Severe weather and lightning cancelled the outdoor activities at Fayetteville’s favorite monthly festival in July, but First Thursday is hoping to make a full comeback this month.
The event returns to the square on Thursday, Aug. 6, for an evening of live music, food trucks, local beer, and of course, an art walk featuring dozens of local artists and crafters selling their wares.
Here’s what we know about this month’s event.
On the square
Music will begin on the main stage at 5:30 p.m. with a kid-friendly performance by Oh Be Joyful Brothers.
After that, talented local bluegrass band Cutty Rye will take the stage at around 7 p.m.
As always, many local artists will have booths set up around the square with paintings, woodwork, ceramics, photography, jewelry, and more.
This month, the beer garden will be located at the patio of the Old Post Office in the middle of the downtown square.
The featured local brewery this month is Core Brewing. Proceeds from the garden will benefit Circle of Friends for the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
Fayetteville Underground this month will feature the first of a two-part installment on tradition and craftsmanship in contemporary regional art.
The main gallery will include an exhibit on Ozark legend Tim West, a reclusive yet prolific artist who was pulled from obscurity by photographer Diana Hausam in 2006 after she discovered some of West’s work by the side of the road.
Curated by poet, folklorist, and theater artist Willi Goehring, the exhibit includes a retrospective of West’s work, including some of Hausam’s photos and an 8:30 p.m. screening of an excerpt of Hausam’s film Westland.
Fayetteville Underground will also feature a Buffalo River-inspired interactive thread installation by Amber Imrie-Situnayake. The work includes a sculpture created with blue threads that make the winding curves of the river and over 1,000 wool stones that come together to create the river bed. The exhibit spans over 18 feet and took over five months to complete.
Also, expect to find a series of Fayetteville Farmers’ Market vendor portraits by Joshua Duke, music from Pete Howard, and new work from regional artists Sage Bilig, Ashley Byers, Chris Drobnock, Robert Lemming, and Brenton Smith.
The gallery will serve food from Farmer’s Table and beer from Ozark Beer Company.
Make sure to stop by sUgAR gallery on the east side of the square for a closing reception for Fayetteville artist Nick Shoulders.
He also plays music in local bands Ghost Hollers, Dumptruck Boyz, and Thunderlizards.
Drawing inspiration from rural decay, the supernatural, and even the work of Tim West, Shoulders’ sculptures use wood, bones, rusty aluminum cans, and crumbled rock to pay tribute to a degraded place in time.
Free parking will be available in the Fayetteville Town Center parking deck beginning at noon.