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The Unexpected: 2017 Urban Contemporary Art Festival
Date: From Wednesday, July 26, 2017
To Sunday, July 30, 2017
Location : Downtown Fort Smith
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7/26/2017 - 7/30/2017

The Unexpected is an annual festival that brings vibrant urban contemporary art to the historic streets of downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas. On July 26-30, the festival will bring in another group of world-renowned international artists who will create one-of-a-kind works of art to the more than 20 towering murals and sculptures that currently exist in Fort Smith. 

This year, The Unexpected has joined forces with the  Peacemaker Music & Arts Festival that will be held on July 28-29 at the Riverfront Park Amphitheater across from Miss Laura's Visitors Center at 2 North B Street. The Peacemaker Festival will include local, regional and touring acts such as Gov't Mule and Jamey Johnson, as well as other known artists. Together, the events will create an unforgettable weekend filled with music, art and culture. 

The weekend of July 28-29 will also feature the Rivervalley Artisan Market, Fort Smith Farmers Market, Art On The Border (Art Show/Gallery) and more.

2017 Artist Lineup (to be announced)




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