EVENTS IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
At CitiScapes Magazine, we are typically all about promoting community events and gatherings. Under normal circumstances, we love to see you out and about. However, in light of COVID-19, and in the interest of our community’s health and safety, many area events have been postponed or canceled. This month’s community calendar has been updated with the most recent information available at time of print, but things continue to change daily so please be sure to check event websites for the most up-to-date details.
Fayetteville Farmers Market—Open Year Round
Featuring fresh, locally grown produce and goods helping to make NWA grow into a healthier and greener community. The market is currently open on Saturdays at the Winter Market outdoor location to address COVID-19 concerns until future notice. Online ordering is also available. Open Saturdays, senior hour 7 to 8 a.m., others 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission. Evelyn Hills Shopping Center. Fayetteville. (479) 236-2910.
Bentonville Drive-Thru Farmers Market—thru Oct. 26
The downtown market is back in 2020 as a drive-thru market at a new location. We will have our usual fresh vegetables, flowers, meats, cookies, cakes, crafts and more. Vendors will be set up in the parking lot next to Orchards Park. For safety, booths will be 10 feet apart, volunteers and vendors will wear gloves and masks and only customers in cars and on bikes will be served. Pre-ordering is available and encouraged. Market hours will be Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission. Orchards Park. Bentonville. (717) 824-2281. www.downtownbentonville.org
Downtown Rogers Farmer’s Market—thru Oct. 31
During the upcoming construction and renovations for the Railyard Park in downtown, we're relocating for the summer. This family-friendly gathering place is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and features farm fresh produce, custom made arts and crafts, food and more. Free admission. 120 W. Poplar Street. Rogers. (479) 640-7345. www.downtownrogersinc.org
Siloam Springs Farmers Market—thru Oct.
Local food finds a home at this producers-only market, and it’s offered in abundance. The market is currently available through online orders and curbside delivery. The market opens each week Monday at 11 a.m. and closes Thursday at 10 p.m. Visit website for updates on market scheduled opening. Free admission. Siloam Springs. (479) 524-4556.
Springdale Farmers Market—thru Oct. 31
Find fresh, locally produced, healthful food items and homemade crafts. Market runs from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Free admission. Memorial Walk Plaza. The Jones Center. Springdale. (479) 856-8043.
Terrific Tuesday Nights—thru Aug. 25
The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks is excited to invite guests to experience some beautiful summer evenings at the garden. The garden will be open and free to the public from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays. Activities on select evenings may include concerts, enchanted garden walks and other fun activities. Call or visit website for more information on specific times and performances. Free admission; donations welcome. Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. Fayetteville. (479) 750-2620.
THEATRE & FILM
Meteor Shower—July 24 thru Aug. 9
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.
Designing Women—Aug. 12 thru Sept. 13
A world premiere play bringing the megahit television series to life for our current age. Teeming with raucous hilarity and channeling the series’ one-of-a-kind, trademark voice, Designing Women sets out to re-unite its audience—if nothing else—in laughter. It’s 2020, and Julia, Suzanne, Mary Jo, and Charlene are partners in the Atlanta-based interior design firm, Sugarbaker’s—but with the firm in crisis, they’re on the verge of a radical decision to sell the business and separate. A timely, whip-smart and deeply funny new Southern comedy set to take the theatre world by storm.TheatreSquared. Fayetteville. (479) 777-7477.
Tartuga and the Hare—Sept. 19 & Sept. 26
Join us for this Little Trike Series rescheduled performance. Meet two competing friends in this interactive, bilingual adaptation of Aesop’s fable. Tortuga & The Hare is a story about racing, opposites, time and friendship.This show is interactive and geared towards ages 2-5 years. Run-time: approximately 30 minutes with a 30 minute pre-show lobby activity. Performances at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. each day. Admission: $6 with children under two free. Little Trike Theatre. Bentonville. (479) 464-5084.
MUSIC & DANCE
Sweeney Todd—Sept. 11 thru 27
An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to 19th century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up. Victory Theater, Arkansas Public Theatre. Rogers. (479) 631-8988.
Violet—Sept. 30 thru Oct. 25
From the Tony Award-winning composer of Fun Home comes this powerhouse Broadway musical. It’s 1964. When Violet hops onto a Greyhound bus traveling across Arkansas towards a miracle in Tulsa—the healing touch of a TV evangelist who will make her beautiful—it turns into the journey of a lifetime. TheatreSquared. Fayetteville. (479) 777-7477.
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
Arkansas Air & Military Museum—Current Exhibitions
Currently only open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors must preregister for a monitored tour time slot, which are available every 20 minutes. Visit website for updates and tour information. Arkansas Air & Military Museum. Fayetteville. (479) 521-4947.
Arts Center of the Ozarks—Upcoming Exhibition
Temporarily closed, visit their website for updates. Arts Center of the Ozarks. Springdale. (479) 751-5441.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art—Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
Reopened with limited capacity timed-ticket admissions. Currently on display: Thru July 13, Hank Willis Thomas, All Things Being Equal; and thru Nov. 2, State of the Art 2020. Please visit website for information on reservations and admissions, exhibit information, events, updates and virtual tours. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Bentonville. (479) 418-5700. crystalbridges.org
The Momentary—Upcoming Exhibits
Open with limited capacity timed tickets. Currently on display: Thru July 12, State of the Art 2020; and July 18 thru Jan. 3, 2021, Nick Cave: Until. Visit website for exhibit information, updates and virtual tours. The Momentary. Bentonville. (479) 367-7500.
Museum of Native American History—Upcoming Events
Temporarily closed, visit their website for updates. Museum of Native American History. Bentonville. (479) 273-2456.
Rogers Historical Museum—Current Exhibitions
Temporarily closed, visit their website for updates. Rogers Historical Museum. Rogers. (479) 621-1154.
Shiloh Museum of Ozark History—Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
Temporarily closed, visit their website for updates. Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. Springdale. (479) 750-8165.
SPORTS & RECREATION
Power on the Bricks and Big Boat Bash—July 17 & 18
Originally an event for the power boating community, Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) and Beaver Lake Performance & Powerboat Association (BLPPA) are working together to give powerboat enthusiasts and the general public an incredible weekend of fun through this event. The weekend starts off with a family-friendly street party on Friday evening in downtown Rogers and concludes with a Poker Run with our sponsored “Sheep Dogs” (Veterans and First Responders who have been injured in combat or the line of duty) riding in top-of-the-line performance boats on beautiful Beaver Lake. Admission: $150 boat registration and 1 poker hand, $50 extra poker hand. Rogers. (740) 502-7475.
Eureka Springs Multisport Festival—July 17-19
Join us for a three-day multisport festival consisting of a sprint-distance triathlon on Friday afternoon, Gran Fondos (road bike rides) on Saturday and running races on Sunday. Participants can enter individual events or take one of two "Eurekan" challenges: the regular Eurekan which is a triathlon, 100 mile ride and 10K run or the Half Eurekan competition which is the triathlon, 62 mile bike ride and 5K run. Admission varies by event. Various locations. Eureka Springs. (479) 521-7766.
United Way Golf Tournament—July 20
Annual golf tournament benefiting the United Way of NWA. Four-person teams will scramble in friendly competition and have the option of an AM or PM flight for an entry fee that goes to benefit the mission of building a pathway out of poverty for children. Springdale County Club. Springdale. (479) 750-1221. www.unitedwaynwa.org/golf
Rogers Cycling Festival—July 25
This event will bring hundreds of cycling enthusiasts from across NWA and has something for everyone. A portion of the proceeds from the event benefits nonprofit cycling causes in Northwest Arkansas. There will be a new format to the festival this year, and will only consist of three rides, the Whitney Gravel Ride, the Whitney Road Ride, and the new family-friendly Railyard Loop. Admission: $25 for Whitney rides, $25 adults and $15 for children for 16-mile loop, and $15 for adults and $10 miles for children for 8-mile loop. DTR Market. Rogers. (479) 636-1240.
