EVENTS IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
Fayetteville Winter Farmers Market—Thru March 28
Join us at our indoor location for the winter months for fresh, locally grown produce and goods.Market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission. Ozark Natural Foods. Fayetteville. (479) 236-2910. www.fayettevillefarmersmarket.org
Downtown Rogers Art on the Bricks—March 12 & April 9
Come see the works of local artists on display throughout businesses in historic downtown Rogers every second Thursday of the month. The event includes pop-up galleries and artist receptions, with featured artists changing every month. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The March event will be dedicated to dog lovers. Free admission. Downtown. Rogers. (479) 619-3195.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade—March 14
Join us for our 24th annual family-friendly parade stepping off at 2 p.m. Wear green and join in the fun! Free admission. Downtown, Eureka Springs.
Bentonville & Artists on Main—March 20
Come downtown and check out the work of local artists who will be featured in booths along Main Street in front of the Walton Five & Dime from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and inside participating businesses that have created special exhibit spaces from 5 to 8 p.m. This month’s art stroll has been curated by featured artists. Come see what you can discover. Free admission. Downtown. Bentonville. (479) 254-0254.
First Friday—April 3
Join us for the kickoff of our First Friday celebrations, when the Bentonville Square is turned into a giant neighborhood block party with plenty of food, activities and family fun. April’s theme will be Home Sweet Home and will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Square. Bentonville. (479) 254-0254.
THEATRE & FILM
Holes—Thru March 1
Adapted from the award-winning book by Louis Sachar, this play focuses on Stanley Yelnats, a troubled kid who is sent to a boys detention center, Camp Green Lake. The warden tells the boys that they must dig holes five feet wide by five feet deep in order to "build character." But Stanley soon realizes the boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something, and he will do his best to dig up the truth. This play is appropriate for ages 10 and up. Arts Live Theatre. Fayetteville. (479) 521-4932.
Ann—Thru March 22
Ann is the inspiring and hilarious story of a captivating woman, Ann Richards, who was even bigger than the state from which she hailed. This acclaimed, one-woman tour-de-force brings the charismatic and storied former governor of Texas into TheatreSquared’s most intimate new space. TheatreSquared. Fayetteville. (479) 777-7477.
See How They Run—March 6 thru 15
This fast-paced, four-door comedy leaves audiences feeling winded from all the laughs! Galloping in and out of the doors of an English vicarage are an American actor and actress, a Cockney maid who has seen too many American movies, an old maid who “touches alcohol for the first time in her life,” four men dressed as clergymen who cause confusion about which is which (and which is the escaped prisoner in disguise), and a sedate Bishop aghast by all the goings-on and the trumped-up stories he’s hearing from the crazy cast of characters. Admission: $25 non-members, $20 members and seniors, $15 non-member students, $10 member students. Arts Center of the Ozarks. Springdale. (479) 751-5441.
Sideways Stories from Wayside School—March 7, 14 & 21
Based on the perennial favorite children’s book by the bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning author Louis Sachar, this performance tells the story of a school where all sorts of funny things happen. Best for ages 6 and up. Admission: $14. Nadine Baum Studios, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
Meteor Shower—March 20 thru 29
This hilarious comedy written by Steve Martin finds Corky and Norm excited to host Gerald and Laura at their home in the valley outside Los Angeles to watch a once-in-a-lifetime meteor shower. But as the stars come out and the conversation gets rolling, it becomes clear that Gerald and Laura might not be all that they appear to be. Over the course of a crazy, starlit dinner party, the couples begin to flirt and insanity reigns. Admission: starting at $28. Victory Theater, Arkansas Public Theatre. Rogers. (479) 631-8988.
My Father’s War—March 25 thru April 19
The funny, harrowing and deeply moving story of a Jewish kid from Chicago’s north side who landed at Normandy on D-Day and fought through to the Battle of the Bulge. As Private Herzberg survives one near-death experience after another through luck, chutzpah and sheer comic timing, his daughter chases down the one story that still haunts him. This newly revised, limited engagement production, commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. TheatreSquared. Fayetteville. (479) 777-7477.
Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure—April 28
The creators of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live are taking your family on an all new adventure – this time to the bottom of the ocean! Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure is an immersive experience that invites you to jump in and explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago – and maybe live still today. Erth shows are at the forefront of family entertainment – using actors, technology, puppets, science and imagination to create an amazing visual experience that connects young audiences to the real science of paleontology. Show begins at 7 p.m. Admission: $20-$45. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
MUSIC & DANCE
Socks in the Frying Pan—March 5
Come enjoy the music from this multi-award winning trio from County Clare on the west coast of Ireland. Their dynamic vocal harmonies, virtuosic musical ability and on-stage wit has captured and captivated audiences around the world. Performance begins at 7 p.m. Admission: $10. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
Trisha Yearwood—March 6
The singer, actress, author, chef, personality and entrepreneur derives deep fulfillment from simply walking up to a microphone and pouring her heart out by way of a celebrated powerhouse voice. The public is invited to come enjoy the music of this timeless entertainer whose influence permeates multiple facets of culture. Show begins at 8 p.m. Admission: $69-$99. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
Glory Denied—March 6 & 7
Audiences are invited to enjoy this performance by Opera Fayetteville, based on the true story of Colonel Jim Thompson, Vietnam veteran and American’s longest-held prisoner of war, and his family’s struggles. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $30, $40. Starr Theatrer, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
J Street Creations: Dancers Making Dance—March 6 & 7
An in-studio public showcase of the NWA Ballet Theatre artists creating and presenting their own work. Shows at 7 p.m.Admission: $5. Check website for announcement of location.(479) 530-2967.
