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


1. The 72nd Annual Rodeo of the Ozarks continues tonight and Saturday/Saturday night (June 24-25) at Parsons Stadium in Springdale.

On Saturday, a parade kicks things off at 10 a.m. along historic Emma Avenue in Springdale. Horses, floats, marching bands and more. At 6 p.m., rodeo gates open and pre-rodeo events begin. The Rodeo of the Ozarks begins at 7:30 p.m. The 2016 Miss Rodeo of the Ozarks will be crowned after the rodeo and fireworks will follow.

Click here for more info on the parade, rodeo and fireworks display!

arts live logo2. The Boxcar Children will be showing at Arts Live Theatre through Sunday.

Click here for more information about show times and to buy tickets.

3. Opera in the Ozarks will perform Pinnocchio on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Fayetteville Public Library’s Walker Community Room

The familiar story serves as an excellent introduction to operatic music for children who might be unfamiliar with this particular style. The performance is free and open to the public.

Opera in the Ozarks is a training program and festival designed for aspiring operatic performers. Attracting talented singers nationwide, the program is highly competitive, and its alumni have performed on some of the world’s biggest stages. For more information, visit the program’s website.

Click here for more info on the FPL event!

4. Freedom Fest is an event in Pea Ridge that features music, kid’s activities and food at 6 p.m., followed by fireworks at dark.

Freedom Fest is being held at the First Assembly of God Church, 577 Weston St., Pea Ridge.

*Click here for more info on the fireworks event.

itchy dog5. NWA Dog Walk {entry fee}. This annual event is on Saturday (June 25) 9 a.m. to noon at Orchards Park in Bentonville.

The walk starts at 10 a.m., but you can go over early to enjoy food, browse the tents and support the cause. Registration is $30 for the first dog and $5 for additional dogs. Participants will receive a T-shirt and goody bag. T-shirts will also be for sale at the event and the proceeds go to local animal shelters.

The Dog Walk organizers have lots of fun planned for the day of the walk. Sugar Creek Animal Hospital is sponsoring NWA Caricatures to create a portrait of you and your pet. Come out early and get your place in line. These are one of a kind drawings done by an artist with amazing talent, provided to you free by one of the community’s longest-standing animal hospitals.

Click here for more info on the NWA Dog Walk and to register!

check mark, blueBonus!

New park alert! The new C.L. “Charlie” & Willie George Park {which has a dog park, two playgrounds, a splash pad and more!} will open at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The park is located at 4023 Hylton Rd. in Springdale.

A ribbon cutting and celebration will start at 1 p.m. Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse and Gary George will be speaking at the ribbon cutting ceremony, which will take place at the southwest pavilion, next to the playground.

There will be free food and water. The fire and police departments will be there with fun activities for the families, and Bike Springdale and the American Heart Association will have great information for those who are interested in getting active and staying healthy!

The newest park in Springdale has:

• Two playgrounds
• A splash pad
• Four large pavilions with tables
• A dog park with separate sections for large and small dogs, and a pavilion with a table
• A walking/jogging trail
• Sports fields
• Tennis courts
• Ample parking
• And more!

Click here for more details.

Where To See Fireworks: Fourth of July in Northwest Arkansas, 2016

Fireworks displays 2016

It’s almost time for red, white and BOOM events across Northwest Arkansas!

Below is the big list of where to watch fireworks in NWA. If you’d like to keep a copy of this list on your fridge for reference, CLICK HERE to see the printable version.

Saturday, June 25th:

Rodeo of the Ozarks Fireworks

This is the last day of the Rodeo of the Ozarks (the rodeo runs June 22-25). On the 25th, a parade kicks things off at 10 a.m. At 6 p.m., rodeo gates open and pre-rodeo events begin. The Rodeo of the Ozarks begins at 7:30 p.m. Crowning of the 2016 Miss Rodeo of the Ozarks and fireworks will follow after the rodeo.

