EVENTS IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Bella Vista Farmers Market—Thru Sept.

We offer fun, family-friendly entertainment to foster a greater sense of community within Bella Vista, while providing products grown or made by local farmers and artists. Market is held on Sundays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. Village Center, 606 W. Lancashire Blvd. Bella Vista. www.bellavistaar.gov

 

Siloam Springs Outdoor Farmers Market—Thru Oct. 9

Local food finds a home at our producers-only market, which also offers homemade wares from local artisans. Online ordering is also available year-round. Market will run on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Free admission. Downtown Siloam Springs. (479) 524-4556. www.mainstreetsiloam.org

 

Springdale Farmers Market—Thru Oct. 30

Outdoor market featuring fresh, homegrown and homemade goods by friendly local vendors. Come see what’s new in 2021! Open each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission. The Jones Center. Springdale. (479) 856-8043. Find us on Facebook for more information.

 

Bentonville Farmers Market—Thru Oct.

Market will be held every Saturday with shoppers also having the option to order online for convenient curbside pickup. The 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. shopping hour is reserved for high-risk shoppers, and market will be open to the general public from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Bentonville Square. (479) 295-2396. www.downtownbentonville.org

 

Downtown Rogers Farmers Market—Thru Oct.

Each week the DTR Market serves brunch, offering adult beverages and entertainment, encouraging visitors to enjoy the newly renovated downtown. Open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission. Railyard Plaza. Downtown Rogers. (479) 936-5487. www.downtownrogersinc.org

 

Fayetteville Farmers Market—Thru Oct.

Featuring fresh, locally grown produce and goods that help NWA grow into a healthier and greener community. Masks required. Online ordering is also available. Open Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Fayetteville Square. (479) 236-2910. www.fayettevillefarmersmarket.org

 

Tontitown Grape Festival—Aug. 3 thru 7

Don’t miss the free live entertainment, carnival, arts and crafts, grape stomp, spaghetti dinners and other great food and drinks, pageant, and the Run for the Grapes 5K Walk/Run and Kids Run. Carnival armbands available for purchase. Free parking and admission. St. Joseph’s Parish. Tontitown. (479) 361-2615. www.tontitowngrapefestival.com

 

First Thursday—Aug. 5 & Sept. 2

Celebrate Fayetteville's local arts culture, music, food and beer. New this year is the Outdoor Refreshment Area. Guests 21 and older can sip and stroll their way through the event. Aug.’s theme is “Dog Daze of Summer” and Sept.’s theme is “Tight Knit”. Free admission. Downtown Fayetteville. (479) 521-5776. www.experiencefayetteville.com

 

First Friday—Aug. 6 & Sept. 3

Aug. theme is “Back to School” followed by “International Arts & Culinary Festival” Sept. event. The Bentonville Square will be turned into a giant neighborhood block party complete with food, vendors, music and much more. Free admission. Downtown Bentonville. (479) 295-2396. www.downtownbentonville.org

 

Elkfest—Aug. 7

Hosted by the City of Elkins and the Elkins Community Network, this community event supports the Elkins PD Shop with a Cop Program. Event will include a car show, silent auction, local vendor fair, inflatables in the park and more. Elkins Community Center & Bunch Park. www.ekkinsar.org/elkfest

 

Art on the Bricks—Aug. 12 & Sept. 9

Our monthly art walk returns in person to downtown Rogers. Come see artwork from regional artists featured in local businesses and shops. Free admission. Downtown Rogers. (479) 636-1240. www.visitrogersarkansas.com

 

Frisco Festival—Aug. 20 & 21

This year’s 36th annual festival will be adding new family activities, a variety of food vendors, rows of local artisans and makers in our craft vendor area, car show, live music and community performances at the new Butterfield Stage. There will also be a Bike Block, a zone dedicated to all things bicycle. Free admission. Railyard Plaza. Downtown Rogers. (479) 936-5487. www.downtownrogersinc.org

 

