Oh, lovely Thai food, that beautifully balanced, tantalizing combination of salty, sweet, sour and bitter...ranging from sinus-clearing spicy to delicately flavored. Thai meals are made for group sharing and experimenting with wonderful fresh flavors—plus any leftovers only improve overnight for a next-day snack. Fayetteville is full of authentic Thai restaurants to satisfy even the most seasoned (pun intended) foodie, and we’ve got several to recommend.
Art Ventures, a dynamic visual arts gallery committed to collaboration with the community and supporting artists working to the highest standards, is showcasing beautiful exhibitions in June and July. In keeping with the organization’s mission to provide accessibility to under-represented communities, these exhibitions offer diverse viewpoints through the work of Brazilian artist Eloa Jane Pereira and a range of pieces created by multiple Islamic artists.
Fayetteville has long enjoyed a reputation of offering some solid dining options for those who embrace a plant-based diet. While most local restaurants do offer or are willing to adapt their offerings to include vegetarian or vegan fare, there are a number of independent kitchens that really show the veggie love.
If you’re wondering where to find the prettiest spots in town, one location that easily lands near or at the very top of anyone’s list is the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. There are countless reasons to make frequent visits to this Fayetteville gem, with its twelve themed gardens and the region’s only butterfly house—but you might not realize one of the best excuses to come to the BGO is for the fun and FREE Terrific Tuesday Nights that take place throughout the summer season.
Open to the public at no charge on Tuesday evenings during the months of June through August, the garden staff welcomes the community to family-friendly programming to celebrate beautiful summer nights. The gate is open from 5 to 8 p.m., and evenings featuring concerts wrap up at or before 9 p.m.
If you’re a seasoned art lover and connoisseur—or perhaps you’re a curious newcomer to visual arts appreciation—a stop at the Fenix Fayetteville home gallery is a great place to enjoy a range of creative expression by a community of talented artists. The juried artistic standards at Fenix are high and the perspectives are fresh, both in the exhibition gallery and the studio space where member artists regularly hold classes and workshops for all ages.
Throughout the months of June and July 2019, Fenix presents “Our Universe,” an artistic response to the Walton Art Center’s Artosphere Festival theme of Space. The public is cordially invited to visit a special gallery exhibition and view temporary installations, as well as take part in workshops, attend readings and hear unique musical performances. Here are a few highlights, and more events will be announced, so be sure to check the festival webpage for evolving details.
There are a handful of true institutions which contribute substantially more than their share to help keep the funky in Fayetteville—and one of those places is Flying Possum Leather. Established in 1976, this wonderful shop is committed to creating and selling custom items at a time when mass production has nearly overtaken the artistry and craftsmanship of handmade leather work.
Tucked right next to a quiet stretch of the Frisco Trail just a few steps from the bustle of Dickson Street, you’ll find a unique collection of spaces for makers and artists to do their work. Located in an old converted warehouse and Quonset hut alongside a narrow section of urban woodland, Trailside Village is a haven for creativity in a wonderfully walkable area of the city.
Craft beer culture and the rise of microbreweries in Fayetteville is definitely not a passing phase. Just within the confines of the city itself you’ll find several breweries and their public taprooms with atmospheres exhibiting personalities as distinct and diverse as the beers they produce.
It’s impossible to choose a favorite, so we humbly suggest you try them all. If you do see an exploratory brewery adventure in your future, make sure to check out the Fayetteville Ale Trail, Arkansas’ original craft beer tour of Northwest Arkansas. Get your passport to collect stamps from 15 stops, and you’ll receive a prize. Here are the first six locations to get you started…Salut! Prost! Slaynt! Cheers!
Some of us are just made to search out the hidden treasures, whether we’re looking for something very specific or we’re simply hoping to be inspired by that unique, one-of-a-kind item we can’t live without. Whether you’re a first-time secondhand shopper or avid about antiquing, Fayetteville offers an array of great shops ranging from highly curated to glorious jumbles of kitsch.
Fayetteville arts organization and local gallery Art Ventures, in partnership with the Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center at the University of Arkansas, presents visual arts exhibition “Islamic Art in Context” through May 18, 2019.
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