Art and Entertainment in Fayetteville, AR

From downtown arts festivals to unique events like Bikes, Blues & BBQ, Fayetteville, AR's funky side is a draw for all ages.

Joe Morris
On Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 16:04

When it comes to hip and slick, Fayetteville's got it going on. From family-friendly festivals to one-of-a-kind arts and entertainment venues, there's no lack of funky, fun things to see and do.

Dickson Street Entertainment District

Fayetteville's Dickson Street is the entertainment hub for the entire Northwest Arkansas region, and no wonder. From boutiques and art galleries to some of the city's best eateries and nightspots, downtown Fayetteville and Dickson Street are big draws during the day and night alike. While you're in the area, be sure to put George's Majestic Lounge on your itinerary. Open since 1927, George's is a go-to spot for live music and more.

"I would put our entertainment district up against any other ones in the country," Fayetteville Alderman Justin Tennant says. "Our arts offerings continue to grow, and our annual events continue to grow and bring visitors to Fayetteville. That has a positive impact on our whole community, from businesses to residents, as well as grows our culture. It's a good thing for our city when the arts scene is thriving, and we do a pretty good job of keeping it going and also helping it to grow."

Fayetteville Underground

Everything old really is new again in Fayetteville, where a section of a former Woolworth's department store and the Washington Hotel have been re-energized as the home of Fayetteville Underground, an exhibition space and home for more than 20 area artists. The space hosts monthly art shows and other special events.

First Thursday Fayetteville

Be sure to be in the downtown square on the first Thursday of the month from March to October, when First Thursday Fayetteville turns the square into an arts district with works from more than 40 artists on display, as well as offering live music, street performers and more.

Fayetteville Roots Festival

Ready for some tunes? Then don't miss the four-day Fayetteville Roots Festival, which takes over multiple stages around town every August. In addition to the music, local artisans, nonprofit organizations and community action groups are on hand to educate, inform and entertain.

Bikes, Blues & BBQ

In 2000, around 300 riders rolled through for the first Bikes, Blues & BBQ rally, which is now the largest motorcycle rally in the U.S. benefiting local charities. In the last couple of years attendance has topped 400,000 people. The family-friendly event has raised more than $500,000 for local charities.


The three-week festival for schools known as Artosphere got started in 2009, and has been growing in every direction ever since. Performances at Walton Arts Center with arts and nature themes line up alongside related programming geared to children and parents alike.

Block Street Block Party

The little road that connects Dickson Street to the downtown square shines on a Sunday night in late spring. What started as a celebration to mark the end of a major construction project now brings in thousand of people for bands, pony rides, sandcastle buildings and even  tricycle races.

Fayetteville Foam Fest

Craft beer aficionados flock to the Walton Arts Center for Fayetteville Foam Fest, where more than 250 brews from around the world are featured. Local brewers are well represented, as are local and area restaurants and musicians.

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Joe Morris is a Nashville-based writer and editor.