you only want to purchase a Christmas tree. They are pre-cut and priced individually.

Wagon rides: Ride around the beautiful farm in a wagon pulled by a tractor. The ride takes about 15 minutes and that crisp winter air will feel great while you’re bundled up in the wagon with your little ones. There is NO extra charge for wagon rides because they’re included in the price of adPony Ridesmission to Farmland. (Remember, the wagon rides close at dark so go early!)

Pony rides: Farmland ponies are so popular with kids! Most children love to ride them but, if your kids are a little hesitant, bring them by so they can simply pet the ponies. Pony rides are also included with farm admission. Kids must be under 100 pounds and 4 feet tall.

Petting farm: Kids are fascinated to see the farm animals up close, especially when they can touch and sometimes feed them. Not all of the animals are available for viewing during winter, but there will be plenty to see in the small petting farm.

pedal kartsPedal Karts: If your kid was born to ride, he or she is going to LOVE the Pedal Karts and the racetrack at Farmland. They’re kid-powered (not electric) and they have four wheels. (There are two sizes — one for little kids and a bigger size for kids age 7 and up. Even moms and dads can get in on the racing action.

Play area: The play area at Farmland is designed just for younger kids. The Straw Bale Maze, Hay Bale Pyramid, and Corn Box will keep kids entertained and occupied. Let them play, climb, dig and jump around all they want.

Cozy campfire: Take a break from the fun winter activities and warm up by the fire!

DIRECTIONS: Click HERE to get specific directions on how to find Farmland Adventures. The farm is located at 5350 Parsons Road in Springdale.

For questions, call them at 479-799-5033.

We know how much fun our families and others have at Farmland Adventures during the Halloween season, so we were thrilled to hear that the fun is being extended this year with these new Winter Attractions. Hope you guys have a blast on the farm! We’d love to see your photos so tag us on Facebook!

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Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: November 2015

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November 2015 Events

Crystal Bridges Museum

In the month of November, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art invites visitors to dine with the Best of Bentonville, celebrate the opening of the Frank Lloyd Wright house, and enjoy  an International Symposium for the new exhibition, Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic. Click here to see a list of events plus new hours on Thursday nights!

Date: Various dates

Time: Varies

Location: Crystal Bridges, Bentonville

More info: Click here

The Addams Family, Arkansas Public Theatre (formerly Rogers Little Theatre)

Date: Oct. 30-Nov. 15

Time: Varies

Location: Arkansas Public Theatre, Rogers

More info: Click here

Me and My Shadow, Walton Arts Center

me and my shadowPatch Theatre Company travels all the way from Australia to tell a story of the fanciful escapades of a girl who finds a way to befriend her shadow. But making friends with your shadow can be tricky! Shadows are mysterious and magical and can do amazing things.

There are things to sort out, problems to solve, adventures to be had and laughter to be shared. With fantastical imagery, quirky physical performances and an intriguing score, this show will ignite the imagination of your child in a poetic experience that explores the frustration and joys of friendship.

Date: Nov. 6

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

Bentonville First Friday: Toyland on the Square

Toy vendors from across the country showcase the 2015 t0p holiday toys. Children’s activities, food and live music.

Date: Nov. 6

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

Location: Bentonville Square

More info: Click here

toyland on the square

Gravette Family Renaissance Festival

Date: Nov. 7

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

Location: Old Town Park, Gravette

More info: Click here

NWA Boutique Show

Boutique Show graphic 2015, 350nwaMotherlode is one of the sponsors for this awesome event, which features more than 150 unique boutiques! There will be a VIP event, general admission shopping and a girls’ night out. There will even be cookies with Santa! Stop by our booth. We’re going to have an AWESOME giveaway :)

Date: Nov. 6-7

Time: Varies

Location: NWA Convention Center, Springdale

More info: Click here


PIPPIN is Broadway’s high-flying, death-defying hit musical, full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs that will lift you up and leave you smiling. Winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival and hailed as “an eyepopping, jaw-dropping extravaganza” (NY1), this captivating new production is unlike anything Broadway has ever seen! Come experience PIPPIN, one young man’s journey to be extraordinary.

Date: Nov. 10-15

Time: Varies

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here


Food and Wine Weekend, Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs Food & Wine Weekend was started in 1993, with most restaurants participating in this food lover’s event. All categories of restaurants are involved, offering everyone something to taste; either a 6 course meal with wine pairings, to a flight of wines. We have offered cooking classes, grand tastings in the Auditorium, light tastings with Champagnes and brought in winemakers from California to educate those interested in the finer points of wine. This continues to be an appealing weekend for tourists as well as local wine lovers.

