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Looking for things to do in Fayetteville AR? We have some fantastic suggestions, in fact here are 50+ fun things to do – everything you’re looking for in one place. Fayetteville Arkansas is a beautiful college town situated in the Boston Mountains, a subset of the stunning Ozark Mountains. It’s home to the main campus of the University of Arkansas, which is home to the famous Razorbacks (you haven’t lived until you’ve heard the fans calling the hogs during a live game). 

150+ Things To Do in Fabulous Fayetteville AR

The city is known for Dickson Street, its unique restaurants, jumpin’ night spots, the downtown Fayetteville Square, uptown area, beautiful Mt. Kessler and its many scenic multi-use and bike trails in and around the city and the newly opened Centennial Park  located at Millsap Mountain is a cycling-activated park with state-of-the-art cyclo-cross and mountain biking.

Explore famous Dickson Street or hop on one of the many beautiful multi-use trails that run through and around the city. If you’re a nature buff, stop by Fayettechill on W Dickson St, where you’ll find comfortable, cozy and long-lasting outdoors clothing. Good Things Boutique also features organic clothing and activewear. Calling all book lovers! With more than 100,000 hard-to-find books, Dickson Street Bookshop, one of the best and most loved independent bookshops in the country is located on Dickson St & N School.

 

Things To Do In Fayetteville –  ART, TRAILS & PARKS

Fayetteville is a nature lovers paradise with 3,000 acres of land that include 70 parks with 40 miles of paved and natural trails, three lakes and more.

A favorite for locals and visitors is the Razorback Greenway, a 36 mile paved trail running north-south through Northwest Arkansas, for cyclists and walker. The Greenway connects Walker Park in Fayetteville to Lake Bella Vista north of Bentonville, while also accessing restaurants, pubs, and cultural amenities along the route.

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Lake Fayetteville – Photo Courtesy Arkansas Dept of Parks and Tourism

Wildly popular Lake Fayetteville comprises 458 acres of land and 194 acres of water. The lake offers fishing and an abundance of recreational activities for outdoor enthusiasts. Lake Fayetteville has several sections, including the North Shore Park and disc golf course, Veterans Memorial Park, a Boat Dock and Marina, Lake Fayetteville Softball Complex, boat and bike rentals, and the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. It also boasts a 5.5-mile nature trail around the lake, as well as 4.3 miles of hard surface multi-use trail that also circles the lake.

Kessler Mountain Regional Park is a green space featuring trails for hiking & mountain biking along with soccer & baseball fields.

Gulley Park is a simple recreational park offering a children’s playground, stream & a gazebo with live music.   Gregory Park is a19-acre forest park with an area set aside for nature, a pavilion & extensive walking & hiking options.  Gordon Long Park is a shady, forested park featuring a children’s playground, picnic space & creekside nature trails

PLACES TO EAT IN  FAYETTEVILLE AR

Bordinos, a Dickson Street tradition, is the place to go for refined Italian dining, wine flights, desserts and impeccable service. Mockingbird Kitchen on North College offers a seasonal menu created from Ozarks fresh ingredients. The mouthwatering, chef-made desserts are addictive, as are the signature cocktails. Theo’s Fayetteville is an upscale restaurant with a chic lounge and lively patio. Theo’s specializes in exquisite Contemporary American style food including sumptuous main plates, salads and popular share plates. Looking for additional dining options in Fayetteville?  Here are the Top 10 Restaurants in Fayetteville Arkansas.

Restauarnts in Fayetteville AR

Foodies will delight at the wide variety of restaurant choices available in Fayetteville. Cafe Rue Orleans – Cajun & Seafood specializes in classic New Orleans-style seafood dishes and is a foodie favorite, while Herman’s Ribhouse is a beloved iconic bbq restaurant on College Avenue.

