Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: August 2021

August 2021 Calendar of Events in Northwest Arkansas

Spotlight event: As you know, ALL of the content on is free and has been for nearly 13 years now. Sponsorship and advertising from local sponsors makes it possible for us to provide all the content for free to local moms and their families. This month’s calendar is sponsored by YumYo’s Frozen Treats, which will be offering a “Waffle Cone Wednesday” deal every Wednesday, when you can get a waffle cone treat for only $3.99. To check out the whole Yum Yo’s menu, click here. 

Fabrication Lab Orientation

Been dying to get into the Fabrication Lab to make something? This is your opportunity to learn all the safety rules and discover the innovative tools within this space. All Fabrication Lab users will be required to attend an orientation before gaining access to this space, so don’t miss your chance to get making over the summer! Learn how to safely operate the tools within the Fabrication Lab and begin to plan your first maker project. Completion of this orientation class will result in ongoing access to the Fabrication Lab during open maker hours.

Equipment includes: 3D printers, Laser cutters, CNC router, Heat Press and more!

Please do not wear loose fitting clothing, jewelry and tie back long hair. Please, no open-toe shoes. Attendees under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please only register for one Fabrication Lab Orientation.

Time: 4-6 p.m.

Date: August 4, 11 and 18

Location: Fayetteville Public Library 401 W. Mountain St. Fayetteville

Click here for more info about the Fabrication Lab event. 

Arkansas Critters at FPL

A drop-in program to interact and learn about wildlife native to Northwest Arkansas. Come to the Randal W. Tyson Children’s Library to meet with Jordan Bevil, Regional Educator from the JB and Johnelle Hunt Family Ozark Highlands Nature Center, to learn about native critters of Northwest Arkansas. Touch an animal pelt and learn lots of cool animal facts for our Summer Reading theme of Tails & Tales! This program is near the Preschool desk of the Children’s library expansion.

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Date: August 5

Location: Randal W. Tyson Children’s Library at the Fayetteville Public Library 401 W. Mountain St. Fayetteville

Click here for more info about the Arkansas Critters event. 

Will Golf 4 Kids Tournament

Support Arkansas Children’s Hospital with this socially distanced, in person event. Golfers will receive a breakfast/snack bag and a goody bag.

Time: Arrive 15-30 minutes before your scheduled tee time.

Date: August 5 and 6

Location: Bella Vista Country Club and Kingswood Golf Course

Click here for more info about the Will Golf 4 Kids event. 

Art Trail at Night

Come experience an evening of drop-in, creative fun under the stars with music, food, artmaking, and more. With stargazing and shadow puppets on the South Lawn, we’re transforming the Art Trail into a glowing garden of light and imagination that’s fun for all ages.

Kick off the night with a one-of-a-kind sunset view at Skyspace, then mosey over to themed artmaking stations to flex those creative muscles. Live music more your style? Be sure to catch one of our guest artists at one of several performance areas throughout the grounds, including nocturnes presented by Symphony of Northwest Arkansas and sets by Modeling, Emilia Wang, and Ozark Daughter.

Need a breather from the walk? Join us for a movie break on the Bachman Wilson House Lawn or catch a bedtime story near Stella on the trail. We’ll also have a pop-up concessions and bar area serving late-night snack, sips, and brews for those wanting a little refreshment.

So grab your glow gear and come explore with us in starlit style. Free, no registration required.

Time: 8-11 p.m.

Date: August 6

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art 600 Museum Way, Bentonville

Click here for more info about the nighttime Art Trail event. 

Zing Fling

Our summer member party is back and it’s less than a month away. Join us on Saturday, August 7 from 6- 8 p.m. Members will enjoy pop-ups (with a slightly messy theme), interaction with our Play Facilitators, and special entertainment from local musicians Shannon Wurst with Brad Helms. You may recognize Shannon’s voice from our End of Day Celebration. This event is free but reservations are required. A limited quantity is available. Reserve your tickets here.

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Date: August 7

Location: Scott Family Amazeum 1009 Museum Way, Bentonville

Click here for info about the Zing Fling at the Amazeum. 

