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Are you looking for something for your family to do this weekend? Check out FamilyLifeNWA.com each week for our top weekend picks. In a few days, we'll be posting our LONG LIST OF HALLOWEEN EVENTS! Make sure to check back for that. The list will have all the NWA fall events listed on one easy-to-access page.


Top picks for Weekend Activities: Oct 12th - Oct 15th

by Angela Forsyth


Are you looking for something for your family to do this weekend? Check out FamilyLifeNWA.com each week for our top weekend picks. In a few days, we'll be posting our LONG LIST OF HALLOWEEN EVENTS! Make sure to check back for that. The list will have all the NWA fall events listed on one easy-to-access page.


There's always something to do in Northwest Arkansas. Now you know! See our full calendar of activities.

You'll also want to check out The Big List of Halloween Events in Northwest Arkansas!

  1. Cars and Coffee

  2. Join Macadoodles Fine Wine, Beer & Spirits (Springdale, AR) and 4 Wheel Concepts for their fall Cars and Coffee event! Bring your ride to show it off, have some Kennedy Coffee, and a chance to win some door prizes. They will also be having a silent auction that will benefit Sheep Dog Impact Assistance. This is a great non-profit with teams in 17 states and more than 5,000 members. They are involved with disaster relief, outdoor adventures, and holiday assistance. Learn more at sheepdogia.org.


    When: Saturday October 14th from 9 AM - 11 AM

    Where: 4 Wheel Concepts, 3011 SE Moberly Lane, Bentonville, AR 72712

    Cost: Free

    Link: Facebook Event Page


  3. 29th Annual Pea Ridge Mule Jump

  4. This unique event, held in the friendly community of Pea Ridge, has accommodated initial attendees in the hundreds and last year's attendees numbered more than 6,000! The 29th Annual Pea Ridge Mule Jump will host close to 100 vendors who will share their food and beverage options, along with crafts and special Ozark-specific gift selections. Music will again be a part of the entertainment, and visitors will enjoy the special talents of the Ridge Rockers while they tour the vendor offerings. Of course, the primary "draw" is the Jump itself. With 40+ mules participating this year, there will be a full slate of mules for the competition for more than $4,000 in prize money. Realize, too, that mules do not like to jump! That fact alone creates an atmosphere ripe with laughter as the handlers work to coax their mules over the burlap barriers, some as high as 6.5 feet!


    When: Saturday, Oct. 14, 9am

    Where: 629 Weston St, Pea Ridge, AR

    Cost: $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for ages 6-12, and 5 years old and under are free.

    Link: Event Webpage


  5. Ballet Arkansas Emergence

  6. Part of the 10x10 Arts Series at Walton Art Center. Ballet Arkansas, the state's renowned professional ballet company, has emerged as a dynamic presenter of diverse dance repertoire throughout the region, combining the beauty and grace of classical ballet with the innovation and athleticism of contemporary movement. At the heart of the company, a magnetic ensemble of passionate artists display raw power, maturity and technical brilliance on stage. With its move to the Creative Corridor in downtown Little Rock, Ballet Arkansas has become a driving force of artistic collaboration, and a catalyst for the premiere of engaging new works. Emergence brings the depth and range of Ballet Arkansas to the forefront. Highlighted within the program is the regional hit Under the Lights by Chris Stuart, set to the music of Johnny Cash. Also featured is the timeless Valse Fantaisie by George Balanchine, a world premiere by 2017 Winter Visions winner Mariana Oliveira, and other critically acclaimed classical and contemporary repertoire that provides for a captivating evening of dance. A compelling discussion with award-winning choreographer Mariana Oliveira, led by Artistic Director Michael Fothergill, will precede the performance.


    When: Friday, Oct. 13, 8pm

    Where: Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St. Fayetteville, AR 72701

    Cost: $10

    Link: Webpage / Tickets


  7. Fall Festival - A fundraising event

  8. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. There will be photos with Batman, Super Girl, Iron Man, and others. You'll also find two large bounce houses, hayrides scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, car displays. Food, drinks and adult beverages will be available, as well as a silent auction. Prizes for games of skill and luck for all ages: plinko board, treasure dig, spin the wheel, pumpkin bowling, nerf target shooting, washer throw, soda bottle ring toss, duck and fishing pond, football throw, bingo, bucket toss, soccer challenge and much more.


    When: Sunday, Oct. 15, 10am - 4pm

    Where: St. Stephen Catholic Church, 1300 NE J Street, Bentonville, AR 72712

    Cost: Admission is free, there's a charge for food and games. $30 Maximum for family of 4 (includes lunch, game tickets, and all free venues) Single tickets are 50 cents for games and $1 for food $3 bounce houses (unlimited)

    Link: Facebook Event Page


  9. Bentonville Skate Park Celebration

  10. The skate park in Memorial Park just underwent a natural state-themed transformation with the installation of new artwork. A celebration to showcase the new art will take place on October 12th at the Skate Park at 6:00 p.m. and will feature a food truck, DJ, and giveaways. Skaters and BMXers from around the region are invited to enjoy the new artwork at the park.

    As a nod to Northwest Arkansas's natural beauty, The Mars Agency worked with students in the Bentonville High School Ignite Program to create a piece of public art to be painted on the skate park's concrete ramps and bowls. The design resembles a lush riverside setting, complete with faux fish, eddies, foliage, and sandbars. The beautification of the park with public art represents the continuation of a trend that is sweeping Northwest Arkansas to reinvent public spaces with large-scale artwork through dynamic collaboration. This project is made possible by Bentonville Parks and Recreation, The Mars Agency, Bentonville School's Ignite program, BikeNWA, and Runway Group.


    When: Thursday, Oct. 12, 6-8pm.

    Where: The Bentonville Skate Park located in Memorial Park 401 NE Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Bentonville, AR 72712

    Cost: Free

    Link: Facebook Event Page.


  11. 8th Street Family Sing-a-Long

  12. 8th Street Market is hosting an amazingly fun event for families. The incredible Shannon Wurst is leading a "FAMILY SING-A-LONG" on Saturday, Oct 14th at 4:00! Kind Kitchen will also be there selling kids' snacks and Pedal Pops will have some sweet popsicles!


    When: Saturday Oct. 14 at 4 PM - 6 PM

    Where: 8th Street Market, 801 SE 8th Street, Bentonville, AR 72712

    Cost: Free

    Link: Facebook Web Page.


  13. Wine Pull for Kiss a Pig

  14. Bring your friends and join Team Sean Cline for a fun night of community, music and prizes, all to support the American Diabetes Association of Northwest Arkansas! Come hang, eat and drink with us. Music by David Harvell from 7-9! Pull a cork to help Sean kiss the pork on 3/10/18 at the NWA Kiss a Pig Gala for ADA!

    How it Works:
    Each $20 donation earns a chance to blindly pull a numbered cork from a bucket to win its corresponding numbered bottle of wine. It could be a great bottle or a $GREAT$ bottle. Every cork's a winner! Some corks even win bonus prizes! All ages welcome, but must be 21 to participate in the wine pull. All proceeds will support Kiss a Pig and ADA. Graciously sponsored by Cave Springs Coffee Company and Trinchero Family Estates


    When: Thursday, Oct 12th, 5:30pm - 10pm

    Where: Cave Springs Coffee Company, 137 N Main Street, Cave Springs, AR 72718

    Cost: Free Admission; $20 donation per cork for prizes

    Link: Facebook Event Page.



    Angela Forsyth, free lance writer with Firefly Marketing, LLC

    Angela Forsyth, Editor - FamilyLifeNWA.com