If your plans don't include parades and ABBA, are you really even having a weekend?

 

Thursday, March 15

Third Thursday in The Heights: As if we didn't already love this pre-weekend neighborhood get-together, it's getting even bigger, better and more golden this time around. During this monthly event, stores in The Heights extend hours until 8 p.m., and shoppers enjoy business open houses, music, eats and drinks, sales and specials. But no one's ignoring the calendar date this week. Instead, they're celebrating with a St. Patrick’s Day block party including green-hued cocktails at Eggshells Kitchen Co. and treats for the kiddos. For more info on Third Thursday, click here.

The Origins of Classical Dance at Arkansas Arts Center: Ballet Arkansas is teaming up with the AAC for a night featuring a lecture by artistic director Michael Fothergill on the origins of European traditional dance and "the factors that gave rise to the evolution of movement as a classical form." A wine reception kicks off the evening at 5:30 p.m. followed by the lecture at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.

Potluck & Poison Ivy: Lagniappe Love Story Share at The Joint Theater: Argenta's newest storytelling project returns to features locals sharing their stories — Southern, savory and sometimes a little poisonous — on love. The night includes dinner, a cash bar and music from Katherine Williamson and the ARtriTrio. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.

 

Friday, March 16

"Mamma Mia!" Opening Night at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre: My, my! There's no way we're resisting The Rep's spring musical this weekend. You know the drill: This iconic show follows Donna and her daughter Sophie, who secretly invites her three potential fathers to her wedding on a Greek island, and it's all set to the music of ABBA. Showtime is 8 p.m., then stick around after the play for a champagne toast. For more info, click here.

Read more: Catching Up With the Cast of "Mamma Mia!"

Third Friday Argenta Art Walk in 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. This month's walkable galleries include Barry Thomas Fine Art and Studio, Core Brewery, House of Art, Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, Mugs Café, Laman Library, Argenta Gallery, Greg Thompson Fine Art and StudioMain. The Art Walk runs from 5-8 p.m. For more info, click here.

An Evening in Honor of Charlotte Gadberry at UA Pulaski Tech CHARTS Theater: The arts community is raising a glass to one of its key members this weekend. Founder of the Acansa Arts Festival Charlotte Gadberry will be the night's honoree, while guests enjoy wine, cheese, desserts and live entertainment from Preclara, Traci Bair and John Greico. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

 

Saturday, March 17

19th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Little Rock and Argenta: Get your green on and head downtown for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Presented by the Irish Cultural Society of Arkansas, the parade runs in reverse this year, beginning at Sixth and Main in Argenta and wrapping up at Third and Cumberland across the river. Expect leprechauns, Irish wolfhounds, antique cars, bands, Irish dancers, decorative floats and lots more. The parade kicks off at 1 p.m. For more info, click here.

Third Street Block Party at Dugan's Pub: Oh, Saint Pat. We shall celebrate you and all your Irish goodness. After the parade wraps up next door, guests can load up on delicious eats, drinks, live music and performances from both the McCafferty and O'Donnovan Schools of Irish Dance. The fun lasts until 11 p.m. For more info, click here.

St Paddy’s Day Blowout at Cregeen's Irish Pub: Want to continue your bash north of the river? Not to worry. Cregeen's will welcome you with all-day Irish eats, beer and live music. Pub hours are 10 a.m. - 1 a.m. For more info, click here.

Alpacapalooza at Heifer Village and Urban Farm: And now for something completely different. This family-friendly outdoor bash is all to celebrate urban and rural farming in the are. Pack up the kiddos and come enjoy crafts, food trucks, a giant inflatable obstacle course and, yes, alpacas. The palooza parties 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more info, click here.

Argenta Reading Series with Woody Skinner at Argenta United Methodist Church: This Argenta's regular meetup has a goal to "connect writers directly with their audience" by inviting the two into an intimate space (and for free!). This month, award-winning author Woody Skinner will present his work to the crowd, with Jeffrey Condran performing the opening reading. The night starts with wine at 6:30 p.m., and readings start at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.

One Year Anniversary at Buenos Aires Grill and Cafe: It's hard to believe it's been a whole year since this family-owned, authentic Argentinian restaurant moved into the former Juanita's location in the River Market, but they're reminding you with a delicious birthday bash. Buenos Aires will offer up specials like happy hour prices all day and lice music on the patio. Restaurant hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. For more info, click here.

Bonus:

15th Annual World's Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hot Springs: Covering a brief 98 feet, this parade will make it's way down Bridge St. with plenty of sights to make up for its brevity. Starting the parade is Jon Heder (yes, Napoleon Dynamite himself), while the grand marshal is none other than NSYNC's Joey Fatone. Want more? Capping off the night is a free concert from Morris Day and The Time. We're not making this up. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. Click here for the full schedule of events.

 

Saturday & Sunday, March 17 & 18

"Dirty Dancing" at the Robinson Center: Prepare to have "Time of My Life" stuck in your head for days. The 1987 classic movie got the Broadway treatment only a few short years ago, but has already seen multiple sold out performances because no one can resist Johnny and Baby. The production brought on the original screenwriter to develop the show, which gives guests more background on Baby's family and the early 1960s setting, as well as more songs and lots more dancing. You four chances to see the show: 3 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m Sunday and 7:30 p.m. both nights. For more info, click here.