If you’re visiting Northwest Arkansas, relocating to NWA, or have lived here in The Natural State all your life, I hope you’ll find my list of November events helpful. Take a look, decide what your family will enjoy, and mark your calendars! It’s getting colder here in Arkansas but there’s still a lot of fun things going on!
November 1st – Silver Dollar City Christmas Festival begins… While it’s not exactly in Northwest Arkansas, it’s an easy jaunt and a lot of fun. “Bring your entire family to Silver Dollar City and celebrate the true meaning of the magical season in Branson, Missouri! Come join us this November as we kick off An Old Time Christmas and discover why The Travel Channel named Silver Dollar City “The Most Illuminated Park on Earth.”
November 1st – “World-renowned National Geographic photographer and journalist Sam Abell will speak at John Brown University at 3:00 p.m. in the Simmons Great Hall. Abell’s thirty-year career has been dedicated to achieving artistic expression through documentary photography, while maintaining a career as an artist, teacher and author. He works primarily with the photography of cultural landscape.”
November 4th – Polls open in NWArk at 7:30am… Go vote!
November 6th – 8th – Eureka Springs Food & Wine Weekend… “Come experience the culinary excellence of Eureka Springs. Many local restaurants will be featuring their chef’s signature courses expertly paired with perfect wines. Other wine and food events all around town.”
November 7th-8th – Northwest Arkansas Boutique Show… “Shop over 150 merchants featuring thousands of one-of-a-kind and custom items! Home decor, gifts, clothing, gourmet food, holiday decor, children’s items, art and more!”
November 7th – Bentonville First Friday on the Bentonville Square… “Walmart toy vendors are coming in from around the country to showcase their new toy lines, offering a unique opportunity for Northwest Arkansas citizens and beyond to get a sneak peak at Santa’s Christmas list. Live music, food and kid’s activities are included in this event. This event is sponsored in part by Walmart, Radio Disney, and Walmart Visitor Center Museum.”
November 8th – Fayetteville Farmer’s Market on the Fayetteville Square opens at 7am and closes at 2pm… “Welcome to the Fayetteville Farmers Market, where our commitment to fresh, locally grown produce and goods has helped Northwest Arkansas grow into a healthier and greener community.”
November 15th – Fayetteville Farmer’s Market on the Fayetteville Square opens at 7am and closes at 2pm… “Voted #5 in the nation in the 2011 American Farmland Trust’s America’s Favorite Farmers Market Contest, and as the 2012 Favorite Large Farmers Market, the Fayetteville Farmers Markets represent the heartbeat of the earth, manifested in the efforts of local growers and farmers.”
November 15th – Arkansas Razorbacks vs. LSU Tigers Football Game… Time to be determined.
November 15th – Disney’s Frozen Sing-a-Long at 10am… “Join us for our 3rd annual princess event benefiting Sharing and Caring of Benton County. This special red carpet private screening of the Frozen Sing A Long is a great chance for little princesses to get dressed up. Pinnacle Malco Theatre (479) 657-6884”
November 21st – Lights of the Ozarks Lighting Night Parade… “The lighting of the Fayetteville Downtown Square kicks off with the lighting night parade at 6:00 p.m. Many civic clubs and business are represented in the parade with cars and characters. The parade closes with our special guest, Santa Claus!”
November 22nd – Fayetteville Farmer’s Market on the Fayetteville Square opens at 7am and closes at 2pm… “Since 1973, the market has offered the finest in locally produced vegetables, fruits, flowers, plants, meats, baked goods, honey, eggs, jams, juried crafts, and fine art from the four-county area.”
November 22nd – Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Ole Miss Rebels Football Game… Time to be determined.
November 22nd and 23rd – Photography Workshop at Crystal Bridges » State of the Art artist Kirk Crippens… “Join photographer Kirk Crippens for a two-day workshop (11/22 @12pm and 11/23 @ 4pm) in which you’ll use your camera to reflect on meaningful issues while photographing the places and objects around you. The workshop will combine off-site photography in downtown Bentonville with studio instruction and discussion. Crippens will help you approach your subjects with a thoughtful eye.”
November 22nd – Bentonville Lighting of the Square… Holiday market starts at 2:00. Live holiday music starts at 4:00. Lighting ceremony starts at 6:00. Ice skating rink at Lawrence Plaza opens and Christmas tree lighting at the rink is at 6:30… Put your letter to Santa in his mailbox while you’re there to ensure you get a letter back before Christmas.
November 25th and 26th – Elf the Musical at the Walton Arts Center… “Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, Elf the Musical is “happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!” says Variety. Don’t miss this modern-day Christmas classic that’s sure to help you embrace your inner elf!”
November 27th – NWA Turkey Trot… “Join us at Pinnacle Country Club on Thanksgiving morning for the 7th Annual Turkey Trot & Strut sponsored by Dr. Jeremy Smith Family Orthodontics! Race, Run or Walk 2.5 miles or the full 5 miles around the Pinnacle Golf Course.”
November 29th – Christmas Parade of the Ozarks… “Beginning at 6:00p at the rodeo grounds, the parade will make its way through downtown Springdale.”
November 30th – Gardenland Express opens at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks at 1:00pm… “Each holiday weekend session includes the great display of model trains in a fantastic winter wonderland setting; refreshments will be offered as well as visits with Santa. This year’s new feature will be hayrides outdoors around the perimeter of the gardens. See you there!”
November 30th – Holiday Hoopla in Rogers… “Join us at the Frisco Stage (S. First & Elm Streets) for the official kick-off to a month of fun, family-friendly events celebrating the season in Downtown Rogers! How will Santa arrive in downtown Rogers? You’ll have to see it to believe it! Once Santa gets to the stage, he’ll help Mayor Hines officially flip the switch to light up the city’s 27-foot tall Christmas Tree!”