Ten things to do in NWA and River Valley this weekend (Feb. 9-11)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — There are plenty of Super Bowl and Mardi Gras events taking place in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley this weekend.

The Arkansas Black Film and Music Expo is back for its third year. The two-day event celebrates Black music and culture and will be held on Friday and Saturday at Fayetteville Town Center. Tickets range from $50 to $75 and can be found here.

Special Olympic Arkansas will host its Beaver Lake Polar Plunge on Saturday at the Prairie Creek Recreation/Swim Area. On-site registration starts at 10 a.m. and the plunge will begin at 11 a.m. The minimum to take the plunge is $50, according to SOA. For more information, click here.

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The City of Fort Smith’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade will be held on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in downtown Fort Smith. The parade was originally scheduled for January but was moved due to weather. Traffic may be affected along Garrison Avenue, according to Fort Smith police.

The Arkansas men’s basketball team returns to Bud Walton Arena for the first time in two weeks to face Georgia. Limited tickets are available. The game is at 5 p.m. and if you can’t make it to BWA, SEC Network will show the game.

Main Street Siloam Springs will host a Cookie Palooza on Saturday afternoon at The Brick Ballroom. Bakers from around the area will participate in Siloam’s Great Cookie Bake-Off from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets for the event are sold out.

Best Friends Animal Society will be hosting a Puppy Bowl Watch Party from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday at their Resource Center. BFAS will be cheering on one of their own Puppy Bowl players, Sonny on Team Ruff, as they take on Team Fluff. The event is free to attend. BFAS is also waiving adoption fees through Feb. 14.

The Fayetteville Mardi Gras Parade will be taking over downtown Fayetteville on Saturday. At 2 p.m., costumes, floats, and beads will be making their way through Dickson Street. The family-friendly parade will start on the Historic Downtown Square, head down Block Avenue and then Dickson Street.

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Rendezvous Junction Brewing Co. and Delta Crawfish-NWA will be hosting a Mardi Gras Party starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Attendees can enjoy music, gumbo, king cake, Delta Crawfish, and Los Compas food. Rendezvous says yellow, green and/or purple outfits are encouraged at this event.

Showings of the “What the Constitution Means to Me” program continue at TheaterSquared in Fayetteville. The program runs through March 3. For more information on ticket prices and the program, click here.

Country musician Tracy Byrd will be at Temple Live in Fort Smith at 8 p.m. on Friday. Ticket prices range between $40 and $59. For more information, click here.

To stay on top of everything happening in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley, check out our Community Calendar.

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