Asleep at the Wheel—March 7
Don’t miss this special performance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. featuring Asleep at the Wheel, with special guests The Red Dirt Rangers. The Auditorium. Eureka Springs. (479) 253-7788.
Anastasia—March 10 thru 15
Inspired by the beloved film, this romantic and adventure-filled new musical transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love and family. Admission: $40-$81. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
APOx Small Bites—March 17
Join the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra on the third Tuesday of the month for a family-fun evening with dinner and a small bite of a concert. Enjoy something new from the world of classical music every month. Doors open at 6 p.m., performance begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission: $35-$40, $5 children in advance, $8 children day of show. Record. Bentonville. (479) 841-4644.
Arlo Guthrie—March 20
Join the legendary folksinger as he shares songs and stories, gets to the heart of what really matters, and of course, isa comedic agitator.His 20/20 Tour will continue to feature the crowd favorite Alice’s Restaurant Massacree. Accompanying him will be longtime bandmates Abe Guthrie and drummer Terry “A La Berry” Hall. Performance starts at 8 p.m. Admission: $39, $49, $59. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
The Art Blakey Centennial Celebration—March 20
Art Blakey’s band, The Jazz Messengers, was considered the quintessential forum for musicians who wished to hone their talent and leave their own mark on the jazz scene. Preserving, protecting and honoring the legacy of Art Blakey, The Art Blakey Centennial Celebration Band is an elite lineup of alumni members of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, each now a longtime leader on his own and considered among jazz’s most accomplished players. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $32, $52. Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
Bonnie Bishop—March 21
Enjoy an evening with Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Bonnie Bishop who has been called the “new queen of country soul.” She has moved away from country music to pursue a career as a soul singer. As Nashville’s establishment and legions of roots-music fans are now well aware, she ain’t who she was before. Performance at 8 p.m. Admission: $32, $52. Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
Masterworks III: Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto—March 21
Event presented by the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas featuring SoNA principal clarinet Trevor Stewart. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $10-$55. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 521-4166.
The Charlie Daniels Band—March 27
A legend in concert you don’t want to miss! An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor, and still a road warrior at age 83, Charlie has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children and others in need. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $95. The Auditorium. Eureka Springs. (479) 253-7788.
VoiceJam Kickoff Concert—April 2
A cappella fans are invited to join the VoiceJam Varsity Singers and Filipino a cappella group Acapellago. The VoiceJam Varsity Singers are an audition-based a cappella choir made up of high school students from around NWA. They will open for the winners of the 2019 Vocal Asia Festival, Acapellago. Show begins at 7 p.m. Free admission. Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
Formedin the late 1960s and quickly harmonizingtheir way to the top of the charts into a global household name, these friends are still making music together 40-plus years later, touring the world and thrilling audiences with their timeless sound.Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $65-$275. The Auditorium. Eureka Springs. (479) 253-7788.
VoiceJam Headliner Concert: The Real Group—April 3
The Real Group is a five-member professional a cappella ensemble from Sweden who have grown to become one of the leading forces in the world of vocal music today. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $10. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
Miss Coco Peru—April 4
Come experience the trailblazing Queen who elevated drag whilst still wearing sensible heels as she performs some of her favorite monologues and songs spanning her long career, as well as some new stuff too. Performance begins at 8:30 p.m. Admission: $30-$45. The Auditorium. Eureka Springs. (479) 253-7788.
VoiceJam Competition—April 4
Get your tickets now to witness the top vocal bands from around the country compete for the title of VoiceJam Champion. Over the past five years, the VoiceJam Competition has become one of the most-loved events on our season. Come cheer on these harmonizing, beatboxing, mind-blowing groups and cast your vote for aca-fan favorite. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $19-$39. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
Fiddler on the Roof—April 14 thru 19
Rich with musical hits you know and love, including “Tradition,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were A Rich Man,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To Life (L’Chaim!),” Fiddler on the Roof is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter. A fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece, this show will introduce a new generation to the uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life! Admission: $40-$91. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
The Little Mermaid Jr.—April 16 thru 19
Journey "under the sea" with Ariel and her aquatic friends. Adapted from Disney's Broadway production and the Academy Award-winning motion picture. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories, this show by Arts Live Theatre is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance. Show is appropriate for all ages. Arts Center of the Ozarks. Springdale. (479) 521-4932.
