August 2016: Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events

Calendar, August

First Thursday Fayetteville

FirstThursday_LimeOn the first Thursday of each month from April to October, First Thursday Fayetteville transforms the city’s historic Downtown Square in to a vibrant arts district, featuring the work of more than 40 visual artists, live music, street performers, food and drink, and children’s activities. First Thursday Fayetteville is a monthly event held on the Downtown Fayetteville Square, celebrating original works of art. On the first Thursday of each month, an outdoor art walk, live music, and a local craft beer garden take over the Square, while participating galleries and art-related venues offer free access to visual and performing art starting at 6:30 p.m. Starting in May, the Kids Stage act will be from 6 pm – 6:45 pm.

It’s a safe, family-friendly, community event for people of all ages, free to the public, and a lot of fun. First Thursday feels like a giant gallery opening, with all the energy and excitement of a street festival.

Date: Aug. 4

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Location: Fayetteville Square

More info: Click here

gulley park concert series 2016Gulley Park Summer Concert Series

Last concert of the season! Effron White from 7-9 p.m. Free event. Bring your blankets, picnics and drinks.

Date: Aug. 4

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Location: Gulley Park, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

First Friday Bentonville

On the First Friday of every month, Bentonville Square is transformed into a themed community block party with live music, outstanding food and family friendly activities. Thousands of members come out to celebrate the community. The theme for this First Friday is back to school.

Date: Aug. 5

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

Location: Downtown Bentonville

More info: Click here

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Dog Day of Summer at the Siloam Springs Farmer’s Market

The annual Dog Day of Summer event at the Farmers Market will have: Special Dog-Themed Vendors All Day; 9:30am – Dog Walk; 10am – FREE Contests:

  • Cutest Dog
  • Cutest Puppy
  • Dog/Owner Look Alike
  • Best Costume
  • No registration required – contests are FREE! Farmers Market Vendors will be the judges.

10:30am – Live Music from Sam Thompson

Date: Aug. 6

Time: See above

Location: Downtown Siloam Springs

More info: Click here

Tontitown Grape Festival

FREE parking, FREE admission, FREE entertainment, armband SPECIALS each night, & much more.

grape festival 2016FREE NIGHTLY ENTERTAINMENT schedule:
Tues 8/9 – 7pm: Backroad Anthem, 9pm: Clayton Anderson
Wed 8/10 – 7pm: Eye for a LiE, 9pm: Maren Morris
Thurs 8/11 – 7pm: Kelly Road Band, 9pm: Shenandoah
Fri 8/12 – 7pm: J.R. & The All Stars, 9:30pm: J.R. Moore
Sat 8/13 – 6pm: Kyla Horton Stephens, 7pm: Kevin Upshaw & One Night Stand, 9pm: John Berry

Date: Aug. 9-13

Time: Varies

Location: Tontitown

More info: Click here

Summer Concert Series, BGO

Gates open at 5 and the Garden is free to enter! Bring a picnic and a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy some mid-week entertainment. Featuring The Silvershakers.

Date: Aug. 16

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

More info: Click here

Eureka Springs Bluegrass Festival

Date: Aug. 18-20

Time: Varies

Location: Eureka Springs

More info: Click here

Secchi Day on Beaver Lake

secchi dayThe public is invited to attend the 11th annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, at Prairie Creek on Beaver Lake, five miles east of Rogers, Arkansas, on Hwy. 12. The Science Education Festival includes 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. Email The event is named for the Secchi Disk, a black and white device lowered into the water to measure clarity.

Date: Aug. 20

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

Location: Prairie Creek on Beaver Lake

More info: Click here

Buckin’ in the Ozarks PBR

Date: Aug. 20

Time: 8 p.m.

Location: Parsons Stadium, Springdale

More info: Click here

’80s Night at the Rink

This special 1980′s-themed ice skating session sounds awesome. Dress up in your favorite neon, windbreakers, or poofy hair to introduce your children to what life was like in the 80′s. This is a free ice skating event for member only and their families. Become a member or renew your membership online here or by calling 479-756-8090.

Date: Aug. 21

Time: 5-7 p.m.

