Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: July 2019

July 2019 calendar of events for Northwest Arkansas

Welcome to hot, hot summertime, mamas! There are some awesome things to do with the kids in Northwest Arkansas in July!

Here’s a list of 2019 fireworks events in NWA and below is a big list of events this month:

Opera in the Ozarks

The 2019 Children’s opera will be Monkey See, Monkey Do. Master of silliness and fun David Ward will direct studio artists in this bilingual (English and Spanish) romp. What could be more fun than singing monkeys? Expect audience participation elements so you too can make noise. All public library performances are free and open to anyone. The performance at the Eureka Springs Auditorium is $10 for adults and free for children. Performances last about one hour, with time for meeting the singers, photos, and autographs.

Time: 3 p.m.

Date: July 1 and more

Location: varies by date: Eureka Springs Public Library 194 Spring Street Eureka Springs on July 1; 2 p.m. July 6, Eureka Springs Auditorium 36 S. Main St. Eureka Springs; 2 p.m. July 10,  Bella Vista Public Library 11 Dickens Pl. Bella Vista; 11 a.m. July 11, Springdale Public Library 405 S Pleasant St. Springdale; 2 p.m. July 13, Bentonville Public Library 405 S Main Street Bentonville; 1 p.m. July 17, Life Styles 2590 W. Sycamore Fayetteville

Break a World Record in Bentonville

To be part of the world’s LARGEST cakewalk, go to Orchards Park in Bentonville at from 12 to 4 p.m. on July 2, 2019. That date is significant because July 2, 1962 was the date that Sam Walton opened his first Walmart store. That means the company that’s headquartered right here in Northwest Arkansas is about to turn 57 years old!

If you or your kids have never been in a cakewalk, here’s how it works: You buy a ticket to participate (the money helps a local charity) for $12 each. While the cakewalk music plays, you walk around in a big circle which is marked with numbered spots. When the music stops, everyone stops walking and stands on a numbered spot. Then an announcer draws a number out of a bag and announces the number. The person standing on that number wins a cake! (We love an easy game that ends in cake.)

Not only will you be part of the biggest cakewalk, there will also be food trucks, bouncy houses and a DJ at the event. This event is designed for the whole family.

Professional photographers will also be on-hand to capture the fun in images that will be posted online for free.  (Awesome family memory for the scrapbook!)

This event will benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center for Benton County.

Here’s a recap of the info:

When: July 2, 2019 from 12 to 4 p.m. (with the record attempt at 2 p.m.)
Where: Orchards Park in Bentonville, Arkansas
Why: To celebrate Walmart’s birthday (and to set a new world record)!
Who: Anyone can attend, and it’s great for families.
Cost: $12 per participant
Beneficiary: Proceeds benefit Children’s Advocacy for Benton County

Click HERE to register for this event.

Terrific Tuesday Nights at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Now through August, the botanical garden will be open and free to the public from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays. Guests are invited to make a donation to support garden programs. Activities on select evenings may include concerts, enchanted garden walks and other fun activities. Please note that concerts will end at 9 pm.

On July 2 is the Red, White and Blooms patriotic concert featuring NWA Jazz and More Orchestra. Wear your patriotic gear and join us to celebrate America and our military members. On July 16 is an Arkansauce concert, see more at On July 23 is a bluegrass jam/picking night, a unique night at the garden featuring performances by local bluegrass musicians. Guests are invited to bring their own instruments and join in with the musicians.

Time: 5-8 p.m.

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

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks 4703 N Crossover Rd Fayetteville

Daisy National BB Gun Championships

Daisy Outdoor Products and other organizations annually sponsor the Shooting Education Program to teach young people gun safety and introduce them to the sport of shooting.

Date: July 3-6

Location: John Q. Hammons Center 3303 S Pinnacle Hills Pkwy, Rogers

Star Party

Spend a summer evening outdoors gazing at the stars and enjoying the night sky! Each Star Party will begin at sunset watching the light show inside James Turrell’s Skyspace: The Way of Color, followed by a chance to look through telescopes, chat with astronomers from Sugar Creek Astronomical Society, and engage with activities inspired by the night sky. Free, no registration required.

Time: 8 p.m.

Date: July 3

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

FREEdom Yoga

FREEdom vinyasa flow is for all levels. This will be an energizing, playful 75-minute class featuring Aimee Lynn on the guitar. This a free class for Independence Day, but space is limited. Reserve your spot in advance.

Time: 9 -10:15 a.m.

Date: July 4

Location: 111 1/2 W Walnut, downtown Rogers

Fireworks Spectacular

Join the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas for An American Salute at the Walmart AMP on the Fourth of July. Events in the parking lot before the show.

