Let's eat, drink and give thanks, y'all.
Wednesday, November 22
Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Robinson Center: You've never seen a seasonal show quite like this one. The "family holiday spectacular" features more than 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 artists from all over the world, many of which appeared on "America's Got Talent." Showtime for this one-night-only variety show is 7:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Thursday, November 23
Go!bbler Turkey Trot in The Heights & Hillcrest: It's baaaack. Everyone's favorite Thanksgiving run returns once again to help you earn your inevitable overeating. Not only do you have a chance to win pies and prizes for best costume at this family walk/run, but it's also a big food drive for the Arkansas Foodbank. Your entry fee is just a non-perishable food donation, and you even get to choose between 3, 4 or 6.5-mile courses. We also have it on good authority that Santa himself will make an appearance. Start time is at 8 a.m. For more info, click here.
Feeling the foodie stress? These restaurants have your back on Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Pies & Beer Flight at Flying Saucer: Because you clearly didn't get enough earlier in the day, it's time to load up on more of your favorites. This downtown staple will be serving up four slices of pie paired with four beers, along with Stone's Throw's Pumpkin Pie Porter on tap. Bring your comfy pants. The Saucer opens at 5 p.m. For more info, click here.
Friday, November 24
#OptOutside at Burns Park: Whether you’re biding your time before Cyber Monday hits or you need a little Black Friday detox, Arkansas State Parks and Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas (BACA) are urging folks to #OptOutside. BACA is planning a day of family-friendly road and mountain bike rides, all setting out from Victory Lake in Burns Park. And yes, there's food. For more info, click here.
Black Friday Beer Brunch at Rebel Kettle: If you're saying "no thanks" to the shopping lines (or conquered them way too early in the morning), go get your beer brunch on instead. Along with regular menu items, wash it all down with the seven different black brews on tap and grab a discounted growler for the road. Restaurant hours are 9 a.m. - 10 p.m., and brunch is served until 3 p.m. For more info, click here.
Saturday, November 25
Intro to Yoga Workshop at The Innovation Hub: Yep. You need this. Time to stretch more than your waistband and learn about the process at the same time. This session is all about the basics, from styles and terminology to poses and expectations. BYO-mat. The workshop lasts from 1-4 p.m. For more info, click here.
Merry & Bright Holiday Celebration at The Promenade at Chenal: Christmas is officially in full swing at The Promenade. Get your shop on while the kiddos hang out with some of their big-screen favorites (oh, hey, Olaf) and stop in for free photos with the Clauses, just make sure to visit the Make-A-Wish gift wrap station. For more info, click here.
Small Business Saturday in the metro: This Saturday is Small Business Saturday, and you'll have plenty of opportunities to support your local shops all across the city. Many stores are even sweetening the deal by offering specials to shoppers like discounts, giveaways and even a few bites to keep you going. Here are a few of our favorite happenings:
River Market shops (complete with block party)
Clinton Center + The Red Sari Holiday Pop-Up Shop
Beige + Urban Pop Pop-Up Shop
Domestic Domestic + Mollyjogger Pop-Up Shop
Sunday, November 26
"A Thousand Distant Radios" Book Launch with Woody Skinner at WordsWorth Books & Co.: Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award-winning author Woody Skinner is debuting his new collection of short stories in his native Arkansas. His book "capture the passions and compulsions of modern America in unforgettable imagery and saturated color." Meet Skinner and get a signed copy from 4-5:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Museum Store Sunday at Historic Arkansas Museum: And now for an artsy change of pace. Keeping with the local theme, the HAM store is hosting a curated shopping day where your purchases will not only help support the artists, but also the museum itself. Stop in from 1-4:30 p.m., discounts and refreshments included. For more info, click here.