Weekender

To many Arkansans, nothing says romance like cheese, wine and murder. Toss a little R&B into the mix, and you’ve got yourself the perfect Valentine’s Day weekend.

THURSDAY

Missed the memo on Halloween? No worries –– spooky season is back for one night only at Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale. NWA residents can put their sleuthing skills to the test at a Friday-the-13th-themed murder mystery dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and include dinner. Tickets and the dinner menu are available online.

FRIDAY

If charcuterie is your langue de l’amour, try your hand at fondue making from 6-8 p.m. at Sweet Freedom Cheese in Bentonville. Cheese expert Jessica Keahey will impart her knowledge of all-things Alpine cheese, and the fondue fanatics will ‘due what they ‘due. Tickets for two are available online.

Valentine’s Day may be a heart-centered holiday, but soul will take the spotlight at the Love Music Lounge R&B party at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Downtown Bentonville, featuring Little Rock-based musical guests Bijoux and the Rodney Block Collective. Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door.

If abstract painting gets you in your feels, you won’t want to miss out on a couples’ fluid art party from 8-11 p.m. at Rogers Experimental House. The painting session will be preceded by alcohol, romantic tunes and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets, available online, are $65 per couple and include all supplies.

Couples wanting to go the more classic route can enjoy a five-course meal at Sassafras Springs Vineyard’s annual Valentine's dinner, complete with wine-tasting flights and slow dances to a 16-piece jazz band. Tickets are $80 online and must be purchased in advance.

SATURDAY

Grab your honey and vibe with Honey Collective, opening for Brother Moses with the Pressure Kids at Bike Rack Brewing Co. in Springdale. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets, which include two drink vouchers, are $15 online.

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