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First Friday 2023: Exciting updates and lineup of events

Communications Director Aaron Nolan shares exciting updates to First Friday including the city's 150th birthday, huge campouts, and a new celebrity partnership!

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Downtown Bentonville Incorporated (DBI) has announced that the First Friday season will begin on April 7 and wrap up on Oct 7.

First Friday is a monthly, family-friendly event that welcomes as many as 10,000 people, with the aim to enhance the downtown experience for everyone.

Executive Director Dana Schalgenhaft their goal with First Friday is to offer free and low-cost family-friendly events in the growing and bustling downtown.

DBI says they are thrilled to announce a new presenting partnership with ZOA Energy Drinks, which is co-owned by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Schlagenhaft says, “Our focus is enhancing an experience for everyone downtown, and with ZOA’s spirit and support, this 2023 season will be something special."

Each month during the ‘23 season will have a unique theme, allowing for a "one-of-a-kind experience at every event." 

Monthly Events:

  • April 7th – Celebrate Bentonville
  • May 5th – Pet-A-Palooza
  • June 2nd – Art Fest
  • July 7th – The Great Outdoors
  • August 4th – Back to School
  • September 1st – In Motion
  • October 7th – Oktoberfest
Credit: Downtown Bentonville Incorporated

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