From parades to food trucks to Broadway icons, this weekend is pretty much what we expect to find at the end of a rainbow.

 

Thursday, March 14

Arkansas a la Carte at Arkansas Children’s Hospital: Good eats and good art? Don’t mind if we do. The ACH Auxiliary’s annual fundraiser returns with tastings from more than 20 of your favorite local restaurants and caterers, plus a silent auction and live entertainment from DJ Jonathan. This year's event also includes the return of Art a la Carte, which features pieces created by ACH patients and Arkansas artists. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

Giving Guide: Arkansas Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

National Pi(e) Day at Honey Pies: Bless you, math, for finally understanding our true needs. Mark National Pi Day (March 14) and come get yourself a slice. You'll find your all-time favorite flavors alongside limited spring tastes like apple, key lime, peach and Oreo cheesecake. Shop hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. For more info, click here.

"The Post" Screening at Ron Robinson Center: CALS is continuing its Movies of a Movement series with a new series, The Civil Rights and Social Change Collection. This time around Meryl and Tom take to the big screen to tell the story of The Washington Post breaking the Pentagon Papers in 1971, a film that earned a Best Picture Oscar nom. Showtime is 7 p.m. For more info, click here.

Arkansas Chamber Singers Spring Concert at the St. James United Methodist Church: The ACS is dedicated to performing the best of classical choral repertoire and this seasonal program does just that by featuring Haydn's "Creation Mass." The show begins at 7:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

"Remembrances" Reception at Esse Purse Museum & Store: This SoMa staple is on a mission to honor museum donors with its newest exhibit. The new "Remembrances: History Seen Through Entrusted Objects" aims to do that through purses and their contents, hats, shoes, paper dolls, photographs and more, and Esse is extending the invitation to celebrate through this free reception. It all starts at 5:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

 

Friday, March 15

Third Friday Argenta Art Walk in 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. This month's walkable galleries include Greg Thompson Fine Art, Four Quarter Bar, the Innovation Hub, The Joint and a Latino Art Project auction benefiting Seis Puentes Hispanic Outreach at Argenta Gallery. The Art Walk runs from 5-8 p.m. For more info, click here.

Natural State of the Art: A Gallery Guide to Little Rock

 

Saturday, March 16

20th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Little Rock and Argenta: Get your green on and head downtown for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Presented by the Irish Cultural Society of Arkansas, the parade begins at Sixth and Main in Argenta and wraps up at Third and Cumberland across the river. Expect leprechauns, Irish wolfhounds, antique cars, bands, Irish dancers, decorative floats and lots more. The parade kicks off at 1 p.m. For more info, click here.

Third Street Block Party at Dugan's Pub: Oh, St. Pat. We shall celebrate thee and all thy Irish goodness. On Saturday, after the parade wraps up next door, guests can load up on delicious eats, drinks, live music and performances from both the McCafferty and O'Donnovan Schools of Irish Dance. Can't get enough You can always come back for seconds on Sunday. For more info, click here.

St Paddy’s Day Blowout at Cregeen's Irish Pub: Want to continue your bash north of the river? Not to worry. Cregeen's will welcome you with all-day Irish eats, beer and live music. Pub hours are 10 a.m. - 1 a.m. For more info, click here.

St. Patrick's Day Color Powder Run and Mini-Mile in Park Hill: Something tells us you'll look more like a rainbow than a leprechaun at the end of this fun run. Runners can choose between the family fun run, a  2.7-mile route with views of downtown Little Rock and historic homes, or the mini-mile route, a one-mile, up-and-back run on the Levy Trail that's great for little ones. Start time is 8:30 a.m. at the Levy Baptist Church. For more info, click here.

First Annual Rail Yard Food Truck Party: Still haven't checked out The Rail Yard yet? Here's your chance to do so while you get a sampling of eats from local food trucks, vendors and live music throughout the day. There's no admission fee to get in, and a portion of the alcohol proceeds will benefit the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. The party lasts from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. For more info, click here.

Wine and Food Feastival at Wildwood Park for the Arts: Make room, everybody. This annual crowd favorite event is back to celebrate some of the best eats and drinks Little Rock has to offer. Guests will enjoy featured wines, spirits and beers, live entertainment and food from restaurants like Arthur’s Prime Steakhouse, The Faded Rose and The Capital Hotel. The feast begins at 6:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

Make-A-Wish Fundraiser at Dave & Buster’s: You know the D&B drill. Come get your fill of arcade games, delicious eats and plenty of TV screens to go around. While you're there, make a donation to Make-A-Wish Mid-South and you'll get $10 in free game play. Be there noon - 9 p.m. To learn more about Make-A-Wish Mid-South, click here.

 

Friday & Saturday, March 15 & 16

Girl Scout Cookie Weekend at Petit & Keet: Bring. It. On. This west Little Rock restaurant is pairing fine dining with some of the best treats on the block. Try a boozy Thin Mint cocktail or the Samoa Cheesecake and thank us later. Plus, 20 percent of sales go to local Girl Scouts. Stop in from 4-11 p.m. For more info, click here.

 

Sunday, March 17

St. Patrick's Day in Little Rock: Time to take part in a wee bit of fun around the city. Some of your local haunts are celebrating all day. Here's where to pop in:

 

Central Arkansas Bonus:

16th Annual World's Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hot Springs: Covering a brief 98 feet, this parade will make its way down Bridge St. with plenty of sights to make up for its brevity. Starting the parade is Ellen's favorite DJ Twitch, while the grand marshal is none other than Ralph Macchio, the karate kid himself. Want more? Capping off the night is a free concert from Three Dog Night, and don't forget the Smash Mouth on Saturday night. We're not making this up. Sunday's festivities begin at 3 p.m. Click here for the full schedule of events.

 

Saturday & Sunday, March 16 & 18

Girl Scout Cookie Brunch at At the Corner: Gather 'round, troops. Now in its third year, this brunch just keeps getting better. Think: Samoas hot cocoa, Thin Mint pancakes, Tag-A-Long and Do-si-Do crepes, Savannah Smiles frittatas and the menu goes on. Plus, a portion of proceeds of each dish will go to the local Girl Scouts organization. Brunch hours are 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday. For more info, click here.

St. Paddy's at Fassler Hall: Ever wondered how Germans celebrate St. Patrick's Day? If you ask Fassler, it's all about the eats. Get in on the live music, festive brews and menu beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, and resume the fun on Sunday at 11 a.m. For more info, click here.

 

Friday - Sunday, March 15-17

"Evita" at the Robinson Center: We're not crying, you're crying. This Tony-winning hit musical from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a stop in Little Rock. The iconic show follows Argentina's young and ambitious Eva Peron on her meteoric rise to sainthood, and features well-loved songs like "Don’t Cry for Me Argentina," "Oh What a Circus" and "Buenos Aires." You have four chances to catch the show: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more info, click here.