The July First Friday will be held on Friday, July 1, 2022, from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm on the Downtown Bentonville Square.
Here’s a list of 10 things that you can expect from July First Friday — in pictures, of course.
In honor of the 4th of July, we’re celebrating the American Spirit! Expect food, games, and live music in an all-American picnic setting.
Get ready for a sweet takeover as you experience (and taste) How Ghirardelli Makes Life a Bite Better.
Expect chocolate samples, Ghirardelli Cookies, games, prizes, photo booths, and raffles with BIG prizes!
And we're talking BIG prizes....
* 4 winners will win free chocolate for a year!
* One lucky winner will win a trip for two to San Francisco to experience Ghirardelli Square first hand!
4:30- 4:45 National Anthem by Erin Detherage
4:45-5:00 Trampoline Show by FLIPPENOUT Productions
5:00-5:45 Erin Detherage
5:45-6:00 Trampoline Show by FLIPPENOUT Productions
6:00-7:15 Will Gunselman
7:15- 7:30 Trampoline Show by FLIPPENOUT Productions
7:30- 9:00 Jukebox Confession
We’re Flippenout! Flippenout will provide a world class, heart pounding trampoline show including Olympic type routines, skis, snowboards, acro ball, single double, and even triple flips with each performance. The show performers use plenty of comedy and witty commentary to keep you entertained and engaged the entire show! Get ready to cheer on America's most entertaining trampoline artists as they present the Flippenout Extreme trampoline show!
This year, First Friday kicks off at 11:00am. Here are some things that you can expect to see on the square around lunchtime:
Relax with a cold drink from several local breweries, including Social Project Brewery, Bike Rack Brewery, Bentonville Brewery, and Rendezvous Junction Brewery.
Our beer garden is 21 & up only. You’ll find the beer garden on “the field” at the corner of Central and SE A Street. Please drink responsibly.
Walmart is marking its 60th anniversary this year and will be showing up in a big way at First Friday to celebrate!
Join the fun at The Walmart Museum with events are scheduled throughout the week. Stop in and enjoy!
Beginning July 2nd, a rare, original print of the US Constitution (one of only eleven known in the world) is going on view at Crystal Bridges and will be displayed in conversation with works of art by influential historical and contemporary artists, including Jacob Lawrence, Shelley Niro, John Trumbull, Luis C. Garza, Mark Bradford, and more, that provide diverse American perspectives on the nation’s founding principles.
Learn more about the upcoming exhibition We the People: The Radical Notion of Democracy from Crystal Bridges at First Friday!
And make sure to start your Independence Day weekend by witnessing history and considering our present moment through the power of art.
Don’t miss a Good Ol’ Fashioned Watermelon Eating Contest hosted by Better Homes and Gardens Journey.
As always, there will be booths featuring local arts and crafts vendors!
A First Friday favorite, Free Family Fun Zone offers bounce houses, slides, snacks, games and more at no cost to the community. Free Family Fun Zone is located in the parking lot in front of the First Baptist Church’s 412 Building on South Main Street.
Ozark Axe House will be within the First Friday footprint with their axe throwing cage!
There will be more food trucks than ever before at the July First Friday!
Here’s what you can expect to find downtown on Friday:
Kona Ice of Bentonville & Fayetteville
Bayou Boys Crawfish Shack & Catering
Cacahuzintle un pedacito de Mexico
Lili's Bubble Waffle
NWA BeaverTails LLC
The Smackin Shack
The Swalty Kernel LLC
Raised and glazed donuts
Hotrods Classic BBQ
For The Love
Wicked Wood Fired Pizza
Twigs BBQ Food Truck
Make sure to tag us in your First Friday photos! We want to see your pets, children, families – even a few food pictures.
@DowntownBentonville Facebook and Instagram stories will be taken over during each First Friday by our favorite hostess with the mostess, Heather Shelton! Follow along!
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