November Calendar of Events + Last-Minute Halloween Activities!

November 2011!

Last-Minute Halloween Activities:

Nightmares Haunted House

The Bentonville Breakfast Lions Club is holding their annual Nightmares Haunted House. The event benefits those in need in our local community in addition to addressing vision issues and awareness worldwide.

Date: Friday, October 28 – Monday, October 31

Time: Doors open at 7pm

Location: Cozy Heat across from Lowes (Bentonville)

More Info: Tickets can be bought online ( or at the event from 7pm to 11pm the night of the event. Adults $13 and Children under 12 $8. For more info, contact Lyn Poplin 479.631.9579.

Costume Contest

Wear a costume to the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market. Children’s and adult categories, pumpkin carving, treats.

Date: Saturday, October 29

Time: Judging at 11am

Location: Fayetteville Square (Fayetteville)

More Info: Admission is free.

I’m Sorry, the Bridge is Out… You’ll Have to Spend the Night!

Back again!  Just like Vampires, Mummies and Monsters!  This zany musical is the perfect Halloween celebration written by the guy who gave us “The Monster Mash”! Innocence is lost and found in this witty ditty of a tale about how Dr. Frankenstein and Count Dracula vie for the brains and bodies of two innocents who just happen to be caught with the Bridges down!  Family fun for Halloween!  An ACO classic written by Bobby Pickett & Sheldon Allman.

Date: Friday, October 28 – Sunday, October 30

Time: 7:30pm (Friday/Saturday) and 3pm (Sunday)

Location: Arts Center of the Ozarks (Springdale)

More Info: Visit for ticket information.

Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular!

Halloween can be a hair-raising experience, especially when you throw over 100 big cats into the mix. TCWR’s annual Halloween party is the only time you can view our cats in the dark of night. The main compound is open for the whole family to experience the night habits of our lions, tigers, cougars, bobcats and more. A terrifying trail ride past our habitats gives you the spine tingling experience of being watched by our true night stalkers. Our spooky “Trail of Terror” gets your heart racing and blood pumping as you walk through our unique haunted field. (Parents be advised, this is scary!) Games, food, and spooky storytelling is all part of the one of a kind experience, and provides fun for all ages.

Date: Saturday, October 29

Time: 7-9pm

Location: Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (Eureka Springs)

More Info: Call ahead for prices at 479.253.5841.


Trick-or-Treating and costume contest — 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be given out for costumes in four age categories: 0-2,3-5,6-8,9-12, and a grand prize award for best overall children’s costume. There will also be a classic car show and test track, as well as the annual October Carnival.

Date: Saturday, October 29

Time: Trick-or-Treating from 2-5pm and Costume contest for children at 5:15pm.

Location: Frisco Station Mall (Rogers)

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Trick-or-Treat on the Square

There will be candy, games, pictures, costume contest, a pet costume contest, and pet parade. So, bring the kids and/or your family pet and experience some fun, safe, and family friendly trick or treating!

Date: Monday, October 31

Time: 3-5pm

Location: Fayetteville Square (Fayetteville)

More Info: Admission is free.

Annual Goblin Parade

Every Halloween, the merchants in Historic Downtown Rogers welcome all the little ghosts and goblins who trick-or-treat the downtown area.

Date: Monday, October 31

Time: 3:30pm – 5:30 pm or when we run out of candy!

Location: Historic Downtown Rogers, Parade starts at Frisco Pavilion on First Street

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Pinnacle Hills Promenade Trick ‘R Treat

Face Painting, Balloon Twisting, Jugglers. Store-to-Store Trick ‘R Treat starts at 6 p.m.

Date: Monday, October 31

Time: 6-8 pm

Location: Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall (Rogers)

More Info: Pinnacle Hills Halloween


Trick-or-treating and costume contest!

Date: Monday, October 31

Time: 6-8 pm

Location: Northwest Arkansas Mall (Fayetteville)

More Info: For children 12 and under. Free admission.


First Fridays – Bentonville

Activities, food and live music for the whole family! Held on the Bentonville square March through November. *November Event: Bentonville in Toyland. Toy vendors are invited to set up shop and showcase their new Christmas releases, with over 27 vendors offering demos that drive kids crazy!

Date: Friday, November 4

Time: 11:30am – 1pm and 5 – 8pm

Location: Downtown Bentonville Square

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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 Thursday of the month

Time: 5 – 8pm

Location: Fayetteville Town Center (Fayetteville)

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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: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays 7am – 1pm, Saturdays 7am – 2pm

Location: Downtown Square (Fayetteville)

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Puppet Making

We’ve all seen it a hundred times or more. Your child’s attention is inevitably grabbed by that small piece of cloth on someone’s hand that has a distinctive voice, unlike any other. Nurture your child’s imagination by allowing him or her to create a hand puppet in this engaging class created just for them! By using felt, fabric, paper, found objects, and a variety of other non-toxic materials, children will have an opportunity to bring to life very special creatures of their very own.

