Food trucks and fried chicken and barbecue — oh, yes!
Thursday, Sept. 6
First Thursday Shop & Sip in Hillcrest: It’s the first Thursday of the month, and you know what that means — time to get your Hillcrest shop 'n' sip on. Soak up the Kavanaugh vibes while you take advantage of the discounts, later hours and live music. This month, make sure to peruse the pop-up booths at Haus Werk and Shoppes on Woodlawn, as well as live music and free drinks from Hocott's. For more info, click here.
Dancing with Our Stars at the Robinson Center: How's your samba? The Arkansas Chapter of the Children's Tumor Foundation is gearing up for its largest fundraising event of the year. Guests will enjoy dancing, dinner, cocktails and a silent auction, while local celebrities team up with professional dancers for a chance to win the coveted mirror ball trophy. It starts at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Food, Libations & Conversations at the Capital Hotel: This isn't your average wine dinner. This series is all about going less bougie and more cozy with an intimate, Creole-inspired dinner. Teaming up with O'Looney's Wine & Liquor, guests can expect Capital twists on classic dishes, all expertly paired with wine selections. Dinner's at 6:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Mario Kart Tournament at The Meteor: Look out for banana peels. It's time for Meteor After Dark festivities again at this bike/coffee shop. Come test your Mario Kart might with prizes and bragging rights for the winners. If you're more of an analog gamer, there will be plenty of board games for you to conquer. It kicks off at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Friday, Sept. 7
Little Rock Night Market at the Bernice Garden: September days still too hot? Beat the heat at this inaugural meetup promising an array of eats, live music, drinks and local vendor booths. Stop in 5-9:30 p.m. For more info, click here. Update: Due to weather concerns, the Night Market has been rescheduled for Friday, Sept. 21.
After Hours Party at Reinvented Vintage: We're all for new traditions, especially when they include some of our favorite local vendors. The SoMa shop is getting on board by hosting local businesses on every first Friday, and they're getting the party started with Crying Weasel Vintage and Noonday Collection. Join the fun from 6-10 p.m. For more info, click here.
Gala for Life at the Statehouse Convention Center: Sir Elton is calling at this annual UAMS fundraising event. Come enjoy a night out on the town in pure feather boa fashion with cocktails, dinner and dancing the night away to the live sounds of Remember When Rock Was Young: The Elton John Tribute. Proceeds from this year’s event benefit the UAMS Bone Marrow Transplant Program. It all begins at 6:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Bobby Bones at the Robinson Center: Don't touch that dial, Little Rock. The Arkansas native whose iHeartMedia The Bobby Bones Show reaches millions of radio listeners every week is bringing his "Red Hoodie Comedy Tour" to our fair city. The tour will combine stories from his childhood, his experience in country radio and more. Showtime is 8 p.m. For more info, click here.
Teal Light Night at the Clinton Presidential Center: Back for another year, the Arkansas Ovarian Cancer Coalition is hosting its annual event to raise funds and awareness surrounding the illness. The evening will feature food, drinks, live music, raffles and auctions. Luminaries will be displayed in honor and memory of those affected by ovarian cancer, and the river bridges will be lit in teal, the official color of ovarian cancer awareness. Activities begin at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Saturday, Sept. 8
Main Street Food Truck Festival in downtown Little Rock: Glory, glory, hallelujah! The moment is finally here. Delicious insanity will descend on our fair city for a few hours, and we are insanely excited about it. More than 60 trucks will be selling their tasty wares, along with vendor booths and live entertainment, all lining Main Street from 3rd to 8th and Capitol Avenue from Spring to Main. The annual event goes from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. For more info, click here. Update: Due to weather concerns, the Food Truck Festival has moved to Sunday, Sept. 9, at the same time and place.
And the fun's just getting started: Save the Dates for Your Favorite Fall Festivals.
Harvest Night at the Arkansas Foodbank warehouse: On Saturday night, 4301 W. 65th St. will be hopping with this annual event marking Hunger Action Month. Guests will enjoy a menu packed with Southern favorites and live entertainment, along with craft brews, activities for the kiddos and a livestream of SEC football. All proceeds go to the Arkansas Foodbank. The party starts at 5 p.m. For more info, click here.
Fried Chicken and Sparkling Wine Pairing at Colonial Wine and Spirits: No, you didn't read that wrong. Yes, it's a mismatch made in heaven. Believe it or not, a plate of chicken tenders pairs perfectly with a crisp glass of bubbles, and Colonial is here to prove it. Stop in 1-7 p.m. to see for yourself. For more info, click here.
Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 8 & 9
Bike MS: Rock’n Hot Ride through central Arkansas: Sometimes you just need a weekend full of cycling, and Bike MS is here to give it to you. This unique ride spans two days as riders journey from North Little Rock to Hot Springs Village, stay the night, then make the return trip to North Little Rock. The route offers nearly 125 miles of scenic views while riders have access to support vehicles, bike mechanics and frequent rest stops, as well as a finish line celebration. Bike MS is hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as part of a nationwide web of events. Proceeds from the ride will go toward MS research. For more info, click here.