Ozark Valley Triathlon—Aug. 2
This event offers two triathlon distances (international and sprint), plus an aquabike category for individuals, a team category for the international distance and a sprint duathlon. Admission: begins at $55. Lake Wedington. Fayetteville. (479) 521-7766.
Cancer Challenge—Aug. 6 thru 8
Join us for our annual week of events that help advocate and support world-class cancer care in NWA. Benefiting more than a dozen local cancer organizations, events throughout the week include golfing, tennis and trap shooting, as well as a 10K and 5K run, and a 1-mile walk. The week also includes breakfasts, lunches, and a special dinner/silent auction event with entertainment. Admission ranges by event. Various locations in Bella Vista and Springdale. (479) 273-3172.
Bentonville Bike Festival—Aug. 7 thru 9
Held during the Bentonville Film Festival, this event includes family rides, kids shred, women shred, trials shows, demo bikes, intro to gravel, enduro at Slaughterpen, All American race, movies, meet pro’s, trial workshops, steez it up workshops with special guests, art, panels and lots of good times. Downtown. Bentonville.
Tour de Cure Virtual Race—Aug. 8
This year participants can ride, run or walk the route of their choice as part of this virtual event raising money for the American Diabetes Association. Registration for the event is free and we encourage teams and individuals to raise donations and share their race pictures on social media to promote the work of the ADA and it serves the millions of people in the U.S. living with diabetes. (479) 464-4121.
Kessler Mountain Jam—Aug. 9
Fayetteville Parks & Recreation will host a cross country race that is part of the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series. Sunday will feature the USAC sanctioned Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series cross country race. An annual USAC License or one-day license is mandatory. AMBCS Hard Plates are also required for the cross country race. Pre-riding will take place on Saturday afternoon. Kessler Mountain Regional Park. Fayetteville. (479) 444-3463. www.fayetteville-ar.gov/3416/Kessler-Mountain-Jam
Celebrity Golf Tournament—Aug. 14
Join Razorback Head Football Coach Sam Pittman, Head Women's Basketball Coach Mike Neighbors, Head Men’s Basketball Coach Eric Musselman, and other Razorback celebrities at the 19th Annual George Billingsley Northwest Arkansas Razorback Club Celebrity Golf Tournament. Start time is 8:30 a.m. Teams are 3 people plus a Razorback Celebrity. Admission: $250 per individual, $750 per team, $20 per person for evening social. Shadow Valley Country Club. Rogers. (479) 899-4274.
AIM For Advocacy Sporting Clays—Aug. 15
Join us for this 5th annual clays shooting event benefiting the advocacy program at Restoration Village. Event begins at 7:30 a.m. and includes breakfast, flight and lunch. Admission: $250, which includes two tickets to the barn bash on Aug. 14 at The Berry Farm. Spring Valley Rod and Gun Club. Gravette. (479) 631-7345.
Social Distance Summer Swing Golf Tournament—Aug. 17
This event, benefiting the Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life, will be a four-man team event. Two flights will be held with tee times at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Admission: $800 per team. Springdale Country Club. Springdale. (479) 986-9960.
Golf 4 A Cause—Aug. 24
16th annual golf tournament benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkoma, raising funds essential to helping over 2,000 children and families annually stay close to the care they need. Pinnacle Country Club. Rogers. (479) 756-5600.
Reinert Cup Classic—Aug. 24
Proceeds from this annual golf tournament will support behavioral health services for Northwest Arkansas families. Springdale Country Club. Springdale. (479) 750-2020.
NWA Championship—Aug. 24 thru 30
The LPGA will host this week-long community celebration that has become the premier event in NWA. The week offers a wide variety of events and activities for the whole family including the Always Live #LikeAGirl Day on Aug. 27; various Junior Golf events for the kiddos; The official Pro-Am tournament on Aug. 26 & 27; and the professional golf tournament itself will take place on Aug. 28 thru 30. Daily, weekly and club hospitably tickets available. Pinnacle Country Club. Rogers.
