First Thursday Fayetteville returns with new safety measures in place

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After cancelling last months event due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, First Thursday Fayetteville will return on Sept. 2.

This month’s festival will feature a new textile installation from Crochetitville, the group that covered Maxine’s Tap Room in colorful yarn last year. The theme of this month’s event is “Tight Knit but Spread Out.”

There will be live music from locals The Irie Lions, Bootleg Royale, and Ley Lines, food trucks, art vendors, a live art installation featuring an original woven artwork by Art Ventures artist Jeffry Cantu, and more.

New this year, attendees can take advantage of the city’s Outdoor Refreshment Area to to carry and consume alcoholic beverages in designated cups within the district downtown. The beverages must come from participating bars and restaurants downtown, and participants must have an ORA cup and wristband.

In conjuction with First Thursday, Creative Spaces (located at 150 N. Skyline Dr. on Mount Sequoyah) will also have an opening Thursday night with a new show called “Thresholds” featuring artists Trinity Kai and Acadia Kandora.

New safety measures will be in place this month, organizers said. Among them, masks will be required for attendees when not seated at their table, and hand sanitizing stations will be set up around the square. In addition, The Community Clinic’s Mobile Health Unit will be offering free COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone 12 and older at the Walker Stone House (located at 207 W. Center Street).

More information is available via the Facebook event.