This year’s participants include: Cottage Inn Restaurant at 450 W. Van Buren; Grand Taverne Restaurant at 37 N. Main Street; DeVito’s at 5 Center Street; Brews at 2 Pine Street; The Stonehouse at 89 S. Main Street; KJ’s Caribe Restaurant  and Cantina at 309 West Van Buren; Fresh Harvest at 512 Village Circle; Fresh at 179 N. Main Street and Grotto Wood-Fired Grill and Wine Cave at 10 Center Street.

Keels Creek Winery will feature the wines of Arkansas.  A number of Arkansas Wineries will be participating in addition to Keels Creek Winery. On Thursday and Friday there will be all day wine tastings of Arkansas Wines featuring Select Arkansas Wineries.  On Saturday there will be a special wine event from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. featuring small plate appetizers and wine tastings from Arkansas Wineries. Also, Cuisine Karen will offer culinary classes out of her French Provencal kitchen at 10 Woolridge.   There will be a culinary demonstration class on Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The class is $40 per person.  On November 14 and 15, she will offer hands-on culinary classes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $50 per person.

Date: Nov. 12-15

Time: Varies

Location: Varies

More info: Click here

food and wine event, eureka springs

Eureka Springs’ Food and Wine event

An Evening of Mystery, Magic and Intrigue

SpayArkansasEventsPosterSept27reduced1Let Spay Arkansas add some “magic” to your social calendar! We have an exciting event that would be the perfect date night for you and your hubby or fun for a group of friends coming up on Friday, November 13th! An Evening of Mystery, Magic & Intrigue presented by The Sporn Company will have delicious appetizers by Chef Miles James of James at the Mill Restaurant, complimentary wine, beer and a signature drink, Friday the 13th entertainment by a world class Illusionist and Medium, a fabulous silent auction and former Razorback Coach Ken Hatfield as our emcee. Get your tickets now before they’re gone!

Date: Friday, Nov. 13

Time: 6-9:30 p.m.

Location: St. Anthony’s on the Creek, Lowell

More info: Click here

Daisies & Olives Christmas Open House

Date: Nov. 13

Time: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: Daisies & Olives, Prairie Grove

More info: Click here

Onion Creek House of Gifts Open House

Date: Nov. 13

Time: 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Location: 183 W. Main St., Farmington

More info: Click here

onion creek

Museum Storytime with Miss Sarah 

The Museum of Native American History recently announced a new storytime program, “Storytime with Miss Sarah” at the Museum of Native American History. Museum storytimes are geared towards preschoolers but great for all ages. Each storytime will feature Native American, animal and museum themed stories. Free and open to the public. For more information about storytime, please contact The Museum of Native American History, 479-273-2456, If you would like to bring a group of 10 or more children please call or email the museum. Museum storytime is in partnership with the Bentonville Public Library. Museum storytime is also scheduled for Friday, December 11th at 10am.

Date: Nov. 20

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Museum of Native American History, 202 SW “O” Street, Bentonville

More info: Click here

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Lighting of the Fayetteville Square

Horse and carriage rides, hot chocolate and a winter wonderland of twinkling lights. The Lights of the Ozarks on the historic Fayetteville Square is just weeks away. Mark your calendars for the Lighting Night Parade on Friday, Nov. 20, at 6:00 p.m. For more information visit

Date: Nov. 20-Dec. 31

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Fayetteville Square

More info: Click here

lighting on the fayetteville square

Lighting of the Square, Bentonville

This marks the beginning of the holiday season. Wrap up warm and come celebrate with other families to enjoy live music, steaming hot chocolate and the beautiful lights.

Date: Nov. 21

Time: Live music at 4 p.m.; Lighting at 6 p.m.

Location: Bentonville Square

More info: Click here

The Rink at Lawrence Plaza opens

ice rink at lawrence plazaVisit the Rink at Lawrence Plaza to ice skate, participate in Broomball (new this year!), drop-in Hockey, watch movies or “Frosty’s Flicks”, take group ice skating lessons and mail a letter to Santa! You have to mail your letter to Santa by Dec. 17th to make sure you get a letter back by Christmas!

Date. Nov. 21-Jan. 16, 2016

Time: Varies


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Add a bit of theatrical flair to your family’s holiday plans! This Thanksgiving, the world’s best-loved musical ANNIE returns to Walton Arts Center in a brand new incarnation of the iconic original with such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow”.

Date: Nov. 24-29

Time: Varies

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here


Christmas Parade of the Ozarks

Meet us on Emma Street to get in the Christmas spirit with music, lights, rodeo queens, and “Merry Christmas” wishes. Begins at 6 p.m. at the rodeo grounds and continues through downtown.

