September 2020 Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events
Welcome to September, mamas! Here’s what’s going on in Northwest Arkansas this month. Grab a mask (or a laptop) and do something fun this month.
Story Times and Workshops
The Fayetteville Public Library continues to offer story times, workshops and discussions for a variety of ages almost daily. All activities are currently held online and can be found online by clicking here to see the library’s calendar.
Virtual Gallery Tours
Join a Crystal Bridges Gallery Guide via Zoom for a virtual look at three artworks in 30 minutes. Guides will encourage exploration and conversation during these tours. The theme of the artworks will change regularly. The event is free, but registration is required.
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Date: September 2, 4, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28 and 30
Crystal Bridges Sketchbook Club
Join us for an evening of sketching and discussion with our online creative community. Each week guests will be led through an introductory drawing exercise by a guest artist. Grab your sketchbook or some loose paper and a pencil or pen for this hour long class that offers the chance to relax and connect digitally with friends, as you explore the creative practice of sketching. Sketchbooks offer the freedom to experiment with materials, themes, techniques, and to record the things that inspire you. This week’s guest artist will be Octavio Logo. Octavio will lead participants through the process of exploring blind drawing, a technique that explores memory, imagination and hand movement. What to bring: sketch book, pen, ruler, pencil (optional), and eraser (optional). Free, register online or with Guest Services. Once registered, participants will receive an email with information about the event, and the Zoom link.
Time: 6:30- 7:30 p.m.
Date: September 2
Make a Craft With Creativebug
Get crafty with Creativebug, make a Crocheted Broomstick Lace Bracelet. Each month, a project for you to make at your own pace is selected from Creativebug, a free online resource for Springdale Public Library cardholders that includes over 1,000 classes for all skill levels. Supplies will be provided by the Library. Check our Facebook page on the first Saturday of the month for a recorded introduction and demonstration from our librarians, as well as a link to the project. The video will be available online all month. Registration opens two weeks prior to the first Saturday of each month and is limited to 10. Schedule a curbside supply pickup at registration.
Time: all day (video uploaded, not live)
Date: September 5
It’s the perfect time to enjoy all the cycling opportunities Springdale has to offer. Ride Springdale is your chance to win prizes while you do it!
First, register for Ride Springdale, which is open to all ages and skill levels. Each registrant receives a Ride Springdale swag bag, to be collected after the event. Each adult registration comes with an entry to win thousands of dollars in prizes. Next,download Strava or another GPS ride tracker and track yourself completing Ride Springdale routes, listed on the ticket page. Finally, share your rides on Facebook or Instagram with #RideSpringdale (the hashtag is important!). Each completed route will earn you an additional chance to win prizes. Watch Downtown Springdale’s Facebook and Instagram pages for live updates, including additional challenges and giveaways.
Time: all day
Date: September 1-30
Location: downtown Springdale
Downtown Rogers Farmers Market
DTR market takes place Saturdays June through October. The health and safety of the community and vendors are DTR Market’s number one priority. Appropriate measures have been taken to address current guidelines. Rather than a place for community gathering, this year the market will be a traditional farmers market with vendors of essential food items. The market provides vital food access services to our community.
Time: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Date: September 5, 12, 19, 26
Location: 120 W. Poplar St. Rogers
Princess Mini Sessions at St. Catherine’s at Belle Gable
Princess Mini Sessions are officially live for booking. Very limited spots available, but not just for princesses. This photo shoot can be used for seniors, couples, families, fairies, knights, maternity and mommy and me. Create some magic!
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Date: September 11
Location: St. Catherine’s at Belle Gable 2140 N. Stone Chapel Ln. Fayetteville
Free drive-in movies
Theaters will pop up in Walmart parking lots this fall. Families can find a total of six film screenings in Bentonville, Rogers and Springdale in September. Showings will take place Sept. 15 and 16 in Bentonville, Sept. 18 and 19 in Rogers and Sept. 22 and 23 in Springdale. Though the movies shown will vary by location, “Wonder Woman,” “Spy Kids,” “Space Jam,” “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “Ghostbusters” and “The Wizard of Oz” will be among the films. Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance. Parking spaces will be socially distanced and guests will stay in their vehicles.
Time: Gates open at 6 p.m., movie starts at 7:30 p.m.
Date: September 15, 16, 18, 19, 22, 23
Location: varies by city, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale
Square to Square Virtual Ride
The Parks & Recreation Departments of Bentonville and Fayetteville have organized a Square 2 Square Virtual Ride to provide an event for new people on bikes, promote safe riding, showcase the Razorback Greenway, and support our neighbors. It has a few new options this fall!
The virtual ride will take place September 19 – November 1, when fall weather is at its best for cycling. In addition to the traditional 30 mile course along the Razorback Greenway from Bentonville’s Square to Fayetteville’s Square, the virtual ride will feature a 15 mile option. Suggested route maps will be shared to make your ride planning easy, whether starting in the north or in the south, riding point to point or round trip, it will enable you to enjoy the 15 or 30 mile journey on the Razorback Greenway on your own and keep safety a priority by following physical distancing guidelines and carrying hand sanitizer.
Registration Options: Adult Virtual Ride – $25: includes tech t-shirt, water bottle, finisher medal, goody bag (15 mile or 30 mile option). Youth Virtual Ride – $15: includes tech t-shirt, water bottle, finisher medal (15 mile or 30 mile option). Mail my packet to me: Add $10 to registration price. Family Virtual Ride – $60: includes registration for 5 members of the same family household (i.e. 2 adults / 3 kids). Mailing option not available for Family registrations
Registration is open through October 11. Additional details will be provided prior to the virtual ride start date to those registered.