Location: The Jones Center, Springdale

More info: Click here

Frisco Festival

frisco festival 2016Live music on Friday night and Saturday from 3pm until 11pm. Musicians include: Got It Covered, CalleSoul Salsa, Voxana, The Show and Tellers and Crescent City Combo. Expanded kid zone includes magicians, street performers and games. There will be Southern BMX Stunt Show performing on Saturday, dancing, food and craft vendors and a BBQ contest and chicken cook-off. There are still more surprises planned so stay tuned.

Date: Aug. 26-27

Time: Varies

Location: Downtown Rogers

More info: Click here

Model Railroad Show

Enjoy a model train display in the Annex of the Rogers Historical Museum on the Saturday of Frisco Festival.

Date: Aug. 27

Time: See link below for more info

Location: Rogers Historical Museum

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

Friday 5zootopia1. Zootopia movie at the Jones Center, Friday night. {Free} Part of our Jones Center Movie Night series, we’re hosting a FREE showing of your kids’ favorite recent movie: Zootopia, in our auditorium. Bring your family, grab a seat, and enjoy the movie. #JCmovienight #TheJonesCenter

The event is 6:30-8 p.m.

Click here for more info on the Movie Night at the Jones Center!

2. Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr, Friday night and Saturday, Arend Arts Center. {Tickets required} This is a Trike Theatre production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories, Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean. But first she’ll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking.

Performances:  July 29 at 7pm, July 30 at 2pm

Click here for ticket info!

3. Mary Poppins, Arkansas Public Theatre. {Tickets required} One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including “Best Musical.”  Full of the songs you love from the movie, Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story and unforgettable songs.

Performances will be: July 29-31, August 4-7 and 11-14, 2016

Click here for ticket info at Arkansas Public Theatre Tickets!

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4. Fayetteville Public Library 100-Year Birthday Party & Summer Reading Club Finale. {Free} Saturday, July 30, 10:30am to 12:30pm at the Children’s Library.

At 10:30am, Juggling Jeff will “Ignite and Engage with Laughter and Respect.”

Jeff Koziatek is a nationally recognized and award winning producer and performer. He studied acting in New York City with Gene Frankel and Steve Eastin in Los Angeles.  Not only has Jeff received awards for his performing talents, he has also been recognized as a writer and producer of both theatre and film.  In addition to entertaining, Jeff has managed a booking agency, full service event management company, worked in a photography studio and served as casting assistant on numerous commercials, films, several early music videos for St. Louis rap artist Nelly as well several television projects.

At 11:30am, celebrate FPL at 100 with NWA’s “Best Party Band” Ultra Suede. Ultra Suede has provided high-energy, interactive, dance party entertainment to a 4 state area since 1994 and has been voted “Best Party Band” in NW Arkansas for five consecutive years, earning them Hall of Fame status.

Click here for more info about the bday party!

5. Fayetteville Farmer’s Market Salsa Festival, Saturday. {Free} The Farmer’s Market will host its Salsa Festival, which includes a salsa competition, hot pepper jelly contest,  tomato tasting, music and more family activities.

The event will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Click here for more info!

The Friday 5: Fun things to do this weekend in Northwest Arkansas, July 22-24

Friday 5

ccc pottery class1. Family Friday, Community Creative Center, Friday, 6-8 p.m. {Cost: $20 per person}. The theme for this week’s Family Friday is Pottery Wheel (Ages 6 and Up). Your family can get creative together and take a spin at the pottery wheel. Learn the basics of centering, pulling, and trimming. This workshop will give your family an evening packed with fun and a taste of this classic creation process.

Note: Next week’s Family Friday (Friday, July 29) will be wizard wand making :) Click here for details.

Click here to read more about the pottery-making event!

2. Barn Party at Shiloh Museum of Ozark History,  Springdale, Friday night, 5:30-8 p.m. {Free} Enjoy great acoustic music by your friends and neighbors at the monthly Barn Party on the front lawn in front of the Cooper Barn at Shiloh. Musicians are invited to bring an instrument and join in the jam session.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic supper. A fun way to start the weekend.

Click here for more info on the barn party.

Farmer and the markets3. Super Saturday: Farmer and the Markets, Saturday, 10:30 a.m. {Free} Come and enjoy a family concert performed by Farmer and the Markets. The show will be in the Walker Community Room at the Fayetteville Public Library.

