Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: September 2019

September 2019 Calendar of Events for Northwest Arkansas

Welcome to September, mamas! Fall, football and fun ♥

We’ve rounded up LOTS of great events. Read on:

Clothesline Fair

The 62nd annual Clothesline Fair will take place over Labor Day weekend and feature more than 100 booths selling and demonstrating handmade crafts. A parade through downtown Prairie Grove kicks off the event and begins at 9 a.m. Saturday. The fair also showcases square dancing, antique farming equipment, and live music. Non-profit organizations operate food and drink concessions.

Time: 9 a.m.

Date: August 31, September 1 and 2

Location: 506 East Douglas Street Prairie Grove

Legacy Week

Meet at Lake Fort Smith State Park to celebrate the lasting legacy of our State Parks. Family-friendly interactive programs, lake tours, activities and hikes will be offered throughout this week.

Date: September 1 and 2

Location: 15458 Shepard Springs Road Mountainburg

Skyspace Nights Star Party

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

Time: 8-10 p.m.

Date: September 4

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

Forest Fun: Fibonacci in the Forest

Meet us on the North Lawn for an evening of celebrating math in nature. Join us for discovery and artmaking as we explore symmetry, the golden ratio, gravity, geometry and of course, the Fibonacci sequence. Free, no registration required.

Time: 5:30-7 p.m.

Date: September 5

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

Circus Saurus

See dinosaurs and a unicorn come alive at the circus. The 2019 edition of Circus Saurus will feature artists from around the world. Immerse yourself into a mythological quest where fantasies and dreams become a reality. Mystical creatures will come to life right before your eyes. The elusive unicorn will prance through the center ring to delight children of all ages. Dinosaurs will once again shake the ground we walk on. You may also be amazed by daredevils on the Wheel of Destiny, tumbling acrobats, high speed jugglers, hilarious clowns and aerial artists who soar to new heights at the apex of the big top. Advanced tickets are $14 for adults and $6 for children. Day-of tickets are $24 for adults and $12 for children.

Time: Showtimes Thursday 7:30 p.m., Friday 4:30 & 7:30 p.m., Saturday 1:30, 4:30 & 7:30 p.m., Sunday 1:30 & 4:30 p.m.

Date: September 5- 8

Location: 2331 South 8th St Rogers, next to the Metroplex Event Center or call (580)743-7292

Hot Air Balloon Festival

The 24th Annual Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship takes place in downtown Harrison. The Festival will kick off on Friday evening at the Boone County Regional Airport with a free concert, beer gardens, balloons tethered to the ground for the exciting Balloon Glow, and vendors. The event will continue on Saturday morning with more balloon race competitions. The evening events will continue with tethered rides will be offered to the public at the Anstaff Soccer Complex. There will also be a CASA Kids Fest with inflatables, pony rides, music, face painting, food and fun for the family. The event will continue through Sunday at the Anstaff Soccer Complex with several Balloon Race Competitions for all to enjoy.

Date: September 6, 7, 8

Location: 621 E Rush, Harrison

Instrument Petting Zoo

The Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra is bringing back “Instrument Petting Zoo,” a family-fun event to try out musical instruments. It’s an exhilarating way to inspire the whole family to play music.

Time: 3-5 p.m.

Date: September 7

Location: Scott Family Amazeum

Salvation Army Cornhole Tournament

This free family event will feature bounce houses, face painting, games, food and more. The proceeds from the cornhole tournament will help support The Salvation Army’s Community Youth Program. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The tournament will have a double elimination 2-person tournament, prizes for first through third places and 50/50 raffle tickets available at the event. This event is sponsored by Walmart and facilitated by Hawg Country Cornhole.

Time: Registration begins at 11 a.m.

Date: September 7

Location: 219 W 15th St. Fayetteville

Around the patch Walk/3K Run For Autism

Exeter Corn Maze is host of the 3K Run/Walk for Autism to help the Barry-Lawrence County Development Center raise money for a new school and kick off the 2019 Season. It will include free admission to participants and free adult general admission throughout the day. All proceeds from the race will go to the Barry-Lawrence County Development Center.

Time: 4 p.m.

Date: September 7

Location: Exeter, Missouri

Family Strong Event

This free event for NWA families provides quick practical 20 minute interactive sessions throughout the day; free lunch and free childcare for kids ages 3-11.

Time: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Date: September 7

Location: Downtown Bentonville

Super Saturday: Farmer & the Markets music

Join the Fayetteville Public Library for music and dancing for the entire family as Farmer & the Markets gets your Saturday morning off to a great start.

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: September 7

Location: Fayetteville Public Library

Yoga in the Garden

The free yoga in the garden series led by Fayetteville Athletic Club certified yoga instructors will take place in May through September this year. All classes are free and open to the public. No registration required. Please check-in in the BGO Visitor’s Center when you arrive. Guests should bring their own mat, towel, and water. Children 12 years of age and up please. Classes are on the Cottage Lawn or in the Boxwood Circle at the garden. If it rains, the yoga class will be cancelled.

Time: 9:30 am.

