If you’re not into local live music, theatre, improv, stand-up comedy, poetry, fireworks, giant puppet parades, or general merriment and good times, you should probably avoid the Fayetteville square Wednesday night.
But if you enjoy any of these things, well, the annual Last Night Fayetteville New Year’s Eve celebration might be the perfect way to ring in 2015.
The event, set to begin at 6:30 p.m. at venues around the square on Dec. 31, is entering its fourth year after a group of locals took over the longstanding First Night Fayetteville, changed the name, and revitalized the annual celebration of the New Year in Fayetteville.
The lineup for the event was released last month, and this week, organizers unveiled the more specific stage schedule featuring times and places for all the festivities.
The full schedule (below) this year includes musical performances by Randall Shreve & The Sideshow, Smokey & The Mirror, Shawn James & The Shapeshifters, Cutty Rye, Adam Cox, John Henry & Friends, and Witchsister, as well as live theatre by Artist Laboratory Theatre, improv from Phunbags Comedy Improv and Rodeo Book Club, comedy by Comedians NWA, and live poetry from Fayetteville Word Wars.
Also on tap are performances by Terranova Tribal Bellydancers, Violetta Lotus Burlesque Diamond Divas Drag Extrabaganza, and more.
Kid friendly activities will also return to the event, including a craft making station, storytelling, a giant puppet parade, and performances by local performer, Shaky Bugs.
A “Hog drop,” (similar to the ball-drop in Times Square) featuring a 8.5-foot-long hog sculpture is set for at midnight as attendees count down the arrival of the New Year, and there will be a fireworks display finale to the music of Ozarka Orchestra.
General admission to Last Night Fayetteville is $20 in advance for adults and $5 for children.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit lastnightfayetteville.com.
Last Night Fayetteville – Performance Schedule
Main Stage – Fayetteville Town Center
7 p.m. – Brick Fields & the Chosen Ones
8:30 p.m. – Shawn James & the Shape Shifters
10 p.m. – Randall Shreve & the Sideshow
Side Show Stage – Fayetteville Town Center
8 p.m. – The Institute of Jugglology
9:30 p.m. – Ozark Aerialists
Folk Stage – Odom Law Firm
7 p.m. – John Henry & Friends (w/special guests)
8 p.m. – Cutty Rye
9 p.m. – Adam Cox
10:15 p.m. – Smokey & the Mirror
Theater Stage – Fayetteville Underground Art Gallery
7 p.m. – Artist Laboratory Theatre: Whoosie Whatsit
8 p.m. – Fayetteville Word Wars
9 p.m. – Opera Fayetteville
Comedy Stage – The Chancellor Hotel: White River Ballroom
7:30 p.m. -Comedians NWA, Part 1
8:00 p.m. – Phunbags Comedy Improv, Part 1
8:55 p.m. – Phunbags Comedy Improv, Part 2
9:30 p.m. Comedians NWA Part 2
10 p.m. – Rodeo Book Club
Dance Stage – The Chancellor Hotel: Eureka Springs Ballroom
7 p.m. – Terra Nova Tribal Bellydancing
8:15 p.m. – Diamond Divas Drag Extravaganza
9:45 p.m. – Violetta Lotus Burlesque
Youth Talent Stage – Matt Miller Studio
7 p.m. – New Threshold Theater
8:30 p.m. – Nathan Hoffman
9 p.m. School of Rock: Deans List
10 p.m. – Witchsister
Kids’ Stage – Terra Tots
6:30 p.m. – Sign Up for Puppet Parade (in the Ball Building)
6:30 p.m. – Shaky Bugs
7 p.m. – The Last Saturday Storytellers
7:45 p.m. – Trike Theater
All Night: Crafts by Heather Younger of the Montessori School
Town Center Plaza
8:30 p.m. – Puppet Parade
11:30 p.m. – Ozarka Orkestra
11:59: Hog Drop Countdown and Fireworks Finale
After Party – Maxine’s Tap Room
Until 2 a.m.