EVENTS IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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. www.fayettevillefarmersmarket.org

Bentonville Farmers Market—thru Oct. 26

Our weekly farmers market has returned to downtown. We will have our usual fresh vegetables, flowers, meats, cookies, cakes, crafts and more. For safety, we are requiring that everyone over the age of 10 wear a mask. Pre-ordering is still available for pickup orders. Market hours will be Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the general public, with 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. reserved for at-risk shoppers. Free admission. Downtown Square. 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. www.mainstreetsiloam.org

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. www.springdalefarmersmarket.org

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. www.bgozarks.org

First Fridays—Sept. 4

Join us for our First Friday celebrations, when the Bentonville square is turned into a giant neighborhood block party with plenty of food, activities and family fun. Sept.’s theme is the annual “International Art & Culinary Fest.” Activities take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Square. Bentonville. (479) 254-0254. www.downtownbentonville.org

 

Prairie Grove Clothesline Fair—Sept. 4 thru 7

Sponsored by the Arts Center of the Ozarks and the Prairie Grove Lions Club, this fair features over 150 vendors in this all-handmade, one-of-a-kind fair. Free admission. Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park. Prairie Grove. (479) 751-5441. www.acozarks.org

THEATRE & FILM

Ann—Aug. 19 thru Sept. 6

Enjoy an encore performance of the inspiring and hilarious story of a captivating woman who was even bigger than the state from which she hailed: Ann Richards. 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. www.theatre2.org

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. www.triketheatre.org

MUSIC & DANCE

Bonnie Bishop—Sept. 10

More than a decade after her song “Not ‘Cause I Wanted To” topped the New York Times song-of-the-year list, Bishop got her second big break when she started working with Nashville’s hottest producer, Dave Cobb. Inspired by Motown greats, Bishop broke up with her old identity and moved away from country 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. Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600 www.waltonartscenter.org

  

Music on the Mountain—Oct. 25

Join us for this family-friendly outdoor music festival in a central and beautiful location. The festival will include great music, craft brews, wood-fired pizza and barbecue. Blankets and lawn chairs welcome and encouraged. Music starts at 1:30 p.m. Admission: $30 in advance, $40 at the door, free admission for children under 12. Mount Sequoyah. Fayetteville. (479) 443-4531. www.mountsequoyah.org

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. www.arkansasairandmilitary.com

Arts Center of the Ozarks—Upcoming Exhibition

TTemporarily closed, visit website for updates. Upon reopening, works by Virmarie DePoyster will be on display. Arts Center of the Ozarks. Springdale. (479) 751-5441. www.acozarks.org

 

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art—Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

Reopened with limited capacity timed-ticket admissions. Currently on display thru Nov. 2, State of the Art 2020; running thru March 28, 2021, After The Last Supper; and beginning Sept. 19 running thru Jan. 3, 2021, Ansel Adams: In Our Time. 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 Aug. 16, a portion of State of the Art 2020; and thru Jan. 3, 2021, Nick Cave: Until. Visit website for exhibit information, event updates and virtual tours. The Momentary. Bentonville. (479) 367-7500. www.themomentary.org

Museum of Native American History—Upcoming Events

Temporarily closed, visit their website for updates. Museum of Native American History. Bentonville. (479) 273-2456. www.monah.us

Rogers Historical Museum—Current Exhibitions

Temporarily closed, visit their website for updates. Rogers Historical Museum. Rogers. (479) 621-1154. www.rogershistoricalmuseum.org

 

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History—Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

Temporarily closed, visit their website for updates. Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. Springdale. (479) 750-8165. www.shilohmuseum.org

SPORTS & RECREATION

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. www.allsportsproductionsinc.com

Cancer Challenge—Aug. 6 thru 8

Join us for our rescheduled annual week of events that help advocate and support world-class cancer care in NWA. Events throughout the week include golf, tennis, pickleball and trap shooting, as well as a virtual 10K and 5K run, and a 1-mile walk. An online auction will run July 31 thru Aug. 8. Admission ranges by event. Various locations in Bella Vista. (479) 273-3172. www.cancerchallenge.com

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. www.bentonvilleevents.com

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. www.diabetes.org/Arkansastour

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. www.nwarazorbackclub.org

AIM For Advocacy Fundraiser—Aug. 14 thru Aug. 21

Due to the current public health situation, our largest in-person fundraiser will be fully virtual benefiting the advocacy program at Restoration Village. Join us for an online auction and fundraiser and featured stories of restored hope from our residents available online throughout the week.  (479) 631-7345. www.biddingowl.com/restorationvillage

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. www.kendrickfincher.org

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. www.rmhcofarkoma.org/events/golf-4-cause/

