From hiking in Allsopp Park, to attending Chili Fights in the Heights, here are 14 of our fave Heights & Hillcrest activities.
1. Check out awesome farmers markets.
The Hillcrest Farmers Market, located in the 2200 block of Kavanaugh in front of Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, is open year-round. Locally grown veggies, fruit, cheese, flowers are just some of the items you’ll see. In addition, shoppers can find pasture-raised meat, poultry and dairy, eggs and locally produced jams, jellies, bread and candy. Shopping is found outside when the weather allows, but moves inside at the same location when the weather refuses to cooperate. The market is open 7 a.m.-noon each Saturday in the spring and summer and 8 a.m.-noon each Saturday in the fall and winter. 661-1129, PHBCLR.com
The Heights is also home to a great farmers market. On Tuesdays, from May-October, you can get all the locally grown produce, meats, baked goods and more your heart desires at the Westover Hills Farmers Market. Located at 6400 Kavanaugh, at the corner of McKinley and Kavanaugh in the Heights, the market’s hours are 4-7 p.m. each Tuesday. 663-6383; find them on Facebook at Westover Hills Farmers Market.
2. Enjoy coffee and a pastry at Mylo.
It’s no secret that at Soirée, we run on coffee. In fact, we’ve called it our love language. And there’s no better place to get our caffeine fix than at Mylo in Hillcrest. Sometimes we channel Audrey Hepburn and go for the pain au chocolat. Other times we choose the pear kouign amann, a sweet, flaky, heavenly pastry. Our one constant? The honey latte. Iced or hot, you can’t go wrong with this. MyloCoffee.com
3. Shop at Third Thursdays.
During this monthly event in the Heights, stores are open until 8 p.m. In addition to extended hours, shoppers enjoy business open houses, music, hors d’oeuvres and drinks, sales and specials. InTheHeightsLR.com
4. Sample chili at Chili Fights in the Heights.
This annual community event typically happens in October and features a not-to-be-missed chili cook-off, in addition to live music, shopping, kid-friendly activities and more. Proceeds benefit local charities; in 2014, Chili Fights donated $10,000 to the Arkansas Foodbank. ChiliFights.com
5. Enjoy an iced lollie at Le Pops.
It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, Le Pops in the Heights is a good decision (see photo at the top of this story.) We love the blackberry vanilla and salted caramel cream pops, but Le Pops also serves ice-based pops for lighter palates, as well as shaved ice in the warmer months and hot cocoa in the cooler months. LePops.com
6. Go to Harvestfest.
This one-day event each fall, put on by the Hillcrest Merchants Association, brings friends and families together to celebrate the season. Vendors sell food, fashion, music and more in the neighborhood. The list of activities continues all day from around 7:30 a.m. with the Bird Walk in Allsopp Park to 8 p.m. with bands performing on the east stage. Other activities include the Farmers Market in the morning, along with a Pancake Breakfast, children’s activities, a cheese dip competition and a car show. www.HarvestFest.us
7. Dine on Scallions’ patio.
Scallions has been a Heights institution for 28 years, and for good reason. The food is divine (cheese soup, salads, sandwiches) and the location is perfect. On pretty days, we like to lunch in the outdoor courtyard and patio under the shade of a large oak tree. It’s a must-do. Facebook.com/ScallionsLittleRock
8. Go to First Thursday Shop & Sip.
The first Thursday of every month in Hillcrest, shops and restaurants in the area offer discounts, later hours and live music. The monthly event is led by the Hillcrest Merchants Association. Event-goers are able to walk the sidewalks, enjoy local music, window shop and browse the stores during the extended hours. Vendors include everything from local shops to local craftsman, selling their handmade wares. HillcrestMerchants.net
9. Stroll the promenade.
The scenic Hillcrest Promenade overlooks Allsopp Park in Hillcrest. All day, every day residents can be found walking their dogs, jogging or strolling the paved sidewalk. The view of Allsopp Park is always a beauty to behold, but it’s especially glorious in the fall when the leaves change to various shades of yellow, red and orange. Even if you don’t live in the neighborhood, this is a must-do. Our recommendation: dinner and drinks at U.S. Pizza, followed by a stroll.
10. Eat at the Westover Hills Food Truck Festival.
The second Wednesday of each month, food trucks gather at 6400 Kavanaugh in the Heights (same location as the Westover Hills Farmers Market), from 5-9 p.m., for Westover Wednesdays. Participating food trucks include local favorites like Southern Salt, Waffle Wagon and Katmandu MO MO. www.WestoverHills.org
11. Watch the Hillcrest Pumpkin Roll.
Each November, after the Jack-o-lanterns have worn out their welcome, Hillcrest residents roll, toss, hurl and shove the squash down the hill of Midland Street, across Kavanaugh Boulevard, to the delight of onlookers. The family-friendly event brings together residents, children, lawn chairs, snacks, dogs, cameras, multitudes of pumpkins and cheers when some of the larger pumpkins are pulverized on their way down. Trophies are awarded for the first, second and third place rolls. An entry fee of $5 is required to participate and proceeds benefit the Camp Aldersgate Foundation.
12. Bike or hike the Allsopp Park Trails.
Once the location of a pedestrian bridge that brought Hillcrest residents to and from a streetcar stop, Allsopp Park is now home to a 5-mile loop that is perfect for mountain biking and hiking. The park also has a restroom, picnic tables, pavilion, playground, paved trails and tennis courts. Little Rock Parks & Rec
13. Get in the spirit at Holidays in Hillcrest and the Heights.
Both neighborhoods host special holiday events each year around Christmas and both include carriage rides, photos with Santa, snacks and carolers. Hillcrest amps it up a notch with its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Santa Claus makes a special appearance to help kids light the tree, and music, snacks and hot drinks are all a part of the fun. InTheHeightsLR.com; HillcrestMerchants.net
14. Learn to knit or crochet at The Yarn Mart.
Since 1964, this Little Rock knitting and needlepoint shop — Little Rock’s only — has been selling the finest yarn and supplies. If you purchase your supplies from them, they’ll teach you the art of knitting or crochet in only 20 minutes. Or, if you and a group of friends want to learn, they’ll set up a two-hour class for up to six people. TheYarnMart.com