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

friday 5 png fileHappy April Fool’s Day! We’re definitely ready for the weekend and that’s NO JOKE 🙂

If you’re thinking through what to do tonight and over the next couple of free days, check out these fun events happening in Northwest Arkansas this weekend, April 1-3:

1. First Friday Bentonville, tonight. The new First Fridays season starts TONIGHT, no foolin’. Yay! {FYI, First Thursdays started last night. Click here for more info}

first fridaysFor tonight’s event, the Bentonville Square will be transformed into an internationally-themed block party with live music & entertainment, food and family-friendly activities. Title sponsor Boomchickapop will be giving out complimentary popcorn.

The event is noon to 8 p.m. in downtown Bentonville.

Click here to see the line-up for tonight’s event!

2. VoiceJam Competition, Saturday. Hosted by Deke Sharon (the “father of contemporary a cappella), the VoiceJam competition will be Saturday (April 2) at 8 pm. You’ll get to see some super-cool vocal bands from around the country competing for the title of VoiceJam Champion. The competition portion of the VoiceJam festival is full of audience participation and fun for all ages.

The competition is at Walton Arts Center.

Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

fayetteville farmers market3. Fayetteville Farmer’s Market reopens, Saturday. We love the downtown Fayetteville Farmer’s Market and are happy that it will open for the season on Saturday.  The season runs April to November and it’s open on Saturdays and Tuesday/Thursday.

Click here for more information.

4. Legomania, Saturday. The Bella Vista library has started a new event called Legomania and it will be on the first Saturday of every month. This fun and creative event is a great way to invent and design new and amazing things. They’ll provide the Legos, you just bring your creativity.

This event will be at the Bella Vista Library from 10-11 a.m.

Click here for more information on Legomania events the first Saturday of every month.


5. Love that Dog, Sunday at Walton Arts Center. Do you know the story of Love That Dog? Well, here it is: Jack hates poetry. Only girls write it and every time he tries to, his brain feels empty. But his teacher Ms. Stretchberry won’t stop giving her class LoveThatDog_266x375poetry assignments – and Jack can’t avoid them. But then something amazing happens. The more he writes, the more he learns he does have something to say.

Adapted from acclaimed author Sharon Creech’s book of free-verse poems, Love That Dog tells the story of how Jack finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow paper and of course, a dog.

The show is Sunday at 2 p.m. and tickets are just $8!

Click here for tickets and more info!