Punyah Dance Company (Bangalore, India) under the artistic leadership of one of the most sought-after classical Indian dancers, Parshwanath Upadhye, tells the ancient Hindu epic Ramayana – the story of legendary Lorda Rama of ancient India on a quest to rescue Sita, the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi, whose choices would change the course of history.Through creativity and innovation, this familiar story is brought to new life through dance. Performance begins at 7 p.m. Admission: $10. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
Bollywood Boulevard—April 23
The vibrancy, emotion and heart-pounding beat of Hindi cinema comes to life on stage with Bollywood Boulevard. Dance, live music, storytelling and stunning visuals combine to create a non-stop journey through more than 100 years of Bollywood movies. Show begins at 7 p.m. Admission: $25-$55. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
Arun Luthra's Konnakol Jazz Project with Selvaganesh—April 24
Arun Luthra is one of the premier saxophonists and composers on New York’s jazz scene. He’s an American jazz musician of Indian heritage who explores fusing the modern post-bop sound with elements of Indian classical music, and draws from a wide variety of modern and classic musical influences to create a vibrant new sound and style. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $32, $52. Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
Arts Center of the Ozarks—Upcoming Exhibition
Running thru March 28: Leah Grant, with artist reception taking place on Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. Arts Center of the Ozarks. Springdale. (479) 751-5441.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art—Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
Currently on display thru March 3: Small Talk; running thru March 10: A Walk in the Woods; running thru April 20: Hank Willis Thomas: All things Being Equal…; and running thru May 24: State of the Art 2020. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Bentonville. (479) 418-5700. crystalbridges.org
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art—Upcoming Events
Crystal Bridges offers a wide array of public programs for youth, family, teens, college students, adults and educators. Special monthly events include classes, workshops, camps, lectures, culinary events, dance, music, performance and film programs, outdoor programs, tours and more. Call or visit website for a specific listing of events, dates, times, registration and other information. Admission varies by event. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Bentonville. (479) 418-5700. crystalbridges.org
The Momentary—Upcoming Events
March 3: Vinal with Ivy Barney; March 4: Member Moment: Chef’s Chat; March 5: Hale County This Morning, This Evening film showing; March 10: Music of Lila Downs; March 12: State of the Art 2020: Reflecting Communities lecture; March 14: Music by Anna Meredith; March 17: Inverse Lab performance with Esther Neff & Kaia Gilje; March 21: Al Bell Presents: A Soul Music Experience and performances of Edna Lewis by Hilton ALS; March 27: Music by Shabaka and the Ancestors; March 27 thru 29: Performances of A New Betweenby Jaimie Henthorn; and March 29: Sound for Andy Warhol’s Kiss performance. The Momentary. Bentonville. (479) 367-7500.
The Momentary—Upcoming Exhibits
Running thru March 8: Tell Me What I Can Do and Gardens Speak by Tania El Khoury, and running thru May 24: State of the Art II. The Momentary. Bentonville. (479) 367-7500.
Museum of Native American History—Upcoming Events
March 14: Storytime at the Museum, 11 a.m. Museum of Native American History. Bentonville. (479) 273-2456.
Rogers Historical Museum—Current Exhibitions
Currently on display: To Do the Laundry in the Hiett Family Collections Gallery thru March 28; and Reflections of the Black Experience in the Trammel Gallery through March 31. Beginning March 7 running thru May 2: A Victorian Wedding from the Hawkins House. Free admission. Rogers Historical Museum. Rogers. (479) 621-1154.
Rogers Historical Museum—Upcoming Events
March 21: Kid’s Craft Corner: Pottery Puzzle, 1 p.m.; and March 27: Finders Keepers, 1 p.m. Free admission. Rogers Historical Museum. Rogers. (479) 621-1154.
Shiloh Museum of Ozark History—Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
Running thru April 11: Model Homes; running thru June 20: Working on the Railroad; and running thru Jan. 19, 2021: Going Greek. Free admission. Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. Springdale. (479) 750-8165.
Shiloh Museum of Ozark History—Upcoming Events
March 7, 2 p.m.: “Facing Hard History: Racial Terror Lynching in Washington County,” program by RoAnne Elliott and Margaret Holcomb; March 18, noon: “On Pea Ridge,” program by Chris Huggard; and April 15, noon: “Experimenting with Native Foods.” Free admission. Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. Springdale. (479) 750-8165.
Art in Bloom—March 20 thru 23
Experience the museum as it comes alive during our Spring Art in Bloom! Tour our permanent collection where local florists will display floral arrangements inspired by magnificent works of art. The weekend will feature live demonstrations, workshops, and talks uniting the power of art and the beauty of nature. Free admission. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Bentonville. (479) 657-2335. crystalbridges.org
Drag Night—April 1
Presented in collaboration with C4 Nightclub, join us for an evening of drinks with the Queens! The evening will begin with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by a Drag Show at 7 p.m. featuring some of NWA’s drag talent. Free admission. Great Hall, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Bentonville. (479) 657-2335. crystalbridges.org
SPORTS & RECREATION
Arkansas Gryphons Men’s Rugby—Upcoming Home Games
March 28 vs. Tulsa RFC; and April 4 vs. Little Rock Stormers. Games are at 2 p.m. The Grove. Lowell. Free admission. (479) 715-1399.
