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.
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.
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 Fayetteville tradition of Razor Run continues on Sunday, October 6.
One hallmark of a vibrant arts community is the presence of a thriving symphony orchestra—and Fayetteville, Arkansas has been home to the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas for 65 outstanding seasons of concert performance. Founded in 1954, SoNA is a resident company of the Walton Arts Center and presents classical and pops performances to tens of thousands of audience members each year. The symphony is under the baton of conductor and SoNA music director Paul Haas, also an accomplished composer and graduate of Yale University and The Julliard School.
A venture to Terra Studios on any given day is a memorable exploration of art and whimsy, a chance to tap into imagination and creativity in a beautiful, lushly wooded setting just waiting for discovery. On Sunday, September 8, the six-acre Art Park at Terra Studios comes even more alive for the annual Fall Music and Art Festival, where visitors will find hours of fantastic indoors and outdoors fun for every age.
The 4th annual International Festival returns to the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks on Sunday, September 15 from 2 to 6 p.m.
Northwest Arkansas is home to an incredible range of outdoor options for the active lifestyle enthusiast, boasting scenic highways and trails for every cycling and running skill level—lined with the lush foliage that has earned Arkansas its nickname, The Natural State. One of the many options designed to challenge and engage athletes in the region is the R.A.P.T.O.R. Adventure Series, a collection of road cycling, off-road cycling and running events with unique formats and challenges in Fayetteville, Arkansas. One of the series events, R.A.P.T.O.R. Gravel Grinder, will take place Saturday, November 23, 2019.
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