Family Fun: Paint off

We’re having a painting party and you’re invited. Bring the whole family to the museum this summer for fabulous, free, messy fun for all ages to enjoy. (Grown-ups, don’t worry—we’ll take care of the clean-up, and everything’s washable here.) Free, no registration required.

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Date: August 7

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art 600 Museum Way, Bentonville

Click here for more info about the Paint-off event at Crystal Bridges. 

Virtual Color of Hope Gala

The online live and silent auction will open for pre-bidding starting July 28. A link will be emailed for auction registration. The program link will go live at 5:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 6:00 p.m. It will include an exciting live auction and entertainment you won’t want to miss! Several weeks before the event, Tailgate Team Captains and sponsors will be contacted to coordinate delivery of Gameday tailgate kits to their chosen locations. The virtual Color of Hope program will be a one-way stream, so guests will not see each other. However, everyone is encouraged to dress in their favorite team jerseys and share photos on social media channels using the #TailgateForKids and #ChampionsForChildren hashtags.

Time: link goes live at 5:30 p.m. program at 6 p.m.

Date: August 7

Location: online

Click here for the Virtual Color of Hope Gala.


Community-wide fun for a good cause is coming to Elkins on August 7. Elkfest is a first-ever event that has a car show, vendor fair, silent auction, music, history project, food, inflatables and kids’ activities. Proceeds from the day-long event will benefit the Elkins Shop with a Cop program. That evening, the movie “Around the World in 80 Days” will be shown in Bunch Park.

Time: 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; the movie starts around 8:30 p.m.

Date: August 7

Location: Events will be spread throughout Bunch Park, the Elkins Community Center 162 Doolin Dr, Elkins, and the Elkins Public Library 352 N Center St, Elkins

Click here for more info on Elkfest.

Thank-A-Teacher Celebration Parade

The Chamber staff, our sponsors, and participating businesses will make their way across Rogers and Lowell welcoming back teachers as they prepare for another great school year. We will stop at each school within the district to drop off goodie bags and wish the faculty and staff an amazing school year. The Parade will start at 8:30 a.m. and conclude when we reach our final stop around 10:30 a.m. There are four parade routes and businesses will be assigned a specific route. Sponsors may participate in any or all routes.

You can participate in three ways: Purchase a space in the Parade & donate promotional items to be included in Teacher Goodie Bags; Donate a gift card or prize (valued at $50 or more) to be awarded to a deserving teacher; or Sponsor the Parade.

Time: 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Date: August 10

Location: various in Rogers

Click here for more info about the Thank-a-Teacher Parade event. 

Audio 101

This class is intended for those interested in recording in the Audio Recording Studio in the Center for Innovation. Completion of both audio 101 and 102 is required for studio access.

The Audio 101 class deals with some technical audio basics such as: frequency, wavelength, amplitude, phase, Fletcher Munson Curve, sound pressure, decibels, levels, sample rate, bit depth, buffer size, latency, microphone types, and cable types. The second required class, audio 102, is more hands on and deals with our specific studio and a basic Pro Tools overview. Classes are for users 15 and over, please.

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Date: August 10 (Audio 102 given 1-4 p.m. Aug. 11; and then both Audio 101 and 102 will take place Aug. 28 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. respectively)

Location: Fayetteville Public Library 401 W Mountain St, Fayetteville

Click here for more info about the Audio 101 event. 

Art on the Bricks Art Walk

The Art Walk is back in person! Visit pop-up art exhibits from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., and live music from 7 – 9 p.m. the 2nd Thursday of every month. Free and family friendly. Enjoy a broad mix of talented artists, craftsmen and musicians sharing their talent in indoor and outdoor locations.

Time: 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Date: August 12

Location: downtown Rogers

Click here for more info on the Art Walk event. 

Sip & Savor

Come sip on some beer, wine, and spirits with us at one of our favorite nights of the year. You’ll have the opportunity to eat some of the best food our area has to offer with some great company. All proceeds from this event go to the Boys & Girls Club.

Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Date: August 19

Location: 807 W. Hudson Blvd. Rogers

Click here for more info on the Sip & Savor event. 

