Fall is in full swing as chilly breezes swirl vibrant fallen leaves across Fayetteville and Thanksgiving break is just on the horizon. Here is what Northwest Arkansas residents can get up to before the break begins next week.


The Lights of the Ozarks return to the Fayetteville Downtown Square for the display’s 27th year. The lighting ceremony begins at 5 p.m. Friday and the parade starts at 6. Locals can take in the 500,000 LED lights and enjoy hot cocoa, local vendors and festive music. Friday’s event is free and open to the public, and the lights will illuminate the Downtown Square from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily until Jan. 1.

The 15th annual NWA Boutique Show takes place Friday and Saturday at the Rogers Convention Center. The event includes over 150 vendors exhibiting boutique booths with wares ranging from clothing and jewelry to home decor and furniture. General admission for both days is $5 and the event runs from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are available for purchase on the NWA Boutique Show’s website.

The Razorbacks will compete in the second round of the NCAA 2021 Division I Women’s Soccer Championship at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The Virginia Tech Hokies are traveling to Razorback Field to battle No. 2 Arkansas for a spot in the Sweet 16. If Arkansas wins, the team will play 4:30 p.m. Sunday against Notre Dame. The first 500 students in line can attend Friday’s game for free with their student IDs.


The No. 21 Razorback football team heads to Tuscaloosa to face off against the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets can be purchased on various resale websites. The game will be broadcast on CBS.

Razorback Volleyball will face off against Mississippi State at 5 p.m. Saturday at Barnhill Arena. Students can get into the match free with their student IDs. Adult tickets are $5 and can be purchased here.


Several LGBTQ organizations will host a community Thanksgiving dinner Sunday at the Fayetteville Town Center. The Rainbow Thanksgiving is scheduled for 6:30 to 9 p.m. and will feature a to-go option as well as a community dinner for anyone who would like to attend. Full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test is required to enter, and attendees must wear masks in the building unless actively eating or drinking. The event is free, but reservations are required for to-go meals. More information can be found here.

Razorback Volleyball follows its Saturday matchup against Mississippi State up with one versus Mississippi at 3 p.m. Sunday. The Razorbacks will play at Barnhill Arena and students can get in free with student IDs. Adult tickets are $5 and can be purchased here.

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