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—Jan. 9 & Feb. 13
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. Free admission. Downtown. Rogers.
THEATRE & FILM
Piff the Magic Dragon—Jan. 12
Join this British magician and comedian on The Lucky Dragon Tour, featuring Mr. Piffles, The World’s Only Magic Performing Chihuahua. Piff the Magic Dragon is best known for his appearances on America’s Got Talent and Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Performance begins at 7 p.m. and is recommended for audiences ages 13 and up. Admission: $35. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
Season Reveal Party for Arkansas Public Theatre—Jan. 17
Patrons are invited to come discover APT’s upcoming Season 35 lineup. The evening will include food, drinks and after-announcement entertainment. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. Admission: $10, free for Season 34 season ticket holders. Victory Theater, Arkansas Public Theatre. Rogers. (479) 631-8988.
Arkansas Filmmakers Showcase—Jan. 18
Screening of six short films by Arkansas filmmakers. A moderated Q & A will follow the screenings. Event begins at 7 p.m. Admission: $15. Starr Theatre, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
The Royale—Jan. 22 thru Feb. 16
Told in a boxing ring over six rounds, The Royale is an electrifying adrenaline rush that shows us the human cost of making history. From playwright Marco Ramirez comes a story inspired by the real-world boxer Jack Johnson who – as a black man at the height of the Jim Crow era – became the heavyweight champion of the world. TheatreSquared. Fayetteville. (479) 777-7477.
Our Stories—Jan. 23 thru 26
In this devised project, actors will dramatize stories from their lives. Appropriate for all ages, the show will run 60 minutes with no intermission. Arts Live Theatre. Fayetteville. (479) 521-4932.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live—Feb. 8
Daniel Tiger and all of his friends from the beloved PBS KIDS television series and Fred Rogers Productions are hopping aboard Trolley and heading to Fayetteville. Shows at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Admission: $20. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
The Peking Acrobats—Feb. 25
For 32 years, The Peking Acrobats have redefined audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics. The newest generation of Peking Acrobats mixes high-tech special effects and awe-inspiring acrobatic feats with traditional Chinese music and instruments, creating an exuberant show with the festive pageantry of a Chinese Carnival. Show begins at 7 p.m. Admission: $15-$35. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
MUSIC & DANCE
Jesse Cook—Jan. 10
Known for his intoxicating fusion of world music, this Juno Award winner’s songs transport you to Cairo, Brazil, Spain and beyond. He’s a flamenco master with fingers that dance across his acoustic guitar. Show starts at 8 p.m. Admission: $25-$45. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
Amy Ray—Jan. 16
One half of the Grammy Award-winning folk duo Indigo Girls, Amy Ray takes the stage in this “solo” performance with bandmates Jeff Fielder, the shape-shifting multi-instrumentalist on guitar, dobro, bass and mandolin; and Kerry Brooks on upright bass and mandolin. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $32, $52. Starr Theatre, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
Ozark Mountain Music Festival—Jan. 16 thru 20
Don’t miss this annual one-of-a-kind bluegrass, folk, urban and American roots music celebration. Admission: $55 4-day pass. 1905 Basin Park Hotel. Eureka Springs. (888) 388-4776.
APOx Small Bites—Jan. 21 & Feb. 18
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.
Music on the Mainstage: JukeBoxx—Jan. 25
JukeBoxx is an eight-piece energetic party band known for performing weddings, corporate events, festivals, clubs and other special events. Their experience and versatility allow them to custom-tailor any event including adding their red hot horn section. JukeBoxx keeps the dance floor bumping all night long with a high-stepping vocalist, who provides an exciting mix of funk, R&B and Top 40 hits. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $15. Arts Center of the Ozarks. Springdale. (479) 751-5441.
A Year with Frog and Toad—Jan. 25, Feb. 1 & 8
Adapted from the Caldecott Honor winning Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel, this musical tells the story of two friends, cheerful Frog and grumpy Toad. Through four seasons of adventures, the pair meet whimsical creatures, celebrate their own uniqueness and deepen their friendship. Admission: $14. Studio Theatre, Nadine Baum Studios, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 464-5084.
