Fayetteville Roots Festival This Weekend

Jill M. Rohrbach
I have my ticket. Do you? The Fayetteville Roots Festival is this weekend, Aug. 26- 28, and takes place at multiple venues in this hip, happening, energetic college town. Billed as an urban music festival, the event is described by organizers as “a music, local food, and cultural festival showcasing Fayetteville in its Natural State.”

The “Roots” part of the festival name is about featuring musical styles that are heavily supported or created in Fayetteville and the Ozarks region. It’s also about focusing on locally grown produce, locally raised meats and locally produced products. The elements of culture come into play with local merchants and artisans, live art performances, local non-profit organizations and community action groups. Supporting the locals is always a beautiful thing.

Festivities start tonight with a Friend of the Festival “Backstage” Concert at the Garner Farm from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. You have to purchase a Friend of the Festival Package or sponsorship to go to this.
For the masses, the fun really begins tomorrow morning at the Fayetteville Farmers Market on the downtown square. Free performances at a stage set up in the Fayetteville Town Center Plaza run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. From 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. all the fun moves to the Walton Arts Center on Dickson Street, located in the city’s entertainment district.
You’ll find live music at multiple stages throughout the arts center, including in the Rose Garden, Tyson Plaza, Starr Theater, and Baum Walker Auditorium. The lobby will have food from local restaurants, beer and wine vendors, local merchant and artisan booths, and non-profit exhibits.
End the night at Kingfish during the 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. after party. Charliehorse is one of the acts you’ll find on stage. I’m looking forward to that. Kingfish is located right beside the Walton Arts Center.

On Sunday, head to Greenhouse Grille, which offers an extended brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Select performers will entertain at what’s being called “Brunch in the Round.” The festival’s closing show is also at Greenhouse Grille from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. It features three acts.

Fayetteville Roots Festival will be partnering with local farms and farmers for its “Farmers of the Festival.” This is a cross promotional effort to create awareness and support for these local farms through media exposure, restaurant connections and sales, and exposure to the festival goers of their products and services.
The primary non-profit organization of the festival is a developing organization called Feed Fayetteville, whose mission is to end hunger in Fayetteville and Washington County. This festival will serves as a kick off fundraiser.

For the artist line up, ticketing and packages, locations and schedule of events, go to Fayettevilleroots.com.

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