Up & Coming Weekly

May 31, 2022

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM JUNE 1 - 7, 2022 UCW 19 ASHLEY SHIRLEY, Staff Writer. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200 Fayetteville After Five is back with music, food and family fun by ASHLEY SHIRLEY EVENT Free live music, food trucks and southern summer nights come to- gether every second Friday evening of the month for a concert series starting on June 10. From 6 to 10 p.m., Fayetteville After Five, held at Festival Park in down- town, will open its gates to couples looking for a fun night out or families looking to beat the summer doldrums. While outside food and drink, cano- pies and coolers are not permitted on-site — camping chairs, blankets and service animals are more than welcome as attendees experience an evening of good vibes, good food and good music. A summer staple for the last decade, Fayetteville After Five has the success- ful summer bash down to a science. Park gates will open at 5 p.m., followed by an opening act at 6. For those coming to rock, the live music offering will not disappoint. Fayetteville After Five will feature a range of tribute and cover bands. From the Eagles to Led Zeppelin, there's a little something for everyone. Opening acts taking the stage this summer include Southern Haze, rowback Collaboration Band and 10 O'Clock High. A rotation of five to seven food trucks will be on-site with plenty of options, including dessert and several types of beer. At 8 p.m., the night's headlining act will grace the stage, and the lineup this year features crowd favorites such as On the Border, Rivermist and Zoso. As an extension of the Dogwood Festival, Fayetteville After Five offers those still crowd-shy after the precau- tions of the past two years an oppor- tunity to get out and have a good time. Sarahgrace Snipes, executive director of the Dogwood Festival, sees it as a great way for people to reengage with- out battling the overwhelming crowds often present at other events. "It's a bit more relaxing," she told Up & Coming Weekly. "is is a great event to not be right on top of people. We'll have lawn games; kids can run around, people can interact with each other and enjoy live music without a huge crowd." While Fayetteville After Five will have a lot to offer those looking for something free, fun and local to add to their summer plans, Snipes is most excited to share good live music with the public. "I am most excited about On the Border," Snipes admitted. "It is the ul- timate Eagles tribute band, and people love them. ey usually bring in the largest audience, and it's very fulfilling to see the park full, people having fun and seeing the happiness our events bring to the community." e concert series will take place over three dates throughout the sum- mer: June 10, July 15 and August 12. "I hope to hear that everyone had a wonderful time," Snipes said. "And I hope to hear that they're coming out to the next event, and they're excited for the Dogwood Festival in October." Festival Park is located at 335 Ray Ave. in Fayetteville. For more information regarding vendor and music lineup, visit the event website at www.thedogwoodfes- tival.com/fayetteville-after-five. Fayetteville After Five is scheduled for June 10, July 15 and August 12 in Festival Park. Each event will offer live music, food and family fun. (Photos courtesy of Fayetteville Dogwood Festival)

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