22nd Annual Golf Classic—Aug. 31
Join us for a fun day of golf supporting the NWA Children's Shelter. This 4-person scramble offers shotgun starts at both morning and afternoon flights, and will include a breakfast and lunch for participants. Springdale Country Club. Springdale. (479) 795-2417.
RPEF Golf Tournament—Sept. 4
Come start your Labor Day Weekend early with a fun day of golf while supporting the teachers and students in the Rogers School District. Lunch and drinks provided, with a silent auction lasting throughout the day. Event is from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: $800 per 4-person team. Lost Springs Golf & Athletic Club. Rogers. (479) 631-3556.
Tri-Fest for MS—Sept. 4 thru 6
Hailed as one of the top five triathlons in the nation, Trifest for MS is about encouragement, community, and fitness. We feature three triathlon distances, including a Trifesta Challenge, a 5K and a day dedicated to a kids’ triathlon. Registration fees vary. Melvin Ford Pool & Memorial Park. Bentonville. www.researchms.org
Komen Ozark Virtual MORE THAN PINK Walk—Sept. 12
This year's annual walk will be held virtually. This year’s honorary walk chairs are Paul Lewellen and Carlos Doubleday, both with Walmart. Event exists to raise funds for the breast cancer movement through the Susan G. Komen foundation. Details will be available online. (479) 750-7645. www.komenozark.org
Walk to End Alzheimer's—Sept. 12
Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease. NorthWest Arkansas Community College. Bentonville. (800) 272-3900. www.alz.org/walk
Swing for the Cure—Sept. 18
13th annual 4-person scramble golf tournament with morning and afternoon shotgun starts available. Lunch will be provided from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Proceeds will provide breast health services throughout the Susan G. Komen Ozark service area. Admission: $1,000 per team. Shadow Valley Country Club. Rogers. (479) 750-7465. www.komenozark.org
Will Golf 4 Kids—Sept. 18
Annual event benefiting Arkansas Children’s Northwest. More details to come. Topgolf. Rogers. (479) 725-0404.
Kendrick Fincher 5K and Youth Run—Sept. 19
This family-friendly event includes a 5K run, 1-mile walk, toddler trot and youth run. All proceeds benefit Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life. Registration at 6:30 a.m. with first event starting at 7:25 a.m. Admission: $10-$30. Pinnacle Hills Promenade. Rogers. (479) 986-9960.
Rotary Pig Trail Mud Run—Sept. 19
Proceeds benefit Springdale Rotary Club. There will be a post-race Recovery Party with food, drinks and some great entertainment. There will be a fun piglet corral for kids ages 4 to 10 where they can play in the mud. Check in begins at 7 a.m. and first flight takes off at 8 a.m. Race is approximately 3.5 miles and will contain 15 or more obstacles. Admission: $55, $75. $5 for Piglets. Marchant Arena. Springdale. (479) 422-7465.
R.A.P.T.O.R. Gravel Grinder—Sept. 20
This event, best suited for gravel or mountain bikes, will offer options of a 73-mile course, 57-mile course or 37-mile course, all on a mixture of pavement, gravel and some single-track dirt. This event has a twist – only the mileages and elevations of road, gravel and dirt will be released early. For many, you will discover some new terrain and roads that you didn't know existed in NWA. Then enjoy a great post-race party on top of a hard day in the saddle. Admission: $50. Downtown. Fayetteville. (479) 521-7766.
Rogers/Lowell Chamber Golf Tournament—Sept. 21
This tournament is a fun day for Chamber members to come together, compete for prizes and network with other players. This is a four-person scramble with shotgun start times of 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Admission: $700 per member team, $800 per non-member team. Shadow Valley Country Club. Rogers. (479) 636-1240.
The community is invited to attend the 11th annual walk, which benefits Autism Involves Me and includes a silent auction, kids zone, resource fair, raffle, food/drinks, sensory tent, Horses for Healing horse demos and local entertainment. Free admission with walkers encouraged to register and raise money for their own teams. Horses for Healing. Bentonville. (479) 381-5570.