Date: June 25

Time: See in description above

Location: Parsons Stadium, Springdale

More info: Click here

Sunday, June 26:

Freedom Fest

The event starts with music, kid’s activities and food at 6 p.m. with fireworks at dark.

Date: June 26

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: First Assembly of God Church, 577 Weston St., Pea Ridge

More info: Click here

Friday, July 1:

The Great American Blast, Night 1

The Naturals will once again host The Great American Blast over the Fourth of July weekend. In honor of the holiday weekend, the event this year will feature four (4) straight nights of Fireworks Spectaculars beginning on Friday, July 1 and ending on Monday, July 4.

The Fireworks for night #1 will feature an 80s music theme and the event is presented by Farm Rich.

Date: July 1

Time: Game starts at 7:05 p.m., fireworks to follow

Location: Arvest Ballpark, Springdale

More info: Click here for more info on the 4 nights of fireworks

City of Elkins Fireworks

The event will include music and concessions available by the Elkins High School band. Fireworks to follow. Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Date: July 1

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Bunch City Park, Elkins

More info: Click here

Saturday, July 2:

Prairie Creek Marina fireworks

Prairie Creek Marina fireworks

Prairie Creek Marina Fireworks

Many people take their boats out on the water to watch these fireworks, but you can still see the show from nearby. One option is to watch them from your car at Corps of Engineers Park.

The Corps charges $5 per car for day use fee. We’ve also been told that you can see them from the Highway 12 bridge area and also at the top of the hill from the Marina (basically across from the Beaver Lake Lodge). For food options, JJ’s on the Lake is at the Marina.

Date: July 2

Time: At dark, 9 or 9:30 p.m.

Location: Prairie Creek Marina, Rogers

More info: Click here

The Great American Blast, Night 2

This is the second of four (4) straight nights of Fireworks Spectacular events at Arvest Ballpark in celebration of the Fourth of July weekend. The Fireworks will feature a One-Hit Wonders music theme and the event is presented by Castrol.

Date: July 2

Time: Game starts at 6:35 p.m., fireworks to follow

Location: Arvest Ballpark, Springdale

More info: Click here for more info on the 4 nights of fireworks

Farmington Fireworks Display

Date: Saturday, July 2

Time: Dark

Location: Park anywhere on the west side of town. Many people go to the Farmington High School football stadium to watch the show.

More info: Click here

Sunday, July 3:

Fireworks at the Crosses

9th Annual Fireworks at the Crosses will be at the Pinnacle Hills Campus. There will be a patriotic celebration featuring live music, outdoor baptisms, and fireworks. Food and drinks for purchase.

Date: July 3

Time: 5-10 p.m.

Location: Cross Church Pinnacle Hills, Rogers

More info: Click here

sparklerHot Dam Blues Festival & Fireworks

The Bella Vista Foundation, The City of Bella Vista Arts Council, and The Bella Vista POA are hosting Bella Vista Hot-Dam Blues Festival starting at 5 p.m. Immediately following the Blues Festival, the City of Bella Vista will present their annual 4th of July fireworks display around 9 p.m.

Three Northwest Arkansas blues bands will be performing: Jim Mills and the Hellbenders, Joe Giles and the Homewreckers, and The Cate Brothers.  Admission and parking are free.  Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from five local food trucks and the Bentonville Brewing Company will host a beer garden.

The festival is also partnering with The Oasis Food Pantry in Bella Vista to collect food for needy families. Spectators are asked to bring nonperishable, canned food items for donation.

Date: July 3

Time: 5 p.m.

Location: In the park below Lake Loch Lomond Dam, Bella Vista

More info: Click here

The Great American Blast, Night 3

This is the third night of four straight events with a Fireworks Spectacular at Arvest Ballpark in celebration of the Fourth of July weekend. The Fireworks will feature an Americana music theme and the event is presented by Mini Babybel Cheese.

