Events

With more than 180 festivals throughout the year, Fayetteville allows visitors to experience the city’s unique taste and culture.
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The Joe Martin Gran Fondo, taking place May 30, is a one-day cycling event for amateurs who would like to experience part of the same courses as the pros, but who do not want to live life on the edge — at least not for their day job!

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  • Event date Saturday, 30 May 2020

The Joe Martin Stage Race, one of the top professional and amateur road cycling stage races in the nation, returns to Fayetteville, Arkansas April 2-5th, 2020. In its 43rd year, the Joe Martin Stage Race is the second oldest continually held cycling stage race in the country.

Over 4 days, a hundred professional and elite amateur road cycling teams from around the globe gather in Fayetteville for a series of race stages. Rooted in the Ozark Mountains, an expansive road network of quality pavement, diverse topography, and sweeping scenery shapes each stage. The energy culminates for the final stage – the spectator-friendly Experience Fayetteville Criterium on the streets of Historic Downtown Fayetteville. 

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  • Event date Thursday, 02 April 2020

Fayetteville's Alfie-award-winning convention inspired by all things wizards, witches, magic, and fantastical creatures in pop culture known as Wizard Way of the Ozarks (formerly DiaCON Alley) is back for its 3rd year! Returning to the Fayetteville Town Center on March 21-22, 2020, guests can plan on celebrating favorite magical literary characters and the worlds surrounding them through a fun festival of spellbinding proportions.

A Merchant Alley will feature the weird and wonderful works of local artisans and don't forget to take a break to enjoy magically themed foods both inside and outside the event. Be entered to win a grand prize, get sorted, collect points for door prizes, and participate in interactive opportunities such as photo ops, a disgusting jelly bean challenge, magical item scavenger hunt, costume contest, wizard duels, and even a wizard themed escape room! The event will also feature discussion panels, gaming rooms, entrancing shows and more.

This year's proceeds will benefit Asbell Elementary - a school in the Fayetteville Public School district with the most Title I students.

Tickets will go on sale starting January 26, 2020. Click here for more information on Wizard Way of the Ozarks and follow their Facebook event page for news and updates.

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  • Event date Saturday, 21 March 2020

The organizers of this quintessential Fayetteville, Arkansas event aren’t kidding around about embracing the toast of “To your health!” Combining the pleasure of great craft beer consumption with the solid benefits of outdoor exercise, the Nutty Runner 5K features a tasty pint of Columbus House Brewery’s popular Nutty Runner Nut Brown Ale at every mile marker and at the finish.

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  • Event date Saturday, 14 March 2020

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.

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  • Event date Saturday, 29 February 2020