Time: Gates open at 6pm. Music starts at 7:30pm. Fireworks start at 9:15pm.

Date: July 4

Location: Walmart AMP 5079 W Northgate Rd, Rogers

Fourth of July Fun and Games

Join park interpreters for a few hours of family-friendly outdoor games, such as three-legged races, wheel barrel races, watermelon eating contests, seed spitting contests, and a water balloon battle. After all the games, join the park interpreters for free hot dogs and watermelon.

Time: 10 a.m.-noon

Date: July 4

Location: 15458 Shepard Springs Road Mountainburg

Our Universe Space Parade and Reception

On July 4th, Fenix Fayetteville artists present Our Universe, The Cooperative is presenting a variety of artistic responses to this year’s Artosphere theme of Space. Throughout July, Fenix will be presenting workshops, readings and musical performances in celebration of Our Universe. The exhibition features sound art by Craig Colorusso, installations by Aimée Papazian, and visual offerings from Fenix member-artists.

Fenix artists joined by participants in a former star-making workshop will be hosting a Space Parade. Led by a costumed alien and astronaut and lit by custom star lanterns, the parade begins at the gallery at 8:15 and splits in two to proceed around the square before convening at the stage.

Time: 5-9 p.m.

Date: July 4

Location: 16 W. Center St. Fayetteville

Super Saturday at FPL

Join in for a sing-a-long concert with local musician Troy Schremmer. Troy’s fun and interactive music will have kids singing, clapping, and dancing along.

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: July 6

Location: Fayetteville Public Library 401 W Mountain St, Fayetteville

Free Yoga in the Garden

BGO’s free yoga in the garden series is led by Fayetteville Athletic Club certified yoga instructors and will run through September. No registration required. Please check-in in the BGO Visitor’s Center when you arrive. Guests ages 12 and older should bring their own mat, towel, and water. All classes are free and open to the public. They are held on the Cottage Lawn or in the Boxwood Circle at the garden. If it rains, the yoga class will be canceled.

Time: 9:30- 10:30 a.m.

Date: Saturdays starting July 6; July 13, July 20, July 27

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks 4703 N Crossover Rd, Fayetteville

Basic Skills Skating Camp

This camp is designed for beginner and lower level skaters that are interested in figure skating, playing hockey and having fun on the ice. Skaters will learn basic skating skills including forward skating, backward skating, stopping, turning and many other skills and techniques. This camp is an excellent opportunity to learn new skating skills and improve current skating skills.

Fee is $100-150 per week and includes a camp t-shirt and healthy snacks daily. To register, please call The Jones Center at 479-756-8090 ext. 0 and one of our receptionists can register you over the phone.

Time: 8 a.m.-12:30 or 4:30 p.m.

Date: July 8

Location: The Jones Center 922 E Emma Ave, Springdale

Bike Skills Camp with Breakaway Cycling

Campers will learn bike handling skills through various games and fun drills at the Runway Bike Park facilities. Campers will also get to go on a group ride on the Greenway Trail System to extend the fun! Riding with friends, learning trail and group riding etiquette, bike handling skills, games, and more. Cost: $75/participant

Time: 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Date: July 8-9 for ages 8-11 and July 10-11 for ages 11-13

Location: The Jones Center 922 E Emma Ave, Springdale

Summer Outdoor Film Series

On July 12: Spend time sky-gazing at sundown in James Turrell’s Skyspace before settling in on a blanket or lawn chair to watch this animated classic. Laugh along with Wall-E and his new friends as they craft a plan to save a precious gift: Earth. Free, register online or with Guest Services.

On July 18: Bring the family to enjoy this ‘90s throwback about a whale reuniting with his family. Take this chance to see Free Willy leap from the water on Walker Landing! In case of inclement weather, this event will take place in the Great Hall.

Time: 8:30-10 p.m.

Date: July 12, July 18

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

Art on the Bricks Art Walk

Regional artists showcase their artwork in Downtown Rogers each second Thursday of the month. Locally-owned businesses host pop-up galleries to provide a free, family-friendly experience. Guest artists from across Northwest Arkansas participate by exhibiting, demonstrating and selling their artwork. You’ll meet talented artists, craftsmen and musicians as they bring their products to shops and restaurants and provide an exciting opportunity to explore the revitalized Downtown Rogers.

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

Date: July 11

Location: Participating businesses are located on 1st, 2nd and 3rd Streets as well as Arkansas St., Walnut St. and Elm St.

Dive In Movie

Time for another Dive-In Movie! Showtime starts at 6 p.m. in the swimming pools. Monsters Inc. $3 and free for members.

