Living in Fayetteville

Fayetteville is a vibrant, progressive community with cosmopolitan entertainment options and a small-town feel. Home to the University of Arkansas, and located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains, Fayetteville in one of the fastest growing areas of the United States and has twice been named among the Best Places to Live in the US by US News and World Report.  Our community offers a wealth of options for work, entertainment, exploration, and education. 

Some of Fayetteville's signature events include:

First Thursdays

From May through October, the downtown square offers an outdoor arts fair from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. The evening include the work of more than 40 artists, plus live music, children's activities, food trucks, and more.  

Fayetteville Roots Festival

This annual, five-day music festival takes place each year in August. The event features multiple stages showcasing both nationally known musicians and regional and local talent, along with culinary events celebrating the local farmers, chefs, and restaurants.


Artosphere is an annual event, produced by the Walton Arts Center, that takes place in June. Each year, Artosphere spotlights artists and performers from around the world who are inspired by nature, and provides a creative framework for the community to discuss issues of sustainability and environmental awareness. The event includes visual arts, musical acts, pop-up concerts, and performance by the Artosphere Festival Orchestra

Fayetteville Film Festival

Held each year in September, the Fayetteville Film Festival features a line-up of documentaries, short films, animated films, and full-length feature films as well as panels, parties, and workshops.

Lights of the Ozarks

Each year, Fayetteville Parks Maintenance workers spend over 3,300 hours decorating the Downtown Square with more than 400,000 lights. Lighting night, held in mid-November,  includes a holiday parade, music, and more. The square remains illuminated from mid-November to December 31. Visit the Experience Fayetteville website for dates and more information.