First Fridays – Bentonville
Activities, food and live music for the whole family! Held on the Bentonville square March through November.
Location: Downtown Bentonville Square
More Info: www.downtownbentonville.org
First Thursdays – Fayetteville
First Thursday Fayetteville is a monthly event held on the Downtown Fayetteville Square. It features various works of art, live music, outdoor movies and other cultural arts representations. This year the event has expanded onto Mountain Street and includes a Kids’ Zone! Terra Studios will sponsor the kids’ activities. Free and open to the public.
Date: First Thursday of the month
Time: 5 – 8pm
Location: Downtown Fayetteville Square
More Info: www.firstthursdayfayetteville.com
Fayetteville Farmers’ Market
For the last 37 years, the downtown square market has offered the finest in locally produced vegetables, fruits, flowers, plants, meats, baked goods, honey, eggs, jams, crafts, and fine art from the NWA area. Each market day is a feast for the eyes, ears and palate, with a riot of color, aromas, and sounds — street performers, tourists, and the residents of Northwest Arkansas visiting with over 60 vendors around the beautiful square gardens.
Date: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays
Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays 7am – 1pm, Saturdays 7am – 2pm
Location: Downtown Square (Fayetteville)
More Info: www.fayettevillefarmersmarket.org
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks Market
The BGO market is held adjacent to the Lake Fayetteville bike trail in the meadow south of the Garden’s trailhead parking lot. There are 15-30 vendors offering fresh, local produce, cut flowers, meat, eggs, baked goods and handcrafts in this spacious market. Every Sunday morning the farmers literally “circle the wagons” next to the trail like an old wagon train. You can relax, let the kids play, talk with the farmers, walk the trail, and even visit the Botanical Garden.
Time: 9am – 2pm
Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks (Fayetteville)
More Info: EBT/Food Stamps, WIC, and Senior Vouchers gladly accepted. Plenty of free parking. Musicians are welcome at this rapidly growing relaxed market. www.fayettevillefarmersmarket.org
Springdale Farmers’ Market
Fruits, vegetables, herbs, honey, eggs, baked goods, plants and crafts. All items sold are produced by members of the market.
Date: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
Time: 7am – 1pm
Location: Memorial Walk of the Jones Center for Families (Springdale)
More Info: Free admission. Call 479.751.3352 with questions.
Music on the Mountain – Randall Shreve
Family friendly community concerts on the first Tuesday of every month.
Date: Tuesday, August 2
Location: Parker Hall – Mt. Sequoyah (Fayetteville)
More Info: Admission is free. Call 479.443.4531 for more information.
Pickin’ in the Park Series
Bring your instrument and join in with live gospel, country and bluegrass music or just bring your lawn chair, sit a spell, and enjoy a memorable Ozarks evening. Acoustic instruments only. No alcoholic beverages please.
Location: Frisco Park (Rogers)
More Info: Admission is free. www.mainstreetrogers.com
Join the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks for a short nature-based activity, weather permitting. Activities include a story, game or a take-home craft.
Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks (Fayetteville)
More Info: Tickets – Kids over 13 are $5, Ages 5-13 are $2.50 and Kiddos under 5 are free. www.bgozarks.org
Fun after 5!
Downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas Has It All! Fashion, art, accessories, antiques, books, cooking, toys, home decor, and so much more! Looking for the perfect gift for a wedding, something to remember your girlfriend getaway weekend, or a piece of art for your living space; Eureka Springs has the perfect thing!
Location: Basin Spring Park (Eureka Springs)
More Info: www.ShoppingEurekaSprings.com
August 4 – Go Chalk! Come Draw Downtown.
August 11 – Go Read! Featuring Clifford the Big Red Dog. Games, authors, open mic & more.
August 18 – Go Play! Cheer! Dribble! Score! Meet Arkansas Naturals mascot, Strike!
August 25 – Go Green! Crafts, games, massage, readings and more.
First Friday Flicks – Finding Nemo
The Bentonville Parks & Recreation department will host a family-friendly movie on a 25 foot inflatable outdoor screen at Lawrence Plaza. This event will be in conjunction with the First Friday events on the Bentonville Square. Bring your blanket and popcorn!
Date: Friday, August 5
Location: Lawrence Plaza (Bentonville)
More Info: www.bentonvillear.com. Finding Nemo is rated PG and runs for 1hr 41min.
Kids Workshop – Home Depot
On the first Saturday of each month, the FREE Home Depot Kids Workshops offer useful projects like building toolboxes, fire trucks and mail organizers, as well as more educational projects, such as window birdhouses, bughouses or a Declaration of Independence frame kit.
Date: Saturday, August 6
Time: 9am – Noon
Location: Your local Home Depot (Fayetteville or Rogers)
More Info: Great for ages 5-12. www.homedepot.com or CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.
3rd Annual Dog Day of Summer
Dog parade from city park to Twin Springs Park and back.. Dog contest to include cutest, ugliest, most unusual, best dog trick, dog-owner look alike and best all around.
Date: Saturday, August 6
Location: Siloam Springs City Park (Siloam Springs)
More Info: Contest registration fee $10. Vendors, food registration at 9am. Contact 479.524.4556 for more details.