Date: Thursday, November 3

Time: 4-6pm

Location: University of Arkansas Global Campus (Rogers)

More Info: Instructor, Nikki Kalcevic. Cost: $39. Parents must be present. All materials provided. For more info, 479.575.6489.

Alice in Wonderland – Théâtre Tout à Trac

Since 1998, Théâtre Tout à Trac has been exploring theatre through various mediums such as masks, tales and puppetry, never limiting itself to one specific method. Pursuers of imaginary lands, digging in invisible worlds and exploring a universe where the impossible is possible, the French-Canadian theatre company is known for bringing to life the most wonderful stories. The company’s production of Alice in Wonderland presents a unique reading of the classic that is still faithful to the spirit of the tale created by Lewis Carroll, with all the craziness, freedom, playful language and comic twists of the original. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to experience this classic story as never before!

Date: Saturday, November 5

Time: 10am

Location: Walton Arts Center’s Baum Walker Hall (Fayetteville)

More Info: for ticket information. This is an infant friendly performance. Tickets $8-16.

The Importance of Being Earnest – Aquila Theatre Company

The “classically trained, modernly hip troupe” (The New York Times) Aquila Theatre offers a delightful production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Promising to overflow with humor, elegance and romantic comedy, this like other productions of Wilde’s masterpiece is full of hilarious insights into the flamboyant lifestyle of the fashionable British upper classes. Crammed full of larger-than-life characters and memorable satirical humor, Aquila’s creative staging and sparkling flare for language make this production one not to be missed.

Date: Saturday, November 5

Time: 8pm

Location: Walton Arts Center’s Baum Walker Hall (Fayetteville)

More Info: for ticket information.  Tickets $10-25.

Belk Fall Charity Sale

Shop, save and support your favorite Rogers nonprofit at the Belk Fall Charity Sale with ticket sales benefiting participating schools and nonprofits. Tickets enable customers to receive $5 off first purchase & discounts from 20% to 70% off throughout the store. The first 100 adults in line when the doors open receive a free Belk Gift Card worth $5-$100 with three $1000 gift cards being awarded company wide. All schools and 501(c)(3)charities invited to participate.

Date: Saturday, November 5

Time: 6-10am

Location: Belk Scottsdale (Rogers)

More Info: Cost $5.

UA Homecoming Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

R.O.T.C. Grill hosts UA Homecoming alumni, family & friends to come together to benefit Rebuilding Together. Sausage, Eggs, Bacon & Pancakes served by members of the Board of Directors is a great way to come by and start your UA Homecoming Day with a hearty breakfast and then leave directly for the stadium and a celebration of UA Football at its finest! Ticket purchases qualify for door prizes and you do not have to be present to win. Your tickets are 100% deductible.

Date: Saturday, November 5

Time: 7-10am

Location: R.O.T.C. Grill (Fayetteville)

More Info: Tickets $15. Children under 6 eat free!

3rd Annual Lincoln Lake Festival

This festival is designed to raise awareness of Lincoln Lake City Park, situated 3 miles north of Lincoln.  Activities begin at 9 a.m. and include guided mountain bike rides, guided rock climbing and bouldering, canoe and kayak trips on Lincoln Lake and guided hikes of 1 to 6 miles.  Activities for children are planned.  Trips depart throughout the day until 2 P.M.

Date: Saturday, November 5

Time: 9am

Location: Lincoln Lake (Lincoln)

More Info: All activities are free for more information please email or visit

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical – The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour

Presented by The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences and based on Mo Willems’ Caldecott Honor–winning picture book, this production lovingly celebrates the heart and heartache about family, best friends, baby steps, and memories that last a lifetime. Chockfull of adventure, song, and gigantic dancing laundry, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical tells a tale of firsts: a stuffed animal’s first trip in the laundry, a little girl’s first words, and a Daddy’s first time dealing with his child going “boneless.”

Date: Sunday, November 6

Time: 2pm

Location: Pat Walker Theater at Springdale High School (Springdale)

More Info: Best for ages 3 & up. Tickets $8-16.

Quilting a Memory, Friendship and Commemorative Quilts

This special exhibition features a selection of 19th and 20th century friendship and commemorative quilts from the collection of the Rogers Historical Museum. Examples include pieced and applique quilts, some feature highly artistic designs and lavish embroidery.

