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Bentonville FIlm Festival kicks off this week. Aside from celebrity watching, enjoying great music, and catching a wide range of featured films, here are some free family events you won’t want to miss!
Daily outdoor screenings will be shown in Lawrence Plaza at A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN BALLPARK THEATER, presented by Sony Pictures and Orville Redenbacher’s.
Wednesday, May 3: 12:30 p.m. – “Mom’s Night Out”
4:00 p.m. – “Annie”
7:00 p.m. – “Room”
Thursday, May 4: 2:00 p.m. – “Smurfs 1”
4:30 p.m. – “Mom’s Night Out”
7:00 p.m. – “Karate Kid (2010)”
Friday, May 5: 10:00 a.m. – “Miracles From Heaven”
1:30 p.m. – “Stuart Little”
4:30 p.m. – Warner Bros. Project
7:00 p.m. – “A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN”
Saturday, May 6: 9:00 a.m. – “Spiderman 1”
11:00 a.m. – “Spiderman 2”
1:30 p.m. – “Spiderman 3”
Sponsor Village, located in Compton Gardens at Northeast 3rd Street, where the BFF sponsors have brought together fun and engaging activities for all ages.
Come by the STEAM Room by Samsung, which is an educational and interactive area for families to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.
The INsideOUT Lounge where brands highlight products that nourish the body, mind and spirit.
The BFF Studio Lounge, backed by Anderson Merchandisers, is an up-close, hands-on invitation into the exciting world of big-budget Hollywood blockbusters from studios like Disney, Warner Bros, Universal and 20th Century Fox, coming to theaters and Walmart shelves this summer.
Dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be awaiting your arrival at Pet Village, sponsored by Mars Petcare. Come by and fall in love with your new furry BFF. Local animal shelters will have adoptable pets looking for forever homes. Every adopted pet will receive a free pet costume provided by Rubie’s Costume Company.
Hours for Sponsor Village are:
Wednesday, May 3, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday, May 4, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, May 5, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Vudu Lounge, located in the Arvest Community Room on Legion Lane: At Vudu, we believe in the power of movies. Come by the Vudu Lounge and discover how we’re bringing magic to movie night with free movies, VR + 3D, mobile app disc to digital conversion and 4K UHD cinematic experiences! There will be a free double feature screening of “Underworld: Blood Wars” beginning at 10 p.m. and “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” at midnight on Thursday, May 4.
On Saturday, May 6, bring the kids to KidsFest sponsored by Peekaboo Magazine, where they can enjoy pony rides, snow cones, arts and crafts, putt-putt golf, mechanical bull rides, bounce house and other family-fun activities.
Tickets for Showcase films are free. Space is limited, so reserve your tickets today. Find a listing of Showcase films and reserve tickets at www.bentonvillefilmfestival.com.
First Friday – 25th Anniversary “A League of Their Own“ Screening
On the first Friday of every month, Bentonville Square is transformed into a themed community block party with live music, outstanding food and family friendly activities. Join BFF Friday, May 5, as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of “A League of Their Own” with a special, free outdoor screening beginning at 7 p.m. in Lawrence Plaza at A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN BALLPARK THEATER presented by Sony.