NWA Naturals—Upcoming Home Games
Join us as we kick off our 2020 season on April 16 thru 18 vs. Corpus Christi Hooks; and on April 19 thru 22 vs. Midland Rockhounds. Arvest Ballpark. Springdale. (479) 927-4900.
Irish 5K/10K—March 7
The luck of the Irish will be on your side at the 6th race of the Run Bentonville Race Series. This race gives participants the opportunity to test themselves at either the 5k or 10k distances. Race starts at 7 a.m. Admission: $25. Bentonville Community Center. Bentonville. (479) 464-7275.
The Jones Center Indoor Triathlon—March 7
This is a swim, bike, and run event all taking place inside the walls of The Jones Center. Participants will have 10 minutes to swim, 20 minutes to bike and 15 minutes to run in order to log as many miles as possible. This event is the perfect opportunity for beginners to try their hand at a triathlon and for seasoned triathletes to gear up for spring competition. Those 15 and older can participate. Admission: $30. The Jones Center. Springdale. (479) 756-8090.
Nutty Runner 5K—March 14
Combining the pleasure of great craft beer consumption with the solid benefits of outdoor exercise, this race features a tasty pint of Columbus House Brewery’spopular Nutty Runner Nut Brown Ale at every mile marker and at the finish. All proceeds support The Spark Foundation, a nonprofit that hosts racing events, as well as provides mini-grants and outreach programming to promote health and fitness education while encouraging outdoor recreation. Festivities begin at 9 a.m. and the run begins at 11 a.m. Admission: $45 for ages 21 and up, $30 Designated Driver. Downtown. Fayetteville. (479) 387-7116.
Victorian Classic—March 21
This 39th annual 10K is a scenic and challenging certified course through the hills of Eureka Springs. Just for fun, there is also a 2-mile walk/run. This event is put on by the Eureka Springs Rotary Club and funds from this event will go toward the needs of local children. Event starts at 9 a.m. Best Western Inn of the Ozarks. Eureka Springs. (479) 244-0173.www.eurekarotary.org
Hogeye Marathon—March 28
Runners are welcome to join this annual event that will include a four-person relay, 5K run/walk, half-marathon, full marathon and kids run. With some proceeds benefiting five local charities, this event includes an expo and the Pig Trough After-Party. Admission: $40 for relay team, $35 for 5K, $85 for half-marathon, $90 for marathon, $12 for kids run (subsequent kids in the same family $10). Shiloh Square. Downtown, Springdale.
Joe Martin Stage Race—April 2 thru 5
The Joe Martin Stage Race is a 4-day, 4-stage professional men’s and women's cycling race along with a 2-day, 3-stage amateur stage race. 2020 will mark the 43rd anniversary of the amateur races; 18th anniversary on the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour and 6th year to be on the Union Cycliste Internationale Americas Tour calendar. This year in conjunction with the Fayetteville Public Schools and the local cycling team, Fayetteville Wheelmen, a free kids fun ride for ages three through nine years of age will take place during the criterium. Admission: $165. Various locations. Fayetteville. (479) 521-7766.
Ozark Mountain Bike Fest—April 3 thru 5
Springtime in the Ozarks means it’s time to hit the bike trails. Join the park staff for a fun weekend on the two-wheel trails. There’s fun to be discovered by all ages and levels of riders. Devil’s Den State Park. West Fork. (479) 761-3325. www.arkansasstateparks.com
Bentonville Half Marathon—April 4
This is the 10th anniversary for NWA’s premiere running event. Runners have a choice to participate in the half marathon or a 5K. Racers need to be ready to run by 6:45 a.m., with both races starting at 7 a.m. Admission: $25 for 5K, $50 for half marathon relay, $75 for half marathon. Registration prices increase after March 31. Downtown Square. Bentonville. (479) 464-7275.
Double Barrel Gravel Ride—April 4
This 71-mile ride is back, covering beautiful gravel roads of NWA and Southwest Missouri. This route will be as scenic as it is challenging, with lots of climbing; course will be marked, but GPS is strongly recommended. Riders meet at 8 a.m. and start shortly thereafter. Three aid stations will be located along the course. Back by popular demand are two fun routes of 15 and 30 miles. Skeet shooting will be available post ride. Free admission. Benton County Quail Barn. Bentonville.
Heart Walk—April 4
Join the American Heart Association and thousands of walkers for the NWA Heart Walk and be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. This 3-mile walk is open to everyone, regardless of age or fitness level. Festivities include refreshments, health screenings, kids activities and sponsor booths. Awards will be given to individuals and corporate fundraising teams, as well the Rookie of the Year corporate team. Pets are not only invited, but they're also encouraged. John Q. Hammons Convention Center, Embassy Suites. Rogers. (479) 439-6806.
