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

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We didn’t have space to squeeze in all the awesome Easter egg hunts and events going on this weekend, so be sure to CLICK HERE and check out our full list of NWA Easter events! Also, don’t forget about our 2017 NWA Summer Camps Guide!

vintage marketVintage Market Days

Grab a girlfriend (or just drag your kids along) to the biggest vintage market in NWA. Country Living Magazine named this event one of the “7 Flea Markets & Barn Sales You Won’t Want To Miss.”  This indoor/outdoor market will be brimming with upscale vintage items such as original art, antiques, clothes, jewelry, home decor, outdoor furnishings, seasonal plants, and delicious treats. Add live music and food trucks, and it’s a party!

Dates: April 7 to 9

Time: 10am to 4pm

Location: SW Regional Airport Blvd, Bentonville

More info: Click here

First Friday: International Festivalinternational festival

The Bentonville square is going to be transformed into a stage for an International Festival! Enjoy live music, dancing, and performances from many different cultures. Bonuses: Food trucks and family-friendly activities! The festival (and food trucks) will open at 11am, and the international performances will happen between 5 and 8pm. (Bonus: stay afterward for a free showing of Finding Dory at Lawrence Plaza!)

Date: Friday, April 7

Time: open at 11am; mainstage performances 5 to 8pm

Location: Downtown Bentonville

More info: Click here

Super Saturday: Young Meteorologist Weatherfeststorm

Local weathermen Dan Skoff, Garrett Lewis, and Darby Bybee will be at the Fayetteville Public Library this Saturday for the third annual Young Meteorologist Weatherfest! Your young weather enthusiasts will have a chance to see storm spotter vehicles, play the “Planit Now” game, learn how to be prepared for weather emergencies, have their face painted, try their hand at being a weatherman, and win prizes! No registration is required for this event.

Date: Saturday, April 8

Time: 10 to 11am

Location: Fayetteville Public Library

More info: Click here

Healthy Amazing Me at Amazeum

The Scott Family Amazeum is hosting a special event this weekend to help children feel comfortable in a medical environment. They will feature several different activity sections:
– Teddy Bear Clinic: Bring a doll, teddy bear, or stuffed animal and play doctor to learn about a healthcare environment.
– Smile Shoppe Dental Wellness Cart: Do your children know how & why to keep their cute smiles healthy? Visit the Smile Shoppe Pediatric Dentistry team at their wellness cart in the lobby for a fun and educational experience.
– Eye & Heart Dissections: Ever wonder what an eye and heart really look like? The University of Arkansas Department of Biological Sciences will be back and assisting guests with exploring eyes and brains.
– Story Walk: An exciting and delightful way for children and adults to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time.
This event is included in your paid daily admission or membership. No registration is required.

Date: Sunday, April 9

Time: 1 to 5pm

Location: Scott Family Amazeum

More info: Click here

Funday Sunday: Free Swim at Jones Center fac-pool

Enjoy a completely free afternoon of swimming at the Jones Center, sponsored by Wal-Mart! 

Date: Sunday, April 9

Time: 1:30 to 4:45pm

Location: Jones Center, Springdale

More info: Click here

BlackAppleNewLogoBlack Apple Crossing events this weekend:

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 new Friday 5 sponsor, Black Apple Crossing, always has a fun line-up of events during the week and on weekends.

This weekend they’ll host AJ Gaither OMB (tonight, Friday, April 7th) and Open Fields will be playing on Saturday night as part of their Ciderday Night Live series. Ciderday Night Live events happen every weekend.

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. FYI, below is the cidery’s new “Cardinal Kiss”, a hibiscus-infused cider featuring a semi-sweet balance of fresh citrus, berry, and floral notes complemented by its brilliant red hue. BAX started serving up this beauty in late March.

Black Apple Crossing's Cardinal Kiss, new in 2017