There are so many opportunities to shop local this holiday season in Fayetteville, AR and most of our shops have open houses and holiday specials just for you. These eclectic local places go above and beyond to make your shopping experience a special and enjoyable time. Aside from Lights of the Ozarks, here are some of our new favorite traditions:
1. Oh Local Night – Downtown Shopping
December 1 | 5 p.m.
Oh Local night is put on by Block Street Businesses in our downtown district and is the perfect place to shop and see the Lights of the Ozarks! Over 25 local businesses will open their doors with libations, snacks and sales! If you bring a receipt from one of these local businesses, it will get you 10% off at your next stop.
Ales & Tails, Fayetteville’s annual crawfish festival, will be held Saturday, April 1, at the Washington County Fairgrounds.
The festival, created by local restaurants Cafe Rue Orleans and Jammin’ Java, will take place 2-7 p.m. — rain or shine! — and feature all-you-can-eat crawfish, potatoes and corn. (Crawfish will be served 2-5 p.m.) Local craft beers also will be available to purchase at the event. Tickets are $45.
Frost Fest is set to take place on Saturday, February 4 from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. in Fayetteville, AR and it’s an outdoor beer festival that you won’t want to miss!
The festival features over 25 breweries, some of which are on the Fayetteville Ale Trail, as well as other breweries from Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. It is a great chance to come out and taste local brews that you may not have had before and to connect with brew masters. You can see a list of participating breweries here.
In observance of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s 41st wedding anniversary, the Clinton House Museum will host a celebratory open house at the couple’s first home and the site where they married.
The event will be held Thursday, October 27, from 6:00p.m. – 8:30p.m. It is free to the public and will feature a replica of the Clintons’ wedding cake as well as food, music and photos of the couple throughout the years.
The Clinton House Museum is excited to collaborate with Fayetteville Underground for the show “Clintons and Kennedys: Artist Exhibition by Tansill Stough.” The Exhibition will kick off with an Opening Reception on Thursday May 12th from 5-7pm and will be on display at the Fayetteville Underground through May 27th and at the Clinton House Museum beginning Saturday, June 2nd and will remain on display until September.
The Miss America pageant finals were held in Atlantic City Sunday, September 11, where Fayetteville native and University of Arkansas Student, Savvy Shields was crowned.
Shields competed in the talent phase with her signature jazz dance routine and then fielded a question concerning presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Shields is the first UA student to win Miss America since Donna Axum won the title in 1964, and the first Miss Arkansas to win the title since Elizabeth Ward won in 1982, according to the organization’s website.
The City of Fayetteville is committed to supporting bicycling for recreation and as a healthy transportation alternative. May is National Bike Month and the City is promoting bicycling with a variety of events as part of the Bike Month campaign.
Fayetteville recently received some big news - U.S. News & World Report ranked it among the top 3 places in America to live, just under Denver and Austin respectively. We made the list because it is the most affordable of the top choices. Our over all score was 7.5, 7.4 quality of life and a 9.0 for affordability.
For the second year in a row, Fayetteville was named one of the top five best places to live in America by U.S. News & World Report.
Of course, what makes Fayetteville a great place to live also makes it one of the best weekend getaways! With year-round events, live music and the best nightlife in Northwest Arkansas, an amazing culinary scene, boutique shopping and attractions for all ages, it’s no wonder Fayetteville has been garnering national attention as a travel destination.