Fayetteville, Arkansas is a special place year-round, but when the winter holidays roll around, the city takes on an extra-wonderful glow. We’ve compiled a list of recommendations for how to make your time in the Ozarks especially memorable, whether you’re entertaining family and friends, planning the perfect cozy couple night out or simply looking for some solo fun.
One of the most popular things to do in Fayetteville during the Holiday Season is catch a play at the Walton Arts Center. Lucky for you, this year’s Broadway Series features A Christmas Story: The Musical.
With eight performances running Dec. 10-15, you and your friends or family will have a chance to see this stage adaptation of the 1983 classic film — hilarious cautionary tale about young Ralphie Parker and his do-or-die quest to obtain an “official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle BB gun” on Christmas morning.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, there’s something extra special about slowing down for just a little while to sit back and enjoy a familiar and entertaining story appropriate for every age. The talented troupe at TheatreSquared have reimagined the perennial favorite tale of A Christmas Carol, with a new world premier stage adaptation that is sure to become an annual tradition for many.
Fayetteville, Arkansas locals know the network of gorgeous trails and stunning natural environment that has helped define the city for nearly 200 years both come as a result of support for land conservation in the region. The Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association determined there’s a perfect way to combine fun with getting the community connected with efforts to protect the beauty of the Ozarks that continuously helps rank Fayetteville near the top of multiple annual national quality of life lists—and that comes in the fabulous form of the yearly Kessler Trail Run.
Much of the flora and fauna of the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks may go temporarily dormant in December, but the gardens are anything but quiet in the winter season. The 8th Annual Jingle Bell Jog 5K & Children’s Fun Run on Saturday, December 7, 2019 provides the perfect excuse for people of all ages to run amok (or walk) in their craziest holiday attire.
The Fenix Fayetteville Gallery will be showcasing a compelling, challenging exhibition throughout the month of November, entitled Consuming Culture. This downtown gallery and studio located steps off of the north side of the historic Fayetteville Square is home to a vibrant member community of artists from all disciplines whose work adheres to high artistic standards. With each special exhibition, member artists typically show their own works that respond broadly to the theme of the particular show.
Count on the wave of cuteness being nearly overwhelming at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, as the Little Sprouts education program wraps up this season’s kid-centered programming with its Halloween Costume Parade. Scheduled for Wednesday, October 30 from 9:30 to 11 a.m., this annual event offers a safe and unique way for little ones to celebrate the holiday.
If you’ve not yet been to a performance at the beautiful, world-class Jim & Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center in the fully renovated and converted 1930s University of Arkansas Field House (or even if you have), you may well be enticed by a spectacular artist coming to Fayetteville, Arkansas for a series of fantastic events.
Ask anyone who’s spent at least the span of four seasons in Fayetteville, Arkansas and you’ll inevitably hear that autumn in the Ozarks is essentially unbeatable. We thought we’d take a moment to ask some locals what they love to do when the days get shorter and sweater weather arrives—and how they celebrate fall in ways that can only be found in their fair city up in the hills.
When a city is located right in the midst of what is considered some of the best natural beauty in the entire country, it only stands to reason that active lifestyle enthusiasts need not look far to find excellent retail options for outdoor gear.
Fayetteville, Arkansas is surrounded by incredible destinations for hiking, trail running, cycling, mountain biking, rock climbing, canoeing and kayaking—so we’ve put together an insider’s look at the best local stores for outstanding products supported by knowledgeable staff happy to share the pro tips that will make your adventures in the Natural State even better.
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