First Thursday Fayetteville planned on the square for June 4


It’s looking like it’s going to be a beautiful week for an art walk and outdoor festival on the Fayetteville square.

First Thursday Fayetteville returns tonight (June 4) for an evening of live music, food trucks, local beer, and of course, an art walk featuring dozens of local artists and crafters selling their wares along the square.

Here’s what we know about this month’s event.

On the Square

Live music will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a kid-friendly performance by Sugar Free All-Stars.

After that, local band Farmer & The Markets will take the main stage at around 7 p.m.

Farmer & the Markets

Staff photo

As always, tons of local artists and crafters will have booths around the square. Over 40 artists are planning to participate in this month’s event, including photographer Matthew Parks, jewelry maker by Jamie Underwood, and textile artist Angela Story.

Local artist Nick Shoulders will debut a collection of new work at the sUgAr gallery, located in the basement of East Square Plaza. Here’s more info about that.

Also on the square, Matt Miller Studio is hosting Wakarusa artist KOA Thursday night. Tickets to the show are $15. Here’s more info. Turns out, this show is Friday, June 5.

At the Fayetteville Town Center, the Ozark Literacy Council will host a gala to raise money for their educational and outreach programs through partnerships with the Fay Jones School of Architecture to create Little Free Libraries around town. Sponsorships of the Little Free Libraries will be available, and there will be music, food, drinks, and more. Tickets are $50. Here’s more info.

Beer Garden

This month, the beer garden is located at the patio of the Old Post Office in the middle of the downtown square, and will feature beer from local microbrewery Ozark Beer Company. Proceeds from the garden will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Fayetteville Underground

Callinectes Sapidus (Beautiful Swimmer), on display at Fayetteville Underground

By Rebecca Ratliff

Fayetteville Underground will host a show featuring art inspired by nature called Evocation: Nature, Art, and the Muse Pt. 2.

Artists include Louisiana photographer Rebecca Ratliff, Steven Schneider, David Brigman, Danny R.W. Baskin, Kate and Dave Baer, Luke Knox, Natalie Brown, Michael Davis Gutiérrez, Jessica Camp, Jerry Plumlee, Celestine Eichler, Ken Kvamme, and more. Food and refreshments will be provided and harpist Beth Stockdale will perform. Ratliff will lead a brief discussion and Q&A about her work as well.

Around town

In addition to what’s happening around the square, there are quite a few other art-related events happening around Fayetteville Thursday night.

At Local Color Studio Gallery, a new art space located inside the old Four Legged Bird building, the community is invited to come together to help create a new art installation. Details are here.

Arsaga’s at the Depot hosts an opening for “Gallivant: Photographs from Around the World.” Folks are invited to enjoy a visual trip around globe through the works of Andres MacLean.


Free parking is available in the Fayetteville Town Center parking deck beginning at noon.