The list includes lots and lots of gyros.
Thursday, May 18
The Seersucker Social at the Old State House, Little Rock: We do declare, it’s high time for some fine Southern style. Now in its sixth year, the event put on by the Old State House’s young professional group The 1836 Club is all about celebrating the best of the South. Put on your Sunday best (seersucker not actually required) and stop by for lawn games, live music and delicious food and cocktails. The best part is that proceeds benefit the School Bus Fund, which enables area schools to come visit the OSH and learn about Arkansas history. Get your mint julep on from 7-9 p.m. For more info, click here.
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. This month it's all about Miracle League of Arkansas, so stop by four participating merchants (see the list here) and get entered to win prizes. For more info on Third Thursday, click here.
Alley Party at 221 E. Capitol Ave., Little Rock: The new project from Downtown Little Rock Partnership is back, bringing parties to the "tucked away portions of downtown." This time the event series will take place between Central Arkansas Water and Christ Episcopal Church, which will be packed with drinks from Stone's Throw Brewing and Zin Wine Bar, eats from the Count Porkula food truck and live music from Randall Shreve. Be there 5:30-8 p.m. For more info, click here.
Most Endangered Places Bicycle Ride through Little Rock: That's one way to get in your daily dose of history. Preserve Arkansas and Bobby's Bike Hike are teaming up to provide a laid back, six-mile route where riders will see and learn about various historic properties threatened by demolition or neglect. The ride starts at Bobby's and ends at Stone's Throw, complete with a pint of your favorite brew and a special edition T-shirt from Rock City Outfitters. It all starts at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Friday, May 19
Third Friday Argenta Art Walk, 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. Walkable galleries include Claytime Pottery, Mugs Café, Greg Thompson Fine Art, Core Brewery, Southern Women Artisans Guild, Barry Thomas Fine Art & Studio, Argenta Branch of Laman Library and StudioMain. The Art Walk runs from 5-8 p.m. For more info, click here.
Tequila Dinner at Cregeen's Irish Pub, North Little Rock: Cheers, friends. This dinner gathering is all about teaching guests "the nuances of fine tequila." Expect multiple courses all expertly paired with Patron, while pro Johnny Maddox walks you through it. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. For more info, call (501)-376-7468.
Aldersgate After Dark Live at the Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock: Who couldn't use a night of singing and dancing? Come get your fill of just that with Baltimore's Cutting Edge Dueling Pianos at this annual Camp Aldersgate fundraising event. And because you can't party on an empty stomach, you can also fill up on food and drinks. The event starts at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Saturday, May 20
Arvest Little Rock Gran Fondo and Block Party through Little Rock: At the ready, riders! Approximately 70 miles of premium Arkansas scenery await on this bike tour (gran fondo means "big ride" in Italian, btw), or 40 miles if you opt for the Medio. Whether or not you ride, you can still enjoy the block party afterward in the HIA Velo parking lot, complete with food and drinks from Lost Forty, live music from Bonnie Montgomery, door prizes and more. Riders start at 8 a.m. and the after party starts at 11 a.m. For more info, click here.
Modern Pioneering Get Together at 6th and Scott parking deck, Little Rock: Georgia Pellegrini is bringing her workshop to downtown Little Rock. Set on top of a parking deck, attendees will get eats, drinks, a flower styling demonstration with Tanarah Luke Floral, guided meditation with Barefoot Studio and more. Plus, if you're one of the first 100 there, you get a killer swag bag. It kicks off at 9:30 a.m. For more info, click here.
Craw'N for the Zoo at the Little Rock Zoo, Little Rock: 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), beer and live music, 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.
Caribbean Cabaret at 23411 Kanis Road, Little Rock: 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 6:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Legends in Argenta at the Argenta Plaza, North Little Rock: The annual Legends of Arkansas music festival may not be until September, but this preview event is right on our doorstep. Expect food trucks, local vendors, lots of craft beer and live music. Bonus: All proceeds help tackle the problem of homelessness in Arkansas by benefitting The Van. Stop in between 6-11 p.m. For more info, click here.
Friday-Sunday, May 19-21
International Greek Food Festival at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Little Rock: Finally. The time has come to eat your weight in gyros at this 33rd 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 call Chef Shuttle 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: