Fayetteville, Arkansas, is the perfect spring and summer destination, whether you’re coming with loved ones, besties or traveling solo. Surrounded by the Ozarks and Boston Mountains, Fayetteville has a year-round temperate climate and offers endless outdoor activities with extensive paved- and soft-surface trails throughout the city, as well as state parks and national forest just outside the city.

Though much has changed due to COVID-19, the scenic beauty and limitless opportunities for fun in Fayetteville are here to stay. Our hotels, restaurants and businesses follow best safety practices in accordance with CDC guidelines, so you can adventure around town with ease of mind. In fact, Fayetteville was the first city in Arkansas to pass citywide ordinances to combat the pandemic, and local officials and businesses continue to work hand in hand to ensure safety for everyone.

Our eclectic community has a diverse culinary scene, award-winning craft breweries, legendary nightlife and entertainment, inspiring public art, boutiques for shopping and more. Need more convincing? Watch the videos below to learn more about our community. Also, make sure to order a FREE Visitor’s Guide to help plan your stay.

Open Air for Food & Nightlife

Fayetteville’s downtown has always been the region’s entertainment capital, thanks to live-music venues, restaurants, bars and theaters throughout Dickson Street and the Downtown Historic Square, and last year the city designated the district as the Outdoor Refreshment Area (ORA), allowing patrons of more than 60 close-by bars and restaurants to take alcohol beverages to go and enjoy outside.

Fayetteville is already known for its “patio weather.” But, the ORA and other measures taken by the city — allowing bars and restaurants to create extended seating areas outside, and allowing live-music venues to set up stages outside — have allowed both residents and visitors to continue safely enjoying some Fayetteville favorites.

Enjoy the Outdoors and Arts in Fayetteville

Two of the most popular things to do in Fayetteville are enjoying the abundance of outdoor activities and our flourishing arts scene. Since Fayetteville has a temperate climate year-round, visitors can play outside during every season, whether it's hiking, biking or floating a nearby river.

Fayetteville's arts culture includes a wide variety of visual and performing arts throughout our community, which invests in and supports its local artists. Actually, art can be found around every corner — sometimes literally! Public art by both local and internationally renowned artists is scattered throughout the city. Don't just take our word for it; listen to these locals tell you all about it.

A Bike-Friendly City with World Competition

Fayetteville continues to garner recognition as a premier cycling community. Along with being the state’s highest rated Bicycle Friendly Community (League of American Bicyclists) and named to the top 10 “Best Cities for Bicycling” (People for Bikes), Fayetteville was recently awarded the Bike City label by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) — joining only 14 other cities and regions around the world.

Fayetteville’s 40 miles of paved and natural trails are all connected by the Razorback Regional Greenway, a paved, multi-use trail that starts in Fayetteville and runs through Northwest Arkansas. So, getting around town — either on a bike you bring or one of our ride-share bikes or scooters — can be an adventure in itself.

Major cycling event coming up this year include the OZ Trails U.S. Tour Cup in April (UCI U.S. Cup Mountain Bike Series) and FayetteCross 2021 in October (UCI World Cup), and January next year Fayetteville welcomes the world for the 2022 UCI Cyclocross World Championships — only the second time the event has been held in America!

Grab a Guide and Get Inspired

To start planning your trip, make sure to order our FREE Visitor’s Guide (or view it online), which will tell you more about all the fun things to do in Fayetteville. And, for a little extra inspiration, check out our Spotify playlist of songs we think perfectly embody a “soundtrack to Fayetteville,” featuring local bands.