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!
Vintage Market Days—July 10 thru 12
Spring shopping event featuring more than 120 premiere vendors from over 15 states showcasing their unique vintage and antique finds, handmade goods, and the latest fashion trends from the cutest trendy boutiques. Food trucks and snacks from speciality makers. Benton County Fair Grounds. Bentonville.
Bark Bash—July 11
This event is for dog lovers and their furry friends. Shop from pet friendly crafters and vendors, talk to local rescue and adoption agencies and socialize with other dogs and their owners in an off-leash play area. Free admission. The Record. Bentonville.
Dream Big Virtual Gala—July 17
This year’s event is going virtual! Guests will enjoy music from NWA’s own Boom Kinetic, various circus acts, virtual carnival games, mobile auction and an informative program about the Children’s Safety Center. This event will be live on Facebook and free to attend. Stay tuned for more exciting information. (479) 872-6183.
Main Street Siloam Springs Gala—July 24
Join us for our 10th annual gala and help drive Main Street Siloam Springs into the future. The evening begins at 6 p.m. and will include dinner, live and silent auction, classic cars, and so much more. This fundraiser is 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. Admission: $85 single, $160 couple and $800 for a table of 8. (479) 524-4556.
The Street Dinner—July 25
Experience al fresco dining in this Springdale tradition where the community comes together to enjoy good food and live music outside. Event held 7:30 to 10 p.m. Admission: $75. Emma Street. Downtown. Springdale.
Color of Hope Online Fund Drive—July 30 thru Aug. 13
Join us for our new online matching fund drive July 30 thru Aug. 13. More details to come. (479) 725-0404.
Dog Days of Summer—Aug. 2
Bring your four-legged friends and the rest of the family to explore and enjoy Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery for live music & caricature artist with proceeds going to Humane Society of the Ozarks. Door Prizes and complimentary dog treats. Admission free. Starts at 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery. Springdale. (479) 444-7387.
2020 Hight Jackson New Teacher Lunch—Aug. 4
This annual luncheon offers local businesses and organizations the opportunity to welcome the new teachers to the Bentonville School District. It is a great time to have fun and network with the new teachers as well. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Admission: $25. Fulbright Junior High School. Bentonville. (479) 273-2841.
Benton County Fair—Aug. 4 thru 8
Join us for another year of making memories and celebrating community. All the usual fun is back including animals and horse shows, pageant and baby contests, talent shows, carnival rides, mutton busting, barrel racing, tractor pulls, bingo, arts and crafts exhibits, goat yoga, commercial exhibits, great food and much more. Benton County Fairgrounds. Bentonville. (479) 795-8900.
Bentonville Film Festival—Aug. 5 thru 8
Entering its 6th year, the Bentonville Film Festival is a one-of-a-kind event that champions inclusion in all forms of media. Co-founded by Academy Award winner Geena Davis and Inclusion Companies CEO Trevor Drinkwater, BFF is a year-long platform culminating with an annual festival in partnership with founding sponsor Walmart and presenting sponsor Coca-Cola. Tickets and passes are now available. Visit website for event listings and locations. Admission varies by event. Various locations.
United Way Fill the Bus—Aug. 7 & 8
This is an initiative that provides a step out of poverty for children in Northwest Arkansas. United Way staff and volunteers will spend both days filling the bus with school supplies at all the Walmart Supercenters in Benton, Madison, and Washington counties in Arkansas and McDonald County in Missouri. These supplies are entrusted to 13 area school districts serving children and their families. This program supports children in our community by helping them start school with confidence and gives them the literal tools they need to succeed.
2020 Bentonville Teacher’s Fair—Aug. 10
Annual event offering local businesses and organizations the oppotunity to welcome teachers back to school for the new school year and educate them on the latest products and services. Faculty and staff from Bentonville Public Schools attend this in-service day. (479) 273-2841.
