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Are you looking for something for your family to do this weekend? Check out FamilyLifeNWA.com each week for our top weekend picks.  There's always something to do in Northwest Arkansas. Now you know! See our full calendar of activities.


Top picks for Weekend Activities: August 31st - Sept 2nd

Are you looking for something for your family to do this weekend? Check out FamilyLifeNWA.com each week for our top weekend picks.


There's always something to do in Northwest Arkansas. Now you know! See our full calendar of activities.

  1. Washington County Fair

  2. The Washington County Fair is the largest and most established county fair in Arkansas. Founded in 1857, The Washington County Fair is a reflection of the past decades of farmers, business leaders, volunteers and youth that have, with hard work and dedication, made The Washington County Fair what it is today.


    Our history reveals many past events, such as baseball games, horse races and community dinners. Although the fair was suspended during the Second World War for a few years, the following year the fair was reorganized and has been going strong ever since. In the past few years we have introduced new events such as our tractor pull, Dutch oven cook-off and beauty pageant.


    When: August 29th at 10:00 am - Sept 2nd at 10:00 pm

    Where: Washington County Fairgrounds

    Cost: $5 Gate Admission. $25 Armbands for rides or tickets can be purchased per ride.

    Link: Web Page, Facebook Event Page


  3. TriFest for MS

  4. Looking to get the kids a little exercise while supporting a great cause? Although the Trifrest for MS is hailed as one of the top five triathlons nationally, this year they have added a full complement of activities for children 5 years of age to 12 along with a family 5k. The youth races should be a blast as the 5-6 year olds will compete in a 25 yard swim, 1 mile bike ride, and .25 mile run. The distances are only slightly longer for the 7-8 and 9-10 year old races.


    Registration is still open, do go support a good cause and have some family fun!


    When: Sunday, August 27th from 10:00am - 8:00pm

    Where: Melvin Ford Pool

    Cost: $25 - $33 and tax dedcutible

    Link: Trifest Webpage, Registration Page


  5. Light Night Party

  6. LIGHT NIGHT IS BACK!


    Explore an illuminated wonderland of creativity, music, and dance around Leo Villareal's Buckyball at our fifth annual Light Night Party! Kansas City phenom Quixotic will bring a mesmerizing performance to the grounds, fusing glow technology, music, and acrobatic dance. Matt Owen and The Eclectic Tuba and DJ AttA open and close the party with mega dance grooves. Activities include a large-scale interactive light show by artist Laser Tom, colorful artmaking and black-light painting, and more. Kick off the night with a pre-show glow ride from Downtown Bentonville to Crystal Bridges. The best-decorated LED bike and costume will win tickets to Art Night Out on Nov. 18. Special thanks to our collaborators Deadhead Productions and the Amazeum. All ages are welcome.

    This event is family-friendly!


    Free, no registration required.


    When: Friday, Sept 1st, 8:00pm - 11:30pm.

    Where: Crystal Bridges

    Cost: Free

    Link: Facebook Event Page


  7. First Friday - Sugar Creek Days

  8. For this event, Downtown Bentonville is transformed into the Wild West. Watch a reenactment of a famous 1893 bank robbery by American outlaw Henry Starr. Live music begins at 4:30pm on the main stage with The Weatherfolk, Route 358, and Sons of Otis Malone. They will also host square dancing in the square at 5 and 6pm.


    When: Friday, Sept 1st 4:30 - 8:00pm

    Where: Downtown Bentonville

    Cost: Free

    Link: Sugar Creek Days