Final outdoor First Thursday event of the season set for Oct. 5

People kicking it at a previous First Thursday event / Courtesy photo

Cooler weather is right around the corner, and that means its time to say goodbye to summertime things. Not without one final party, however.

That’s what’s happening on the square this week, when First Thursday hosts its final outdoor event of the year on Thursday, Oct. 5.

This month’s theme has a harvest theme, and will feature live music by School of Rock and Big Horn Sounds, and performances by Latinx Youth Theatre Project.

In the beer garden, Little Rock Brewery Flyway Brewing and Springdale-based cidery, Black Apple Crossing will be pouring locally-brewed creations.

Art-wise, a handful of galleries around the square will host openings to coincide with the event. Art Ventures (formerly Fayetteville Underground) will host a show featuring Arkansas basket-maker Leon Niehues and photographer Jay McDonald. The event will also include hors d’oeuvres, beverages, music, and more. Here’s some more info about the artists.

Across the square at Stage 18, Stage Eighteen and Fenix Fayetteville will host a month-long retrospective of the art of William Mayes Flanagan. Organizers say the show will offer “a cross-section of the late artist’s work, including paintings of local landmarks, such as the train depot and the old courthouse, and Ozark landscapes occupied by barns, rivers, and night birds.” After the opening this week, the show will remain on display through Oct. 28. Here’s more.

There’s also a show at Studio 3 (3 East Mountain) featuring work by Kathy P. Thompson, Kellie Lehr, and Aimee Papazian opening Thursday night.

A free yoga class will be set up beginning at 6:15 p.m. near the Fayetteville Town Center, and donations will be accepted toward relief of hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.

First Thursday begins at around 5 p.m. Free parking is available at the Town Center parking deck.

For a bit more information, check out the Facebook page for the event.