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On November 1st
Walmart floods the Square with their legendary toy vendors.

The Theme is ChalktoberFest!

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!

Music on the Mainstage

We have a line up that will blow your mind this month! Watch the videos of each artist below and feel the hype. We are so excited!

MAIN STAGE
4pm // Lawrence Jamal
5:15pm // Josh Noren
6:45pm //  Boom Kinetic

What food trucks will be there?

Carsten Concessions
Local Moh-tiv
Pizza & Hot Dog Alley
Wicked Woodfire Pizza
K'Zolli's Little Oven
Cacahuzintle un pedacito de mexico
Sherpa's Tacos

I want to apply for November....

Unfortunately you can't apply for November First Friday, because it's Toyland and that is run by Walmart. They choose all the vendors themselves. If you're a food truck and want to know who to contact about getting in with the Walmart crew, call our Event Director Tracie and she may be able to point you to the right person.

Call Tracie Kivisto

How can I sponsor these events?

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. No pressure, but we really can't do them without you.

Get Sponsorship Info

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PARTICIPANTS

Airship Coffee

Bike Rack Brewing Co

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

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.

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!

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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