Moonwalking, country talking, and hard-beat rock ’n’ roll.
Rock-wall climbing, something’s frying, families on a stroll.
For the 41st year, the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival will celebrate spring in historic downtown with food, games, music, BMX stunts, wrestlers, kids’ fun, aerial entertainment, fireworks, a car show, and street vendors selling their wares.
The festival is set for April 27-30, centered at Festival Park on Ray Avenue and along Hay Street and Maiden Lane in the center of downtown.
What’s new this year? The Axes and Armor Hatchet House, where the adventurous can throw axes for free. Hours are noon-6 p.m. April 29-30 on Gillespie Street.
Cork & Fork: A Premier Food and Wine Event, 6-8 p.m. April 27, Festival Park. Tickets are $40 or $75 for couples. A silent auction will benefit Fayetteville Urban Ministry.
From 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 28, the festival will gear up with live entertainment, food vendors, a midway and KidZone, all at Festival Park. Country music is the star with Ashland Craft and David Nail performing at Festival Park. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the music will start at 6:30 p.m. Craft, whose hits include “Make It Past Georgia,” will take the stage at 8 p.m. Nail will perform hits like “Whatever She’s Got” and “Red Light” beginning at 9:45 p.m. Fireworks will follow.
From noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 29, activities will expand into downtown. The fun includes the Airborne Aerial entertainers, BMX stunt shows on Hay Street, and Ring Wars Carolinas stage wrestling tournaments at Ray and Hay streets. Local acts will perform at Festival Park beginning at 2 p.m. The Saturday night lineup features a post-grunge edge with rock bands Lit at 7:45 p.m. and Buckcherry, which has toured with Kiss and Motley Crue, at 9 p.m.
From noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 30, the fun continues with the addition of a car, motorcycle and truck show at Market Square. At 7:30 p.m., the national tour of “Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience” will light up Festival Park after a series of local acts beginning at 2:30 p.m.
For more information about the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival, visit DogwoodFestival.com.