Okay, so we may be a few weeks away from spring, but we can dream, right?
Thursday, March 8
Arkansas a la Carte at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock: Good eats and good art? Don’t mind if we do. The ACH Auxiliary’s annual fundraiser returns with tastings from more than 20 of your favorite local restaurants and caterers, plus a silent auction and live entertainment from DJ Jonathan from Klassik Entertainment. This year's event also includes the return of Art a la Carte, which features pieces created by ACH patients and Arkansas artists. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Stories of Empowerment at the Esse Purse Museum: The brilliant minds of Esse and the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas are back with a second season of their quarterly speaker and networking series that’s all about girl power. This round continues with the theme of "The Economy and the Future of Fashion." Guests will enjoy refreshments and libations while exploring how "science and technology support women’s ingenuity and uniqueness in the 21st Century." Keynote speakers for this special International Women's Day event include designer Linda Rowe Thomas and Ensemble of Elan's Sabrina Runge and Hannah Lewter. The girl power begins at 5:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Friday, March 9
Second Friday Art Night at various locations downtown: It’s time for the monthly roundup of downtown businesses opening their doors for an after-hours gallery walk. Highlights include a celebration of five prominent, female, Arkansas artists at the Historic Arkansas Museum and an exhibit of local artist Katherine Strause at the CALS River Market Books & GIfts. The fun lasts until 8 p.m. For more info, click here.
Quapaw Quarter Spring Tour of Homes Preview Party at the MOXY Warehouse: Before the annual tour of historical neighborhood buildings in May, it's time to kick things off with a bash at 1504 Jones St. Expect food, fun, drinks and live music by Whale Fire. It all kicks off at 5:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Saturday, March 10
Central Arkansas Heart Ball at the Statehouse Convention Center: After wrapping up a month of heart health awareness, this premiere American Heart Association event will honor the late Oscar Washington while helping raise funds for research, prevention and treatment of heart disease and stroke. Festivities start at 6 p.m. For more information, click here.
Saturday & Sunday, March 10 & 11
"A Tribute to Ella" at the Robinson Center: Bow down. In this concert of the 2016-2017 Acxiom Pops Live! Series, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will celebrate "The First Lady of Song," the one and only Ella Fitzgerald. The ASO and featured vocalists Capathia Jenkins, Aisha de Haas and Nikki Renee Daniels will pay their respects by showcasing some of Ella's iconic hits like "I Got Rhythm," "Bewitched" and "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing." You have two chances to catch the show: 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more info, click here.
Thursday - Saturday, March 8 - 10
FOCAL Used Book Sale at the CALS Main Library: Time to tackle that summer reading list. The library basement is full of thousands of gently read books, and for the pocket change price tag, they are practically calling your name. Purchase a wristband and you'll get River Market Books & Gifts discounts and early entry on Thursday night. For the rest of us, sale hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Pro tip: Bring a backpack. For more info, click here.
Sunday, March 11
Delta Biscuit Pop-up Brunch at Flyway Brewing: Be still, our Southern hearts. The Delta Biscuit Company — an eatery that's in the works with hopes of opening up shop this spring — is teaming up with the Argenta brewers for something delicious. The menu includes dishes like The MiMi, a biscuit topped with fried chicken, apple butter and a fried egg. Have mercy. Brunch hours are 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more info, click here.
Bizarre Bazaar at the River Market Pavilions: When spring is so close you can taste it, you spend your Saturdays at the River Market. During this outdoor shopping event, you can peruse a wide variety of unique items like handmade jewelry, crafts, arts, antiques, locally prepared foods, fun decor and funky clothing. To top things off, beer, wine and mimosas will be for sale with a portion of proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity. Shopping hours are 2-6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Friday - Sunday, March 9 - 11
Bella Rustina Modern Vintage Market at 117 Audubon Dr., Maumelle: Rejoice, estate sale lovers. This beloved market is back in a new location (taking over the former Walmart Neighborhood Market), complete with approximately 200 booths of antiques, vintage items and more from all over the country. Hours are 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12-5 p.m. on Sunday. For more info, click here.