Hugo’s, located downtown and downstairs has one of the best tasting old fashioned burgers you’re likely to find anywhere. The atmosphere is lively, especially on game days. Hammontrees Grilled Cheese on N West Ave is wildly popular, and serves vegan and vegetarian gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. There are more than 19 different varieties of cheese to choose from and you may select from the menu or build your own. Thep Thai creates and serves authentic Thai food. Everything is fresh and freshly made, the service is stellar and the staff is informative, helpful and friendly. You could grab some breakfast and coffee at Arsaga’s Mill District, The crepes (the sweet ones are wonderful) are to-die-for as are their breakfast plates.

Bocca Italian Eatery & Pizzeria has a casual, upscale atmosphere and is the place to go for housemade pastas, breads, salads, sauces and wood-fired pizza. You can taste the freshness in every bite. There’s a comfortable patio and an cozy bar too where you can relax with friends or your date. Rolando’s Nuevo Latino Restaurante specializes in delicious, unique Latin inspired food including Quesadillas de Chivo (filled with goat cheese), Pollo Bohemio, Tenchas Taquitos, El Plato Cubano and much more. Service is friendly and attentive. Spoon Fusion Korea Oh K-Dog serves amazing authentic and traditional food and NEW Korean hot dogs and egg toast.

Are food trucks your thing?  Then here are some trucks that will rock your world!  Wicked Wood Fired Pizza, Dot’s Nashville Hot Chicken, and Burton’s Creamery.  There are several fantastic food trucks at Shulertown Food Truck Court, Yacht Club on College and Lake Fayetteville. Here are the Top 10 Food Trucks in Fayetteville. 

Pizza ring your bell?  Then you are going to love Fayetteville.  There are several incredible pizza places here, in fact here are the Top 10 Pizza places in Fayetteville

Things To Do In Fayetteville AR – LATE NIGHT IN FAYETTEVILLE

Dickson Street Entertainment District, the hyper energy heartbeat of Fayetteville is literally filled with galleries, boutiques, restaurants, bars, bistros, comedy clubs and the Walton Arts Center. Bar hopping, dancing, comedy and pool are available every night of the week. Willy D’s, C4 Nightclub & Lounge, Infusion Bar, Sideways, 21st AmendmentRyleigh’s and Cork & Keg are just some of the many places to have a fun night in Fayetteville. If you’re hungry, stop by Shulertown, a group of fantastic food trucks located in the heart of Dickson Street.

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Dickson Street ~ Photo Courtesy Arkansas Dept of Parks and Tourism

Besides Dickson, you can find a bunch of fun on Block Street.  Big Box Karaokethe VaultMaxine’s Tap Room, and Pinpoint Fayetteville.

Things To Do In Fayetteville – DOWNTOWN FAYETTEVILLE

Do you love fresh vegetables? Then be sure to take in the award-winning Fayetteville Farmers Market held on the Fayetteville Square.  Fresh fruits and vegetables, plants flowers, live music, crafts, art and more are displayed for purchase. 

The Farmer’s Table Cafe features locally-sourced breakfast plates served in a warm friendly atmosphere. Another award incredible destination is the Fayetteville Public Library, which was named one of the 10 best American libraries to tour.

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Downtown Fayetteville Farmers Market ~ Photo Courtesy Arkansas Dept of Parks and Tourism

ART SURPRISE

Public art can be found throughout Fayetteville including including the World Prayer Peace Fountain, Enjoy Local Wall and Harvesting the Winds of Change murals. 

Fenix Arts is an co-op art gallery that organize art exhibitions and pop-up shows throughout the year.

Terra Studios is a fabulous wonderland of art. Bring the family and stroll through six acres of sculpture gardens, murals, sparkling glass, fantasy creatures and fountains. Hundreds of artists have worked to make Terra Studios possible. Alternately, the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks is 40 acres of astounding beauty.

