Reminder: First Thursday is tonight on the Fayetteville square


It’s Thursday, Sept. 4, and that means it’s time for First Thursday Fayetteville, the city’s monthly art walk and festival on the downtown square.

The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Here’s what we know about this month’s festival.

On the square

Expect live music on the Fayetteville square Thursday night beginning at 5:30 p.m. with kid-friendly band, Shaky Bugs.

After that, local cover band Got it Covered will take the stage at around 7 p.m.

In addition, the annual Fest of All event, featuring song and dance performances from a variety of different cultures, will coincide with this month’s event on the square. Fest of All performances begin at 5:30 and run until about 7:30 p.m.

As always, several local artists, crafters, and more will be set up with art for sale at booths around the square. This month’s art walk includes more than 40 artists, including local painter Shelby Nichols, jewelry artist Sadie Callison, and multi-media/ceramics artist, Rachel Tebbetts.

Beer Garden

This month’s First Thursday beer garden is located on the Town Center plaza on the south side of Mountain Street. The featured local brewery is Apple Blossom Brewing Co. Proceeds from this month’s beer garden will benefit the University of Arkansas Latino Alumni Association.

Fayetteville Underground

Sundown Arkansas by Emma Steinkraus

Fayetteville Underground will present featured exhibitions of artists Emma Steinkraus and Natalie Brown.

Steinkraus’s work focuses on the intimacy, and the simultaneous globality, of private relationships in subject, scale, and detail.

Brown’s Going Outside, her most recent series, will include studio self-portraits based on the theme of foraging, as well as plein air landscapes created this summer at the Mount Gretna School of Art.

In addition, singer/songwriter/musician Eli Nichols will perform in the gallery Thursday evening.

Around town

Nightbird Books will host an art show featuring work related to print, books, and publication.

Work will be on display from Neon Glittery (illustrated children’s book), Ethan Fowler (comics), Art Amiss (literature publications), Cannibal Books (handmade books), and Brian Abel (zines).

The event also includes music by Hayden Johnson of May the Peace of the Sea be With You, poetry read by Matthew Henriksen, and fiction by Jane V. Blunschi.