First Thursday Fun in Fayetteville

First Thursday on the Fayetteville square
First Thursday on the Fayetteville square

Fayetteville is the place to be on the First Thursday of May through October.

That’s when the city’s historic downtown square transforms into an outdoor arts district featuring more than 40 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. Each event in the First Thursday series has a set theme as well.

The spring, summer and fall months are beautiful in the Ozark Mountain town and the weather is enjoyable for strolling around the square. The family-friendly event is free to the public and attracts around 10,000 visitors to the downtown square each year. 

Fayetteville has been listed among the top-five places to live in the U.S. several years in a row. As the home of the University of Arkansas and its beloved Razorbacks, Fayetteville has always been the hot spot for entertainment and fun in Northwest Arkansas. But nowadays Fayetteville is just as known for its fantastic restaurants, arts and entertainment offerings, surrounding outdoor beauty, annual events and attractions that keep visitors coming back season after season. 

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Trout Fishing in America concert on the Fayetteville square
First Thursday fun in Fayetteville
Fayetteville Town Center plaza
Music is big in Fayetteville
First Thursday offers great food
First Thursday Beer Garden