It’s the first Thursday of the month, and here in Fayetteville, that means it’s time for the First Thursday festival on the square.
The fun kicks off at 5 p.m., with the opening of the outdoor art vendors around the square, a beer garden benefiting Ranger’s Pantry Pet Food Bank, food trucks and more.
Music begins on the main stage beginning at around 5 p.m. with musicians from Fayetteville Music Factory. After that, Afrique Aya will show off their African drumming skills, and local rockers Boom Kinetic will close out the night.
Fayetteville Underground will feature a photography exhibit by Terry Dushan called America in Motion. The show will include several photos of last year’s Bikes, Blues & BBQ rally, intended to emphasize “the artistic side of the motorcycle rally as well as highlighting the near constant motion of the event.”
Several resident artists at the Underground will also have new work on display, and the artist collective will welcome new artists Jeanne Vockroth and Agnieszka Nowinska. Beverages and snacks will also be available, and the artists’ studios will be open to the public.
Also on the square, an event called Fest of All will take place from 5-7 p.m. According to their Facebook event, Fest of All will “highlight a variety of cultural and ethnic groups, showcasing artistic performances of traditional music and dance.”
Down on Dickson Street, Nightbird Books has a poetry, art and music show featuring Goop Troupe artists Marc Laney, Ethan Fowler, Lauren Kennedy, and Brian Abel. Expect music from DJ EJ. The event will include poetry by Arkansas poet Bryan Borland, who will be reading and discussing his work in the breezeway.
On Center Street, artist Brandon Bullette will debut a new show entitled Ideas and Illustrations at The Shed, located at 546 W. Center Street.