Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: July 2017

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Summer is in full swing, as is the calendar of FUN in NWA! We could have made a list twice this long of incredible family-friendly events, but here are our favorites.

We’ll be adding to this list as the month draws on, so check back often! And we didn’t include any fireworks shows or patriotic Independence Day events here because we gave them their own page! CLICK HERE to view our complete list of Fourth of July fireworks shows and events in NWA.

Kids’ Day: Bike to the Market

18156645_1640210375993441_7504509026519731822_o Have the kids decorate their bikes and head to the Bike to Market Kids’ Day! The fun starts with a bike parade, followed by awards for the most festive bikes. Other activities will include bike maintenance and safety instructions, a bounce house, helmet decorating station, and more!

Date: Saturday, July 1

Time: 10am – 12pm

Location: Bentonville Farmer’s Market, Downtown

More info: Click here

Mountain Street Stage Summer Music Series

The 9th Annual Mountain Street Stage Summer Music Series finishes up this month, with five more incredible bands. All shows are free, family-friendly, and include room for dancing! Genres cover Americana, rockabilly, folk, rock, R&B, and more.
– July 2: Still on the Hill

– July 9: Boss Tweeds
– July 16: Sky City
– July 23: The Odds
– July 30: Arkansauce

Dates: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Time: 2 – 4pm

Location: Fayetteville Public Library

More info: Click here

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Note from the mamas: This actually isn’t a special event, because it happens at every Naturals Sunday home game! We just think it’s a good time of year to remind everyone of this awesome family-friendly special.

Sundays are all about the kids at Arvest Ballpark: kids eat FREE (12 & under) with a voucher for a hot dog, chips, and a soda, and then they get to run the bases after the game, just like the players! Take the whole family out to the ballgame for some inexpensive, all-American fun this summer.

Dates: Sundays, July 2, 23, 30

Times: Vary

Location: Arvest Ballpark, Springdale

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amazeum Priceless Nights at the Amazeum

Thanks to a gift from Tyson Foods, most Wednesday evenings are “Priceless Nights” at the Scott Family Amazeum! These evenings allow you to enter the museum with a pay-as-you-wish donation instead of the usual entrance fee. If you’ve never been to the Amazeum, this is a great opportunity to take the kids and try it out!

Dates: Wednesdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26

Times: 4:00 – 7:30pm

Location: Scott Family Amazeum, Bentonville

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Friday Morning Movies at FPL

The Fayetteville Public Library’s free Friday Morning Movies series continues this month with four new movies.
– July 7: Beauty & The Beast (G)

– July 14: Boss Baby (PG)
– July 21: Star Wars: A New Hope (PG)
– July 28: The LEGO Batman Movie (PG)

Dates: July 7, 14, 21, 28

Time: 10am – 12 noon

Location: Fayetteville Public Library

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First Friday: Americana MusicFirst Fridays: Americana

The Bentonville Square will be transformed into an Americana Music block party with live music & entertainment, local food options (think food trucks!), and loads of family friendly activities. This event is happening in conjunction with the Natural State Criterium cycling races, so come ready to cheer! Admission is free. Mainstage concerts begin at 4:30pm.

Date: Friday, July 7

Time: 11am to 8pm

Location: Bentonville Farmer’s Market, Downtown

More info: Click here

Sunday Funday: Free Skate at Jones Center

Thanks to a donation from Walmart, the Jones Center is offering a completely free afternoon of ice skating! Keep the whole family active and cool at the same time. 

