Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: December 2016


Grandma’s Story Quilt

When Grandpa is sick, he loves to get covered up in Grandma’s quilt and tell its stories. The audience sits on the bed and helps Grandpa bring the familiar story to life. A lively tale is sewn into Grandma’s quilt and is activated through interactive storytelling, puppetry and music.

  • Performances @Trike Theatre: November 29 – December10 @ 9:30am & 11:00am
  • Performances @Arts Center of the Ozarks: December 13 – 17 @ 9:30am & 11:00am

This performance is part of the Little Trike Series: professional theatre geared towards children ages 2 to 5, introducing them to theatre in an engaging, interactive and lively environment.

Date: Nov. 29-Dec. 10 & Dec. 13-17 (see above for locations)

Time: 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Location: See in description above

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Learn How to Buy a Telescope, and then View the Heavens with the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society at Hobbs State Park

Hobbs State Park and the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society extend an invitation to the public to learn more about our night skies. December nights are great for observing the sky due to atmospheric clarity. The public lecture, starting at 4:30 pm, will be given by Scott Roberts, former Meade Instruments Vice President and founder of Explore Scientific. He will present a special program on “How to Purchase a Telescope”.  Roberts will explain how to determine the type of scope you need for your viewing style, what questions to ask when you go into the store, and what things like focal length mean.

Following Scott’s lecture, about 5:30 p.m., there will be a public night sky viewing. Members of Sugar Creek Astronomical Society will bring their telescopes to share their love of the night sky with the public. A waxing crescent moon will make for a wonderful object to view this night.   It will also be dark enough to allow for wonderful viewing of planets and deep sky objects. Cost: Free

Date: Dec. 2

Time: See in description above

Location: Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection

More info:  Call 479-789-5000. To learn more about upcoming Friends of Hobbs speakers and other park programs, go to the web site:

ArtShare (for youth with autism and their families)

Join us for ArtShare, a fun event for youth with autism and their families. The Museum will open early for families to explore the galleries, participate in hands-on activities, and create art. Ages 5+.Free, register online. Sponsored by Loreen Arbus. Great Hall and Temporary Exhibition

Date: Dec. 3

Time: 9-11 a.m.

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum

More info: Click here

The Compassion Experience: An interactive tour of life in the developing world

This free event features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic. In over 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, visitors will step inside homes, markets and schools — without getting on a plane. Each child’s story starts in poverty but ends in hope. Family friendly.

Date: Dec. 9-12

Time: 11 a.m. to 6:40 p.m.

Location: Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall

More info: Click here

Preschool Playdate » Blue

blueDon’t be blue about winter, celebrate the color at Preschool Playdate! Enjoy art projects, story time, and creative play inspired by the beautiful hue of blue. Playdate begins with an 11:30 a.m. performance in the Great Hall. Free, no registration required.

Date: Dec. 8

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum

More info: Click here

Family Workshop » Hip Hop with CONTRA-TIEMPO

Join instructors from Los Angeles based dance company, Contra Tiempo in this hip-hop dance workshop that will have the whole family moving!  $10 per family ($5 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335. Great Hall

Date: Dec. 10

Time: 10:30 a.m. to noon

Location: Crystal Bridges

More info: Click here

Celebrate Squash class

Despite its name, winter squash is about as fall as you can get. With 11 varieties to choose from—including pumpkin— fall is the perfect time to celebrate squash and its wonderfully delicious flavor profiles and superior health benefits. Roast it, steam it or puree it—come learn all about this favorite fall food and why it’s truly good4u. Cooking demo included in this free nutrition class.

Date: Sunday, Dec. 11th

Time: 3-3:30pm

Location: Natural Grocers, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Gingerbread Party

Graham crackers and candies and icing, oh my! It’s always lots of fun building gingerbread houses. Visit SPL to make your own.

Date: Dec. 14

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Location: Springdale Public Library

More info: Click here

Winter Break Wonders

winter-break-wondersVisit the museum over school break. They’re planning special family-friendly activities each afternoon, including art making, music, puppets, dance, and more! Check the museum website for a schedule of each day’s activities.Free, no registration required. Museum-wide

Date: Dec. 17-Jan.2

Times: 1-4 p.m.

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum

More info: Click here

Quick Class: Extraordinary Cranberry

Come learn all about the tiny, mighty, Extraordinary Cranberry! That’s right, the benefits of America’s original superfruit go beyond bladder health to support the gut, heart, immune system and blood sugar stability—perfect for the season of indulging. Cooking demo included in this free nutrition class.

Date: Sunday, Dec. 18th

Time: 3:30-4 pm

Location: Natural Grocers, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

School’s Out activities, Springdale Public Library

Play board games, make ornaments, and enjoy other fun activities at the library.

Date: December 19 – 23

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Springdale Public Library

More info: Click here

School break movies at FPL

zootopiaMovies include BFG, The Secret Life of Pets and Zootopia.

Date: Dec. 21-23 & 26-30

Time: Varies

Location: Fayetteville Public Library

More info: Click here

Brown Bag Ice Age Movie Marathon

Get out of the house! Bring a sack lunch and watch the movies (PG)! Drinks provided.

Date: December 26 – 30

Time: Noon

Location: Springdale Public Library

More info: Click here

 CLICK HERE to see the big list of holiday events in Northwest Arkansas!


2016 Northwest Arkansas Holiday Events Guide


Happy November! It’s time to kick off the holiday FUN season in Northwest Arkansas! We’ve got the big list of things to do with your family in November and December.

nwa-mall-logo-2016Click on the name of any event below, highlighted in red, for more information. CLICK HERE to see a printer-friendly version of this list so you can put it on your refrigerator! Or snap a pic of the front and back to save on your phone. The NWA Holiday Events Guide printable is sponsored by the Northwest Arkansas Mall.

Nov. 10: The MOMS Club Holiday Market. 6-10 p.m. Builders Stone & Supply, Springdale.

The MOMS Club will host over a dozen vendors on November 10th that will benefit the NWA Women’s Shelter. It’s open to the public, there will be food and drinks available, and there is no admission fee.

Nov. 11-12: NWA Boutique Show. Times vary, Northwest Arkansas Convention Center, Springdale.

Shop over 150 merchants featuring thousands of one-of-a-kind and custom items. Home decor, gifts, clothing, gourmet food, holiday decor, children’s items, art and more. Gwen and Shannon from nwaMotherlode will have a booth, so stop by and say hello. Look for a great giveaway + a private nursing lounge/baby changing station at our booth (Tickets required.)