Cow Paddy Run—April 11
Get ready for family-friendly fun on the run brought to you by The Spark Foundation to create fun and accessible opportunities for physical activity in our community. There’s a 5K and 10K for the 10th anniversary for adults and older kids, and a 1K Fun Run for the little ones. Races start at 4 p.m. Admission: $20 1K, $25 5K, $35 10K. Gulley Park. Fayetteville.
NWA Walk & Taco Fun Run—April 11
Join us for a family-friendly event and walk and/or run for tacos all while supporting patients with rare kidney disease and their families in your community. Come out and meet other families in your area, enjoy activities for children and learn more about how NephCure Kidney International can support you. Run starts at 8:30 a.m. Admission: $20 for fun run, free for walkers. Citizens Park Trail at Bentonville Community Center. Bentonville.
Cherishing Children Glow Run—April 17
This 20th annual run benefits the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County and features family-friendly nighttime events, including a 1-Mile Fun Walk, a 400-Yard Superhero Dash, and a chip-timed 5K Glow Run. Registration begins at 5 p.m. Admission: $10-$25. First United Methodist Church. Rogers. (479) 621-0385.
Pedaler’s Bash—April 18
Join us for the best marathon mountain bike race in the Arkansas Marathon Mountain Bike Race Series. Approximately 250 racers will blaze through the Ozark Mountains on a 45-mile journey on west single track, exploring the trail systems of Slaughter Pen, Bella Vista, Blowing Springs and the Famous Back 40. Admission: $85. 410 SW A Street. Bentonville. (479) 595-9669.
Dogwood 5K/10K Run—April 25
Event begins at 8 a.m. Registration begins in April. Bob Henry Park. Siloam Springs. (479) 524-5136.
Arkansas State Parks—Upcoming Events
Arkansas State Parks have lots of family-friendly fun and educational events to keep you busy this winter! Three local parks, right here in our backyard, feature a variety of experiences from guided hikes to educational workshops: Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Devil’s Den State Park, and Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area. Call (888) 287-2757 or visit to learn about all the fun activities and ways you can get involved to make Arkansas State Park memories that will last a lifetime!
FAYAR Comic Show—Thru March 1
All things pop culture fandom will be front and center in Fayetteville as the city plays host to this first-ever convention with an exciting two-day lineup of famous special guests and memorable experiences for fans of comics, sci-fi, anime and horror. The weekend will be complete with celebrity autograph and photo sessions, live panels, incredible cosplayers and even the opportunity to commission new art from phenomenal comic artists. Admission: starting at $20 for adults, $10 for kids 6 to 12 years old. Fayetteville Town Center. Fayetteville.
Northwest Arkansas a la Carte—March 5
Guests will enjoy light bites from some of the best restaurants in town. Proceeds raised from NWA a la Carte benefit Arkansas Children’s Northwest. Event begins at 5:30 p.m. Admission: $50. Barn at the Springs. Springdale (479) 725-0404. give.archildrens.org/nwaalacarte
International Women’s Day—March 6
Join the Rotary Club of Bentonville as they celebrate the 5th annual International Women’s Day celebration. This event is a Rotary fundraiser for our Bentonville and Bentonville West high school scholarship programs. Event includes hot breakfast, beverages and lunch. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with event being held from8a.m. to 1p.m. Admission: $25, $350 for reserved tables of 10. The Record. Bentonville. (903) 343-2238.
Orchid Show and Sale—March 6 thru 8
Kick off the spring season with the 10th annual Orchid Show & Sale at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, co-sponsored by the Orchid Society of the Ozarks. There will be hundreds of plants in bloom to look at and purchase. The show will be held indoors, so you can stay warm while you browse and shop. Admission: $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-12, free for children four and under. Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. Fayetteville. (479) 750-2620.
Cane Hill Kite Festival—March 7
The annual family-friendly festival begins at noon and goes until the last kite comes down. Buy a kite there or bring your own. There will be a kite hospital on site, used kites for sale, prizes, food, warming/hospitality tent and more. Rain/snow date is March 14. Admission: $1 children, $2 adults, free for military. Springfield Ranch. Cane Hill. (479) 824-8109. Find this event on Facebook.
New School Spring Party—March 7
Don’t miss our annual swanky fundraiser benefiting The New School. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner, live and silent auctions, and live music by Arkansauce beginning at 7 p.m. Must be 21 years of age to attend. Admission: $100, $1,000 for table of 10. Graduate Hotel. Fayetteville. (479) 521-7037.
Starlight Gala—March 7
Join us for the largest annual fundraiser for the NWA Children’s Shelter. Presented by General Mills, the evening will include dinner, live and silent auctions, the Hershey Wall of Hope, live music and the PepsiCo After Party. Admission: $250. John Q. Hammons Convention Center, Embassy Suites. Rogers. (479) 795-2417.