A Day at Osage Park—Aug. 28

Help us celebrate this unique space by bringing together the community and amazing organizations for this one-day event. The day will include live music, wetland tours, art walks, pickle ball, dog vendors, food trucks, kids’ activities and archery tours. Events will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Osage Park. Bentonville. (479) 254-3870. www.peelcompton.org

 

Prairie Grove Clothesline Fair—Sept. 3 thru 5

This fair features over 150 vendors in this all-handmade, one-of-a-kind fair. Free admission; $5 parking fee. Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park. (479) 751-5441. www.facebook.com/PGCLF

THEATRE & FILM

Our Town/Inherit the Wind—Thru Aug. 8

Join Arkansas Public Theatre as we present these two classics. These plays will be presented on alternating dates with the same cast. The Victory Theater, Arkansas Public Theatre. Rogers. (479) 631-8988. www.arkansaspublictheatre.org

 

American Mariachi—Aug. 4 thru 29

A new hilarious and heartwarming, music-filled comedy about the freedom to dream big. It is the 1970s, and Lucha and her cousin strike upon a radical idea: to create an all-female mariachi band. Infused with live music played by a live mariachi band, this play reminds us how music and love can make just about anything possible. TheatreSquared. Fayetteville. (479) 777-7477. www.theatre2.org

 

Splashpad Summer Movie Series—Aug. 6

Join family and friends for a fun summer evening brought to you by Springdale Parks & Recreation. Join us on Aug. 6 at Tyson Complex for Onward. Movie begins at dark. Free admission. Tyson Complex. Springdale. (479) 750-8185. www.springdalear.gov

MUSIC & DANCE

Walmart AMP—Upcoming Concerts

Join us on Aug. 7 for Lady A, 7 p.m.; Aug. 10 for The Black Crowes, 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 13 for The Avett Brothers, 7 p.m.; Aug. 14 for Alanis Morissette, 7 p.m.; Aug. 19 for Chris Tomlin, 7 p.m.; Aug. 27 for Luke Bryan, 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 28 for Jim Gaffigan, 8 p.m.; Aug. 29 for Trippie Redd, 7 p.m.; Sept. 3 for JMBLYA, 3:30 p.m.; Sept. 8 for Pitbull, 8 p.m.; Sept. 9 for Jason Aldean, 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 17 for Brothers Osborne, 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 18 for Counting Crows, 7 p.m.; Sept. 22 for Megadeth & Lamb of God, 6 p.m.; Sept. 24 for 3 Doors Down, 8 p.m.; and Sept. 26 for Shinedown, 7 p.m. Admission varies by concert. Walmart AMP. Rogers. (479) 443-5600. www.waltonartscenter.org/amp

 

Terrific Tuesday Nights—Tuesdays in Aug.

The garden will be open and free to the public from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays. There will be three free concerts this year, dates and details to come. Picnics, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. No pets please. Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. Fayetteville. (479) 750-2620. www.bgozarks.org

 

Live on the Green—Fridays thru Sept. 24

Relax and celebrate summer with free live music on Friday nights. Watch the shadows lengthen as you stretch out and enjoy the signature sounds of indie artists and stars alike all summer long. A full lineup is available online. The Momentary Green. Bentonville. (479) 367-7500. www.themomentary.org

 

Courtyard Sessions—Sundays thru Sept. 26

Come chill with us at the Arvest Bank Courtyard every Sunday afternoon this summer and discover your new favorite jams in this free outdoor music series. From funk and soul breaks to immaculate LatinX harmonies, the best up-and-coming femme DJs to road-tested troubadours, every week will have you experiencing the rising stars all around us. Artist lineup available online. Free admission. The Momentary. Bentonville. (479) 367-7500. www.themomentary.org

 

Concerts at Osage Park—Aug. 14 & 28

Come and enjoy free live music in a beautiful outdoor setting. Aug.’s featured performers will be Ashtyn Barbaree on Aug. 14 and Michael Tisdale, Dirty Seconds and Randall Shreve on Aug. 28. Concerts begin at 5 p.m. Free admission. Osage Park. Bentonville. (479) 254-3870. www.peelcompton.org

