Downtown Bentonville Incorporated is bringing back ‘Pet-A-Palooza’ for First Friday on May 5th.  The 2023 First Friday season is fueled by ZOA Energy Drinks.

‘Pet-A-Palooza’ begins at 3 PM and the fun continues until 9 PM.  This month’s event will be a celebration of our furry friends thanks to our monthly partners Best Friends Animal Society and Mamba.  

Best Friends recently opened its new, kennel-free pet resource center in Bentonville and at First Friday is hosting a ‘Stuffy Clinic’.  This clinic will allow kids to bring their favorite stuffed animals to get a check-up.

Mamba will not only be giving away new summertime candy but also have freebies for your favorite pet and a Summer Time Photo booth.  

‘Pet-A-Palooza’ also welcomes a Petting Zoo from 4 PM to 7:30 PM, a Pet Parade and Adoption event from 6:45 PM to 7:15 PM, and a Bentonville Pets Talent Show from 7:15 PM to 7:25 PM.

At 7:30 PM the mainstage will begin rocking to Heartland Dueling Pianos. This totally interactive show will take song requests, encouraging everyone to sing and dance along with the performers.  

First Friday ‘Lunch Break’ continues this month, allowing folks to enjoy the food trucks around the square a little early.  After ‘Lunch Break’ Yoga Story NWA is teaming up with Mew Cat Rescue for Kitten Yoga.  Classes are 1:30 PM and 5:00 PM and space is limited.  Sign Up at www.yogastory.info.  

As always parking is difficult, so DBI encourages everyone to arrive early. The full First Friday event begins at 3 PM.

Downtown Bentonville Inc. and our partners Trailblazers, People for Bikes NWA, Runway Group, and Visit Bentonville encourage our community to ride to First Friday!  A Downtown Bentonville Park and Ride map has been created to aid in visiting downtown Bentonville without a car. Use any set of wheels (or even just one) and follow a suggested route available at the link below:


The map includes bike racks, bike shops, and more to help in planning.  

Thanks to our First Friday partners, Walton Family Foundation, Visit Bentonville, Walmart, The Walmart Museum, and the City of Bentonville.

ABOUT DOWNTOWN BENTONVILLE INC. A private, not-for-profit organization, Downtown Bentonville Inc. is uniquely positioned as a driving force to build and promote a welcoming and lively downtown for all community members. Learn more about DBI at downtownbentonville.org.