zombiesOn Oct. 28, the streets of downtown Fayetteville will be flooded with zombies. This month the official theme of 4th Friday is the Zombie Walk. 

This event is an annual family-friendly event that allows for the people of Fayetteville to transform into a remarkably friendly hoard of zombies. Zombies, ghouls and the occasional zombie hunter should begin gathering at the Headquarters Library (300 Maiden Lane) at 6 p.m. for the pre-party and preparation. The walk to downtown will begin at 8 p.m.

Headquarters Library, the initial gathering spot for the hoard, will join in on the ghoulish fun. Free family-friendly games are planned on the front porch from 4 until 7 p.m. Even the youngest of zombies can join in. From 7 until 9 p.m., storytellers will present frightening local legends, scary fictional stories and classic ghost stories. This is also a free event, though it may not be entirely suitable for young children. 

In addition to roaming ghouls, 4th Friday also features incredible local art. The Arts Council, located at 301 Hay Street, will host the opening of Recycle: The Art of Transformation. This installation features local artists taking discarded materials and recycling and reusing them to create incredible and beautiful pieces of artwork. The exhibit is open and free to the public from 7 until 9 p.m. The exhibit is presented with The City of Fayetteville’s Environmental Services Department.

Fascinate-U Children’s Museum is designed specifically to engage children in fun and safe learning. Exhibits mimic real life situations like broadcasting studios and stores, and are intended to be touched and played with to stimulate exploration and learning. Fascinate-U will also offer a free creative craft. From 7 until 9 p.m., children are invited to make a cute cat and enjoy free admission in the museum, which is located at 116 Green Street.

Cape Fear Studios is hosting a gallery opening on Oct. 28, 6-8 p.m.  The exhibit is the 20th Annual Nellie Allen Smith Pottery Competition. This competition has grown from a local to a national competition, but it has always maintained the core goal of giving clay artists the opportunity to compete with peers. This year the juror is potter Simon Leach, who comes from a family of potters. His work is influenced by his fathers and grandfathers work as well as by Japanese and Korean art. He will also  attend the opening reception and the exhibit will run until Nov. 23.  

The Fayetteville Transportation Museum offers the perfect place to explore local history on a crisp October evening in Downtown Fayetteville. Located at 325 Franklin Street, the museum is open and free from 6-8:30 p.m.  The current exhibit is called Cumberland County Goes to War. It focuses on the areas involvement in the Civil War both on the battlefield and at home. The Market House also focuses on area history. From 6 until 10 p.m., 4th Friday participants can visit the Market House and see Post Cards of Fayetteville and the permanent exhibit A View from the Square: A History of Downtown Fayetteville

To learn more about 4th Friday, call 323-1776.

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