Date: Sunday, July 9

Time: 2:00 – 4:45pm

Location: Jones Center, Springdale

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3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Family Play DaySassafras Springs and HCO

Bring your whole family (dogs included) to explore and enjoy the beautiful Sassafras Springs Vineyard and support the Ozark Humane Society. Bring your dog’s favorite toy to let your dog play in the creek. Enjoy exceptional wines inside the wine tasting room or out on the decks. Many other drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. Admission is free, and Sassafras Springs Vineyard will donate 10% of food and drink sales to Humane Society of the Ozarks.
Full schedule of events:
2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Caricature drawings by NWA Caricatures 
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Live Music by The Roving Gamblers
5 p.m. – 7p.m. Photographs by Carmen Carcamo Photography
5 p.m. – 7p.m. – Visit with HSO dogs up for adoption

Date: Sunday, July 9

Time: 11am – 7pm (drop-in)

Location: Sassafras Springs Vineyard, Springdale

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Jack and the Beanstalk at Rogers Public Library

The Opera in the Ozarks is performing selections from “Jack and the Beanstalk” at the Rogers Public Library. This opera will please children and the young at heart.

Date: Wednesday, July 12

Time: 10:00 – 11:00am

Location: Rogers Public Library

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123 Andrés Concert at Crystal Bridges

Get ready to dance and sing with 123 Andrés! 123 Andrés is a Latin Grammy (best children’s album 2016) and Parent’s Choice Gold Award winner. Andrés’ concerts create joyful sounds, passion for bilingualism, and a high-energy love of music that gets kids singing and dancing in Spanish and English.

Date: Thursday, July 13

Time: 7:00 – 8:00pm

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville

More info: Click here

Free Summer Concert Series at Gulley Park: Melody Pond

Local band Melody Pond will be playing a free show at Gulley Park as a part of the 21st Annual Gulley Park Summer Concert Series. Free admission, and food trucks onsite. Bring your own blankets, lawn chairs, and dancing shoes!

Date: Thursday, July 13

Time: 7 – 9pm

Location: Gulley Park, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

19th Annual Fat Tire Festival

The annual Fat Tire Festival in Eureka Springs attracts riders and spectators from all over Arkansas and surrounding states for three days of mountain bike racing. But the fun isn’t only for cyclists or the bike-obsessed—the whole family can get in on the action with casual group rides, live music, craft beer, arts and crafts, and a mobile food court. This event is a great opportunity to get out of town for the day and experience something new!

Dates: July 14, 15, 16

Times: 2pm Friday to 2pm Sunday

Location: Lake Leatherwood, Eureka Springs

More info: Click here

JC Movie Night: Lego Batman

#JCmovienight is back for Season 3. July’s movie will be popular with kids and adults alike—The LEGO Batman Movie! Admission is free, so bring the whole family for this one.

Date: Friday, July 14

Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm

Location: Jones Center, Springdale

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Dive-In Movie: Finding Dory

Springdale Parks and Recreation is hosting a free “dive-in” movie at the Springdale Aquatic Center! Your kids can swim and watch Finding Dory at the same time! Popcorn and drinks will be provided for free. The pool will open at 7:30, and the movie will start at dusk. Thanks to the Springdale Police Department for providing the screen and projector for this event!

Date: Friday, July 14

Time: 7:30 – 10:30pm

Location: Springdale Aquatic Center

More info: Click here


Yarnell’s Ice Cream Festival

The Bentonville Farmer’s Market is hosting the 6th Annual Yarnell’s Ice Cream Festival! Yarnell’s will be onsite with an ice cream truck, giving away ice cream and hosting ice cream eating competitions. Enough said.

Date: Saturday, July 15

Time: 7:30am – 1pm

Location: Bentonville Farmer’s Market

More info: Click here

Discover the Grounds: Native Crystals and Gems

Most people know that Arkansas soil still holds diamonds, but what about other crystals and gems? In this Discover the Grounds, J. Van Brahana will guide the group through a close look at Crystal Bridges’ large installation of crystals from Blue Springs, Arkansas, and discuss other sparkly rocks that are commonly found, such as diamonds, gems, and glass. This event is free, but registration is required.

