The blooms of spring and consistently warm weather are coming in swiftly, which could only mean one thing. It’s time to shake off those winter blahs and set your sights on a perfect springtime weekend getaway in Fayetteville!
With a seemingly endless amount of things to do, from outdoor activities to festivals to patio nightlife, you need to make plans to enjoy the amazing weather and fun in the Ozarks. Here are a few of our favorites, but believe us … this is only the beginning.
Hit the Trails
Fayetteville’s temperate climate means its outdoor offerings can be enjoyed all year, but springtime is always a favorite for visitors, as the Ozarks blossom and everything turns green and comes to life. One of the most popular things to do is enjoying the city’s extensive trail system. Fayetteville is home to more than 40 miles of paved and natural trails, so whether you’re looking to road cycle or mountain bike, go for a walk or hike, we’ve got you covered.
The most famous trail in Northwest Arkansas is the Razorback Regional Greenway, a 36-mile biking and pedestrian trail that starts in south Fayetteville and ends near Bella Vista. It connects an incredible number of public spaces – shopping areas, art and entertainment venues, historic sites, parks, playgrounds, the University of Arkansas campus and more – allowing people to forgo their cars and use the Greenway as a way to move around in Fayetteville.
Don’t forget the other renowned trail in Northwest Arkansas - the Fayetteville Ale Trail, a collection of breweries (and a cidery!) that give visitors a glimpse into the unique craft brewery culture of Northwest Arkansas. Pick up a passport at the Fayetteville Visitor Center and enjoy collecting all the brewery stamps along the way on this self-guided tour.
Celebrate with Everyone
With more than 180 festivals throughout the year, Northwest Arkansas is the place to be for community celebrations. And when you’re celebrating with us in Fayetteville, you’re one of us!
In April, the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks hosts their annual Earth Day Festival. This outdoor event includes family-friendly activities, crafts, music, games, and giveaways, while guests explore six cultivated acres of springtime garden beauty. In May, come visit most anytime to enjoy the events of the Artosphere Arts + Nature Festival. Presented annually by the Walton Arts Center, the Artosphere Festival celebrates art, music and nature with a mix of free and paid performances, activities and events for the whole family all throughout the month! In June, the streets of downtown Fayetteville are filled with all the celebration of NWA Pride. It’s Arkansas’ largest LGBTQ pride celebration, and the parade is one of the largest community celebrations of the entire year.
Of course, this is just a taste of the celebrations happening this spring! Make sure to keep an eye on our frequently updated events calendar for upcoming events.
Patio Play Time
Don’t lie, you’re dying to enjoy some “patio weather” and all the good things that come with it, like live music, drink specials and, eventually, shorts! Fayetteville has long been considered the entertainment headquarters of the region, and a huge reason is Dickson Street, the epicenter of fun for people throughout Northwest Arkansas. Dickson Street is home to many of Fayetteville’s unique restaurants, bars and live-music venues, so it’s a guaranteed good time for everyone.
A great spot to post up is The Amendment. While its old night club feel and classic décor are a treat themselves, you’ll like the rooftop patio even more! For some non-alcoholic options, drop by Puritan Coffee & Beer to enjoy their airy patio and the food trucks stationed on site. Venture a little further downtown to enjoy patios and curated drinks at The Commons or Maxine’s Tap Room!
There are a few events that happen in Fayetteville year after year and just continue to get better! Beginning in April, you can find the Fayetteville Farmers Market out on the historic downtown square each Saturday through November. The market features a hyper-local selection of produce, baked goods, and deli items, plus live music on every corner, a rotating selection of food trucks and community groups, and tons of folks and their furry friends all around the square! In May, Fayetteville will host the Square 2 Square Bike Ride - an easygoing community bike ride for all abilities - and the Joe Martin Stage Race - a road cycling race celebrating its 45th anniversary in Fayetteville this year. May also brings the return of First Thursday to the square, a monthly themed block party hosted by Experience Fayetteville for the community each month through October.