The Unexpected public arts festival in Fort Smith will expand this year Oct. 22-28 with a new addition called the Outlier Series featuring “augmented activities on art, music and thought.”
64.6 Downtown announced the expanded programming Tuesday as an “enhanced cultural experience in downtown Fort Smith.”
The Unexpected Outlier Series will close out the weekend, Oct. 26-27 with band headliners such as Striking Matches, Jason Eady and Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys.
There will also be Vintage Pistol, Earl and Them and Jacob Tovar, as well as regional favorites Backroad Anthem, Dana Louise and Allison Grace Band, plus four-time Grammy nominee Trout Fishing in America.
Additional event details include The Unexpected Artist panel moderated by art curator Charlotte Dutoit from Justkids on Oct. 26.
Tickets are free but must be reserved at The Unexpected’s Outlier Series Eventbrite site.
Oct. 26: Community Creative Center Mobile Pottery Bus offering a free art activity for kids and adults.
Oct. 27-28: ArtFeeds Van Gogh 2.0 Mobile art bus with a free art activity for kids.
Oct. 27: Thomas Frey, the Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute, and Google's top-rated Futurist Speaker. This event is free but ticketed at Eventbrite.
Bands are booked at select venues on Garrison Avenue and are free to attend both Friday and Saturday night. Drink cups can be purchased for drink discounts at participating restaurants. A full band listing and venue schedule can be found at www.unexpectedfs.com.
The Unexpected has won state awards for bringing urban and contemporary art to Arkansas, culminating in a weeklong event in downtown Fort Smith. The works are curated by global creative house Justkids.
64.6 Downtown is a nonprofit founded in 2015 by Fort Smith entrepreneur Steve Clark "with the purpose of creating vibrant spaces in downtown Fort Smith to further economic development." It’s responsible for Garrison Commons, downtown’s only pocket park, and the award-winning short documentary “I AM WE."