Weekend To-do: July 1-4

Local band Jarris will celebrate the release of their new EP Friday night at George’s.

It’s Fourth of July weekend! Fireworks! Explosions! Ice cream! Barbecues! Freedom!

Here is a list of fireworks displays in (and around Fayetteville), and here’s a longer list of 4th of July related activities all over Northwest Arkansas to help you celebrate our nation’s independence.

Below are several non-Fourth-of-July-related-but-still-pretty-awesome things happening in Fayetteville. Celebrate.


FOS Project will kick off the weekend at George’s for happy hour at 6 p.m. After that, Fayetteville’s own Jarris will be celebrating the release of their new EP Reflect along with Noise Letter, A Scarlet Night, Silent Waits the Archer, and Jared Dunn.

A new outdoor music stage will be christened just off Dickson Street Friday night. Kingfish has built a 120-square-foot stage in their backyard area, and Nu Unyun will help break it in from 8 – 11 p.m.

The folks at the Lightbulb Club are hosting the JR’s Record Auction #2 and After Auction Super DJ Dance-O-Rama Friday night. If you attended the first one, you know what to expect.

How about some comedy? Cowboy comedian Rodney Carrington will be at the Arkansas Music Pavilion Friday night. Last time he was in the area, the entire stage was covered with giant inflatable penises. In other words, this show is for adults.


It’s going to be a hot one at the Farmers’ Market on the Fayetteville square Saturday. You should still go, but maybe you should wear shorts and a tank top or something.

There’s a rare Saturday afternoon show planned at 11 a.m. at Greenhouse Grille Saturday with East Square. The band features local students Jeanie Hall & Kayla Kimball East, who are raising funds for an upcoming trip to Guatamala, as well as for a school that they’ll be volunteering at on their trip.

Austin, Tx band The Sour Notes are back in town Saturday night for a show at Smoke & Barrel with Where’s Lawrence, Elaine Greer, Niall and Messy Sparkles.

There’s a southern-metal show at George’s Saturday night with Texas Hippie Coalition. They have a song entitled, “Pissed off and mad about it.”

After a few years’ hiatus, fireworks will be back at the Northwest Arkansas Mall this year. The display will take place on Saturday night at around 9:30 p.m. thanks to the folks at Uptown Fayetteville Association and the Fayetteville A&P.


Sunday is going to be better than usual because most of you aren’t going to have to work on Monday. Go crazy.

Tiffany Christopher is at Common Grounds, and Jody’s Living Room open mic is going down at LIT.


If you’re looking for some 4th of July fireworks on the actual holiday, a good bet is the NWA Naturals Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale. That, or you could just walk outside your house pretty much anywhere in Northwest Arkansas and probably see some fireworks for free.

There’s more below. Free free to add to the list in the comments. Happy 4th of July weekend.

Friday, July 1
Kingfish: Nu Unyun
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Guta
Greenhouse Grille: Stephen and Bonnie Turner Jazz
Savor: Dolan Sanderson
The Lightbulb Club: JR’s Record Auction #2 and After Auction Super DJ Dance-O-Rama
AMP: Rodney Carrington
Foghorn’s on College: Forgetting Last Friday
Jose’s: Durham
Hjem Restaurant: Antoine and the Nightcrawlers
George’s Majestic Lounge: Jarris / FOS Project / Noise Letter / A Scarlet Night / Silent Waits the Archer / Jared Dunn
Rogue Pizza Co.: Chant / End
Teatro Scarpino: Salsa Night
Saturday, July 2
Fayetteville Square: Farmers’ Market
Ozark Natural Foods: First Saturday at ONF
Greenhouse Grille: East Square featuring Jeanie Hall & Kayla Kimball East
Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall: Courtney Hardin – Voice – Mezzo Soprano
Savor: Sarah Hughes
Foghorn’s on College: Hoilday -n- Music
Jose’s: Cheyenne
George’s Majestic Lounge: Texas Hippie Coalition
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: The Sour Notes / Where’s Lawrence / Elaine Greer / Niall / Messy Sparkles
NWA Mall: Fireworks Display
Sunday, July 3
Greenhouse Grille: Pat Pathoumthong
Common Grounds: Tiffany Christopher
Pesto Cafe: Shannon Wurst
LIT: Jody’s Living Room open mic
Monday, July 4
The Perk: Open acoustic jam
Pesto Cafe: Darren Ray