June Calendar: Northwest Arkansas Events + Summer Camps!


First Fridays – Bentonville

Activities, food and live music for the whole family! Held on the Bentonville square March through November.

Date: Fridays

Time: 11:30am

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 Thursdays of the month

Time: 5-8 p.m.

Location: Fayetteville Square

More info: 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: Saturdays

Time: 7am – 2pm

Location: Downtown Square (Fayetteville)

More Info: www.fayettevillefarmersmarket.org

Fayetteville Farmers’ Market Kid’s Day

The Fayetteville Farmers’ Market is hosting a special Kid’s Day Thursday morning, June 16, on the downtown square.  Puppet Shows, Farm Animals,a Fire Truck, and activities from the Rogers Historical Museum, Audubon Society, and the Montessori School. Fresh produce, blueberries and crafts available. (SNAP/EBT accepted this year.)

Date: Thursday, June 16

Time: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Downtown square

More info: www.fayettevillefarmersmarket.org

Little Sprouts

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.

Date: Wednesdays

Time: 10am

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

Tom Chapin at Bentonville First Fridays

Beloved singer/songwriter Tom Chapin will perform a concert for the whole family!

Date: Friday, June 3

Time: TBD

Location: Downtown Bentonville Square

More Info: Free and open to the public. www.downtownbentonville.org/first-fridays

First Friday Flicks – The Blind Side

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, June 3

Time: 8pm

Location: Lawrence Plaza (Bentonville)

More Info: www.bentonvillear.com

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, June 4

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.

Cane Hill Kite Festival

This will be the 10th Cane Hill Kite Festival to be held at Springfield Ranch in downtown Cane Hill. Free to park and watch.

Date: Sunday, June 5

Time: 12 – 5pm

Location: Springfield Ranch (Cane Hill)

More Info: To fly – $1 for kids, $2 for adults. Free to military families. 479.824.8109 for more information.

7th Annual Bentonville Artsfest

A festival of the arts in all forms. This event brings together the visual arts, theater, live music, culinary arts and film into a great weekend of talent from around the region. This year Artsfest will be a week-long festival!

Date: June 3 thru June 11

Time: 6pm

Location: Downtown Bentonville Square

More Info: www.downtownbentonville.org/artsfest

Studio Leilani Summer Art Classes

Children and adult classes with artist Leilani Law. A native of the Colorado Rockies, artist Leilani has claimed her home base as Fayetteville Arkansas for the past 17 years. She regards herself primarily as a painter but her creative investigations have involved printmaking, sculpture, and mixed-media. Among intriguing summer classes: Farmers’ Market Inspired Still Life Art.

Date: Starts June 7

Time: Varies

Location: Center Street, Fayetteville Square

More info: StudioLeilani.com

Gulley Park Summer Concert Series

Date: Thursdays (Next concert June 9)

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Gulley Park, Fayetteville

More info: AccessFayetteville.org

Ozark Natural Science Center Summer Camps

The Ozark Natural Science Center offers innovative, age appropriate field programs for learners of all ages. All summer camp programs are educationally based. Ozark Natural Science Center’s Summer Science Program offers campers a unique learning and recreational experience outdoors. Camps are designed to allow progression from our younger camps through our more advanced offerings. However, anyone may attend regardless of previous summer camp experience at ONSC. Age-specific recreational and educational activities in each camp are designed to develop appreciation for our natural world.

Date: First camp (Ozark Field Expedition) starts June 12. Camp through end of July.

Time: Varies

Location: Ozark Natural Science Center, Huntsville

More info: http://onsc.us/summer-camps/


Arts Live Theatre – Summer Camps

Northwest Arkansas’ only dedicated children’s and youth theatre company will begin its summer camps June 13. Camps available for grades K-12 including Musical Theatre, Theatre Production, Theatre Dance, Stage Makeup, Stage Combat and Comedy Improv. Camps are one week each and offered monthly.

Date: Starting Monday, June 13. Continues through the summer.

Time: 10am

Location: Arts Live Theatre (Fayetteville)

More Info: For a complete schedule of camps, fees and downloadable registration form, visit www.artslivetheatre.com.

Imagine Studios Summer Camps

Date: Camps start June 13

Time: Varies

Location: Imagine Studios, Village on the Creeks

More info: Imagine Studios Summer Camps

NWA Community Creative Center Summer Camps

With nine adult classes and over 30 kids classes to choose from, add some art to your summer. They claim to have the cure for the “I’m Bored” Gremlin!  Weekly classes available at the Community Creative Center, better known as Nadine Baum Studios.

