Buckle up, boys and girls. This is going to be awesome.
Thursday, March 30
Science After Dark: Epidemics & Plagues at the Museum of Discovery, Little Rock: Mmmm, yummy. This edition of the MoD's monthly grownup meetup is all about the science of plagues, outbreaks and epidemics. And to go with your hearty appetite, as always there will be drinks from Stone’s Throw, pizza from Damgoode Pies and some Loblolly Creamery treats to wash it all down. It all kicks off at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" Opening Night at The Studio Theatre, Little Rock: Bottom's up. This classic Shakespearean comedy is getting new life on this stage as these lovers get all mixed up thanks to an ornery batch of forest fairies. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Charity Cornhole Toss at Diamond Bear Brewing Co., North Little Rock: Yes, you read that right. At this monthly event, you can play for glory in a double elimination cornhole tournament. This time around, competitors are raising money for the Argenta Downtown Council through $5 tournament entry fees. Plus, they'll be serving up a special H.O.P.E. Plate where a portion of each sold will benefit the Argenta Downtown Council. The tourney starts at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Friday, March 31
Turning Pointe Gala for Ballet Arkansas at the Little Rock Marriott Grand Ballroom, Little Rock: Get ready for the sautés, jetés, cabrioles, etc. Ballet Arkansas’ signature annual fundraiser offers a night of fine dining and dance. Guests will enjoy cocktails, auctions and entertainment provided by the Ballet Arkansas Company Dancers. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., with dinner and performances starting at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Grand Opening at Heights Corner Market, Little Rock: Get ready for the freshness. This brand new market (located in the former Terry’s Finer Foods) is opening up shop and throwing a party to celebrate. Loblolly will be slinging scoops, puppies can sample organic treats and the first 100 customers get free swag. Come check out the goods from 3-6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Remodel Reveal & Exhibit Reception at Cantrell Gallery, Little Rock: New gallery, who's this? After lots of hard work, Cantrell Gallery is showing off their new space and a new exhibit to fill it with. “The Making of an Artist: Creative Inspirations” by Jeffery Nodelman contains pieces of the artist's favorite celebrities that "made [him] believe in the power of daydreaming." The reception lasts from 6-8 p.m., and note that the new front doors is #8208 in the Cantrell Heights shopping center. For more info, click here.
“Jar the Floor” Opening Night at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Little Rock: Whoa, mama. This comedy follows the relationship drama of four generations of African American women in the '90s, complete with a whole lot of love. After the play, stick around for an opening night celebration with complimentary champagne and light hors d’oeuvres. Showtime is 8 p.m. For more info, click here.
Thursday - Friday, March 30 - 31
Erica Courtney Appearance & Trunk Show at Roberson's Fine Jewelry, Little Rock: Calling all jewelry lovers. Erica Courtney has been designing incredible gemstone jewelry for three decades, which has been well-loved by the likes of Jessica Alba, Sandra Bullock, Sofia Vergara and more. You can meet Erica and browse her line's trunk show for two days. Store hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Saturday, April 1
Springfest at Riverfront Park, Little Rock: Let's go, fam. This free, family-friendly fest is a spinoff from Riverfest featuring all the kiddo-favorite activities you know and love (like the dog jumping competition, food trucks and stage acts) and combines a few new pieces to jazz things up a bit. The fun begins at 9 a.m. For more info, click here.
P. Allen Smith’s Spring Poultry Workshop at Moss Mountain Farm, Roland: If you raise chickens or are considering doing so, you’re going to need some expert info. Cue P. Allen Smith (of course). This workshop features guest speakers and seminars for everyone from small-scale chicken farmers to those who just want to learn how to care for a pet bird. Smith will also be on hand to give tours of the farm and teach you all his poultry ways. The day begins at 10 a.m. and lasts through 3:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Beer and Loathing in Little Rock at Rebel Kettle, Little Rock: Now, this is how you celebrate a birthday. It's been a whole year since the brewery/taproom opened its doors to the public at 822 E. 6th, and after a week of festivities, Rebel Kettle is capping it off with a full-on beer and music festival. The event will include food trucks, activities for kids, live music and beer tents, with a portion of proceeds going to the American Childhood Cancer Organization of Arkansas. It all kicks off at 11 a.m. For more info, click here.
Artstravaganza at Art Outfitters, Little Rock: If you have a single artistic bone in your body, pay attention. This all-day event includes swag bags, giveaways, shopping discounts and a laundry list of demonstrations that you can sit in on. Interested in silk screen printing? Done. Want to learn brush calligraphy? Not a problem. Come learn a thing or two from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. For more info, click here.
Yoga Warriors Fighting Colon Cancer Event at the Double Tree Hotel in Little Rock: Now in its fourth year, FOX16 News anchor Donna Terrell is back this year with more yoga warriors, bigger and better than before, to bring awareness to the cause. Join in for a fabulous yoga sesh, prizes and smoothies. The class starts at 10 a.m., bring your own mat. For more info, click here.
Puppy Mugs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock: Fido never looked so good. The UA Little Rock Department of Art and Design is hosting a fundraiser (aka best idea ever) offering studio portraits of your pup for just $25. They'll bring the fashion lighting and backdrops, you just bring Fido. Stop by the UA Little Rock Fine Arts Building room FA267 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. For more info, click here.
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Friday - Saturday, March 31 - April 1
Arkansas Made - Arkansas Proud at War Memorial Stadium, Little Rock: We're all about the #shoplocal movement, and this new market is right up our alley. Designed to feature local creators, this market will offer shoppers their choice of unique pieces of art, jewelry, eats and plenty of crafts handmade or produced here in The Natural State. You can snag tickets to the 6 - 9 p.m. preview night on Friday (complete with a silent auction and private shopping) or join the crowds on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Sunday, April 2
Curbside Couture Fashion Show at the Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock: Now in its sixth year, this unique "green" fashion show challenges students from elementary to high school to create outfits out of repurposed materials. With no sewing machines, most participants use the likes of duct tape and hot glue, so it's definitely a sight to see. The show starts at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Friday & Sunday, March 30 & April 2
"The Pirates of Penzance" at Wildwood Park for the Arts, Little Rock: Ah, there's nothing like an old favorite, and this show is just that. Follow the plight of the severely unlucky Frederic, who is stuck in the indentured servitude of pirates until his 21st birthday — which just so happens to fall on a leap year. Hilarity and adventure ensue, obviously. Catch the show in Wildwood’s Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival Theatre on Friday at 7:30 p.m. or Sunday at 3 p.m. For more info, click here.
Saturday - Sunday, April 1 - 2
Blue Out Blitz in the Little Rock metro: National Autism Awareness Month kicks off with a bang this weekend for A-Camp, a camp for kids with autism and their friends. Spread the message of blue acceptance (the official color of autism awareness) by visiting participating businesses that offer specials to benefit A-Camp. The list includes Dempsey Bakery, Flyway Brewing, Kilwins, Cheers in Maumelle, Arkansas Skatium and more. For more info, click here.