 

Live at Turnbow—Aug. 26

Enjoy live music in downtown Springdale on the last Thursday of the month. Live at Turnbow features local musicians and bands — from jazz to mariachi and bluegrass to funk. 6 to 9 p.m. Free admission. Walter Turnbow Park. Springdale. (501) 425-0478. www.downtownspringdale.org

 

Fayetteville Roots Festival—Aug. 26 thru 29

While it has quickly become one of the most popular music festivals in Arkansas and the Ozarks, this festival also showcases local food and prides itself on being an urban music and food festival. Various locations. Fayetteville. (479) 521-5776. www.therootsfest.org

 

Avenue Q—Sept. 10 thru 26

This laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on “Avenue Q”. He soon discovers that, although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Filled with gut-busting humor and a delightfully catchy score, not to mention puppets, Avenue Q is a truly unique show that has quickly become a favorite for audiences everywhere. Arkansas Public Theatre. Rogers. (479) 631-8988. www.arkansaspublictheatre.org

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

Arkansas Air & Military Museum—Current Exhibition

Currently on display thru Aug. 31: The Forgotten Wars. Visit website for current hours and our special events calendar. Arkansas Air & Military Museum. Fayetteville. (479) 521-4947. www.arkansasairandmilitary.com

 

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art—Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

Currently on display thru Aug. 16: This Is the Day; thru the summer in the North Forest: The Bruising: For Jules, The Bird, Jack and Leni by Rashid Johnson; thru Sept. 27: Crystal Bridges at 10; thru Oct. 11: What I Know: Gifts from Gordon W. Bailey; beginning Sept. 4 running thru Jan. 2022: Selena Forever/Siempre Selena; and beginning Sept. 18 running thru Feb. 21, 2022: Julie Alpert: Altars, Keepsakes, Squiggles, and Bows. Visit website for more information on reservations, event and exhibit updates, virtual tours and admissions. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Bentonville. (479) 418-5700. crystalbridges.org

 

The Momentary—Current Exhibitions

Running thru Sept. 19: Garrett Bradley: American Rhapsody; running thru Sept. 26: Abigail Deville: Light of Freedom; running thru Sept. 26: The Momentary Flag Project: Jaime Carrejo; running thru Oct. 17: Cauleen Smith: Space Station, Radiant Behind the Sun; and running thru Oct. 24: Kenny Rivero: The Floor is Crooked. 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

The MONA is reopened to the public with limited capacity, timed ticket admission and new safety measures. Visit website for hours of operation and reopening information. Museum of Native American History. Bentonville. (479) 273-2456. www.monah.us

 

Rogers Historical Museum—Current Exhibitions

Reopened to the public. Visit website for current hours and COVID-19 safety procedures. On display thru Sept. 25: Coach Blackie Barns: Rogers High School Football Legend; and running thru Nov. 6: Rogers Founding Families in the Trammel Gallery. Free admission. Rogers Historical Museum. (479) 621-1154. www.rogershistoricalmuseum.org

 

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History—Current Exhibitions

Visit us online for current hours and COVID-19 safety procedures. Currently on display thru Jan. 8, 2022: I Just Know I Like to Paint: Ozark Folk Artist Essie Ward; thru April 26, 2022: Seen Through Her Wardrobe; and running thru Dec. 11, 2022: Gone Fishing!. Free admission. Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. Springdale. (479) 750-8165. www.shilohmuseum.org

 

ANA Gallery—Thru Sept.