Date: July 3

Time: Game starts at 6:35 p.m., fireworks to follow

Location: Arvest Ballpark, Springdale

More info: Click here for more info on the 4 nights of fireworks

Ventris Trail’s End Resort Fireworks Show

The fireworks are choreographed to music and the show is best seen by boat as it’s projected toward the lake for an incredible effect caused by the reflection from the water. The location is just South of marker “8″ on Beaver Lake, just look for the banners. The display is their way of saying “thank you” to our troops, those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, the community, and all the volunteers that helped to put on the show.

Date: July 3

Time: Dark

Location: Ventris Trail’s End Resort, Beaver Lake

More info: Click here

4th Annual Celebrate Prairie Grove

The event includes free swimming at the aquatic center, free food, drinks, snacks. Bouncy houses and water slides. Capped off around 9:30 p.m. with a fireworks display.

Date: July 3

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Prairie Grove Aquatic Park

More info: Click here

Monday, July 4:

4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at the AMP

The Walmart AMP’s 4th of July Spectacular will feature the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) under the direction of Paul Haas on Monday, July 4. Celebrate the holiday with a patriotic concert, fireworks and festive activities the whole family can enjoy, including face painting, sliced watermelon offered by Regions Bank, balloon twisters, giant Jenga and Connect Four, miniature putt-putt golf and much more.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the AMP Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or visiting

Inside the AMP, SoNA will present a concert celebrating the beauty and grandeur of America as well as honoring our nation’s veterans and those who bravely serve in our nation’s armed forces. It will conclude with a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” Fireworks will be on display at the close of the show.

Date: July 4

Girl with Flag, event at the AMP

A shot from last year’s July 4th AMP event

Time: FREE family festivities will be open to the public from 4-7:30 pm. outside the Walmart AMP.

AMP gates open at 6 pm and music starts at 7:30 pm, concluding with a 15-minute fireworks display at 9:15 pm. Ticket prices range from $3 (lawn seating) to $10-$35 for covered seating at the event inside the AMP.

Location: Walmart AMP

More info: Click here for more info and tickets.

An Evening at Orchards Park

Bentonville Parks and Recreation invites the public to attend the Annual Evening at Orchards Park-Bentonville’s 4th of July Fireworks Celebration.

Join the City of Bentonville on Monday, July 4th as we celebrate our Nation’s Independence at Orchards Park. Music will begin at 7 P.M. At approximately 9:30 p.m., the fireworks show will start. Concessions will be available.

Date: July 4

Time: Dark

Location: Orchards Park, Bentonville

More info: Click here for more information.

The Great American Blast, Finale night

The Great American Blast Finale on the Fourth of July is presented by The Walmart Museum.

Date: July 4

Time: Game starts at 6:35 p.m., fireworks to follow

Location: Arvest Ballpark, Springdale

More info: Click here for more info on the 4 nights of fireworks

Gentry Freedom Festival

Barrett Baber, a world-renowned Arkansas musician, will be the featured entertainer at this year’s Freedom Festival. This will be the 103rd annual Freedom Festival to be held on Independence Day. Barrett Baber, is an Arkansas musician known for his performances on NBC’s “The Voice” and for winning the CBS Grammy Gig of a Lifetime in 2014. 

The Freedom Festival promises fun for the entire family during the day and a fireworks display after dark. The event includes rides, games, food vendors, a car show and lots of entertainment.

Date: July 4

Time: Car show starts at 10 a.m. and other attractions will begin around noon and continue throughout the day. The Barrett Baber concert starts at approximately 8 p.m. Fireworks display at dark.

Location: Gentry City Park

More info: Click here

Fire in the Sky

This event is free. Parking lot opens at 6 p.m. and there will be parachutists, concessions and more. Fireworks display will begin at 9:15 p.m. Rain date is Tuesday, July 5.

Date: July 4

Time: Event starts at 6 p.m., fireworks start at 9:15 p.m.

Location: Siloam Springs Municipal Airport, 4600 Smith Field Drive

More info: Click here

If you know of other fireworks displays you’d like for us to add, email us at!

The Friday 5: Things to do Father’s Day weekend in Northwest Arkansas, June 17-19

Friday 5

summer salsa1. Summer Salsa. Summer Salsa is a fundraiser for EOA Children’s House. Guests will enjoy festive food and beverages, live music and dancing,  silent auction with unique items, a fun photo booth, and the 3rd Annual NWA Salsa Tasting Competition with the opportunity to vote for your favorite.

100% of the proceeds from Summer Salsa directly benefit EOA Children’s House, providing services to children ages 6-weeks-old to 5-years-old that have been abused, neglected, or have faced adverse childhood experiences. “Stopping Child Abuse. Saving Lives.”

The event will be on Saturday (June 18) from  7-11 p.m. at Fayetteville Town Center.

Click here for more info!

2. Rodeo of the Ozarks BBQ Western Days {Tickets $10}. From 5-7 p.m. on Saturday at Parsons Stadium you can sample some of the best BBQ in the area. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the gate.

Starting at 8pm, the annual Street Dance will follow downtown on Emma Avenue. Kick up your boots and dance to your heart’s content. The Boston Mountain Playboys will be providing live entertainment. Horseshoes, Cowboy Quick Draw, Vendors, Pony rides, and live entertainment will all be a part of the fun.

Click here for more information.

3. War Eagle Mill’s Annual Father’s Day Fishing Derby is Sunday (June 19). Prizes for the heaviest, smallest and ugliest fish.

fishThis is a free, all-day event from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Contestants can use only fishing poles.
  • Adults and children, 16 or older, are required to have a fishing license.
  • 5 fish weighed per contestant.

Click here for more details!

4. Dragonfly Catch & Release {Free}. Robert Thomas has spent the last 9 years traveling and photographing odonates (dragonflies).  Thomas’s collection of photographs contains many very rare species, and some of his special photographs have graced the covers of numerous field guides.  As he puts it, “It’s a matter of being in the right place at the right time, and a little good luck and know how.”

Bring the family and join Robert Thomas for a colorful, unique, and exciting program all about dragonflies.  Immediately following the lecture will be an outdoor dragonfly catch and release at the visitor center. Bring your camera for close-up shots.

The event is a 2 p.m. Sunday (June 19) at Hobbs State Park’s Conservation Area visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection.

Click here for more information.

5. Blues Weekend in Eureka Springs & Father’s Day picnic at Turpentine Creek, Eureka Springs.

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The Friday 5: Fun things to do in Northwest Arkansas this weekend, June 10-12

Friday 5For more ideas about things to do in Northwest Arkansas, be sure to visit our “Outings Under $20” category. CLICK HERE to see the latest!

B-Fest_icon_large1. Teen Book Festival at Barnes & Noble, Friday, Saturday, Sunday {free}. This weekend, Barnes & Noble stores nationwide will host B-Fest™, a three-day event celebrating the best books for teens. There will be trivia, exclusives, giveaways (while supplies last), and more. Be the first to sample upcoming teen novels, take part in games, and discover great new reads. Follow along with the fun at #BFestBuzz.

At the Fayetteville store, the fun starts at 7 p.m. tonight (Friday, June 10th). They’ll have trivia, giveaways and more. On Saturday, the fun continues from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sunday, several local authors will be teaching a writing workshop from 2-3 p.m.

Click here for more information.

2. Summer Reading Triathlon, Barnes & Noble {free}. Speaking of Barnes & Noble, while you’re there this summer sometime with your younger kids (grades 1-6), you might want to pick up a reading log so they can receive a free book. The kids just answer three questions on the log and they get to pick out a book.

Click here for more information about how to receive a free book!

