From farmers markets and picnics, to attending a Travs game, here are our favorite downtown Little Rock and Argenta activities.
1. Have a picnic on the Clinton Center lawn.
You don’t have to actually tour the Clinton Presidential Center to enjoy it. The lawn of the center has paved paths with river views, plenty of green space for spreading a picnic blanket and prime cardboard sledding for dessert. And when sunset rolls around, you’ll have the best seat in the house on the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge. For more information on area happenings, follow Clinton Presidential Center on Facebook.
2. Study Science After Dark at the Museum of Discovery.
This is not your ninth grade biology class. Whether or not science was your thing in high school, this monthly event is just for grownups and showcases all the fun stuff your textbooks never covered. Each event has a different theme — “Star Wars,” the paranormal, forensics, “Game of Thrones,” wine and chocolate pairings, etc. — and includes hands-on activities and experiments. Plus, there’s beer from Stone’s Throw, pizza from Damgoode Pies and sweet treats from Loblolly Creamery. For more information, follow the Science After Dark at the Museum of Discovery page on Facebook.
3. Take a class at the Arkansas Arts Center.
Ever wanted to learn a new hobby? The AAC’s Museum School offers lots of classes each year for adults, teens and children of every skill level, offering options of day, night and afternoon sessions to best fit your busy schedule. Course topics cover drawing, painting, photography, jewelry, woodworking, digital media and more. For more information, call 372-4000 or visit ArkansasArtsCenter.org.
4. Hop on the Toddy Trolley.
Imagine a pub crawl where you don’t have to do the crawling and there’s craft beer waiting for you at each stop. That’s exactly what you get when you catch a ride on the Toddy Trolley, an old-timey trip to your favorite local breweries and distilleries on both sides of the river. The trolley is on wheels, not rails, and can hold 24 seated guests and up to 40 standing. You can take the normal route that includes stops at Lost Forty, Damgoode Pies, Flyway and more, or you can arrange a tour hitting only your top favorite spots. These locations are also part of the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Locally Labeled program where getting your “passport” stamped at each spot can get you lots of prizes. For more information, call 603-0113 or visit ToddyTrolley.com.
5. Explore historic Quapaw Quarter’s annual Spring Tour of Homes.
It’s a Mother’s Day tradition like no other. Each May, the historic Quapaw Quarter neighborhood hosts a weekend of events based around a selection of preserved homes and buildings that open their doors to the public for a few days. Guests receive guided tours of the architecturally-stunning residences, and even have the option to take a candlelit tour at night or attend Sunday brunch in another historic locale. For more information, visit Quapaw.com.
6. Cheer on the Travs at a home game.
Ah, there’s nothing quite like a night at the ballpark. Enjoy the classics like hot dogs and lemonade while the kids play (and spend some energy) on the bounce house and train rides as you all cheer on the Arkansas Travelers to a home field victory. Nights at Dickey-Stephens Park remind you why the sport is America’s favorite pastime. For more information, visit Travs.com.
7. Sip a Moscow Mule at Capital Bar and Grill.
A perfect way to end any day is with a trip to the “front porch of Little Rock,” the Capital Hotel. As you unwind over the restaurant’s signature pimento cheese and soda crackers, order up one of these classic cocktails to help it all go down smoothly. Sipping one of the city’s best Moscow Mules at one of its iconic locations? Don’t mind if we do. For more information, visit CapitalBarAndGrill.com.
8. Catch a comedy show at The Joint.
Located in the heart of Argenta, this coffeehouse/bar/cabaret theater is a hidden gem that offers patrons plenty of food, free wifi, patio seating and Grammy-winning live music. One of The Joint’s signature events is hosting both improv and scripted comedy shows each week. Tuesday nights feature stand-up comics, Wednesdays showcase improv troupe The Joint Venture and Fridays and Saturdays are when resident professional comedy company The Main Thing takes the stage. They’ve been featured on the likes of SNL, MTV and HBO, but NLR is their home base where they write and perform original comedy shows all year. For more information, call 372-0210, follow The Joint on Facebook or visit TheJointArgenta.com.
9. Start your mornings at the farmers market.
The best meals begin with fresh ingredients, and the best place to find them is at the farmers market. To go with your fresh finds, you can also browse the booths of local vendors, savor the sounds of live music and maybe even snag a free yoga class. Check out the Argenta Farmers Market on Main St. and the Little Rock Farmers Market in the River Market Pavilions on Saturdays, then visit the Bernice Garden Farmers Market in SoMa on Sundays.