Join the Artists of Northwest Arkansas at their Sept. regional show, featuring works by local artists. The gallery is open Thursdays thru Saturdays from 12 to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m. Rogers Experimental House. (479) 553-9817. www.artistsnwarkansas.com

SPORTS & RECREATION

NWA Naturals—Upcoming Home Games

Aug. 10 thru 15 vs. Frisco RoughRiders; Aug. 24 thru 29 vs. Springfield Cardinals; and Aug. 31 thru Sept. 5 vs. Corpus Cristi Hooks. Admission varies. Arvest Ballpark. Springdale. (479) 927-4900. www.nwanaturals.com

 

FHS Hall of Greats Golf Tournament—Aug. 6

Support the mission of the Fayetteville High School Athletic Hall of Greats by honoring the legacy of Fayetteville High School sports history in our fundraising golf tournament. There will be an 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. shotgun start with lunch served in between, as well as a putting contest and tee prizes. Admission: $500 per four-person team. Paradise Valley Athletic Club. Fayetteville. www.fhshallofgreats.org

 

Will Golf For Kids—Aug. 6 & 7

Join us for this two-day, socially distanced, in-person event and support the life-saving work of the Hematology and Oncology Department at Arkansas Children’s Northwest. Along with two days of golfing, this event will also feature incredible goody bags for players. Admission: $3,000 per foursome. Kingswood and Bella Vista Country Club Golf Courses. Bella Vista. (800) 880-7491. www.golfandgala.com

 

Joe Martin Gran Fondo—Aug. 7

A one-day cycling event that highlights the quality road cycling in Fayetteville and the surrounding Boston Mountains of the Ozarks. The event offers great ride options for everyone, with 15, 25, 55, 65 and 85 miles of scenic road courses. For the more adventurous cyclist, the event also offers 44- and 70-mile gravel routes that dive deep into the backcountry of the Ozarks. 10 W 15th St. Fayetteville. (479) 521-5776. www.joemartingranfondo.com

 

Kessler Mountain Jam—Aug. 14

This event offers the opportunity for mountain bikers to race on the technical single-track trails at Kessler Mountain with the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series (AMBCS) cross-country race. A virtual/challenge option is also available for those interested in grinding their gears without the pressure of race day. Registration costs vary by age and skill level. Kessler Mountain Regional Park. Fayetteville. (479) 444-3481. www.fayetteville-ar.gov

 

Tour de Tacos—Aug. 14

This event is part of Kessler Mountain Jam weekend and begins at Mile Zero of the Razorback Greenway. Enjoy a blend of paved trails and bicycle friendly streets on this beginner friendly ride through south Fayetteville in search of what else… tacos! Featuring three of Fayetteville’s favorite taco shops along the route — stop in at one, or all three as our friends from Ozark Bike Guides lead you and your pals on this 12ish-mile loop. Ride is from 6 to 8 p.m. Kessler Mountain Regional Park. Fayetteville. (479) 444-3481. www.fayetteville-ar.gov

 

13th Annual Putt for Paws—Aug. 21

13th annual event presented by Foghorn’s. The fun goes from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Lokomotion Family Fun Park in Fayetteville with an after party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Foghorn’s on Green Acres in Fayetteville. 100% of the proceeds benefit the Humane Society of the Ozarks. Admission: $25 per player, $20 for HSO members. (479) 444-7387. www.hsozarks.org

 

Ronald McDonald House Charities Golf 4 A Cause—Aug. 23

This 17th annual event is the main fundraiser for our four major programs of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkoma. The game is a four-person scramble with morning and afternoon tee times. Pinnacle Country Club. Rogers. (479) 756-5600. www.rmhcofarkoma.org/events/golf-4-cause

 

Joe Martin Stage Race—Aug. 26 thru 29

Join us for one of the top professional and amateur road cycling stage races in the nation. This event features four days of professional and elite amateur men and women road cycling teams for a series of race stages that include time trials, road races and criteriums. Various locations. Fayetteville. (479) 521-7766. www.joemartinstagerace.com

 

Rogers Public Education Foundation Golf Tournament—Aug. 27

Please join us for this 5th annual event that helps the RPEF’s mission to enhance the quality of public education in our community. This event is a four-person scramble with morning and afternoon flights as well as lunch provided. Admission: $800 per team. Lost Springs Golf Club. Rogers. (479) 631-3556. www.rogerspef.com/golftournament

 

NWA Walk to Defeat ALS Virtual—Aug. 28

A virtual walk your way event to help raise awareness and funds to fight ALS with a Facebook Live event taking place at 9:30 a.m. (479) 270-4875. www.web.alsa.org