Date: Through Saturday, November 19

Location: Rogers Historical Museum (Rogers)

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Huck’s Corn Maze

This new 5-acre maze in Lowell is cut in the shape of Popeye. Hay rides, water balloon launcher, pumpkin patch, maize, concessions and more! A large portion of the money raised will go to the Lowell Fire and Police Departments.

Time: Wednesday/Thursday 2-8pm, Friday 2-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm, Sunday 2-6pm, Monday/Tuesday closed

Location: Lowell (Check website for a map.)

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Farmland Adventures

Corn maze, pumpkin patch, pony rides, petting farm, kid’s play area, wagon rides and campfires.

Date: Until Saturday, November 5!

Time: Friday 5-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm

Location: Springdale (Check website for a map.)

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Fayetteville – for a full calendar.

Bentonville – for a full calendar.

Springdale – for a full calendar.

Rogers – for a full calendar.

Crystal Bridges Grand Opening Celebration

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art welcomes all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of landscape. We explore the unfolding story of America by actively collecting, exhibiting, interpreting, and preserving outstanding works that illuminate our heritage and artistic possibilities.

Date: Friday, November 11

Time: 11am

Location: Bentonville Square (Bentonville)

More Info: Free admission, open to the public. Reservations to visit the museum itself are available for November 12 and dates following. Please visit or call 479.418.5700 for tickets.

Veteran’s Day Parade

Date: Friday, November 11

Time: 10am

Location: Downtown Eureka Springs

More Info: For more information call Sue Glave 580.399.5887 .

Veterans Day Parade

Veterans past and present will be accompanied by bands, color guards, and flags as they make their way through the square.

Date: Friday, November 11

Time: 4:30-7:30pm

Location: Downtown Fayetteville Square (Fayetteville)

More Info: For further information please contact either Scott Tankersley at 479.283.7103 or Paul Bixby at 479.575.7985, or visit the Association’s FACEBOOK page. For additional information on the University’s Veteran’s activities, call 479.575.VRIC (8742) or go to .

Harold & the Purple Crayon: A Dance Adventure by Hubbard Street 2

This interactive dance adaptation was inspired by the 1955 classic children’s book “Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson. Hinging on the premise that we are all creators of our own life experience, Harold & the Purple Crayon tells the story of a young boy, who, equipped with his purple crayon and an infinite imagination, choreographs his own adventures. Designed specifically for young people and families – who can actually help create Harold’s next adventure through their own exploration of movement during the performance – this unique union of children’s literature and contemporary ballet makes for one memorable family outing.

Date: Saturday, November 12

Time: 2pm

Location: Walton Arts Center’s Baum Walker Hall (Fayetteville)

More Info: for ticket information. Tickets $8-16.

NWA Boutique Show

Shop over 150 one-of-a-kind boutiques featuring home décor, clothing, gourmet food, holiday décor, children’s items and more! A portion of our proceeds from the NWA Boutique Show benefit the worthwhile community projects of the Junior League of NWA and local elementary schools. *Note from the mamas: We love sponsoring the Boutique Show every year! Be sure to stop by our booth. We’ll have a BIG giveaway!

Date: Friday, November 18 – Saturday, November 19

Time: Friday, 2-8pm. Saturday, 9am-6pm

Location: Northwest Arkansas Convention Center (Springdale)

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Turkey Trot 5K

Date: Saturday, November 19

Time: 8am

Location: Siloam Springs

More Info: $15 adult registration. $12 student registration. Visit for more details, or email race director at

NWA Turkey Trot 5K

5K/3-Mile Run, and 1-Mile Fun Walk route; concessions; bounce houses; face painting; sponsor giveaways, and much more. Fun for the entire family! The first 300 runners/walkers will receive a 2011 NWA Turkey Trot t-shirt, and gift bag filled with great items from our sponsors.

Date: Thursday, November 24

Time: 9am

Location: Center for Non-Profits at the former St. Mary’s Hospital (Rogers)

More Info: Runner registration is $20. Walker registration is $10.

64th Annual Ozarks Folk Festival in Eureka Springs

The granddaddy of ’em all– Bring the whole family! Friday night, enjoy music in the Barefoot Ballroom at the Basin Park Hotel. Saturday, the famous Folk Parade rolls downtown, and there’s Art Show and Crafts Demonstration in Basin Spring Park and an Arts and Crafts Fair in Pine Mtn. Village. You can listen to songwriters’ compete for prizes on Saturday, and catch the main performance Saturday night.

Date: Friday, November 4 – Saturday, November 5

Location: Eureka Springs

More Info: Email: or visit

Fayetteville MOPS

A faith-based fellowship for mothers of preschoolers age birth to 5. The group meets regularly to share breakfast, share support, to learn from guest speakers and to celebrate Jesus Christ.

