September Calendar of Events

September 2011!

First Fridays – Bentonville

Activities, food and live music for the whole family! Held on the Bentonville square March through November.

Date: Fridays

Time: 11:30am

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: Downtown Fayetteville Square

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Studio Leilani fall art classes kick-off

Studio Leilani launches its art-making season with Toddler Tuesday’s (3-6 yr. olds) & Wednesday After School Art Class (6-12 yr. olds) and Plein Air (outdoor painting & drawing) for teens at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.

Date: Varies

Time: Varies

Location: Studio Leilani, Center Street, Fayetteville, and Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

More info: Studio Leilani class schedule

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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Botanical Garden of the Ozarks Market

The BGO market is held adjacent to the Lake Fayetteville bike trail in the meadow south of the Garden’s trailhead parking lot. There are 15-30 vendors offering fresh, local produce, cut flowers, meat, eggs, baked goods and handcrafts in this spacious market. Every Sunday morning the farmers literally “circle the wagons” next to the trail like an old wagon train. You can relax, let the kids play, talk with the farmers, walk the trail, and even visit the Botanical Garden.

Date: Sundays

Time: 9am – 2pm

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks (Fayetteville)

More Info: EBT/Food Stamps, WIC, and Senior Vouchers gladly accepted. Plenty of free parking. Musicians are welcome at this rapidly growing relaxed market.

Springdale Farmers’ Market

Fruits, vegetables, herbs, honey, eggs, baked goods, plants and crafts. All items sold are produced by members of the market.

Date: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

Time: 7am – 1pm

Location: Memorial Walk of the Jones Center for Families (Springdale)

More Info: Free admission. Call 479.751.3352 with questions.

Pickin’ in the Park Series

Bring your instrument and join in with live gospel, country and bluegrass music or just bring your lawn chair, sit a spell, and enjoy a memorable Ozarks evening. Acoustic instruments only. No alcoholic beverages please.

Date: Saturdays

Time: 6pm

Location: Frisco Park (Rogers)

More Info: Admission is free.

Little Sprouts

Join the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks for a short nature-based activity, weather permitting. Activities include a story, game or a take-home craft.

Date: Wednesdays

Time: 10am

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks (Fayetteville)

More Info: Tickets – Kids over 13 are $5, Ages 5-13 are $2.50 and Kiddos under 5 are free.

Sunset Tour on A&M Railroad

Take a ride to support The Children’s Christmas Train. Ride from Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville to Winslow & back. Dinner in all cars, wine tasting in #107.

Date: Thursday, September 1

Time/Location: Departs Springdale at 4:30 and 6:30, Departs Rogers at 5:45 pm, Departs Fayetteville at 7:15 pm

More Info: For details & reservations call 479.725.4017


Marc Camoletti’s 1960s “non-stop comedy” is coming to Northwest Arkansas! Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Revival, this is a must-see!

Date: Runs September 1-25

Time: Thursdays 7:30, Fridays 7:30, Saturdays 2:00 and 7:30, Sundays 2:00 and 7:00

Location: TheatreSquared, Walton Arts Center (Fayetteville)

More Info: Tickets are $22-28. Discounts available for groups. Rated PG.

First Friday Flicks – Toy Story

The Bentonville Parks & Recreation department will host a family-friendly movie on a 25 foot inflatable outdoor screen at Lawrence Plaza. This event will be in conjunction with the First Friday events on the Bentonville Square. Bring your blanket and popcorn!

Date: Friday, September 2

Time: 8pm

Location: Lawrence Plaza (Bentonville)

More Info: Toy Story is rated PG and runs for 1hr 31min.

The Charlie Daniels Band

Country music royalty! Right here in NWA!

Date: Friday, September 2

Time: 7:30pm

Location: AMP at the NWA Mall (Fayetteville)

More Info: Tickets $22-77.

60th Annual Prairie Grove Clothesline Fair

The oldest of NWA’s craft fairs with over 200 top artists and craftsmen.