 

NWA Children’s Shelter Golf Classic and Cocktail Party—Aug. 29 & 30

Tournament benefiting the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter. On Sunday NWACS will host "Flight Details" cocktail party at Thaden Airfield Hangar in Bentonville from 6 to 8 p.m., which will include a helicopter golf ball drop where one golf ball will win a new Tempo EFI golf cart. Monday’s golf tournament will include morning and afternoon flights. Springdale Country Club. (479) 795-2417. www.nwacs.org

 

Rogers-Lowell Chamber Golf Tournament—Sept. 2

This is a four-person scramble with shotgun start times of 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The tournament is a fun day for Chamber members to come together, compete for prizes and network with other players. Breakfast and lunch will be served, and there will also be various contests and prizes. Admission: $500 per team. Big Sugar Golf Club. Pea Ridge. (479) 636-1240. www.rogerslowell.com

 

Trifest for MS—Sept. 3 thru 5

Hailed as one of the top five triathlons in the nation, Trifest for MS is about encouragement, community and fitness. Our triathlons are for all ages and all fitness levels. We feature three triathlon distances, including a triple-crown Trifesta Challenge, a 5k and a night dedicated to a kids' triathlon. Melvin Ford Pool, Memorial Park. Bentonville. www.researchms.org

 

Compassion House Tour De Tacos—Sept. 11

Presented by Lewis and Clark and benefiting pregnant teens in crisis at Compassion House. These are hard surface rides on the Razorback Greenway with 62-, 30-, and 7-mile family-friendly bike rides available with taco rest stops along the way. Lewis and Clark Outfitters. Rogers. (479) 419-9100. www.compassionhouse.us

 

AIM for Advocacy Sporting Clays Event—Sept. 18

Ready, get set and take aim with us as we work to provide food, shelter and security to some of the most vulnerable members of our community who are in a crisis time of their lives. This annual clay pigeon shooting event benefits Restoration Village. Spring Valley Rod and Gun Club. Gravette. (479) 631-7345. www.restorationvillage.net

 

Walk to End Alzheimer’s—Sept. 18

Walk to End Alzheimer's is full of flowers, each carried by someone committed to raising funds and awareness for a breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimer's and all other dementia. Whether you join us in person or Walk From Home, your participation makes a difference in the lives of those facing the disease. Pinnacle Hills area. Rogers. (501) 265-0027. www.act.alz.org

 

Worst Race Ever—Sept. 18

Presented by Raising Cane’s, this race is a 100% real chip timed 5k. There may be a race shirt, bag with some stuff in it, a type of medal when you finish, and maybe some tacos … or maybe not. Race begins at 7ish a.m. Admission: $30, $35 virtual option. Old Tiger Track. Bentonville. (479) 464-7275. www.runbentonville.com

 

Walmart NWA Championship LPGA Event—Sept. 20 thru 25

Come out for the premier event in NWA and watch the Ladies of Professional Golf compete for the championship cup. Weeklong events include Pro-Am events, tournament viewing, hospitality tents, yoga on the Green, Bite NW Arkansas and more. Full schedule and tickets available online. Admission varies. Pinnacle Country Club. Rogers. (479) 715-6100. www.nwachampionship.com

 

4th Annual Arkansas Veteran Village Golf Tournament—Sept. 20

Join us for a day of fun and fellowship for a 4-person scramble to help get one more NW Arkansas homeless veteran off the street and on the road to productivity. The tournament includes Green and cart fees, range balls, lunch and beverages with Player’s SwagBag. Check in starts at 7:30 a.m. for the 8 a.m. shotgun morning flight, and 12:15 p.m. check in for the afternoon shotgun flight. Paradise Valley Golf Club. Fayetteville. (479) 236-1504. www.arveternsvillage.org

 

NWA Children’s Shelter Kickball 4 the Kids—Sept. 24

Join us for this unique tournament benefiting the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter. Grab your friends or co-workers for a day of fun on the fields. There will be a competitive and non-competitive division. Snacks and beverages will be offered to all players. Memorial Park. Bentonville. (479) 795-2417. www.nwacs.org