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. www.ozarkguidance.org

Walmart NWA Championship—Aug. 24 thru 30

The LPGA will host this week-long community celebration this year without spectators. All three rounds of official tournament play will be broadcast to a global audience on the Golf Channel. Golf Channel coverage will span across all three days of official play, beginning with tape-delayed coverage on Friday, Aug. 28 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. and live coverage on both Saturday and Sunday from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Pinnacle Country Club. Rogers. www.nwachampionship.com

NWA Challenge of Hope 5K—Aug. 29

Part of the Challenge of Hope benefiting the NWA Women’s Shelter, this event features a 5K run and a fun run around the square. Downtown. Bentonville. (479) 236-5112. www.nwachallengeforhope.com 

 

NWA Bike Challenge—Aug. 29 thru Oct. 9

BikeNWA and local partners will host the annual NWA Bike Challenge as part of the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Challenge. The challenge encourages all people to get out and ride bikes, their way. Join the Love to Ride community to register, find or create a group, rally your friends and track your rides. Special events include a launch party on Aug. 29 at Phat Tire Bike Shops and a wrap-up party at City Pump in Rogers. Various locations throughout NWA. www.bikenwa.org

 

Worst Race Ever—Sept. 1

Worst Race Ever, celebrating the Worst Year Ever! Race brought to you by Run Bentonville gone virtual, which means you have the entire month of September to complete the race. Choose from a 1-mile, 5k or 10k distance, and then just turn in your results. Racers will receive a custom tank top, facemask and no-touch key chain. Admission. $25, $30. Bentonville. (479) 464-7275. www.runbentonville.com

 

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. www.rogerspef.com

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

Weekend with the Finest Tournament—Sept. 11

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s annual golf tournament and this year a virtual party to support their mission to find a cure for cystic fibrosis. Sponsorships and details available online. Stonebridge Meadows Golf Club. Fayetteville. (479) 633-1508. www.cff.org/arkansas

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

Tour de Tacos Cycling Event—Sept. 12

Join us for our inaugural event presented by Lewis and Clark benefiting pregnant teens in crisis at Compassion House. Hard surface rides on the Razorback Greenway – 50, 30 and 7-mile family-friendly bike rides available. Taco rest stops along the way. Bike helmets required to ride. Admission: $30 or $35 for adults depending on ride chosen, $20 for kids, $35 for Sleep in For Tacos. (479) 419-9100. compassionhouse.us/events

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

NWA Challenge of Hope—Sept. 14 thru 21

Join the fun at this annual golf tournament and tennis tournament benefiting the NWA Women’s Shelter. Formerly known as the Charity Challenge of Champions, the event also features a dinner and live auction cocktail event Friday evening. Pinnacle Country Club. Rogers. (479) 236-5112. www.nwachallengeforhope.com

 

Slay the 5K—Sept. 18

Join us for an evening 5K and Fun Run bringing together our school community, church parishioners and area runners. With a dedicated effort toward making Slay the 5K an event for the entire family, participants can expect an evening loaded with entertainment, food and fun. Veterans Park. Rogers. (785) 220-7798. www.svdpschool.net/events

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. www.golfandgala.com

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. www.kendrickfincher.org

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. www.pigtrailmudrun.org

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. www.allsportsproductionsinc.com

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. www.rogerslowell.com

AIM Walk—Sept.26 

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. www.aimnwa.org

Souls Harbor Soul Ride—Oct. 3

For the third annual ride, Souls Harbor is teaming up with The Priesthood Motorcycle Ministry NWA Chapter to provide a day of fun while supporting the Souls Harbor Mission. There will be barbecue smoked on-site by Cowboy Catering, family activities, live music, games, raffles and a silent auction. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with kickstands up at 10 a.m. Admission: $25 individual riders, $35 couple riders, $10 adult lunch ticket, $5 kids lunch ticket. Souls Harbor NWA. Rogers. (479) 631-7878. www.soulsharbornwa.org

 

Great Rides—Oct. 3

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Great Rides is a twist (car parade) on the Great Strides event providing a fantastic opportunity for family and friends to come together and make a difference and show their support for CF fighters! Sponsorships and admission fees available online. Arvest Ballpark. Springdale. (479) 633-1508. www.cff.org/arkansas

The Golf Event—Oct. 5

14th annual golf event benefiting The Jones Center’s youth and family programming. Join us for a day of friendly competitions, raffle prizes and more. Event will also include a Walmart Executive Luncheon Panel and an exclusive Meet & Greet opportunity. This year’s event chair is Walmart’s Shawn Townzen. Springdale Country Club. Springdale. (479) 756-8090. www.thejonescenter.net

OTHER EVENTS

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 www.arkansasstateparks.com/events to learn about all the fun activities and ways you can get involved to make Arkansas State Park memories that will last a lifetime!

