While it has quickly become one of the most popular music festivals in Arkansas and the Ozarks, Fayetteville Roots Festival also showcases local food and prides itself on being an urban music and food festival, taking place in one of the top cities in the United States.
The festival showcases the elements that make Fayetteville a beloved cultural hot spot and popular weekend getaway: music, food and community. The festival's motto is “A Mountain Town in its Natural State.”
“An urban festival is unique. Instead of escaping outside of town to an outdoor festival, here you can dive into our city and all it has to offer,” says festival organizers. “Festival patrons have the chance to engage with the Fayetteville Farmers' Market, local shops, local restaurants, local folks and local culture, all while attending a music festival.”
The “roots” element of the five-day festival features a musical style that is heavily supported, created and somewhat originating in Fayetteville and the Ozarks as a whole, according to the festival website. Roots Festival also supports locally sourced food and restaurants, and it focuses on locally grown produce, locally raised meats and locally produced products.
The 2019 music lineup includes the following:
Thursday - Late Night Stage - George's Majestic Lounge
The Mighty Pines
Thursday - Main Stage - Pratt Place
St Paul & the Broken Bones, John Fullbright, Yola
Friday - Happy Hour - George's Majestic Lounge
Jesse Dean & Co.
Friday - Main Stage - Town Center
Mavis Staples, Amy Helm, The Cate Brothers, Joe Purdy with The Honey Dewdrops and Smokey & The Mirror, Anthony Dacosta
Friday - Late Night Stage - George's Majestic Lounge
Big Smith, Arkansauce
Saturday - Main Stage - Town Center
Hiss Golden Messenger, Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi, The Milk Carton Kids, Smoke & The Mirror & the Sentimentals - The Denmark Project, Ann Egge
Saturday - Food & Spirits - Pratt Place
The Travelin McCourys, Jeff Austin Band
Saturday - Late Night Stage - George's Majestic Lounge
Big Smith, Arkansauce
Sunday - Main Stage - Town Center
Rising Appalachia, Los Texmaniacs, Darrell Scott Bluegrass Band, Eliza Gilkyson, Her Crooked Heart
For more information, visit therootsfest.org. To discover other fun attractions to experience while in town, keep exploring experiencefayetteville.com!
//photo by Brandon Otto Photography //