Date: Nov. 28

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Shiloh Square, Springdale

More info: Click here

Gardenland Express, BGO

Fall is finally here, but the holidays are just around the corner. At the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, those holiday weekends mean Gardenland Express will be chugging into town to entertain children and adults, with another fantastic train display from the Northwest Arkansas Garden Railway Society. Gardenland Express will be opening the weekend of Nov. 28-29, from 1 to4 p.m., and will continue on Dec. 5-6 and Dec. 12-13, also from 1 to 4 p.m. Join us for holiday activities and perhaps a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus! Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for children 5-12; and free for children under 5. Admission may be purchased at the door, by calling 479.750.2620 or online at Thank you to Travis Brooks with Brooks Landscape Architecture and our BGO Gardeners for another wonderful design!

Date: Nov. 28-Dec. 13 (see above for specific weekends)

Time: Gardenland Express will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. each day.

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

jones center, smallThe Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events is sponsored by The Jones Center for Families in Springdale. There’s ALWAYS something fun happening at The Jones Center, plus they have all kinds of classes for adults and kids — and great birthday party options at the indoor swimming pool, gymnastics or ice skating rink! CLICK HERE to visit the Jones Center website to see more!

Tyson sponsoring free admission to the Amazeum on Wednesday nights!

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A grant from Tyson Foods, Inc. will cover admission for all visitors on “Priceless Nights” at the Scott Family Amazeum. COOL!

“Priceless Nights” will be held from 4-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday nights, starting on October 28.

The schedule for the remainder of 2015 is:

Oct. 28

Nov. 4

amazeum buildingNov. 11

Nov. 18

Dec. 2

Dec. 9

Dec. 16

The Amazeum will announce dates for 2016 in mid-December. Admission will be free for guests, but they are invited to make an optional donation.

For more information on the Scott Family Amazeum, click here.

Northwest Arkansas Calendar Events, Halloween Activities + Craft Fairs: October 2015

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Halloween 2015 Events

Fall Carnival, Parsons Stadium

Date: Sept. 30-Oct. 4

Time: Varies

Location: Parsons Stadium, Springdale

More info: Click here

Movie in the Park, Ghostbusters

family movie night, elm springsThis Saturday (October 3), the Elm Springs Police Department is hosting the first-ever “Movie In The Park,” where they will show Ghostbusters on a large outdoor screen and provide free hot dogs, drinks, popcorn and a bouncy house. Activities and food start at 5:30; movie at dusk.

Date: Oct. 3

Time: Activities and food start at 5:30 p.m. and movie at dusk

Location: Elm Springs city park

More info: Click here

The Haunting on Cherry Street

hauntingThe Haunting on Cherry Street is a free, kid-friendly, high-tech Halloween display. Rather than live actors, the show contains audio, video, and lighting effects. The display is viewed from the sidewalk and street. Visitors do not enter the home. Downtown Rogers. Monday-Thursday, lights only. Friday-Sunday, full effects.

Date: Oct. 1-Nov. 1

Time: Dusk to 10 p.m.

Location: 210 W. Cherry St., Rogers

More info: Click here

The Expelled Haunted House, Sissy Night/Family Night

The Expelled, in Huntsville has two nights, Oct. 1st and Oct 8th, that are for family Halloween fun:

Oct 1st= $8 / Sissy Night (some overhead lights on, as well as all set lets. NO ACTORS) This night would be ideal for anyone wanting to see the haunted house and all of its spooky details, without having to worry about being scared by any actors.

Oct 8th = $10 / Family Night (no overhead lights, all set lights on. Some actors) This night falls somewhere in between Sissy night and our regular season event. There will be some actors, but children (or terrified adults) get to control the scare! Each group will be given a flashlight upon entrance and if the actor is too scary for the child/adult then they’ll shine the flashlight on them, and the actor will cower away (as if they’re afraid of the flashlight). We think this will be a fun way for kids to experience a haunted house, and ensure they don’t miss out on the fun. There will be some graphic material and props (simulated blood/body parts), we do not condone the use of religious or demonic references.

Date: Oct. 1 & 8

Time: Varies

Location: Huntsville Ark.

More info: Click here

great pumpkinHobbs State Park Fall Festival

Date: Oct. 4

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Location: Hobbs State Park, Rogers

More info: Click here

Historic Rogers Ghost Walks

Guests will hear tales of murder, mischief and mayhem during this walking tour in downtown Rogers. Cost: $5. Tickets are available for purchase at the Museum. Please call for more information: 479-621-1154.

