One of Northwest Arkansas’ most anticipated midsummer events is back! The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks will transform into an exciting land of imagination for the 2017 Firefly Fling on Saturday, July 15, from 6 to 10 pm.

May, 2017 Marketing Manager

Exciting new art is coming to Northwest Arkansas this summer, as Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville prepares to feature work by American sculptor Dale Chihuly.

While Chihuly works mostly with glass, he is also known for using a variety of mediums, including ice, paint and neon. His works will be featured inside the museum’s temporary exhibition gallery as well as outside in the beautiful woods of the Ozarks. Tickets range from $10 to $20 and can be purchased in advance on the Crystal Bridges website.

Northwest Arkansas Pride, the largest LGBTQ Pride celebration in Arkansas, will be held virtually on Friday, June 26.

While Cinco de Mayo is officially the celebration of a Mexican military victory, in the United States we celebrate Mexican-American culture and fabulous Mexican food.

In Fayetteville, many folks look to the restaurants serving mouthwatering Mexican food every day. We have dozens of fantastic local restaurants that serve everything from Tex- Mex to regionally authentic cuisine.

Artosphere: Arkansas' Arts and Nature Festival returns June 10 - 29, 2019. The festival, presented by the Walton Arts Center, celebrates artists influenced by nature, who inspire us to live more sustainable lives.

“As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Artosphere Festival in 2019, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of man walking on the moon, we are focusing thematically on space. Since the dawn of time, space has been a source of wonder, innovation, and artistic inspiration for all the world’s people. Further, man’s exploration of space has given us the technology to look back on ourselves and observe both the Earth’s changing ecosystem and our shared humanity. In that Artosphere was designed to explore the intersection of arts + nature, always with an eye toward sustainability, space seems like the perfect theme.” – Scott Galbraith, Vice President of Programming and Executive Producer

Members of the artist group Fenix Fayetteville will present a three-week art exhibition and event series at the historic Walker Stone House in downtown Fayetteville from April 8-29.

Fayetteville, Arkansas is known as a great arts destination with many public works from large murals to little-known gems tucked in the nooks and crannies. We recently wandered around Fayetteville taking in the natural beauty and snapped a few shots of some of our favorite art pieces. If you haven’t explored the art scene in Fayetteville, add it to your bucket list!

First Thursday returns to the downtown square on August 5 for the 2021 season! 

As always, this event is FREE and open to the public. While the season is shortened this year, the event will still celebrate Fayetteville's local arts culture, music, food, and beer! New this year is the Outdoor Refreshment Area! Guests that are 21 and older can sip and stroll their way through the event. 

Check out the themes below! 

August 5 - Dog Daze of Summer

September 2 - Tight Knit

October 7 - Light

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on music lineup and other fun activities happening! Vendor Applications will be available soon.

 

Interested in supporting First Thursday? There are sponsorship opportunities available for the 2021 season. 

Download the Sponsorship packet here to learn more.

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Experience Fayetteville launched in 2013, the Fayetteville Ale Trail – Arkansas’ first craft beer tasting adventure featuring all local breweries and the state’s only cidery. This self-guided tour lets visitors and residents experience local breweries and engage with brewmasters while learning about their craft.

The Fayetteville Ale Trail features 17 stops: Boston Mountain Brewing Co., Bentonville Brewing Co., Bike Rack Brewing Co., Columbus House Brewery., Core Public Houses, Crisis Brewing Company, Eureka Springs Brewery, Fossil Cove Brewing Co., Hawk Moth Brewery, Ivory Bill Brewing, JJ's Beer Garden & Brewing (JBGB), Natural State Beer Company, New Province Brewing Co., Ozark Beer Co., Saddlebock Brewery and West Mountain Brewing Co. and Black Apple Crossing.

September, 2019 Director of Community Engagement

One weekend each fall, Dickson Street starts to rumble as motorcycles descend upon Fayetteville for the annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ motorcycle rally.

The festival began in 2000 as a charity poker run event with more than 200 riders, and has grown rapidly through the years. Today, Bikes, Blues, & BBQ is the world's largest charity motorcycle rally and has donated over $2 million to local charities that assist women, children, and underserved members of the Norwest Arkansas Community.