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


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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 brook.blanton@gmail.com 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.

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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.

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Friday, Oct. 28:

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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 info@artslivetheatre.com.

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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!


Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: October 2016


pumpkinCLICK HERE to see our Family-Friendly Halloween Guide! It’s the big list of trick-or-treating & Halloween events in Northwest Arkansas!

Chix with Stix

chixNWA Polo Club is partnering with Saving Grace for their first annual “Chix with Stix” event.  It’s on Saturday and/or Sunday, October 1-2 at the Benton County Fair Grounds! Saving Grace will benefit from ticket sales - as well as other proceeds  from this event - which will provide equine-assisted counseling for the girls they serve.  $15 per person, children under 12 are free. Food and drinks will be available for purchase on-site.

Dates: Saturday, October 1st - Qualifying matches (11 AM – 4 PM); Sunday, October 2nd - Finals (11 AM – 4 PM)

Time: See above

Location: Benton County Fairgrounds

More info: Tickets are available for purchase at www.nwapolo.com or at the gate!  Visit the “Chix with Stix” Facebook event page here.

Arkansas Apple Festival

arkansas-apple-festivalThe Arkansas Apple Festival is Sept. 30, Oct. 1 & 2 in Lincoln. The Apple Festival committee and the City of Lincoln have been working hard to bring to our community a great festival this year. We will be having record number of craft and concession vendors. The festival will be selling apples, apple cider, apple butter apple bread, fried pies,beans and corn bread and of course apple dumplings. We will also be handing out free fresh apple slices and cider samples. Hope everyone will come join us for this 41 year old tradition and enjoy the Apple Festival this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Lincoln.

Date: Sept. 30, Oct. 1-2

Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Lincoln

More info: Click here


tinkerfestTinkerfest 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 a.m.to 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.

Date: Oct. 2

Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Scott Family Amazeum

More info: Click here

AMP Fest

ampfest-dateThe Walmart AMP is presenting this all-new beer, music and tech festival. The inaugural AMP Fest will be on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 2-6 pm and combines the best in live music, craft beer and the next generation of technology. The festival will feature cutting edge games and tech activations, live music on three stages and craft beer from over 20 local, regional and national breweries. Prices range from $40 for general admission and $95 for VIP, which includes a Fayettechill t-shirt, AMP Fest growler, access to VIP lounge and additional perks.

Date: Oct. 2

Time: 2-6 p.m.

Location: Walmart AMP, Rogers

More info: Click here

Hobbs State Park Fall Festival

A host of FREE and fun family-orientated events will take place at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area Sunday October 2.  CLICK TO SEE FLYER. Activities will take place at Historical Van Winkle Hollow as well as the Park’s visitor center, both located on Hwy 12 east of Rogers. Bring the entire family to learn about how it was done in the past.

Date: Oct. 2

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Location: Hobbs State Park, Rogers

More info: Click here

Miracles and Magic Radiothon.

miracles-and-magic-radiothon-2016From 6am-6pm October 6th and 7th, Magic107.9 and NWA Circle of Friends will be sponsoring their 2nd annual Miracles & Magic Radiothon. The Radiothon will bring awareness and raise money for the new Arkansas Children’s Northwest Hospital being built in Springdale. Please tune into Magic107.9 on both days, encourage your friends to listen and call in to donate. It will be 2 great days of music, inspiring stories of care, love & hope and building miracles for the kids of Northwest Arkansas as we build Care Close to Home. Until no child needs ACH, ACH needs you!

Call in numbers to donate on Oct 6th & 7th:

  • (479) 455-5437 – Local Number
  • (844) 497-5437 – Toll-Free Number

Date: Oct. 6-7

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

Location: On air, Magic 107.9

More info: Click here

First Friday Fall Fest

The Bentonville Square is transformed into a Fall Fest blockparty with live music & entertainment, outstanding food options and family friendly activities.


Werthers: Wind Machine to win prizes, photo booth, samples.
Vendor Masters: Bubbles & games
HLARG: Mask Making Craft
Geared Outfitters: Pumpkin Decorating
Caricature Artist
Face Painting
Hormel Chili: Games, Samples

4:30 – 5:15pm | Fetts Folly
5:30 – 6:30pm | The Silvershakers
6:45 – 8pm | 412 West

Date: Oct. 7

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

Location: Bentonville Square

More info: Click here

Downtown Springdale Runaround

downtown_runaroundThe first Springdale Downtown Runaround, a 5K/10K race, is coming up on Oct. 8. It’s a family-friendly event that includes a 1-mile fun run. And let’s not forget the after party! After victoriously crossing the finish line, you can expect refreshments, music, raffle prizes, games, inflatables, and more. While running, you’ll get to see best of downtown Springdale — the Razorback Greenway trail, Shiloh Square, local businesses, and The Jones Center.

