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Firefly Fling


Images courtesy of Capture Me Photography by Nicole

Saturday, July 16  |  5 – 10 pm

Garden magic, fairies, fire dancing and a LASER LIGHT SHOW!  The fun of the Firefly Fling Festival returns to the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks on Saturday, July 16, 2022!  Each year, thousands of families from Northwest Arkansas and beyond gather at the Garden for one of Northwest Arkansas’ most anticipated mid-summer events.

Come dressed as your favorite fairy or woodland creature. Before dark, community groups will offer engaging and fun activities like fairy house building, nature stations, face painting, giant bubbles, an obstacle course and more! There will be pony rides, a live mermaid, fairy, pirate and unicorn, plus butterfly stilt walkers roaming the grounds.  Please note, the fairy, pirate and mermaid will be present only from 6-8 pm only.

Cellist Auralai will play under the arbor starting at 5 pm.  Jennifer Brinkley will have a story time featuring live animals for the littlest fireflies at 5:45. Then, beginning at 6:30, children’s musician Katie Dwyer will perform an interactive concert for kids, followed by the Melody Pond Band at 7:45.  JukeBoxx will take the arbor stage at 8:45.  A fire dancing and laser light show finale will end the night!

Guests may bring blankets and lawn chairs. Inside the Garden, Simple + Sweet Creamery, Jarabes Tapatios USA (shaved ice) and Pedal Pops will be selling cold treats.  Vendors selling hot food will be set up in the parking lot.  They include Smōk’d TX BBQ, The Smackin’ Shack, Wicked Wood Fired Pizza and Flavorful Kettle Corn.  Eden’s Flower Truck will also be located in the parking lot offering flower crown making.

This year we are partnering with Kindness & Joy Toys for our Firefly Shoppe!  The presale will be held Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 15 at their location at 100 E. Joyce Boulevard in Fayetteville.  They’ll have fairy wings, tutus, wands, swords, capes, glow sticks and other festival items for sale.  The Firefly Shoppe will also be set up in the Garden on the night of the event.

Save money by purchasing your tickets in advance! Online ticket sales will close at noon on July 16.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 0-13. Tickets at the gate will be $20 for adults and $10 for children 0-13. Tickets are nonrefundable.

ONLINE TICKET SALES HAVE NOW ENDED. Tickets will be available at the gate for $20/adults and $10/children ages 0-13.


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