With the Fayetteville Roots Festival and the Washington County Fair on the calendar, it’s a great weekend to be a Razorback.


After the 2020 event was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fayetteville Roots Festival is back Thursday-Sunday with a weekend of live music, food and fun.This year, the festival is taking place at Pratt Place Inn and Barn on West Markham Road, outdoors and at a reduced capacity. Attendees must present proof of vaccination and a valid ID to enter each day. More information, including a vendor list and concert lineup, are available on the Roots Festival website.

The Washington County Fair never disappoints when it comes to good old fashioned Ozarks fun, boasting classic rides, carnival food, a petting zoo, live entertainment and more. For the quintessential end-of-summer experience, head to the Washington County Fairgrounds Friday or Saturday. General admission is $5 at the gates, and a full schedule of events is available online.

Country star Luke Bryan, known for hits like “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” “Play It Again” and “Kick the Dust Up,” will perform from 6–10 p.m. at Arkansas Music Pavilion. Tickets start at $75 and are available for purchase online.


Every Saturday from 7 a.m.–2 p.m., patrons crowd the Fayetteville Downtown Square for local produce, fresh herbs and floral bouquets from the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market. The market is a local favorite, bringing in food trucks, craft booths and more. Masks and social distancing are required. More information and expanded COVID-19 guidelines are available on the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market website.

The second annual SOAR NWA hot air balloon festival starts at 7 a.m. and lasts all day at Fayetteville’s Drake Field. Hot air balloon lovers and skydiving enthusiasts can enjoy a variety of aviation activities and expositions, with live music, a pancake breakfast, a beer garden, a car show and a kids zone for everyone else. Tickets are available for $15 in advance and $25 at the gate.

NWA community members can support local Black-owned businesses at the Black-Owned Business Expo from 4–9 p.m. in the Bentonville City Square. In a format similar to Bentonville’s First Friday event, visitors can peruse booths, hear from local businesses and purchase products or services. Event organizers encourage masking and social distancing for all non-vaccinated attendees. More information is available online.

Comedian Jim Gaffigan will perform a set from 6–10 p.m. at the Arkansas Music Pavilion. Tickets start at $29.50 and are available for purchase online.

Starting at 6 p.m., baseball fans can enjoy a warm evening at Arvest Park and cheer on the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in their game against the Springfield Cardinals. Tickets, which start at $7, are available online and at the gate.

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