Date : Saturday, October 8

Time: 8:30 a.m.

Start Times: 1 Mile Family Fun Run- 8:30AM

5K/10K- 9 a.m.

*Strollers and dogs on a leash are also welcome to join.

Location: The Jones Center South Lawn, Springdale

More info: Click here

Homegrown Festival

homegrown-festivalLocated in historic downtown Siloam Springs, the Homegrown Festival (Saturday, October 8, 10am – 5pm) showcases locally handmade goods, curated vintage, food trucks, and live music. Vendors offer an array of original, one-of-a-kind, and limited-run items including illustration, printmaking, music, jewelry and accessories, handmade goods, salvaged and repurposed goods, and hand-picked vintage.

Date: Oct. 8

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

Location: Siloam Springs

More info: Click here

Beauty and the Farmer’s Market

Royalty will be at the Downtown Rogers Farmer’s Market from 9:30am-1pm offering face painting designs for $3-$5 each. Come visit and choose from several designs.

Date: Oct. 8

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Downtown Rogers Farmer’s Market

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Pea Ridge Mule Jump

Date: Oct. 8

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: 977 Weston St., Pea Ridge

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University of Arkansas Children’s Choir Pancake Breakfast

Come out and let the talented UACC singers serve you piping hot pancakes. And they’ll sing for tips, too. Bring your family and friends out for a fun morning that supports young local talent. Tickets can be purchased at the door. $5

Date: Saturday, Oct. 8

Time: 8-10 a.m.

Location: Applebee’s, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Fall Finale — A Free Tuesday Night at Botanical Gardens

bgo_logo_290xJoin us for our annual Fall Finale on Tuesday, October 11th from 5p.m. to 8 p.m. and see our Garden in all its glory for free! Though people typically think of gardens in springtime, autumn is when our Garden is at its peak! Visit with gardeners and volunteers throughout BGO to get all your garden related questions answered. Come ready to learn and participate in short educational demos or talks about gardening. Bring the whole family, we will have children’s activities near the education cottage. Picnics are welcome but leave your furry friends at home please. Or you can just come take a peaceful walk in the cool evening air among the flowers and foliage.

Oct. 11

Time: 5-8 p.m.

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Moonlight Movie Night: Back to the Future

Join us for another free movie night in Downtown Springdale! On Friday, Oct. 14, we’ll be showing “Back to the Future” beginning at 8:30 p.m. Grab your blankets, chairs, and snuggle-buddy and plan to come hungry!

Date: Oct. 14

Location: Springdale

More info: Click here

Ozark Folk Festival

ozark-folk-festival-eureka-springsThe country’s longest continuously running folk festival returns for the 69th annual Original Ozark Folk Festival on October 13 through 15 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  It will include the Barefoot Bash, Singer/Songwriter Contest, free music, arts and crafts demonstrations, and this year’s headline show features Irish American folk rock band, The Elders. The festival kicks off with a free performance on Thursday, October 13 at 7 p.m. at The Auditorium located at 36 S. Main St.  Still on the Hill presents their Still a River concert, with story-songs about the people and history of the Buffalo River while it poignantly reminds us of what we cherish about our nation’s first historic national river. Many other activities will be happening over the weekend.

Date: Oct. 13-15

Time: Varies, see link below

Location: Varies, see link below

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Bentonville Art Around Town

The Merchants of Bentonville are proud to bring back a city tradition of hosting pop-up shops of area artists and craftspeople. The Fall 2016 event is being held during the annual Northwest Arkansas Craft Fair Weekend of October 14 and 15. Come shop our local merchants and artisans in the comfort of our restaurants, cafes and businesses.

Date: Oct. 14-15

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

Location: Varies

More info: Click here

FPL Literary Festival

True Lit: Fayetteville’s Literary Festival will be held Monday, October 17, through Thursday October 27 this fall. The literary festival in its third year, will offer a variety of events, including author talks, writing workshops, and more. True Lit is sponsored by the Fayetteville Public Library, Fayetteville Public Schools, Fayetteville Education Foundation, Fayetteville Montessori School, and the University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing and Translation.