Piano Battle—Jan. 30
The brainchild of internationally accomplished pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis, this show sees the duo go head-to-head on stage, charming and enchanting the audience with a variety of classical pieces. Show starts at 7 p.m. Admission: $10. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
Fred Hersch Trio—Jan. 31
A select member of jazz’s piano pantheon, Fred Hersch is a pervasively influential creative force who has shaped the music’s course for more than three decades as an improviser, composer, educator, bandleader, collaborator and recording artist. The trio is recognized for its unique ability to traverse a wide range of styles and approaches while maintaining profound depths of emotion and an exhilarating spark of invention. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $32, $52. Starr Theatre, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
Masterworks II: Carmina Burana—Feb. 1
Event presented by the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas featuring the SoNA Singers, U of A Children's Choir, Bentonville High School Chamber Singers, and special guest soloists. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $10-$55. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 521-4166.
Ballet Memphis—Feb. 6
In this program, Ballet Memphis will perform one piece from the company’s River Project series – which depicts scenes and cultural traditions from the southern end of the Mighty Mississippi – alongside a traditional romantic ballet choreographed through the lens of a contemporary woman, and a final piece choreographed by one of our country’s most talented ballet choreographers Matthew Neenan. Show begins at 6 p.m. Admission: $10. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
Tab Benoit—Feb. 6
Benoit is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and guitarist who has built a remarkable 30-year career on the foundation of his repertoire that ranges from swamp-pop classics to gritty blues and rootsy jams. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission: starting at $32. Starr Theatre, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
Into the Woods—Feb. 7 thru Feb. 16
James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, modern classic. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them. Admission: $30 regular, $25 members and seniors, $20 students, $15 member students. Arts Center of the Ozarks. Springdale. (479) 751-5441.
Newsies—Feb. 7 thru 23
Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsiesis the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged "newsies." When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what's right! Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score that audiences will love. Admission: starting at $28. Victory Theater, Arkansas Public Theatre. Rogers. (479) 631-8988.
An Evening with the Maestro—Feb. 11
Join the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra for an exciting evening for all your senses. You will delight in a five-course dinner paired with the finest wines where Maestro Steven Byess and Celebrity Chef Case Dighero will exquisitely pair music and food to each wine. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission: $125. Record. Bentonville. (479) 841-4644.
Once on This Island—Feb. 11 thru 16
Come see this Tony Award-winning musical that is a sweeping, universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart. Admission: $40-$81. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
Cinderella—Feb. 14 & 15
NWA Ballet Theatre’s premiere of this classic fairytale is guaranteed to be a colorful, magical experience. Follow Cinderella as she is whisked away from her wicked stepmother and placed into the arms of her true love. Admission: $25. Arend Arts Center, Bentonville High School. Bentonville. (479) 530-2967.
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo—Feb. 27
Founded in 1974 by a group of ballet enthusiasts, The Trocks, as the dancers are affectionately known, are a company of critically acclaimed professional male dancers performing the full range of ballet and modern dance repertoire. The Trocks’ inspired blend of an impeccable comic approach, knowledge of dance and the astounding fact that men can, indeed, dance en pointe without falling flat on their faces makes for a night out that you won’t forget. Show begins at 7 p.m. Admission: $24-$36. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
Apollo’s Fire—Feb. 29
Come and enjoy the music of this baroque orchestra known for using every means possible to cast an emotional spell on the audience – rhetoric, gesture, harmony and more – with an intention to take the listeners with them on an emotional journey. In this performance, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons: Rediscovered, experience these beloved concertos as the revolutionary acts of musical storytelling they were meant to be. Performance begins at 8 p.m. Admission: $10. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
Arts Center of the Ozarks—Upcoming Exhibition
Opening Jan. 15 and 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 Jan. 6: Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today; running thru Jan. 20: Portraits of Courage; running thru Feb. 16: North Forest Lights; running thru March 3: Small Talk; running thru March 10: A Walk in the Woods; and beginning Feb. 8 running thru April 20: Hank Willis Thomas: All things Being Equal…. 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
Rogers Historical Museum—Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
Currently on display: Here Comes Santa Claus: Themed Tours of the 1895 Hawkins House thru Jan. 4; and How Did We Get Here? Influences on Northwest Arkansas Music in The Trammel Gallery thru Feb. 23. Upcoming: To do the Laundry in the Hiett Family Collections Gallery running Jan. 18 thru March 28. Free admission. Rogers Historical Museum. Rogers. (479) 621-1154.
Shiloh Museum of Ozark History—Current Exhibitions
Running thru Jan. 11: Instruments of Faith; running thru April 11: Model Homes;and running thru June 20: Working on the Railroad.Free admission. Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. Springdale. (479) 750-8165.
