For those who love the feel of a book in their hands and enjoy lingering over a beautiful turn of phrase, who celebrate witty written dialogue, descriptions and illustrations that transport the reader to another place—we suggest checking out Fayetteville, Arkansas’s True Lit festival. A town that appreciates great literature and considers its public library sacred space, Fayetteville has long been home to talented writers and creatives, not the least of whom have been influenced by or taught fiction, poetry and literary translation in the acclaimed Creative Writing MFA program at the University of Arkansas.
If you’ve not yet been to a performance at the beautiful, world-class Jim & Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center in the fully renovated and converted 1930s University of Arkansas Field House (or even if you have), you may well be enticed by a spectacular artist coming to Fayetteville, Arkansas for a series of fantastic events.
Ask anyone who’s spent at least the span of four seasons in Fayetteville, Arkansas and you’ll inevitably hear that autumn in the Ozarks is essentially unbeatable. We thought we’d take a moment to ask some locals what they love to do when the days get shorter and sweater weather arrives—and how they celebrate fall in ways that can only be found in their fair city up in the hills.
Fayetteville has an authentic, passionate and diverse food culture that reflects the city's personality. From fine dining to food-truck courts, and from gameday staples to new favorites, Fayetteville has a wide variety of culinary options. Whatever you or your crew are hungry for, Fayetteville serves it up.
As you approach the Fayetteville’s 7th Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival, you may have to decide if the best greeting is the sound of lively, irresistible music…or the tantalizing smells of mouth-watering Hispanic cuisine. Either way, we highly suggest making this friendly event for all ages a memorable part of your Friday afternoon on October 11 at 3 p.m.
Frills, frocks and finery will take center stage in Fayetteville, Arkansas as the fall NWA Fashion Week brings a packed schedule of beautiful runway shows to Jett Aircraft at Drake Field—October 3 – 5, 2019.
With a mission of supporting creativity in fashion and style in Northwest Arkansas, the semi-annual NWA Fashion Week has become a highly anticipated part of the region’s must-do events. A series of diverse and exiting runway shows are designed to highlight fashion trends, emerging local brands and up-and-coming designers, as well as display the work of regional stylists, models, designers, photographers and production teams.
Fayetteville, Arkansas has long been considered a hotspot for all types of artists and makers, and a rapidly growing interest in filmmaking has especially emerged in recent years. Whether the passion be for documentaries, short films, full-length feature films or animation, the 11th annual Fayetteville Film Fest is attracting both filmmakers and movie-lovers to town to be immersed in this ever-evolving, increasingly accessible form of creative expression. Happening in the heart of the city’s bustling downtown on the historic Fayetteville Square, the festival is set for October 3 – 5, 2019 with the primary screening location in the Global Campus Theatre at 2 East Center Street.
The instantly recognizable music of Arkansan Johnny Cash did much more than entertain. His deep, resonant voice delivered lyrics that ranged from uplifting to despondent—and at times spoke out about things disenfranchised groups were experiencing in American society.
1968 was a particularly significant year in Cash’s career, beginning with his famous concert performance in the cafeteria of Folsom State Prison, a maximum-security facility near Sacramento, California. Later that year Cash came home to Arkansas, spending time in Fayetteville with Governor Winthrop Rockefeller and performing for crowds anxious to see the famous native son.
It’s not often an artist starts a piece of work with its name, then draws inspiration from those words. A much more typical path is to create and then (sometimes grudgingly) title the art to offer guidance or explanation to the viewer. Fenix Gallery is showcasing a new exhibition that celebrates the former, as they open Good Humor, Recent Works by Jan Gosnell, running through September 28, 2019. An opening reception for the public is scheduled to coincide with Fayetteville First Thursday on September 5.
Whether you’re a hardcore gridiron expert bent on critiquing every play on the field or you’re all-in to continue your family’s generations-long tradition of Razorback sports fandom—or perhaps you’re really just focused on finding the most epic tailgating experience—make no mistake, the University of Arkansas has got serious game when it comes to college football culture. There are plenty of reasons why U.S. News & World Report has repeatedly ranked Fayetteville the best city to live in within the Southeastern Conference and the fourth-best city overall in the entire nation, and the fan experience certainly reflects that.
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