Memorial Day Weekend Guide: May 23-27

Rain or shine, we’ve got a long weekend ahead of us and lots of local goodness to explore. (Just make sure to double check the forecast and any announcements from event organizers.) Let’s get into it.


Thursday, May 23

Tacos & Tequila at the River Market Pavilions // What’s in a name? Exactly what’s in the name of this tasty event hosted by the Arkansas Times. Local restaurants are offering up some of the best tacos in town for guests to enjoy, along with lots of margaritas to wash it all down. Be there 6-9 p.m. Learn more here.

Science After Dark: Prom Night at the Museum of Discovery // We’re all prom queens here. This edition of the MoD’s grownup meetup will have you practicing your best awkward poses. Expect DIY disco balls, tape art, dancing, music trivia and more. As always, there will be plenty of pizza and drinks from Stone’s Throw. It all kicks off at 6 p.m. Learn more here.

ALS in Wonderland: A World of Pure Imagination at the Junior League of Little Rock Building // This annual bash is celebrating its 10th year with an extra sweet event. Organizers promise a night of “awe-inspiring fashion, delectable treats and unforgettable experiences” to help support individuals and families affected by ALS. The evening begins at 7 p.m. Learn more here.

Plus: Curtain Call, the signature fundraising event for Arkansas Enterprises for Developmentally Disabled (AEDD), is officially sold out, but you can still help the nonprofit reach its fundraising goal

Rooftop Cinema: “Black Panther” at Sixth & Scott // Time for another movie night with a view. This is the first in the summer lineup for Rooftop Cinema, the latest evolution of the free Movies in the Park series, and they’re starting strong with Marvel royalty. Stone’s Throw will be on hand for beer purchases, and you can bring chairs and blankets to spread out and enjoy the view from atop the parking deck. The show starts at sunset, or about 8 p.m. In case of rain, the screening will take place on a lower level. Learn more here.

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Friday, May 24

Argenta Vibe Music Series at Argenta Plaza // These are the vibes you’re looking for. The NLR neighborhood’s free outdoor concert series continues its 2024 season with live music from the King Cabbage Brass Band, plus local eats, drinks and VIP tickets. Gates open at 6 p.m. Learn more here.

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Saturday, May 25

Memorial Day Weekend Canoe Float at Pinnacle Mountain State Park // We’ve got our fingers crossed hard for good weather this weekend, and one reason is this annual float trip down the Little Maumelle. The trip is guided and offers views of under-explored areas of the park. Canoes launch at 9 a.m. Learn more here. 

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Goat Yoga on the Farm at the St. Joseph Center of Arkansas // Nothing like a little savasana surrounded by some friendly goats. Flow with this all-levels session led by Lady Moon Yoga Collective, and BYO mat. Class starts at 10 a.m., then stick around for the farmers market afterward. Learn more here. 

Plant Sale at The Bernice Garden // Green thumbs (and wannabes), this one’s for you. The SoMa garden is lining up a slew of local vendors who will all be offering houseplants, herbs, outdoor plants — you name it. Stock up from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Learn more here.

Taylor Fest at The Hall // Are you ready for it? This traveling show has been roaming the country, throwing dance parties Taylor-made for Swifties (and the Swiftie-adjacent) with all the hits, and now it’s back. Doors open at 8 p.m. Learn more here.


Sunday, May 26

Little Rock Mimosa Festival at the River Market Pavilions // Now in its second year, this “ultimate brunch experience” is ready to serve up the deliciousness. This fest features live music, food trucks, vendors and, of course, plenty of mimosas. The sipping starts at 2 p.m. Learn more here.

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Monday, May 27

Memorial Day Sunrise Hike at Pinnacle Mountain State Park // The early bird gets the view. Start the holiday off right with this annual trek starting at the West Summit Trailhead and led by a park interpreter. The hike starts at 5 a.m. Learn more here.

Memorial Day Pancake Run at Fleet Feet // Talk about motivation. This yearly fun run is back and with a pancake cookoff waiting for you at the finish line. All proceeds go to Team RWB, a nonprofit whose mission is “to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.” Start time is 7 a.m. Learn more here.

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Thursday – Monday, May 23-27

Pulaski County Fair at NLR Riverfront Park // In its final weekend, this fourth annual event is taking to the north shore, inviting guests to enjoy rides, games, vendors, themed music nights and some insane food. A portion of the proceeds will go to NLR Parks & Recreation. Learn more here.


Friday – Monday, May 24-27

Red, White and Zoo and Dragons, Too! at the Little Rock Zoo // What’s blue and white and red all over? A friendly mythical beast waiting to celebrate Memorial Day with you. Come by and get in on specials, shows, exhibits and family-friendly activities. Learn more here.

Nature & Nurture: Tending the Treasure of the Little Rock Zoo


Sunday & Monday, May 26 & 27

Little Rock Open at Rebsamen Tennis Center // We’re calling this a love-love situation. UAMS is kicking off eight days of pro tennis matches and camps, and it’s all free to the public. Learn more here.

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