Say I Do Wedding Expo—March 8
Come see what the NWA wedding community has to offer, as well as the latest wedding trends. We will be showcasing wedding venues, formalwear, music, photography, catering, flowers and so much more. Event will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission; register online. Benton County Fair Grounds.
Celebration of Possibilities Luncheon—March 11
At this always uplifting event, Fayetteville-based Life Styles celebrates the accomplishments of adults with developmental disabilities – along with the volunteers, employers, and staff who help Life Styles clients successfully live, work and play as fully engaged members of the NWA community. Luncheon will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission: $30 per person; $250 for reserved tables of 8. Fayetteville Town Center. Fayetteville. (479) 521-3581.
Teacher of the Year Lunch—March 12
This event offers local businesses and organizations the opportunity to thank and celebrate our Teacher of the Year winners, and show support for the Bentonville Schools. It also provides a time of fun and networking with the teachers and other community members. The luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission: Chamber members $25, non-members $35, $250 for reserved table of 6. Shewmaker Center, Northwest Arkansas Community College. Bentonville. (479) 273-2841.
Laughter and Libations—March 13 POSTPONED
Join us for an evening of great food, fun and laughs benefiting Trike Theatre. Event will include a live auction and raffle, and will be emceed by Jason Suel featuring entertainment by Raj Suresh. Event will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. with a VIP reception beginning at 6 p.m. This event is for those 21 and older. Admission: $100. The Record. Bentonville. (479) 464-5084.
NWA Beautiful Girls Retreat—March 13 & 14
The theme for the 12th annual event is “Beautiful Life.” At this year’s retreat each participant will explore their past, present and future to recognize the unique “beautiful life” God has gifted them with. This community based retreat develops the spiritual journey, esteem and identity of each person who walks through the door. Admission: $135. Embassy Suites. Rogers. (479) 899-1875.
Arkansas Miss Amazing—March 14
Join us for this event that provides opportunities for girls and women with disabilities to build confidence and self-esteem in a supportive environment. Event begins at 6 p.m. Admission: $5.Bentonville Community Church. Bentonville. (501) 516-2626. www.ar.missamazing.org
Brewmaster Dinner—March 14
Four-course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Justus Moll paired with beers from Ozark Beer Company. Chef Moll uses the paired beer as a component in each dish. Both brewmaster and chef will discuss why that beer was chosen, what it brings to the dish and the brewing process. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Admission: $65. Millar Lodge, Mount Sequoyah. Fayetteville. (479) 443-4531. www.mountsequoyah.org
The Celtic Crawl—March 14
Take part in this classic St Patrick's themed pub-crawl to all of the fine pubs, bars and restaurants in Downtown Bentonville. The evening wraps up in the FNB parking lot for a St Patrick's festival, complete with bagpipes, entertainment and a leprechaun or two. Wristband sales benefit Cycling Without Age, a global movement that reconnects individuals with mobility issues to experience the thrill and freedom of being on a bike again. Event begins at 11 a.m. with the after-party beginning at 4 p.m. Admission: $10. Downtown. Bentonville.
Kiss a Pig Gala—March 14 POSTPONED
Join us at this 18th annual black tie event as NWA’a finest community leaders compete for the chance to kiss a pig to recognize it for producing the first source of insulin for people with diabetes. Kiss a Pig supports your local American Diabetes Association and its mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Event will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Admission: $300. John Q. Hammons Convention Center, Embassy Suites. Rogers. (479) 464-4121. diabetes.org/arkissapig2020
SoNA Spring Gala—March 17 POSTPONED
Join the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas Board of Directors and Maestro Paul Haas as they honor Mary & George Benjamin for their extraordinary contributions to SoNA and the arts in NWA. There will be dinner, drinks, and live and silent auctions beginning at 6:30 p.m. Cocktail attire. Admission: $140, $1,120 for table of 8. RSVP by March 10. Mermaids Restaurant. Fayetteville. (479) 283-4311.
St. Patty’s Day Pub Crawl—March 17
Hosted by Brick Street Brews, this event allows patrons to visit various downtown venues and enjoy drinks, food and entertainment in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Participants can pick up pup crawl cards between 5 and 8 p.m. at Brick Street Brews. Cards will have maps and a list of participating venues and a purchase automatically enrolls the purchaser in a drawing to be held at the end of the night. Admission: $5. Various locations. Downtown. Rogers.
NWA Home & Outdoor Living Show—March 20 thru 22
See the newest home trends for design and function. There will be more than 100 local exhibitors and other specialists from around the country, plus outdoor cooking demonstrations and the chance to plan a picture-perfect remodel with one of our design seminars. Admission: $6 adults, $4 seniors, free for children 10 and under. John Q Hammons Convention Center, Embassy Suites. Rogers (918) 645-9850.
