2020 Fall Fun Guide: Top 10 things to do with your family in Northwest Arkansas

2020 Fall events and activities in Northwest Arkansas

We’re so happy that some things are starting to feel a little “normal” again right now, like visiting pumpkin patches and attending fall events.

Of course, we always enjoy the multiple seasons in Northwest Arkansas — and fall is definitely one of the prettiest here. To help you enjoy this time of year, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best things to do this fall in Northwest Arkansas.

[Please keep in mind event details could change due to COVID-19. Confirm with event organizers before making the trip.]

We’re also providing the 2020 Fall Fun Guide in a printer-friendly version that you can download for free by clicking HERE. Just print it and stick it on your fridge or in your purse, diaper bag or in the car so you’ll have it handy. (Some moms also like to bookmark this guide on their phone’s homescreen so all the info is just a click away.)

Click on the names of the events below to find out more about each activity:

  1. Pick a pumpkin and navigate a corn maze. If you want to pick your own pumpkin, let the kids pet some cute animals, get lost in a corn maze and hang out on a farm for a few hours, there are several options around here, including our favorite — printable sponsor Farmland Adventures. Farmland is celebrating its TENTH YEAR in Northwest Arkansas! Congrats! (Click here to see a full list of pumpkin patches and/or corn mazes, along with dates and hours of operation, in our Fall Fun Printable!)
  2. Find some fall fun adventures. There are some fun fall events on tap around NWA.  Vintage Market Days of NWA will be at the Benton County Fairgrounds on Oct. 9-11. Downtown Springdale is hosting Live! Music at Turnbow Park on Thursday evenings. Mount Sequoyah is hosting a Music on the Mountain series of concerts through November 7. Crystal Bridges is hosting Friday Nights on the North Lawn this fall. It’s a free, family-friendly concert or performance and an art activity. Bring your own blanket, or use one of the museum’s lawn chairs. (You have to reserve tickets for each household member planning to attend. You can also reserve a picnic basket.) The museum has also brought back the mesmerizing North Forest Lights exhibit. FYI: The Little Craft Show and Lincoln Apple Festival have been cancelled this year.
  3. Take a scenic stroll! The fall foliage on the Crystal Bridges trails are beautiful this time of year, so you should definitely make the trip. You might also venture out to War Eagle Mill, Lake Atalanta, Devil’s Den State Park or Hobbs State Park. We also recommend a visit to Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park. There are lots of walking trails, historical markers to read and a playground for the kids.
  4. Seek out vintage pretties and cool antiques. We love to kick around cool vintage and antique stores in the fall. In Prairie Grove, some of our favorites are Daisies and Olives and The Summit Hill Cottage Shoppe and  High on the Hog Vintage Market.

In Fayetteville, there’s the Fayetteville Funky Yard Sale, In Retrospect Vintage Mall & Boutique and 410 Vintage Market.

In Springdale, we love to comb through Midtown Eclectic Mall.

In Rogers, friends recommend Betty’s Attic, Somewhere in Time and The Rusted Rooster.

In Elm Springs, we hear good things about The Mercantile.

In Bentonville, friends have recommended True Treasures.

In Gentry, check out The Chicken Coop.

  1. Craft a beautiful day at a craft fair. There are several fun craft fairs planned for mid-October this year, including the It’s Fall Y’all Craft Fair in Bentonville on Oct. 15-18, the Frisco Station Mall Arts & Crafts Fair in Rogers on Oct. 15-18, the Ozark Regional Arts & Crafts Fair in Fayetteville on Oct. 15-17 and the Spanker Creek Farm Arts & Crafts Fair in Bella Vista on Oct. 14-18, 2020. Sadly, the ever-popular War Eagle Fair is cancelled this year. (Sharp’s Show and War Eagle Mill craft fair are also cancelled.)
  2. Follow the Arkansas Wine Trail. One way to really see the beauty of Arkansas is to visit the various wineries across the Natural State. We have two wonderful wineries in Northwest Arkansas, including Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale and Tontitown Winery in Tontitown. Here’s a list of other wineries across Arkansas.
  3. Take in the NWA view from a local patio. We love to hang out on a patio in the fall here and we’re even more committed to eating outside during these pandemic times. Here’s a list of popular patios across Northwest Arkansas, including info about the outdoor refreshment districts in downtown Fayetteville and Springdale.
  4. Shop unique boutiques. In late November, there’s always the NWA Boutique Show to enjoy. This year the show is scheduled for Nov. 20-21 at John Q Hammons Convention Center in Rogers. (Please note the new location for a second year.) 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!
  5. fayetteville farmers marketEnjoy the bounty at the many 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! Keep in mind these markets host LOTS of fun events throughout the fall and winter season!

Here are the links to each farmer’s market:

  1. Get happy about all the Halloween events! This year Halloween is no doubt going to be a little different. We’ll let you know about events as we hear about them. For now, we know about a Halloween Music on the Mountain event at Mt. Sequoyah on Saturday, Oct. 31.

Typically, each city has a signature event, including trick-or-treating on the Fayetteville Square, the Downtown Rogers Candy Crawl, the downtown Springdale Halloween Fest downtown Springdale Halloween Fest and the Halloween Spooktacular at the Bentonville Community Center.

Again, if you’d like to easily bookmark this info to your phone’s home screen OR print out a copy for your fridge, purse or diaper bag, click HERE to download the Fall Fun Guide Printable for 2020.

Thanks also to Farmland Adventures for sponsoring the production of the 2020 Fall Fun Guide, which makes it possible for us to give the guide to Northwest Arkansas moms for free! 

Check back soon to see our big list of Northwest Arkansas Halloween events. (Well, fingers crossed!)