The Friday 5: Things to do Father’s Day weekend in Northwest Arkansas, June 17-19

Friday 5

summer salsa1. Summer Salsa. Summer Salsa is a fundraiser for EOA Children’s House. Guests will enjoy festive food and beverages, live music and dancing,  silent auction with unique items, a fun photo booth, and the 3rd Annual NWA Salsa Tasting Competition with the opportunity to vote for your favorite.

100% of the proceeds from Summer Salsa directly benefit EOA Children’s House, providing services to children ages 6-weeks-old to 5-years-old that have been abused, neglected, or have faced adverse childhood experiences. “Stopping Child Abuse. Saving Lives.”

The event will be on Saturday (June 18) from  7-11 p.m. at Fayetteville Town Center.

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2. Rodeo of the Ozarks BBQ Western Days {Tickets $10}. From 5-7 p.m. on Saturday at Parsons Stadium you can sample some of the best BBQ in the area. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the gate.

Starting at 8pm, the annual Street Dance will follow downtown on Emma Avenue. Kick up your boots and dance to your heart’s content. The Boston Mountain Playboys will be providing live entertainment. Horseshoes, Cowboy Quick Draw, Vendors, Pony rides, and live entertainment will all be a part of the fun.

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3. War Eagle Mill’s Annual Father’s Day Fishing Derby is Sunday (June 19). Prizes for the heaviest, smallest and ugliest fish.

fishThis is a free, all-day event from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Contestants can use only fishing poles.
  • Adults and children, 16 or older, are required to have a fishing license.
  • 5 fish weighed per contestant.

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4. Dragonfly Catch & Release {Free}. Robert Thomas has spent the last 9 years traveling and photographing odonates (dragonflies).  Thomas’s collection of photographs contains many very rare species, and some of his special photographs have graced the covers of numerous field guides.  As he puts it, “It’s a matter of being in the right place at the right time, and a little good luck and know how.”

Bring the family and join Robert Thomas for a colorful, unique, and exciting program all about dragonflies.  Immediately following the lecture will be an outdoor dragonfly catch and release at the visitor center. Bring your camera for close-up shots.

The event is a 2 p.m. Sunday (June 19) at Hobbs State Park’s Conservation Area visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection.

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5. Blues Weekend in Eureka Springs & Father’s Day picnic at Turpentine Creek, Eureka Springs.

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