NWA, Halloween 2015, Events and ActivitiesDate: Oct. 15-16; Oct. 23-24

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Location: Downtown Rogers

More info: Click here

Dogpatch Heckuva Halloween

Date: Oct. 23-25

Time: 7-11 p.m.

Location: Dogpatch USA, Marble Falls, Ark.

More info: Click here

Haunted Night on the Battlefield

Admission: $2 adults, $1 kids; Meeting Place: Amphitheater. This year’s event will include a self-guided tour of information booths and a historical scene around the Borden House area. You will find stations that focus on different aspects of the history of the battle, folklore and findings we’ve uncovered during our research, and local paranormal investigators’ booths. You can still take a walk around the park trail, if you dare. Free kettle corn and hot cider will be served. Parking is available at the east Borden House entrance. 

Date: Oct. 24

Time: 7-9:45 p.m.

Location: Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

More info: Click here

Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular @ Turpentine Creek

Halloween can be a hair-raising experience, especially when you throw over 100 big cats into the mix. TCWR’s annual Halloween party is the only time you can view our cats in the dark of night. The main compound is open for the whole family to experience the night habits of our lions, tigers, cougars, bobcats, and more. Games, food, and a children’s costume contest are all part of the one of a kind experience, and provides fun for all ages.*Visitors to the Refuge during the day are allowed free entry to the party in the evening. Visitors must, however, exit the Refuge at 6:00PM, and re-enter with pass at 7:00PM

Date: Oct. 24

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Location: Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Eureka Springs

More info: Click here

Glow in the Park, Fayetteville

Join Fayetteville Parks and Recreation for a fun filled night at Gulley Park. Under the moonlight – the evening starts with a 1 mile “Glow Run” that gives participants a chance to sport flashy neon accessories and navigate the Gulley Park trail under the light of the moon and fellow runners. Post run, Glow in the Park will feature an outdoor showing of the movie, Hocus Pocus. Tickets available.

Date: Oct. 29

Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Location: Gulley Park, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Treats at the Tracks

The 1st Annual Treats at the Tracks Family Carnival will be at the A/M Railroad Springdale Depot. This event will provide a fun, safe place for families to come Trick-or-Treat on the Train, enjoy carnival games and live music, and have lots of fun.  There will also be a haunted train for the older and braver kids. This is a fundraiser for the House of Hope Rescue Mission.

Date: Oct. 30

Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Location: A&M Railroad Depot, Springdale

More info: Click here

14th Annual Trick-or-Treating on the Fayetteville Square

Date: Oct. 30

Time: 3-5 p.m.

Location: Downtown Fayetteville

Goblin Parade

Date: Oct. 30

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Location: Downtown Rogers

More info: Click here

Spooktacular Skating Event, The Jones Center ice skating rink

Come have some spooky fun this Halloween at The Jones Center with ice skating, treats and games! Wear your Halloween costume because there will be a costume contest, and the winner will win a one-of-a-kind Halloween gift basket. Only $3 per skater.

spooktacular at the jones centerDate: Saturday, Oct. 31

Time: Noon to 3 p.m.

Location: The Jones Center, Springdale

More info: Click here

Stories from the Grave

The Historical Society of Elm Springs will host “Stories from the Grave” at the Elm Springs cemetery on October 30 and 31 (weather permitting). Groups will gather at the cemetery gate at 5:30. Suggested donation of $3.

Date: Oct. 30 & 31

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Location: Elm Springs Cemetery


Mall-O-Ween at the Northwest Arkansas Mall

Visit the Northwest Arkansas Mall for safe Trick-or-Treating on Halloween night! There will also be a free costume contest at Center Court for kids 12 and under. Other activities:

FREE! Meet your favorite characters from Once Upon A Party NWA

FREE! Photographs in your costume, sponsored by Bedford Camera & Video

FREE! Trick-or-treat mall stores for goodies, while supplies last

FREE! Halloween coloring book & crayons for each kid, while supplies last

Date: Oct. 31

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Location: Northwest Arkansas Mall, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

2015 Trick or Treat Open at The First Tee

first tee halloweenThis fun event is FREE and open to the public, featuring more than 25 miniature golf holes with treats at every hole. Ghosts and goblins of all ages are invited to wear their scariest costume, test putting skills and fill their Halloween bags. Free admission.

Date: Saturday, October 31st

Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Rogers Heritage High School Indoor Practice Facility (next to Rogers Heritage H.S. Football stadium)- 1114 S 5th St, Rogers, AR 72756

Cost: Free

More info: Click here


Other October Events/Fall Craft Fairs:

First Thursday Fayetteville

Date: Oct. 1

Time: Starts at 5:30 p.m.

