The Friday 5: Fun things to do this weekend in Northwest Arkansas

Friday 5

pokemon-logo1. Pokemon GO Party, TONIGHT (Friday, Sept. 16) 6-9 p.m. {Free} The Jones Center is inviting all Pokemon trainers to celebrate the release of the new software update at this Pokemon Party. This event is completely FREE, open to the public, and family-friendly, so people of all ages can come.

The new software update allows players to choose a favorite pocket monster to follow them at all times, mimicking the way that Pikachu never left Ash Ketchum’s side in the animated series.

Parents, bring your kids and reward their hard work at school with a little screen time allowing them to enjoy the new Pokemon update. Teens and adults, come meet like-minded Pokemon Go players while you level-up all your pocket monsters.

There will be lures being dropped during the entire event at our 4 Pokestops, so you’re guaranteed to catch some new Pokemon. Our gym will be ready for battling, too, so bring your best trained team ready to battle.

There will be free refreshments available.

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2. Downtown Rogers Farmer’s Market Movie Night (Movie: Inside Out), FRIDAY NIGHT, 7:30-9:30 p.m. The summer movie nights were such a hit, the Rogers Farmer’s Market decided to bring them back.

On the 3rd Friday through the rest of the year they will be showing a family movie. First on the list is Inside Out, since the weather was not on their side last time they tried to show the movie. Movie starts at dark!

Here’s a little clip from the movie:

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3. Dog Days, Bentonville Farmer’s Market, Saturday. Bring your furry companions out to the Farmers Market to celebrate all things dogs. Schedule:

10am- Dog Parade- Meet in the street outside of Walmart Neighborhood Market11am- Dog Contests- Register at the DBI tent in front of the Walton 5&10 and compete to win some great prizes in the following categories:

Cutest Adult Dog
Cutest Puppy
Best Trick
Best Costume

7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Bentonville Square.

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4. The 2nd Annual NWA Truck Show, Saturday and Sunday {Free}. The NWA Truck Show will be held at The Jones Center in Springdale on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-18. The event is free to attend and open to the public.

Come enjoy the mild September weather while viewing some of the oldest and newest trucks on the road in the region. This is the perfect family outing before enjoying the Springdale Farmers Market, ice skating, or swimming at The Jones Center on Saturday.

The main festivities we be on Saturday in the southeast parking lot of The Jones Center from 8 am-5 pm. Every type of truck will be on display from customized 18-wheelers and trailers to vintage pickup trucks and everything in between. Prizes will be given away for the “Best of” in 5 categories: pickup, working, antique, show truck, and people’s choice. Prize winners will receive a plaque. Entry fees are $15 to show a truck in the event.

“Northwest Arkansas is nationally known as a hub for freight and trucking. We want to celebrate our history of trucking and logistics by providing a truck show where families and individuals can come get close to some of the iconic trucks that have delivered cargo for decades,” says Don Lee of the JTL Antique Truck Club.

The JTL Antique Truck Club is a 501c3 nonprofit organization of former employees and friends of the Jones Truck Lines, a successful trucking company that Harvey Jones of Springdale built during the 20th century.

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curious-george5. Curious George’s 75th Birthday party at Fayetteville Public Library, Saturday {Free}. This event is at 11:15am in the Children’s Library. Listen to stories of the curious little monkey in the yellow children’s niche at 11:15am, and enjoy balloons and stickers to celebrate George’s 75th birthday!

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BONUS events:

check mark, blueBatman Day at Nightbird Books. Saturday 9/17 is #BatmanDay Stop by Nightbird Books on Dickson Street in Fayetteville dressed to celebrate and enter to win $20 gift card.

Storytime from 1 to 2pm.

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Oktoberfest on Dickson Street, Sunday. Oktoberfest is a family friendly event for all ages in Fayetteville.

There will be craft beer, curated and inclusive kid activities, local food vendors, photo booth, handcrafted items from area makers, live music, and more. Sunday, September 18th from noon to 6 p.m. in the WAC parking lot.

Oktoberfest is the Arkansas Brewers Guild’s largest fundraiser of the year. The ABG is the non-profit voice of the Arkansas Craft Beer industry, helping to promote and support education and legislation of craft beer in the natural state.

$5 entry (17 and under are FREE) gets you access to the festival and all of it’s activities.

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Neighborhood House Party, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Fayetteville, Sunday.

Come on out for some great music and family fun at the church’s house party. Enjoy the ultimate hot dog bar, chips, and drinks and grab some sweetness from the bake sale. Lots of fun for the kids, including a bounce house, face painting, etc. Sunday, 4-7 p.m.

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