The University of Arkansas is one of the most prominent features of Fayetteville, providing events and bringing vibrant life into the city. With 23,000 students on campus, there is always an event going on. One of the most popular events is in support of the various sports offered by the U of A. As is common in the South, UofA students love their football team no matter the outcome and that shows on game days. Academically, the UofA offers 75 fields of study and has one of the best business schools in the country. This school often has free events for students such as free concerts and lectures.
Fayetteville is considered a hub for culture and art with its theater companies bringing tours of famous Broadway musicals as well as Arkansas-focused productions. Terra Studios offers vibrant life to the art scene and is conveniently located from the town square. This studio is a wonderland of art and the home of the original bluebird of happiness. For music lovers, you can find yourself at George’s Majestic Lounge to see live music acts. There are plenty of things to do no matter what type of activity you are looking for.
Fayetteville, along with most of Northwest Arkansas, is a hub for foodies. With the university bringing in so many different cultures, there is a little bit of everything available. One of the most well known restaurants in Fayetteville is Hugo's. This Fayetteville institution is located on the historic square and a few streets over from the iconic Dickson Street. It is near some of the other local hotspots such as PinPoint, a retro pinball bar that is as fun as you think it would be, and is home to some of the best burgers around. Or if its early, check out some of our award winning brunch spots. Or try a cuisine that you have never tried. There are enough options to satisfy any craving.
There is something for everyone when it comes to outdoor activities in Fayetteville. The Fayetteville Farmers Market happens every Saturday from 7 AM until 2 PM and Sunday from 9 AM to 1 PM and features local products from approximately 70 vendors and business owners. It is the go-to place for local fruits, vegetables, baked goods, flowers, dairy, as well as curated art and jewelry. At Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks, there are events such as the Firefly Fling Festival where participants dress as their favorite fairy or woodland creature during this highly anticipated mid-summer event.
As for the outdoorsy types, the Razorback Greenway begins in Fayetteville and stretches itself over 36 miles across the seven cities that form Northwest Arkansas. This trail system is just one of many that make Fayetteville the ideal place for any outdoor lover. For the more adventurous, there are trails such as Mount Sequoyah and Mount Kessler which are more rough-and-tumble than the paved trails that weave through Fayetteville and all of Northwest Arkansas. Just 30 minutes from the square you will find Devil’s Den State Park. This park features cabins to rent, parks, and 11 hiking trails suited for everyone from beginners to experienced hikers.