Friday 5: Family fun this weekend in Northwest Arkansas, July 20-22

Summer is about spending time outside but maybe a little later in the day, when it’s cooled off?  We have 5 6 fun suggestions for things to do, but this weekend we rounded up several evening activities for you. Don’t forget the bug spray!

Need more time in the water? Check out the Summer 2018: Where to swim, splash, and stay cool in Northwest Arkansas.

Need more ideas? Peruse the Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: July 2018 or our Fun Family Outings section.

Sunset Movie Series

FREE outdoor Sunset Movie Series, movies begin at dusk (around 9pm), concessions on site, and a chance to win giveaways. The Sandlot: July 20.

Date: Friday, July 20

Time: 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Location: Kessler Mtn. Regional Park Baseball Field

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Music in Murphy  

Come and bring your chairs/blankets to enjoy this great music line up. All concerts are family and pet friendly. For more information or if you would like to get involved, please call us at 479-750-8185. CONCERT LINEUP JULY 20: Dr. NOLA & the Soul Shakers New Orleans influenced band that brings a fun and high energy live-show of originals and deep covers of blues, soul and funk. Refreshments sold by Kona Ice.

Date: Friday, July 20

Time: music starts about 7:30 p.m. and go to around 9:30 p.m.

Location: Murphy Park in Springdale

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Firefly Fling

The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks hosts the Firefly Fling Family Festival every year and it’s so much fun. Come dressed as your favorite fairy or woodland creature. Before dark, community groups will offer engaging and fun activities like fairy house building, an obstacle course, giant bubbles, nature stations, crafts, and more. Garden fairies and other fun characters will be granting wishes to children throughout the garden. After dark, families may gather on the lawn for glow-in-the-dark performances, followed by fire dancing a special Community Wishes Finale. Guests may bring blankets and picnics, but food trucks will be selling food as well. The Firefly Shoppe will have fairy wings, wands, glow sticks, and other festival items for sale, so you might want to bring some money.

Ticket prices:
Advance tickets: $12/adults, $4/children ages 3-13
At the gate: $15/adults, $5/children ages 3-13
Children under 3 are free.
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Date: Saturday, July 21

Time: 6-10 p.m.

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

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Woodcarver Joe Doster will be on hand to show how he whittles wooden spoons. Part of the Shiloh Saturday Series for families.

Date: Saturday, July 21

Time: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Location: Shiloh Museum of Ozark History

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Movie in the Park 

Pea Ridge Park Commission is hosting movies in the park. This night is Jumanji. Bring a lawn chair, blankets, etc and get comfortable.

Date: Saturday, July 21

Time: 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Location: Pea Ridge City Park

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Animation Film Festival 

This summer, the Sunday Film series at the Rogers Public Library is featuring the genre of Animation. Cartoons aren’t just for kids but kids are welcome. Bring the whole family and come join in celebrating Animated Films each Sunday. Admission and refreshments are free.

Date: Sunday, July 22

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Rogers Public Library

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