The Friday 5: Fun things to do this weekend in NWA, Sept. 23-25

Friday 5

Of course, there’s Bikes, Blues and BBQ happening this weekend! There are also a few offshoots:

bikes-blues-and-brains1. Bikes, Brews & Brains, Saturday. Make the Razoback Greenway your get-away route to Bikes, Brews and Brains for an evening of games, downtown brews and fun. On Saturday, the Downtown Springdale Alliance will host a Northwest Arkansas event that’s really unique.

Participants will fill downtown businesses while competing to see who is the brainiest person in Northwest Arkansas (based on points added up on your scorecard by the end of the event) and walk away with a crisp $100 bill.

Come play your favorite games and ride in bike drag races (if that’s your thing) in an easily walkable or bikable stretch of downtown from 6-9 p.m. for just $5. Games on tap include a bike drag race on Emma Avenue, Pictionary in Core Public House, Street Twister, giant Connect Four, bike-themed trivia at Black Apple Crossing, Clue at Emma Avenue Bar & Tap and many, many more.

Other awards include a “bikealope” wall hanging, $50 for second place, and a downtown gift card for third place.

Click here for more info!

2. Barks & Brews, Saturday. From 3-8pm (3-4 registration, 4-6 show, 6-8 after party) at the Downtown Rogers Farmers Market on Cherry Street. Main Street is hosting a dog show to raise money for City of Rogers Animal Shelter.

barks-and-brews-useContest Categories include:

  • Dog/Owner Lookalike
  • Best Trick
  • Best Costume
  • I’m so ugly, I’m cute
  • Cutest Dog (under 20lbs)
  • Most Adorable Medium Dog (21-40lbs)
  • Best Looking Big Dog (40lbs or more)
  • Best in Show

Click here for more info and to register your dog!

3. Family Story Time, Bentonville Public Library, Saturday.

This event happens every Saturday and is from 2-2:30 p.m. at BPL. After story time, families can work on a craft together. No registration required. All ages.

Click here for more info!

Amazeum logo4. Zing Adventures at the Amazeum, Saturday, 9-10 a.m. or 11 a.m. to noon. This program is for kids ages 4-6 and is open to members and non-members.

September’s theme is VROOM! WHOOSH! BOING! Time to ride some sound waves! Sound is all around us at the Amazeum. Many exhibits throughout the museum include experiences with sound and this workshop will ignite your child’s desire to want to learn more about science of sound.

$10 Amazeum member child + adult caregiver
$15 non-member child + adult caregiver

Advanced registration and payment required.

Click here for more information!

5. Super Saturday, Stevens Puppets, FPL. Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the Walker Community Room.

Stevens Puppets tours fully-staged productions of fairy-tales and classic children’s literature, featuring hand-carved wooden marionettes in front of colorfully hand-painted scenery.  The charming puppets come alive in their miniature worlds, transporting their audiences through magical journeys of endearing stories, raucous laughter, and artistic beauty.  The puppeteers give life to their little actors, weaving a spell of childhood over audiences of all ages, as they invite everyone along for a trip through “once upon a time.”

Click here for more info!

Mark Your Calendar: Amazeum’s Tinkerfest is coming up Saturday, Oct. 1st!


Tinkerfest is back! Tinkerfest is a one-day festival that celebrates “the creative, curious, and innovative spirit in all of us”.

The 2016 event will be at the Scott Family Amazeum from 9 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1st. If you have a membership it’s free, or you can just pay regular admission at the museum.

The Amazeum brings together makers, artists, and tinkerers to showcase their work while inviting attendees of all ages to join in the DIY fun.

Tinkerfest brings technology together with craftspeople, educators, families and artists to learn from each other. Whether you are a beginner or an avid tinkerer, Tinkerfest is a great family activity where all can experiment and learn things together.

Last year, one of the most popular tinkering experiments involved taking apart a car. This year, there will be two cars to disassemble!


Click here to read more about Tinkerfest and to meet the featured artists!

Click here to see the Facebook event page!

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

Friday 5

pokemon-logo1. Pokemon GO Party, TONIGHT (Friday, Sept. 16) 6-9 p.m. {Free} The Jones Center is inviting all Pokemon trainers to celebrate the release of the new software update at this Pokemon Party. This event is completely FREE, open to the public, and family-friendly, so people of all ages can come.

The new software update allows players to choose a favorite pocket monster to follow them at all times, mimicking the way that Pikachu never left Ash Ketchum’s side in the animated series.

Parents, bring your kids and reward their hard work at school with a little screen time allowing them to enjoy the new Pokemon update. Teens and adults, come meet like-minded Pokemon Go players while you level-up all your pocket monsters.

