When the list includes this many food trucks, you know it's going to be good.
Thursday, April 20
Third Thursday in The Heights, Little Rock: It's like pregaming for the weekend, and we love it. During this monthly event, stores in The Heights extend hours until 8 p.m., and shoppers enjoy business open houses, music, hors d’oeuvres and drinks, sales and specials. We suggest stopping by Red Beauty Lounge, who is celebrating three years of business with cocktails, eats, a renovation reveal and donating a portion of proceeds to The Nature Conservancy (yay, Earth Day!). For more info on Third Thursday, click here.
CARTI Ragin' Cajun Bash at War Memorial Stadium, Little Rock: You smell that? That’s the savory aroma of one of Little Rock’s most delicious annual events. The all-you-can-eat crawfish boil (with tons of trimmings, of course) also includes a live auction, raffle items and live music. But the best part is that the night’s proceeds go to further CARTI's mission to promote compassionate care and high quality cancer treatment, improving through education and research. It all begins at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Birthday Happy Hour at At the Corner, Little Rock: HBD, ATC! The downtown diner is marking two years of business by "toasting the not-so-terrible twos." Of course, deliciousness will ensue as your ticket gets you two drinks and access to the tapas buffet. The eats last from 5-8 p.m. For more info, click here.
"The Graduate" Opening Night at The Studio Theatre, Little Rock: Oh, what a tangled web Benjamin and Mrs. Robinson weave. This stage adaptation of the iconic novel and movie paint a picture of the dangerous cocktail of youth, boredom and lack of judgement. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Women's Safety Awareness Night at Go! Running, Little Rock: Recent news of attacks on North Little Rock trails have some female runners feeling a little uneasy. This event serves to have an honest conversation about safety and self protection before the group's weekly and open neighborhood run. The store is also offering 20 percent off all Personal Security Products. It starts at 5:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Friday, April 21
Food Truck Friday Opening Day at the corner of Main St. and Capitol Ave., Little Rock: Thank the foodie gods above, for FTF has returned. The weekly meetup features a rotation of some of your favorite trucks, and it all kicks off on Friday. The first lineup of 2017 includes Bragg's Big Bites, Bryant's BBQ, Katmandu MoMo and Loblolly Creamery. Stop by from 10:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for full-on deliciousness. For more info, click here.
Third Friday Argenta Art Walk, North Little Rock: It's time to go on a walk, everybody. Lace up your comfy shoes because this fun walk is all about strolling through the Argenta Arts District’s monthly lineup of special exhibits. Walkable galleries include Barry Thomas Fine Art & Studio, Core Brewery, Argenta Branch of Laman Library, Thea Foundation, House of Art, StudioMain, Argenta Gallery, Mugs Café, Claytime Pottery and Greg Thompson Fine Art. The Art Walk runs from 5-8 p.m. For more info, click here.
David Sedaris at the Robinson Center, Little Rock: When The Washington Post describes you as “one of America’s most prickly and most delicious, young comic talents,” it’s kind of a big deal. The NPR humorist and bestselling author will bring his signature wit to the stage, so be prepared to cry-laugh. Showtime is 8 p.m. For more info, click here.
AfterHours at Playtime Pizza, Little Rock: Forget the diet, you need to cut loose. AfterHours is essentially the adult swim of Playtime Pizza where you can play a ton of games, mini golf, bumper cars, mini bowling, go-karts or laser tag, all while you enjoy drink specials and tons of pizza. The late night party lasts from 10 p.m.- 2 a.m. For more info, click here.
Wine and Food Festival at Wildwood Park for the Arts, Little Rock: Make room, everybody. This annual crowd favorite event is back for a 19th year to celebrate some of the best eats and drinks Little Rock has to offer. Guests will enjoy dozens of featured wines, spirits and beers from local breweries and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, live entertainment, a wine pull and food from restaurants like Boulevard Bread, So Restaurant and Bar, Trio's and Cocoa Belle Chocolates. The feast begins at 6:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Saturday, April 22
Dogtown Farmers' Market Opening Day at 420 Main St., North Little Rock: After a successful first year, folks have been looking forward to the return of this local farmers market, and it's kicking off right this weekend. A few of the vendors include Geek Eats, Dark Side Coffee Co., Pratt Family Salsa, Barhill Orchards and Sidney and Son Bread Company. The market will take place from 8 a.m. - noon. For more info, click here.
Handmade in The Heights on Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock: Bring out the makers, Little Rock. This neighborhood festival is designed to "celebrate crafters and creators of all kinds," and that’s exactly who will line the street in The Heights. You’ll find everything from jewelry to T-shirts to furniture and beyond. There will also be lots of food, so come hungry. The fest lasts from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more info, click here.
Arkansas Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival at the Outlets of Little Rock, Little Rock: If the name of this event doesn't interest you, move along. Throughout the day, the food trucks will serve up everything from mouthwatering barbeque to snocones, and you'll be able to wash it all down with plenty of craft brews, as well as non-alcoholic beverages. For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.
Foam Glow 5K at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds, Little Rock: Now this is a 5K like you've never seen before. These 3.1 miles will be filled with glow sticks, black lights and a whole lot of glow-in-the-dark suds. Just make sure you bring a white T-shirt. Start time is 5 p.m. For more info, click here.
Sunday, April 23
9th Birthday Backyard Bluegrass Bash at ZaZa Fine Salad + Wood Oven Pizza Co., Little Rock: Ain't no party like a ZaZa's party 'cause a ZaZa's party brings a ton of pizza and beer and food trucks and activities for kids and live music. Plus, you can donate items for Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and meet some of the local farmers who supply ZaZa's ingredients. There's a whole lot more happening from 1-5 p.m. For all the info, click here.
Human Library at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center, Little Rock: The name might sound a little weird, but this could be your new favorite exhibit. Human Library is a worldwide touring event/exhibit designed to start conversations between people of varying backgrounds and persuasions in effort to breed respect and understanding. "Readers" (that's you) can borrow living, breathing, human "books" (that's the participants) to have a conversation and learn about each one's diverse experiences. The exhibit will take place from 1:30-4:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Friday-Sunday, April 21-23
Ballet Arkansas' "Spring Fantasies" at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Little Rock: How about something fresh? That's exactly what Ballet Arkansas has put together in this springtime collection of works. The show includes classical, neoclassical and contemporary ballets, and even choreography by George Balanchine himself. You have four chances to catch the show: 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more info, click here.
Sculpture at the River Market Preview Party, Show & Sale, River Market Pavilions, Little Rock: Love all of downtown’s sculptures like we do? Then show your support by attending one of this nonprofit's events featuring the works of some of the nation’s best sculptors. The weekend’s events will kick off with a ticketed preview party at 6:30 p.m. Friday, during which guests will enjoy live music, food and libations. The show and sale, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. For more info, click here.