Fayetteville launches free Friday evening festivals at the Lower Ramble

Arlan & The Professor perform at the Lower Ramble in October 2022. (City of Fayetteville)

Fayetteville officials this week announced the launch of a new series of Friday evening festivals in the Lower Ramble, named “Weekend Starts.”

The free events will run from 5-7 p.m. each Friday from April 28 to June 30 and will include live music, visual artists and other entertainment.

The city is collaborating with the University of Arkansas Department of Music for the events, which will include a lineup of local musicians from classical ensembles to jazz quartets.

“The music department is thrilled to be part of this series and to explore the possibilities for Fayetteville’s fabulous artistic corridor, providing a unique blend of styles and genres that reflect the high level of artistic collaboration and excellence on campus,” said Alan Gosman, and associate professor at the university who is curating the music for the events.

The performances will feature UA faculty members and students, along with collaborators from throughout the region and country, according to a news release.

Joanna Sheehan Bell, the city’s arts and culture director, said she hopes the events can provide an immersive cultural experience that people can enjoy with their families after a busy workweek.

Sheehan Bell said while arriving via the Razorback Greenway trail is encouraged, parking is also available at the Fayetteville Public Library’s south surface parking lot, as well as on-street parking along West Avenue.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own picnic blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy the performances.

Weekend Starts lineup for April and May

April 28 – UA World Music Ensemble
May 5 – UA Graduate Student Saxophone Quartet
May 12 – Los Veleros Quartet (Brazilian/Afro-Cuban music w/ Fernando Valencia, William Reyes, Alisha Patillo, and Benji Wilson)
May 19 – Lauren Clare Trio (w/ Lauren Clare, Garrett Jones, and Jake Hertzog)
May 26 – Blue Thread (with Cristi Catt, Nikola Radan and others)

For information about upcoming performers, visit the city’s website at fayetteville-ar.gov/4232/Arts-and-Culture