Barks and Brews—March 21
Annual event and dog show to raise money to support the Rogers Animal Shelter and the Humane Society of Rogers. There will be food, beer, vendors, a silent auction and adorable dogs. So bring your lovable furry friends and the non-furry ones too. Event is 2 to 5 p.m. with the dog show starting at 3 p.m. Downtown. Rogers. (479) 640-4008.
Wizard Way of the Ozarks—March 21 & 22
This Alfie Award-winning convention inspired by all things wizards, witches, magic and fantastical creatures in pop culture is celebrating its third year. Guests can plan on celebrating favorite magical literary characters and the worlds surrounding them through a fun festival of spellbinding proportions. The event will feature a Merchant Alley, themed foods, door prizes, photo ops, a disgusting jelly bean challenge, magical item scavenger hunt, costume contest, wizard duels, a wizard themed escape room, panels, gaming rooms, entrancing shows and more. This year's proceeds will benefit Asbell Elementary. Admission: VIP $55/$60 at the door, single day $20/$25 at the door, weekend pass $35/$40 at the door. Fayetteville Town Center. Fayetteville.
NWA Home Show—March 27 thru 29
With over 100 vendors there is sure to be something at this event to help you in your home improvement needs. Vendors range from banks to help finance your projects, landscapers and outdoor living, to building suppliers, specialty products and more. Show hours will be Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: 1-day pass for $5, 2-day pass for $7, 3-day pass for $10. NWA Holiday Inn Convention Center. Springdale. (479) 751-6688.
Crawfish Broil—March 28
Come enjoy traditional boil fare in a unique location. This event will include food by Executive Chef Justus Moll, beer from Columbus House Brewing, music with Jim n’ Juice and root beer for the kids. Lawn games will be available. Event will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Admission: $30 adults, $10 children. Overlook Lawn, Mount Sequoyah. Fayetteville. (479) 443-4531.
Spring into Summer Market—March 28 & 29
Join us for a weekend of fabulous shopping with local artisans and specialty vendors, food and family-friendly activity. Event will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Free admission. Benton County Fairgrounds. Bentonville.
Cherishing Children Pinwheel Rally—April 3
Community members gather in Downtown Bentonville during First Friday to kick off Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Month and to hear an inspiring call to action. After the rally, volunteers will place pinwheels throughout partner agencies. Each pinwheel represents 1 of 392 confirmed child abuse cases in Benton County in 2019. Rally begins at 11:30 a.m. Free admission. Downtown. Bentonville. (479) 621-0385.
Main Street Siloam Springs Annual Gala—April 3
Join us for an evening of dinner, live and silent auctions, classic cars and so much more. This is the 11th annual fundraiser for Main Street Siloam Springs where the community comes together to celebrate the year’s events, businesses and improvements. All proceeds benefit downtown revitalization through the work of Main Street Siloam Springs. The fun starts at 6 p.m. Admission: $85 single, $160 couple, $800 for reserved table of 8. Brick Ballroom. Siloam Springs. (479) 524-4556.
Sunshine Gala—April 3 POSTPONED
Join us for an evening filled with drinks, dinner, dancing, and silent and live auctions. This is an evening you don’t want to miss. Seth Malley and Julie Barber will be our honorary chairs for the event. Party kicks off at 6 p.m. Admission: $150. Osage House. Cave Springs. (479) 636-3190.
Ozark Adventures Outdoor Expo—April 3 & 4 POSTPONED
The public is invited to enjoy this year’s expo hosted by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes that will feature guest speaker Jase Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynasty. The event also includes more than 100 of the top adventure vendors in our area, a classic car show and raffles including a custom motorcycle build raffle. Free admission; $10 parking. Benton County Fairgrounds. Bentonville. (479) 225-3928.
Celebrate the Arts Masquerade Gala—April 4
Presented by the Arkansas Arts Academy Parent Teacher Guild, this 10th annual event will feature a dinner, live and silent auctions, entertainment provided by our talented students and an after party featuring The Rockhoppers. Dress is semi-formal/cocktail. Wine and beer will be provided. Mixed drinks will be available for purchase. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided by our culinary students. Proceeds from the event are used for our scholarships and to fund teacher's needs and requests. Event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission: $32.50 student, $65 adult. Four Points by Sheraton. Bentonville. (479) 306-9397.
Kite Day—April 4
Annual event brought to you by Siloam Springs Parks & Recreation. 12 to 2 p.m. Free admission. Siloam Springs Municipal Airport. Siloam Springs. (479) 524-5136. www.siloamsprings.com
UFO Conference—April 10 thru 12
During this 33rd annual conference, we are proud to be able to continue this time-honored tradition created by the late Lou Farish ofbringing thought provoking and new information about the other worlds around us. Event will include vendors, speakers, a speaker panel, a speakers dinner and two grand prize drawings. Admission: $150 for full conference not including speakers dinner, $42.50 for speakers dinner; daily admission, keynote speaker only and live streaming tickets also available. Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center. Eureka Springs. (479) 738-2348.
