Grab your cranberry sauce and get ready for a lot of local goodness.

 

Thursday, Nov. 22

Go!bbler Turkey Trot in The Heights & Hillcrest: It's baaaack. Everyone's favorite Thanksgiving run returns once again to help you earn your inevitable overeating. Not only do you have a chance to win pies and prizes for best costume at this free family walk/run, but it's also a big food drive for the Arkansas Foodbank. Your entry fee is just a non-perishable food donation, and you even get to choose between 3, 4 or 6.5-mile courses. We also have it on good authority that Santa himself will make an appearance. Start time is at 8 a.m. For more info, click here.

Thanksgiving Pie and Beer Flight Pairing at Flying Saucer: If you're going to partake in both anyway, you might as well let the pros show you how it's done. You'll get four pie "tasters" that have been hand-picked to compliment four beer tasters. Stop in between 5 p.m. and midnight. For more info, click here.

Thanksgiving Potluck at Four Quarter Bar: Let the good vibes roll at this free annual event. Guests are invited to bring all their Thanksgiving leftovers and neighborly spirit, while Four Quarter will smoke a brisket to add to the potluck. And yes, the bar will be open. Dinnertime is 7 p.m. For more info, click here.

 

Friday, Nov. 23

Black Friday Brunch in Little Rock: Whether you're celebrating your retail conquests or just rolling out of bed, this is officially our new favorite tradition. These restaurants know what's up:

  • The Fold: Expect $5 margaritas and cornbread waffles of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" fame. Be there 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Raduno: Happy hour in the morning? Don't mind if we do. Think $5 draft beers and $5 meatballs. Dig in 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
  • Rebel Kettle: Two words: beer brunch. All-day beer discounts, fluffy biscuits, chorizo gravy and much more are waiting for you. Eat up 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Bark Friday at Bark Bar: Forget the craziness out there and go blow off some steam with Fido. Not only will there be discounts at the bar, but in the retail section, too. Cheers to your furry friend's new duds. The fun starts at 3 p.m. For more info, click here.

 

Saturday, Nov. 24

Small Business Saturday in the metro: This Saturday is Small Business Saturday, and you'll have plenty of opportunities to support your local shops all across the city. Many stores are even sweetening the deal by offering specials to shoppers like discounts, giveaways and even a few bites to keep you going. (Bonus: The River Market has mimosas.) Here's the rundown of some of the city's best shops.

Pour Over 101 at Blue Sail Coffee: Surprise, surprise. That YouTube tutorial didn't turn you into a bona fide barista. On Saturday, learn how to brew from real, live humans Kyle Tabor and Aaron Long in this free class. The sesh starts at 9 a.m. For more info, click here.

Merry & Bright Holiday Celebration at The Promenade at Chenal: Christmas is officially in full swing at The Promenade. Get your shop on and hit up some leftover Black Friday deals, then stick around for the tree lighting ceremony in the courtyard at 5 p.m. For more info, click here.

Northern Lights Festival in the Argenta Arts District: Separate from the NLR parade this year, the 2018 tree-lighting fest is amping up the fun. You can expect food trucks, craft booths, Christmas carolers and an old-fashioned Christmas market next to the Argenta Library. The ceremony will take place across the street from the Argenta Community Theater, with Main Street lined with dozens of trees to light up the night. The festivities start at 5 p.m. For more info, click here.

 

Sunday, Nov. 25

Museum Store Sunday in downtown Little Rock: Keeping with the weekend's local focus, museum stores around the city are hosting a curated shopping day to help support both artists and the museums themselves. Each shop has unique, one-day-only specials, so study up and stop in. Participating museums include:

 

Wednesday - Sunday, Nov. 21-25

"Love Never Dies" at The Robinson Center: You know the iconic "Phantom of the Opera," but what happened after the curtain closed? Find out in the next chapter of Andrew Lloyd Webber's tale of the haunted man behind the mask, complete with a Coney Island freak show. For showtimes, tickets and more info, click here.

Exclusive: Meet "Love Never Dies" Star Mary Michael Patterson