Nov. 18: Santa arrives at the Northwest Arkansas Mall! Santa will be holding court at the mall’s Center Court. Times below.

Santa’s NWA Mall hours are:

santa-hatMonday through Saturday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

(Breaks: 2-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-6 p.m.)

Sundays: Noon – 6 p.m.

(Breaks:  3-3:30 p.m.)

Santa will be available on Christmas Eve until 6 p.m.

Pet photos with Santa! Get pics of your pets with Santa on Dec. 13th and Dec. 20th from 6-8 p.m.

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Santa’s home at Center Court, Northwest Arkansas Mall

Nov. 18: Santa arrives at Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall. Santa will be stationed at Suite 5185, next to Yum Yo’s Frozen Yogurt. Times vary.

Nov. 18-19: St. Nick on the Bricks. 101 E. Walnut St., Rogers, at the Frisco Caboose.

From 3-8 pm each day, meet St. Nick and take a selfie or get that perfect photo for your family Christmas card.

Nov. 18-19: Rogers downtown-wide holiday open house “Holidays on the Bricks.”  Times Vary.

This is the first annual Rogers downtown-wide holiday open house and they have lots of big plans for families to enjoy downtown Rogers. Join merchants and restaurants in kicking off the holiday season with fun, festive activities and great shopping. There will be something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Keep up-to-date with activities in downtown Rogers by visiting

Nov. 18-19: Cocoa Stand at the Caboose. Downtown Rogers. 3-8 p.m.

hot-chocolate-christmas During Holidays on the Bricks, come enjoy hot cocoa, candy canes, and nuts at the Frisco caboose. Downtown Dawgs will also be there serving fresh hot dogs. The Caboose will be all decked out in holiday decor, and we will have Cindy from Oftedahl’s Photography there to snap any group photos you might want to take. Perfect photo opportunity for Christmas cards this year. You may run into St. Nick and Mrs. Claus.

Nov. 18-19: St. Nick on the Bricks. 101 E. Walnut St., Rogers, at the Frisco Caboose.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., meet St. Nick and take a selfie or get that perfect photo for your family Christmas card.

Nov. 19: Sips on the Bricks, 5-8 p.m. Downtown Rogers.

During Holidays on the Bricks, downtown Rogers first annual holiday open house, we will be hosting Sips on the Bricks! Business owners will be using their best skills to craft holiday cocktails and mocktails in order to gain your vote for best drink (and not to mention bragging rights). To participate head over to Honeycomb Kitchen Shop to pick up your Sips on the Bricks card for only $5 (tickets available November 10th). Proceeds of this event go to Marine Toys for Tots Serving NWA. You will then visit each participating business to taste test their holiday concoction. Once you have tried each sip, you will cast a vote for your favorite. Your vote enters you into a drawing to win $100 in Brick Bucks and a wine gift basket! Use your holiday Brick Bucks at multiple participating businesses, which is great for holiday shopping.

lights of ozarks photoNov. 18: Lights of the Ozarks parade, Fayetteville Square. 6 p.m., Fayetteville Downtown Square

The lighting of the Fayetteville Downtown Square kicks off with the lighting night parade at 6 p.m. Many civic clubs and business are represented in the parade with cars and characters. The parade closes with a special guest, Santa Claus.  The lights will illuminate the square each evening from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Nightly carriages and pony rides, fresh hot chocolate and festive holiday music make the Lights of the Ozarks an event that cannot be missed. 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.

Nov. 19: Lighting of the Bentonville Square. Downtown Bentonville, 3-6 p.m.

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. Entertainment starting at 3 p.m. and at 6  p.m. the mayor will throw the switch.

Nov. 20: Lighting of the Stewart Family Christmas Light Display. 4423 E. Wyman Road, Fayetteville. 6-10 p.m.

The lights will be turned on for the season at 6 p.m.

Nov. 21-Dec. 12, on Mondays. Pet photos with Santa. Pinnacle Hill Promenade Mall, Rogers.

Suite #5185 next to Yum Yo’s Frozen Yogurt. Mondays only.

Nov. 25-27: The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Walton Arts Center. Fri 7pm, Sat 2 & 7pm, Sun 2pm.

A sparkling holiday tradition with enchanting costumes, timeless storytelling and a brilliant score by Tchaikovsky. Relive Clara’s Christmas fantasy with familiar, endearing scenes and a few unique twists. Watch with delight as toys come to life, the Sugar Plum Fairy spreads her magic and the valiant Nutcracker helps Clara defeat the evil Mouse King.

Friday, November 25 at 7pm
Saturday, November 26 at 2pm
Saturday, November 26 at 7pm
Sunday, November 27 at 2pm


Nov. 26: Frozen: Skate-A-Long at The Rink, Lawrence Plaza, Bentonville. 5-8 p.m. Meet at The Rink at Lawrence for 30 minutes of ice skating fun. Learn choreographed dancing to some of your favorite holiday musicals and be able to perform the ice dances at the end! $10 per child. Two sessions will be offered at 5 pm and 5:30pm. Includes: Props and skating to “Let It Go” and “Do You Want to Build A Snowman” Be sure to stick around and watch the movie Frozen after the Skate-A-Long.

Nov. 26: Christmas Parade of the Ozarks. 6-9 p.m., Parsons Stadium, Springdale.

“Springdale Family Christmas,” the theme for the 20th Annual Christmas Parade of the Ozarks. The parade will begin at the rodeo grounds and proceed down Emma Avenue at 6 p.m. In addition to the parade, Springdale will be starting a new holiday tradition. Christmas on the Creek will take place at Shiloh Square, to include the lighting of the Christmas tree, caroling, downtown lights, and so much more. The parade is free to the public and free to participate.

Nov. 26: Christmas on the Creek, a new Springdale tradition. 3-8 p.m., downtown Springdale.

On Nov. 26, Springdale will begin a new holiday tradition. Christmas on the Creek will take place on the banks of Spring Creek in downtown Springdale, with a Christmas parade, lighting of the state’s largest, live Christmas tree, caroling, holiday displays in businesses and celebration of Small Business Saturday.

At 5:30 p.m., Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse will oversee the lighting of the state’s largest community Christmas tree on Emma Avenue near Shiloh Square. The tree will be decorated with ornaments crafted by Springdale students, non profits, and businesses. Carolers will wander along Emma Avenue, delighting visitors lingering in local shops to view window displays and Christmas trees. The Rodeo of the Ozarks will host its annual Christmas parade full of floats with a Christmas tree theme at 6 p.m.