Shiloh Museum of Ozark History—Upcoming Events
Jan. 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Cabin Fever Reliever, the museum’s annual celebration of the new year, featuring displays by local collectors; and Jan. 15, noon: Constance Waddell, author of Sally and Me, will speak about her 1940s Bella Vista childhood,
when her parents were managers of the Linebarger brothers’ summer resort. Free admission. Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. Springdale. (479) 750-8165.
Black Hearts Ball—Feb. 15
Break up with your traditional Valentine’s Day plans and join us for our 8th annual Black Hearts Ball! Voted Chicago’s best DJ, DJ Rae Chardonnay will perform dance jams sure to dance your heart out. Appetizers will be served throughout the night, and Cupid has provided a love potion recipe for our signature cocktail. This event begins at 9 p.m. and is for ages 21 and up. Admission: $25 non-member, $20 member. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Bentonville. (479) 657-2335. crystalbridges.org
SPORTS & RECREATION
First Day Hikes—Jan. 1
State parks across the U.S. celebrate the new year with these First Day Hikes to promote healthy lifestyles all year round. The following local parks will be participating by offering free guided hikes by park interpreters: Devil’s Den State Park in West Fork, Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area in Rogers, and Prairie Grove Battlefield Sate Park in Prairie Grove. Free admission.
Valentines 4K/8K—Feb. 8
Grab your sweetie or come looking for love at the 5th race of the Run Bentonville Race Series. The race gives participants the opportunity to test themselves at the unique 4k or 8k distance. The event begins on the Downtown Square, winds through Memorial Park and finishes back on the Square. The race is also designed to be run with your sweetheart. Couples who register for the race together receive a discounted rate. In addition, every woman who crosses the finish line gets a carnation. Race starts at 7:30 a.m. Admission: $25 per individual, $40 per couple. Downtown Square. Bentonville. (479) 464-7275.
Hobbs State Park—Upcoming Events
Christmas Bird Count for Kids, Jan. 4, noon; Meet the Evergreens, Jan. 4, 1:30 p.m.; Fun with Mother Nature, Jan. 11, 10:30 a.m.; Reptile Rap, Jan. 11, 1:30 p.m.; Birds and Breakfast, Jan. 18, 9 a.m.; Live Birds of Prey, Jan. 18, 11 a.m.; The 8 Ates: Survival Strategies for Wildlife in Winter, Jan. 18, 1 p.m.; Black Bear Hike, Jan. 18, 2 p.m.; What Does the Fox Say?, Jan. 18, 3:30 p.m.; Arkansas Wildlife Jeopardy, Jan. 25, 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area. Rogers. (479) 789-5000. fohspcai.wildapricot.org
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park—Upcoming Events
Black Bears of Arkansas, Jan. 4., 11 a.m.; Read with Rangers, Jan. 7, 10 a.m.; The Freedom Codes, Jan. 11, 11 a.m.; Grave Matters, Jan. 11, 4 p.m.; Detectives of the Past, Jan. 18, 4 p.m.; Spirit Walk, Jan. 18, 7 p.m.; Afternoon Tea, Jan. 19, 2 p.m.; Civil War Spies, Jan. 25, 11 a.m.; The War of the Firsts, Jan. 26, 11 a.m. Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park. Prairie Grove. (479) 846-2990.
Eagle Watching Cruises on Beaver Lake—Thru Feb. 23
Beaver Lake hosts, on average, more than 200 bald eagles during the winter. Join this interpretive tour lasting 1 1/2 hours as we try to find eagles and other wildlife along the shoreline. Binoculars are provided. Boat leaves promptly at 3 p.m. Registration and pre-payment required. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6 to 12. Rocky Branch Marina. Rogers. (479) 789-5000.
NWA Mix Fest Cocktail Weekend—Jan. 3 thru 5
Come taste some of the best cocktails in NWA. The weekend kicks off with a Eureka Springs Underground tour and tasting at Basin Park Hotel from 5 to 8 p.m. The party then moves to Fayetteville with the Bartenders Ball Competition from 2 to 4 p.m. at Nomads Trailside, followed by the 5-year cocktail party from 5 to 11 p.m. at Nomads Southtown. On Sunday, a Bloody Mary mix off will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Nomads Southtown with Bloody Revaluation and Skeptic Distillery. All ticket sales will go to Lifestyles of Fayetteville supporting individuals with disabilities. Admission: $15-$30. Various locations in Eureka Springs and Fayetteville.