Time: 7 a.m.
Date: September 19- November 1
Location: Razorback Greenway
Eureka Springs Witches Escape
The Eureka Springs Historical Museum presents a fundraiser that has been specially created for women 18 years and older to gather up their friends, kick off their ruby slippers and escape the thoughts that whirl in our minds. With the help of the community we have planned a fun-filled day of; music, entertainment, dancing, food, shopping, psychic readings, raffle drawings, and much more. We will post more information, including ticket information, on our website in the summer of 2020.
Date: September 19
Location: 36 South Main Street Eureka Springs
The 2020 Chamber Golf Tournament presented by Pinnacle Hills Promenade is a four-person scramble with shotgun start times of 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at Shadow Valley Country Club in Rogers. The tournament is a fun day for Chamber members to come together, compete for prizes and network with other players. It’s a great way to treat yourself, reward company employees and say thank you to special clients on the golf course. Each golfer will receive two complimentary adult beverage tickets, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Breakfast will be served for the morning golfers. Lunch will be served to every golfer.
Time: 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Date: September 21
Location: 7001 Shadow Valley Rd. Rogers
Sharing and Caring Golf and Dinner/Auction event
This is the biggest fundraising event of the year for Sharing and Caring of Benton County. “It is so much more than playing golf or enjoying an evening out,” says Sarah Semrow, executive director in a public letter. “It is about being there for our families when they need us the most.” Semrow estimates 4,500 children in need this year, which is a 25 percent increase from last year. The event will add necessary precautions to keep guests safe, and this year the auction is a mobile one. For more information, (479) 657-6884 firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: September 23 and 24
Hustle In Heels: the Dream Big luncheon
Get ahead in your career at the Dream Big luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. September 24, an event also available online through Zoom. Come hear from featured speaker Gretchen C. Wirth. In this session, participants will learn the difference between a mentor and a sponsor, more about personal branding, self care and personal development, as well as setting an unwavering high target for yourself.
Time: 12-1 p.m.
Date: September 24
Location: to be announced, and also on Zoom
Friday Nights on the Lawn » Shannon Wurst
Grab your family and your face coverings and join us for a night out on the North Lawn! Every Friday evening, Crystal Bridges offers a free, family-friendly concert or performance and an art activity. Bring your own blanket, or use one of our lawn chairs, and enjoy an evening outdoors with live entertainment. Please reserve tickets for each household member planning to attend.
For Your Safety: Face coverings must be worn at all times. In order to maintain physical distancing, circles will be drawn on the lawn for each household group. Guests may remove their face covering to eat or drink only while inside their circle.
Shannon Wurst commands a stage. Born in the Ozark hills, this singer-songwriter can sing out a soulful, old-time ballad just as well as she wails on a rockabilly anthem in full-throated force and strum. Blending classic country with traditional bluegrass, Wurst’s musical arrangements effortlessly push her style into new territory. The timeless, roots-based songs from her latest album Sugar and Kerosene (released in Spring 2018) have a yearning tension that she delivers with a sweet smile. Free, registration required. Register online here or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Reserve a Picnic Basket! Want to order snacks or a meal for the evening? Add a Picnic Basket to your checkout when you reserve your tickets! Picnic basket options include snack baskets, chocolate and wine baskets, or meal baskets. Baskets must be reserved no later than midnight the day before the event. They can be picked up at the food truck located on the North Lawn during the event. Outside food and beverages are not permitted at the event.
Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Date: September 25
Location: North lawn, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art 600 Museum Way, Bentonville
NWA Community Craft Fair
Fall is awesome in the Ozarks, what better way to enjoy it than with your family: have fun with games and do some early holiday shopping. This event helps our church school as the vendor fees go directly to support them with tuition and supplies. Shop from our local crafters and small businesses, and participate in the games. Food will be provided by the school so you can make a day of it. Free parking and admission.
Time: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Date: September 27
Location: 4001 W Don Tyson Parkway, Springdale
Amazeum open again
As the museum reopens, members and guests will need to reserve tickets in advance for designated times to visit the museum. Limited tickets will be available for each daily 2-hour time block reducing capacity and increasing opportunity for families to explore with sufficient physical distance. The museum will close between each time block to allow for enhanced cleaning and disinfecting in addition to what occurs during open hours.
Amazeum team members, as well as members and guests of the museum ages 10 and older, are required to wear face coverings. Guests ages 2 to 9 are encouraged to wear face coverings. Guests 2 and under are not required to wear face coverings.
Procedures to promote physical distancing will be in place throughout the museum. Guests will be asked to enter and exit designated doors upon arrival and departure and maintain six feet of distance between families should they need to wait to check in.
Other places in the museum, like the Hershey’s Lab and 3M Tinkering Hub, where a queue may form will also be marked with reminders to keep six feet apart. Access to other experiences may be limited, as necessary, to help maintain physical distancing. Some areas and exhibits may be closed temporarily. Access to the tree canopy climber will be through designated entry and exit points.
Time: 9-11 a.m. 12-2 p.m. 3-5 p.m.
Date: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays
Location: Scott Family Amazeum 1009 Museum Way, Bentonville