Between the food trucks, the festivals and the puppies, this weekend is one for the books.
Thursday, April 4
Taste of Little Rock at the UA Little Rock Jack Stephens Center: Hope you're hungry. Now in its 16th year, this event boasts some of the best eats from the best restaurants in town, all to raise scholarship dollars for UA Little Rock students. Arkansas Heart Hospital CEO and cardiologist Dr. Bruce Murphy will be featured as this year's honoree. The good stuff starts at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Night at the Museum at the Old State House Museum: Move over, Ben Stiller. This new monthly program from the OSHM is all about bringing history to life. Folks 21 and older can get in on games, activities, libations and learning through themes like Indiana Jones and "Back to the Future." This week continues with the theme "Raiders of the Lost Arkansas." The fun lasts from 6-9 p.m. For more info, click here.
Violinist YooJin Jang at St. Mark's Episcopal Church: Presented by the Chamber Music Society, this concert will feature "a performer without fear or technical limitation." The world-revered violinist will cap off the society's 2018-19 season with the “fiery virtuosity” and “consummate performances” for which YooJin Jang is known. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
"The Hate U Give" Screening at Ron Robinson Center: CALS is continuing its Movies of a Movement series with a new lineup, The Civil Rights and Social Change Collection. This week's film is based on the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas centered around a young African American girl who loses her best friend to police violence. Showtime is 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Friday, April 5
SoMa After Dark in the South Main District: One of Little Rock's most unique neighborhoods is finally getting its own bash. Every first Friday, this brand new event will see businesses offering later hours and activities tailored to their specialties. Stop in at any of your favorite haunts to find fun like menu specials and music at South on Main, artisan soaps at Reinvented Vintage, the world premiere of Stone Throw's Barrel-Soured Doppelbock and more. It all starts at 5 p.m. For more info, click here.
Alley Party at the Villa Vue Apartments: It's back, y'all. The Downtown Little Rock Partnership event series returns for the season, bringing parties to the "tucked away portions of downtown." This time the fun will coincide with Soma After Dark and take place at 1300 South Scott, which will be packed with craft beer and live music from Buh Jones. Be there 5-8 p.m. For more info, click here.
RockStar Lounge at Cajun’s Wharf: Hosted by an outreach group of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Foundation known as the Envoys, this annual event is headlined by Memphis-based band Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster. The party starts at 7 p.m. and includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and specialty cocktails. For more info, click here.
Pour one out: Cajun's Wharf to Close on June 1
Food & Foam Fest at Dickey-Stephens Park: Who's thirsty? Yeah, so are we. Now in its 22nd year, this annual event celebrates craft beer and good eats with loads of samples up for grabs. The brewery list includes Lost Forty, Rebel Kettle, Diamond Bear and a whole lot more. And if the thought of all that makes you hungry, never fear. There will be plenty of bites to wash down the drinks. Proceeds from the event go toward Arthritis Foundation programs and services. The fun starts at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Toast to Life Gala at Noah's Event Venue: Benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Arkansas, this bash offers cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, live and silent auctions and music by The B Flats. The party starts at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Neighbors: True Stories of Fences and Friendship at The Rep Annex: Ahead of its upcoming show "Native Gardens," the Arkansas Repertory Theatre is teaming up with The Yarn for a night of storytelling all about neighbors, what connects and what divides us. The stories start at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Iron Sharpens Iron Golf Scramble at Rebsamen Park Golf Course: At the ready, golfers. Now in its third year, this tourney benefits McDonald Associates' Light Into Darkness mission to "help individuals succeed in life and become contributing members of their communities." There's a shotgun start at 8 a.m. and the scramble includes lunch. For more info, click here.
Saturday, April 6
The Evolve Gala at the Statehouse Convention Center: Under the theme "Oh, the Places You'll Go," a night of cocktails, dinner, dancing, the sounds of Mayday by Midnight and live and silent auctions awaits guests at this annual fundraiser for The Centers for Youth & Families. This year's gala will highlight the nonprofit's Therapeutic Foster Care Program as well as honor the 2019 Hero of Hope KTHV anchor Dawn Scott. The fun begins at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Turkish Food & Art Fair at the Raindrop Turkish House: Looking to learn about a different culture while enjoying delicious eats? It's your lucky day. Sample authentic cuisine, music and art presentations at this ninth annual event. The fest is free and runs from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Into the Blue: Resonate at the Junior League of Little Rock: The first of two Into the Blue events: Thea Foundation has created a night of hors d'oeuvres, fine wines and arts experiences where guests will celebrate the nonprofit's mission to further the arts in Arkansas schools. The event begins at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Paws on the Runway Pre-Pawty at Flyway Brewing: Wet your snout and get in on an extra dose of cuteness at this precursor to the annual bash benefiting Central Arkansas Rescue Effort for Animals. Come get in on the drink and menu specials, games and silent auction, and get discounts if you bring Fido in his freshest fashion. The fun lasts from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. For more info, click here.
Bridge Builders: An Inspiring Conversation with Secretary Madeleine Albright at Hall High School: Former U.S. senator and first female Secretary of State Dr. Madeleine Albright will be kicking of this new speaker series for the Clinton Center. Dr. Albright will be leading a conversation on her life and career, as well as her newest New York Times bestselling book "Fascism: A Warning." There will also be a book signing after the program, which is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. It starts at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Pet Fair & Fun Raiser at Sherwood Forest: More pet cuteness? Don't mind if we do. At this annual festival, guests will get their fill of food, vendors, games, dog training, low-cost microchipping and more, all to raise money for the Sherwood Animal Shelter. Be there from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. For more info, click here.
Sunday, April 7
Little Rock Rangers Season Opener at War Memorial Stadium: Red Watch, assemble. The Little Rock Rangers Soccer Club is kicking off its fourth season with a hometown crowd to cheer them on against the Tyler Football Club out of Texas. Just make sure you show up early to enjoy all the food trucks in the parking lot. The match starts at 5 p.m. For more info, click here.
Dance ImpACT at Argenta Community Theater: As the theater's signature dance event, this annual performance features dance companies from across central Arkansas on one stage. It all starts at 3 p.m. For more info, click here.
River City Men's Chorus Spring Concert at Second Presbyterian Church: "Imagine: Justice, Freedom, Peace" is the name of this year's concert, which will feature songs focusing on those aims and ideals. The audience will hear pieces such as a suite based on Maya Angelou's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" and a setting of "Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor." The concert begins at 3 p.m. For more info, click here.