There will be lures being dropped during the entire event at our 4 Pokestops, so you’re guaranteed to catch some new Pokemon. Our gym will be ready for battling, too, so bring your best trained team ready to battle.

There will be free refreshments available.

Click here for more info!

2. Downtown Rogers Farmer’s Market Movie Night (Movie: Inside Out), FRIDAY NIGHT, 7:30-9:30 p.m. The summer movie nights were such a hit, the Rogers Farmer’s Market decided to bring them back.

On the 3rd Friday through the rest of the year they will be showing a family movie. First on the list is Inside Out, since the weather was not on their side last time they tried to show the movie. Movie starts at dark!

Here’s a little clip from the movie:

Click here for more info about the movie night!

3. Dog Days, Bentonville Farmer’s Market, Saturday. Bring your furry companions out to the Farmers Market to celebrate all things dogs. Schedule:

10am- Dog Parade- Meet in the street outside of Walmart Neighborhood Market11am- Dog Contests- Register at the DBI tent in front of the Walton 5&10 and compete to win some great prizes in the following categories:

Cutest Adult Dog
Cutest Puppy
Best Trick
Best Costume

7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Bentonville Square.

Click here for more info!


4. The 2nd Annual NWA Truck Show, Saturday and Sunday {Free}. The NWA Truck Show will be held at The Jones Center in Springdale on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-18. The event is free to attend and open to the public.

Come enjoy the mild September weather while viewing some of the oldest and newest trucks on the road in the region. This is the perfect family outing before enjoying the Springdale Farmers Market, ice skating, or swimming at The Jones Center on Saturday.

The main festivities we be on Saturday in the southeast parking lot of The Jones Center from 8 am-5 pm. Every type of truck will be on display from customized 18-wheelers and trailers to vintage pickup trucks and everything in between. Prizes will be given away for the “Best of” in 5 categories: pickup, working, antique, show truck, and people’s choice. Prize winners will receive a plaque. Entry fees are $15 to show a truck in the event.

“Northwest Arkansas is nationally known as a hub for freight and trucking. We want to celebrate our history of trucking and logistics by providing a truck show where families and individuals can come get close to some of the iconic trucks that have delivered cargo for decades,” says Don Lee of the JTL Antique Truck Club.

The JTL Antique Truck Club is a 501c3 nonprofit organization of former employees and friends of the Jones Truck Lines, a successful trucking company that Harvey Jones of Springdale built during the 20th century.

Click here for more info!


curious-george5. Curious George’s 75th Birthday party at Fayetteville Public Library, Saturday {Free}. This event is at 11:15am in the Children’s Library. Listen to stories of the curious little monkey in the yellow children’s niche at 11:15am, and enjoy balloons and stickers to celebrate George’s 75th birthday!

Click here for more monkey info!

BONUS events:

check mark, blueBatman Day at Nightbird Books. Saturday 9/17 is #BatmanDay Stop by Nightbird Books on Dickson Street in Fayetteville dressed to celebrate and enter to win $20 gift card.

Storytime from 1 to 2pm.

Click here for more info!

Oktoberfest on Dickson Street, Sunday. Oktoberfest is a family friendly event for all ages in Fayetteville.

There will be craft beer, curated and inclusive kid activities, local food vendors, photo booth, handcrafted items from area makers, live music, and more. Sunday, September 18th from noon to 6 p.m. in the WAC parking lot.

Oktoberfest is the Arkansas Brewers Guild’s largest fundraiser of the year. The ABG is the non-profit voice of the Arkansas Craft Beer industry, helping to promote and support education and legislation of craft beer in the natural state.

$5 entry (17 and under are FREE) gets you access to the festival and all of it’s activities.

Click here for more info!

Neighborhood House Party, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Fayetteville, Sunday.

Come on out for some great music and family fun at the church’s house party. Enjoy the ultimate hot dog bar, chips, and drinks and grab some sweetness from the bake sale. Lots of fun for the kids, including a bounce house, face painting, etc. Sunday, 4-7 p.m.

Click here for more info!

Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: September 2016

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leafNote from the mamas: Be sure to take a look at our Fall Fun Guide for more ideas for things to do this season in Northwest Arkansas! Click here to see the post!

First Thursday Fayetteville

Break up your back-to-school routine and join us on the Downtown Square for First Thursday in September. Celebrate with art, live music and activities for the whole family.

First Thursday Sept. 2016LIVE MUSIC!
Main Stage: 412 West
Kids Stage: Jugglology

Art walk featuring local artists and vendors
Activities for the whole family

Local food Trucks + Beer Garden

Date: Thursday, Sept. 1

Time: 6-8:30 p.m.

Location: Fayetteville Square

More info: Click here

First Friday Bentonville, Sugar Creek Days

The Bentonville Square is transformed into a Sugar Creek Day blockparty with live music & entertainment, outstanding food options and family friendly activities. Sponsored by popchips.