Women’s Expo—Jan. 11 & 12
Don’t miss 40/29 & Arkansas CW NWA Women’s Expo With a Cause! Sip, sample and shop your way through over 175 exhibits and enjoy events on three stages including fashion shows, celebrity guests, inspirational speakers, expert chefs, and more. You can also stop in and indulge yourself in the Great Tastes Food & Wine Pavilion, enjoy cooking classes by Brightwater, and get makeovers at Beauty at the Expo. Admission: $7, free for children 12 and under. Encore Event Center. Springdale.
Eureka Springs Mardi Gras Extravaganza—Jan. 11 thru Feb. 25
Let the good times roll and join the Krewe of Krazo for two months of Mardi Gras fun. This year’s activities will include: Jan. 11: King’s Day Kickoff; Jan. 15 & 22: Umbrella Decorating; Jan. 29: Grail Decorating; Feb. 1: Taste of N’Awlins; Feb. 1: Krewe du Kork Harlequin Ball & Benefit Dinner; Feb. 6: Artigras - Palette to Palate; Feb. 14: Coronation Ball; Feb. 15: Eureka Gras Night Parade; Feb. 15: Black Light Ball; Feb. 21: Jokers Masquerade Ball; Feb. 22: Eureka Gras Day Parade and After Parade Party; Feb. 23: Jazz Brunch; and Feb. 25: Fat Tuesday. All around town. Eureka Springs. (479) 253-2265.
Chinese New Year Celebration—Jan. 18
Annual event hosted by the Chinese Association of NWA, beginning with an authentic Chinese dinner at 5 p.m. followed by a traditional Chinese dance and music performance at 6:30 p.m. Admission: $25 for adults and children over 12 (members $10), $15 for children ages 4-11 (members $5), free for children 3 and under. Har-Ber High School. Springdale. (479) 587-8753.
Event Nation Wedding Show—Jan. 20
NWA’s premier wedding show featuring vendors from venues and photographers, to DJ’s and caterers, and many more of the area’s best wedding vendors. 12 to 4 p.m. Admission: $8 online in advance, $10 at the door, free for children 12 and under. Fayetteville Town Center. Fayetteville. (479) 222-1655.
2020 Annual Meeting—Jan. 24
Annual Springdale Chamber of Commerce luncheon attended by hundreds of business leaders joining together to discuss the goals for the coming year, and celebrate the accomplishments of the past year. Event begins at 11:30 a.m. NWA Holiday Inn Convention Center. Springdale. (479) 872-2222.
Paint the Town Red—Jan. 24
Join us for “Paint the Town Red: Music Through the Decades.” Come party with a purpose and become a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives by supporting the American Heart Association. Enjoy music, dancing, a silent auction, food samplings from area restaurants and more. Admission: $100, $150 VIP; must be 21 years of age. Fayetteville Town Center. Fayetteville. (479) 439-6804.
All In—Jan. 25
NWA’s premier casino charity event benefiting the Teen Action & Support Center. Event begins at 6 p.m. Embassy Suites. Rogers. (479) 636-8272.
Bound for Beale—Jan. 25
Join the Ozark Blues Society as they raise funds to send the local Blues Challenge winners to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. There will be a cash bar, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and amazing live music from The Downtown Livewires and the Jimmy Wayne Garrett Band. Music starts at 7 p.m. Admission: $20, $25 reserved seats. 21c Museum Hotel. Bentonville. (479) 531-3659.
Kiss The Brides Expo—Jan. 26
One of the biggest bridal shows in NWA featuring over 100 vendors showcasing fashion, food, music and more. Expert advice from the area’s top wedding professionals will be available from 12 to 4 p.m. There will also be various contests with prizes available. Admission: $10, free for children 12 and under. NWA Holiday Inn Convention Center. Springdale. (626) 356-9036.
Soup Sunday—Jan. 26
Join us for this 19th annual fun, family-friendly event supporting Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families. Come hungry and sample delicious soups from more than 30 area restaurants. There will also be breads and desserts, music, kids’ games and a live and silent auction. 4 to 6:30 p.m. Admission: $35 in advance, $40 at the door, $60 patron ticket, $10 for children 5-17, free for children under 5. John Q. Hammons Convention Center, Embassy Suites. Rogers. (479) 927-9800.
8th Annual Moonlight Masquerade—Jan. 31
An event focused on unmasking domestic violence in NWA by supporting the Junior League of NWA. All are encouraged to wear their cocktail attire with festive masks and/or theatrical hair and makeup. Event is from 7 to 11 p.m. Admission: $75, $600 for table of 10. Fayetteville Town Center. Fayetteville. (844) 320-9506.