Date: Oct. 17-27

Time: Varies

Location: Varies

More info: Click here


maskareadOzark Literacy Council event. There will be a 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.

Date: Oct. 20

Time: 6-9 p.m.

Location: Fayetteville Town Center

More info: Click here

3rd Friday on the Bricks

3rd-friday-on-the-bricks3rd Friday offers the perfect opportunity to rediscover Historic Downtown Rogers. Come and join us for a casual evening where you can gather with friends, stroll the sidewalks and shop from the street vendors and find what great talent we have right here in NWA! You can get a taste from the food trucks and best of all your local downtown businesses and restaurants will be open late to enjoy even more shopping and dining. 3rd Friday is an evening that promises hours of fun for visitors of all ages. Stores open till at least 8:00pm. Sponsored by Main Street Rogers.

Date: Oct. 21

Time: 5-8 p.m.

Location: Downtown Rogers

More info: Click here 


The Jackson L. Graves Foundation has partnered with local chocolatier, Hello Cocoa, to add another terrific event to NWA! We are merging chocolate with an Oktoberfest theme! Sounds amazing, right?! The very first Choctoberfest will be held on Oct 22 from 3pm-8pm at Hello Cocoa’s chocolate factory in Fayetteville! We have some wonderful sponsors on board including Hello Cocoa, Apple Blossom Brewing Company, New Province Brewing Company, Great Ferments, JR’s Kombucha, Ozark Natural Breads, and Ozark Natural Foods (just to name a few local favorites).

Choctoberfest will feature local music, local handcrafted chocolate, local craft brews, local sauerkraut, brats and buns. Can we say local a few more times? It all is to support our local family foundation’s projects to support local families with a baby in the intensive care unit at local hospitals! One large project includes transforming an unused courtyard into a healing garden to be used by families at Willow Creek Women’s Hospital. Currently, the hospital doesn’t have a chapel, family room, or any outdoor amenities.

Tickets may be purchased at http://jacksongraves.org/news_events! They are $35 in advance and $45 at the door!

Date: Oct. 22

Time: 3-8 p.m.

Location: Hello Cocoa

More info: Click here

Lake Atalanta Grand Opening event

After 16 months of construction, the renovations at Lake Atalanta are nearly complete. The City would like to invite the public to a Ribbon Cutting Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 29, to give citizens a chance to explore the completed park.

The Grand Opening Celebration will include free family activities from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Tyson Foods will provide complimentary hamburgers, hot dogs and chips near Clark Pavilion on the south side of Walnut Street from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (until supplies run out). Great Plains Coca-Cola will provide water and soft drinks. Informational and interactive exhibits will be featured throughout the event by a variety of local companies and organizations to help promote the types of experiences visitors will enjoy at the Lake. 

Date: Oct. 29

Time: See in description above

Location: Lake Atalanta, Rogers

More info: Click here


Dog Party Halloween Bash

dog-party-logoThe Annual Dog Party USA Halloween Costume Party/Customer Appreciation Event will be Saturday, October 29th from 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.”

Date: Oct. 29

Time: 5:30-8 p.m.

Location: Dog Party USA

More info: Click here

2nd Annual Ozark Mountain Punkabilly Festival

The festival coming back and this time to Downtown Rogers!  On October 29th, the Downtown Rogers Farmers Market plays host to this family-friendly rock festival. Tickets are $5 at the door and a portion of the proceeds benefits CARE Community Center, Inc and their work to eliminate hunger in NWA. 

Date: Oct. 29

Time: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Location: Downtown Rogers Farmer’s Market, Cherry Street

More info: Click here

girl hugging pumpkinClick here to see a printable list of all the craft fairs coming up in mid-October!

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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2016 Mom-Approved Award Winners Announced


The votes are in, and local moms have spoken!

Thank you to all who cast votes for your favorite mom-friendly businesses in 35 different categories. This year we compiled a list of the three companies with the most votes in each category. Since Northwest Arkansas covers multiple counties and cities, having three good choices in the area is helpful for local moms trying to find solid companies to do business with.mlawards

Please note that the following companies are listed IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER in each category — not by number of votes received. In some categories, four winners are listed which indicates there was a tie for the third-place position. (After votes were tallied, all winners were offered the option to advertise their win and thank moms for recognizing them as “mom-approved.”)

Congrats to the 2016 Mom-Approved Award Winners, and THANK YOU for being the kind of businesses that go above and beyond to meet the needs of local families.

