Outdoor Fun At BFF
In addition to films, music and panels, we invite you to experience all the free family fun at BFF! See below for more information on our signature entertainment areas and zones situated around Bentonville Square and the 21c Museum Hotel. Come back often – as more details will be added in the coming weeks.
Hours: Wednesday, May 2, 1:00-6:00pm; Thursday, May 3: 1:00-7:00pm; Friday, May 4: 1:00-8:00pm; Saturday, May 5: 11:00am-5:00pm; Sunday, May 6: 11:00am -3:00pm.
Diversity Drive will be highlighted by the BFF Outdoor Music Stage, which will feature a variety of local acts, up-and-coming talent, insightful discussions with BFF competition filmmakers and surprise guests hosted by Tribe of Women, and other family-themed performances. The Better Cities for Pets tent will have rescued dogs and cats available for adoption. Mars Petcare is working with local shelters and rescues to sponsor the pet adoptions during BFF, and hope to top the 58 dogs that were adopted at last year’s festival. Refreshments and samples from BFF partners and sponsors Coca-Cola, Stella Artois and Constellation Brands, as well as L’Oreal, Hard Candy and Synchrony. (Closes at 1:00pm on Sunday.)
Presented by Anderson Merchandisers, Inclusion Town is a collection of featured attractions presented by studio, beauty, and retail BFF partners and sponsors, including Universal, Warner Brothers, Nick Jr., Paramount, American Media International, P&G, PopSockets, the NBA, Taste Beauty, Vogue, EcoTools, Henkel and Unilever. Inclusion Town will celebrate diversity and inclusion with highlights including characters and entertainment from shows and films like, “Teen Titans Go!” “Sunny Day,” “Barbie,” and JURASSIC WORLD.
BFF’s STEAM Zone features innovations and new technologies, including a cooking demo stage, VR/AR and STEM experiences from sponsors like Cox, The Quantum Storey Company, SmartyPants Vitamins, and Hot Wheels. Sunday, May 6, V8-Fusion Energy will sponsor BFF’s first family trail ride with partners Bike NWA and Beaver Water District.
VUDU Lounge: Chill out in the comfy lounge between films and activities, grab a refreshment and pick up a free movie rental from VUDU.
On Saturday, May 5, BFF honors Latin culture with Fiesta at the Fest – a Cinco de Mayo celebration, featuring local entertainment, food, and activities provided by the community.
On Sunday, May 6, BFF will partner with Peekaboo Magazine for the 6th Annual Peekaboo Kids Fest Street Faire, featuring celebrities like Peppa Pig and her brother George along with great local businesses bringing fun for guests. Create art with Imagine Studios, cook up something fun with Young Chef’s Academy, be amazed by the magic of George Reader, Magician, face painting, balloon fun and more!
*Hours: Saturday: 11:00am- 5:00pm; Sunday, 11:00am- 3:00pm
*Plus: The Premiere of new Peppa Pig episodes at the Sony & Orville Redenbacher Outdoor Theatre at Lawrence Plaza on Saturday at 10:00am and 3:30pm.
SONY/ORVILLE REDENBACHER OUTDOOR THEATRE AT LAWRENCE PLAZA
Enjoy a variety of free films at BFF’s outdoor movie theatre by Sony, including family-friendly movies like HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE, MULAN, COCO, THE EMOJI MOVIE, PETER RABBIT and STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE will be offered, as well as complimentary Orville Redenbacher popcorn, refreshments from Slimfast. Full film schedule here.
BFF BIKE RIDE
Sunday May 6, 11:00am, Compton Gardens, Free
Experience the beauty of Bentonville as we close out the 4th annual BFF on Sunday, May 6th, with one of Northwest Arkansas’ favorite cultural past times: cycling! The free, family-friendly, one-hour group ride, sponsored by V8 Fusion Energy, will begin at 11:00am at the trail head located in BFF’s STEAM Zone (Compton Gardens.) Partners BikeNWA and BeaverWater District will guide riders to Bella Vista Lake along the beautiful Razorback Regional Greenway Trail. We encourage locals to BYO Bikes and a limited number of bikes will be available for visitors on a first come, first serve basis, provided by Kent.