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Thanks to our friends at the Fayetteville Convention and Visitors Bureau for sharing! 

  1. Get in the holiday spirit with the Lights of the Ozarks festival

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Each holiday season, the Downtown Fayetteville Square gets transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with over 400,000 lights. Nightly carriages, pony rides, fresh hot chocolate, and festive holiday music make the Lights of the Ozarks an event that cannot be missed.

  1. Explore the trails along the Razorback Regional Greenway

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The new 36-mile bicycle and pedestrian friendly RazorbackRegional Greenway connects the downtown districts of six cities in Northwest Arkansas, offering easy access to dozens of restaurants, shops, art galleries, parks, playgrounds, and entertainment venues. To start exploring the trail, visit

  1. Cheers to the game on the Fayetteville Ale Trail

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The Fayetteville Ale Trail, Arkansas’ first craft beer tasting adventure, features nine local breweries. This self-guided craft beer tour lets visitors and residents experience local breweries and engage with brewmasters while learning about their craft. There is no cost to participate, and those interested can pick up a Fayetteville Ale Trail passport at the Fayetteville Visitors Center or at any of the participating breweries. Stamps are collected at each brewery and completed passports can be mailed or brought to the Visitors Bureau for a free prize.

  1. Take in a show at the Walton Arts Center

Add a bit of theatrical flair to your family’s football plans! This Thanksgiving, the world’s best-loved musical returns to Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville’s premier performing arts venue. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of Annie is a brand new incarnation of the iconic original.

Performances run November 24-29, to purchase tickets visit

  1. Tour the historic University of Arkansas campus

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There’s no better way to learn about the University of Arkansas than to visit our campus! The flagship campus of Arkansas resides on a former hilltop farm overlooking the Ozark Mountains. Don’t miss iconic Old Main, the oldest building on the university campus and one of the oldest buildings in the state. Senior Walk is the university’s longest tradition in miles as well as years. Each graduating class since 1904 has had their names engraved in the walk. More than 120,000 graduates are now listed on Senior Walk.

  1. See the magical art in Terra Studios

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The home of the Original Bluebird of Happiness, Terra Studios is a wonderland of art, and one of the coolest free things to do in Northwest Arkansas. Watch as skilled artisans blow the collectible glass bluebirds. The grounds are full of wonders from the sculpture garden to the stone labyrinth.

  1. Go shopping

You’ll find no shortage of funky boutiques and trendy flea markets in Fayetteville. Pick up some vinyl at Block Street Records, some new candles and kitchen towels at The Anchor, antique books at the Dickson Street Bookshop, or a vintage garment at Grey Dog Boutique.

  1. See Sam Walton’s first plane at the Arkansas Air & Military Museum

Follow the colorful history of aviation in Arkansas and American military conflicts through numerous displays of original artifacts and aviation memorabilia! The historic aircraft are unusual among museum exhibits, because many of them still fly. Static displays at the museum range from the golden age of aviation to the jet age, including Vietnam-era Army helicopters and a Navy carrier fighter.

  1. Dance the night away on Dickson Street

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Located just off campus, Dickson Street is the heartbeat of Fayetteville. From food trucks to martini bars to karaoke, Dickson Street offers late night fun for all.

  1. Eat up!

What’s a college town without some delicious eats? Grab breakfast at Arsaga’s at the Depot, a burger at Hugo’s, barbecue at Penguin Ed’s or handmade chocolates and French pastries at Bouchee Bistro. You’ll never go hungry in this town.

While you’re in town, stop by and say hi at the Fayetteville Visitors Center on the Downtown Square (21 South Block Avenue) or call (479) 521-5776opens phone dialer.

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The Mizzou Tigers kick off this FRIDAY, 1:30 PM at Memorial Stadium against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

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The CoMo Connect public transit system offers gameday shuttles to and from the stadium! Check out information on schedules and routes .

Check out The Mizzou Store on campus for gameday gear and more. We love Mizzou gold but this week is the Blackout game, so be sure to wear black!

Have questions about MU’s tailgating rules? Need a great game day recipe? Find everything you need on the Mizzou Tailgating website or on our Pinterest boards: Gear Up for Game Day and Tiger Tailgating.


Below is a list of some other great activities going on this weekend! Check out our calendar of events to see more.

Deja Vu Comedy Club presents AJ Finney, 9 PM Friday and Saturday
Deja Vu, 405 Cherry St.

Columbia College Men’s Basketball vs. Avila University, 8 PM Friday
Columbia College, 1001 Rogers St.

Mojo’s presents The Flood Brothers and The Kay Brothers, 9 PM Friday
Mojo’s, 1013 Park Ave.

Columbia College Men’s Basketball vs. Culver Stockton, 3 PM Saturday
Columbia College, 1001 Rogers St.

The Bridge presents Quinn DeVeaux, Man in the Ring, and Two-Bit Steve, 8 PM Saturday
The Bridge, 1020 E. Walnut

Mojo’s presents Trampled Under Foot and Big House, 9 PM Saturday
Mojo’s, 1013 Park Ave.

Mizzou Women’s Basketball vs. Milwaukee, 2 PM Sunday
Mizzou Arena

Roxy’s presents Downphase, Devices for Survival, Running from Paris, and Madora 8 PM, Sunday
Roxy’s, 1025 E. Broadway

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Regal Stadium 14 Theater, 2800 Goodwin Pointe Dr.
Goodrich Forum 8, 1209 Forum Katy Parkway

2014 Autumn Exhibition
PS:Gallery, 1025 E. Walnut St.


Below is a list of Columbia restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving:

11 Eleven, open 6 AM – 10 PM
Located at The Broadway Hotel, 1111 E. Broadway

Applebee’s, 4 PM – close
2601 E Broadway, 2010 I-70 Dr. SW

Bob Evans, 8 AM -8 PM
3000 Clark Lane

Cheerleader Pub, 3 PM – 11 PM
1400 Cinnamon Ln.

Churchill’s Italiano, evening hours
Located at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 I-70 Dr. SW

Cracker Barrel, regular hours
3304 Clark Ln.

The Deuce Pub and Pit
3700 Monterey Dr.

Glenn’s Cafe, 3 PM – close
Located at The Tiger Hotel, 29 S. 8th St.

Golden Corral, 10:30 AM – 6 PM
3421 Clark Ln.

Grand Cru, 10 AM – 2 PM
2600 S. Providence Rd.

Garden Grille, 4 PM – 10 PM
Located at the Hilton Garden Inn, 3300 Vandiver Dr.

IHOP, regular hours
51 Conley Rd.

Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen, evening hours
217 N. Stadium Blvd.

Lone Star, 11 AM – 8 PM
3220 Vandiver Dr.

McDonald’s, regular hours
415 Stadium Blvd, 3206 Clark Ln, 500 Nifong Blvd.

TFI Fridays, regular hours
3030 I-70 Dr. SE

Truman’s Bar and Grill, 2 PM – 1:30 AM
3304 W. Broadway Business Park Ct.

Happy Thanksgiving

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