NOTE: Congrats to Monica Bryan who won the “Unique Boutique Shopping Spree” simply by voting in this year’s contest. Have fun shopping!

CLICK HERE to download and/or print the list of this year’s Mom-Approved Award Winners. Keep the list as a helpful reference when you’re looking for a product or service. And look for the yellow window decals and award certificates displayed by local winners. When you spot it, you’ll know that company is “Mom-Approved.”

Best Family Outingamazeum-mom-approved


Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Fast Lane Entertainment

Best Gift Store

Bella Jack’s Children’s Boutique

Melody’s Choices

The Mustache Goods & Wears

Best Preschoolfirstschool

Doodlebugs Daycare

First School of First United Presbyterian Church

Learning Ladder Preschool Academy

The New School

Best Summer Camp

Camp War Eagle

Kanakuk Christian Summer Camp

New Life Ranch

Best Gymnastics Lessonswiliams-center-ad-2016

Aspire Gymnastics Academy

Hopes & Dreams Gymnastics

Williams Dance and Gymnastics Center

Best Childcare Facility

Central United Methodist Church

Doodlebugs Daycare

Learning Ladder Preschool Academy

Best Allergy Clinichedberg-ad-revised

Allergy & Asthma Clinic of Northwest Arkansas

Hedberg Allergy & Asthma Center

Best Hair Salon

Cabin Red, A Salon

Crown Beauty Bar

Freshair Salon & Boutique

Best Place to Work Outfacad

Bentonville Community Center

Fayetteville Athletic Club

Planet Fitness

Best Jewelry Store

Blakeman’s Fine Jewelry

Kay Jewelers

Underwood’s Fine Jewelers

Best Mom’s Night Outpaintingtwistad-2016

Junque 2 Jewels

Painting with a Twist

Sassafras Springs Vineyard

Best Tutoring Service

Club Z In-Home Tutoring Services

Kumon Math and Reading Centers

Sylvan Learning

Best Kids’ Clothes3-monkeys-with-seal

3 Monkeys Children’s Boutique

Belle Boutique

Bella Jack’s Children’s Boutique

Best Family Photographer

Amber Lanning Photography

Lisa Mac Photography

Maliah Pinkelton Photography

Best Dermatologisthull-dermatology-ad-2016

Hull Dermatology & Aesthetics

Ozark Dermatology Clinic & Advanced Aesthetics

Premier Dermatology & Skin Renewal Clinic

Best Local Women’s Clothing

Belle Boutique

Impressions Boutique & Gifts

Skye on the Town

Whimsy Whoo

Best Orthodontistark-dentistry-braces-for-post

Arkansas Dentistry & Braces

Dr. Jeremy D. Smith Family Orthodontics

Northwest Orthodontics (Dr. Jesse Gray)

Best Spa

LaVida Massage

Premier Dermatology & Skin Renewal Clinic

Spa Botanica of Northwest Arkansas

Best Pediatric Clinicmercy-for-award-post

Mercy Pediatrics

Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics

Northwest Health System (Best Start Pediatrics)

Best Consignment Shop

Cece’s Closet Luxury Consignment Boutique

Rhea Lana’s of Northwest Arkansas

Once Upon a Child

Best Pediatric Dentistsmile-shoppe-for-post

Dr. Brent Caple Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dental Associates & Orthodontics

Smile Shoppe Pediatric Dentistry

Best Family Restaurant (Fast-Food)


Slim Chickens


Best Family Restaurant (Table-Service)


Grub’s Bar & Grille

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

Best Realtorcoldwellbankerad3

Nicky Dou

Meza Harris

Claudia Vilato

Best Florist

Northwest Arkansas Florist

Pigmint Flowers & Fun

Shirley’s Flowers, Inc.

Best Kids’ Birthday Placemodernmissionad

Chuck E. Cheese’s

Fast Lane Entertainment

HighRise Extreme Air Sports

Modern Mission Tactical Laser Tag

Best Furniture Store

Ashley Furniture Homestore


Sam’s Furniture

Best Dance Studioacademyofdance-2

Academy of Dance

Kaleidoscope Dance Academy

Williams Dance and Gymnastics Center

Best Getaway Destination


Eureka Springs

Kansas City

Best Private Schoolmamaapproved-new-school-final

The New School

Providence Classical Christian Academy

Shiloh Christian School

Best Eye Care


Brandon Eye Clinic

The Eye Center

Best Pet Boardingdogpartyad

Camp Bow Wow

Dog Party USA

Wedington Animal Hospital

Best Veterinarian Clinic

Faithful Friends Animal Clinic

Stanton Animal Hospital

Wedington Animal Hospital

Best Dentistark-dentistry-braces-for-post

Arkansas Dentistry & Braces

Family Dental Center

Smile Center Family Dental Care

Wisener Cooper & Fergus, D.D.S.

