UPDATED: First Thursday returns June 6 with ‘Summer of Love’ theme


Update: First Thursday festivities have been moved inside the Fayetteville Town Center this evening due to the threat of rain.

The 2019 First Thursday Fayetteville season continues Thursday, June 6 on the downtown square.

This month’s theme is “Summer of Love” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival, and residents are encouraged to dress up in tie dye, flower crowns and festival wear.

As always, expect artists set up around the square, children’s activities, music, food and drinks.

Aside from the art in the streets, artist openings will surround the square at several galleries.

Art Ventures will host a show called “Neighbors & Neighborhoods: Beav-O-Rama Park” by artist Eloa Jane Pereira. Pereira recently received a Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) Artistic Innovations Grant, and her new exhibition is a series of works that depict life in Beav-O-Rama Park in the outskirts of Fayetteville. The gallery will also exhibit work from a show titled “Islamic Art in Context,” featuring work from artists from around the world.

Fenix Fayetteville will debut a new show titled “Our Universe,” featuring new installations by Ed Pennebaker, Aimée Papazian and Craig Colorusso in the small gallery, as well as new work by several Fenix Fayetteville artists.

Just off the square, The Walker Stone House will host a photo exhibit of portraits by Eureka Springs artist John Rankine called “Men with Earrings.” Here’s more about that.

There will be live music as well, featuring performances by local psychedelic funk band Deep Sequence, folk/rock band Jamie Lou and the Hullabaloo, and roots act Sad Daddy.

The beer garden on the Town Center Plaza will include brews from Hawk Moth Brewing, Core of Arkansas and JBGB. Local food truck vendors will also be set up for the event.

There’s also a 4-mile slow roll group bike ride, free yoga, and more.

The fun starts at around 5:30 p.m., and runs until around 8:30 p.m. It’s free to attend, and open to the public.

For more information, visit experiencefayetteville.com/first-thursday.