3. The Junk Ranch, Friday and Saturday {see below for entry fees}. The Junk Ranch is open Friday and Saturday. You’ll find 250 booths filled with vintage, repurposed, salvage, boutique, rusty & chippy junk. Live music and food trucks. The ranch is located at 11195 Centerpoint Church Road in Prairie Grove, has become a pretty popular event around here. The schedule and prices:

  • Friday, June 10th (Early Shopping Day): 12 – 8pm…… $10 Admission. This allows you to get a head start: one day of shopping before the doors open for general admission on Saturday. Early shopping tickets are good for free return entry on Saturday.
  • Saturday, June 11th (General Admission): 9am – 5pm….. $5 Admission.

Parking is free. Admission for Kids 12 & Under is free.

Click here for more info on The Junk Ranch event!

junk ranch

4. Museum of Native American History Storytime, Saturday {Free}. Join the Museum Of Native American History for storytime on the second Saturday of the month at 10 am. Museum storytimes are geared towards preschoolers but great for all ages. Storytime features a Native American folk tale, animal stories, seasonal rhymes, activities and more! Free and open to the public.

The Museum of Native American History is located at 202 SW ‘O’ Street, Bentonville.

Click here for more info on the museum!

5. Apple Seeds’ Picnic on the Farm, Saturday {Fee info below}. Join Apple Seeds and Boulder Brands on Saturday, June 11th for Apple Seeds’ second annual Picnic on the Farm fundraiser. Picnickers can enjoy gourmet picnic baskets, drinks, local music and fun activities to entertain the kids. Proceeds go to Apple Seeds’ programs in the schools and on the Teaching Farm! Purchase your picnic basket in advance! 4-7 p.m.

  • Picnic baskets are $15 per adult and $5 per child (includes admission)
  • General admission is $5 per adult and free for children under 12 (bring your own picnic!)

The Teaching Farm is located at 1699 Hillcrest Ave next to Ozark Natural Foods. Parking available at the Evelyn Hills Shopping Center with a short walk to the farm.

Click here for more information!

The Friday 5: Fun things to do this weekend in Northwest Arkansas, June 3-5

Friday 5


1. First Friday, downtown Bentonville, Friday. The theme for this event is “Art & Culinary” sponsored by Crystal Bridges Museum. The event will start at 11 a.m. and runs through evening on the Bentonville Square

Click here for more information about First Friday!

FPL ad, Summer Camp Guide2. Fayetteville Public Library Summer Reading Club Kick-Off Party, Saturday. This fun event is Saturday (June 4) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be a big party + adults, kids and teens can also sign up for the Summer Reading Club.

There will be bounce houses, a photo booth, face painting, balloons, temporary airbrush tattoos, snow cones and more.

Click here for more information about Saturday’s big event!

3. Springdale Public Library Summer Reading Club Kickoff, Saturday. Leave FPL and head over to the Springdale library! The SPL summer reading kickoff event is at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Stop by the children’s department for fun events and to sign up for summer reading. You can also enjoy the outdoors while learning to garden with Washington County Master Gardeners.

4. Down on the Farm family day, Rogers Historical Museum, Saturday. Join RHS for free family fun! Activities, petting animals, pony rides, food, live music, etc. out on the lawn.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Click here for more info on this event and upcoming RHM events.

5. Laugh Out Loud Gala, Arts Live Theatre, Saturday night. Do you need a good laugh? Well, the Arts Live Theatre Laugh Out Loud Gala will be the Fayetteville Town Center Saturday night, just for you.

With a delicious dinner buffet, wine and beer provided by Blue Top Liquor, a live auction of terrific packages and entertainment by Phunbags Comedy Improv, the region’s premiere comedy improv company, ATLLOL will be a night to remember. Arts Live will also honor local arts supporters and all proceeds from the event support Arts Live Theatre excellent Arts Education programming.

The event is from  6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday night at the Fayetteville Town Center.

Click here for more information and tickets!

Bonus event at The Fresh Market in Rogers, Friday-Sunday (June 3-5):

JDRF event