Farmer and the Markets is a Northwest Arkansas acoustic indie folk band specializing in arranging unique and original takes on music by a variety of different artists, doing both easily recognizable hits and satisfying deeper cuts.

Click here for more info on this Super Saturday show!

4. Bentonville Farmer’s Market, Saturday. {Free} Have you visited the Downtown Bentonville’s Farmer’s Market yet? You’ll find local foods, produce, meats, art and crafts.

Stop by 7:30 a.m. t0 1 p.m.

Click here for more info!

5. Mountain Street Stage Summer Music Series, Ben Harris & the 4tet, Sunday {Free}. This toe-tapping event will be at the Fayetteville Public Library from 2-4 p.m. in the Walker Community Room.

With a decidedly ‘old school’ approach to jazz, Ben Harris & The 4tet play music that is upbeat and energetic, music to tap your foot and snap your fingers to. Producing a sound reminiscent of everything from New Orleans Dixieland swing to 1950′s small group cool jazz, this group swings hard and grooves deep. Featuring original songs and new arrangements of jazz standards by guitarist Ben Harris, the group also features Craig Crocker on tenor sax, Jim Jernigan on clarinet, Benji Wilson on bass, and Ken Everts on drums.

Did we mention that dancing is encouraged at these Sunday events? :)

Upcoming concert: There’s only one more concert left in this summer series and it will be on Sunday, July 31. FlashBack-Inspired by Caribbean Island dance rhythms is an entertaining and talented group specializing in hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Click here for more info on the FPL Sunday music series!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Kids playing Pokemon GO in NWA? Here’s your Poke-Mom cheat sheet!

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This PokeStop is one of several at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

If your kids are like ours (or maybe you’re into it, too!), all they’ve talked about this week is Pokemon GO.

jigglypuff pokemon goOur teenagers have emerged from their bedrooms, blinking in the bright sunlight. They’re definitely getting more exercise. And we’ve taken full advantage of the bonding opportunity by driving them around town hunting Pokemon.

If you’re not completely caught up on the craze, there’s a Poke-Mom’s Vocabulary Cheat Sheet at the bottom of this post to help you speak your child’s Poke-language.

In the meantime, we want to help you earn some “cool mom” points by knowing just where to go around town to “Catch ‘Em All”. It’s also just a great excuse to get out and explore NWA!

Here’s a list of the Best Pokemon Go Hunting Grounds around Northwest Arkansas (and we’ll continue to update the list as we learn about new locations):


Northwest Arkansas Mall

The PIGShibition sculpture at the NWA Mall is a PokeStop. Tip: Lots of the PIGShibition pigs around town are PokeStops as well as murals and other pieces of art.

Dickson Street

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Great hunting on Dickson Street!

This street has been even busier since Pokemon GO play started; it’s teeming with trainers at night.

Poke-event alert: On July 30th, for adult Pokemon players, there’s a Pokemon Go Pub Crawl. The Facebook event page says, “Meet at the corner of Dickson and Arkansas (where all those great pokestops are)! Pub Crawl with great people, catching Pokemon and meeting fellow trainers!” Click here to read more about the event.

It’s totally true about the intersection at Dickson and Arkansas being filled with PokeStops. We stopped by there last night and scooped ‘em up like crazy! And you’ll definitely be in good company since there will be lots of other trainers hanging out with friends and phones, too.

Fayetteville Square

After successfully hunting Dickson Street, you should head over to the Fayetteville Square. You can find lots of pretty flowers and a passel of pocket monsters.

You’ll also find Pokemon in some of the great shops lining the square, including The Mustache Goods and Wears.

Lots of PokeStops (look for the Fulbright sculpture) and lures here.

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

You’ll have to pay to see Pokemon in the gardens, but it’s so beautiful, that’s ok! Tip: If you go on Tuesday nights (from 5-8 p.m.) this summer, it’s FREE. We were there recently and the place was brimming with Pokemon and trainers trying to catch ‘em.

Lake Fayetteville/Veteran’s Park

WOW, this place is hoppin’ with Pokemon and trainers. You will capture mucho Pokemon just by driving through the park here. They might even hop into your car:


Ozark Natural Foods

You can stop by and battle your level 5 Pokemon at the co-op! Then you can fuel up for your next stop. :)

Washington Regional Medical Center

Several friends said they’d scored Pokemon while visiting inside the hospital or on the grounds.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

It’s a PokeStop! The pastor even has some “max potion” (a.k.a. water) outside the church for trainers.

