A big part of what makes Fayetteville funky is the city's vibrant arts and cultural scene which is strongly supported by residents and lures visitors near and far.
Walton Arts Center
Love live theater? Catch a show at Fayetteville's Walton Arts Center, which brings Broadway musicals, plays and concerts to Northwest Arkansas. Constructed in 1992 with private donations (including a large gift from the Sam Walton family), the Walton Arts Center is poised to get even bigger and better in the coming years, with a $20 million expansion expected to begin construction by the end of 2013. The expansion includes an additional 30,000 square feet of space, including a larger lobby, expanded concessions, additional restrooms and an outdoor covered plaza. The 2013-2014 Broadway season includes hit shows such as Jersey Boys, White Christmas, I Love Lucy Live On Stage, Chicago and The Wizard of Oz.
Symphony of Northwest Arkansas
Music often takes center-stage at the Walton Arts Center because it is the home of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. SoNA has a knack for bringing music to life with concerts nearly every month featuring classical, Christmas, pops and other styles of music. SoNA was founded in 1954 and has been delighting symphonic music lovers for more than 50 years.
TheatreSquared presents opportunities to enjoy live theater year round at the Walton Arts Center's intimate 175-seat Nadine Baum Studios theater. As the only year-round professional theater in Northwest Arkansas, TheatreSquared reaches 22,000 patrons every year and was recognized in 2011 by the American Theatre Wing (founder of the Tony Awards) as one of the nation's 10 most promising emerging theaters. Trained artists from across the country put on TheatreSquared's 130 annual performances. The 2013-2014 season includes The Spiritualist, 4,000 Miles, A Christmas Carol, Good People and Hamlet.
For a good laugh, don't miss Phunbags Comedy Improv, the only short-form comedy improv troupe in Northwest Arkansas. The Phunbags team of nine comedians performs monthly at the UARK Bowl in Fayetteville, playing a series of games with suggestions provided by the audience. Similar to the popular TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Phunbags always inspires laugh-out-loud fun.
Arkansas Air Museum
Aviation fans of all ages should visit the Arkansas Air Museum, which follows Arkansas' aviation history with original artifacts and memorabilia. See world-famous racing planes from the 1920s and 1930s, many of which still fly in air shows across the country. You can even watch antique planes being brought back to life by master craftsmen in the restoration shop.
Relax with a good book or take the kids to weekly story time at Fayetteville's award-winning Blair Library, named by USA Today as one of the "10 best places to take a library tour" in 2011. The 88,000-square-foot intellectual hub has a huge collection of books, innovative children's programs, book clubs, a large genealogical collection and a cafe with specialty coffees and baked goods.
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