First Thursday
October, 2019

First Thursday

Experience Fayetteville will kick off the annual First Thursday Fayetteville series of events on May 2 and continue through October 3. On the first Thursday of the month, the city’s historic downtown square transforms into an outdoor arts district featuring visual artists who create items in a variety of mediums. The event also includes live music, street performances, children’s activities, food trucks, a craft beer garden and more. First Thursday runs from 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

It's the Final Frontier! First Thursday Fayetteville returns to the downtown square for the last party of the 2019 season on Thursday, OCTOBER 3, with the theme SPACE. As always, this event is FREE and open to the public. Let's dress up in our spaciest outfits and make it OUTTA THIS WORLD!

Art | Music | Yoga | Bike Rides | Family Fun | Beer | Food Trucks

This is ground control to Major Tom...50 years ago, a man landed on the moon. We are now in the presence of over 2000 billion known galaxies. The Milky Way is just one. Let that sink in....and celebrate with us.

SPACE PARADE // See magic stars and orbs at the Space Parade on the square led by artists Jo Ann Kaminsky and Fawn Wonsower-Potter at 8p.m.

AFTER PARTY // Don't miss the Space After Party on the Fayetteville Town Center Plaza. We're going an extra hour under the stars to extend the final First Thursday to 9:30p.m.

MUSIC // Live Music by
Hosty Music, songs, funny stories, one liners, quips, dance beats, Pre 1985 hip hop songs, guitar, bass, drums, kazoo, singing all at the same time. Based out of Norman, Oklahoma, this one-man-band returns to the First Thursday stage to help us close out the season with a few laughs and toe-tappin tunes.

Fossils of Ancient Robots - Based out of Eureka Springs, AR, Fossils sound is fun, synth based pop music at its core but with shades of Dark Wave, metal, r&b and indie-rock. Fossils isn’t stuck in one genre but there is a unifying stylistic flow throughout.

YOGA // Join us for a vibrant FREE yoga class led by the teachers of Fayetteville Yoga Fest at 6pm. All ages + all levels welcome. Forgot your mat? We have one you can borrow.

SLOW ROLL BIKE RIDE // Slow Roll Glow Ride at First Thursday with Bike Fayetteville. Decorate your bike with glow sticks and lights before we roll. The route is a 4-mile loop through downtown, Wilson Park and the historic district with an average speed of about 6 mph. All ages / levels welcome. Don't have a bike? Rent one on site with VeoRide.

ART // Openings at the galleries around the square. Check out Art Ventures NW Arkansas, Fenix Fayetteville, and Trailside Village! Independent artists selling wares on the square.

FOOD TRUCKS // Local Food trucks serving up local and intergalactic fare. BeaverTails Mobile Fayetteville, CBD American Shaman+Kava&Yoga, Dog Daze Gourmet Hot Dogs, Hotrods Classic BBQ, Mo'Tacos & Churros, Flavorful kettle corn. FLĀV Italian Ice, Local [moh-tiv].

BEER // Local beer SPACE FORCE from Superior Bathhouse Brewery and cider from Black Apple Crossing.

First Thursday on the square is a community-centered event that features a combination of music, food, art, and fun. This event is produced by Experience Fayetteville. 

First Thursday will return to the square for the season in 2020. Save the dates!

  • May 7, 2020
  • June 4, 2020
  • July 2, 2020
  • August 6, 2020
  • September 3, 2020
  • October 1, 2020

Vendor Applications

All spots filled for 2019
2020 applications will be available in early 2020.

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Additional Info

  • Event date: Thursday, 03 October 2019
Director of Community Engagement

Director of Community Engagement