Zip line over Block Avenue, high heel race added to 2016 Block Street Block Party

Event poster

If you’ve ever found yourself at the annual Block Street Block Party thinking to yourself, “Man, this day couldn’t possibly get any better,” organizers this year are aiming to prove you wrong.

In addition to the five stages of live music, 150 local vendors, beer gardens, kids activities, and more that locals have grown accustomed to at the festival, organizers this year have added a zip line to the mix.

Hannah Withers, who is once again helping organize the event, said she’s contracted with a group to offer the 200-foot zip line over Block along Center Street. Zips over the crowd will cost $5.

The attraction, however, will require a little cooperation from mother nature (remember the hot air balloon that was planned a few years ago but never flew due to high winds?).

“We really need two things for Block Party this year,” she said. “Lots of volunteers and no rain.”

Other new events planned this year include a high heel race to kick off the festival. The race, which is exactly what it sounds like, will begin at noon with a countdown by Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan. Racers are encouraged to wear costumes and strut their stuff up the street. Entry fee into the race is $10, and proceeds will benefit Magdeline Serenity House, a planned local sanctuary for women.

The Greedy Goats will make an appearance at this year’s festival as well, with baby goats for petting/snuggling with near the corner of Block Avenue and Dickson Street.

All of this is on top of the signature events that have become staples of the festival, including tons of music, beer, and fun.

As Withers mentioned, organizers are still seeking volunteers for this year’s event. Those interested in helping out can sign up here.

The festival is set for Sunday, May 22 from 12 p.m. until dark.

For more information, and to stay up to date with other announcements about this year’s festival, RSVP to this year’s official Facebook event. .