One of Fayetteville’s most highly anticipated events of the year is coming up this weekend.
Of course, we’re talking about the annual Block Street Block Party, set for 11 a.m. until dark on Sunday, May 18 along Block Avenue.
This year’s event features nearly 50 performances by local bands, DJs, singers, songwriters, theatre groups and puppeteers across seven stages on the popular downtown street.
About 100 vendors and attractions will be set up this year, including local artists, crafters, food trucks, community groups, and others offering locally-created products and services.
There are tons of kid-friendly activities as well, including a mini-arcade inside a truck, a velcro wall, a bouncy house, and more.
For more info on how to get involved, visit blockstreetbusinesses.com.
Here’s our guide to all the fun!
Apple Blossom Beer Garden
JRs Lightbulb Stage
11:30 a.m. – Candy Lee
12:30 p.m. – Man’s Red Fire
1:30 p.m. – Jonathan Fleig
2:30 p.m. – Handmade Moments
3:30 p.m. – John Henry Holtus
4:30 p.m. – Cutty Rye
5:30 p.m. – Shawn James
6:30 p.m. – Jesse Dean
Sponsored by Maxine’s Taproom and Fossil Cove Brewing Company
Tables and Ale Stage
12 p.m. – Scott Elliott
1:30 p.m. - Leah and Mojo Doctors
3:15 p.m. – Fallin’ Rock
4:30 p.m. – Comfortable Brother
6:15 p.m. – Isayah’s Allstars
Sponsored by Core Brewing and Distilling Company and Little Bread Co.
Picking Post Stage
12 p.m. – Dave Singleton
1 p.m. – Dick Johnson & Max Parker
2 p.m. – Emily Kaitz & Dennis Collins
3 p.m. – Ed Carr & Friends
4 p.m. – Jeff Gray & Matt Smith
5 p.m. – Block St. Pickers & Jam
Sponsored by Fossil Cove Brewery and The Margarita Man
The KXUA / Art Amiss Stage
11 a.m. – Zac Slade
11:45 a.m. – Harrison
12:30 p.m. – Beat Bachs
1:15 p.m. – DJ Merl
2:00 p.m. – Spiff
2:45 p.m. – m.bolez
3:30 p.m. – Mixx Tenn
4:15 p.m. – Robe Flax
5 p.m. – DJ Derrick
5:45 p.m. – Deejay Beekay
6:30 p.m. – Doohickey
7:15 p.m. – Nemi
Terra Tots Stage
11:30 p.m. – Solgave
1 p.m. – Joann Kaminsky (puppet show)
2 p.m. – Arts Live (children’s theatre)
3 p.m. – Shaky Bugs (music)
4 p.m. – Farmer and the Markets (music)
Sponsored by Terra Tots
Spending all day at an outdoor street festival is bound to make you thirsty. Luckily, there are five outdoor beer gardens to help with that.
– Near The Apple Blossom Stage (corner of Spring Street and Block Avenue) – This garden will feature several Apple Blossom Brewing Co. beers, including the Block Street Bock Party brewed especially for the occasion.
– Near The Lightbulb Club (19 N. Block Ave.) – The Lightbulb Club will serve a full lineup of cocktails and beer at their on-street bar.
– Near Maxine’s Tap Room (107 N. Block Ave.) – Maxine’s will offer Fossil Cove Brewing Co. beers, and some of their specialty cocktails including “mini-mules” and rum punch at an outdoor garden adjacent to their building.
– Near Tables & Ale (102 N. Block Ave.) – Tables and Ale will offer beers from Core Brewing Co. in the lot in front of the bar.
– Near the Goodfolk House (229 N. Block Ave.) – The Goodfolk Garden will offer beer, wine, and wine-based frozen margaritas near at their garden at the base of the hill on Block Avenue.
Several local food trucks will set up shop during the event, including Baller Foodtruck, Dang Good Pies and Tamales, Kona Koast, the Primal Knead and others.
Vendors and community groups
Tons of artists, jewelry makers, pottery makers, and more will offer products this year.
Several local businesses will have booths as well, including Roll and Tumble Press, a letterpress printer that’s new to town from Little Rock, the very popular Gunderpickles booth from Springfest, and Urban Asana, an acrobatic yoga business here in Fayetteville. The Fayetteville Flyer and Flyer Homes will also have a booth with a bag toss game to win prizes from Flyer sponsors.
As always, tons of community groups and non-profit organizations will be on hand to participate in the event.
One of the best things about the Block Street Block Party is the sheer amount of things to do during the festival.
Arkadia Retrocade, a local vintage video game arcade, will have several games set up inside a truck near Bob’s Photography (109 N. Block Ave.).
There will also a velcro wall for kids to jumbo around on in a parking lot near Arvest Bank, pony rides in a lot just off Spring Street, and Cox Communications will be back with their popular water play station on the square.
Little Bread Co. will once again host a waiters race, which is always entertaining. That starts at 3 p.m. right in front of the restaurant.
Also expect to find fortune tellers, face painters, belly dancers, and a million other activities up and down Block Avenue.
It’s gonna rule. See you on Sunday.