Restoration Village Barn Bash—Aug. 14
This third annual celebration and social mixer benefitting Restoration Village will include silent auction, food, drinks, a live auction, a story of hope and musical entertainment. Admission: $250, which includes two tickets to the bash and one ticket to the AIM for Advocacy clays shooting event on Aug. 15. Event begins at 6 p.m. The Berry Farm. 12726 Huber Rd. Bentonville. (479) 631-7345.
Bentonville Whiskey Festival—Aug. 15
This event will offer more than 50 specially crafted and exclusive whiskeys from global distillers as well as live music, games and alternative drink choices. Event will be from 4 to 7 p.m. with VIP admission beginning at 6 p.m. Admission: starts at $40. The Peel Mansion. Bentonville. (479) 254-3870. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.
Dr. Compton Day—Aug. 15
This community event is for all ages to learn about conservation, environmental stewardship and recreational activities in NWA. The event is a celebration of Dr. Compton and the issues he championed in Arkansas and beyond. Activities feature interactive stations from a growing list of organizations. Events include rock painting, music, ice cream, cake, food trucks, shopping and more. Event will be held 9 a.m. to noon. Free admission. Compton Gardens. Bentonville. (479) 254-3870.
Ice Cream Social—Aug. 15
Annual event benefiting the Washington County Historical Society. The event includes music, period dancing in costume by the society’s Heritage School students, ice cream from Hiland Dairy and cakes baked by members of the society. Event is from 3 to 6 p.m. Admission: $2.50 children, $5 students, $15 per family. Headquarters House Museum. Fayetteville. (479) 521-2970.
Secchi Day on Beaver Lake—Aug. 15
The event is named for the Secchi Disk, a black and white device lowered into the water to measure clarity. Volunteers with boats help us gather samples that day. All are invited to participate in the Science Fair which includes activities for all ages, with hands-on water and environmental science education fun, a fire truck, kayak test rides, free healthy snacks in the morning, lots of giveaways and chilled tap water to drink, free lunch, popsicles and ice cream. New this year is the addition of the Beaver Lake Cleanup. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission. Prairie Creek Park. Beaver Lake. Rogers. (479) 756-3651.
Annual Sip & Savor—Aug. 20
Bring your friends and enjoy some of NWA’s finest local food, wine, beer and cocktails while listening to live music, bidding on amazing auction items and participating in raffles. This fun, casual evening supports the Boys & Girls Club of Benton County. Event is from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission: $50 for individual, $90 for couple. The Record. Bentonville. (479) 273-7187.
Barks & Brews—Aug. 22
Join us for this annual event and Dog Show to raise money to support the Rogers Animal Shelter. This year we will also be supporting the Humane Society of Rogers. Event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the show starting at noon, and will include food, beer, vendors and adorable dogs. So bring your lovable furry friends and the non-furry ones, too. Pre-registration and $10 fee for dog entry is required with limited spots. Free admission to event. Frisco Stage, Downtown. Rogers. (479) 640-4008.
Dinner with Soul—Aug. 22
“Boots, Burlap, and Lace” is back! Come relax in your denim, boots and cowboy hats with your friends and family. The 7th annual event includes a homecooked barbecue dinner, drinks, entertainment, wine pull, live and silent auctions, and testimonials. Proceeds benefit Souls Harbor of NWA, a transitional community for men in recovery. Event held 5 to 11 p.m. Admission: $75 an individual, $125 per couple. 718 Venue, 718 N. 2nd St. Rogers. (479) 640-4225. www.soulsharbornwa.org
Sheep Dog Celebration—Aug. 15
Sheep Dog Impact Assistance is celebrating a decade of helping veterans and first responders with an outdoor event with food, refreshments, live music, a live & silent auction, and fireworks with all proceeds funding SDIA’s Disaster Response and Outdoor Adventures programs. Admission: $30-$100. Village on the Creeks, 5309 W. Village Parkway. Rogers. (740) 502-7475.
