Technically, there's no wrong way to do a weekend, but why chance it?
Thursday, August 18
Third Thursday in The Heights, Little Rock: It's like pregaming for the weekend, and we love it. During this monthly event, stores in The Heights extend hours until 8 p.m., and shoppers enjoy business open houses, music, hors d’oeuvres and drinks, sales and specials. You can celebrate the upcoming weekend with a free chocolate bean martini at Eggshells Kitchen Co. (kid-friendly options available) or snag some adult Lunchables and beverages as you school your friends in Baggo at Domestic Domestic. For more info on Third Thursday, click here.
Arkansas Beer Tap Takeover at ZaZa Fine Salad + Wood-Oven Pizza Co., Little Rock: What do you do when you get a brand new eight tap draft tower? You show it off, duh. ZaZa is doing just that with brews from Apple Blossom, Core, Flyway, Lost Forty, Ozark Beer and Stone's Throw. Plus, you’ll get to hang with team members from each brewery and talk local beer until you’re brew in the face. (We’ll be here all week.) The tap takeover lasts from 5-7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Jeff Henderson Homecoming at the Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock: U-S-A! U-S-A! The whole nation cheered as Arkansas native Jeff Henderson brought home the Olympic gold medal in men’s long jump. Now you can celebrate with the man himself at a meet and greet and moderated discussion at the center, which are both free and open to the public. The meet and greet starts at 6:30 p.m. and the discussion begins at 7 p.m. B-Y-O-star-spangled gear. For more info, click here.
Friday, August 19
Taste of the Finest at the Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock: Five years in and this Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fundraiser keeps getting more and more delicious. The night will honor 28 Taste of the Finest Honorees who are leaders in their communities, both professional and otherwise. Guests will enjoy live music from First Impressions, an auction and eats and drinks from the likes of Local Lime, Cache and Blue Cake Co. It all starts at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
AfterHours at Playtime Pizza, Little Rock: School is back in session and it's time for the adults to cut loose. AfterHours is essentially the adult swim of Playtime Pizza where you can play a ton of games, mini golf, bumper cars, mini bowling, go-karts or laser tag, all while you enjoy drink specials and tons of pizza. The late night party lasts from 10 p.m.- 2 a.m. For more info, click here.
Third Friday Argenta Art Walk in downtown Argenta, North Little Rock: Lace up your comfy shoes because this fun walk is all about strolling through the Argenta Arts District’s monthly lineup of special exhibits. Walkable galleries include Argenta Gallery, Laman Library Argenta Branch, Claytime Pottery, Southern Women, Artisians Guild, Greg Thompson Fine Art, Argenta Bead, Thea Foundation, Mugs Café and The House of Art. And as always, women's boutique Maddox is celebrating with a margarita and nacho night, courtesy of Baja Grill. More on that here. The Art Walk runs from 5-8 p.m. For more info, click here.
Back to School Night at The Innovation Hub, North Little Rock: Event The Hub is getting some school spirit with its free monthly Maker Community Night event. Families are invited to explore the facility, see makers in action and learn about The Hub’s lineup of fall classes for both kids and adults. Just stop in between 6-8 p.m. For more info, click here.
Saturday, August 20
Messtival at the Museum of Discovery, Little Rock: Remember when all you wanted to do as a kid was make a giant mess but the grownups wouldn’t let you? And then you became a grownup and it kind of made sense? Forget the adult logic, grab your kids and go get messy at the MoD. Bonus: You don’t have to clean it up afterwards. Get gross from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more info, click here.
Free Yoga for Cyclists Class at Arkansas Yoga Collective, Little Rock: It’s time to stretch it out, cyclists. Target the specific muscles that need some TLC with this yoga class led by Sarah Thomas and Read Admiré. While you’re there, you can even donate to a local Bike MS team, a National Multiple Sclerosis Society fundraising race that you can learn more about here. Get your yogi on at 2 p.m. For more info, click here.
Visions Choreographic Competition at the UALR Center for Performing Arts, Little Rock: Ever fancied yourself a ballet critic? That’s exactly what will happen at Ballet Arkansas’ third annual Visions competition. Four choreographers from across the U.S. have been chosen to showcase their work, which will pass through four judges: three professionals from the local and national dance communities, and the audience makes four. The contest starts at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Star Party at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock: Rain, rain, go away ... because we've got some wicked sweet 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. If it's still too cloudy, you'll still get to take part in an indoor program on astronomy. The gazing starts at 9 p.m. For more info, click here.
Thursday-Sunday, August 18-21
Kaleidoscope Film Festival across the metro: Now in its second year, this LGBT film fest “celebrates the diversity of the LGBT community and filmmakers by presenting poignant and thought-provoking films documenting LGBT lives truthfully and with respect.” Kaleidoscope 2016 highlights Latin LGBT cinema with screenings taking place at Argenta Community Theater and The Joint, and various events scheduled for venues around the city. For more info, click here.