Fayetteville has been ranked several times as one of the best placed to live in the U.S. There are many different activities for people with different interests. People often say they are pleasantly surprised with the low cost of living even though we have high standard of living with lots of fun concerts, plays, shows, an art museum. For example, there is a lot of artistic events and places, such as the Crystal Bridges Art Museum, the Walton Arts Center, Theatre Squared, and First Thursday (arts event on the Fayetteville town square May – October).
Fayetteville has a farmer’s market every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for those who love to shop fresh produce, get popsicles, and see lots of dogs! Fayetteville also has many local food vendors, such as local restaurants, taquerias, and food trucks. There are plenty of funky coffee shops and we even have a place for tea drinkers! There is a great local brewery scene, a cidery, and local beer celebrations! Fayetteville is very pet friendly, with lots of events for dogs and lots of dog parks.
There is also a big music scene, with lots of local bands and opportunities to see live music. The Walmart Amphitheater is a 30-minute drive from downtown Fayetteville. Many big-name artists play at the Amphitheater, including Ke$ha, Rascal Flats, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Stapleton, Nelly, Flo Rida, Macklemore, Korn, and Godsmack. The amphitheater also hosts symphonies, shows, and you can go there for the 4th of July to watch the fireworks put on by Walmart!
There are a plethora of outdoors activities in the area as well. Fayetteville has many bike trails (some developed by the Walmart founders, so they are high quality bike parts; we also have a paved bike trail that goes from Fayetteville to Bentonville), indoor rock climbing and outdoor rock climbing, hiking trails (we are in the end of the Ozark Mountains, there are lots of sights to see including Hawk’s Bill Craig), kayaking or rafting on nearby rivers and lakes, as well as great fishing!
If you have children, there are great schools and lots of activities and extracurricular activities put on by the town. There are also a lot of cultural events and opportunities, including the Cinco de Mayo cultural festival (an event put on the by Hispanic Women’s Organization of Arkansas).
People from larger places or more populated states are often concerned about the amount of things to do in Arkansas or the amount of opportunities, but in Fayetteville (and the surrounding towns of Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville) there are so many activities (both indoor and outdoor) for all interests and lots of clinical and research opportunities. Fayetteville, Springdale, and Rogers are also diverse, including racial/ethnic, political, and religious diversity.
Fayetteville is close to surrounding states and a ‘short’ drive to Tulsa, Little Rock, and Kansas City are nearby (within 3 hours) as well as Dallas (about 5 hours). Fayetteville has a local airport (XNA), which is increasing the number of flights to popular areas (meaning cheaper flights!).