Purpose

First Fridays are one of the funnest ways we bring everyone in the community together. It's a giant block party in the middle of the city. They've brought life back to the Square in a way that few cities have ever seen. Anyone can enjoy the food, music and community and that's what makes it such fan favorite around here! Come see for yourself.

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Upcoming Mixers

Casino Night
FEB 7 2019
Celtic Crawl
MAR 16 2019
Battle of the Banks BBQ
TBA
party

The Bentonville Square is turned into a giant neighborhood block party every month.

The Square | 11am - 8pm

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9PM at Bike Rack Brewing Co. on 8th Street
APR 5 2019 IS
Growing Greener

What's Different?

Whether we are discussing food, waste, energy, or even fashion, our community desires to be more ‘green.’ Sustainability in all areas of our lives is important and Downtown Bentonville Inc. is dedicated to assisting our communities in achieving sustainability goals. We’re celebrating Earth Day a bit early with this First Friday and hopping on board to bring local green initiatives to our lives.

Food Trucks

11am

7Brew, A Spoonful, lBeaver Tails, Carsten Concessions, K’Zolis Little Oven, Kettle Ventures, Kona Ice, Loafin Joe’s, Local [moh-tiv], Lost Buffalo Grill, Pizza/Hot Dog Alley, Purple Banana, The Little Little Red Barn, Wicked Wood Fired Pizza, Crackerjack, Indian Dhaba

Mainstage

Become A Sponsor

We all know that a great way to promote your brand is to sponsor something awesome. This event 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.

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Apply for May

So that we can let you know if you've been accepted earlier, we are asking you apply two months in advance and for one month at a time. This will make things easier for everyone.

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Participating Businesses

Art Exhibits

We're just waiting on a few people to let us know what they have planned. Check back soon.

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.

Coming Soon!

June 20, 2019

The Nines

Coming Soon!

July 18, 2019

TBA

Coming Soon!

August 15, 2019

TBA

Coming Soon!

September 19, 2019

Fiamma Ristorante

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

More To Be Announced

Dec 31, 2019

Bike Rack Brewing Co | 8th Street

Let's Play

blackjack
poker
roulette
craps
Coming Soon

2019 Schedule

05
APR

Growing Greener

Whether we are discussing food, waste, energy, or even fashion, our community desires to be more ‘green.’ Sustainability in all areas of our lives is important and Downtown Bentonville Inc. is dedicated to assisting our communities in achieving sustainability goals. We’re celebrating Earth Day a bit early with this First Friday and hopping on board to bring local green initiatives to our lives.

03
MAY

The Power of Music

Music can stir the soul and bring people together in incredible ways. This is why we are partnering with The Power of Music Festival to bring the best songwriters in the world to the region. Learn more about how the festival brings the best in sound to Bentonville.

07
JUN

Living Local

Downtown Bentonville Inc. prides itself on supporting our local community. This First Friday is a celebration of all things local – our history, our food, our crafts, our music, and our businesses. Come stroll the Square, support our local talents, and see how amazing our locals make this community.

05
JUL

Great Outdoors

When you think of Arkansas in the summer, you may think of heat and humidity. Here in downtown Bentonville, we think of hiking and biking on our incredible trails, swimming and boating in our amazing lakes, and camping at some beautiful outdoor sites! Come check out how we’re turning the Square into a place that brings all these outdoor opportunities to life.

02
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!

06
SEP

International Celebration

It’s back – bigger and better than ever! The largest International Festival in the area, all happening right here on the Square. Come enjoy a variety of different performances, food, and vendors all celebrating the diversity found here in Northwest Arkansas.

04
OCT

Chalktober Fest

Downtown Bentonville Inc. understands the importance of art in our community. This is why we are turning the Square into a celebration of art and all it brings with it -- local chalk artists, painters, musicians, chefs, and more!

01
NOV

Toyland

Walmart fills the Square with their toy vendors wanting to show you the the latest toys. Some of them give out toys and all of them let you play with them!

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.

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.

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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