Original photo by Micah Laney
For the 30th time, music, art, and bed races will once again fill Dickson Street as part of Fayetteville’s annual Springfest celebration.
The event, which began in the early 80s, went on hiatus in 2012, but returns for a day-long street party on Saturday, June 22.
This year’s Springfest was originally scheduled for May 4, but was postponed when unseasonably late snow and cold temperatures hit the area.
A few things have changed since we posted a guide to the original festival, so without further adieu, here’s our updated guide to the fun at this year’s Springfest.
2013 Springfest Events
Springfest kicks off with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. at Jose’s on Dickson Street. Admission is $5, and all proceeds will benefit the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Right after that, the Springfest 5K run is set to begin at 7:30 a.m.
Around 60 arts, crafts, food vendors, and local business booths will be ready for browsing at around 9 a.m. along the street. Among them, Flying Possum Leather will be making a quasi-return to Dickson Street with a booth, local pickle-maker Garret Gunderson will be selling his increasingly popular Gunderpickles, and local t-shirteurs Fayettechill will have a booth.
The main tent, including official Springfest t-shirts designed by local artist Chad Maupin, will be set up directly across from Jose’s.
At 11 a.m., a dog parade led by Bugsy “the Dickson Street dog” will make its way down Dickson Street. Those who would like to participate in the dog parade should meet at Dickson Street Liquor at 10:30 a.m.
The bed races begin at 1 p.m., and will feature teams of three individuals competing head-to-head in a race up Dickson Street.
At 6 p.m., a pub crawl begins on the Jose’s patio. Registration is $10, and includes a t-shirt for crawlers that visit all the participating watering holes.
At a glance
7 a.m. – Pancake Breakfast begins – Jose’s on Dickson Street
7:30 a.m. – Springfest 5K starts
9 a.m. – Vendors open on Dickson Street
9 a.m. – Music starts on the Bruce Walker Memorial Stage (Walton Arts Center lot)
11 a.m. – Dog Parade (meet in front of Dickson St. Liquor)
1 p.m. – Bedraces begin (in front of Hog Haus)
6 p.m. – Pub crawl begins (Registration at Jose’s on Dickson Street)
Springfest Bruce Walker Memorial Stage (Walton Arts Center main lot)
9 a.m. – The Saxtones-Jazz Quartet
10:15 a.m. – Keith Nicholson
11:30 a.m. – Voxanna
12:30 p.m. – Guerrilla Blues Band
2 p.m. – Barrett Baber Band
3:15 p.m. – Cutty Rye
4:30 p.m. – John Henry & The Earthshakers
5:30 p.m. – Shawn James & The Shapeshifters
7:15 p.m. – Trashcan Bandits
9 p.m. – Soulful Sound
Springfest Performing Arts Stage (Tyson Plaza)
9:30 a.m. – Double Impact Show Team
10:15 a.m. – Belly Dancing by Siren
11 a.m. – Belly Dancing by Raq Akia
11:40 a.m. – Magic, Juggling & Poi
12:30 p.m. – Zumba Ladies
1:15 p.m. – Tribal Belly Dancing – Terra Nova
1:45 p.m. – Hula Hooping
2 p.m. – Belly Dancing – Siren
2:45 p.m. – Irish Dancers
Springfest Kids Area (Walton Arts Center Rose Garden)
9 a.m. – How to make a zombie workshop
10 a.m. – Arts Live Theater (performance)
11 a.m. – Be in a zombie movie! Hosted by Zombie Go Boom (Arrive in full zombie gear by 10:30 a.m. Professional make up available for a fee.)
12 p.m. – Runway crash course for fashion show. (Everyone is welcome)
12:30 p.m. – Your Child & the Entertainment Industry
1 p.m. – Brianna Richardson (singer)
1:30 p.m. – Dance party
2:00 p.m. – Hair and make up for fashion show begins
2:00 p.m. – School of Rock (performance)
4 p.m. – Youth Fashion & Talent Show