Come for the mudbugs, stay for Darren McFadden.

 

Thursday, April 26

Science After Dark: #TBT at the Museum of Discovery: Pass the Funyuns. This edition of the MoD's monthly grownup meetup is all about the good ol' days. Throw it back to your childhood shenanigans with Shrinky Dink art, messy Twister a Mario Kart tournament and lots more. As always, there will be beer from Stone’s Throw and pizza from Damgoode Pies. It all kicks off at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.

Taste of Little Rock at the UA Little Rock Jack Stephens Center: Hope you're hungry. Now in its 15th year, this event boasts some of the best eats from the best restaurants in town, all to raise scholarship dollars for UA Little Rock students. Alfred Williams and Elaine Eubank will also be featured as this year's honorees. The good stuff starts at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.

The Fashion Event at the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub: It's about to get stylish, y'all. Local boutiques and models are taking to the runway to show off some of the season's latest and greatest looks. Guests will also enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment from Arkansas AcroYoga. It starts at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.

A Night in the Garden Party at the Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden: Love all of downtown’s sculptures like we do? Then show your support by helping select the next piece to grace Riverfront Park. Enjoy a night of cocktails, food and art while voting on one of the finalists' pieces. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

Wine & Wags: Mutts and Mudbugs at Loft 1023: Have you had your fill of crawfish this season? Nah, we didn't think so. Come load up on crawfish, chicken, drinks and all the fixin's while raising a few bucks for Rescue Road, an organization that rescues dogs from local high-kill shelters across the state. Stop in from 6:30-9:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

Electronics Recycling Unplugged at Verizon Arena: We all know spring cleaning can hit a snag when you need to get rid of old electronics. Save yourself the stress and do Mother Earth a favor by disposing of your items at this free drop-off event. This is for Pulaski County residents and businesses only, and parking is available at the Verizon Arena VIP Parking Lot on East Washington Avenue. Drop-off times are 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. For more info, click here.

 

Friday, April 27

Turning Up the Heat on Climate Solutions at New Deal Salon & Galleries: If the idea of spending your Friday night with a glass of wine and learning about climate change in Arkansas is appealing to you, this is your time to shine. There will also be food, a silent auction and live music from Buh Jones. It starts at 5:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

 

Saturday, April 28

The Bernice Garden Market at The Bernice Garden: Formerly known as the South Main Vintage Market, the popular pop-up will return to the garden featuring vintage items of all kinds, along with vendors like artists, craftspeople, jewelers and more. Bonus: There will be food trucks. The SoMa event will take place from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. For more info, click here.

Into the Blue at the UA Pulaski Tech CHARTS Theater: Thea Foundation's annual fundraiser is back and bluer than ever. The night will celebrate the foundation's achievements with performances from past scholarship winners while guests enjoy a cocktail dinner buffet and full bar to go with the show-stopping entertainment. Also returning is the Pillar of the Arts Award, which will go to Dorothy Morris. The event begins at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.

Read more: Thea Foundation Builds Momentum in Charge for Arts Education in Arkansas

Kevin Hart at Verizon Arena: From blockbuster movies to sold-out arenas, Kevin Hart seems to be everywhere at the moment, and that goes for North Little Rock, too. The comedian is bringing his Irresponsible tour to the stage at 7 p.m. Expect major laughs. For more info, click here.

ArtWorks at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre: An annual fundraiser for The Rep, ArtWorks is an art auction featuring the work of more than 87 central Arkansas artists. Guests will also enjoy libations and food from local favorites such as Copper Grill, Ira’s and Three Fold. The art-y party begins at 6:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

Update: Despite recent developments, this event will still take place at The Rep.

International Food Festival at the Huda Academy: Time to broaden your taste palate. This fest is back for its third year of family-friendly activities and unique tastes from around the world. We're getting hungry just thinking about it. The fest lasts from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more info, click here.

Walk for the Waiting 5K at War Memorial Stadium: Lace up the sneakers and bring the fam to Midtown for this fun walk 5K that's all about raising funds and awareness for the thousands of kids in the Arkansas foster care system. The CALL, Immerse Arkansas and Project Zero are heading the event, which includes a post-walk party. The opening ceremony starts at 9:30 a.m. For more info, click here.

DanceWorks at Ballet Arkansas Studios: The state's premiere dance troupe continues its season at its Creative Corridor space this weekend. The day full of free activities includes dance classes, live performances and an informal chat with the artistic staff, concluding with a new work by company artist Paul Tillman. Events kick off at 10 a.m. For more info, click here.

So en pointe: Ballet Arkansas' Paul Tillman Talks Upcoming DanceWorks Event

Argenta Reading Series with Lee Conell 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. This month, award-winning author Lee Conell will present her work to the crowd, with Lisa Dordal 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.

 

Friday & Saturday, April 27 & 28

Wild Wines at the Little Rock Zoo: Stripes, spots, whatever — it's time to party. This year, the can't-miss party takes place over the course of two nights with two separate events. Friday night's VIP event offers guests eats from the city's best restaurants paired with hand-selected wines from O'Looney's Wine & Liquor from 7-9 p.m.  On Saturday night is "The Mane Event" with entertainment, food and libations awaiting attendees from 7-10 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Arkansas Zoological Foundation. For more info, click here.

Sip on this: Wildly Delicious Wine Pairings from O’Looney’s Wine & Liquor

 

Sunday, April 29

14th Annual Picnic at Mount Holly Cemetery: If you're a fan of this yearly event, you probably have it on your calendar already. If not, hear us out before you decide it sounds weird. Yes, this good ol' fashioned picnic takes place in a cemetery, but the springtime staple event is all about raising funds to help maintain the historic landmark, and they do it with food, drinks, tours and a silent auction. It takes place from 5-7 p.m. For more info, click here.

The First Lady's Tea at the Governor’s Mansion: The pearls, the dainty gloves, the fancy hats — there’s just something about a tea party that feels special, and this one is no different. Hosted by Arkansas First Lady Susan Hutchinson, this event invites guests to enjoy traditional tea fare while taking in the beauty of the mansion. Tea time is at 2 p.m. Fancy hats and dainty gloves encouraged. For more info, click here.

Traditional Pie Bake-off and Recipe Swap at The Root Cafe: We'll take seconds, please. If you think your dish deserves top honors, whip one up and bring it down to SoMa, along with a copy of your recipe to swap with other bakers. Judges will award five red ribbons, five blue ribbons and, of course, the coveted title of best in show. It starts at 4 p.m. For more info, click here.

 

Friday-Sunday, April 27-29

Grand Opening at Dick's Sporting Goods: There's no way this national chain would make its debut without a little friendly competition. Over the course of three days, the new 4188 E McCain Blvd. location will offer visitors discounts, giveaways, contests and even a chance to meet Darren McFadden. For more info, click here.

 

Thursday-Sunday, April 26-29

Arkansas Literary Festival across Little Rock: Listen up, literary lovers. The much-anticipated event is descending upon Little Rock this weekend, and you won’t want to miss it. Hosted by the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), the fest will feature dozens of presenters ranging from Pulitzer Prize-winners and musicians to illustrators and civil rights activists. And if you're interested in meeting some of your favorite writers face-to-face, don't miss the Author! Author! party on Friday night. For more info on the weekend's activities, click here.

Booked: 7 Can't-Miss Authors at the Arkansas Literary Festival