Fayetteville Public Library

It’s a gym! There are also several PokeStops in and around the library.

Gulley Park

Lots of stops there, players.


Springdale Public Library

Poke Party, SPLPoke-Event Alert: The SPL and surrounding grounds are filled with Pokemon! And the library is having fun with the whole craze, calling all Pokemon Trainers to come to the library on Monday (July 18) at 4:30 to catch Pokemon and make their own Pokeball to take home. “Take advantage of our lures, charging stations for low batteries, and free Premium Pokemon Trainer Fuel after catching Pokemon in the heat!”

Holiday Inn Convention Center

The convention center has definitely seen a few Pokemon visitors this week!

Downtown Springdale, Emma Avenue

This is a cool stretch of downtown with restaurants, flea markets and the Shiloh Museum. There are lots of Pokemon hanging around there.

Also? We hear that a fun Springdale mama is making HAND-CROCHETED poke balls and hiding them around downtown for players to find. How cute is that?

The Jones Center for Families

While you’re headed down Emma, keep going until  you reach The Jones Center. The campus is crawling with Pokémon! There are 3 Pokestops there, and a Pokemon Gym inside the facility. Squirtle has been known to hang around, too. You can see him here staying cool by the pool:

Jones Center, squirtle use


Downtown Rogers

Lots of PokeStops here!


There’s a PokeStop right outside the doors.

Global Outreach Center – Immanuel Baptist

It’s on 26th St. and it has a huge globe that you’ll see from the road.

Benton County Memorial Park & Cemetery

Check by the statue near the entrance.

Rogers Aquatic Center

Look for the PokeStop near the sign by the entrance.

Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall

The mall is oozing Pokemon. Jack found a Spearow today!

Jack at Pinnacle Promendae Mall

First Presbyterian Church on New Hope Road

It’s a PokeStop!

Hobbs State Park

Check for Pokemon at their entrance sign and around the park. They have some really cool things happening this summer, too, so be sure to stay and enjoy the activities (and nature)!


Crystal Bridges

Randolph Rogers, “Atala and Chactas” (and Spearow). Photo via Crystal Bridges

Crystal Bridges Museum

Lots of Pokemon have been captured while they were hanging out beside pieces of art! Not only are the creatures hanging out inside, they’re also all over the trails and museum grounds. Just remember to be respectful of art lovers who aren’t trainers.

You’ll be in good trainer company if you visit James Turrell’s Skyspace, “The Way of Color,” on Crystal Bridges’ Art Trail.

You’ll really level up here!

Northwest Arkansas Florist

Look for the painted horse statue out front and find the PokeStop nearby!

Northwest Arkansas Community College

You’ll find several PokeStops and gyms here.

Bentonville Square

You’ll find loads of stops around the square! The place is hopping every night with trainers.

Bentonville Public Library

If you’re walking around Bentonville playing Pokémon Go, stop by the Bentonville Public Library. It’s a PokeStop! BPL invites you to come inside the library to catch Pokémon and knowledge.


Eevee resting on the Bentonville Public Library shelves

Eureka Springs

Eureka is crawling with critters! They have a charging station in Basin Spring Park and there are tons of PokeStops.

How to Speak Poke-Language: If your kid’s vocabulary suddenly makes no sense, don’t worry. Pokemon terms sometimes sound like your kid is speaking Portuguese. As promised, here’s a handy cheat sheet so you’ll (sorta) know what your kid is talking about when he says something like “Hey, Mom! I finally got my Weedle to evolve!”

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Note from the Mamas: The Fayetteville Animal Shelter is encouraging people to harness the power of Pokemon Go, Walk for a Dog and shelter dogs for the ultimate trifecta of doing good and helping others! So here’s how you can get involved: If you just like walking, consider downloading the Walk for a Dog app and have it running in the background while you jog/walk, etc and select “Fayetteville Animal Services” as the beneficiary. You can use the app in conjunction with Pokemon Go.

FAS adds: And, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, consider becoming a volunteer at the shelter and you can check out an awesome shelter dog for the day or afternoon and go Pokemon hunting or just walking our beautiful trails, through our Hounds Around Town program! Our next orientation will be Thursday, July 21st at 5:15 pm!!