Washington County Fair—Aug. 25 thru 29
From bull riding to action-packed carnival rides, the 2020 fair has it all! General admission gates open at 10 a.m. Admission prices are $5 nightly. Parking is free. Washington County Fairgrounds. Fayetteville. (479) 575-7342. www.mywashcofair.com
The Tailgate Gala—Aug. 29
Come enjoy this casual “gala” where everyone is asked to wear their favorite team jersey or shirt. The event will include college football on the big screens, food and adult beverages, Boom Kinetic playing all our favorite ‘80s and ‘90s hits, tailgate games, a silent auction, and the crowning of the Gala Court King and Queen. The event will be held primarily outside from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Admission: $100 per person, $1,250 per table of 10. All proceeds benefit Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life. NWA Holiday Inn Convention Center. Springdale. (479) 986-9960.
Spark of Hope Virtual—Sept. 1
Join us virtually in honoring scholarship recipients and supporters of the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA. Hosted by Jaclyn House of KNWA and Fox24 and Jake McBride of Kix104. The virtual event will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. (479) 935-4888.
Fall Demolition Derby—Sept. 5
A heated competition as drivers face off until the last car is standing. Drivers compete for cash prizes and bragging rights in this entertaining, family fun event. Admission: $14 adults, $9 children 2-12, free for children under 2. Parsons Stadium. Springdale. (479) 756-0464.
Mini Derby—Sept. 5
8th annual event featuring mint juleps, live music, Kentucky Derby watch party, pony rides, petting zoo, live miniature horse racing, BackRoad Anthem performing live, food trucks, silent auction, and bowtie and fancy hat contest. Proceeds benefit NWA families who have children with special needs through Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies. Event is from 2 to 7 p.m. Admission: $45, free for children under 12. Estates at Southgate. Rogers. (479) 301-2814. www.equestrianbridges.org
Winemaker’s Dinner—Sept. 8
Hosted for the first time in Walton Arts Center’s Walker Atrium, the Winemaker’s Dinner features top wines from E&J Gallo Winery specially paired with a gourmet six-course meal prepared by Ella’s Table. Event will also include live entertainment and a silent auction. Admission: $225. Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
Art of Wine Uncorked—Sept. 11
Join us for the area’s ultimate tasting event, bringing an impressive assortment of wine, beer and spirits right to your fingertips. Smell, sip and savor some of the finest wines from around the world paired with small bites from local restaurants. Admission: $75 general, $150 VIP. Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
NWA Business Women’s Conference—Sept. 15
The 22nd annual premier women’s conference in the region with over 1,500 of NWA’s most accomplished business women in attendance each year.Visit website for a list of this year’s amazing keynote speakers as well as the conference agenda, brought to you by the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce. Admission: $65 keynote speaker only, $149 Chamber non-member conference ticket, $125 Chamber member conference ticket, Chamber member nonprofit conference ticket, $1,600 table of 10. John Q. Hammons Convention Center, Embassy Suites. Rogers. (479) 273-2841.
NWA Tech Fest—Sept. 17 & 18
This technology conference aims to bring together the tech community to learn from and interact with one another, as well as promote gender diversity in STEM, economic development opportunities for corporations and education programs for students and teachers. Proceeds from this conference go to assist STEM-related initiatives in the NWA Community. Admission: $10 students, $20 general. The Jones Center. Springdale. (479) 756-8090. www.nwatechfest.org
Foothills of the Ozarks Swap Meet—Sept. 18 & 19
Don’t miss acres of hard to find car and truck parts, a car show, and a Saturday morning Pancake Breakfast. Parsons Stadium. Springdale. (479) 756-0464.
Evening at the Farm—Sept. 19
At this farm dinner benefit, guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the garden, music and a four-course dinner featuring gourmet delights prepared by local chefs. Apple Seeds Teaching Farm at Gulley Park. Fayetteville.
Laughter and Libations—Sept. 25
Join us for an evening of great food, fun and laughs benefiting Trike Theatre. Event will include a live auction, raffle, entertainment by Raj Suresh, and will be emceed by Jason Suel. Event will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. with a VIP reception beginning at 6 p.m. Admission: $100; must be 21 years of age. The Record. Bentonville. (479) 464-5084.
