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Thursday, September 21
Third Thursday Shop 'n' Sip in The Heights: Consider it pregaming for the weekend. During this monthly event, stores in The Heights extend hours until 8 p.m., and shoppers enjoy music, eats, drinks, sales and specials. There's a lot going on in this month's meetup, but we suggest stopping by Domestic Domestic for their Hawaiian Happy Hour saying "so long" to summer. For more info on Third Thursday, click here.
Bingo for Bags at Next Level Events: This isn't your grandma's bingo. This second annual Industries for the Blind Solutions event gives you the chance to win some high-end prizes, along with an evening of heavy hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, live music and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event will help IFB provide employment opportunities for people with visual impairment and blindness. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Pig & Swig at Heifer Urban Farm: Have mercy. This "premium whiskey tasting and bacon event" invites some of your favorite local chefs and restaurants to offer up their best pork dishes. All you have to do is partake as you sip top-notch whiskeys, hear live music from The Electric Five and stop by the photo booth. We know, it's a hard life. There's even an after party at Ernie Biggs if you're hungry for more. The eats last from 6-9 p.m. For more info, click here.
ReStore and After at Embassy Suites Little Rock: It's a DIYer's dream. This Habitat for Humanity event gives you the opportunity to shop pieces from local artists and makers while sipping cocktails and enjoying live music. These artists were challenged to take items from the organization's ReStores, turn them into art and auction them off to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity. It starts at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Blues Trifecta at Pulaski Tech: Your ears are about to thank you. The Center for Humanities and Arts will be filled with the live music of Mississippi blues artist Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, a screening of award-winning documentary film "Two Trains Runnin’" and a presentation by legendary blues promoter and photographer Dick Waterman. It starts at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Alley Party at 409 Main St.: Happy (almost) fall, y'all. The Downtown Little Rock Partnership event series is back for the season, bringing parties to the "tucked away portions of downtown." This time the fun will take place between the KATV building and the Tech Park, which will be packed with craft beer from Stone's Throw Brewing, wine and live music from Buh Jones. Be there 5:30-8 p.m. For more info, click here.
Friday, September 22
Opera in the Rock at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center: Join the city’s opera troupe for a night of remembrance honoring the 60th annniversary of the Central High integration. Opera in the Rock will perform "Troubled Island," an opera by William G. Still with libretto by Langston Hughes. Admission is free, and showtime is 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
A Night in Napa: Sidney Moncrief's 60th Birthday Bash at the Arkansas Arts Center: Nope, we're not done cheering on this hometown NBA all-star. To celebrate Sidney's big day, his nonprofit Moncrief Game Changers will host a night of wine tastings, hors d'oeuvres, live music, a silent auction and a roast and toast to man himself. Proceeds will help students in the areas of college and career readiness. It starts at 7 p.m., with a red carpet entrance kicking off at 6:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Saturday, September 23
Big Dam Bridge 100 starting in downtown North Little Rock: Helmets, weird shoes and a whole mess of lycra—that’s what awaits for the thousands of riders who make their way to the city for the annual Big Dam 100. Riders have the chance to ride on 10-, 32-, 50-, 68- and 100-mile courses, covering both Little Rock and North Little Rock, winding down the River Trail, crossing the Big Dam Bridge (of course) and through other various areas before hitting the finish line. Not riding, but still want to party? Just hang out in Argenta after the race for food, drinks and live music. Start times vary, but it all kicks off at Riverfront Dr, and Willow St. For more info, click here.
Little Rocktoberfest at Dickey-Stephens Park: Game faces on. Hosted by the Central Arkansas Fermenters, this is the state’s premier brew and craft beer festival. A portion of the proceeds are always donated to a local charity, and this year, funds will go to Women and Children First. Stop in for great food, more great beer (we're talking a triple-digit number of brews), live music and even karaoke. Be there. The fun starts at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Arkansas Peace Fest at Little Rock Central High School: Peruse a wide variety of nonprofit organizations with booths set up to help you learn more about their missions and supporting peace in the state, or check out one of the many speeches promoting peace and justice in Arkansas at this inspirational event. This year, the fest is joining the list of events held in coordination with the 60th anniversary commemoration of the Central High integration. Come enjoy the good vibes from 1-5 p.m. For more info, click here.
Superhero Dash-N-Bash at Murray Park: Capes all around! To mark Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, this fourth annual event calls on heroes from all over to help raise funds for Arkansas Children's Hematology and Oncology unit. The day's activities include a 1K victory walk over the Big Dam Bridge, food, music, games and more — all of which will be superhero-themed, of course. It all starts at 9 a.m. For more info, click here.
Mavis Staples at the Robinson Center: Another event in the Central High-affiliated lineup is this concert featuring the legendary powerhouse singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples. The show opens with a multicultural community choir followed by the Rodney Block Collective featuring Bijoux before Ms. Staples takes the stage. Proceeds will benefit the Little Rock Nine Foundation. Showtime is 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
"Rocky Horror Picture Show" Screening at Ron Robinson Theater: We almost can't handle the antici… After facing a public outcry when tickets went fast to a screening of the cult classic film, the theater added another showing. Catch it at 6 p.m. or 9 p.m. (or both). But leave the hot dogs at home. Outside props are not allowed, but you can purchase your own at the theater. Confused? If it's your first time seeing "Rocky Horror," you get a props bag for free, and the same goes for anyone in costume. For more info, click here.
Thursday-Sunday, September 21-24
Acansa Arts Festival in various locations in Little Rock and North Little Rock: It’s back! Since its incredible inaugural year in 2014, we get excited about Acansa's return each fall. The schedule is packed with all sorts of exhibits and performances on both sides of the river, as well as a special highlight on the 60th anniversary of the Central High desegregation crisis. The hard part is choosing which events to attend. For more info and a calendar of events, click here.
Psst. Here are a few stories to whet your Acansa appetite:
September issue: Arts Enterprise ACANSA Speeds Toward New Horizons