A Christmas tree show will highlight beautifully decorated trees that will be available for auction at the end of the night. Hot cocoa and cider will be available for purchase, along with Christmas cookies and other holiday favorites. The evening will wrap up with photos with Santa Claus in front of the Christmas tree.

santa-shilohNov. 26: Santa at Shiloh Museum, Springdale. 2-5 p.m.

Santa Claus has confirmed that he’ll be stopping by the log cabin at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History on Nov. 26 from 2-5 p.m., just before Springdale’s Christmas on the Creek event starts. He’ll be snuggled in next to the fireplace with a real crackling fire and a classic cedar Christmas tree in Downtown Springdale!

Stop by the museum’s beautiful log cabin from 2-5pm to have your photo taken for only $8 for a 5×7″ print that will be printed immediately for you to take home. There will also be real nutcrackers in costume to greet you and take free photos with from the Arkansas Arts Foundation.

o-christmas-treeNov. 27: O Christmas Tree, Rogers Historical Museum. 12:30-4 p.m.

The Rogers Historical Museum’s annual Christmas exhibit opens November 27th during its Holiday Open House. Come and learn the history of the Christmas tree on a guided tour through the Hawkins House.

Nov. 27: Holiday Open House, Rogers Historical Museum.12:30-4 p.m.

You’re invited to the Rogers Historical Museum’s 17th annual Holiday Open House. They’ll be making candles and flower pot ornaments, enjoying refreshments, taking tours of “O Christmas Tree” in the Hawkins House, and Santa will be there from 1:30 to 3:30.

Dec. 1: O Local Night, Block Street Businesses, Fayetteville. 5-8 p.m. (or later, at some businesses)

All your favorite Block St. businesses are opening their doors for an evening of sipping and shopping and celebrating all things local! Over 25 Holiday Open Houses with libations, snacks and sales. One receipt from one of these local businesses will get you 10% off at your next stop!


Thursday, Dec. 1 and every Thursday in December and Saturday, Dec. 17: The 12 Gardens of Winter. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville. Experience the magic of the 12 Gardens of BGO as they are transformed into a land of holiday cheer! As night falls, the Garden decorations will light up and activities will be available for all ages.

Each Thursday in December, and on Saturday, December 17, the Garden will extend its hours until 8 p.m. Between 5 and 8 p.m., the guests will enjoy light displays, holiday decorations, activities for children and hot beverages. Picnics are welcome, but please leave pets at home. Pay at the door (no pre-sales to attend this event).


Dec. 2: A Woodland Christmas: 32nd Annual Rogers Christmas Parade. 7-9 p.m. Who doesn’t love a parade? Especially a sparkly, musical, sugary Christmas Parade. Lots of floats, marching bands, decorated cars, scouts, dogs, choirs and kids take part each year in this extra-special event. This year’s theme for the parade is “A Woodland Christmas.” Think snow covered trees, deer, pine cones, owls, woodsy like Northwest Arkansas.

The parade begins at 7 p.m. at S. Fifth & Poplar streets. The route follows Poplar Street to the east, turning left onto S. First St., then heads north past the Frisco Stage at about 7 p.m., then turns left onto W. Walnut St., and continuing to S. 7th St. where it disbands at Tillery Elementary.

breakfast-with-santa-featuredDec. 3: Breakfast with Santa, Arts Center of the Ozarks, Springdale.

Join Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Art Center of the Ozarks on December 3rd. Kids of all ages are invited to eat a scrumptious breakfast, make holiday crafts, and get their picture taken with Santa. Tickets are $15 for children participating in all activities and $5 for adults.

Dec. 3: A Very SoNA Christmas. 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. | Walton Arts Center

A collection of favorite sacred and secular music celebrating the magic and beauty of Christmas. Featuring the SoNA Singers, regional high school choirs, and special guest soloists. Tickets required.

Dec. 3 & 10: Winter Market. We Meteor Guitar Gallery, Bentonville. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Opportunity to purchase unique holiday gifts. Whether you are looking for some sweet treats to share or a special craft for a beloved family member, you’ll be delighted.

cookies-with-santaDec. 3: Cookies with Santa, Grace Point Church, Bentonville. 2-4:30

Sweet treats and holiday crafts for children of all ages and a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus! Admission: $15/child 1 year and up (parents and guardians are free). Contact a Jack and Jill Northwest Arkansas Chapter member or for tickets. All proceeds benefit Jack and Jill of America Foundation and the Teen Action Support Center.

Dec. 3: Winter Wonderland Ball, Pinnacle Promenade Mall. 5-7 p.m.

Join Anna, Elsa, and SEVEN of their favorite princess friends. This two-hour ball will include a professional DJ to lead guests in all the best dances, lots of sing-a-longs, crafts, makeup application, mini manicures, decorative temporary jewelry tattoos, a photo booth, food, and more! Each child ticket includes two adult admissions.

Dec. 3: Children’s Christmas Train. Children’s Christmas Train riders will depart from the Emma Street Train Depot in Downtown Springdale on Saturday, Dec. 3, aboard a restored 1940′s era train.

The 40-minute ride to Johnson and back will include singing Christmas carols, stories, and even a visit from Santa himself. After returning to the Train Depot, families can enjoy holiday games and entertainment – ride ponies dressed as reindeer, operate a model train, participate in the cake walk, write a letter to Santa or just enjoy the characters and live music in Santa’s Village. Children and families are also encouraged to dress in holiday attire.

Children 2 and under do not require a ticket but will have to sit on your lap. $10 for ages 3-12, and $20 for adults. This event will sell out. The Children’s Christmas Train is a fundraiser for the Children’s Safety Center of Washington County, which provides services for abused children.

Dec. 3: Breakfast with Santa, Siloam Springs Community Building. 8-11 a.m.

Annual Breakfast with Santa presented is by Heritage League of Siloam Springs. Tickets are $10 per child (no charge for adults) and include a cereal breakfast bar, craft, letters to Santa, and a visit with Santa himself. Each child will have their photo taken and a letter from Santa will arrive addressed to them after the event. Tickets may be purchased at Creative Corner on Broadway, Jepsons Drug and Occasions in Siloam Springs.  Tickets must be pre-purchased.

siloam-christmas-paradeDec. 3: Siloam Springs Christmas Parade. 5:30 p.m.

