Holy moly. If there’s one thing we learned at last year’s inaugural Block Street Block Party, it’s that the businesses along Block Avenue know how to throw a party.
The event will return for a second year beginning at 11 a.m. this Sunday, May 20, and from the looks of the list below, it’s going to be bigger and better in 2012.
Over 40 bands, DJs, and folk acts are scheduled to perform, and around 100 vendors and community groups will line Block Avenue on Sunday to join the 30-ish awesome local businesses providing activities on the street.
Expect pony rides, sandcastle buildings, tricycle races, chalk drawing competitions, puppet making , a charity dunk tank featuring local politicians (that’s our booth), and about a zillion other things.
There’s even a freaking hot air balloon.
Organizers are still looking for volunteers for the event, by the way, so speak up if you’re interested in that.
A full list of participants in the festival are listed at blockstreetbusinesses.com, and here’s our guide to all of the madness.
Little Bread Company Block Street Businesses Stage
11:30 a.m. – Terra Nova Tribal Dancers
12:30 p.m. – Afrique Aya
1:30 p.m. – Farmer and the Markets
2:30 p.m. – Shawn James
3:30 p.m. – Snake Eyes and the Bug Band
4:30 p.m. – Amanda Rey & Ross Hutchinson
5:30 p.m.- Devil’s Promenade
6:30 p.m. – Hot Vibrato Trio
7:30 p.m. – Trash Can Bandits
Sound Warehouse Lightbulb Club Stage
1:00 p.m. – Messy Sparkles
2:15 p.m. – Teenagers
3:30 p.m. – Thunderlizards
4:45 p.m. – A+ Set Up
5:30 p.m. – Color Club
6:45 p.m. – Glory Bones
8:00 p.m. – Ray Porter (Live Comedy)
8:45 p.m. – Fauxnz
1:00 p.m. – The Erratic Ninja – Dirt Nap
2:00 p.m. – Ultrasonic Nozzle – Audible Chocolate
3:00 p.m. – Randal Soeung – Aerosault.com, Headset Rec, Household Science
4:00 p.m. – Jason DuB – Jambalay Records, Aerosault.com, Techdics House Audio
5:00 p.m. – Chaz Bizar – Aerosault.com, Theoretic Records and BCR
6:00 p.m. – DJ Merl – Aerosault.com, Theoretic Records and Dirt Nap
7:00 p.m. – Domewrekka – ZoneOne
8:00 p.m. – Xaphan vs. Zac Slade – ZoneOne
Adventure Subaru Tables & Ale Stage
12:15 p.m. – Swimming
1:45 p.m. – Leah & The Mojo Doctors
3:15 p.m. – Honeyshine
4:45 p.m. – Surf de Soleil
6:15 p.m. – Charliehorse
7:45 p.m. – 1 Oz. Jig
Bank of Fayetteville Goodfolk Stage
11:00 a.m. – Block Street Pickers – Mike Shirkey & Scott Newby
12:00 p.m. – Dave Singleton
1:00 p.m. – Dennis Collins
2:00 p.m. – Mike Sumler
3:00 p.m. – Emily Kaitz, Ed Nicholson & Stan D?Aubin
4:00 p.m. – Ed Carr
5:00 p.m. – Michael Cockram & Susan Shore
6:00 p.m. – Jam
Artists’ Laboratory Theatre Sheet Fort Experience Kids Stage
11:30 a.m. – JoAnn Kaminsky
12:30 p.m. – Brandi Hoofnagle Puppets Playing Pretend
1:30 p.m. – Shout Lulu
2:30 p.m. – Marshall Mitchell, The Singing Cowboy
3:30 p.m. – Shannon Wurst
4:30 p.m. – Terra Nova Belly Dancers
5:30 p.m. – JoAnn Kaminsky
There are five outdoor areas to whet your whistle during the event. Here’s what we know about them.
Near The Lightbulb Club – Beer and Mixed Drinks
Near Maxine’s Tap Room – Beer and Mixed Drinks (this is a pet friendly garden)
Near Tables & Ale – Beer
Near the Block Street Businesses Stage (corner of Spring & Block) – Beer
Near the Goodfolk House – Beer and Wine
Block Avenue restaurants Little Bread Company and Hugo’s will be open all day during the block party. Hugo’s will have Grilled Lamb & Pork Gyros, Asparagus Canadadian Bacon & Gouda Frittatas, and Creamy Asparagus Soup made from fresh produce from the Farmers’ Market. They’ll also be selling $25 gift cards for $20.
Of course, Hammontree’s Grillenium Falcon grilled cheese truck will be back, and Greenhouse Grille will also have their food truck at the event.
Lucky Luke’s BBQ, Arsaga’s, Mountain Crepes, Petra Cafe, and others will also be set up with food during the event.
Also the Junior Roller Girls will operate a drink stand.
About a zillion artists, jewelry makers, pottery-makers, and more will be vending at the party this year.
Local businesses like Ozark Natural Foods, Terra Tots, and Rock City Kicks will also have booths at the event along Block Avenue.
A full list of vendors is available at blockstreetbusinesses.com
Again, there is a long list of community groups participating in this year’s event over at blockstreetbusinesses.com.
Interesting-sounding ones include Cash Mob Fayetteville’s scavenger hunt for local businesses. The Fayetteville Animal Shelter will be there with some cute pups that are up for adoption.
Several events and activities will be happening all day long at various Block Avenue businesses and the vendor booths.
We’re excited about the fact that David Hoover of BalloonLR will be giving hot air balloon rides from 5:15 to 8:15 p.m. in the parking lot behind Tables & Ale.
We partnered with Hugo’s this year to do an old-fashioned dunking booth in the small parking lot next to Arvest Bank. Several local politicians, including City Council members Sarah Lewis, Matthew Petty, Rhonda Adams, Justin Tennant, and Mark Kinion will participate. All the proceeds will benefit Feed Fayetteville. We’ll also have some free stickers, and Flyer t-shirts for sale for $10. We’ll be dunking folks every hour on the hour from 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
In the same small lot on every half hour, there will be adult tricycle races on custom trikes created by local artist Mark Landry.
There’s a dance party/body painting station at Riffraff featuring DJ EJ. Right across the street, Cox Communications is setting up some kind of elaborate sand castle building station.
Little Bread Company will be sponsoring a waiters race again, which was hilarious last year. That starts at 3 p.m.
There’s a ton more over at blockstreetbusinesses.com.