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Festival of Yesteryear

  • Overview

    Focusing on early America, this program features living historians, hands-on activities for kids, musical performances, a Colonial puppet show, and the Lafayette Birthday Cake Cutting. Living historians demonstrate various aspects of daily life, including colonial brewing, crime and punishment, music, toys and games, Native American crafts, and militia drills. Be sure to visit Apprentice Alley, where children can participate and learn a variety of trades through hands-on crafts and activities. There will also be musical performances by the Cross Creek Pipes and Drums, Life as Art Production’s “African Spirituals: Freedom Prayers,” and musical historian Simon Spalding. 

    This event is held annually and in partnership with Fayetteville’s Lafayette Birthday Celebration, honoring Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette. Activities take place in Arsenal Park, located in the Haymount Historic District, on the old Arsenal grounds. For more information, visit the event website.