Kittens and cook-offs and Mother Earth await.

 

Thursday, April 19

Girls’ Night Out Party at the Symphony Designer House: Number 8 Valley Creek View is going to the gals. Featuring rooms created by some of the state's best interior designers, the house will host a fun evening of drinks, bites and a fashion show with looks from local boutiques. It all kicks off at 6:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

Disney's "The Lion King" Opening Day at the Robinson Center: Oh, we just can't wait for this Broadway show to takeover downtown Little Rock. Come experience the Pride Lands production that changed theater forever. "Lion King" is in town through May 6, but opening day performances are at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

Meet the Star of "Lion King" Working On His Roar

Celebrating Maya@90 at the Clinton Presidential Center: In honor of what would have been Maya Angelou's 90th birthday, the Celebrate! Maya Project is hosting a luncheon with fRita Coburn Whack, co-director and co-producer of the award-winning documentary "Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise," as the keynote speaker. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. For more info, click here.

Get Yo Game On! at The Meteor: A night of Mario Kart and board games is just what the doctor ordered. Get in on the MK tournament, join a game of Ticket to RIde or just sit back and enjoy the happy hour prices all night and watch the action. Stop in from 6-9 p.m. For more info, click here.

Diamond Chef Arkansas at UA Pulaski Tech: Take a seat, Food Network. This is the final foodie countdown as seven local chefs battle it out to be crowned the Diamond Chef. An evening full of head-to-head challenges await the contestants, while guests will enjoy hor d'oeuvres, signature cocktails and more "culinary experiences" throughout the night. It all goes down at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.

CARTI Ragin' Cajun Bash at War Memorial Stadium: 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 an 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. The eats begin at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.

Light of Hope Art Auction at Loft 1023: In light of April being Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will host a silent art auction with eats from Petit & Keet. Proceeds from the annual event will go to further CASA's work with abused and neglected children in foster care. The event starts at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.

The Beat Goes On: The Music of the 60s at Second Presbyterian Church: Déjà vu. After a successful opening last weekend, you have one last chance to see the River City Men’s Chorus spring concert featuring the music of The Beach Boys, Sonny and Cher, The Beatles and lots more. Showtime is 7 p.m. For more info, click here.

 

Friday, April 20

Food Truck Friday Opening Day at the corner of Main and Capitol: 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. Keep an eye on our site for the first lineup of 2018 and expect greatness. Stop in from 10:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

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 House of Art, Thea Foundation, Greg Thompson Fine Art, StudioMain, Laman Library, Barry Thomas Fine Art and Studio, Argenta Gallery and the Innovation Hub. To kick things up a notch, there will also be a pop-up art market featuring local artists, food trucks and live music. The Art Walk runs from 5-8 p.m. For more info, click here.

"To Kill a Mockingbird" Opening Night at Argenta Community Theater: This classic story gets new life on stage thanks to this band of local performers. Prepare to be transported back to 1930s Alabama — ham costume and all. Showtime is 8 p.m. For more info, click here.

 

Saturday, April 21

Kitten Yoga at Blue Yoga Nyla: No, we're not kitten you. This Out of the Woods Animal Rescue fundraiser/adopt-a-thon really will let you get your downward dog on with some furry felines. Kittens will be at Blue Nyla Yoga from 1-5 p.m., and yoga classes will be 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

Beer Yoga at Rebel Kettle Brewing: Fur not for you? Join instructor Valerie Talburt on the Rebel Kettle lawn, where it's just $10 for the class and your first beer. BYO mat, towel, water and sunscreen. The flow starts at 10 a.m. For more info, click here.

Brews and Bites at the Outlets of LIttle Rock: Yes, food truck season really is the most wonderful time of the year. Come chow down on goods from food trucks like The Wunderbus, Haygood BBQ and Loblolly while sipping craft beer and enjoying live entertainment. Be there from 12-5 p.m. For more info, click here.

Cardiac Classic Bike Ride through Little Rock: Need to shake off the not-so-healthy eats? The Arkansas Heart Hospital will host this bike ride with 20, 50 and 63 mile routes along the Arkansas River Trail out to Pinnacle Mountain. To reward you for your hard work, riders will return to a heart-healthy meal prepared by Chef Coby Smith. It all begins at Burns Park at 7 a.m. For more info, click here.

Strawberries and Champagne at Colonial Wines & Spirits: How's this for an indulgent spring afternoon? Stop by this free (yes, free) event to sip champagne and sparkling wines perfectly paired with fresh strawberries and dips like chocolate drizzle and Henrik’s honeyed sour cream. Get your sip on from 1-7 p.m. For more info, click here.

JDRF Imagine Gala at the Little Rock Marriott: The march to "turn Type One into type none" continues with this annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation event. The night includes dinner and a live auction, and will honor Christy and William Clark and Clark Contractors with the 2018 JDRF Living & Giving Award. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.

10th Annual B Street Rib-Off at 512 N. Main: We're hungry just thinking it. This yearly barbecue throwdown will also feature live music, food trucks, local beer and raffles. Plus, proceeds go to the American Cancer Society of Central Arkansas. It lasts from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more info, click here.

Little Rock Rangers Season Opener at War Memorial Stadium: Red Order, assemble. The Little Rock Rangers Soccer Club is kicking off its third season with a hometown crowd to cheer them on against the Shreveport Rafters. Just make sure you show up early to enjoy food trucks and an expanded beer selection. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the match starts at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.

 

Friday & Saturday, April 20 & 21

Arkansas Italian Food and Culture Festival at Riverfront Park: Oh, yes. This inaugural fest will take over North Little Rock to offer guests cooking lessons and competitions, bocce ball and soccer tournaments, an Italian car show, a group bike ride and so, so much deliciousness. Festival hours are 4-10 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday. For more info, click here.

 

Sunday, April 22

10th Birthday Backyard Bash at ZaZa Fine Salad + Wood Oven Pizza Co.: Ain't no party like a ZaZa's party 'cause a ZaZa's party brings a ton of pizza and a mini farmers market and a beer garden and activities for kids and live music. Plus, you can donate items for the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. There's a whole lot more happening from 12-4 p.m. For all the info, click here.

Earth Day at The Promenade at Chenal: Oh, hey, Mother Earth. Lend the leading lady a hand at this event filled with fitness classes, family activities, giveaways, snacks and recycling. Stop in from 12-5 p.m. For more info, click here.

 

Saturday & Sunday, April 21 & 22

Earth Day Weekend Celebration at The Green Corner Store: And the green continues. All weekend long, this SoMa staple is offering a lineup of gifts and samples, activities for kids, an drink specials and door prizes, all in the name of sustainability and localism. Be there both days from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more info, click here.