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. www.mainstreetsiloam.org

 

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. www.downtownspringdale.org

 

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. www.golfandgala.com

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. www.hsozarks.org

 

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. www.greaterbentonville.com

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. www.bentoncountyfairar.org

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. www.unitedwaynwa.org

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. www.greaterbentonville.com

Bentonville Film Festival—Aug. 10 thru 16

Entering its 6th year, the Bentonville Film Festival will be structured as a hybrid event. This year’s festival will offer virtual presentations and world premieres of films, panels and special events, alongside select drive-in screenings and additional on-the-ground events throughout the greater Bentonville area. Programming details, including official film selections, events, presentations, participating jurors, panelists and more, are forth coming. Ticket sales are now live. Various locations. www.bentonvillefilm.org

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. www.peelcompton.org

 

SDIA 10th Anniversary Celebration—Aug. 15 

Sheep Dog Impact Assistance is celebrating a decade of helping veterans and first responders with a family-friendly evening with music, live and silent auctions, fun and fireworks. The picnic or golf course casual attire event will include guest speaker Sergio Trejo, U.S. Army and Purple Heart Recipient, honorary chair and Walmart SVP Tracy Dufault and musical guests Matt Williams and Coffey Anderson. All proceeds fund SDIA’s Disaster Response and Outdoor Adventures programs. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Admission: $150 VIP reception, $50 general, $30 children 15 and under. Village on the Creeks. Rogers. (740) 502-7475. www.heroesgala2020.givesmart.com

 

Virtual Secchi Day Science Fair—Aug. 15

The public is invited to attend this online virtual event that will include videos and photos of environmental and water education activities for local citizens and friends around the world to learn from and enjoy.

The event is named for the Secchi Disk, a black and white device lowered into the water to measure clarity.  (479) 756-3651. www.bwdh2o.org

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. www.bgcbentoncounty.org

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. www.rogerslowell.com

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

  

Fall Demolition Derby—Aug. 22

Join us for a fun family night where drivers will compete for cash prizes and bragging rights. Gates open at 5 p.m. All seating is general admission. Admission: $9 for children ages 2-12, $14 for adults; purchase your tickets before the day of show and receive a $2 discount. Rodeo of the Ozarks. Springdale. (479) 756-0464. www.rodeooftheozarks.org

 

Washington County Fair—Aug. 25 thru 29

This year’s fair will commence for junior exhibition only and will not be open to the public. More information available online. Washington County Fairgrounds. Fayetteville. (479) 575-7342. www.mywashcofair.com

 

Big Business Brunch—Aug. 27

Join us online as we discuss all things Walmart & Sam’s Club, while raising money to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of NWA. Event Host is Silvia Azrai Kawas, VP of Private Brands, Fresh + Packaged Foods, interviewing Andrea Albright, SVP of Snacks, Beverages + Impulse. network and listen to top executives talk about the retail industry in an intimate gathering. Sponsorships beginning at $1,500 and a bundle discount for attendees for two or three brunches throughout the year. Virtual. (479) 966-4366. www.bbbsnwa.org

 

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. www.kendrickfincher.org

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. www.spsfnwa.org

 

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. www.rodeooftheozarks.org

Hog Wild Tailgates—Sept. 5

Don’t miss the best tailgate in town! Complete with the Razorback Marching Band, U of A Spirit Squads, student athlete visits, live music, big screens, life member lounge and more. All tailgates begin 2 1/2 hours before kickoff and conclude 30 min. prior to kickoff. Free admission; fee to reserve a catered meal option. Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House. Fayetteville. (479) 575-2801. www.arkansasalumni.org/hogwildtailgates

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

Big Business Brunch—Sept. 9

Join us online as we discuss all things Walmart & Sam’s Club, while raising money to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of NWA. Event Host is Kerry Robinson, SVP Fresh Bakery, interviewing John Laney, SVP GMM of Packaged Goods, network and listen to top executives talk about the retail industry in an intimate gathering. Sponsorships beginning at $1,500 and a bundle discount for attendees for two or three brunches throughout the year. Virtual. (479) 966-4366. www.bbbsnwa.org

NWA Empower Summit—Sept. 12

Hosted by Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA, the annual Empower Summit is a conference experience jam-packed with resources for scholarship recipients, alumni and the general public. The full day summit includes resume and interview workshops, career coaching, financial planning and a variety of breakout sessions with area professionals and experts. Free admission. Time and details available online. (479) 935-4888. www.spsfnwa.org

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. www.nwabusinesswomensconference.com

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. www.rodeooftheozarks.org 

 

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. www.appleseedsnwa.org

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. www.triketheatre.org

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. www.nwahavenwood.org

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. www.bgozarks.org

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. www.rodeooftheozarks.org

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. www.unitedwaynwa.org/liveunited

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. www.rogerspef.com

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. www.mainstreetsiloam.org

 

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. www.diabetes.org

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