The annual Christmas Parade in Siloam Springs is presented by Heritage League of Siloam Springs. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. in conjunction with Light Up Siloam Springs.

Dec. 4: Winter Dreams Tour of Homes. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., homes in Benton and Washington counties.

The Junior League of Northwest Arkansas presents its 18th Annual Winter Dreams Tour of Homes. Join us on Sunday, December 4th, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and kick off the holiday season. Guests will be able to tour 7 homes decorated in various holiday styles throughout both Benton and Washington Counties. In addition, guests will be greeted in several homes by the lovely music from the Arkansas Philharmonic’s Youth Orchestra.

Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased the day of the event, at any home on the Tour, and at anytime on our website at

Dec. 4: SoNA and WAC present The Snowman: A Family Concert, Walton Arts Center, 2 p.m.

Remember what it was like as a child to wish your favorite toys could come to life? Presented by the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) and Walton Arts Center, The Snowman: A Family Concert brings that magical thought alive with a very special screening of the hit film “The Snowman” complete with live orchestral soundtrack! Tickets only $8.

gingerbread-houseDec. 8: Gingerbread House Decorating, Fayetteville Public Library. 4 pm, *registration required.

Walmart Storytime Room. Get in the Christmas spirit by decorating your very own gingerbread house as a family. FPL provides the house and icing and you bring the candy and imagination. Any material that inspires you is welcome including candy, cookies, ice cream cones, colored icing, etc.

This event is free and open to families. Please note that you need to bring your own decorations.

*Registration date: Thursday, November 17.

Dec. 9: Caroling on the Creek, Downtwon Springdale. Shiloh Square, 106 East Emma. 5-8 p.m.

An evening of holiday music on the Downtown Springdale Shiloh Square featuring choirs from Springdale Public Schools. Caroling, Food Trucks, Hot Cocoa, Bake Sales, Face Painting with Mrs. Claus, and so much more. And of course SANTA will be there to help spread holiday cheer!

Dec. 9: Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball, Rogers Barnes & Noble, 7-9 p.m.

Join B&N as we celebrate our first Yule Ball – Harry Potter style. Prepare for magical activities, enchanting events, and even more Harry Potter-themed fun for all ages.

bentonville-christmas-parade-2016Dec. 10: Bentonville Christmas Parade. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dec. 10: Winter Market. Meteor Guitar Gallery, Bentonville. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Opportunity to purchase unique holiday gifts. Whether you are looking for some sweet treats to share or a special craft for a beloved family member, you’ll be delighted.

Dec. 10: St. Nick on the Bricks, downtown Rogers. 101 E. Walnut St., by the Frisco Caboose. From 10 am-3 pm meet St. Nick and take a selfie or get that perfect photo for your family Christmas card.

Dec. 10: Fayetteville Metro Kiwanis’ Breakfast with Santa. 8-10 a.m. at Powerhouse Restaurant in Fayetteville.

Tickets are $5 each for all you can eat pancakes, sausage, juice & coffee.  Pictures with Santa are free, but a donation is appreciated.  All proceeds benefit children’s charities throughout Northwest Arkansas.   Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting any member of FMK or at the door.

Dec. 10: IRWP Hosts Annual Christmas in Cave Springs Celebration. 2-8 p.m., Cave Springs.

The Illinois River Watershed Partnership, along with the city of Cave Springs and community partners, is hosting its annual Christmas celebration featuring nature-inspired gift making, a holiday hayride, pictures with Santa and Christmas caroling on Main Street. Festivities will take place at the IRWP’s Watershed Learning Center, 221 S. Main St, and the city of Cave Springs and area businesses are hosting family friendly events, too. Admission to all events and parking is free! You can also donate a non-perishable food item or monetary gift to the Cave Springs Christmas Cop program at the leaning center from 2-6pm. For more info, email or call (479) 422-1014.

Dec. 10: Santa’s North Pole Party. 3-5 p.m., St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Springdale.

Join NWA Circle of Friends for an afternoon of holiday cheer benefiting Arkansas Children’s Northwest. Santa Claus will be reading his favorite Christmas stories, have your picture taken with him in addition to fun games, crafts, hot cocoa, and cookies. There will also be a silent auction of festive holiday wreaths available to deck your halls. (Tacky Christmas sweaters optional.) Tickets are $10 per child and available for purchase now or at the door the day of the event.

wampusDec. 10: Wampus Wonderland. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Washington County Fairgrounds, Fayetteville.

You’ll find your favorite indie crafters, outsider artists, food trucks, Krampus impersonators, amazing music, Sasquatch-sized men, fun activities and more. Along with world class arts and crafts, there will be a social area full of incredible fun + food and drinks, including funnel cakes, giant corn dogs and $5 lemonades.

Dec. 10: Christmas at the North Pole (The Jones Center). Shows at 1 & 5 p.m, The Jones Center for Families, Springdale.

Ozark Figure Skating Club will host it’s annual Christmas show on Dec. 10, with shows at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. This year’s show is titled Christmas at the North Pole. The show will take place at The Jones Center at 922 E. Emma Ave. in Springdale, Ark. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. The show lasts about an hour, and there will be concessions available. After each show, the audience is invited to come downstairs to skate with Santa and the cast for about an hour. Skating with Santa and the cast and skate rentals are free with admission to the show.

Dec. 10 and 11: Northwest Arkansas Regional Dance Company presents “The Nutcracker”.

A nonprofit dance company, made up of area students from 8 to 18, presents the classic ballet at Rogers Heritage High School on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. General Admission tickets available at the door.


Pet photos with Santa, NWA Mall, Dec. 13 & 20

Dec. 13 & 20: Pet photos with Santa, Northwest Arkansas Mall, Fayetteville, 6-8 p.m.

Bring your pets to get a pic with St. Nick!

Dec. 13: Tour Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express train, 4 p.m., 201 Avenue Two Southwest (at intersection of AR-59 and Atlanta Street) Gravette

The train will stop in 22 communities in seven states on 26 dates, including Gravette. At each stop, visitors can board the train, visit with Santa and his elves and tour the inside of three cars of the festive six-car train.  Each event is free and open to the public.

Led by KCS’ Southern Belle business train, the Holiday Express train includes a smiling tank car “Rudy”; a flatcar carrying Santa’s sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village; a ginger bread boxcar; a newly remodeled elves’ workshop; the reindeer stable; and a little red caboose.  Each car is dressed in lights.

