What You Need to Know About the Fayetteville Roots Festival

Held at the Town Center on the historic downtown square, the Fayetteville Roots Festival is a four day urban music festival celebrating music, food and culture. It starts next week on Thursday, Aug. 27. Here’s what you need to know if you haven’t committed to going yet.

First – there’s still time to snag some tickets. Yes, the main stage is sold out on Friday and Saturday. However, a limited number of four-day passes have become available. Tickets are still available for Sunday’s main stage; although there are less than 100 so get them soon. And you can get tickets to the late night shows at George’s Majestic Lounge, which are always loads of fun. Some of the bands that play George’s also play on the main stage.


Second the music is incredible. Just listen to a few tunes from some of these bands and you’ll want to catch every performance: The Steel Wheels (I love these guys!); John Fullbright; Pokey LaFarge; Ben Miller Band, Cutty Rye; Martha Scanlan; Smokey & The Mirror; and Punch Brothers.

Third – the festival food is not your average fare. Fayetteville Roots Festival focuses on local food, local farms and the farmers themselves in an effort to bring support and awareness to them and the local food scene of the community. Restaurants selling food at the main event at the Fayetteville Town Center offer locally-sourced, gourmet festival food. The restaurants are Greenhouse Grille, Brick House Kitchen, Ella’s Restaurant, and Pure Joy Ice Cream.

The Farmers of the festival are: Fayetteville Farmers Market, Sweden Creek Farm of Kingston, Little Portions Hermitage of Berryville; Walnut Grove Farm of Siloam Springs; Dripping Springs of Huntsville, Tri-cycle Farm of Fayetteville; Across the Creek Farm of Fayetteville; Ozark Natural Breads of Durham; War Eagle Mill of War Eagle; A & A Orchards of Berryville; Commer Farm of Tontitown; Blackberry Farm of Fayetteville; White River Creamery of Durham; Dickey Farms of Tontitown; and Foot Hold Farm of Low Gap.