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The night parade was fun!
Now we're working on something great for 2020!

April 3rd


Church Street


we'll be eating

Did you say night parade?!

We sure did. Spread the word! We've been waiting years to bring back the night parade  and the stars have finally aligned. Get ready to get cold and watch as Main Street and the Square are lit up with floats. This'll be awesome. We recommend a thermos of hot chocolate and coffee.

Parade Route

We'll be going the same route as last year. The floats will be getting ready at the Fire Station early in the afternoon and at 6pm make their way over to Main Street. They head north to the square and then wrap around the East side, then back down second street. There's lots of viewing space on the square now. It's nice, but get there pretty early cause it'll be packed all the way down Main Street.

I'd like to sponsor this event.

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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When does the application open?

Applications are closed and will open again on October 1st. Please contact Tracie for more information.

Will there be handicap parking?

Definitely! It's right off the square and along the parade route too! There's a square patch of grass where the Chamber was and you'll find parking in the SE corner, along side Dave Peel Park. It will be marked with some signs on the day of the parade.


Information for Parade Participants

Last year it looked like this and will likely be similar in 2020.

Parade starts at 6PM.

Don't show up at six in the morning. You'd be very very early.

Load In & Staging Grounds

Float Entrance, 3:30-4:30pm

3:30-4:30pm - Equipment drop off

5pm - Walker drop off

Staging Grounds

Fire station parking lot at 8th & A

Parade Route

Go up Main Street to the square. Turn right on Central & left on NE A Street around the east side of the Square. Take a left on 2nd Street.

Parade Exit

Floats will turn left on SW A Street to return to staging grounds.
Walking groups will continue on 2nd Street past Onyx.

Season Vendors

These will be there every time!


We'll add more as they come.

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Local Chef Recipes

2020 Schedule


Home Sweet Home

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


Lights Camera Action

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



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


American Heroes

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


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!


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.



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


See it for yourself.


See it for yourself.

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


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.


Wed Market Opens

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


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!

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.


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.


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!