Best Car Dealer

Adventure Subaru: Fayetteville

Everett Buick GMC

Fayetteville Autopark


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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Fall Fun Guide: Top 10 things for families to do this fall in Northwest Arkansas!

Fall Fun Guide 2016

There are so many fun things to enjoy in Northwest Arkansas this fall, so we rounded up 10 of the best.

Here’s a good list to get your fall started off right:

farmland adventures 2016Just click on the orange highlighted words to find out more about each activity, and CLICK HERE to see a printer-friendly Fall Fun Guide that lists even more events/activities! It’s sponsored by Farmland Adventures!

Just print out the list and keep it on your fridge or in your purse for a quick reminder of things to do over the next few months. You can also save it to your phone for a quick peek when you’re looking for fall fun activities.

1. Pumpkin picking and corn maze fun. If you want to pick your own pumpkin, let the kids pet some cute animals, play in a corn maze and hang out on the farm for a few hours, there are several options around here, including Farmland Adventures.

See our printable for more pumpkin patches and corn mazes, including dates of operation.

2. County fair time! The Washington County Fair started on Tuesday and will run through Saturday, Sept. 3, this year!

carousel washington county fair

3. Take a scenic stroll! The fall foliage on the Crystal Bridges Museum trails are beautiful this time of year, so you should go take a stroll! They have several group events scheduled if you want to enjoy the trails with a guide. And look for Fall Preschool Playdates at the museum where kids can enjoy art projects, story time, and creative play inspired by fall’s changing colors.

4. Festivals and antiques! If you like visiting hometown festivals, the Arkansas Apple Festival in Lincoln is coming up Sept. 30, Oct. 1-2. On the drive to the festival down Highway 62, you can stop off in Prairie Grove and shop some of our favorite little antique stores (including Daisies and Olives and The Summit Hill Cottage Shoppe). For more shopping, try The Junk Ranch event on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, which has 100+ vendors in a big barn and on the surrounding grounds. You should also take some time to visit Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park. The battlefield is SO PRETTY in the fall and there are lots of walking trails to enjoy, historical markers to read and a playground for the kids.

war eagle5. Craft fairs galore! Of course, there are plenty of craft fairs to visit in October, including the HUGE War Eagle Mill Arts & Crafts Fair in Rogers on Oct. 13-16.

Check out our printable list for LOTS more craft fair listings!

6. Leaves to see! Of course, this time of year means it’s time to drive I-49 or the Pig Trail Scenic Byway to ooh and ahhh over the trees that are changing into their brightly-colored fall clothes.

7. Call those Hogs! You really should enjoy a Razorback football game this fall or take part in the University of Arkansas Homecoming, which is Oct. 25-31 this year. The Dickson Street Parade and Homecoming Pep Rally will be on Friday, Oct. 14. The parade will run from the Highland intersection to the Chi Omega Greek Theatre. Just find yourself a spot on Dickson Street and see the Arkansas Spirit Squads, Razorback Marching Band, Homecoming Court, Greek Floats and more.


8. Shop unique boutiques! In early November, there’s the NWA Boutique Show to enjoy! This show is held each fall in Northwest Arkansas and will be on Nov. 11-12 this year. We’ll be there with a booth, so be sure to stop by and say hello (plus sign up for our giveaway)! This juried show features boutique booths with custom and one-of-a-kind creations from local and regional designers. Clothing, jewelry, art, stationery, gifts, personalized items, home décor, furniture, baby essentials and more. See you there!

fayetteville farmer's market9. Check out the farmer’s markets around NWA. The various farmer’s markets in hometowns across NWA run through the fall, so if you haven’t been out to one yet, you should visit those while you can!

Here are the links to each (our printable lists the dates that each season ends):

10. Festivals and Halloween events! There are SO MANY festivals and Halloween events coming up in NWA! Click here to see a big list of festival dates/Halloween events on our printable!

pumpkin200Note from the mamas: We’ll keep writing about fall fun/Halloween activities here on nwaMotherlode as the season continues, so visit often!