Last Night Fayetteville to take hiatus in 2018

Last Night Fayetteville / Photo: Jamie Seed

Locals hoping to ring in 2019 at Last Night Fayetteville on the square for will have to find another New Year’s party this year.

Organizers of the event last week announced via the event’s official Facebook page that they will put the event on hiatus.

The statement reads as follows.

Every year, our core production team works nonstop for more than 6 months to bring Fayetteville a one of a kind community festival surrounded by the revelry of the new year. After 7 years of tireless work, sacrifice, and relentless determination, we’re taking a year off to rest, relax, and refresh our spirits. Rest assured we have big plans and exciting ideas for Last Night Fayetteville to return for New Year’s Eve 2020. Thank you all for being a part of Arkansas’ largest New Year’s Eve celebration for the last 7 years — we’ll see you next year!

Last Night sprung out of an event called First Night Fayetteville, which ran for just over a decade after its founding in 1998. That event went on hiatus in 2010, and was reborn under the leadership of Lauren and David Embree that next year as Last Night.

The event took place at various locations around the square, focusing on live music, a fireworks display, and a signature “hog drop” similar to the famous ball drop that happens annual in Times Square.

Last Night becomes the third annual event in Fayetteville to announce a hiatus in 2018. Spring events Block Street Block Party and Springfest also took the year off, though organizers of both events at the time said they planned to return in 2019.