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Date: July 12

Location: The Jones Center 922 E Emma Ave, Springdale

Summer Pump Track Classic

All registrations include  entry into race, event souvenir, race number for your bike, and refreshments provided by Clif Bar. woombikesUSA is providing some pretty sweet awards for all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

Time: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Date: July 13

Location: The Jones Center 922 E Emma Ave, Springdale

Super Saturday, Magic Show

Aaron Acosta’s magic show is filled with amazing magic that will keep children engaged and encouraged to read.

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: July 13

Location: Fayetteville Public Library 401 W Mountain St, Fayetteville

Mix, Mash, Birthday Blast!

The Amazeum celebrates it’s 4th birthday on Monday, July 15, with hands-on activities that are, well, a bit messy. Our Play Facilitators created some fitting experiences designed to make the day amazing.

Time: 9 am to 4:30 p.m.

Date: Monday, July 15

Location: Scott Family Amazeum 1009 Museum Way, Bentonville

To the Moon: A Puppet Show

Fenix will present “To the Moon!” a free all ages puppet show in the gallery by George Meyer and Village Theatre from Eureka Springs. Inspired by the 1969 Moon Landing, “To The Moon!” is a multi dimensional puppet experience designed to educate and entertain audiences of all ages. From the beginning of time to the not so distant future, “To The Moon!”, explores our place in a vast universe and reflects our personal relationship with our closest celestial friend, the Moon. Using a variety of puppet styles and mixed media, “To The Moon!” examines various Luna Lore, takes a look at the daring Lunar Landing, how it changed our view of our one and only planet earth, and considers the possibilities of our future space travel. Free, thanks to the sponsorship of Arsaga’s Coffee Roasters.

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: July 18

Super Saturday

This is a glowing, anti-gravity circus show. Kelsey & Jeremy Philo perform their jaw-dropping glow show with lasers, hula hoops, juggling, acrobatics and unicycle to illustrate their positive message of grit and growth mindset.

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: July 20

Location: Fayetteville Public Library 401 W Mountain St, Fayetteville

Firefly Fling Festival

Come dressed as your favorite fairy or woodland creature. Before dark, community groups will offer engaging and fun activities like fairy house building, nature stations, crafts, and more. After dark, families may gather on the Great Lawn for glow-in-the-dark performances, live music by the Firefly Fling Band and The Odds, followed by fire dancing. 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. This year the Firefly Shoppe will be open on the Thursday and Friday before the festival so you can stock up on fairy wings, wands, glow sticks, and other festival items. Save money by purchasing your tickets in advance!  Prices increase at the gate. Advance tickets are $11 for adults, $3 for children 0-13.  At the gate tickets will be $15 for adults, $5 for children 0-13.

Time: 6-10 p.m.

Date: July 20

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks 4703 N Crossover Rd, Fayetteville

Moon Day

Everyone can take a giant leap for fun at this year’s Moon Day, the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing. We’ll have moon themed activities like moon craters, bicycle gyroscopes, and moon landing on the green screen. Plus, find out your weight on the moon.

Time: 10am (9am for members) and lasts until 5pm.

Date: July 20

Location: Scott Family Amazeum 1009 Museum Way, Bentonville

Dream Big Charity Gala for the Children’s Safety Center of Washington County

This year’s circus themed event is sure to impress. Guests will enjoy live music provided by Boom Kinetic and various circus acts, hors d’oeuvres, signature cocktails from Heaven Hill Spirits and wine selection from Sassafras Springs Vineyard, carnival games, a cigar dart throw by One Eyed Jacks Fine Cigar Lounge and wine ring toss by Sassafras Springs Vineyard, and an informative program about the Children’s Safety Center of Washington County. Bid on silent auction items from your smartphone with new mobile bidding software.

Time: 7-11 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m., program starts at 8:20. Music starts at 8:45 and the live auction is at 9:45 p.m.

Date: July 20

Location: Fayetteville Town Center 15 W Mountain St, Fayetteville

Girl Scouts Love State Parks Inaugural National Event

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to Withrow Springs State Park for a fun day or weekend of activities. There will be programs focusing on the hiker, animal habitat, tree, and art badges. If you choose to spend the night at the park they can also help with the camper badges. Activities will take place at the pavilion which can also be used as a group camping facility. There is plenty of room for multiple troops to camp and join in on the fun.

Registration is required by July 3rd by signing up with the Girl Scouts Diamonds council online at There is a $2 fee per scout for the weekend plus a fee for camping if you choose to camp at the pavilion.

Time: Saturday: 10-11:30 a.m. Hiker Badge; 1- 2 p.m.; Art Badges 5- 6 p.m. Camper Badges (if camping) Sunday 10- 11 a.m. Tree Badge; 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m Animal Habitats Badge

Date: July 13

Location: 33424 Spur 23 Huntsville

Bark Bash

Events in Fayetteville and Bentonville this summer. The Fayetteville event will be at Fayetteville Town Center on July 13 from 4-8 p.m. Our goal is to bring together dog owners and dog lovers with local vendors in one venue. This free event is for dog lovers and their furry friends. Shop from pet friendly crafters and vendors, talk to local rescue and adoption agencies and socialize with other dogs and their owners.