11am | Food Trucks Open

On Mainstage
5:45-6:10 | The Leslie Serrano Band
6:45-8 | The Sons of Otis Malone

4:30, 6:20 | Holmes Brigade Minstrels

5:30, 6:30 | Bank Robbery Re-Enactment in Front of Arvest
There will be loud gunshots during re-enactment.

Don’t forget to check out the FREE First Friday After Dark concert at Meteor Guitar Gallery at 8pm featuring Foleys Van.

First Friday Sept. 2016Date: Friday, September 2

Time: 11-8p

Location: Downtown Bentonville

More info: Click here

Light Night Party

The Fourth Annual Light Night takes over the space around Buckyball with a glowing evening of creative chaos, featuring music by Deadhead Productions with popular North Carolina-based funk band The Fritz and retro-pop country duo Jazz Mills. Light Night has something for everyone with light-art tinkering stations with Amazeum, black-light graffiti drawing, and special light-art installations by Highberry Music Festival. Enjoy artmaking zones by Amazeum, Crystal Bridges, and local artist Jenn Gilder. Bring your own LED lights for dancing, or show off your illuminated style in a Light Night-inspired costume! A cash bar and food will be available.

light nightDuring the event, Museum Way and the Additional Parking Lot will be closed. Parking will be available at Orchard Park and at the Amazeum from the North Entrance.

Free, no registration required.

Date: Sept. 2

Time: 8-11 p.m.

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum

More info: Click here

8th Annual Fayetteville Film Fest

The 8th annual Fayetteville Film Fest will be held at locations around the downtown Fayetteville Square.  A record-setting 55 films (including feature films, documentaries, short films and animated films) will be screened over the course of the five days of the festival.  In addition to the impressive lineup of films, the week will also feature panel discussions, Q&A sessions with the visiting filmmakers and workshops with industry professionals.

Date: Sept. 6-10

Time: Varies

Location: University of Arkansas Global Campus Theatre, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

39th Annual Ozark Quilt Fair

Antique and new quilts for show and sale. Music by Working Class Grass, miniature quilt display by the Itty Bitty Quilt Committee.

Date: Sept. 10

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

Location: Shiloh Museum

More info: Click here

Shiloh quilts

Dog Days, Bentonville Farmer’s Market

Bring your furry companions out to the Farmers Market to celebrate all things dogs. Schedule:

10am- Dog Parade- Meet in the street outside of Walmart Neighborhood Market

11am- Dog Contests- Register at the DBI tent in front of the Walton 5&10 and compete to win some great prizes in the following categories:
Cutest Adult Dog
Cutest Puppy
Best Trick
Best Costume

Date: Sept. 17

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 1 p

Location: The Bentonville Square

More info: Click here

The Junk Ranch

junk ranch100+ vendors will fill the barn, large tents, the house & the grounds with vintage, antique, handmade, repurposed, jewelry, boutique, salvage & much more. There will be live music playing on both days & some food vendors. Friday, September 30th (Early Shopping Day): 12 – 7pm…… $10 Admission. Early Shopping Tickets are good for free return entry on Saturday. Saturday, October 1st (General Admission): 9am – 5pm….. $5 Admission.

Parking is free; kids 12 & under are free.

Date: Sept. 30, Oct. 1

Time: See in description above

Location: 11195 Centerpoint Church Rd., Prairie Grove

More info: Click here

The 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!

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Giveaway: $500 in ride tickets for the Washington County Fair!

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Just hearing the words Washington County Fair makes us all giddy inside!

The fair is our family’s annual tradition, not to be missed. From the animals to the fair food (caramel apples! corn dogs! lemonade! funnel cakes!) to the awesome midway of rides, we love visiting the county fair in Fayetteville!

Oh, and did we mention that The Hambone Express is back this year with Pig Races nightly at the fair?

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Fun fact, the Washington County Fair is the largest county fair in the state and was founded in 1857.

This year, the Washington County Fair will run Aug. 30-Sept. 3. Yep, that means it starts Tuesday! Gates open at 10 a.m. If you’d like to take your kids this year and have some tickets already in your pocket, we’ve got you covered. We’ve got $500 worth of ride tickets to give away! TWO mamas will each win 250 doll-ahs worth. :)

fair foodHOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win $250 worth of fair ride tickets, just click HERE or click on the word “comments” (right under the headline of this post) and scroll down to the bottom of the comments posted by other moms. Then post a comment telling us about something cool/funny/amazing/life-changing that happened to you at the Washington County Fair! If you’ve never had an opportunity to visit the Fayetteville county fair, tell us what you’re looking forward to doing!

Click here to see the full schedule of events at the fair!

You can also email your answer to us at

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