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Thursday, May 17

Alley Party at the corner of Main and Daisy Bates: It's back, y'all. The Downtown Little Rock Partnership event series returns for the season, bringing parties to the "tucked away portions of downtown." This time the fun will take place on the SoMa strip, which will be packed with craft beer from Stone's Throw Brewing, pizza from Raduno and live music from Buh Jones. Be there 5-8 p.m. For more info, click here.

Read on: Alley Parties Return for Spring Season

Taste of the Rock at the River Market Pavilions: Bring your appetite to this one. The Little Rock Regional Chamber is showcasing eats from more than 20 restaurants, caterers and distributors, who are all competing for the top titles of Best Taste and Best Booth. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. Stop in from 5:30-7:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

Grand Opening at Beige: Make room in The Heights. The contemporary designer boutique that originated downtown is opening up shop at 5915 Kavanaugh Blvd. To celebrate, Beige will offer guests drinks and bites from Boulevard Bread and the chance to win a $250 Beige gift card. Be one of the first 50 customers and you'll get a gift bag packed with goodies from the shop's new neighbors. Stop in from 6-8 p.m. For more info, click here.

Get all the deets on Beige's move to The Heights.

Lost Forty Beer Dinner at The Capital Hotel: TIme to raise a glass to downtown. The East Village brewery is teaming up with "the front porch of Little Rock" for a four-course dinner expertly paired with local craft brews. It starts at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.

 

Friday, May 18

Bike to Work Day Rally & Cathead's Diner Breakfast at the Old State House Museum: To celebrate National Bike to Work Day, Ditch the Keys is spreading the word about alternate modes of transformation in order to protect air quality. Today, cyclists will meet up at the museum to get the party started, followed by a complimentary breakfast for registered participants at Cathead’s Diner (yes, the restaurant that's not even open yet). Be there at 7:30 a.m. For more info, click here.

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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 studioMAIN, Barry Thomas Fine Art & Studio, Core of Arkansas, Greg Thompson Fine Art, Argenta Branch Library, Thea Foundation, House of Art, Argenta Gallery and The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse. The Art Walk runs from 5-8 p.m. For more info, click here.

"Hello, Summer" Party at Belle & Blush: The weather has changed and it's time for your beauty routines to follow suit. This Promenade shop is here to help you do just that. On Friday, shoppers will receive gifts with every $75 purchase, $20 off for every $100 cosmetics purchase and can register to win a $200 gift card. Stop in from 5-9 p.m. For more info, click here.

Bike Rack Brewing Tap Takeover at The Fold: Hailing from northwest Arkansas, Bike Rack Brewing has made its Little Rock debut and this Riverdale restaurant is here to celebrate. Try the new brew and you could get some Bike Rack swag and free pint glasses, while cyclists get discounts on their beer. The welcome wagon starts at 5 p.m. For more info, click here.

Aldersgate After Dark Live at Camp Aldersgate: Who couldn't use a night around the campfire? Come get your fill at this annual fundraising event, which will be held on the campgrounds for the first time ever. And because you can't party on an empty stomach, pair the live entertainment by The Intruders with eats from Boulevard and tasty libations. The event starts at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.

Anna and Tim Coon Share What to Expect at Aldersgate After Dark

 

Saturday, May 19

Cattywampus Spring Bizarre at Blue Canoe Brewing Warehouse: Those who craft, do.Those who do not, go to Cattywampus. The NWA-based artist co-op is setting up shop in central Arkansas for one day only. Come get your fill of more than 75 local vendors, food trucks, activities for the kiddos and an after-party featuring Jamie Lou and the Hullabaloo. The party lasts from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. For more info, click here.

Read on: Spring Bizarre Event to Bring Arkansas Artisans Together in Downtown Little Rock

Craw'N for the Zoo & Catfish Too at the Little Rock Zoo: You might have just found your new favorite way to do the zoo. Not only does an event ticket get you into the zoo all day, but also gets you the goods once the party starts. You'll find tons of crawfish (with the fixin's, of course), catfish, beer and live entertainment, along with a special appearance by some of the zoo's most famous residents. The fun starts at 4 p.m. For more info, click here.

Free Bootcamp at The Meteor: Brace yourself. This strength-training circuit class just might kick your tail, but in a good way. Plus, you can ease back into reality afterward with some free coffee. All fitness levels are welcome. The sweat starts at 7:15 a.m. For more info, click here.

Caribbean Cabaret at Pavilion in the Park: Time to get tropical, y’all. This annual fundraiser for Women & Children First will celebrate in island style with tropical libations and gourmet food. Stock up on tiny umbrellas and get ready for a night of live music and auctions. The cabaret starts at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.

Boats, Bikes and Brews at Rockwater Marina: Ah, a little taste of summertime. Come watch professional wakeboarders do their thing or test drive a few boats yourself. There will also be kayak demonstrations from Rock Town River Outfitters, bikes to test ride and cold brew from Blue Canoe and Diamond Bear. It lasts from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more info, click here.

Party with a Heart's Girls' Night Out Dance Party at Argenta Community Theater: Each year, Party with a Heart partners with a different local nonprofit to host events increasing its awareness. Bringing attention to this year’s nonprofit partner, Hope Rises, this event is a good, old-fashioned dance party for the ladies, complete with drinks and hors d’oeuvres. In other words, gather up your girlfriends and get on the floor. The party starts at 8 p.m. For more info, click here.

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Star Party at Pinnacle Mountain State Park: Get out of here, clouds. We've got some star gazing to do. Weather permitting, you can try your hand at amateur astronomy from one of the region's best viewing spots. Telescopes will be provided by the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society, so all you have to do is show up to the Pinnacle visitor center and bring your eyeballs. The gazing starts at 8:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

 

Sunday, May 20

Diversions: Sunday Samba Concert at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church: The Little Rock Wind Symphony is rounding out your weekend right on pitch. Performed pieces include "light-hearted" works that are all about expressing motion and dance. Showtime is 3 p.m. For more info, click here.

Chelsea Clinton Talks "She Persisted Around the World" at the Clinton School of Public Service: The former first daughter and Little Rock native returns to discuss her new children's book "She Persisted Around the World." The talk will be moderated by editor Jill Santopolo, as they celebrate the 13 women featured in the book who changed the world despite the odds, women like Marie Curie and Malala Yousafzai. It starts at 1:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

 

Saturday & Sunday, May 19 & 20

Spring Kayak/Canoe Float at Pinnacle Mountain State Park: We’ve got our fingers crossed just as hard as you do for good weather this weekend, and one of those reason is this float trip down the Little Maumelle. The trip is guided and goes for a 4 1/2-mile tour of otherwise hidden areas of the park. Kayaks launch at 9 a.m. and return at 2 p.m. Advance payment and registration are required. For more info, click here. More comfortable in a canoe? Hit the water on Sunday in your preferred mode of transportation. For more info, click here.

Ruffles and Rust at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds: This traveling upscale boutique show is bringing its vintage flair to Little Rock. Shoppers can peruse a treasure trove of furniture, home decor, jewelry, boutique apparel and handcrafted goods. Shopping hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday. For more info, click here.

 

Friday - Sunday, May 18-20

International Greek Food Festival at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church: Finally. The time has come to eat your weight in gyros at this 34th annual event. The weekend includes tons of food (duh), but also live entertainment, an Old World Market, kids activities, church tours and more. Admission this year is $3 or a donation of three canned food items (all going to charity), but parking and trolley service to the fest are still free. If you can’t stay and party, cruise through the drive through or hit up Bit Squad and enjoy your pastitsio on the go. Hours are 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more info, click here.

These Greek Food Fest stories will help get you excited: 

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