Cupcakes and Cocktails—Sept. 26
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. www.imwithmiller.com
Havenwood Journey Gala—Sept. 30
Join us at our annual gala and celebrate with our Mardi Gras Masquerade. Proceeds support Havenwood, helping single mothers and their children move from crisis to self-sufficiency. More details to come. The Record. Bentonville. (479) 273-1060.
Greening of the Garden Gala—Oct. 1
Join us as we celebrate the 25th year of this exciting event featuring live jazz music, live and silent auctions, special gala games and delicious garden-inspired fare while you mix, mingle and imbibe. Proceeds will support Botanical Garden of the Ozark’s education programs and services for children and adults. The event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission: $125, $1,200 table of 10. Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. Fayetteville. (479) 750-2620.
Fall Carnival—Oct. 1 thru 10
Pride Amusument brings a carnival that is fun for all ages. Free admission; tickets and armbands available for purchase. Parsons Stadium. Springdale. (479) 756-0464.
Live United Day—Oct. 2
Live United Day is one of the largest one-day volunteer efforts of the year. NWA unites to serve Benton and Washington counties. Local volunteers are paired with nonprofits to complete much needed projects. Local businesses and organizations are asked to visit our website to sign-up their team to participate in this amazing day. Locations throughout NWA. (479) 750-1221.
Men's Night—Oct. 2
This 14th annual event benefits St. Joseph Catholic School, Fayetteville's only National Blue Ribbon non-public school. The evening includes a prime steak dinner, top shelf bar, cigars, raffles and auctions. Event will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Admission: $100 per ticket, $1,000 per table. Stone Chapel at MattLane Farm. Fayetteville. (479) 442-4554. www.bidpal.net/nwamensnight
RPEF Wall of Distinction—Oct. 2
This 9th annual event will pay tribute to the special accomplishments of Rogers School District alumni, teachers, administrators, parents, and supportive community members. The mission of the Rogers Public Education Foundation is to promote and enhance the quality of education in our community by raising funds and distributing grants to teachers for additional materials or special classroom needs. To further this mission, in 2012 the Rogers Public Education Foundation established a Wall of Distinction at both Rogers High School and Rogers Heritage High School recognizing the individuals, their connection to the Rogers School District, and their accomplishments. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission: $100 for general public, $75 for employees and retirees of Rogers Public Schools. John Q. Hammons Convention Center, Embassy Suites. Rogers. (479) 631-3556.
Homegrown Festival Siloam Springs—Oct. 3
This hometown festival showcases locally handmade goods, curated vintage, food trucks and live music. Vendors offer an array of original, one-of-a-kind, and limited-run items including illustration, printmaking, music, jewelry and accessories, handmade goods, salvaged and repurposed goods and hand-picked vintage. Event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Downtown. Siloam Springs.
Kiss A Pig Virtual Gala—Oct. 3
Join us as Northwest Arkansas’ 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. This year the event will be held virtually. Visit website for more information.
The Green Heart Festival—Oct. 16 thru 18
Join us for a celebration of art, music, wellness, plant medicine and care for our planet. The event kicks off with speaker panels, education and workshops on Friday. On Saturday, there will be a march to end prohibition around the Fayetteville Square, a Kids Corner at the Fayetteville Town Center from 3 to 5 p.m., and then the ticketed events with live music, vendors, Green Heart Art Show, speakers and more. The festival concludes on Sunday at Prairie St. Live with free speakers, vendors and live music, as well as live street art. Admission: $15 online presale, $20 at the door for Saturday’s events. Various locations. Fayetteville.
NWA Metsquerade—Oct. 24
5th annual formal event benefiting Metavivor Research & Support, Inc. There will be live and silent auctions, a sit-down meal, entertainment and philanthropy. This year’s honorary chair is Dr. Timothy Pluard from St. Luke’s Koontz Center for Advanced Breast Cancer in Kansas City. Event will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Admission: $120. NWA Holiday Inn Convention Center. Springdale.