So. Much. Goodness.
Thursday, April 11
"The Princess Bride" Screening at Crush Wine Bar: Something tells us this will be inconceivably good. Get in on this month's free Classics on the Patio screening with a great glass of wine in hand. The movie starts at sundown, or about 7:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Spellebration: A Celebrity Spelling Bee at the Albert Pike Masonic Center: Easy as 1-2-3, right? Local celebrities will soon find out at this fundraiser for AR Kids Read. Guests will enjoy dinner and a silent auction while they watch media celebs battle it out for the title of Queen Bee. It kicks off at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Arkansas Travelers Season Opener at Dickey-Stevens Park: It’s like an unofficial commandment of springtime. Thou shalt enjoy thy ballpark and throw back a couple hot dogs whilst thou art at it. Lucky for you rule followers, the Travs are warming up for their season at Dickey-Stevens with the first game against the Tulsa Drillers. It begins at 7:10 p.m. For more info, click here.
Salsa Night at Cranford Co.: Shine up your dancin' shoes. To celebrate its upcoming production of "Native Gardens," the Arkansas Repertory Theatre is throwing a salsa night party. Guests will enjoy drinks and eats as they learn a few new moves from pro Latin dance instructors Sarah and Rick Pinedo. Singles and couples welcome. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Diamond Chef Arkansas at UA Pulaski Tech: Take a seat, Food Network. This is the final foodie countdown as six local chefs battle it out to be crowned the Diamond Chef. An evening full of head-to-head challenges await the contestants, while guests will enjoy hor d'oeuvres, signature cocktails, "culinary creations stations" and more throughout the night. It all goes down at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
"War Paint" Opening Night at The Studio Theatre: It's a battle of the brushes — makeup brushes, that is — in this musical about the rivalry between Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, the two women who defined the beauty industry in the first half of the 20th century. Things are about to get beautifully hilarious. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Spring Beauty Event at Belle & Blush: Speaking of beauty, if your routine could use a little sprucing up for the new season, here's your chance to glow. The team's pro makeup artists will be on hand for complimentary makeup applications, and you can also be one of the first to try the new NuFace facial toning device improve facial contour, tone and reduce wrinkles. Yes, please. Stop in from 11 a.m. - 6 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 after a successful debut last weekend 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.
Vintage Socialite Pop-Up & Party at Atlas Bar: New bar, vintage threads, can't lose. Snag a retro-themed cocktail and get your #ThrowbackThursday on as you peruse styles that'll take you back to your scrunchie days — the first time around. Be there from 5-10 p.m. For more info, click here.
Friday, April 12
Second Friday Art Night in downtown Little Rock: Bring on the 2FAN. It’s time for the monthly roundup of downtown businesses opening their doors for an after-hours gallery walk. Highlights include an Arkansas Sounds concert, an author event at The Bookstore at Library Square, the Mid-Southern Watercolorists Exhibition awards at Historic Arkansas Museum, the grand opening of Bella Vita's new space (more on that in a minute) and cheese dip and beer at the Old State House Museum. The fun lasts until 8 p.m. For more info, click here.
Grand Reopening at Bella Vita Jewelry: Say, 108 W. Sixth St. looks good on you, Bella Vita. Just two blocks east of its former location, the new shop has more space for the goods and Cocoa Belle Chocolates, and that's cause for celebration. It officially opens at 11 a.m., but the drinks start flowing around 4 p.m. For more info, click here.
Grand Reopening at The Baker House: This Argenta icon is getting into the spirit of new beginnings, too. The team there worked overtime to repair and refurbish the house to get the now boutique hotel ready for guests. Come see the new digs and get some food and drinks while you're at it. For more info, click here.