Extra NOTE: Remember to be careful out there, trainers! And mind your manners! Hunt in groups and look up from your phone often. Here’s a warning Mercy Hospital shared recently about playing it safe.

The Friday 5: Fun things to do this weekend in Northwest Arkansas, July 15-17

Friday 5

jurassic quest1. Jurassic Quest, Friday-Sunday, Benton County Fairgrounds {Tickets required} Look for an exhibit that walks you through the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods, NEW walking dinosaur rides, fossil digs, dinosaur rides, dinosaur cinema, science station, dinosaur bounce houses and more. Over 30 dinosaurs have been added for a total of 80. There are also 4 NEW and even LARGER dinosaur rides. There will also be huge, life-size, animatronic Dinosaurs (and baby ones too). Don’t forget socks! (Required for inflatables).

Click here to buy tickets to Jurassic Quest and for more info.

2. Create-it-Con, Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. {Free} Create-it-Con at the Rogers Public Library is a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Create it Con gathers together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, food artisans, hobbyists, engineers, musicians, actors, science clubs, artists, students, cosplayers, food trucks and lots of other exhibitors. Admission is always free so come and play all day.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Rogers Public Library.

Click here for more info on Create-it-Con!

wild goose chase3. Matt Sandbank’s Shadow Factory, Saturday, 10:30 a.m. {Free} In A Wild Goose Chase!, Matt takes the audience to a world filled with dancing pants, guitar rockin’ grandmothers, mischievous spaceships, and many more whimsical images.

Poetry springs hilariously to life as soon as Matt’s handmade, expressive shadow puppets hit the screen. This 45-minute program includes a series of interactive vignettes and verses designed to illustrate several key literary ideas (rhythm, rhyme, imagery, narrative, lyric, moral, etc.) to elementary audiences. A Wild Goose Chase! is sure to excite your young people about poetry and puppetry, helping them to discover and express their own creative voices.

Click here for more info on the Shadow Factory show!

4. Read Across NWA, Saturday, all day {Free} The Ozark Literacy Council has a fun day planned with help from various local businesses and libraries. There’s so much going on, it’s hard to get it all in. Click here to read all about the events, which start Saturday morning and go until dark.

The idea is to walk, bike, ride and read!

Click here for a full list of Read Across NWA day!

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5. Firefly Fling, Saturday, 6-10 p.m. {ticket prices below} The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks will become an exciting land of imagination as Firefly Fling descends upon the gardens on Saturday. This annual event features nature and play activities for adults and children. Before dark, community groups will offer engaging and fun activities like fairy house building, face painting, photo booth, obstacle course, giant bubbles, nature stations, crafts, maze, and more!

firefly flingThis year’s host will be MC McNbdy. Throughout the evening, the gardens will be filled with musicians and storytellers. Shaky Bugs, Papa Rap and the all new Firefly Fling Faire band will be the main stage entertainment. Studio Leilani will be presenting two marionette student performances. After dark, families may participate in glowing games and then gather on the lawn for glow-in-the-dark performances; fire dancing from Violetta Lotus Fireflies and a special Community Wishes finale. (Floating lanterns are now illegal but BGO has has a special surprise in store for the finale.)

Guests may bring blankets and picnics but food trucks will be available. The Firefly Shoppe will have more fairy wings, wands, glow sticks, and other festival items for sale than ever before. Bring a little cash so that you build a fairy costume and even decorate your own fairy wings. This year there will be two gates, one at each end of the garden.

At the gate admission will be $10/adults, $5/children 3 to 13yrs of age, and children under 3 are free. Tickets may also be purchased in advance online (click here) for $8/adults and $4/children.

Click here for more info on Firefly Fling!

Bonus events!

woodpecker6. A Bird’s Buffet, Sunday, 2:30-3 p.m. {Free} This free event is at Devil’s Den State Park.

Which bird eats what? Join Park Interpreter Mystina to play a fun activity while discovering how different birds use their specialized beaks to eat certain foods.

Meeting Place: Pool Area

Click here for more info on the bird event!

7. Hunt for Pokemon! We’ve got a great list HERE of where to find Pokemon in Northwest Arkansas plus a fun “Poke-Mom” cheat sheet with a vocabulary so you can learn Poke-speak.

Level up with this list!

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