2020 BIG Business Brunch—April 15
The first of three brunches to support the youth mentoring programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of NWA. Hosted by Kerry Robinson, she will be interviewing Jack Pestello. Admission: sponsorship. 21c Museum Hotel. Bentonville. (479) 966-4366. www.bbbsnwa.org
NWA Fashion Week Spring Shows—April 16 thru 18
NWA Fashion Week’s mission is to highlight fashion trends, burgeoning local brands, and up and coming designers, to celebrate NWA’s growing culture, and raise awareness and support for local organizations that are doing incredible things in the world. Admission varies. The Record. Bentonville.
Bentonville Bayou Bash—April 17
This premier event is bringing a true experience of Louisiana to NWA. The event will feature an authentic Crawfish Boil with all the fixins'from Crawfish Chef Scott Mendham, live music from Jumpsuit Jamey, craft beer and other tasty bites, and a lip sync battle. In the tradition of lagniappe, a portion of the event proceeds will benefit nonprofit partner Samaritans Feet. The fun begins at 3 p.m. Admission: $25 chamber member, $35 non-chamber member. Meteor Guitar Gallery. Bentonville. (479) 273-2841.www.greaterbentonville.com
Cupcakes and Cocktails—April 17
This 9th annual event will include dinner, drinks, music, and silent and live auctions. Proceeds benefit the Miller McNeil Woodruff Foundation as they raise awareness and fund research for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Event will be held from 6:30 to 11 p.m. John Q. Hammons Convention Center, Embassy Suites. Rogers. (479) 903-1810.
Dining in the Dark—April 17
Enjoy a five-course meal prepared by Executive Chef Justus Moll served entirely in the dark. Enhance the senses of taste, touch, hearing, and smell at this dinner where Chef Moll specially chooses dishes based on unique textures and flavors. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Admission: $70, $20 wine pairings. Parker Hall, Mount Sequoyah. (479) 443-4531. Fayetteville.
The Moving Forward Banquet—April 17
Join us from 6 to 9 p.m. for dinner, a program, other entertainment, and an auction. Proceeds support Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch, a faith-based treatment program and therapeutic boarding school for troubled teenage boys ages 14-18. Admission: free, donations welcome. NWA Holiday Inn Convention Center. Springdale. (888) 289-6818.
A Toast to Health—April 17
Join us for a fundraiser honoring Dr. Margaret and Richard Rutherford. This will be an amazing evening of socializing, dinner and silent auctions, with special recognition to Martha and the late Hugh Brewer. Proceeds will benefit WelcomeHealth. Sassafras Springs Stables. Springdale. (479) 444-6033.
Vintage Market Days of NWA—April 17 thru 19
Join us for a spring shopping event, as over 120+ premiere vendors from over 15 states showcase their unique vintage and antique finds, handmade goods, and the latest fashion trends from the cutest trendy boutiques. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission: $10 for weekend pass, $5 for Sunday only, free admission for children under 12. Benton County Fairgrounds. Bentonville. (918) 671-9712.
NWA Metsquerade—April 18
5th annual gala benefiting Metavivor, a nonprofit organization donating 100% of proceeds to Metastatic Breast Cancer Research. Evening will include food and drinks, live entertainment, and live and silent auctions from 6 to 11 p.m. 21 years of age or older to attend; black-tie optional. Admission: $120, $1,200 for table of 10. NWA Holiday Inn Convention Center. Springdale. (724) 462-3091.
Mosaix Festival—April 20 thru 25
The all-new event designed to explore the various cultural tiles that make up our beautiful community. Highlighting different cultures with a dedicated week-long celebration of performing arts and more. Events include: April 20: Mosaix Film Night; April 21: Performance by Parshwanath Upadhye and Punyah Dance Company; April 23: Performance by Bollywood Boulevard; April 24: Performance by Arum Luthra’s Konnakol Jazz Project with Selvaganesh; April 24: Comedy performance by Raj Suresh; April 25: fuseNWA all day showcase; and April 25: A Conversation with Hasan Minhaj. Admission varies by event. Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville. (479) 443-5600.
Taste of Rogers—April 23
The first of two events from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. that will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres prepared by local chefs, dessert, beer and wine. Seating for the event will be limited to the first 100 reservations. Admission: $25. 2nd Floor patio of Cushman & Wakefield | Sage Partners, Rogers. (479) 636-1240.
Red Shoe Soirée—April 24
Please join Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkoma for our 6th annual event as they celebrate our successes of the past year, and in raising critical funds for our programs in NWA. Highlights of this cocktail-casual fundraising event include hors d’oeuvres served with a specialty cocktail, an exclusive silent and live auction, exciting raffles, a photobooth and a can’t-miss after party. Event will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Admission: $100. Osage House. Cave Springs. (479)756-5600.
I Love Fayetteville Big Party 2020—April 25
Come join us for Fayetteville Junior Civic League’s Big Party to help raise money for nonprofits that serve women and children right here in our community. Party starts at 7 p.m. Admission: $75. George’s Majestic Lounge. Fayetteville.