Friday 5: Fun things to do in Northwest Arkansas this weekend, Aug. 24-26

Happy Friday, mamas! Time to hang out with the family and ENJOY. Here are 5 fun things to do with your crew this weekend, Aug. 24-26.

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Washington County Fair

This is Arkansas’ largest county fair. From bull riding to all new action-packed carnival rides, this is fun for all ages. There are arm band nights for your teens late Friday and Saturday nights. On Saturday, there’s a fun Kids Fest. Animals, food, rides, petting zoo, lumberjack shows and more.

Dates: Now through Saturday

Times: Varies

Location: Washington County fairgrounds, Fayetteville


Harry Potter Night at Arvest Ballpark + fireworks

Fans are encouraged to dress up. The special theme night will feature Harry Potter music throughout the night, plus activities including, Face Painting and Sorting Hat Booth courtesy of Wizard Way of the Ozarks and the NWA Harry Potter Alliance; Characters available on the concourse for photos; Divination/Astrology Booth; Quidditch pre-game scrimmage on the field and lessons throughout the game courtesy of the University of Arkansas Quidditch Club; House Names and Roll-Calls; Harry Potter themed music and videoboard. There will be a fireworks show after the game, the final one of the season.

Date: Friday, Aug. 24

Time: Game starts at 7:05 p.m. (gates open at 6 p.m.)

Location: Arvest Ballpark, Springdale

Fayetteville Roots Festival

Fayetteville Roots Festival is a five-day, intimate, urban music and food festival featuring over 10 music stages and multiple culinary stages and events. The festival features nationally known musicians/bands paired with undiscovered regional and local talent. The Roots Festival is a showcase of many of the elements that make the Fayetteville community and Northwest Arkansas region a beloved cultural hot spot.

Date: Now through Sunday, Aug. 26

Time: Varies

Location: Varies

Rock, Fossil, Artifact . . . Blow dart? at the Amazeum

The Archaeology Department from the University of Arkansas will be at the Amazeum for the museum’s next Community Spotlight and they’re bringing some interesting activities for kids of all ages (even the grown-up ones). Find out about the physical evidence people leave behind to tell their story (and blow darts) from the experts.

Date: Saturday, Aug. 25

Time: Noon to 2 p.m.

Location: The Amazeum, Bentonville

Crystal Bridges Museum Family Fun

If you’re visiting on Saturday or Sunday, spend some time at Crystal Bridges’ Drop-In Artmaking classes. This is a great opportunity to let your family get hands-on experience making art based on the works they see in the galleries. Drop-In Artmaking is located in the studios off Walker Landing and is free for all ages. There are also lots of other things to do. Click on the link above for lots of good ideas.

Date: Saturday, Sunday

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville