First Friday in Downtown Bentonville Will Return in May


After a year in which the COVID-19 pandemic dampened First Friday gatherings in Downtown Bentonville, the monthly community block party is poised to come rolling back this spring and summer.

Downtown Bentonville Inc. announces the First Friday 2021 season will kick off on May 7th with a scaled-down footprint and limited vendor participation.  The non-profit organization hopes to execute a full-scale First Friday in June.

Each monthly First Friday features live music, delicious food, family-friendly activities, and local vendors.  It is produced and executed by Downtown Bentonville Inc., a non-profit that builds and promotes a welcoming and lively downtown through experiences, education, and storytelling.

The last First Friday was held downtown in November 2019.

“We are encouraged to see COVID-19 cases declining in Arkansas and vaccines actively available to all community members. Our community spirit stayed strong throughout this tough year, and now it’s finally time to safely gather as a community once again,” says Downtown Bentonville Inc. Executive Director Andrew Heath.  

Attendees are encouraged to wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines.  Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the event footprint.  

First Fridays run from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Please be advised of downtown street closures during this time.  

Follow Downtown Bentonville Inc.’s social media accounts and website for all event updates. 

**Please note that photos were taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.