 

Kendrick Fincher 5K and Youth Run—Sept. 25

This 23rd annual family-friendly event raising money for the Kendrick Fincher Foundation will include a 5k, 1-mile walk, Toddler Trot and Youth Run. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. with events beginning at 7:25 a.m. Pinnacle Hills Promenade. Rogers. (479) 986-9960. www.kendrickfincher.org

OTHER EVENTS

Arkansas State Parks—Upcoming Events

Arkansas State Parks have lots of family-friendly fun and educational events to keep you busy this summer! 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. Search for fun activities and ways you can get involved to make Arkansas State Park memories to last a lifetime. (888) 287-2757. www.arkansasstateparks.com

 

Dog Days of Summer—Aug. 1

Join us from noon until 5 p.m. for this fun event benefiting the Humane Society of the Ozarks. The event will feature a silent auction, door prizes and adoptable pets. Sassafras Springs Vineyard and Winery. Springdale. (479) 444-7387. www.hsozarks.org

 

Annual Washington County Education Expo—Aug. 3

This Appreciation Day event is held annually to recognize the contributions of the Washington County School District employees. Chamber members are encouraged to participate with a vendor booth to showcase their business services. Event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission. Bud Walton Arena Concourse. Fayetteville. (479) 521-1710. www.fayettevillear.com

 

Hight Jackson New Teacher Appreciation—Aug. 4

Event offering local businesses and organizations the opportunity to welcome the new teachers to the Bentonville School District. It is also a fun time of teacher networking. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bentonville High School. (479) 273-2841. www.greaterbentonville.com

 

FHS Hall of Greats Banquet—Aug. 7

We will culminate our FHS Hall of Greats Weekend with a banquet and induction ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. Event will include a reception, silent auction and induction ceremony of those who have shown outstanding dedication and leadership in Fayetteville High School Athletics. Visit website for a complete list of this year’s inductees. Admission: $40. Mermaids Restaurant. Fayetteville. www.fhshallofgreats.org

 

Virtual Color of Hope Gala—Aug. 7

This year’s virtual gala will be entitled Tailgate for Kids, as we celebrate the upcoming fall sports season and support the life-saving work of the Hematology and Oncology Department at Arkansas Children’s Northwest. This event will include game-day tailgate kits for hosts, a live and silent auction, and program. (800) 880-7491. www.golfandgala.com

 

Wine Dinner with Langman Estate Winery—Aug. 7

Please join us to celebrate and connect with others at this event featuring a five course dinner by Executive Chef Kaitlyn Rush paired with Langman Estate wines. Owner Jim Langman will be speaking throughout the evening about the fantastic wines that you will be sampling. Mount Sequoyah. Fayetteville. (479) 443-4531. www.mountsequoyah.org

 

NWA Comic Convention—Aug. 7 & 8

This event will bring together a diverse list of guests, vendors, artists and fan groups in an affordable, family-friendly environment. Rogers Convention Center. www.nwacomiccon.com

 

Hight Jackson New Teacher Virtual Luncheon—Aug. 9

The annual New Teacher Lunch offers local businesses and organizations the opportunity to welcome the new teachers to the Bentonville School District. It also provides a time of fun and networking with the teachers. Lunch will be held from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Bentonville. (479) 273-2841. www.greaterbentonville.com

 

Hight Jackson Bentonville Teacher’s Fair—Aug. 9 & 10

Annual event offering local businesses and organizations the opportunity to welcome teachers back to school and educate them on the latest products and services. We are excited to be back in person this year offering a wide array of vendor booths and networking opportunities. Bentonville High School. (479) 273-2841. www.greaterbentonville.com

 

Fayetteville Education Expo—Aug. 10

33rd annual event for teachers and education professionals from the community from 7 to 9:15 a.m., complete with vendor booths, door prizes, swag bags and more. Courtyard at Fayetteville High School. (479) 521-1710. www.fayettevillear.com

 

