August, 2017 Director of Marketing & Communications

Locations for the upcoming public art installation, Green Candy, have been announced. International and local artists will be transforming four sites around downtown Fayetteville into works of art.

Experience Fayetteville is presenting the event and appointed global creative house Justkids to curate Green Candy, an art action aimed to create community conversations around waste and sustainability through engaging art projects.

Fayetteville has long been the artistic epicenter of Northwest Arkansas, thanks in large part to the University of Arkansas, which — as the state’s oldest and largest college campus — has influenced Arkansas culture since its founding in 1871.

Every fall, Razorback fans travel to Fayetteville to watch the Hogs play football. College game day is a staple of American culture, especially in the South and SEC, but the weekend fun is much more than a Saturday battle on the gridiron. Besides tailgating and cheering at Reynolds Razorback Stadium, here are some of the most popular traditions and things to do Friday through Sunday while in Fayetteville for a football game.

July, 2017 Director of Marketing & Communications

Just Kids and Experience Fayetteville are currently accepting proposals from Fayetteville-based artists (artists either residing in or actively involved in the Fayetteville art community) to participate in a public art event to be held during the final week of August 2017 by creating original artwork (sculpture, installation, mural).

Date: June 2-5

The University of Arkansas Razorbacks are hosting one of the NCAA Regional Tournaments in Fayetteville this coming weekend as part of the Division I Baseball Championship. Missouri State University, Oklahoma State University and Oral Roberts University will be coming to town to compete against the Hogs for a spot in the College World Series in Omaha.

With each team guaranteed to play both Friday and Saturday, and possibly Sunday and Monday, many fans will be staying in Fayetteville until their team’s season ends — or until they head to the Super Regionals June 9-12.

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

Did you know that Experience Fayetteville has a store and information center? The Fayetteville Visitors Center,  located on the Downtown Square at 21 S. Block, is the go-to supplier of insider information for exploring the area.

Fayetteville is the entertainment headquarters of the region and the Downtown and Dickson Street areas serve as the epicenter. Dickson Street is home to many of the unique boutiques, galleries, bars and restaurants that Fayetteville offers.

Discover the eclectic sounds of Fayetteville at one of the many bars and restaurants offering live music almost every night of the week. From dancing to shooting pool, there is something for everyone’s tastes.

Enjoy the amazing winter wonderland of lights on the Downtown Square beginning with the Lights of the Ozarks lighting ceremony! Celebrate with us virtually Friday, November 20th as we flip the switch! 

The lights illuminate the square each evening from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. and remain on through January 1, 2021.  Winter treats, hot cocoa, and festive music make the Lights of the Ozarks an event that cannot be missed.

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 the music lineup and other fun activities happening! 

Vendor Applications
Vendor Applications are now OPEN! We encourage ALL creatives to apply! Whether it's your first time having a booth or you've been selling your work for years, we like to keep costs low. We do not collect any percentage of your sales so you can continue to have an impactful community presence in Fayetteville.

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