Date: June, varies

Time: Varies

Location: Nadine Baum Studios

More info: NWACCC Summer Camps

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks Mini-Camp

Camping at the Garden: Explore@BGO, a nature and gardening camp for ages 7-8 and 9-10, comes to the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks from June 14 through August 9. Sign-up deadline is May 31.

Date: Starting June 14 through Aug. 9

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

More info: E-mail Judy Smith, jsmith@bgozarks.org or call 750-2620, extension 26.

Digging Up Arkansas

It is Arkansas’ 175th birthday! To celebrate, the Washington County Historical Society and the Walton Arts Center will be presenting the play “Digging Up Arkansas”.

Date: Wednesday, June 15 (Statehood Day!)

Time: Shows at 4:45 and 6:15pm

Location: Owl Creek Elementary School (Fayetteville)

More Info: Please pre-register with the WAC box office due to limited seating, but families are welcome to attend free of charge. www.waltonartscenter.org

37th Annual Kid’s Day

Special activities for children at the Fayetteville Farmers Market. Face painting, fire engines, balloons, community organizations around the beautiful downtown square.

Date: Thursday, June 16

Time: 7am – 1pm

Location: Downtown Square (Fayetteville)

More Info: Admission is free. www.fayettevillefarmersmarket.org

Community Cookout!

Bank of the Ozarks will be serving hot dogs, burgers, chips and water for FREE. Chick-fil-A will also be there with games and a special appearance by the cow!

Date: Friday, June 17

Time: 11am – 1:30pm

Location: Bank of the Ozarks – Pleasant Grove Road (Rogers)

Tri-Sport Club Kids & Family Triathlon

A kids triathlon, plus a parent/guardian division. Ages 7-14 boys and girls who want to try their first triathlon or for the “seasoned” young person who is wanting a challenge.

Date: Saturday, June 18

Time: 8am

Location: Fayetteville Athletic Club (Fayetteville)

More Info: Each competitor will receive a t-shirt and all participants completing the race will receive a USA Triathlon finisher’s medal. www.trisportclub.com/kids_triathlon

U of A College of Engineering Summer Camps

For kids in the 6th grade or above next school year. Programs offer hands-on engineering activities tailored to different ages and interests. Find the program right for you by checking out the link below. Deadline is May 30.

Date: Starts June 20

Time: Varies

Location: University’s Bell Engineering

More info: U of A summer camps

Cancer Challenge Run/Walk

Cancer Challenge Run/Walk 10K, 5K and 1-mile courses. Registration includes entry fee, t-shirt, backpack to the first 1000 registered.

Date: Saturday, June 25

Time: 8am

Location: Orchards Park (Bentonville)

More Info: Registration is $25 for adults, $15 for teens (ages 13-17), $10 for youth (ages 2-12) and free under 2. www.cancerchallenge.com

Rodeo of the Ozarks

67th Annual! The Rodeo of the Ozarks brings the best cowboys and the best stock together for four nights of rodeo action! Nearly 500 contestants, professional athletes will compete in seven PRCA and WPRA sanction events – Tie Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Barrel Racing, Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Team Roping and the ever popular Bull Riding. Bring the entire family out to celebrate our nation’s birthday and our western heritage.

Date: Opening Night – Wednesday, June 29

Time: 6:30pm (Parade at 3pm!)

Location: Parsons Stadium (Springdale)

More Info: Following the rodeo Easton Corbin will perform a FREE concert with your purchase of a Wednesday night rodeo ticket! www.parsonsstadium.com

Family Sundays – Arvest Ballpark

Families rule on Sunday at Arvest Ballpark! Kids 12 and under Eat Free and can run the bases after the game. Stop by and visit our face painter and balloon artist!

Date: Sundays, June 5, 12, 19

Time: Varies

Location: Arvest Ballpark (Springdale)

More Info: For ticket info, www.nwanaturals.com

Northwest Arkansas Community College Summer Camps

NWACC will hold summer camps for youth, age eight or older, as well as pre-college. The summer program will feature day-long or half-day courses. Participants may reserve a spot in advance through registration at the Shewmaker Center for Workforce Technologies at the Bentonville.

Date: Classes start July 5

Time: Varies

Location: NWACC

More info: https://www.nwacc.edu/corporatelearning/summercamp/

Rogers Athletic Center Summer Camps

Date: Varies

Time: Varies

Location: Rogers Athletic Center

More info: Rogers Arkansas Center

Trike Theatre Summer Camps

Fine arts and performace camps for students ages 4yr-12th grade. Three locations: Fayetteville, Bentonville and Bella Vista.

Date: Varies

Time: Varies

Location: Fayetteville, Bentonville, Bella Vista

More info: TrikeTheatre.org