Weekender

The unseasonable December weather might not be very reflective of the holiday season, but with the last week of school coming to an end and finals week on the horizon, there is no shortage of festive events in Northwest Arkansas this weekend.

FRIDAY

Jazz singer Samara Joy will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday as part of the Walton Arts Center’s Starrlight Jazz Club Series. The performance will also feature the Pasquale Grasso Trio. Tickets and more information can be found on the Walton Arts Center’s website.

SATURDAY

The Little Craft Show takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in downtown Springdale. Consumers can purchase homemade gifts at indie craft booths and view art installations. Event coordinators are encouraging attendees to shop small and local for the holidays. The event is free and open to the public. More information about the small businesses vending at the fair can is available on The Little Craft Show’s website.

For those searching for a more relaxing, sophisticated activity, the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas will be performing at the Walton Arts Center on Saturday. During two showtimes, the symphony will perform A Very SoNA Christmas, featuring holiday favorites accompanied by the SoNA singers, guest soloists and local choruses. One performance will be at 2 p.m. and the other at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and more information can be found on the Walton Arts Center website.

Fayetteville Parks and Recreation will host its first festive White Elephant 5k run/walk race this Saturday. The race will pass by several city landmarks including Wilson Park, Dickson Street and Old Main Lawn. Individuals wishing to participate can register online here. The registration fee is $25 for adults and $10 for those under 15. Participants will receive an event T-shirt and finisher medal. The race starts at 8 a.m. at the Downtown Fayetteville Square.

SUNDAY

The Razorback women’s basketball team plays against Little Rock at 4 p.m. in Bud Walton Arena. Arkansas is ranked No. 10 in the Southeastern Conference, while Little Rock remains unranked. Students can get in free to the game with a UA student ID.

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