We’re excited to invite the community to come see the newly renovated and expanded facility during our Grand Reopening Celebration!

The newly renovated facility will be open for the community to explore during two public events. The morning event will have light snacks and drinks as well as a number of family-friendly performances and interactive activities, giving patrons a behind-the-scenes look at the magic that happens in the theater. The evening event, suggested for audiences 14 years of age or older, will feature a performance by the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) along with special performances by Memphis a cappella group DeltaCappella and Chicago’s Mucca Pazza. Attendees can pop into the jazz lounge in McBride Studio to hear Champian Fulton or dance away the night with The Silvershakers and the Fayetteville Jazz Collective in Starr Theater.

All events are FREE & open to the public! Plus, FREE PARKING will be available in the new Spring Street Parking Deck and the West Avenue parking lot.

Family Open House: "Behind the Curtain"
10am* – 1pm

*With remarks and ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:50am

Live performances by Fayetteville Old Time Music, Shannon Wurst and Mucca Pazza will greet patrons inside the new atrium lobby. Trike Theatre will present Grandma’s Story Quilt in McBride Studio and patrons will be able to observe and participate in the children’s cast rehearsal for Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s The Nutcracker in Starr Theater.

Special photo opportunities will be available onstage in Baum Walker Hall and backstage activities as well as hands-on theatrical equipment demonstrations will help attendees go “Behind the Curtain!”

Community Creative Center will host an interactive arts activity in the Pace Balcony Lobby with take-away keepsakes. Adults can escape to the Sudduth Garden Room for a coffee bar and quiet lounge area. Other family-friendly activities will be taking place throughout the newly renovated Walton Arts Center!

Plus, to top things off, “Wow-Me” guided tours will take place every 30 minutes, taking people from the orchestra pit up to the catwalk above Baum Walker Hall stage where participants will get to explore the theater from a vantage point few people ever get the chance to see.

Evening Celebration: "Encore!"
Doors open at 6pm*

*with a special lighting ceremony unveiling the new atrium lobby at 5:45pm

The Evening Celebration: “Encore!” will feature all the newly renovated performance spaces and is geared toward an adult audience with drinks and hors d’oeuvres offered to attendees. Join us on Tyson Plaza at the corner of West Ave. and Dickson St. at 5:45pm for a special lighting ceremony unveiling the new building before doors open. The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) will re-open Baum Walker Hall with a special performance at 7pm, which will be simulcast on monitors throughout the facility. Mucca Pazza will perform after SoNA in Baum Walker Hall at 8:30 pm.

VoiceJam 2015 competition winners DeltaCapella will entertain audiences in the new atrium lobby while Starr Theater comes to life with performances by The Silvershakers and the Fayetteville Jazz Collective featuring interactive swing dance lessons. Jazz pianist/vocalist Champian Fulton will perform two sets in McBride Studio, which will also feature local comedians between the jazz sets. Live acoustic music and a coffee bar will be available in the new Sudduth Garden Room.