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.
Fayetteville’s beautiful trail system will be home to the 2019 Ladies DU Fayetteville, a 15-mile duathlon open to women of all ages. Organized by Fayetteville Parks and Recreation and taking place Sunday, June 9, 2019, hundreds of participants will run two miles, bicycle eleven miles and then finish with another two-mile run on popular sections of the city’s fully paved trails.
Just like the changing of the clocks for the beginning of Daylight Savings and the celebrated immergence of dogwood and redbud trees throughout the Ozarks, there are a few happy reminders that spring has fully taken hold in Northwest Arkansas. One of those seasonal rites is the annual Spring Square 2 Square Bike Ride, a 30-mile cycling celebration on the Razorback Greenway, which starts in Fayetteville and finishes in Bentonville.
When visiting with Fayetteville locals and University of Arkansas graduates of every generation, mention of the “Old Post Office” or the “OPO” brings forth a multitude of memories relating to the vintage 1911 centerpiece of the Historic Fayetteville Square. Since the last mail was delivered from the building in the 1970s and the site was placed on the national register of historic places, the OPO has been a home to an array of businesses and provided a beautiful backdrop to countless photo ops.
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