Dec. 15: Teen Gingerbread House Decorating, Fayetteville Public Library. 4:30 p.m.

Teen Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop (Grades 5+)* Get in the Christmas spirit by decorating your own wacky gingerbread house. FPL supplies the house and icing and you supply the candy and imagination! This workshop is free and open to those in grades 5th and up. Be sure to bring your own selection of candy for decorating (and of course snacking). *Registration opens:  Thursday, November 24

Dec. 15: Where is the King, Meteor Guitar Gallery Stage, Bentonville. 7 p.m.

One night only: Lions, sheep, camels, and many other animals bring you the Christmas story told through their perspective as eyewitnesses to the Savior’s birth and narrated by a grandmother and two teens who are searching for more than a commercial Christmas. Great entertainment for all ages with 10 song and dance numbers presented by kids ages-5-15. Where is the King? will delight and entertain you this holiday season.  One hour show. Presented by ETCNWA (Eclectic Teaching Consortium). Free Admission.


Dec. 16: Central UMC Christmas Block Party (Including live nativity), Central United Methodist Church, Fayetteville. 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Central UMC is inviting everyone to it’s first Christmas block party, December 16. Live nativity, Christmas train rides, food, pony rides, carols, games and much more will help create lasting memories for the whole family. Everyone is welcome and everything is free.


December 16: It’s a Wonderful Life. Arkansas Public Theater, 2nd St., Rogers, 7:30 p.m.

On Dec 16, 7:30n It’s a Wonderful Life $8/ticket and a cash bar

Dec. 17: Holiday Movies, Arkansas Public Theatre, 2nd St., Rogers.

Dec. 7: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas Storytime, Saturday, 2 p.m., Springdale Public Library

Stop by and listen to the Grinch read The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and make a fun Grinch craft.

December 17: St. Nick on the Bricks. 101 E. Walnut St., Rogers, near the Frisco Caboose.

From 10-3 pm meet St. Nick and take a selfie or get that perfect photo for your family Christmas card.

Dec. 18: The Bella Vista MusiCOOL, Santa at 2:30 p.m. and music at 3 p.m., Riordan Hall.

musicoolArkansas Philharmonic Orchestra and Youth Orchestra present Christmas Around the World. There’s no admission charge to the Holiday MusiCOOL. Christmas lights will create a wonderland outside the hall, and inside, guests can visit with Santa and enjoy some hot chocolate while listening to the sounds of the APO.

Select chamber ensembles from the APO and the APYO will perform an intimate program of a potpourri of Christmas music from around the world, conducted and hosted by APO music director Steven Byess. Whether you love the grand sonic splendor of the full orchestra and choruses, the sublime and scintillating atmosphere of chamber ensembles, or both, the APO has something to indulge your musical holiday spirit.

Also grooving to the sounds at the Holiday MusiCOOL will be none other than COOL Santa himself. COOL Santa, wearing his trademark dark sunglasses, will arrive via his music-instrument-packed sleigh and will be at Riordan Hall starting at 2:30 p.m. He will be available for photos for 30 minutes prior to the start of the musical program, during intermission and for 30 minutes after the music ends. Event attendees receive a free 4×6 photo. The photo booth includes plenty of festive props, including Santa hats, elf ears and more

Dec. 20: Pet photos with Santa, Northwest Arkansas Mall, Fayetteville, 6-8 p.m.

Bring your pets to get a pic with St. Nick!

ice-skateDec. 22: Ho Ho Ho Holiday Skate Day (The Jones Center) Springdale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for kids to have festive fun on and off the ice while parents finish last minute holiday plans. Ice skating, hot chocolate, making ornaments and more holiday fun! $25/SKATER. To register, call 479-756-8090 ext. 2100 or stop by the reception desk in person to register your child.

For more information, contact our Skating Coordinator, Robin Aprea, at

Dec. 24: Santa at Northwest Arkansas Mall until 6 p.m.

Santa will be at Center Court until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve if the kids want see him on the big night.

Dec. 31: Last Night Fayetteville, New Year’s Eve event.

Last Night Fayetteville is an exciting performing arts festival taking place on the downtown Fayetteville Square on New Year’s Eve. Join Fayetteville to celebrate the Last Night of the year with a variety of performances hosted in multiple indoor venues around the downtown square highlighting the area’s finest musicians, actors, performers & artists. With 8 stages of entertainment to choose from, the evening guarantees fun for everyone. And don’t miss your chance to count down to 2017 with the world famous Hog Drop & fireworks at midnight, followed by the official after party.

Dec. 31: Noon Year’s Eve Family Celebration, Crystal Bridges Museum. 11 am to 3 pm

Ring in the New Year (without staying up past bedtime) at this second annual family celebration. Fun art projects, performances, and a huge family dance party! Free, no registration required. Museum-wide

Note from the mamas: We’ll continue updating this list as we find or hear about events/activities. Please let us know if there’s something you’d like for us to add. Email the details to Shannon & Gwen: mamas{at}nwamotherlode{dot}com. Thanks!

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Calendar of Events in Northwest Arkansas: November 2016


Bentonville First Friday

toylandThe Bentonville Square is transformed into a dream children’s playground where vendors offer all the newest toys for kids (and adults) to play with and decide what might go on their list for Santa. Disney will sponsor the Mainstage with music, entertainment and superstar surprises. Amazing food and lots of other activities.

Date: Nov. 4

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

Location: Bentonville Square

More info: Click here

Bentonville Bike Playground Grand Opening

The Bentonville Parks & Recreation along with the Walton Family Fountain and Visit Bentonville invited you to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Bentonville Bike Playground. The new playground is located next to the Bentonville Bark Park at 2400 N. Walton Blvd. After the Grand Opening, be sure to head down to the Slaughter Pen Free Ride Park for the first annual Cyclopath CycloCross race! More information about the race can be found at:

Date: Nov. 5

Time: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: 215 SW A St.

More info: Click here


Family Sunday: Dance Party! Crystal Bridges

Crystal Bridges opened its doors on 11-11-11. Five years later, we want to show our appreciation to our members and guests that have made this Museum great. Join us to celebrate our fifth anniversary and explore the temporary exhibition The Art of American Dance with free admission during Family Sunday. Enjoy dance performances, music, artmaking, and more! Free, no registration required.

