First Thursday | Elemental
  • Event date: 2024-05-02
  • May 2, 2024

May 2, 2024

First Thursday is a vibrant, free monthly arts & culture festival brought to you by Experience Fayetteville. From May through October of each year, the event features live music, a robust vendor market, community activations, group bike rides, and different activities based around a new theme each month!

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Historic Downtown Square | Fayetteville, Arkansas

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First Thursday transforms the Historic Fayetteville Square into an outdoor arts and music celebration from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. The free, family-friendly events include a diverse lineup of live music, artist demonstrations and installations, food trucks, group bike rides and an arts market featuring more than 40 independent artists who create items in a variety of media.

The season kicks off Thursday, May 2nd with the theme “Elemental” inviting festivalgoers to explore the elements of Fire, Earth, Water, and Air. Mainstage music will feature Shannon Wurst, March to August, and 1oz Jig. Bike Fayetteville and Trailblazers will present a Slow Roll bike ride in celebration of Movement May. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s mobile aquarium brings visitors face to face with Arkansas native fish, and Art Experience will lead a festive puppet parade. May’s presenting sponsor is Walton Arts Center’s Artosphere.

Other themes for the season include:

June 6th | Avant Garden

a celebration of all things green and blooming, where art meets nature with innovative art, music, and fashion.

August 1st | Game On

with games of all shapes and sizes, where everyone can play.

September 5th | Dog Daze

Pretty up your pooch for the return of the dog pageant and tons more fun for you and your best friend.

October 3rd | Technicolor

The Square will shine in full spectrum with dreamy lighting and activations inspired by the cinema.

Note that there will be no First Thursday on July 4th

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Click here to view available sponsorship opportunities!

Have other ideas for participating? You can also reach out via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to Chloe Bell, Community Engagement Manager at Experience Fayetteville.

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