Empowered Through Transparency

2020 taught us many lessons, and chief among them is that our need for genuine connection is very real. But how much do we edit and filter ourselves, on social media and in real life, and how does that impact the connections we make with our families, friends, and business associates? How can we set ourselves free from the pressures of perfection and empower ourselves, and each other, through transparency?

Hustle in Heels – LADIES LEAD NWA is an initiative of the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce dedicated to empowering, educating, and connecting women with a modern approach to professional and business development.

Registration is a $25 ticket and includes lunch.

Time: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Date: August 19

Location: Supply Chain Hall of Fame 5111 W. J.B. Hunt Drive Rogers

Click here for more info on the Empowered Through Transparency event.

Frisco Festival

Join us for the 36th Annual Frisco Festival that will be taking place for the first time in the newly renovated Railyard Park.

This year we will be adding new family activities, a variety of food vendors, rows of local artisans and makers in our craft vendor area, live music, and community performances at the new Butterfield Stage. We are excited to introduce the Bike Block, a zone dedicated to all things bicycle. Make sure to bring your dancing shoes for awesome live music on both Friday and Saturday night. Saturday morning will kick off with the DTR Market, the annual car show and other fun activities that will run all day and into the evening. We will end the day with more live music on the Butterfield Stage.

Stay tuned for the music lineup. This is going to be a fantastic way to end the summer! Frisco Festival is a community celebration of our past and embracing of the future.

Time: 5- 10 p.m. on Aug. 20; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 21

Date: August 20 and 21

Location: Railyard Park at 1st Street between Walnut and Cherry, Rogers

Click here for more info on Frisco Fest. 

Live at Turnbow

Enjoy live music in downtown Springdale on the last Thursday of the month. Live at Turnbow features local musicians and bands — from jazz to mariachi, bluegrass and funk. Grab a bite or sip in the Outdoor Dining District and enjoy the tunes. The live music begins at 6:30. These events are FREE and open to the public. Live at Turnbow is presented by Tyson Family Foundation, Engel & Volkers and CACHE.

Time: 6-9 p.m.

Date: August 26

Location: Walter Turnbow Park at Shiloh Square, just off Emma Ave. Springdale

Click here for more info on the Live at Turnbow event. 

Tailgate Gala

Join us at The Tailgate Gala on August 27th from 6:30 – 11:00 p.m. at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale. The gala will be casual and we ask everyone to wear their favorite team shirt or jersey if you like.

The gala will have:
College football on the big screens; food and adult beverages; Boom Kinetic playing all your favorite 80’s and 90’s hits; Silent Auction and QB1 Challenge Winner announced. This event is primarily an outside event and silent auction and lounge will be inside. If it rains, the event will be in the Convention Center.

Tickets are $100 each and you can also get a Reserved table for 10 for $1250. Purchase tickets and reserved tables for 10 here: For questions and more information please contact Todd at or 479-200-1313.

Time: 6:30-11 p.m.

Location: Northwest Arkansas Convention Center 1400 S 48th St. Springdale

Click here for more info on the Tailgate Gala. 

A Day at Osage Park (Rescheduled for October 9!)

Osage Park is celebrating this unique space by bringing together the community and organizations for this one-day event. The park will be filled with different opportunities to learn, play and eat. This event is free and open to the public, no registration required.

Who will be there? Our Neighbors: Bentonville Brewing, Climb Bentonville, Bentonville Parks and Rec.; archery range vendors, art + kids vendors, dog vendors, food and drink vendors, Conservation Organizations and live music: 12 p.m. Michael Tisdale, 2 p.m. Dirty Seconds, and at 4 p.m. Handshake Saints.

Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Date: August 28 Rescheduled for Oct. 9

Location: Osage Park 700 16th St. Bentonville

Click here for more info on this Osage Park event. 

22nd Annual Golf Classic

You can benefit the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter at this golf classic on Monday, August 30. New this year is a helicopter golf ball drop, which will take place with a cocktail event from 6-8 p.m. Sunday night, August 29, at the Thaden Airfield Hangar. For more information, contact Carla Laing at or 479.795.2417 ext 305. To learn more about winning the brand new golf cart, visit

Time: 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Date: August 30

Location: Springdale Country Club 608 W Lakeview Dr, Springdale

Click here for more info on the Golf Classic.