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Celebrate Mardi Gras eating Crawfish and parading around the Square.

Feb

25

5:30 & 7:30pm

Corner Lot on SE A & Central

Pick Between Two Crawfish Dinners on the Square
Eat up and join the Mardi Gras Second Line Parade on the Square.

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we'll be eating

First, select a dinner.

There's two dinners provided by our friends at The First Seat. They're doing it up huge for Mardi Gras and you don't want to miss it.

DINNER OPTIONS

5:30pm and 7:30pm

Both are followed by the Second Line Parade around the Square.

Select which one you'll be at when you buy your tickets. Speaking of that...

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Get ready to eat some of The First Seat's outstanding crawfish, then get a little crazy and join the Second Line Parade marching around the Square. Just like they do in New Orleans, but in Bentonville.

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Where is it exactly?

It's on the corner of Central and SE A Street.

It's right off the Square, on the patch of grass in front of the Spice and Tea Exchange.

DIRECTIONS

The parade is For everyone!

Even if you can't make it top the event, you may want to be on the square to see the spectacular Second Line Mardi Gras parade! They'll be taking off after each dinner so be on the Square at 7PM & 9PM.

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These will be there every time!

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2020 Schedule

03
APR

Home Sweet Home

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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!

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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.

2019 Market 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.

Head over to the DBI booth in front of the Five and Dime to sign up for competitions like: Best Costume, Most Creative Name, and a Pet/Owner Look-a-like Contest. We have an awesome prize for each winner that you don't want to miss!

SCHEDULE
Dog Parade / 10am
Dog Competitions / 10:30am

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!

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