The 4th of July isn’t the only celebration happening in Fayetteville this month. There is also an exciting 4th Friday on July 24. The evening is full of free art, live entertainment and all of the wonderful shops downtown open late for the celebration. Downtown Fayetteville is full of diverse businesses, so there is something for everyone.
The Arts Council celebrates 4th Friday with the opening of a new exhibit. Point of View is an invitation for local photographers to display their talent.
“It’s a treat to kick-off our new year of exhibitions with a show of this caliber. We’re asking photographers to give us their best shot. This juried show will feature exceptional photography in a variety of themes and subject matter,” Mary Kinney, the marketing director said.
Submitted works will be juried with $1,000 in prizes available as awards. There is no required topic or style for this show. The only requirement is that the photographers come from specific counties: Bladen, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Fort Bragg, or Pope Army Air Field. Works will include black and white, color and digitally manipulated pieces.
“This is a regional show,” Kinney says, “Since this is an open call across a wide region, we have no way of predicting how many works will be entered. In our last juried photography exhibition, 53 pieces by 35 artists were selected for the show.”
The Arts Council is located at 301 Hay St. and will be open from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.theartscouncil.com or call 910-323-1776.
Fascinate-U is a museum designed specifically for children. The exhibits mimic real life experiences and invite them to explore the future in a safe environment. All the exhibits are intended to be touched and interacted with, which makes for an experience unlike any other traditional museum. On 4th Friday, admission into the museum is free, and it is open late. As an added bonus, there is also a free craft for kids to build and take home. This month the craft is a fish!
Fascinate-U is open from 7-9 p.m. The museum is located at 116 Green St. For more information, visit www.fascinate-u.com or call 910-829-9171.
After exploring the shops or having a wonderful dinner at one of the many amazing restaurants downtown, a relaxing way to end the day is reclining in Festival Park and soaking in the free music. On The Border, a tribute to the Eagles and Brittany Marie, a country and classic rock performer are playing. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the entertainment begins between 7 and 7:30 p.m. The concert will last until 10:30 or 11 p.m. No outside food or beverages are allowed. This event is a fundraiser for the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival and it is presented in partnership with R.A. Jeffreys, a distributer of Budweiser. For more information, visit www.faydogwoodfestival.com/p/Events/211 or call 910-323-1934. Festival Park is located at 335 Ray Ave. Patrons are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to sit on.