Date: Sunday, November 6

Time: noon to 5 pm

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville

More info: Click here

Priceless Nights, Amazeum

Amazeum logoThe Scott Family Amazeum will again host Priceless Nights in 2016. The pay-as-you-wish evenings allow families to visit and make a donation instead of paying admission. All the attractions are the same!

Nov. 9, 16 & 30

Time: 4-7:30 p.m.

Location: Amazeum, Bentonville

More info: Click here


Walton Arts Center Grand Re-Opening Ceremony

The community is invited to come see the newly-renovated Walton Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 19. The *Grand Reopening Celebration* will kick off WAC’s 25th Anniversary Season with a Family Open House: “Behind the Curtain” from 10am-1pm and an Evening Celebration: “Encore!” from 6-10pm.

All events are free and open to the public! Visit to learn more.

Date: Nov. 19

Time: See above

Location: Walton Arts Center, Dickson St., Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Modern Mission Laser Tag event at The Jones Center (Thanksgiving week!)

For the first time ever, experience advanced laser tag at The Jones Center. The Modern Mission experience is coming to The Jones Center. Enjoy all of your favorite games like Domination and Team Elimination in a new layout inside the gymnasium. Modern Mission is teaming up with The Jones Center to offer a discounted rate for people to enjoy laser tag in a unique environment with a whole new arena.

Most kids are out of school for the whole week of Thanksgiving, so this is the perfect time to bring the kids to The Jones Center to enjoy an event that the whole family can participate in. Adults and children are welcome to play. $8/hour or $12 for 2 hours

Date: Monday, November 21st

Time: 1:00-2:00p and 2:00-3:00p

Location: The Jones Center, Springdale

More info: Click here


Grandma’s Story Quilt

When Grandpa is sick, he loves to get covered up in Grandma’s quilt and tell its stories. The audience sits on the bed and helps Grandpa bring the familiar story to life. A lively tale is sewn into Grandma’s quilt and is activated through interactive storytelling, puppetry and music.

  • Performances @Trike Theatre: November 29 – December10 @ 9:30am & 11:00am
  • Performances @Arts Center of the Ozarks: December 13 – 17 @ 9:30am & 11:00am

This performance is part of the Little Trike Series: professional theatre geared towards children ages 2 to 5, introducing them to theatre in an engaging, interactive and lively environment.

Date: Nov. 29-Dec. 10 & Dec. 13-17 (see above for locations)

Time: 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Location: See in description above

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

santa-hatOur holiday events guide is here! CLICK HERE to see the big list and to grab a printer-friendly copy to put on your fridge! Santa, parades, holiday lights and more!

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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Halloween 2016 Guide: Family-friendly events/activities in Northwest Arkansas


It’s Halloween weekend! LOTS happening this weekend before the big event on Monday, the 31st! If you’re looking for something fun to do in Northwest Arkansas, scroll down and take your pick!

Oct. 7: First Friday Fall Fest, Bentonville Square, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Bentonville Square is transformed into a Fall Fest blockparty with live music & entertainment, outstanding food options and family friendly activities. Games, Mask Making Craft, Pumpkin Decorating, Trampolines, Ponies, Caricature Artist, Face Painting.

Click here for more info!

Family Friday: Make clay pumpkins. Community Creative Center, Fayetteville.

clay-pumpkins-community-creative-centerIt’s that time of year goblins and ghouls! Halloween is right around the corner and what better way to get ready for it than to come make your own clay jack-o-lantern at CCC.

Click on the image below and sign up for Family Friday: Clay Pumpkins!

Click here for more info!

Oct. 8: 10th Annual Nash Back at Ya Car Club’s Monster Ball. Free pet event at back parking lot of Frisco Station Mall in Rogers, 3 p.m. to dark. Pet Parade, pet contest, pet costume contest, and prizes and goodie bags. Silent auction with 100% of the proceeds going to the Humane Society for Animals. Registered vehicles and bikes are asked to bring an item of dog food, cat food, or a cleaning supply for the shelter to register in the the car or bike show. Stuff the trailer full of items to help the shelter get through the winter. Will have concessions on site.

Click here for more info!


Oct. 13: Mercy YMCA 4th Annual Halloween Carnival. 4:30-7:30 p.m., Village on the Creeks, Rogers.

There will be: Inflatables, Super Science Show, Free Carnival Games, Fire Truck, Kona Ice, Say Cheese Photo Booth, Fun Run with Obstacle Course, Mercy Pediatric Teddy Bear check ups, Family, Food, and Fun. A $5 wristband will give you full access to the event.

Click here to buy your wristband.

arts live logoOct. 13-16: Arts Live Theatre presents the ALT original adaptation ‘I Was A Teenage Werewolf’.

Production dates:
Thursday, October 13, 7 pm
Friday, October 14, 7 pm
Saturday, October 15, 2 pm & 7 pm
Sunday, October 16, 2 pm

Arts Live Theatre, 818 North Sang Avenue, Fayetteville.

Click here for more info!

modern-mission-logoOctober 14-15, Oct. 21-22, Oct. 28-29: 2016 Zombie Epidemic, Modern Mission, 3484 E. Joyce Blvd., Fayetteville, 7-11 p.m. each night.

Take your fight indoor with this year’s undead carnival theme. Infected clowns will be in fast pursuit of you and your friends as you battle for survival. Sessions start at 7 p.m. each night with limited space available. Join Modern Mission and fight the epidemic.

Click here for more Zombie Epidemic info!

maskaread-picOct. 20: Mask-a-Read. An evening to celebrate and support our community through literacy. Fayetteville Town Center, 6-9 p.m.

2016 Event Features: Annual Barbara Broyles Champion for Literacy Award Presentation; Blind Date with a Book; Cork Pull; and Silent Auction featuring OLC Programs and Services + Literacy Related Items; Live Auction of various Little Free Library Kiosks; Dinner; Music; Pop Up Entertainment Events. Masks available for sale at the door. Costumes optional but encouraged.

Click here for tickets and more info!

Oct. 21-22 & Oct. 28-29: 2016 Zombie Epidemic, Modern Mission, 3484 E. Joyce Blvd., Fayetteville, 7-11 p.m. each night.

Take your fight indoor with this year’s undead carnival theme. Infected clowns will be in fast pursuit of you and your friends as you battle for survival. Sessions start at 7 p.m. each night with limited space available. Join Modern Mission and fight the epidemic.

Click here for more Zombie Epidemic info!

