No matter how you celebrate love or who you celebrate it with, Fayetteville has many opportunities to fall in love with our city next month. We hope you find ways to treat yourself to rich local tastes, check out the local art scene and dance the night away. Here are some of our suggestions:
Frost Fest is set to take place on Saturday, February 4 from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. in Fayetteville, AR and it’s an outdoor beer festival that you won’t want to miss! The festival features over 25 breweries, some of which are on the Fayetteville Ale Trail, as well as other breweries from Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. It is a great chance to come out and taste local brews that you may not have had before and to connect with brew masters. You can see a list of participating breweries here.
The largest New Year’s eve festival in Arkansas will return to downtown Fayetteville for the 6th annual night of celebration. The festival boasts 8 stages of entertainment featuring live music, comedy, theatre, dance, kids performances, comedy, circus acts and more. See the full lineup of acts below!This year’s “Hog Drop” tradition will continue with a new 8.5 ft silver hog sculpture [made by artist Mike Davis] as attendees count down to midnight. The firework finale to follow is a show that you won’t want to miss!
There are so many opportunities to shop local this holiday season in Fayetteville, AR and most of our shops have open houses and holiday specials just for you. These eclectic local places go above and beyond to make your shopping experience a special and enjoyable time. Aside from Lights of the Ozarks, here are some of our new favorite traditions: 1. Oh Local Night – Downtown Shopping December 1 | 5 p.m. Oh Local night is put on by Block Street Businesses in our downtown district and is the perfect place to shop and see the Lights of the Ozarks! Over 25 local businesses will open their doors with libations, snacks and sales! If you bring a receipt from one of these local businesses, it will get you 10% off at your next stop.
It might be warm outside but it’s almost time for the holidays! Come kick off the holiday season by experiencing Fayetteville’s unique Lights of the Ozarks festival. A winter wonderland, Lights of the Ozarks illuminates all downtown Fayetteville. The festival kicks off with just a flip of the switch by Mayor Jordan on Friday, November 18 at 6 p.m. and festivities continue with the lightning night parade.
The Walton Arts Center is almost ready to unveil their new space to the public! This $23 million renovation plan has been a large project extending the facility by adding an extra 30,000 square feet, modifying some of the theaters, upgrading backstage spaces and giving the outside of the building a more modern feel. These additions will greatly enhance the theater experience here in Fayetteville as the Walton Art Center remains an anchor in the downtown entertainment district. The grand opening celebration will take place on November 19 with a series of events that are free and open to the public.
In the last few years, First Thursday Fayetteville has become a highly anticipated, must-see monthly event drawing more than 15,000 people downtown throughout the season. On the first Thursday of each month from April to October, First Thursday Fayetteville transforms the city’s historic Downtown Square into a vibrant arts district, featuring the work of more than 40 visual artists, live music, street performers, food and drink, and children’s activities. The upcoming First Thursday, on October 6, will round out the end of the 2016 season with some great musical acts and activities, celebrating the cool fall weather.
If you hear a roar coming through the mountains that’s not thunder, it’s the 17th annual The Bikes Blues and BBQ® Motorcycle Rally coming to Fayetteville and surrounding cities in Northwest Arkansas from Wednesday, Sept. 21- Saturday Sept. 24. If you haven’t ever been, you will love riding through the Ozark scenery, joining in on one big party, and raising money for great causes. If you have come before, it will be just as much fun as last time.