Date: Saturday, July 15

Time: 10:00 – 11:30am

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville

More info: Click here

Firefly Fling at the Botanical GardensFirefly-Fling4

One of NWA’s most anticipated midsummer events is back! Before dark, community groups will offer engaging and fun activities like fairy house building, a photo booth, obstacle course, giant bubbles, nature stations, crafts, puppet shows, and live music. After dark, families can join in glowing games, then gather on the lawn for glow-in-the-dark performances and fire dancing with Violetta Lotus Fireflies and a special Community Wishes Finale. Guests may bring blankets and picnics. Food trucks will be onsite for food and drinks. Tickets are required for admission to this event.

Date: Saturday, July 15

Time: 6 – 10pm

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

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Outdoor Movie Night: The Sandlot

The Downtown Rogers Farmers Market hosts free outdoor movies each month, and this month they are showing 90’s classic The Sandlot! Bring lawn chairs, grab some concessions, and settle in for a throwback movie under the stars.

Date: Friday, July 21

Time: 8 – 11pm

Location: Downtown Rogers Farmers Market

More info: Click here

Sunset Kayak Tour at Hobbs State Park

To celebrate Lakes Appreciation Month, the Beaver Watershed Alliance and Hobbs State Park are working together to create a magical evening of paddling on Beaver Lake. A Hobbs park interpreter will be your guide as you learn the basics of paddling on the calm waters of the lake. Recreational kayaks, paddles, and life jackets will be provided. This event is free and open to the public (ages 13 and up), but space is limited and reservations are required.

Date: Monday, July 24

Time: 8 – 10pm

Location: Hobbs State Park, Rogers

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BGO Free Summer Concert Series: Leah & The Mojo Doctors

Leah & The Mojo Doctors are playing some melt-your-socks-off blues and rock n roll on the Great Lawn at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. All concerts are family friendly and FREE to the public. Enjoy food & drink from local food trucks. Lawn chairs & picnic blankets are welcome (but dogs are not, sorry). For extra (sweaty) fun and eco-points, consider riding your bike! The Razorback Greenway leads right to the Gardens, which offers bike parking.

Date: Tuesday, July 25

Time: 7 – 9pm

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

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End of Summer Celebration with Springdale Public Library

To celebrate the end of summer and the reading program, the Springdale Library is throwing a party in Murphy Park. Tommy Terrific, the accidental magician, will be performing his Wacky Magic show. You can also win prizes at the carnival, dance with the band, and have a hotdog and drink.

Date: Thursday, July 27

Time: 10:00am – 12 noon

Location: Murphy Park, Springdale

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The Wedding Singer at Arkansas Public Theatre

The community-based Arkansas Public Theatre is bringing the Tony-award winning musical The Wedding Singer (yes, like the Adam Sandler movie) to the stage in July and August. Set in 1985, rock-star-wannabe and wedding singer Robbie Hart is jilted at the altar. He then makes every wedding as disastrous as his own, until a waitress wins his heart—but she is engaged to a banker, and he must give the performance of his life to change her mind. If you’re looking for night on the town in downtown Rogers, this funny play held in the historic Victory Theatre is just the ticket!

Dates: July 28, 29, 30


Location: Arkansas Public Theatre, Rogers

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Back to School Readiness Event by Altrusa

Believe it or not, back-to-school events are already starting up, and Altrusa is hosting a helpful one. If you’re a resident of Farmington, Prairie Grove, Lincoln, Greenland, or West Fork (though no one from Washington County will be turned away), take your kids to Prairie Grove Elementary for a free backpack full of school supplies, a free haircut, and a free lunch (parents, you get a free lunch too!). Games, prizes, face painting, and a vendor fair for parents. Each child will be able to select two free books to take home. 

Date: Saturday, July 29

Time: 11am – 2pm

Location: Prairie Grove Elementary School

The Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events is sponsored by The Jones Center for Families in Springdale. There’s ALWAYS something fun happening at The Jones Center, plus they have all kinds of classes for adults and kids — and great birthday party options at the indoor swimming pool, gymnastics or ice skating rink! CLICK HERE to visit the Jones Center website to see more!

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