Festival Community Impact
FORMAT is committed to having a positive impact on Northwest Arkansas and our neighboring communities. We hire local vendors and staff and support local artists and musicians as part of our programming. This past year, we donated over $100,000 for the Bentonville Public School System, and we will be supporting them again through this year's event. In addition to this, we have several programs running with the University of Arkansas, and will be working closely with students and teachers around the show.
We remain focused on encouraging our visiting guests to spend time in Bentonville and neighboring towns over the weekend ahead of festival gates opening.
In an effort to continue to keep cars off the roads immediately around the site and providing a safe and seamless way to and from the festival, we will be implementing our successful Park & Ride and Downtown Shuttle operation again this year. Guests will also have access to a drop off location and ride share option. Our on-site bike parking is coming back to FORMAT this year and we encourage people to cycle to site or our Momentary bike parking location, and enjoy the surrounding area as much as possible. You can find more information here.
Committed to the long-term success of this event in the area, we have listened to local feedback and made changes to our plan for 2023, including hours of operation, aiming to create the least amount of disturbance possible.
Friday, September 22nd - 2:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Saturday, September 23rd - 2:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Sunday, September 24th - 2:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Street and Sidewalk Closures
These are being finalized and will be shared in due course.
We work with the City of Bentonville and the County to ensure we have a plan in place which maximizes convenience to all of our neighbors and minimizes the overall impact to the street and circulation patterns for area residents and businesses. We also coordinate the breakdown of the event to return your streets to you as soon as possible.
Your neighborhood will be enjoyed by music lovers; we hope you are among them. Rest assured both City and Event Safety personnel are in place to ensure the entire neighborhood enjoys this celebration in a peaceful and safe manner.
Have questions or need assistance?
Please visit our website at www.format-festival.com or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and someone will be in touch with you to discuss any concerns or questions you might have.
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