Put on your crocheted shorts, a tu-tu, your feather boa, and a yellow banana hat, Fayetteville. It’s time to get weird on Block Avenue.
The seventh annual street party, Block Street Block Party, is set for Sunday, May 21.
This year’s event includes over forty live music acts on six stages, nearly 150 vendors, local craft beer, artists and crafters selling their wares, several food trucks, activities for kids and more on Fayetteville’s funky little street between Dickson Street and the Square.
There’s a ton of great music, including several bands that are staples of the local scene who’ve never played the event before (check the full schedule below).
In addition to the music, art, and food, there is plenty more to do at the annual event.
New this year, there’s an old-fasioned dunking booth offering locals a chance to dunk their favorite (or least favorite?) local politicians. So far, we know State Representatives Charlie Collins, Greg Leding, and 7Hills Homeless Center CEO Billy Rader will be getting wet this year. Proceeds benefit 7Hills.
Also new, there will be an RC racetrack set up near Arvest Bank at the corner of Meadow this year.
There will be a doggy wading pool near Shag Salon, tie-dye making stations, pony rides, and tons of other activities set up at businesses along the street.
This year’s event is presented by Experience Fayetteville. More info about this year’s event is below, and we’ll likely be adding to this post in the final days leading up to the festival, so check back for updates.
You can also stay up to date with other announcements about this year’s festival by RSVPing to this year’s official Facebook event.
See y’all Sunday on Block!
Hugo’s Stage at Pinpoint
12 p.m. – Robe Flax
12:30 p.m. – The Later Band
1:30 p.m. – m.bolez
2 p.m. – Basement Brew
3 p.m. – Robe Flax
3:30 p.m. – May the Peace of the Sea Be With You
4:30 p.m. – m.bolez
5 p.m. – Holy Smokes
6 p.m. – DJ Derrick
6:30 p.m. – White Mansion
7:30 p.m. – DJ Derrick
8 p.m. – Dylan Earl
Maxine’s Taproom Stage
12 p.m. – Jesse Dean & Left of Center
1:15 p.m. – Dumptruck Boyz Reunion
2:30 p.m. – Vine Brothers
3:45 p.m. – Lost John
5 p.m. – The Toos
6:15 p.m. – Dana Louise and Glorious Birds
7:30 p.m. – Arkansauce (plus special guests)
Lost 40 Stage and Whole Foods Stage
12:30 p.m. – Ozark Travelers
1:45 p.m. – Melody Pond
3 p.m. – Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings
4:15 p.m. – Smokey & The Mirror
5:30 p.m. – Nature & Madness
7:30 p.m. – National Park Radio
McBride Tables & Ale Stage
12 p.m. – Richard Burnett
1:45 p.m. – Photosphere
3:45 p.m. – Leah & The Mojo Doctors
5:45 p.m. – Cutty Rye
7:45 p.m. – Crescent City Combo
Black Apple Crossing Stage
12 p.m. – Noon Elite Dance Crew
1 p.m. – School of Rock
3 p.m. – Nimbus Circus
3:30 p.m. – Youth Pastor
4:30 p.m. – Nimbus Circus
5 p.m. – High Lonesome
6:30 p.m. – Vintage Pistol
8 p.m. – Cadillac Jackson
KPSQ Community Radio Stage and Fossil Cove Stage
1 p.m. – Isayah’s Allstars
2:45 p.m. – Irie Lions
4:30 p.m. – Crazy Neighbor
6 p.m. – Rochelle Bradshaw & Hypnotion
7:45 p.m. – Jim Mills & The Hellbenders
Spending all day at an outdoor street festival is bound to make you thirsty. Luckily, there are six outdoor beer gardens to help with that.
Here’s where to get an adult beverage at this year’s festival.
– Near The Black Apple Crossing Stage (Not far from Shag Salon, 224 N. Block) – Serving ciders from Black Apple Crossings, and cider cocktails created by local bartender, Shawn Traxler.
– Near the Lost Forty / Whole Foods Stage – Serving Lost 40 brews, with a “shandy station” with fresh-pressed juice to mix with your local brews.
– Near Maxine’s Tap Room (107 N. Block Ave.) – Maxine’s will offer plenty of local beers and specialty cocktails at their outdoor garden adjacent to their building.
– Near Tables & Ale (102 N. Block Ave.) – Tables and Ale will set up their beer garden in the lot in front of the bar. Budweiser will be on hand as well cooking up burgers.
– Near Hugo’s (25 1/2 N. Block) – A new garden by the folks behind the upcoming Pinpoint Fayetteville lounge
– Near the corner of Center Street – A garden serving local brews by Fossil Cove
As always, Block Avenue restaurants Little Bread Co. and Hugo’s will be open and serving up delicious food all day. Hugo’s is typically closed on Sundays, so it’s pretty sweet to be able to get a Derek’s Special or a Blue Moon Burger on a Sunday.
In addition, several food vendors will be set up along the street, including Arkansas BBQ Company, Wicked Wood-Fired Pizza, Blackboard Grocery & Eatery, Wright’s Barbecue, Frickin’ Chicken, The Green Goat, Cathead Biscuits, Loblolly Creamery, and others.
There will be plenty of activities for the kids this year as well.
A lot of these activities will be be centered near the bottom of Block Avenue near Dickson Street. There will be pony rides, a bouncy house, a remote control car course, a make-your-own tie-dye booth, and more.
Parking for the festival has been an issue in the past, but you know, that’s to be expected when you try to cram 10,000 or so people into the space of a handful of blocks.
Parking is free in the downtown/Dickson Street Entertainment District in city owned lots all day on Sunday in honor of the event this year.
Keep in mind, that not apply to private lots. Also, you still can’t park in the spaces that are marked residential. Here’s a helpful map (PDF).