Orchards Park – Summer Concert Series
All shows are free to the public. Come enjoy great music and a good time!
Date: August 5 and August 26
Location: Orchards Park (Bentonville)
More Info: August 5 features the Classic Rock of “Uncrowned Kings” and August 26 features the Rock N Soul of “Full House”. www.bentonvillear.com
Gulley Park – Summer Concert Series
FREE concerts in the park – six concerts throughout the summer.
Date: Thursday, August 11
Location: Gulley Park (Fayetteville)
More Info: Featuring the music of Uncrowned Kings. www.accessfayetteville.org
113th Annual Tontitown Grape Festival
Tontitown Grape Festival is a celebration of family, fun, and tradition. There is no other festival like this anywhere in the country! Something for everyone — free nationally recognized performers each night, a huge carnival, internationally famous homemade Italian spaghetti dinners, arts & crafts fair, and grape ice cream.
Date: Tuesday, August 9 – Saturday, August 13
Time: Various activities at different times. Check the master schedule!
Location: St. Joseph Festival Grounds (Tontitown)
More Info: www.tontitowngrapefestival.com
15th Annual Run for the Grapes 5K
Presented by First Federal Bank and the Fayetteville Tri-Sport Athletic Club in conjunction with the 113th Tontitown Grape Festival. Kids Fun at 8 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Catholic Youth Organization.
Date: Saturday, August 13
Location: Knights of Columbus Hall (Tontitown)
More Info: www.runforthegrapes.com
Eureka Springs Art Adventures – Dancing in the Rain at Sweet Spring
Make mobiles and water color paintings, then enjoy a Dancing in the Rain tea party with juice and cookies. A day for adults and kids to share together. All materials supplied free.
Date: Saturday, August 13
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Sweet Spring (Eureka Springs)
More Info: www.EurekaSpringsArtAdventures.com
107th Annual Benton County Fair
Exhibits of livestock, agronomy, horticulture, photography, 4-H, FFA, youth of Benton County, and commercial exhibitors. Beauty Pageants for babies-17 year old teens. Senior’s Day on Thursday, bull riding, floral exhibits, art exhibits, Jr. Livestock auction, cool-breeze carnival by Billy Dillard.
Date: Wednesday, August 17 – Sunday, August 21
Location: Benton County Fairgrounds (Bentonville)
More Info: 7 and over, $5. Free for 0-6 years. www.bentoncountyfair.org
Third Friday Twilight Walks
Merchants downtown host local artists, photographers and musicians, and promote special sales on the third Friday of each month from May through September. Also enjoy live music, community art projects for kids, street musicians, artists and crafters lining the sidewalks, loft tours of historic downtown residences, and food vendors.
Date: Friday, August 19
Time: 5 – 9pm
Location: Downtown Historic District (Rogers)
More Info: www.rogerslowellarcoc.weblinkconnect.com
6th Annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake
At various Beaver Lake locations, volunteer teams depart to collect and test water samples. The public is invited to enjoy educational activities and exhibits — children’s activities, boat tours, Audobon bird walk, photo contest.
Date: Saturday, August 20
Time: 8:30am – 12pm
Location: Beaver Lake (Rogers)
More Info: For information contact Amy Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org or 479.717.3807
Rhea Lana’s Children’s Consignment Event
NWA’s largest semi-annual kids consignment sale. Featuring high quality children’s clothes, shoes, toys, books, DVDs, baby equipment, maternity clothes, and more! Last fall, we had 725+ families selling 65,000+ children’s items!
Date: Sunday, August 21 – Saturday, August 27
Time: Check the website for times.
Location: Frisco Station Mall (Rogers)
More Info: www.rhealana.com
A 25-foot inflatable movie screen, a LCD projector, and state-of-the-art sound equipment combine to create the most unique movie-going experience in all of Northwest Arkansas. The final movie title will be announced in early August, and it will take place as part of the fall soccer Kickoff Celebration.
Date: Friday, August 26
Time: Gates open at 7:15pm. Movie begins at dark.
Location: Lewis Soccer Fields (Fayetteville)
More Info: www.accessfayetteville.org
The Frisco Festival has been delighting people from all over for more than two decades. This family-friendly festival is named in honor of Rogers’ rich railroad heritage. Area businesses sponsor what is the area’s biggest party including rides, music, delicious food, car shows, and so much more. A few signature events include the Chilisalapeno Competition, Kid’s Connection, Frisco Chicken BBQ, Frisco Idol, several car shows, main stage entertainment … all topped off with street dances on both Friday and Saturday night.
Date: Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27
Time: Varies – Check Schedule of Events
Location: Varies – Check Schedule of Events (Rogers)
More Info: www.friscofestival.com
Washington County Fair
Date: Tuesday, August 30 — Friday, Sept. 2
Location: Click here for directions
More info: MyWashingtonCountyFair com
Huck’s Corn Maze
This new 5-acre maze in Lowell is cut in the shape of Popeye. Hay rides, water balloon launcher, pumpkin patch, maize, concessions and more. *A large portion of the money raised will go to the Lowell fire and police departments.
Date: First week in September
Location: Lowell, click here for directions
More info: Hucks Corn Maze.com