Adoptable dogs will be there and we will be accepting donations for the local rescue and adoption agencies at the door. Gently used dog toys, beds, food, accessories, etc. are encouraged. See the full list of requests and other FAQ here:

Time: 4-8 p.m.

Date: July 13

Location: Fayetteville Town Center 15 W Mountain St, Fayetteville

Girl Scouts Love State Parks

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park will host an afternoon tea party in celebration of the inaugural National Girl Scouts Love State Parks event and all Girl Scouts are welcome. Participants will learn about proper 1800s etiquette, the history of tea parties, and will even be able to sample a variety of teas and pastries. Take a step back in time and join the fun.

Time: 2 p.m.

Date: July 14

Location: Latta Barn 506 East Douglas Street Prairie Grove

Registration is required by July 3 by signing up with the Girl Scouts Diamonds council online at

Explorer Day Camp

Join Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park for our final day camp of the summer, the Explorer Day Camp for children ages 7 to 10. Explore the wild side of Prairie Grove Battlefield and learn about nature with Arkansas State Parks. Participants will discover a world filled with bugs, reptiles, birds, mammals and more. For more information, or to sign-up, please contact Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park at (479) 846-2990 or

Time: 9 a.m.- Noon

Date: July 17-19

Location: Hindman Hall 506 East Douglas Street Prairie Grove

Mapmaking and Surveying 1800s Style

Explore mapmaking and surveying in the early 1800s with historical reenactors Tim and Sharlene Richardson in the Shiloh Saturday Series for families.

Time: 10-11:30 a.m.

Date: July 20

Location: Shiloh Museum of Ozark History 118 West Johnson Avenue Springdale

Western Roundup Days

This is a community festival tied to the Madison County Rodeo. The rodeo takes place at Sky High Arena in Huntsville this year on July 27 and 28 as they welcome back the Hampton Rodeo Company.

Date: July 26-28

Location: Sky High Arena 902 Crossbow Rd, Huntsville

Super Saturday, Dance Troupe

Emphasis Entertainment dance troupe will perform their show This is Us. From the studios to the street, This Is Us will use a range of different street and concert dance styles along with circus disciplines to recreate a story of overcoming. From break dancing to commercial hip hop choreography, to contemporary and modern dance, This Is Us will embark you on a journey full of action, emotions, and inspiration.

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: July 27

Location: Fayetteville Public Library

Summer Dance Party Poolside

Jones Center outdoor fitness class series is headed to the pool! Join us for a special Saturday morning extended aqua dance fitness class from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday July 27. Enjoy 1.5 hours of awesome music and fitness dance with the added resistance of the pool. The event will feature Latin and Hip Hop fusion music and instructors from the Jones Center Fitness team, taking place in the beautiful leisure pool. Ages 16 and up, no swimming experience is necessary. Sandwiches, cold drinks, and other goodies will be available for sale on the pool deck patio. Jones Center members may reserve a spot ahead of time on the Jones Center Fitness Schedulicity app.

Time: 10:30 a.m.-Noon

Date: July 27

Location: The Jones Center

Parent UP Resource Fair (free school supplies, lunch and vendor fair)

Harps Food Stores has joined Altrusa International of Washington County, Inc., in offering new backpacks, school supplies, hair cuts and books at an annual free back-to-school resource fair. A free lunch and a vendor fair for parents is also included in the day’s activities. Vendors include the HIPPY program for early childhood education; Bright Futures, also an education program; Community Clinic, Life Ministries, Head Start and literacy advocate program.

Youngsters can participate in an Extreme Achievers activity course to win prizes, and they also may select a free book to take home to read. Door prizes will also be awarded during the event. Children will also receive snack packs provided by Samaritan Community Center, and parents will be offered free personal care products for their homes. For more information, contact Megan Lewis Reed at 479-466-0232 or Rose Ann Pearce at 479-595-3031.

Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Date: July 27

Location: Prairie Grove Elementary School, 801 Viney Grove Road

Butterfly Summer Camp

Get ready to explore and learn about butterflies and other pollinators with engaging science projects using various scientific tools, hands-on lessons, and interactive pollinator activities. Participants will take home and raise a caterpillar in their very own keeper. For children ages 8-12 years old. Price: $175 for members; $200 for nonmembers (includes a $25 nonrefundable registration and material fee).

Time: 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Date: July 29- August 2

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks 4703 N Crossover Rd Fayetteville