Oct. 20 & 27: Clay pumpkin art, Spark Kids. Create and take home your own family keepsake THURSDAYS: 3:50-5:00pm, Oct. 20th & 27th. Ages 6 and up. Location: Art classroom at Ozark Montessori Academy

First class: Learn clay techniques as you mold the pumpkin. Second class: Paint and decorate pumpkin. Teacher: Brook Blanton, a mom who is passionate about seeing kids learn confidence, perseverance, innovation and wonder through the creative process.

Cost: $25 (includes two classes, materials and take home keepsake) Discounts for siblings available.

Register with Brook by Oct 19th at or call/text her at 479-236-4859.


Clay pumpkin craft, Spark Kids

Oct. 22: Halloween Bash at Princess Party Palace. 5-6:15, Princess Party Palace, 925 N. College Ave. Join some of your favorite princesses as they host this annual Halloween Party! This year the palace will have:

Spooktacular photo booth
Fun games such as Snow White’s Apple Toss, Haunted Witch’s’ hate ring toss, and Halloween Bingo
Cinderella’s Pumpkin Craft
Popcorn Bar full of your favorite candy toppings
Cookie Decorating
Glitter Tattoos
Halloween story
And of course we will all do the Monster Mash

Click here for tickets and more info!

Oct. 23, Halloween Monster Dash. 1-4 p.m., 200 W. Center St.

monster-dashA Halloween-themed 5k and Fun Run involving a costume contest and candy treats along the course. This is a unique themed-run which celebrates health, an active lifestyle and the changing of the seasons while getting to still eat some chocolate! Each participant will be given a Halloween Monster Dash candy bag and there will be several candy stations along the course to gather candy.

This event is less about your minute per mile time, but more about having the time of your life. The fun run is un-timed (although some will be racing for a time and that is fine) and less about who finishes first! It’s about dressing up in the craziest, scariest and most creative costumes on the planet and coming out to do some exercising and collecting some candy along the way! What better way for a family to go trick or treat and have a healthy experience. Or for all those who are going to make a day of it what better way than to dress up with your roommates or training partners, have some fun for a couple of hours and then you’re right in the heart of the entertainment district and the night is still young!

Click here to register and find out more info!

Oct. 26: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Costume Parade. 9:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.

Little Sprouts is a weekly botanically-themed program for preschoolers. Each week there are stories, sing songs, and fun crafts and activities. Whether we are learning about how bees are more helpful than harmful, or exploring the garden with handmade binoculars, the children leave the garden with a real appreciation for the world around them and a new desire to protect it.

Click here for more info!

Oct. 27: Streetfest and costume contest, The Jones Center. Free. 6-8 p.m. This event is put on by Camp War Eagle and Mosaic hosted at The Jones Center. It’s outside on the JTL Plaza. If there’s rain, everything will move inside to the gym and cafeteria. There will be free food, candy, games, and a costume contest with prizes for best dressed. The event is totally free.

Click here for more info!

Friday, Oct. 28:

Click here for more info!

modern mission outsideOct. 28-29: 2016 Zombie Epidemic, Modern Mission, 3484 E. Joyce Blvd., Fayetteville, 7-11 p.m. each night.

Take your fight indoor with this year’s undead carnival theme. Infected clowns will be in fast pursuit of you and your friends as you battle for survival. Sessions start at 7 p.m. each night with limited space available. Join Modern Mission and fight the epidemic.

Click here for more Zombie Epidemic info!

Oct. 28: 5:30-9 p.m. Animal Science Day.

Come Celebrate Animal Science Day with students, family, faculty, and friends. There will be food, games, animal judging, costume contests for the whole family (including the dog), a haunted house and tons of candy!

Entry is free!

Click here for more info!


Oct. 28: Hogwart’s Masquerade: A Harry Potter Event. Barnes & Noble, Rogers. Are you ready for more Harry Potter?
You are cordially invited to the masquerade. Come dressed in your finest witch, wizard, fantastic beast, or frightfully clever costumes for a magical evening to be remembered! Special #bnstorytime for younger goblins, events, giveaways, contests, and more! Stop by the cafe and enjoy some #HarryPotter themed treats including #chocolatefrogs, #bertiebotts, and Passion Potion Iced Tea, perfect for any #witch, #wizzard, or #muggle! This Hogwart’s Masquerade is sure to be magical.

Click here for more info!

haunted-hollywood-partyOct. 28: Haunted Hollywood Halloween Party. Join us if you dare…for a ghoulishly fun evening! The Grand at 117, Rogers, 7:30-11:30 p.m., All proceeds benefit the BFF Foundation. Early-Bird Tickets $20 until Oct 15. $25 after. Includes one complimentary drink, small bites, music and entry into a costume contest. Cash Bar Available.

Click here for more info!

Oct. 28: Treats at the Track, A&M Railroad Station. Emma St., Springdale, starts at 6:30-9:30 p.m. Treats at the Tracks 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. Proceeds benefit the House of Hope Rescue Mission. Canned good donations for our food pantry will also be accepted. *The train will be stationary; this is not a train ride. Fun for all ages.

Admission is $5 (Kids 2yrs and under are Free).
Trick-or-Treat on the Train
Carnival Games
Live Music
Hay Ride
Haunted Train
Door Prizes
Inflatable Games

Click here for more info!


Oct. 28: Costumes, Candy and Cops Carnival. 7-9 p.m. Join us for a “fa-BOO-lous” time! Outdoor movie, Hotdogs, Candy, Popcorn, Fun, Activities for all ages! Wear your costumes! Open to the public. Bring your lawn chairs & your blankets!

At the Sheriff’s Office on 14th St. in Bentonville.

Click here for more info!

Oct. 28: Pumpkin Painting at the Bentonville Community Center. This will be a fun afternoon of pumpkin decorating. The center will have 100 mini pumpkins available OR you can bring your own. They will provide everything you need to decorate. 2-6 p.m.

Click here for more info.

Saturday, Oct. 29th:

trick-or-treat-bentonvilleOct. 29: Trick-or-Treating at the Farmer’s Market. Bentonville Square, 7:30a-1p.

Help wrap up the 2016 Bentonville Farmer’s Market Season by dressing in your best costume and joining us for Trick or Treat on the Square. Trick or Treat activities will be from 10am-12pm. Visit the DBI booth in front of the 5&10, or stop by any of our downtown businesses who have a pumpkin in the window for a sweet surprise!

This is the last market for the season, so be sure to check out all of the vendors and get your Farmer’s Market fix before it’s too late.