Date: 2nd Monday of every month

Time: 9-11am

Location: Trinity United Methodist Church (Fayetteville)

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Rogers MOPS

A faith-based fellowship for mothers of preschoolers age birth to 5. The group meets regularly to share breakfast, share support, to learn from guest speakers and to celebrate Jesus Christ.

Date: 1st and 3rd Friday mornings

Time: 9-11am

More Info: Contact Summer Manzo,


An extension of MOPS, our group is focused on K-6th grades.

Date: Wednesdays

Time: 6:30-7:30pm

Location: Rogers 1st Nazarene Church (Rogers)

More Info: Contact Ginger Larsen,


Arts Live Theatre presents the musical CINDERELLA! The timeless fairy tale meets the magic of Disney in this adaptation of the treasured animated film. Poor Cinderella is endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, and denied a chance to go to the Royal Ball. With a little help from her mice friends, and a lot of help from her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella goes to the ball, meets the Prince, and falls in love!

Date:Thursday, November 17 – Sunday, November 20

Time: 7pm

Location: Continuing Education Auditorium (Fayetteville)

More Info: Purchase tickets online at

“Swing To Sing: Tribute To Jazz and Blues Greats!”

Mashburn Scholarship Foundation Proudly presents: “Swing to Sing: A Tribute to Jazz and Blues Greats!”. A silent auction will benefit the Foundation’s UARKettes Scholarship Program.

Date: Sunday, November 20 and Monday, November 21

Time: 7pm (Sunday) and 3pm (Monday)

Location: TWO locations — Rogers Little Theatre (Sunday) and First United Methodist Church, Bella Vista (Monday)

More Info: Sunday, $20. Tickets available by calling Theater Office 479.631.8988 or Monday, $10 at the door.

23rd Annual Fall Antique Show and Sale

You’ll find 55 dealers from as many as 15 states with a complete variety of antiques: furniture, glassware, linens, books, advertising, primitives, silver, pottery, lamps, jewelry, and the unusual!

Date: Friday, November 18 – Sunday, November 20

Time: Friday, 5:30-7pm. Saturday, 10am-6pm. Sunday, 10am-4pm.
Location: Best Western Inn of the Ozarks (Eureka Springs)

More Info: Full details and prices

Lighting of the Square in Bentonville

This all-day event culminates into an extravaganza of lights, showering the downtown Square in the soft glow of the holiday season. The activities that day also include food, rides, live music and family activities, as well as the New Balance Girls on the Run 5K, Miss Winter Wonderland pageant, the Lighting of the Square, the grand opening of The Rink at Ernie Lawrence Plaza and the newest Bentonville tradition – the lighting of the city Christmas tree.

Date: Sunday, November 20

Time: All day

Location: Bentonville Square (Bentonville)

More Info: Please visit for more details.

Lights of the Ozarks – Lighting Night

Each year Fayetteville Parks and Recreation workers spend over 2,000 hours decorating the Downtown Square with 450,000 lights. The lighting of the Fayetteville Downtown Square will kick-off with the “Over the Hill We Glow” parade at 6:00 p.m. Many civic clubs and business are represented in the parade with cars and characters. The parade will close with our special guest, Santa Claus!! Walk around Center Street before you find your spot for the parade. We will have merchants from Farmer’s Market, caramel apples, kettle corn, and more. Following the parade, Santa will be available on Center Street for pictures courtesy of Bedford Camera and Video.

Date: Saturday, November 19

Time: 6pm

Location: Downtown Fayetteville Square (Fayetteville)

More Info: The lights can be enjoyed through the end of the year.

Gardenland Express

Garden-scale model trains, a barrel train ride for children, and visits from Santa on weekends from November 20 through December 10.

Date: Sunday, November 20 – Saturday, December 10

Time: 9am – 5pm (regular garden hours)

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks (Fayetteville)

More Info: Admission TBD.

Christmas Parade of the Ozarks

The annual parade kicks off the Christmas season in Springdale and Northwest Arkansas. Thousands line the streets in downtown Springdale to welcome Santa. The theme for this year’s event will be “The Spirit of Christmas”.

Date: Saturday, November 26

Time: 6pm

Location: The parade will begin at the rodeo grounds at Emma & 265 and will go west through downtown Springdale.

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12th Annual Holiday Open House

Enjoy crafts, activities, refreshments, and tours of the 1895 Hawkins House decorated for the season. This year’s theme in the historic home is “A Daisy of a Christmas,” and the rooms will be decorated to portray the story of Daisy Manufacturing and that iconic holiday gift for boys, the B-B gun.

Date: Sunday, November 27

Time: 12:30-4pm

Location: Rogers Historical Museum (Rogers)

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