First Thursday returns Aug. 1 with ‘Tailgate’ theme


The 2019 First Thursday Fayetteville season continues Thursday, Aug. 1 on the downtown square.

This month’s theme is “Tailgate” and attendees are encouraged to bring their school spirit and wear team colors.

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

On the schedule this month is a water slide (bring swimwear), a spelunking cave built inside a dumpster (see video), live music from School of Rock Fayetteville and ROXY ROCA, and a beer garden featuring brews from Bike Rack Brewing Co., Bentonville Brewing Co., Ozark Beer Co.

Food trucks scheduled to be on site include BeaverTails, Flavorful kettle corn, Mo’Tacos & Churros, Local moh-tiv, Dog Daze Gourmet Hot Dogs, FLAV Italian Ice, Harvest Moon Pies Hotrods Classic BBQ and Fayetteville CBD American Shaman + Kava Bar.

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.

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

The Fenix Gallery, located on the north side of the square, will open a month-long exhibit with all six members of the Kaminsky family. The Kaminskys have been active in the local arts community since the 1980s.

Art Ventures, located on the southwest corner of the square, will host “Women to Watch” featuring a four-artist collaborative exhbit called “Heavy Metal.” Co-exhibitors with “Soft Materials” solo exhibits include Alice Andrews, Kim Heang Cottrell, Sarah Nguyen and Denice Nicholson.

Just off Dickson Street, Arsaga’s at the Depot will host an exhibition opening for Daryl V. Doyal, who creates artwork about everyday sites in and around Fayetteville and sometimes from traveling adventures.

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