Thank-A-Teacher Celebration Parade—Aug. 10

Our 6th annual event, presented by Sam’s Furniture, celebrating local teachers who are making a big difference in the world and showing them we appreciate all they do. Since we are unable to meet in person this year, we will be taking the event to the teachers! Split into four routes, we will be traveling around Rogers and Lowell, beginning at 8:30 a.m., welcoming back the teachers as they prepare for another amazing year, dropping off goodie bags to over 1,200 faculty and staff. Please contact the Chamber of Commerce if you are interested in sponsoring or reserving a spot in the parade, as well as donating to the teacher’s goodie bags. (479) 636-1240. www.rogerslowell.com

 

Springdale Teacher Appreciation Event—Aug. 12

Annual event acknowledging and thanking the city’s educators for their work and contribution to our community. Sponsors join together to provide educators with prize giveaways, goodie bags, exhibitor booths and a meal to kick off the new school year. First year teachers will be recognized and 25-year teachers will be honored. Springdale High School. (479) 872-2222. www.springdale.com

 

Bentonville Whiskey Festival—Aug. 14

It’s all about the nose at our 3rd annual upscale tasting event. Experience an evening of  masterfully crafted limited-release whiskey, bourbon, scotch and other fine spirits. There will also be games, live music, food tasting, meet and greets with some of the makers and ambassadors, and much more. 4 to 7 p.m. with a VIP hour from 3 to 4 p.m. Must be 21 years or olders to attend. Admission varies. Peel Mansion. Bentonville. Tickets available at Eventbrite.com.

 

Fall Demolition Derby—Aug. 14

A heated competition as drivers face-off until the last car is standing. Join us at 6:30 p.m. for a family fun night cheering and watching drivers compete for cash prizes and bragging rights. Admission: $14 adults, $9 children ages 2-12, $2 discount for early buying. Parsons Stadium, Rodeo of the Ozarks. Springdale. (479) 756-0464. www.rodeooftheozarks.org

 

Littles in the Garden—Aug. 18

Event designed to promote creativity and imagination, teach responsibility, provide stimulation and get kids moving outdoors while encouraging their curiosity in nature, like where their food comes from and how flowers grow. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Recommended for ages 4-6. Admission: $10 per child. Peel Mansion Gardens. Bentonville. (479) 254-3870. www.peelcompton.org

 

Sip & Savor—Aug. 19

Join us in a socially distanced way as the Boys & Girls Club of Benton County offers its first-ever to-go version of this annual fundraiser. Three of the hottest local NWA restaurants, Blu, Oven & Tap and Big Whiskey's, have prepared amazing take-home meal kits that each feed a family of four. Just purchase a ticket for your favorite restaurant and show up between 5 and 7 p.m. and the restaurant will give you your meal to take home. Each meal will be accompanied with a bag full of goodies from our sponsors. Various Locations. Bentonville. (479) 273-7187. www.bgcbentoncounty.org

 

Annual Ice Cream Social—Aug. 21

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 from 3 to 6 p.m. Headquarters House Museum. Fayetteville. (479) 521-2970. www.washcohistoricalsociety.org

 

Annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake—Aug. 21

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. Free admission. Prairie Creek Park, Beaver Lake. Rogers. (479) 756-3651. www.bwdh2o.org

 

Bentonville Together—Aug. 21

A celebration of our multicultural community from 4 to 9 p.m. There will be cultural food, exhibits, musicians, dancers and more. Visit website for a complete schedule of events. Downtown Square. Bentonville. (479) 295-2396. www.downtownbentonville.org

 

Washington County Fair—Aug. 24 thru 28

Come enjoy the largest and most established county fair in the state. As usual there will be plenty of rides, events, fair food, pageant, Dutch oven cook-off and excitement. Full schedule of events and details on pricing available online. www.mywashcofair.com

 

Tailgate Gala—Aug. 27

Join us for an evening of celebration as we raise money for the Kendrick Fincher Foundation. Guests are asked to wear their favorite team shirt or jersey and enjoy college football on the big screens, amazing food, adult beverages, a silent auction, live music by Boom Kinetic and more. 6:30 to 11 p.m. Admission: $100. NWA Holiday Inn Convention Center. Springdale. (479) 986-9960. www.kindrickfincher.org