Spirits Dinner with Mixologist Charlie Rausch—Jan. 31
A five-course dinner prepared by executive chef Justus Moll will be paired with craft cocktails utilizing elite spirits. Spirits will be utilized in the cooking process and both Chef Moll and mixologist Charlie Rausch will discuss the cocktails, the food and how they complement each other. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Admission: $125. Miller Lodge, Mount Sequoyah Center. Fayetteville. www.mountsequoyah.org
Frost Fest—Feb. 1
A celebration of craft beer, community, and winter in the Ozarks. Join us from 2 to 7 p.m., rain or shine, to celebrate over 45 breweries from across our region. There will also be live music, live art, vendors, food trucks and more. A portion of proceeds will benefit nonprofits Apple Seeds and Barley, Hops & Water. Must be 21 years of age to attend. Admission: $80 VIP, $50-$60 general admission, $20 designated driver. 2463 N McConnell Ave. Fayetteville. (479) 445-6050.
NWA Wine Opener—Feb. 7
Enjoy sipping an array of delicious wines and specialty cocktails, tasting some of the most superb cuisine of NWA, perusing amazing live and silent auction items, and ending the evening with dancing to live entertainment. Private Reserve Tasting is from 6 to 7 p.m.; general admission begins at 7 p.m. Event benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Admission: $125 general admission, $200 Private Reserve Tasting. John Q. Hammons Convention Center, Embassy Suites. Rogers. (479) 270-7117.
Afternoon of Fairytales—Feb. 8
A magical day for children and children at heart to play games and have fun with real princesses, princes, superheroes and other characters. And don’t forget to come dressed as your favorite one. All proceeds go to Restoration Village’s advocacy program. Games and booths are open from 1 to 3 p.m. This year we are hosting a beforehand VIP Party from noon to 1 p.m. where children can sip, dance, and get to know the princesses. Admission: $15 child, adults are free, buy 3 children and get the 4th free, $45 per child for VIP ticket that includes tea party and all games and booths. Four Points Hotel by Sheraton. Bentonville. (479) 631-7345.
Chilirhea Charity Chili Cook Off—Feb. 8
For the 15th and final year of this event, attendees will enjoy eats, drinks, live music, a silent auction and more. The event will take place from noon until 5 p.m. with chili being served from noon until 2 p.m. Proceeds benefit Alzheimer’s Arkansas and UAMS Reynolds Institute on Aging. Admission: $35 early bird, $40 day of event, free for children 13 and under. Washington County Fairgrounds. Fayetteville.
Polar Plunge—Feb. 8
Be Bold, Get Cold! Take the Beaver Lake Polar Plunge benefiting and raising awareness for Special Olympics Arkansas. Plunge begins at 11 a.m. Individual and team participation is available, and costumes are encouraged. Call or visit website for more information and to register. Prairie Creek Recreation Area, Beaver Lake. Rogers. (479) 366-3216.
INSPIRE Wedding Show—Feb. 9
A wedding and event show presented by Tanarah Luxe Floral. There will be vendors featuring bridal and men’s fashion, floral, cakes, invitations, event production, DJs, jewelry, catering, hair and makeup, furniture rental and more. This show will offer luxurious and innovative ideas that will hopefully inspire your own exquisite wedding. Galleries open for VIP at noon, general admission doors open at 12:30 p.m., fashion show begins at 1 p.m. Admission: $40, $80 VIP. Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (501) 372-1400. www.inspireweddingshow.com
Ooh! La, la! A Chocolate and Wine Pairing Dinner—Feb. 11
This 11th annual event will begin with a champagne and chocolate reception followed by two decadent chocolate-inspired courses prepared by Chef Devin Gamache of Theo’s in Fayetteville, each paired with a fine wine by Southern Glazier’s. Dessert will be crafted by bean-to-bar chocolate maker, Preston Stewart of Markham & Fitz Chocolate. Proceeds from the event will directly fund projects supported by the Jackson L. Graves Foundation. Event begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission: $100. Theater Squared. Fayetteville. (479) 799-9592. www.jacksongraves.com
St. Joseph Panther Gala—Feb. 15
Join us in supporting St. Joseph Catholic School for a night of fun and fellowship. The gala will include a dinner, drinks, live and silent auctions, and an after-party with a DJ and dancing. Cash bar will be available. Event begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission: $50, $10 for after-party tickets. Fayetteville Town Center. Fayetteville. (479) 442-4554. www.bidpal.net/panthergala/welcome