Date: September 7, 14, 21, 28

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

Terra Studios’ Fall Music and Art Festival

The Fall Music and Art Festival is a great opportunity to support Terra Studios while your family has a whole lot of fun, music, art, food and more. All proceeds support Terra Studios’ mission to use art to create a better world. Cost per person is $10 in advance or $15 at the gate.

Time: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Date: Sunday, September 8

Location: Terra Studios, 12103 Hazel Valley Road, Fayetteville

Grandparents Day at the Amazeum

Our grandparents sure are grand. They’re our partners in play, they know how to have fun, and when we feel down they put a smile on our faces. Celebrate Grandparents day at the Amazeum to show how amazing our grandparents are on Sunday, September 8. Come interact with some multi generational pop-ups and toys such as hula hoops, flamingo croquet, donkey kong and more.

Time: 1-4:30 p.m.

Date: September 8

Location: Scott Family Amazeum

2nd Annual Downtown Duck Race

The 2nd Annual Downtown Duck Race benefits the Classroom Grants Program of the Springdale Public Schools Education Foundation. There are many ways to participate and support. It’s $25 entry for adults and $15 entry for kids.

Duck Race Entry: 1 Duck in the race is $20; a Quack Pack of 5 Ducks in the race (great for families) is $75; a Flock of 12 Ducks in the race is $150. You can also enter the Duckorating Competition. These ducks will be decorated onsite with assistance from the School of Innovation Art Program at the Shiloh Square on race day from 4:30-5:30.  These ducks will not be in the race as we’d like to keep items out of the creek. These will be judged at 5:30 and 5:45 p.m. the day of the race, for a chance to win some awesome prizes. To purchase click on the link or email Niki Traibman at

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Date: September 10

Location: downtown Springdale

Chefs in the Garden

Bring your appetite to the garden for a community foodie event. Chefs in the Garden captures the excitement of the harvest season by bringing the area’s finest chefs into the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.  Guests can stroll through the garden indulging in a diverse selection of sweet and savory culinary creations while sipping wine and beer. Tickets will be $55 for BGO members and $75 for nonmembers.   

Time: 6-8:30 p.m.

Date: September 10

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Meet the artist: Charles Summey

Landscape artist Charles Summey grew up in Monte Ne and graduated from Rogers High School. We invite you to stop in during Art on the Bricks to meet the artist and view his work from his high school days to today.

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

Date: September 12

Location: Trammel Gallery Rogers Historical Museum 313 S. 2nd Street Corner of Second and Cherry Streets in Downtown Rogers

Sunflower Jubilee

Two exciting weekends will highlight beautiful sunflowers. Farmland Adventures planted a larger patch with more varieties than ever before and will sell sunflowers during the event for the first time. A viewing platform is planned so you can see them even better.  Don’t miss it, sunflowers don’t last long.

Time: varies by date

Date: September 6, 7; 13, 14; 20, 21

Location: Farmland Adventures 5355 Parsons Rd, Springdale, Arkansas 72764

41st Ozark Quilt Fair

The 41st Ozark Quilt Fair, Saturday, September 14 will take place from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. Quilters and quilt lovers are invited to display new and antique quilts for show and sale on the museum grounds. The entry fee is $10 per exhibitor. Cash prize Viewer’s Choice awards will be given for first ($50), second ($35), and third ($15) place winners in both new and antique quilt categories. Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11. Entry forms are available at the museum website,, or by calling 750-8165. The Ozark Quilt Fair is sponsored by Arvest Bank.

Time: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Date: September 14

Location: Shiloh Museum of Ozark History

Flying Into Fall

Rain or shine, join us for an overnight family camp at the Ozark Natural Science Center.  The two-day camp will be filled with interpretive hikes, hands-on activities, and fun for the whole family. Evening campfire fun with S’mores is sure to be a big hit. Bring your guitar and family-friendly stories to tell around the campfire. Registration is required due to limited space in the camp.  Two options are available for overnight accommodations: climate-controlled lodges or primitive campsites.  Camp Tickets are required for all guests staying at one of our campsites. This camp is not suitable for children under 5 years of age or pets.  No refunds or transfers to other programs after August 31.

Date: September 14, 15
Location: Ozark Science Center 1905 Madison 1305 Huntsville

Super Saturday: Magician Scott Davis

Join the always hilarious Scott Davis for a show of magic, comedy, and fun.

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: September 14

Location: Fayetteville Public Library

International Festival

This beautiful fall evening is the setting for the 4th Annual International Festival, a free family-friendly event on September 15 from 2 to 6 p.m. No tickets necessary. Guests can visit interactive booths with displays and activities from all corners of the diverse planet. Traditional dance performances from different countries will take place on the Great Lawn throughout the evening. Picnics, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. No pets please. This event is part of Welcoming Week, a series of events nationwide bringing together immigrants, refugees and native-born residents to raise awareness about the benefits and importance of welcoming everyone.

Time: 2-6 p.m.
Date: September 15
Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, 4703 Crossover Rd., Fayetteville

Public Planning Input Session

The Rogers Historical Museum is in the midst of planning for the next five years and would like to hear from you. Let them know what they’ve done well, what type of programs and exhibits you’d like to see and more. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to or call 479-621-1154.

Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

Date: September 17

Location: Rogers Historical Museum 313 S. 2nd Street Corner of Second and Cherry Streets in Downtown Rogers

Wilderness Library

Susan Young, Shiloh Museum outreach coordinator, will discuss the life and work of Newton County resident Ted Richmond in a program entitled, “Working for Things Eternal,” Wednesday, September 18, at noon at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. Richmond founded the Wilderness Library in the 1930s providing free books to local folks for miles around. The library existed into the 1950s, with Richmond attracting the attention of Eleanor Roosevelt, J. William Fulbright, and the Saturday Evening Post along the way. For more information, call 750-8165.

Time: noon

Date: September 18

Location: Shiloh Museum of History 118 W. Johnson Avenue Springdale

Play with Passion

Join Crystal Bridges and Play with Passion outdoors at Buckyball for an evening of glow-in-the-dark fun. Play with Passion is a volunteer organization through the Bentonville Schools that visits community sites once a month to promote activities and athletics for youth with disabilities and their families. The event at Crystal Bridges will feature art projects that glow in the dark at Buckyball and a glow ride to Orchards Park with a cookout by Mojo Cycling. Free, register by contacting Sheila Munn at or Kathy Breed at for more information.

Time: 5:30-7 p.m.

Date: September 18

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

Northwest Regional Cast Iron Cooking

This is the regional competition for youth cast iron cooking.  There are 2 divisions, junior for ages 9-13 and senior for ages 14-18.  The winner will advance to the state competition at Dogwood Hills Guest Farm in Harriet on November 2. Contact Farmland or Dogwood Hills Guest Farm for a complete list of rules and to get an entry form.  You must fill out a registration form to enter.

Time: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Date: September 21

Location: Farmland Adventures 5355 Parsons Rd. Springdale

Shiloh Saturday Family Program

Kids of all ages are invited to learn about the life cycle of a monarch butterfly during “Monarch Mania” at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, Saturday, September 21, at 10 a.m. The program is part of the museum’s Shiloh Saturday series for families. For more information, call 750-8165.

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: September 21

Location: Shiloh Museum of Ozark History 118 W. Johnson Springdale

Super Saturday Snakes, Reptiles and Amphibians

Curious or creeped out by snakes? Join Dr. J.D. Willson and students from the University of Arkansas Biology Department as they teach us all about reptiles and amphibians of Arkansas and give kids a chance to meet some live animals.

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: September 21

Location: Fayetteville Public Library

The Great Arkansas Cleanup

This is a state-wide community improvement effort aimed at removing trash and debris from our parks, roadsides, and waterways. Help keep Lake Fort Smith State Park clean and litter-free. Join the park interpreters as we take a couple hours to pick up litter and be rewarded with free hot dogs and a door prize drawing at the conclusion of the event. Participants receive a t-shirt while supplies last.

Date: September 21

Location: 15458 Shepard Springs Road Mountainburg

Antique Auto Festival

The 49th Annual Antique Auto Festival in Eureka Springs will take place September 6 and 7 on the grounds of the Great Passion Play. Parade will roll at 11 a.m. from the Passion Play grounds along Hwy. 62 and around the upper loop to Spring Street and back to Passion Play. The Great Bank Robbery will immediately follow the parade on Spring Street.

Date: September 27

Location: Great Passion Play 935 Passion Play Rd. Eureka Springs

Kids Night Out at the Amazeum

The Amazeum is excited to offer a new program called Kids Night Out. Everyone deserves a fun night out once in a while, including the kids. Drop your kids ages 6-9 off for a fun-filled evening of playing in the exhibits, focused explorations the 3M Tinkering Hub and experimenting in the Hershey’s Lab. Your kids won’t want to miss out on this fun night. Pizza, fruit, lemonade and water will be provided.  In order to accommodate a variety of dietary needs, veggie, gluten free, and cheeseless pizzas will be served in addition to traditional pizzas like pepperoni. If your child has any food allergies, or does not like the meal provided, they are welcome to bring their own dinner along with them.  For more information and details about dinner, please check our FAQ. Cost is $40 for Amazeum members and $45 for non-members Pre-registration and payment are required. Space is limited. Registration information available here.

Time: 6 – 9 p.m.

Date: September 27

Location: Scott Family Amazeum

Twisted Tales from the Brothers Grimm

Explore these stories like you’ve never done before, with Joey and Sienna, Denise Gard’s famous Border Collies acting them out. They may have a twist that leads you into the dark, dark woods. The entire family will love seeing these talented border collies perform and bring stories to life.

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: September 28

Location: Walker Community Room Fayetteville Public Library

Demolition Derby

Come watch the action as drivers rev up their engines for a battle.  Will your favorite driver be the last one standing to win $10,000 and ultimate bragging rights? Tickets for the derby will go on sale September 9th.  Purchase tickets by going online to or call 479-756-0464. 

Time: 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Date: September 28

Location: Rodeo of the Ozarks Parsons Stadium 1423 E. Emma Springdale