Rhythm on the River at the Junior League of Little Rock Building: Having a hard time waiting for next year's Designer House? You're not alone. To help tide you over, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild is once again hosting this biennial event to raise funds to support music education in Arkansas with dinner, drinks and dancing to the sounds of The B Flats. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Eggshibition at UA Little Rock's Jack Stephens Center: If you’ve never thought of eggs as an art form, the time to change that is now. This unique event benefits Youth Home, as adolescent psychiatric treatment facility with more than 50 years of service. At the event, guests can bid on original, egg-shaped art by local artists while they enjoy hors d'oeuvres, libations, auctions, live music and more, while the nonprofit honors Officer Tommy Norman. The egg-citement starts at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Brews and Bites at the Outlets of LIttle Rock: Yes, food truck season really is the most wonderful time of the year. Come chow down on goods from food trucks like Jude's Delight, Adobo To-Go and Loblolly while sipping local beer and enjoying live entertainment. Bonus: It all benefits the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and Arkansas Foodbank. Be there from 5-10 p.m. For more info, click here.
Saturday, April 13
Yoga with Riley at The Rail Yard: Let's start with a little zen. Riley Peek will be leading this all-levels sesh every Saturday, kicking off this week. BYO-mat and help raise funds for End the Backlog, an organization advocating for the processing of rape kits that have accumulated in police and crime lab storage facilities across the U.S. The flow begins at 10 a.m. For more info, click here.
Race for a Healthier Tomorrow at Arkansas Children's Hospital: This weekend, get going for a better tomorrow with this 5K and 1-mile family fun walk raising money for Children's. The event will also have a fair set up for the kiddos with games, arts and crafts and entertainment. Registration begins at 7 a.m. For more info, click here.
Star Party at Pinnacle Mountain State Park: Get out of here, clouds. We've got some star gazing to do. Weather permitting, you can try your hand at amateur astronomy from one of the region's best viewing spots. Telescopes will be provided by the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society, so all you have to do is show up to the park's visitor center and bring your eyeballs. The party starts at 7:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Grand Opening at Revival Coffee: More opening festivities? Don't mind if we do. Downtown's newest coffee shop is opening its doors on the ground floor of the Regions Center and throwing a party to celebrate. The bash includes free food, live music and 15% off all beverages. Check it out 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Champion of the Year at the Cold Springs Event Center: This annual Alzheimer's Arkansas event is a chance for the organization to celebrate advocates and caregivers for loved ones with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. The night includes dinner, entertainment, a live auction and more, including commemorating 2018 honorees Kim Campbell, Debbie Rawn, Amber Scott and Melissa’s Crew. The evening begins at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Dog Days of Science at the Museum of Discovery: Well, isn't this adorable. At this event, attendees will learn about the canine species and all they can do, including detecting diseases, search and rescue, therapy and police and military service. There will also be tons of dogs to meet and show off their skills, food for dogs and humans alike and much more. The fur flies from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. For more info, click here.
Sunday, April 14
Jewish Food and Cultural Festival at War Memorial Stadium: Mazel tov! Hosted by the Jewish Federation of Arkansas, this event allows you to enjoy art and entertainment while you learn about Jewish traditions and, of course, eat tons of delicious food. There's also a special Western Wall replica where you can leave a blessing or prayer, which will then be taken to the real Wall in Jerusalem. Stop in from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more info, click here.
Opening Day at Bernice Garden Farmers Market: Ah, ’tis the season for tasty markets, and we already can’t get enough. This weekly SoMa event is a neighborhood favorite and it's kicking off on Sunday. Expect a whole lot of freshness. The market takes place from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more info, click here.
Saturday & Sunday, April 13 & 14
"Game of Thrones" Brunch at At the Corner: It's no longer coming, it's full-on here, y'all. This downtown eatery is celebrating the season premiere and sending off the beloved series in delicious style. Come get your GoT-themed brunch on before your last trip around Westeros. Brunch is served 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday. For more info, click here.
Beethoven & Blue Jeans + Beer & Brats Street Party at the Robinson Center: Keep it casual. The ASO will perform pieces Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Enescu, Saint-Saëns and, of course, Beethoven with everyone in casual attire — even the musicians. Before each performance, the ASO will bring back its annual street party in front of the Robinson Center, complete with free brats, beer and live music. The street party kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday with showtime at 7:30 p.m. It picks up again for round two at 1 p.m. on Sunday with showtime at 3 p.m. For more info, click here.
Thursday - Sunday, April 11-14
Soft Opening at Club Pilates: Ok, one last opening before we go. This brand new Pilates studio is located at 16900 Chenal Pkwy and is marking the opening with free classes, raffles and giveaways all weekend long. For more info, click here.