Art, movies and music on the square for First Thursday

I love Fayetteville, so it’s not very often that I visit another city in Arkansas and find a reason to be jealous of some kind of community gathering or event. Usually, I think, “Fayetteville’s way cooler than this.”

Last summer though, my wife and I spent a weekend in Eureka Springs, and I have to admit I was pretty envious of their Sunday night movies at the Lucky 13 Starlight Cinema.

It’s a big party, and everyone comes out to the downtown area, and watches good movies projected onto the exterior of a historic building after the sun goes down.

Starting in August, Fayetteville is getting their own version of a regular downtown movie night. Add the first Thursday Art Walk that’s already been happening on the same night, some live music, and an awesome movie showing at dusk, and you’ve got yourself a pretty awesome party.

The first of these events is scheduled for August 6th. There will be the Art Walk at ddp gallery and The Fayetteville Underground from 5-8, live music in front of the Town Center by the Marshall Mitchell Band and Guta, and the first movie will be War Eagle, a movie filmed and set in War Eagle, Arkansas, and written by Arkansas Native Graham Gordy.

Other activities in the works are some roving live comedy improv, and rumor has it there will be some fire spinners on hand for the August 6th event as well.

That’s a whole lot of awesome packed into the downtown square in one night.

Wanna hear the best part? It’s free.

The whole thing is being sponsored by some of the merchants on the square in conjunction with the City of Fayetteville, and if the all goes well it could become a regular addition to add to the ever growing event that the First Thursday Art Walk has already started on the square.

If you can’t tell, I’m a little excited about the whole idea of something like this. We’ll have more details on the event over the next few weeks, but for now, give yourself a high-five for living in Fayetteville. This place rules.

Who’s in?