TRENDY SHOPPING

Riffraff is a comfortable, cozy boutique offering a unique selection of clothing, shoes, accessories, home goods and gifts with a unique Southern flair. You’ll find the newest trends at Riffraff.  Masons is another upscale boutique featuring clothing, shoes, accessories and jewelry.  Whether you’re looking for game day, casual-chic or a stunning formal outfit, you’ll leave feeling and looking like a woman of style. or… Walker Brothers, a specialty store for well dressed men, offers service beyond compare including its made-to-measure program. You’ll find brands like Vineyard Vines, State Traditions, Patagonia, Peter Millar and many more.  Beautiful Lives Boutique is a stylish thrift store benefiting moms and children locally and around the world.

Things To Do In Fayetteville AR – COCKTAILS & CRAFT BEER

Fayetteville is home to several craft beer brewing companies, including Crisis Brewing, Columbus Brewery & Tap Room and Fossil Cove Brewing.  

If you are looking for pubs you will be pleasantly surprised.  Feed and Folly has a great vibe with it’s rooftop bar and offers local food and drinks. Farrell’s Lounge Bar & Grill Pub serves draft beer & cocktails offered in an easygoing atmosphere, with a pool table & sports on TVs. 

The Vault is a cocktail and bourbon bar with a great selection and is located on Center Street in downtown Fayetteville.

While you’re on Dickson Street, stop in at Cannibal & Craft, Fayetteville’s smoke free handcrafted cocktail and Tiki bar. Prepare yourself to taste an amazing, perfectly mixed cocktail that is beyond delicious. Only your imagination limits your choices. Beer is also available, and the environment is smoke free. Tin Roof is a live music bar that offers food, drinks, music and patio parties.

Pedal Pub Fayetteville is a different bar hopping experience that is new to the area.

Things To Do In Fayetteville AR – LIVE MUSIC

George’s Majestic Lounge, in business since 1927, is the longest running club in Arkansas. It’s a favorite live music venue, and attracts popular as well as rising regional talent. There’s tons of dance area, the drinks are amazing and the service is great too. No trip to Fayetteville is complete without a night at George’s. Six Twelve Coffeehouse & Bar, is located on Wedington and serve local coffee, beer & food and supports local music, art & dance 7 days a week! Prairie Street Live! is an awesome outdoor venue that is family and pet friendly. They offer live music every weekend, food, cocktails and games. In the summer, be sure to go to the free outdoor concerts at Gulley Park.

