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April's theme will be Home Sweet Home!

THE THEME

for April is Growing Greener

April 3rd

features

Church Street

Serrano-Torres

we'll be eating

Yeyo's Mexical Grill

When is the next first Friday?

First Friday's will start back up again in April and hopefully next year it won't get rained out again! November is the last First Friday every year. Thats when we get ready for events like the Lighting of the Square & the Christmas Parade.

When do I apply for this year's First Fridays?

Apply right now!

The way it works is you apply for each event two months in advance. So April's application will be live in early February etc.... You can't apply for the whole year. It's month by month and nobody is guaranteed a spot. This keeps it fair. They fill up extremely quickly so make sure to apply the first day.

To help your chances of being accepted try to think of something really unique you can do at your booth that will create a fun atmosphere for the people. (If you just hand out pamphlets, you probably won't make the cut.)

APPLY HERE

Food Trucks have a separate application

Food truck requirements can be a little different than the average booth, so you'll see the application here below or on our Apply page. Contact Tracie about that.

CONTACT TRACIE

Do you want to sponsor these events? We need you.

That is seriously the best news we've heard! We can't do these events without amazing sponsors. We all know that a great way to promote your brand is to sponsor something awesome. Any of these events will be no exception. If you'd like to support the community by lending us a financial helping hand, talk to our Executive Director Andrew Heath. No pressure, but we really can't do them without you.

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PARTICIPANTS

Airship Coffee

Bike Rack Brewing Co. at 8th St

Bike Rack Brewing Co. at A St

Butcher & Pint

Core Pub

First National Bank

Markham & Fitz

Onyx Coffe Lab

Oven & Tap

Pedaler's Pub

Pressroom

Ramo d'Olivo

Skylight Cinema

Sweet Freedom Cheese

The Forge

The Hive

The Holler

The Nines

Yeyo's Mexican Grill

Art Exhibits

The Schedule

Serrano Torres

March 21, 2019

Fiamma Ristorante

Adam Johnston

April 18, 2019

Ramo d' Olivo

Shaun Munday

May 16, 2019

Bike Rack Brewing Co.

Devanee Williams

June 20, 2019

Rooftop at Preachers Son

Will Gunselman

July 18, 2019

Louise

Aricka Lews feat. The Honey Collective

August 15, 2019

Yeyo's El Alma De Mexico

Olivia Ballard

September 19, 2019

Undercroft

Route 358

October 17, 2019

Ramo d' Olivo

Jon Dooly

November 21, 2019

Bike Rack Brewing Co.

Melody Pond

December 19, 2019

The Hive

The Schedule

Kevin Kiehn w/ Lawrence Jamal

Mar 7, 2019

Bike Rack Brewing Co | 8th Street

Sean Fresh

Apr 4, 2019

Bike Rack Brewing Co | 8th Street

Emily Nance

May 2, 2019

Bike Rack Brewing Co | 8th Street

BAANG

Jun 6, 2019

Bike Rack Brewing Co | 8th Street

Baang

Jul 4, 2019

Bike Rack Brewing Co | 8th Street

Collin Littlejohn Trio

Aug 1, 2019

Bike Rack Brewing Co | 8th Street

Willowack

Sep 5, 2019

Bike Rack Brewing Co | 8th Street

Cameron Johnson

Oct 3, 2019

Bike Rack Brewing Co | 8th Street

Dazz & Brie

Oct 31, 2019

Bike Rack Brewing Co | 8th Street

Randall Shreve

Dec 5, 2019

Bike Rack Brewing Co | 8th Street

More To Be Announced

Dec 31, 2019

Bike Rack Brewing Co | 8th Street

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2019 Schedule

03
APR

Home Sweet Home

We're working with our friends at City Sessions to bring some new music and a taste of home to everyone.

01
MAY

Lights Camera Action

We're bringing it all together during the Bentonville Film Festival.

05
JUN

Adrenaline

We are thinking of all the most exciting things we can pack into a first friday for one thriller of a block party.

03
JUL

American Heroes

American heroes come in all different places and ways. This will be the funnest way we can all thank them.

07
AUG

Back To School

It’s that time of year again! We’re turning the Square into a neighborhood block party to celebrate the end of summer and the school season ahead. Come learn about the many different opportunities for school-aged children while enjoying live music, food trucks, and interactive activities for all!

04
SEP

International Art & Culinary Fest

Last year we combined all the cultures we could into performances for the MainStage, but this year we're going a step further and bringing food & art into the celebration.

02
OCT

Petapalooza

Pets all over the Square! It'll be like Dog Days, but even more wild with animals of all kinds!

Special Events

20
APR

Sat Market Opens

This is the first day of the Bentonville Farmers Market and it's a big deal. We're cooking up some really neat ways to start it off right, but we'll have more on that soon.

24
APR

Wed Market Opens

The first day of the midweek market located on the Bentonville Square this year.

11
MAY

Kid's Fest

Join us for the most popular kid event of the year! 7th Annual KidsFest headlined by Peppa Pig! Come to a meet-and-greet with Peppa, and stay for photos, crafts with the whole gang, great giveaways, and be the first to watch brand new episodes to be streamed for the first time anywhere! This is in addition to the wonderful birthday party venues and kid focused vendors that will be set up at the event offering fun activities and giveaways!

This is the first Dog Days of the year, a simple event where people bring dogs to the square for competitions and the dog parade. There are literally dog's everywhere! There are free dog treats and you can win some serious prizes for you and your dog.

Hundreds of kids bring their bikes and their parents for one epic ride around the square. Before-hand we set up a station to decorate your bike with the stars and stripes. Afterwards we hand out free ice cream until it's gone!

Decorating | 9am
Bike Parade | 10am
Ice Cream Party | 10:30am

People pack the Square for free Yarnell's ice cream on a hot day! There are competitions on the hour and whoever eats the most ice cream wins it free for life! It's messy and awesome.

10
AUG

Dr. Compton Day

Join us for Dr. Compton Day!  It is a FREE educational event for all ages to learn about conservation, environmental stewardship and recreational activities in NWA - all issues that were championed by our founder, the late Dr. Neil Compton. Interactive Conservation Stations, Rock Painting, Music, Ice Cream, Food Trucks & more!

Dog Days is so fun that we do it twice a year. It's a simple event where people bring dogs to the square for competitions and the dog parade. There are literally dog's everywhere! There are free dog treats and you can win some serious prizes for you and your dog.

28
SEP

Nonprofit Day

As a nonprofit ourselves, we think it's important to highlight all the organizations doing great things in the area. We gather as many nonprofits as we can on 2nd Street so you can learn more from them and support one if possible.

In addition to all our great farmers and crafters, artists decorate their booths with the art they work so hard on. Come browse or buy something incredible and support local artists.
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Halloween isn't far and this is another chance to wear your costume and hunt down some candy. All our vendors will have some and we're all excited to see the costumes. The Square is usually packed with trick or treaters. Bring a big bag!

The Route

Starting near the Library, the parade will go north on Main Street until it gets to the Square. Then around the square and backdown 2nd Street.

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