Date: Saturday, September 3 – Monday, September 5

Time: Saturday and Sunday 8:30am-5pm, Monday 8:30am-3pm

Location: Prairie Grove Battlefield Park (Prairie Grove)

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Kids Workshop – Home Depot

On the first Saturday of each month, the FREE Home Depot Kids Workshops offer useful projects like building toolboxes, fire trucks and mail organizers, as well as more educational projects, such as window birdhouses, bughouses or a Declaration of Independence frame kit.

Date: Saturday, September 3

Time: 9am – Noon

Location: Your local Home Depot (Fayetteville or Rogers)

More Info: Great for ages 5-12. or CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.

8th Annual Run for a Child – 10K,5K, Fun Run

Proceeds benefit the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter.

Date: Monday, September 5

Time: 8am

Location: Pinnacle Promenade Mall (Rogers)

More Info: Registration is $20 before September 3, and $25 until race day.

4th Annual Walmart LPGA NWA Championship presented by P&G

The LPGA Tour returns to Northwest Arkansas and to Pinnacle Country Club in September 2011.

Date: Monday, September 5 – Sunday, September 11

Location: Pinnacle Country Club (Rogers)

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4th Annual Fort Smith Cox Community Concert: Travis Tritt

The Cox Community Concert is FREE to the public. Tickets are available (while they last) at Cox Stores in Fort Smith, Van Buren, Rogers, Bentonville, Fayetteville, Siloam Springs, Harrison and Berryville. While tickets are free, they will be required for entry to the concert and are limited to four at the time of request.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 8

Time: Gates open at 6 p.m.

Location: Downtown Fort Smith River Park

2nd Annual Vegetable Sculpting Competition

Watch as the finest in locally grown fruits and vegetables transform into imaginative sculptures. Vote for your favorite at the Fayetteville Farmers Market around the downtown square.

Date: Saturday, September 10

Time: Sculptures must be entered by 9:30am for display, voting ends at noon.

Location: Downtown Square (Fayetteville)

More Info: Free admission. Contest open to individuals and groups.

16th Annual Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship

The Festival kicks off Friday evening with over 20 balloons tethered to the ground for the exciting balloon glow. The event includes several balloon race competitions for all to enjoy.

Date: Friday, September 9 – Sunday, September 11

Time: Check website for schedule of rides.

Location: First National Bank Soccer Complex (Harrison)

More Info: Tethered rides are offered for $5/person.

Northwest Arkansas Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions. With more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, and nearly 11 million more serving as caregivers, the time to act is now! 3 mile walk.

Date: Saturday, September 10

Time: 8:30am

Location: Arvest Ballpark (Springdale)

More Info: Call or email Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter at 479.273.5559 or

Fall Music Festival – Terra Studios

Song Circles are a unique, intimate way to experience a wide sampling of the great, local, musical talent in NWA. 7 different circles throughout the Art Park, 5-7 musicians in each circle playing a wide variety of music. Musicians take turns showcasing their originals and covers.

Date: Saturday, September 10

Time: 12-6pm

Location: Terra Studios (Fayetteville)

More Info: Free admission.

The Hike Against Hunger

Hike the beautiful trails of Fayetteville and help a neighbor in need. The hike will start at Panera, following the Mud Creek Trail, connecting to the Scull Creek Trail. Participants may hike or run as little or as much as they would like.

Date: Saturday, September 10

Time: 7:30-10am

Location: Panera Bread Company (Fayetteville)

More Info: Please bring canned goods.

Butterfly House

Visitors will enjoy strolling through the butterfly enclosure, surrounded by many species of Arkansas native butterflies and plants.

Date: Sunday, September 11 – Sunday, September 25

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks (Fayetteville)

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Third Friday Twilight Walks

Merchants downtown host local artists, photographers and musicians, and promote special sales on the third Friday of each month from May through September. Also enjoy live music, community art projects for kids, street musicians, artists and crafters lining the sidewalks, loft tours of historic downtown residences, and food vendors.

