The Friday 5: Fun things to do in Northwest Arkansas this weekend, Oct. 6-8

Mamas, let’s take advantage of this time of year when the weather’s still warm and it’s still light out at 6 p.m. Here are 5 fun things to do with your family this weekend:

First Friday: Fall Fest

The Bentonville Square is transformed into a Fall Fest block party with live music & entertainment, outstanding food options and family friendly activities.

Date: Friday, Oct. 6

Time: 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Locations: Bentonville Square

More info: Click here

The Scott Family Amazeum hosts Tinkerfest

Tinkerfest 2017 at the AmazeumThe Scott Family Amazeum hosts Northwest Arkansas’ largest convening of makers, tinkerers, artists, innovators, and creatives at Tinkerfest. This one-day festival celebrates the maker mindset in all of us is included with paid admission or membership.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 7

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: Amazeum

More info: Click here

2nd Annual Springdale Downtown Runaround

The Springdale Downtown Runaround is a family style race event consisting of a 1 Mile Fun Run, a 5K distance, and a 10K distance. All distances are followed by an after party, including pancakes, with fun for all ages. The 1 Mile Fun Run or the “Funnest Run” is an exciting adventure that takes place along the Razorback Greenway. 

Date: Saturday, Oct. 7

Time: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Location: Downtown Springdale

More info: Click here

2017 Arkansas Apple Festival

The Arkansas Apple Festival is held every year during the first weekend of October in Lincoln, Arkansas. It is guaranteed to provide a weekend of fun for the whole family, no matter how old you are.  These three days are bursting full of activities with contests for kids, musical entertainment, gospel singing, and much more. Youngsters are welcome in the special Kid’s World. And yes, there will be an abundance of apple cider and free apple slices.

Date: Friday, Oct. 6 – Sunday, Oct. 8

Time: various depending on the day

Location: Lincoln City Square

More info: Click here

Paw-casso Art Show

Black Apple Crossing has teamed up with the Springdale Animal Shelter to hold an event called the Paw-casso Art Show. The kitties and puppies of Springdale Animal Services have been hard at work creating ‘meow’-sterpieces to help raise money for the shelter. Snag one of these awesome pieces of artwork for yourself at this family-friendly event which will include door prizes, raffles, and more.

Date: Sunday, Oct. 8

Time: 4 p.m.

Location: Black Apple Crossing, Springdale

More info: Click here

The 5 events above offer some great options for the family, but if you have a sitter this weekend — and you’re in need of a date night or a Girls’ Night Out — our Friday 5 sponsor, Black Apple Crossing, always has a fun line-up of events during the week and on weekends.

This weekend you can hear Couch Jackets (Friday night, October 6 at 8:00 p.m.) and Buffalo Gals (Saturday night, October 7 at 8:00 p.m.). They also have Taco Tuesdays, trivia nights and book club events during the week! BAX has a new event every Thursday called Sip & Stretch Cider and Yoga Night starting at 7:30pm. 

Also, THIS WEEKEND! The cidery is teaming up with the Springdale Animal Shelter for an event called the Paw-casso Art Show. The event is on Sunday, October 8th and you’ll find more details in our October calendar of events.

Black Apple Crossing is the state’s first cidery. It’s located in downtown Springdale off Emma Avenue just past mile marker 13. Black Apple Crossing has produced naturally gluten-free hard apple cider with no added sulfites or other preservatives since July 2015. Click here to visit the Black Apple Crossing website.

The classic champagne style dry cider, Dry Guy, is back. On tap now!