 

Soar NWA—Aug. 28

This 2nd annual hot air balloon festival returns with a variety of hot air balloon activities (weather permitting), a kid's zone, beer garden, live music and various aeronautics activities. The fun begins at 7 a.m. and continues throughout the day. Proceeds support the missions of Open Avenues. Drake Field Airport. Fayetteville. (479) 636-5082. www.soarnwa.com

 

Spark of Hope—Aug. 31

Due to COVID-19, this inspirational event will be virtual to be able to adhere to social distancing, but still be able to honor our students and awardees. From the comfort of your own home, you will be able to hear inspiring stories from current recipients, alumni and other fun surprises. Event will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Check website and social media for more information. www.spsfnwa.org/events

 

Hog Wild Tailgates—Sept. 4, 11 & 18

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. Join us on Sept. 4 as the Hogs take on Rice University; Sept. 11 for Texas University; and Sept. 18 for Georgia Southern University. Free admission; fee to reserve a catered meal option. Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House. Fayetteville. (479) 575-2801. www.arkansasalumni.org/hogwildtailgates

 

Cherishing Dinner—Sept. 9

Join the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County for our 17th annual dinner and awards presentation. Guest speaker will be former Miss California, Christina Meredith. Event will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Rogers Convention Center. (479) 621-0385. www.cacbentonco.com/event

 

2021 NWA Business Women’s Conference—Sept. 13 thru 15

Join us for the premier women's conference in the region. Known for its outstanding keynote speakers and networking opportunities, more than 1,500 of Northwest Arkansas’s most accomplished businesswomen attend the conference each year. The event will be held online and with limited in-person events. Multiple locations across Northwest Arkansas. www.nwabusinesswomensconference.com

 

University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor—Sept. 17

The mission of the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor is to pay tribute and extend recognition to those individuals who have made significant contributions to the honor and fame of the University of Arkansas and its athletic programs and to showcase the history and tradition of the Razorbacks. Cocktail party will be at 6 p.m. with awards presentation at 6:45 p.m. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600. www.waltonartscenter.org

 

Big Business Brunch—Sept. 23

Join us for a brunch hosted by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of NWA as we discuss all things Walmart & Sam’s Club in a lunch and learn format. Honorary Chairs include Ralph Clare and Seth Malley. 21C Museum Hotel. Bentonville. (479) 966-4366. www.bbbsnwa.org

 

NWA Hispanic Heritage Festival—Sept. 26

The purpose of the NWA Hispanic Heritage festival is to provide a unique opportunity for accessing the arts, culture and recreation of Hispanic/Latino Arkansans/Americans, while improving the quality of life for all people in Northwest Arkansas. This family-friendly event offers a variety of educational and entertainment offerings including arts and crafts, a soccer tournament, children's area, parade of nations, dance contest, vendors, and live performances from local and regionally renowned artists. Event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Free admission Downtown Square. Fayetteville. www.fayettevillear.com

 

Benton County Fair—Sept. 28 thru Oct. 2

The 117th annual fair will include expanded amusement rides for all ages, traditional fair games and food, an expo in the air-conditioned auditorium and numerous livestock shows, home arts, horticulture and agronomy exhibits. With added attractions including special shows such as a Mountain Bike Trial and Stunt Performer, live music, a Friday/Saturday Beer Garden and more, there will be an admittance charge to the fair only during afternoon and evening carnival hours. Schedule and prices available online. www.bentoncountyfairar.org

 

Big Event—Sept. 30

Hosted by Laura Rush and Kerry Robinson, this Big Brothers Big Sisters of NWA event celebrates our programs and the impact that our organization has made over the last 25 years in Northwest Arkansas. The evening will honor our Big and Little of the Year and directly supports mentoring in the NWA Osage House. Cave Springs. (479) 966-4366. www.bbbsnwa.org