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

Friday 5
Birds & Breakfast, Hobbs State Park


Hobbs State Park Conservation Area is hosting a program called Birds & Breakfast this weekend, and it will be perfect for the animal lovers in your family! Enjoy coffee and breakfast at the park in the close company of some of Arkansas’ favorite songbirds. The Wildlife Society of the University of Arkansas will be catching song birds like goldfinches and chickadees, handling the birds as they allow everyone a firsthand look at their beautiful plumage, and then releasing them back into the wild. Breakfast is sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited. The event sponsor is 3-D Pet Products. This event is free, and no registration is required.

Date: Saturday, February 25

Time: 9-10:30am

Location: Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area, Rogers

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Dr. SeussSuper Saturday: Read Across America

The Fayetteville Public Library (FPL) is celebrating Dr. Suess’ birthday this weekend with a special party! Special guests will include Mayor Lioneld Jordan, local meteorologist Dan Skoff, and librarian Lolly Greenwood, who will be reading favorite Suess stories. Your kids will be thrilled with facepainting, balloons, birthday cake, and even a visit from Cat in the Hat! This event is free, and no registration is required.

Date: Saturday, February 25

Time: 10:30am

Location: Fayetteville Public Library

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Mardi Gras in Fayetteville

mardi gras parade

Celebrate Mardi Gras in Fayetteville this weekend with the Fat Saturday Parade of Fools! The parade will start on the Fayetteville square at 2pm, and will end at the Walton Arts Center parking lot. The parade will be led by KUAF news director, Kyle Kellams. Come for the costumes and the floats, stay for the beads, music, and dancing!

Date: Saturday, February 25

Time: 2 to 4pm

Location: Downtown Fayetteville

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Swing Dancing at Mama Carmen’svintage couple dancing

If you’ve never been swing dancing, you’re missing out—but Saturday night is the perfect night for you! The NWA Swing Dance Society is hosting a night of free swing dancing in a fun environment at Mama Carmen’s coffee shop this Saturday night. The club will teach a brief lesson at 5:30, and open floor dancing starts at 6pm. Bring the whole family out for this one!

Date: Saturday, February 25

Time: 5:30-8:30

Location: Mama Carmen’s Espresso Cafe, Fayetteville

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Slam Poetry Workshop at Crystal Bridges

This Sunday, Crystal Bridges is offering high school students with a knack for the creative an opportunity to learn to express themselves through a unique genre—slam poetry! Performance poet Houston Hughes will be teaching the basics and helping students develop their own slam poetry. This event is free, no registration required.

Date: Sunday, February 26

Time: 2-3:30pm

Location: Crystal Bridges, Bentonville

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