Click here for more info!

Oct. 29: Centerton FOP Trunk or Treat. 6-9 p.m., Bentonville West High School, Bentonville. Car Show & Trunk or Treat. A safe place for families to bring young children for Halloween fun. Ozark Off Road Club and other car/4×4 groups will be represented. Food trucks, a hay ride, and having police and fire trucks on site for “touch a truck”! Stay tuned for more details.

Click here for more info!

Oct 29: Fall Festival Bella Vista Baptist Church. Games, food, bounce houses, Lots of fun. 6-8 p.m.

Click here for more info!

trunk-or-treatOct. 29: Trunk or Treat. Caudle Ave. Baptist Church, Springdale. 5-7 p.m. Caudle Ave Baptist hosts trunk or treat! Springdale police will be grilling hot dogs for dinner. Lots of fun games and prizes. Completely free. Everyone is welcome.

Click here for more info!

Oct. 29: Howl-O-Ween Fundraiser. Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Eureka Springs. Visit the ONE time a year that you can see the animals after dark! A fun-filled event for the whole family! Games, prizes, hayrides, and scares.

Click here for more info!

Oct. 29: Halloween Costume Party, Brick Street Brews (adults only)

The event is free & open to the public, 21 & up. There will be a costume contest with judging between 8-9 pm, party food and the bar & beer garden will be decorated. 6-11 p.m. Location: Brick Street Brews, W. Walnut St., Rogers

Click here for more info!

Oct. 29: Arts Live Dance Party

arts-live-halloween-eventJoin us on October 29th, 7-9 pm for the Arts Live Theatre Halloween Dance Party. $15 per person and boys and ghouls ages 6-18 are invited…ticket includes dance, refreshments and Halloween goody bag! Advance purchase only. Space is limited.

To reserve call 479.521.4932 or email

Click here to visit the Arts Live website!

Oct. 29: Halloween Dance Party. Bentonville  Community Center, 3-6 p.m.

Please join us for an night full of Halloween dancing fun! We will have a DJ, dance competition and costume contest! Plus, candy of course. The dance will take place in the Community Rooms at the Bentonville Community Center. $5 per person

Click here for more info and to buy tickets!


Oct. 29: Haunted Night on the Battlefield, Prairie Grove Battlefield. 7-9:30 p.m.

Click here for more info!


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Oct. 29: Kick or Treat.

Springdale Parks and Recreation has announced the Inaugural Kick or Treat! Kick or Treat is a soccer tournament during the day and a free Halloween carnival at night!

USYS and USASA Sanctioned Tournaments
U10 & Older 3v3
U7 & Older Recreation Format
U7 & Older Select Format
Adult Open Format
Registration will begin Tuesday. Sept. 6th.

Free and open to the public!
Candy, Costume Contests (Including Dog), Bounce Houses, Games, Food, Haunted Hay Ride, and much more!

Click here for more info!


Oct. 29: Annual Dog Party USA Halloween Costume Party. At Dog Party, 5:30 – 8 pm.  All “parents” and puppies are encouraged to dress up. There will be delicious food, live music, games, prizes, goody bags and of course a costume contest.  It is all free and open to the public. This year’s theme is “Peace, Love and Paws.”

Click here for more info!


Dog Party USA event

Sunday, Oct. 30th:

Oct. 30: Faith Assembly of God Trunk or Treat. 4-7 p.m., West Sunset, Springdale.

Don’t miss our Annual Trunk or Treat on October 30th from 4-7 pm. It will be a great time of Trunk or Treating, Face Painting, Inflatables and fun! All for FREE!

Click here fore more info!

Oct. 30: Bark’NPaws’ 4th Annual Halloween Dog Costume Party. 5-6:30 p.m. Come get SPOOKED with your POOCH this Halloween-Eve at BARK’N PAWS!!!! There will be a COSTUME CONTEST with PRIZES, PIZZA, DRINKS, and gobs of fun in store.

Click here for more info!

Murder Mystery and Dinner, Sassafras Springs Vineyard

Oct. 30: 6-9:30 p.m. The murder mystery involves the guests. The acting group has been doing murder mysteries for many years and are a very talented group.

Click here for more info!

Halloween Night, Monday, Oct. 31st:

fallapaloosa-fbc-farmingtonOct. 31: Fallpaloosa, First Baptist Church, Farmington. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at 589 Rheas Mill Road. Cake walk, food, candy, dunking booth, carnival.

Click here for more info!

Oct. 31: Goblin Parade. Downtown Rogers, 3:30-5:30p, Oct. 31.

Bring your little ones (13 & under please) to Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Rogers. It’s fun, safe and free.

Click here for more info!

Oct. 31: Trick-or-Treating on the Square, Fayetteville Square, 3-5p, Oct. 31.

Trick or Treat on the Square features carnival games, face painting, costume contests and candy for all participating children.

Click here for more info!


Oct. 31: First Baptist Church Trunk or Treat. 6-8 p.m. You can expect food, games, inflatables and lots and lots of candy. There will be prizes awarded to the winners of the costume contest for the following categories: Funniest, Most Heroic, Most Original and Best Overall.

Click here for more info!


Oct. 31: Eureka Springs Superhero Takeover. 6-9 p.m. Eureka Springs. Get ready to take over Eureka Springs and take over the city! Bring your best superhero or supervillain costume, and let’s rock this town!

Click here for more info!

halloween-event-imagine-adventureworldOct. 31: Trick or Treating at Imagine A Child’s Adventureworld. “Little trick or treaters dressed in a disguise will get a sweet surprise! (Allergy friendly options available!)” 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Click here for more info!

To see the October Calendar of Events, click here! For a list of craft fairs, pumpkin patches and other fun fall in Northwest Arkansas, click here!


Make some art on Saturdays at the Community Creative Center

One of our sponsors here at nwaMotherlode, Community Creative Center, always has something fun going on for kids — and adults!

We especially love Super Saturdays where kids ages 6 can take part in fun and creative hands-on workshops. With Halloween just days away, THIS SATURDAY they can create a unique and personalized candy bag. Aren’t these cute:


Click here for more info on making Halloween treat sacks this Saturday (Oct. 29).

The November Super Saturday will be for making a Thanksgiving-themed craft, clay turkeys. The turkeys will be fired and glazed just in time for Thanksgiving.

Gobble Gobble:

clay-turkeys-cccClick here to sign up for the clay turkeys class!