Location: Downtown Fayetteville

More info: Click here

First Friday Bentonville, Oktoberfest

Date: Oct. 2

Location: Downtown Bentonville

More info: Click here

Homegrown Festival, Siloam Springs

Located in historic downtown Siloam Springs, the Homegrown Festival (Saturday, October 3, 10am – 5pm) showcases locally handmade goods, curated vintage, food trucks, and live music. Vendors offer an array of original, one-of-a-kind, and limited-run items including illustration, printmaking, music, jewelry and accessories, handmade goods, salvaged and repurposed goods, and hand-picked vintage.

HomegrownBadge-01-1024x1024Date: Oct. 3

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

Location: Downtown Siloam Springs

More info: Click here

Downtown Rogers Oktobeerfest

Date: Oct. 3

Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: First and Elm Street, Rogers

More info: Click here

Pumpkin Carving Contest, Exeter Corn Maze

exeter corn mazeThe Exeter Corn Maze has various events scheduled for October, so click  here to see what’s happening this fall.

Date: Oct. 3

Time: 5 p.m.

Location: Exeter Corn Maze, Exeter, Mo.

More info: Click here

The Junk Ranch

Date: Oct. 2-3

Time: Varies

Location: Prairie Grove

More info: Click here

Family Fun Night, Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Interactive Watershed Table available from Beaver Lake Watershed. Butterfly House tours during the day at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.. Craft projects with Washington County Environmental Education. Composting and vermicomposting booths. Bug collection from local entomologists. Snacks provided by Apple Seeds and Tri Cycle Farms. Telescopes and star gazers will be available to look at the night sky. Family picnics welcome. There will be several “Fall Finale” days, so click here for other events.

Date: Oct. 6

Time: 5 p.m. until dark

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

More info: Click here

Mother’s Day Out, Farmland Adventures

farmlandFarmland Adventures will host a Mother’s Day Out event on Oct. 8. Admission will be just $5 per person at this special event. CLICK HERE to read more about the event.

Date: Oct. 8

Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Farmland Adventures, Springdale

More info: Click here

Tinkerfest, Scott Family Amazeum

The Amazeum has a big event planned for this fall: Tinkerfest! This is a day-long event of making and tinkering demonstrations for the whole family. And yes, the car take-a-part will be back this year. Admission to Tinkerfest is included in your daily admission for that day or your membership admission.

Date: Oct. 10

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

Location: Amazeum, Bentonville

More info: Click here

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Ozark Folk Festival

The country’s longest continuously running folk festival returns for the 68th annual Original Ozark Folk Festival on October 7 through 10 in Eureka Springs.  It will include the Queen’s Contest, Barefoot Ball, Singer/Songwriter Contest, free music, arts and crafts demonstrations, the Folk Festival Parade, and this year’s headline show features two-time Grammy award winner Rita Coolidge. 

Date: Oct. 7-10

Time: Varies

Location: Eureka Springs

More info: Click here

Preschool Playdate, Fall Colors, Crystal Bridges

PrintFREE. Art projects, story time and creative play inspired by fall’s changing colors.

Date: Oct. 8

Time: 11:30-2 p.m.

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville

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Vintage Market Days

Date: Oct. 9-11

Time: Varies

Location: Benton County Fairgrounds

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Spanker Creek Farm Arts, Crafts and More

spanker creekDate: Oct. 14-18

Time: Varies

Location: Benton County

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Ozark Regional Arts and Crafts Festival, 3 locations

Date(s): Oct. 15-17, Washington County Fairgrounds; Oct. 16-17, John Q. Hammons, Rogers, and NWA Convention Center, Springdale

Time: Varies

Location: Varies

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Bella Vista Arts and Crafts Festival

Date: Oct. 15-17

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Wishing Spring Gallery and 1991 Forest Hills Blvd.

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Goshen Gallop

September is Literacy Month and this year’s Goshen Gallop proceeds will be used to build and stock a Little Free Library and support the Ozark Literacy Council.

Date: Oct. 17

Time: 8 a.m.

Location: Goshen United Methodist Church

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War Eagle Mill Craft & Culinary Fair

Date: Oct 15-18

Time: Varies

Location: War Eagle Mill, Rogers

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 jones center, smallThe Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events is sponsored by The Jones Center for Families in Springdale. There’s ALWAYS something fun happening at The Jones Center, plus they have all kinds of classes for adults and kids — and great birthday party options at the indoor swimming pool, gymnastics or ice skating rink! CLICK HERE to visit the Jones Center website to see more!