First Thursday Fayetteville has a new direction as the Fayetteville Town Center takes the reigns from the Fayetteville Visitors Bureau. The Town Center staff has some surprises planned beginning on April 7 at 6 pm when they bring a carnival atmosphere into the Town Center. The April event will be inside the Town Center, where you’ll find performers like UPDownGo and Biz the Clown. The Kids Zone, sponsored by First Security Bank, will have face painting, games and other activities planned by Kids Unlimited Learning Academy. Cox Communications is sponsoring the photo booth and a caricaturist.
Walton Arts Center is excited to announce that traditional Irish group Danú will take the stage Sunday, March 13 at 4 pm in Baum Walker Hall. This show is part of the 10x10 Arts Series and all tickets are $10. Tickets are available now and can be purchased by calling Walton Arts Center’s Box Office at 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org. Danuì is one of the leading traditional Irish folk ensembles of today. For over a decade, the ensemble – with members on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki and vocals (Irish and English) – has performed around the globe and recorded seven critically-acclaimed albums.
In his latest play Fault, renowned playwright Robert Ford (Look Away, The Spiritualist, My Father’s War) tackles one of mankind's greatest fears of the modern age—nuclear fallout. On February 4, TheatreSquared will begin performances of his newest work. Drama Desk Award-winner Josh Hecht will direct the world premiere production.
Fayetteville Mardi Gras is celebrating 25 years of merriment and mayhem, beginning at 2 pm on Saturday February, 6th with The Fat Saturday Parade of Fools winding its way from the Fayetteville Square through Dickson Street. The oldest, and most renowned celebration of its kind in the state, offers a variety of traditional Mardi Gras festivities. The schedule promises bead-filled fun for all ages, with local Mardi Gras events sure to shake off the winter blues. The festivities are sponsored by The Committee for Fayetteville Mardi Gras, Inc., a non-profit organization, donating a share of each year’s proceeds to local charities. 2016 Mardi Gras of Fayetteville Schedule: -Saturday, February 6th: Bring the kids to the family-friendly Fat Saturday Parade of Fools, as it winds its way from the Fayetteville Square, up Block Street, and then down Dickson Street. Always a Northwest Arkansas favorite, the 2 pm parade is a colorful mix of beads, costumed revelers and festive floats. -Tuesday, February 9th: The merriment continues on Dickson Street with the Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Celebration with the Demented Krewe. The evening offers lots of grownup fun, with live Cajun music from Billy Zydeco and coronation of the Royalty at 8:00 pm,…
The Fayetteville Visitors Bureau held it’s annual Hospitality Hero Awards at the Fayetteville Town Center on Wednesday, January 20 at 11:30 am. The event honored the industry elite, who work to make visitors to our town feel welcome, with a luncheon for all Hospitality Award 2015 Winners & Nominees. The Visitors Bureau named Allen Bangs, of Candlewood Suites, as Hospitality Hero of the Year. Also, Erica Vaughn of the Chancellor Hotel was recognized as Hospitality Hero Manager of the Year while the Hampton Inn was honored for having the most monthly winners in the program.
Together with Kinky Boots, Walton Arts Center is announcing an opportunity to give local families a step up. Patrons are encouraged to bring new or gently-used boots, tennis shoes, and sturdy shoes for men, women and children when they come to see Kinky Boots at Walton Arts Center, January 19-24. These donations go directly to the local non-profit organization Peace at Home Family Shelter.
NPR lovers rejoice! Ira Glass, host of “This American Life” is coming to Walton Arts Center on Sat., Jan. 16 at 8 pm as part of the 2015-16 Coca-Cola Night Out Series. The evening - “Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass” - features stories on-stage, combining narration with pre-taped quotes and music to recreate the sound of the show as you watch and listen along.
Walton Arts Centeris excited to announce American Pianist Simone Dinnerstein will take the stage Friday, Jan. 8 at 8 pm in Baum Walker Hall. This show is on the 10x10 Arts Series lineup and all tickets are $10. Tickets are available now and can be purchased by calling Walton Arts Center’s Box Office at 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.