Neighborhood festivals, Harry Potter science and thigh-high red leather boots — what more could you ask for in a weekend?
Thursday, October 12
An Evening at Esse with Christopher Belt at Esse Purse Museum: Oh, hello, new must-have items. Award-winning handbag designer and Arkansas native Christopher Belt is returning to his home state to celebrate his record-breaking wins at the Independent Handbag Designer Awards. Come enjoy wine and eats and hear from the designer, all while benefitting one of his favorite causes, Comfort Cases. It starts at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
WOWapalooza at the Governor's Mansion: Calling all ladies. This fourth annual event — wherein WOW stands for Women's Own Worth — is dedicated to raising awareness about and supporting victims of domestic violence and violent crimes. The night includes dinner, drinks, live entertainment and a fab silent auction. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Little Rock Wind Symphony Opening Concert at Second Presbyterian Church: This is how you kick off a season. Under the direction of Israel Getzov, the Wind Symphony opens its season with a focus on the flute. Performed pieces include "Carmen Fantasie Brillante," "The Liberty Bell March" and "Harmony in Blue and Gold." Showtime is 7:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families 40th Anniversary Gala at the Statehouse Convention Center: Turning the big 4-0 is a perfect reason to throw a gala, and that's exactly what AACF is doing. This event will honor the organization's 10 founding members and its four decades of advancing the health and well-being of Arkansas children. Come mark the occasion starting at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Friday, October 13
"The School for Lies" Opening Night at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre: Brace for the ridiculous. The Rep continues its 42nd season with David Ives' modern take on Molière's 17th century classic "The Misanthrope" that skewers high society. As actor Patrick Halley puts it: "It's well-dressed people behaving very badly." Come early with tickets to an opening night dinner with members of the creative team, then stick around after the play for a champagne toast. Showtime is 8 p.m. For more info, click here.
35th Birthday Celebration at the Wolfe Street Center: You can dance if you want to as you jam out to the live sounds of Rodney Block and Katmandu and fill up on food trucks and birthday cake at this sobriety bash for the Wolfe Street Foundation, an organization dedicated to alcoholism and addiction recovery. While you’re there, make sure you check out the center and learn more about their work. The party starts at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Second Friday Art Night at various locations in downtown Little Rock: It’s time for the monthly roundup of downtown businesses opening their doors for an after-hours gallery walk. Highlights include live readings at Nexus Coffee & Creative, brand new exhibits at Historic Arkansas Museum (plus beer) and a meet-and-greet with the jewelry designer of LBJ Design at Beige. The fun lasts until 8 p.m. For more info, click here.
Saturday, October 14
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Little Rock: Is pink your favorite color? On Saturday it will be. Participants of all abilities will come out in pink droves to support the fight against breast cancer in the annual fun run/walk celebrating survivors and honoring lost loved ones. Start time for the first race is 7:30 a.m. For more info, click here.
HarvestFest in Hillcrest: Grab your sunglasses and get excited, folks. We wait all year for this family-favorite festival. Warm weather is in the forecast and the whole day is packed full of concerts, food, games, fashion and tons of vendors. Pro tip: Make sure you hit up the pancake breakfast. A portion of the proceeds supports The Allen School. The day kicks off at 7 a.m. For more info, click here.
Harry Potter Science at the Museum of Discovery: Attention all magicals, muggles, squibs and beyond — JKR is in the building. Well, in spirit anyway. The MoD is hosting its second annual day dedicated to all things Hogwarts where you can get in on quill writing, potion making, broom flying and other wonderful wizard-y goodness. Just look out for Dementors. Be there from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more info, click here.
Six Bridges Regatta on the Arkansas River: So... How are your delts? The annual race hits the water with rowing clubs coming in from all over the region, who are especially pumped since water levels canceled last year's event. Snag a spot on the banks or one of the downtown bridges to enjoy the view between the starting line near the Big Rock Quarry and the finish line under the Junction Bridge. Various races and events start at 8 a.m. and last through the afternoon. For more info, click here.
Miracle League Double Header at the Catholic High Football Stadium: Now in its 11th year, this old ball game lets you meet major league players and dig into the barbecue spread from Whole Hog Cafe. There will also be live and silent auctions, music from Tragikly White and, oh yeah, a home run derby with MLB pitchers. It all starts at 6:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Art to the Rescue at Argenta Gallery: In the wake of Hurricane Maria, the North Little Rock-based Latino Art Project is stepping up to lend a hand to those suffering in Puerto Rico with this art fundraising event. The one-night-only exhibit and silent auction features the donated works of more than 25 Arkansas artists. Cash and item donations will also be accepted. Stop in from 6-9 p.m. For more info, click here.
Sunday, October 15
"The Goonies" Movies in the Parking Lot Screening at The Root Cafe: Heyyyyy, you guyyyyys! Whether you’re a longtime fan or your kids just need some good old fashioned indoctrination, truffle shuffle your way to SoMa to watch the treasure-seeking crew one more time. Goonies never say "no" to a great 80’s movie, especially when it's free and outdoors and there are food trucks and ice cream and Lost Forty. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. and the movie starts after sundown. For more info, click here.
Friday - Sunday, October 13-15
"Kinky Boots" at the Robinson Center: Leave the sensible shoes at home. This smash-hit musical took the world by storm and now has its sights set on Little Rock, with six Tonys and every major Best Musical Award under its rhinestoned belt. "Kinky Boots" tells the story of gentlemen’s shoe factory worker Charlie Price and how his world is rocked with a little help from a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. You have five chances to see the show: 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. For more info, click here.
Bella Rustina Modern Vintage Market at War Memorial Stadium: Rejoice, estate sale lovers. This beloved market is back, complete with more than 220 booths of antiques, vintage items and more from all over the country. Hours are 12-7 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. -5 p.m. on Saturday and 12-5 p.m. on Sunday. For more info, click here.