All things pop culture fandom will be front and center in Fayetteville, Arkansas as the city plays host to the FAYAR Comic Show. This first-ever convention will introduce an exciting two-day lineup of famous special guests and memorable experiences for fans of comics, sci-fi, anime and horror—complete with celebrity autograph and photo sessions, live panels, incredible cosplayers and even the opportunity to commission new art from phenomenal comics artists.
It simply wouldn’t be the Holiday Season in Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas without the 65-year old Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) and its powerful annual performances of both sacred and secular holiday music.
Under the baton of conductor and music director Paul Haas, the orchestra takes the stage with the SoNA Singers and special guest soloists, along with area high school and collegiate choruses to perform A Very SoNA Christmas.
We can practically hear those jingling sleigh bells, just thinking about all of the wonderful holiday performing arts programming that’s coming to Fayetteville this December, thanks to the Walton Arts Center. Every year crowds of families and friends plan much-anticipated trips to the WAC’s state of the art venue to make a variety of outstanding productions part of their celebrations of the special season. The 2019 line up of live performance and family movie screenings is designed to please all ages.
Fayetteville continues to embrace emerging modes of transportation for locals and visitors alike.
Fayetteville is set to host the annual US Trail Running Conference on Oct. 21-24, 2020.
November is a fantastic month for art exhibitions on the historic Fayetteville Square, with a series of exhibits showing in the Art Ventures gallery throughout the month. The gallery is home to the Art Ventures organization, with a mission of promoting visual arts through collaboration, working to the highest standards, encouraging education and public engagement in the arts and providing accessibility to underrepresented communities.
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.
The happy hour scene is a way of life in Fayetteville, Arkansas and the options for where to gather for everything from a simple ice-cold draught to gourmet-in-a-glass are many and varied. We can’t begin to name all of the fantastic independent places to try, but this list of a few crowd favorites spans every taste or mood—from casual to upscale. (Can you say time for an epic pub crawl??)
A fun way of tapping into the true Fayetteville vibe has hit lucky number seven this year, with all of the luck being shared among a few fantastic nonprofits and all of the folks who decide to attend one or all of Pack Rat Outdoor Center’s Pint Night series. In 2012, the expert team at Pack Rat decided to create a great reason to gather, with a shared vision of connecting people while building up and fostering the local community.
There’s no shortage of year-round running, cycling and multi-sport races in Fayetteville, Arkansas to give active lifestyle lovers a chance to hit the city’s beautiful trails with plenty of other likeminded enthusiasts. However, when the race takes place during one of the prettiest times of year in one of the region’s most gorgeous locations—AND the event is designed for runners and walkers of all ages and abilities—taking part is a must.
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