This weekend will bring outdoors enthusiasts an Ozarks staycation. Whether you’re a runner, a mountain biker or a camping connoisseur, you can find your groove at the Fayetteville Half Marathon or the Grit MTB Festival.
Fayetteville’s scenic hills and vast grid of trails make it the ideal setting for this weekend’s launch of Grit MTB – a grassroots biking and camping festival that invites cisgender and transgender women as well as nonbinary riders to enjoy a beer garden, a keynote speaker, a film screening and yoga Friday-Sunday.
Grit MTB attendees will start the day with a meet-and-greet at 12 p.m., with open rides available all day and a keynote speaker at 6 p.m. The beer garden will close at 9 p.m.
Fayetteville Half Marathon participants arriving early can pick up their race packets from 12-8 p.m. on the Fayetteville Square.
For the less outdoorsy crowd, Elizabeth Banks’s “Charlie’s Angels,” starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska opens in theaters today. Malco Razorback Cinema Grill & IMAX has four showings, with the earliest at 3:30 p.m., and AMC Fiesta Square 12 has three showings, with the earliest at 4 p.m.
UA Theatre will present its opening performance of “Tribes,” an MFA directing project, at 7:30 p.m. at Nadine Baum Studios. The show runs through Nov. 4, and admission is free.
Fayetteville Half Marathon participants will start the race at 8 a.m. at Razorback Gardens. Other race options including a 10K beginning at 8:15 a.m., a 5K beginning at 8:20 a.m. and a 1K fun run and walk beginning at 8:22 a.m.
Day two of Grit MTB will feature sunrise yoga at 7 a.m., open rides and workshops all afternoon, a gear swap at 4 p.m. and a film screening and panel from 5-9 p.m. at Fossil Cove Brewery.
Fayetteville residents and their families can sample international dishes and enjoy cultural performances from 6:30–9:30 p.m. at the M&N Augustine Foundation International Festival. Admission is $25 for adults, $10 for children aged 5-10 and free for children under 5. Proceeds will benefit underserved local communities.
Grit MTB attendees can soak up final-day festivities with sunrise yoga at 7 a.m., group rides and workshops all morning, volunteer trail building at 11 a.m. and a closing ceremony at noon.