First Thursday Fayetteville to return May 4


Unless you’ve been stuck at work all the time or locked in a dungeon or if you live deep within a mountain cave that you rarely leave, so much so that your eyes have gotten adjusted to the dark and if you go outside the light is completely blinding so you just stay in there all the time and eat bats and snails and drink cave water and feed your pet cave fish that don’t even have eyes, you may have noticed that spring is springing up all over the place around Fayetteville at the moment.

And unless you are that above mentioned cave person, you may also know that springtime means it’s time for First Thursday outdoor festival and art walk on the Fayetteville square.

Experience Fayetteville officials today announced that this year’s monthly events will kick off on Thursday, May 4, and will continue through the summer and early fall until Thursday, Oct. 5.

Each event will be organized around a theme, and will include live music,a local artists and vendor market, artist demonstrations and installations, group bike rides, and more. The fun starts after work at around 5:30 and wrap up in the evening around 9 p.m.

Themes for each event were also announced this morning.

The may event, which takes place on the 4th, will have a May The Fourth Be With You Star Wars-theme. Music will be provided by local acts Papa Rap, The Irie Lions, and C4 Clarinet Quartet.

The June 1 theme is Throwback Thursday, centered around with 90s and 2000s pop culture with cover bands performing hits from those eras, vintage vendors, and a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Fayetteville Ale Trail.

The July event will take place on the 6th, and will have a Dog Daze theme with a pup pageant and other celebrations of our furry friends.

On Aug. 3, the theme will be Summer Soiree, with a splash pad for the kids, a watermelon seed spitting contest, and “relaxed summer tunes,” officials said.

The September 7th theme is First Folksday, with an Ozark folklife celebration featuring  history, handicrafts, architecture, and folk music. 

The final event of the year on Oct. 5 with have a ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ Alice In Wonderland-theme, featuring himsical décor, stilt walkers, and other carnival entertainers to kick off spooky season in October.

Experience Fayetteville are seeking vendors and sponsors for this year’s events. Those interested in getting involved should visit to learn more.