Date: Friday, September 16

Time: 5 – 9pm

Location: Downtown Historic District (Rogers)

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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: Saturday, September 17 – Saturday, November 19

Location: Rogers Historical Museum (Rogers)

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The American Tenors

As individuals, Marcus McConico, Nathan Granner, and Ben Gulley have performed in opera and theater productions from Italy to Hawaii. As a trio they shine as bright as a spotlight. Accompanied by piano, their clear, buoyant voices join to enthrall and inspire audiences.

Date: Sunday, September 18

Time: 2pm

Location: Arend Arts Center (Bentonville)

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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.

Date: Opens Friday, September 2

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: Opens Friday, September 9

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

Location: Springdale (Check website for a map.)

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Ozark Corn Maze

It’s a-MAZE-ing! 5 ½ acre corn field labyrinth in the shape of a Razorback! NEW FOR 2011 – a second maze – family-friendly Haunted Maze! Open nights in October, hours TBD.

Date: Opens Friday, September 16

Time: Friday 4-9pm, Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday 1-6pm

Location: Cave Springs (Check website for a map.)

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Teen Book Discussion

Pick up a copy of the book from Bentonville Public Library in advance to be ready for the discussion. Books provided by the Arkansas State Library.

Date: Monday, September 12

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Bentonville Library Café (Bentonville)

More Info: September book – Chains.

Library Storytime

Choose the storytime right for your child!

Baby Play & Rhyme Time, Thursdays @9:30am

Tales & Tunes for Toddlers, Tuesdays and Wednesdays @9:30am

Preschool Stories, Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursdays @10:30am

Date: Sessions run through December 17

Location: Bentonville Public Library (Bentonville)

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Ice cream social

September 10th: The Washington County Historical Society will host the 41st annual Ice Cream Social on Saturday, September 10, from 4 pm to 6 pm, at Headquarters House, 118 E. Dickson St., in Fayetteville.  This event will raise awareness of and support the Historical Society’s educational programs for children and adults.  The cost for admission is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children ages 6-12, and $15 for a “family ticket,” and children under 6 attend free.

Homemade cakes and Hiland Dairy ice cream will be served plus activities and musical entertainment.

Teen Girls Mystery Mayhem at the Library

September 16th: Teen girls are invited to the Fayetteville Public Library on September 16 for twelve hours of murder mystery mayhem with your BFFs after hours on a Friday night!

The Fayetteville Public Library’s Pretty Little Library Lock-In, themed on the popular TV series and book series Pretty Little Liars, will have plenty of adrenaline-pumping thrills, plus cool chick flicks, snacks and pizza.

For girls in grades 6-12 only.

Pre-registration required; space is limited.  Registration fee is $20.

WHAT:  Pretty Little Library Teen Girls Overnight Lock-In

WHEN: Friday, September 16 2011 at 8pm through Saturday, September 17 at 8am

WHERE: Fayetteville Public Library, Walker Community Room, 401 W. Mountain St., Fayetteville

To schedule an interview about this event, call Lolly Greenwood at 479-856-7120.

International Storytime & Festival

Celebrate our cultural diversity with stories and activities from around the globe.

Date: Saturday, September 10

Time: 1-3pm

Location: Bentonville Public Library (Bentonville)

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Fayetteville MOPS

In a nutshell: It’s 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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Banff Mountain Film Festival SOLD OUT!

This festival hosts films on outdoor activities from all around the world with videos that range from skiing down the highest mountains to exploring an underground cave, and everything in between… Come prepared for an epic adventure!

Date: Friday, September 16

Time: 6:30pm

Location: University of Arkansas Global Center (Fayetteville)

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Teen Tie Dye Workshop

Bring your own white cotton item to tie-dye! Registration required and limited.

Date: Saturday, September 24

Time: 2pm

Location: Bentonville Public Library (Bentonville)

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Spring Valley Redbone Fly Fishing Invitational

“To Catch the Cure” for Cystic Fibrosis.

Date: September 29, 30 and October 1

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12th Annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ

The largest nonprofit, family-friendly motorcycle rally in the country, offering the best motorcycle riding, blues music and barbecue. The fall festival draws an estimated 400,000 people!

Date: Wednesday, September 28 – Saturday, October 1

Time: Various. Check the website!

Location: Dickson Street (Fayetteville)

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