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 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

Fayetteville is set to host the annual Arkansaw High Country Race, a self-supported 1000-mile ultra-endurance gravel bikepacking event, starting from our Downtown Square on Saturday morning, June 6, 2020.

Borrowing from multi-day backcountry hiking or backpacking, bikepacking combines cycling through rugged terrain with minimalist camping.

The Arkansaw High Country Race follows the perimeter of the Arkansas High Country Route. Published in 2019 by the Adventure Cycling Association with support from the Arkansas Parks and Recreation Foundation, the route connects several of the State’s natural divisions in Central and Northwest Arkansas through a series of three gravel and paved road loops.

Starting from Fayetteville, cyclists will traverse the Ozark Mountains east to the Buffalo National River Corridor, and then south into the Arkansas River Valley. From the River Valley, riders dip west through the Ouachita Mountains with sizeable climbs and rollercoaster ridges before climbing back north through the Ozark Mountains to the finish line in Fayetteville. Ultra-endurance athletes from across the country will gather at the Fayetteville Town Center on Friday evening, June 5, 2020, for mandatory pre-race meetings, guest panels, short-films and more – all open to the public.

The Arkansaw High Country Race is scheduled to officially start in front of the Graduate Hotel at 7 am on Saturday, June 6, with a community roll out event — an opportunity for local cyclists to ride with some of the country’s top endurance racers as they make their way out of Fayetteville along the Northwest Arkansas Razorback Greenway.

All racers will be equipped with SPOT personal trackers, a GPS tracking device that uses the Globalstar satellite network, allowing fans to follow their favorite riders along the route in real time (a practice commonly referred to as “dot following”).

Registration for the 2020 Arkansaw High Country Race opened February 15, 2020. Click here for a direct link to register. Additional race information can be found here.

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  • Event date Saturday, 06 June 2020

For all those craft beer lovers out in the world, there’s nothing that warms the heart and soul more on a chilly winter’s day than a gathering of 45 or so breweries from multiple states—all ready to pour samples of their very best products. If this sounds like your version of nirvana, you’ll want to make solid plans to attend Frost Fest 2020 on Saturday, February 1.

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  • Event date Saturday, 01 February 2020

Every season brings new ways to experience the fantastic trail network in Fayetteville, Arkansas and one of the best options to help shake off the inevitable January blues is the 5th Annual Frozen Toes 15K and 5K race on Saturday, January 18 at 9 a.m. Held on the Kessler Mountain Trails, this gorgeous course boasts some seriously awe-inspiring views of the Ozark Mountains and is a perfect option for runners who want to challenge themselves to transition from a 5K or 10K to a bit longer distance.

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  • Event date Saturday, 18 January 2020