Fayetteville Underground opening, ‘Fest of All’ highlight First Thursday festivities

The entrance to Fayetteville Underground has a new paint job in preparation for their grand opening and ribbon cutting during First Thursday Sept. 6.

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Last month, the Fayetteville Underground debuted their new space with a soft opening during the August installment of First Thursday Fayetteville. Tonight, it’s for real.

The artist collective will host a grand opening during the First Thursday festivities tonight, Sept. 6 from 5-8 p.m. inside their new location at 101 W. Mountain Street. The show will feature work by several of the 23 resident artists, as well as wire sculptures and other work by visiting artist Joel Armstrong. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for 7 p.m. to dedicate the new space.

Around the square, more than thirty artists will exhibit work in an outdoor artwalk, including paintings and photography by Faith Ames, drawings, paintings and sculpture by Nick Shoulders (Thunderlizards), and jewelry designed by Evelin Majarek.

Also tonight, a cultural celebration called “Fest of All” will take place on the square in conjunction with First Thursday. The event features performances by 10-year-old singer/songwriter Kayleigh Calaway, McCafferty School of Irish Dance, Siren belly dancers, Ozark Highlanders Pipe Band, and others. Here’s a full schedule of the “Fest of All” events.

Tonight’s activities also include music by blues guitar prodigy Nathan A & Max RPM and folk duo Chase Missy on the main stage in front of the Fayetteville Town Center. Cletus Got Shot’s Nathan Miller will play at Matt Miller Studios.

As always, expect a charity beer garden and a kids zone for the kiddos.

Don’t forget that parking on all the streets and public lots around the square is free after 5 p.m.