Nothing says sweet, sweet summertime in Fayetteville, Arkansas like the Gulley Park Summer Concert Series. Gathering a perfect cross-section of the community in one of the city’s most-loved parks, the multi-show lineup provides free live music representing a range of genres. Keeping the fun going until the sun goes down, all concerts are held on Thursday evenings at the Gulley Park gazebo, and feature a food truck rally to help satisfy hungry bellies.
Attendees are encouraged to bring lounge chairs or picnic blankets to add to the patchwork of comfortable spots to enjoy the tunes. Well-behaved, leashed furry friends are welcome, too.
We might be a little biased, but we do believe it would be extraordinarily difficult to find a more stunningly beautiful bike trail than the one located in the Kessler Mountain Regional Park. Considered one of the premier natural areas in Northwest Arkansas, the park incorporates an impressive section of Ozark forest that has been established as a nature preserve to protect the mountain’s diverse wildlife and plants.
JBGB, a literal playground for adults that happens to serve house-brewed frosty beverages and all manner of tasty bar food, is also fully committed to bringing the people to the party all summer long with an outstanding free concert series. VIP tickets for each show are available for purchase; visit the JBGB website for information about times and pricing at thejbgb.com/fsc.
If you’re wondering where to find the prettiest spots in town, one location that easily lands near or at the very top of anyone’s list is the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. There are countless reasons to make frequent visits to this Fayetteville gem, with its twelve themed gardens and the region’s only butterfly house—but you might not realize one of the best excuses to come to the BGO is for the fun and FREE Terrific Tuesday Nights that take place throughout the summer season.
Open to the public at no charge on Tuesday evenings during the months of June through August, the garden staff welcomes the community to family-friendly programming to celebrate beautiful summer nights. The gate is open from 5 to 8 p.m., and evenings featuring concerts wrap up at or before 9 p.m.
If you’re a seasoned art lover and connoisseur—or perhaps you’re a curious newcomer to visual arts appreciation—a stop at the Fenix Fayetteville home gallery is a great place to enjoy a range of creative expression by a community of talented artists. The juried artistic standards at Fenix are high and the perspectives are fresh, both in the exhibition gallery and the studio space where member artists regularly hold classes and workshops for all ages.
Throughout the months of June and July 2019, Fenix presents “Our Universe,” an artistic response to the Walton Art Center’s Artosphere Festival theme of Space. The public is cordially invited to visit a special gallery exhibition and view temporary installations, as well as take part in workshops, attend readings and hear unique musical performances. Here are a few highlights, and more events will be announced, so be sure to check the festival webpage for evolving details.
PIE. A simple, unassuming little word—yet the very mention of it conjures up such happy emotion! Meringue, cream, fruit, chocolate, crisp, nut, silk, caramel and even savory…do you lean toward a perfect flaky crust, perhaps the classic graham cracker or, dare we say it, fried into a heavenly, crunchy packet of goodness? We could argue for days about which is the best, but that would be precious time lost when considering how many glorious pie options exist for the tasting in Fayetteville. Here are a few for you to conquer:
Craft beer culture and the rise of microbreweries in Fayetteville is definitely not a passing phase. Just within the confines of the city itself you’ll find several breweries and their public taprooms with atmospheres exhibiting personalities as distinct and diverse as the beers they produce.
It’s impossible to choose a favorite, so we humbly suggest you try them all. If you do see an exploratory brewery adventure in your future, make sure to check out the Fayetteville Ale Trail, Arkansas’ original craft beer tour of Northwest Arkansas. Get your passport to collect stamps from 15 stops, and you’ll receive a prize. Here are the first six locations to get you started…Salut! Prost! Slaynt! Cheers!
A wise woman (Bo Derek) was attributed with saying, “Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping.” Lucky for you, Fayetteville is full of great clothing boutiques with excellent customer service, careful attention to current fashion trends, and selections for all ages in a variety of budget ranges.
The Northwest Arkansas region is home to a rapidly growing fashion industry, thanks in part to an excellent apparel studies program at the University of Arkansas and the biannual NWA Fashion Week—a dynamic organization with a mission of highlighting fashion trends, local brands and up-and-coming designers.
When the summer swelter threatens to drag you down but the idea of just lounging around in the air conditioning to cool down holds no appeal, Fayetteville offers a number of great ways to refresh your mind and body.
Some of us are just made to search out the hidden treasures, whether we’re looking for something very specific or we’re simply hoping to be inspired by that unique, one-of-a-kind item we can’t live without. Whether you’re a first-time secondhand shopper or avid about antiquing, Fayetteville offers an array of great shops ranging from highly curated to glorious jumbles of kitsch.
Get Your Search On!