The University of Arkansas is celebrating homecoming with week-long activites all leading up to the Arkansas Razorback football team's game against South Carolina on Saturday, October 12. Highlights of homecoming week include the annual Homecoming Talent Show, Pep Rally, Lawn Decorating Competition and Parade. This year's homecoming theme is 'Super Hogs.'
Fayetteville’s First Thursday outdoor art walk season will close out the 2013 season with an Oktoberfest celebration starting at 5 p.m., on the Downtown Square. The event will feature a bratwurst eating contest and a traveling exhibit from the Amazeum in addition to live performances by the Sugar Free Allstars, The Polkameisters, and the Fayetteville Music Factory. The bratwurst eating contest will be held at 6:30 p.m. in front of the main stage on Mountain Street. The first seven contestants to sign up at the Fayetteville Visitors Center on the Square at 5:30 p.m. will be eligible to compete in the contest. The contestant who eats the most bratwursts in 3 minutes will be declared the winner and will be awarded a trophy and a gift card.
The first Bikes, Blues & BBQ rally was held in the year 2000 with just over 300 riders. Today, Bikes, Blues & BBQ is the largest motorcycle rally in the United States benefiting local charities. Last year, it was estimated that over 400,000 people attended the rally from all 50 states and many other countries.The 2012 Bikes Blues and BBQ Motorcycle rally was an unqualified success, so we have no choice but to try to top that for 2013. Of course, everyone who comes to Northwest Arkansas gushes about the beautiful rides we have. If you're coming to the rally, expect panoramic mountain vistas, rivers and lakes, exhilarating twisties, picturesque Ozark towns, friendly people, and some of the best food in the world! It’s simply motorcycle heaven.
The Razorbacks begin their 120th season of football by opening the 2013 season inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville against on Saturday, August 31, against Louisiana-Lafayette. The season opener is also head coach Bret Bielema’s first game at Arkansas after seven seasons as head coach at Wisconsin.The 2013 season marks the 75th anniversary of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, which opened in 1938 with a 27-7 win over Oklahoma A&M. Arkansas has an all-time record of 166-81-2 (.667) inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. As part of the 75th anniversary celebration, fans had the opportunity to vote for their top moments in stadium history. Throughout the 2013 season, the top-five moments, based on fan votes, will be featured in a countdown on the second-largest on-campus video display in the country during all Fayetteville games in 2013 and on ArkansasRazorbacks.com
The fourth annual Fayetteville Roots Festival kicks off Thursday, Aug. 22 on the community stage at the Fayetteville Public Library and continues until Sunday, Aug. 25. The urban music and food festival is bringing musicians and bands including Del McCoury Band, Iris Dement, Hayes Carll, 3 Penny Acre and American Aquarium. Walton Arts Center is the main stage, but there are also many community stages and late night stages. Among the library are George’s Majestic Lounge, Greenhouse Grille, Kingfish Dive Bar and the farmer’s market at the Downtown Square. The three-day passes for Friday through Sunday and the single day festival passes for Friday and Saturday are sold out. However, the four-day VIP passes, single day main stage tickets and late night tickets are still available on the Fayetteville Roots Festival website.
Razorback fans are invited to Bud Walton Arena Sunday, Aug. 18 for Razorback Fan Day. Head coach Bret Bielema and the student-athletes will sign autographs from 2 – 4 p.m., and each fan is allowed one item for the coach and players to sign. Following Fan Day, the volleyball team will play an intra-squad match in Barnhill Arena. Both events are free and open to the public. The Razorback football team begins the 2013 season with a game against the University of Louisiana at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
Downtown businesses are partnering with the Fayetteville Animal Shelter for the annual Dog Days of Summer Sidewalk Sale Saturday, July 20. During the farmers’ market Saturday, shops on the Downtown Square will have sales on products and help promote dog adoptions. The Fayetteville Visitors Center will offer a 10 percent discount to any customer who brings in a can of dog food. Customers can also stop by to get a dog treat for their four-legged friends. A donation box will be available for those who want to support the Fayetteville Animal Shelter. The Visitors Center is located at 21 S. Block Avenue on the Downtown Square and will be open from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. during the Dog Days of Summer Sale.