08 4th Firday4th Friday is a celebration of the arts and Historic Downtown Fayetteville. There is always something fun and
exciting happening. 

This month there will be more activity than usual. “This is an exciting 4th Friday because it is the kickoff to the Dogwood Festival,” said Mary Kinney, Marketing Director of the Arts Council of Fayetteville/ Cumberland County. “They are going to be over in Festival Park doing their official kickoff party to the 35th annual Fayetteville Dogwood Festival.” 

Here are a few 4th Friday events that will take place Friday, April 28: 

Friday night will feature free country music concerts in Festival Park followed by fireworks. Brittany McLamb will perform at 6 p.m., LANCO at 7:30 p.m. and
Parmalee at 9 p.m. 

Experience the continuation of the exhibit, Arts and Flowers, presented by Ellington-White CDC at the Arts Council at 301 Hay St. 

Rock music will be performed by the 82nd Airborne Division Band’s “Rizer Burn” from 7-9 p.m. at the Arts Council as well.

Cape Fear Studios presents Skewed Reality: The Drawings of Steve Opet from 6-9 p.m. at 148
Maxwell St.

The Ellington-White Gallery presents the continuation of the Common Ground exhibition from 7-9 p.m. at 113 Gillespie Street. 

Fascinate-U Children’s Museum, located at located at 116 Green St., will have meet-and-greet with your favorite princesses along with free play from 7-9 p.m. “This is one of my favorite stops because I have little ones,” said Kinney. “They will have real-life princesses to meet that night and the kids can have free play in the museum.” 

Fayetteville Area Transportation Museum presents a new historical exhibit: Saint John’s Episcopal Church — The First 100 Years. It examines the unique architecture, symbolism and stained glass windows in the church. 

The museum also has a display of cool and vintage cars, a recreated 1920s gas station and Fayetteville’s 1880s Silsby Steam Pump Engine from 6-10 p.m. at 325 Franklin Street. “There will be some beautiful history about the church that will be talked about in this particular exhibit,” said Kinney. 

The Market House is featuring the educational exhibit Scottish Heritage and the permanent exhibit A View from The Square: A History of Downtown Fayetteville from 6-10 p.m. 

“The Market House is open to visitors on 4th Friday so you can actually go upstairs inside the Market House,” said Kinney. “They have a permanent exhibit in which you look in four directions out of the Market House and it gives you the history in
that direction.” 

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.theartscouncil.com or call the Downtown Alliance at (910) 222-3382.

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