BUCKET LIST

  1. Take a walk on the Razorback Greenway
  2. Explore the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.
  3. Hike the Mount Sequoyah Woods Trail.
  4. Attend a Razorbacks football game at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
  5. Tour the University of Arkansas campus.
  6. Attend a live performance at the Walton Arts Center.
  7. Enjoy the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market.
  8. Visit the Arkansas Air and Military Museum.
  9. Explore the Fayetteville Square.
  10. Attend First Thursday on the Square.
  11. Visit the Fayetteville Underground Art Gallery.
  12. Check out the Walker Stone House.
  13. Enjoy a picnic at Wilson Park.
  14. Attend a Basketball game at Bud Walton Arena
  15. Attend a concert at George’s Majestic Lounge.
  16. Visit the Clinton House Museum.
  17. Have a family day at Lokomotion Fun Park.
  18. Visit the Mount Nord Historic District.
  19. Check out the historic Washington County Courthouse.
  20. Attend the Lights of the Ozarks during the holiday season.
  21. Explore Lake Fayetteville.
  22. Attend the Washington County Fair
  23. Listen to live music at Six Twelve Coffeehouse & Bar
  24. Attend a NWA Makers’ Market
  25. Explore Kessler Mountain Regional Park
  26. Eat at one of the delicious food trucks at the Lake Fayetteville Food Truck Court.
  27. Enjoy a round of golf at Stonebridge Meadows Golf Club.
  28. Attend a show at TheatreSquared.
  29. Explore Centennial Park
  30. Take a pottery class at Terra Studios.
  31. Visit the Joe Martin Stage Race.
  32. Explore the Gully Park Nature Trail.
  33. Check out breweries in Fayetteville.
  34. Attend the Annual Fayetteville Film Fest.
  35. Visit the Top 10 Restaurants in Fayetteville AR
  36. Take in some college gymnastics at Barnhill Arena
  37. Camp and hike at Devils Den State Park
  38. Enjoy a day at Lake Wedington Recreation Area.
  39. Attend a performance by the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA).
  40. Explore the Ozark Mountains on a scenic drive.
  41. Enjoy some delicious pizza at a Top 10 Pizza Place in Fayetteville AR
  42. Attend a Fayetteville Public Library event or workshop.
  43. Attend a live music show at Smoke & Barrel Tavern.
  44. Find unique items at Fayetteville Funky Flea Market
  45. Explore the Food Court at the Northwest Arkansas Mall
  46. Shop at Ozark Natural Foods.
  47. Attend a roller derby match – NWA Roller Derby.
  48. Check out the Fayetteville History Museum.
  49. Enjoy a great breakfast at a Top 10 Place For Breakfast in Fayetteville, AR
  50. Attend the annual Block Street Block Party.
  51. Enjoy a scenic stroll along the Scull Creek Trail.
  52. Visit the National Cemetery in Fayetteville.
  53. Attend the Kessler Mountain Jam mountain biking event.
  54. Take in a baseball game at Baum-Walker Stadium
  55. Take a tour of the Inn at Carnall Hall.
  56. Visit the Walker Park Disc Golf Course.
  57. Enjoy a family day at the Donald W. Reynolds Boys & Girls Club.
  58. Explore the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.
  59. Attend the Fayetteville Jazz Festival.
  60. Enjoy a day at Gulley Park.
  61. Take a yoga class at Yoga Story.
  62. Attend the Fayetteville Foam Fest craft beer festival.
  63. Visit the Clinton House Museum Gardens.
  64. Enjoy a family day at the Fayetteville Boys & Girls Club.
  65. Take a bike ride on the Razorback Greenway.
  66. Visit the 80’s themed video arcade – Arkadia Retrocade
  67. Attend a live performance at the Nadine Baum Studios (Inside Walton Arts Center)
  68. Check out the Razorback Regional Greenway Bike Trail.
  69. Attend a baseball game at Baum-Walker Stadium.
  70. Explore the Razorback Regional Greenway Trail.
  71. Take a cooking class at the University of Arkansas Culinary Arts Program.
  72. Explore the Lake Fayetteville Environmental Study Center.
  73. Visit the World Peace Prayer Fountain
  74. Explore the Walker-Stone House.
  75. Take a bike ride on the Tsa-La-Gi Trail.
  76. Visit the St. Paul Trailhead.
  77. Explore the Lake Fayetteville Trail.
  78. Take a scenic drive on Highway 16.
  79. Check out the Razorback Regional Greenway Sculpture Trail.
  80. Take a hike on the Clear Creek Trail.
  81. Visit the Meadow Valley Trail.
  82. Explore the Wilson Park Trail.
  83. Attend a live show at George’s Majestic Lounge.
  84. Check out the Arkansas Air and Military Museum.
  85. Take a stroll through the Fayetteville Underground Art Gallery.
  86. Explore the Walton Arts Center Gallery.
  87. Take a bike ride on the Tsa-La-Gi Trail.
  88. Visit the St. Paul Trailhead.
  89. Explore the Lake Fayetteville Trail.
  90. Take a scenic drive on Highway 16.
  91. Explore The Ramble
  92. Check out the Razorback Regional Greenway Sculpture Trail.
  93. Take a hike on the Clear Creek Trail.
  94. Explore Dickson Street
  95. Take a bike ride on the Mud Creek Trail.
  96. Explore the Fayetteville Public Library’s Special Collections.
  97. Explore the Historic District of Fayetteville.
  98. Take a pottery class at Terra Studios.
  99. Attend the Mount Sequoyah Woods Trail.
  100. Check out the John William Fulbright statue.
  101. Attend the Mount Sequoyah Manor Walking Tour.
  102. Attend a live performance at the University of Arkansas Campus.
  103. Check out the Old Main Building at the U of A.
  104. Watch track and field events at Randal Tyson Track Center