2017 Summer Spectacular

2017 Fort Smith Summer Spectacular

Experience the most event-packed weekend of the Summer in Fort Smith, Arkansas! Events like The Unexpected urban contemporary art project, Peacemaker Music & Arts Festival, Art On The Border and more will all be taking place simultaneously between Thursday, July 27, 2017 and Saturday, July 29, 2017. 

We've curated a list of events taking place in Downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas, during the weekend we call, "The Fort Smith Summer Spectacular!" See something missing from our list? Let us know!

The Unexpected

July 23-30, 2017 | Downtown

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The Unexpected brings artists Doze Green (New York), Circus Family (Amsterdam), Lakwena (London), Crystal Wagner (US), Felipe Pantone (Argentina), Saner (México) and AEC Interesni Kazki (Ukraine).


Divine Sparks Project

Divine Sparks Project by Felipe Pantone | The Unexpected Project | Fort Smith, Arkansas!

July 23-30, 2017 | 10AM-8PM

Located at 9 North 10th Street

New York artist, Doze Green, revisits the 1910’s New Theater, an Art Nouveau playhouse in the heart of downtown that has remained abandoned and closed to the public for nearly 30 years.


TRIPH by Circus Family

Triph by Circus Family | The Unexpected | Fort Smith, Arkansas!

July 23-30, 2017 | 10AM-8PM

Located at 17 North 10th Street

The audience directs the intensity, sound and color displays of this immersive audiovisual art experience by the Amsterdam based audiovisual design collective known as Circus Family.


Skate Park by Felipe Pantone 

Pop-Up Skate Park by Felipe Pantone | The Unexpected | Fort Smith, Arkansas!

July 27-30, 2017 | Open 24/7

Located at 100 Garrison Avenue

Argentinian artist, Felipe Pantone, will step out of the wall to create a massive sculptural piece that will double as a “pop-up” skate park in the parking lot of Pendergraft Park near the Fort Smith National Historic Site.


Meet The Design Happy Hour

Meet The Design Happy Hour | Fort Smith, Arkansas!

July 27, 2017 | 5:30PM-7PM

Belle Starr Antiques | 410 N. B St.

Attendees are invited to visit with architects of The U.S. Marshals Museum and view updated designs. Enjoy cocktails, food trucks, music by .357, and extended shopping hours at Belle Star Antiques in it's new location.


Feral Kingdom by Ana Maria

Feral Kingdom by Ana Maria | The Unexpected | Fort Smith, Arkansas!

July 28-30, 2017 | 1PM-8PM

Located at 11 North 3rd Street

In addition to the public art projects, a solo exhibition by Puerto Rican artist, recent Fort Smith transplant and a veteran artist of The Unexpected, Ana Maria, will offer an extremely unique gallery viewing to the public.


Experimental Film Festival

Experimental Film Festival | The Unexpected | Fort Smith, Arkansas!

July 27, 2017 | 9PM

Garrison Commons - 913 Garrison Ave.

This Film Festival seeks to provide a unique cinematic experience by featuring films that complement the artistic environment that now exists in Downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas.


I Am We - A Documentary

I Am We - Documentary Premiere | The Unexpected | Fort Smith, Arkansas!

July 27, 2017 | 9 PM

Garrison Commons - 913 Garrison Ave.

Premiering during the film festival, the film dispels stereotypes with the inspiring story of Fort Smith's own Ryan Starkey, who lives with a dyskinetic movement disorder. 


Jason Boland & The Stragglers

Jason Boland & The Stragglers | The SoundRoom | Fort Smith, Arkansas!

July 27, 2017 | Starts at 9PM

Venue: The SoundRoom

Formed in Stillwater, Ok., Boland & his tight-knit crew have sold more than half-a-million albums and earned a devoted following with a unique mix of rock, folk and red dirt.


Summer Art Spectacular

Summer Artisan Market Spectacular | Fort Smith, Arkansas!

July 28-29, 2017 | 11AM-5PM

Located at Pendergraft Park

Browse one-of-a-kind artwork and handmade goods from local artisans of all kinds, and grab some chalk to let your budding artist add some color to the park sidewalks.


Van Gogh 2.0 - Mobile Art Center

July 28-29 | 2PM-8PM & 11AM-8PM

Located at Cisterna Park on Garrison

Join Art Feeds on Friday and Saturday for Van Gogh 2.0's first outing at The Unexpected, where Art Feeds will host a free art activity for little artists. Follow along at #artfeedsgoes.


Peacemaker Music & Arts Festival

Peacemaker Festival | Fort Smith, Arkansas!

July 28-29 | Gates Open at 4:30PM

Riverfront Park - North A & Riverfront Drive

Peacemaker Music & Arts Festival brings a diverse cultural, musical & artistic experience to Downtown Fort Smith by providing a forum for local, regional & touring acts.


Art On The Border

Art On The Border | Fort Smith, Arkansas!

July 28-29, 2017 | 5PM-9PM & 10AM-5PM

Located at 101 North 2nd Street

Art On The Border features 40+ regional artists that create fine art, pottery, baskets, woodwork, jewelry, glassware, ceramics, and sculpture. All works are original and for sale!


Garrison Ave. Farmers Market

July 29, 2017 | 7AM-Noon

Located at 2nd St. & Garrison

Through the efforts of 90+ growers & merchants, each market day is a feast for the senses and alive with local musicians, performers and more.


RAM Saturdays - Sand Art

RAm Saturdays - Sand Art | Fort Smith Arkansas!

July 29, 2017 | Noon-5PM

Located at 1601 Rogers Ave.

Saturday brings a fun hands-on exploration of a new medium or type of art...SAND! Participants will experiment with techniques and materials to create their own art.


TypsyGypsy LIVE!

July 29, 2017 | Starts at 8PM

Venue: The SoundRoom

Doug Hamilton, besides laying down the bass lines, crafts vocal harmonies for the band that are unexpectedly mesmerizing. Check them out LIVE!


HEM After Dark

HEM After Dark | Fort Smith, Arkansas!

July 29, 2017 | Starts at 9:30PM

Located at 13 North 10th Street

Help celebrate the launch of HEM Apparel at this NYC-inspired Pop-Up Party! Event features a DJ and music by The MyntWave Axis, Goon Des Garcons & SusieQ.


FREE Parking/Trolley Service

FREE Transportation & Parking | July 29, 2017 | Fort Smith, Arkansas!

July 29, 2017 | 11AM-2PM

Back lot of Fort Smith Convention Center located at 55 South 7th Street

Park in the back lot of Fort Smith Convention Center (Wheeler Avenue) and meet the Trolley to be transported to West end of Garrison Avenue.