From "Die Hard" to brunch and beyond, this weekend is full of magic.
Thursday, May 9
"Die Hard" Screening at Crush Wine Bar: Hans Gruber requests the honor of your presence. 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.
"The Hobbit" Adult Night at the Arkansas Arts Center: Venture there and back again at this grownups-only performance of the AAC Children's Theatre production. Snag specialty drinks and snacks in the lobby before the show and peruse pop-up booths by Shire Post Mint and the AAC Museum Shop. Bonus: Come dressed as your favorite "Hobbit" character and slay the costume contest like a dragon. Showtime is 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Night of Hope Gala at Wildwood Park for the Arts: Now in its second year, this event serves as a fundraiser for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Children of Perry and Pulaski counties. The night includes delicious eats, libations, entertainment and auctions. It all starts at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
"The NeverEnding Story" Opening Night at The Studio Theatre: Falkor rides again. The famed novel and 1984 classic film hits the stage at this community theater. Bastian, Atreyu, the Childlike Empress — the gang's all here and ready to take you back to the land of Fantastica. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Friday, May 10
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 open house at Gallery 221, exhibit openings at CALS and HAM and time travel back to WWI-era Arkansas at the Old State House Museum. The fun lasts until 8 p.m. For more info, click here.
Hat Club Crawfish Salute at The Metroplex: More mudbugs, please. This year's 10th annual event, which benefits the UAMS NICU and Community Connections, offers all-you-can-eat crawfish with all the fixin's and cold beverages, as well as live music, a raffle and a silent auction. And yes, the Crawtucky Derby will be back again, too. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Dinner on the Grounds at The Terry House: This alfresco event benefitting Our House invites guests to enjoy a Southern gourmet meal under the Arkansas stars. Now in its 14th year, Dinner on the Grounds also boasts cocktails and live music. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Grand Opening at 2Twenty1: Yep, downtown Little Rock has another new coffee joint. Actually, it's a coffee lab and wine bar, which means it should definitely be on your to-do list. Opening night includes coffee, craft beer, wine, bites and happy hour specials. Stop in 7-8 p.m. For more info, click here.
Empty Bowls at the Robinson Center: The Arkansas Foodbank’s signature event is dedicated to raising awareness about hungry Arkansans and raising the funds to change it. Guests will be treated to live entertainment and auctions, as well as extensive offerings from some of our favorite local eateries. This year Ben Noble of Riceland Foods will be highlighted as the event continues a tradition of "honoring a valued community partner and leader in hunger relief efforts." It begins at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Read more: Meet Empty Bowls Honoree Ben Noble
Argenta Reading Series with Michael Kardos at Argenta United Methodist Church: This monthly Argenta meetup has a goal to "connect writers directly with their audience" by inviting the two into an intimate space. This month, award-winning novelist Michael Kardos will present his work to the crowd, with Matt White performing the opening reading. The night starts with wine at 6:30 p.m., and readings start at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Saturday, May 11
Little Rock Farmers Market Opening Day at the River Market Pavilions: Time to freshen things up a bit. Saturday kicks off five months of local produce, foods, crafts and more. The market will also include all sorts of activities for the kiddos, so make sure to bring them along. Stop in anytime from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. For more info, click here.
DC Wonder Woman Run at the Clinton Presidential Center: Time to work on your Themyscira power stance. This 5K/10K invites runners and walkers to join the Justice Leaguer in a downtown route that also includes Wonder Woman swag, live music, photo booths, a post-race party and more. Start time is 8 a.m. For more info, click here.
Mini Maker Faire at the North Shore River Walk: Lack of fun? Does not compute. The Innovation Hub's fifth annual event has cooked up an even bigger and better conglomerate of art, science, technology and the spirit of DIY. We’re talking everything from robots to soaps to Legos and beyond. P.S. There will be food trucks. It lasts from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more info, click here.
Yoga in the Rock at The Bernice Garden: In with the good, out with the bad. Come get your ohm on at this free monthly class, this time led by YITR co-founder Claire Admire. BYO-mat, and maybe some bug spray, too. Namaste. Class starts at 10 a.m. For more info, click here.
46th Annual Territorial Fair at the Historic Arkansas Museum: Let's get historical, y'all. In a celebration of Arkansas heritage, guests will experience life in the territorial days. Be on the lookout for reenactments, blacksmith demonstrations, historical dances and pioneer games on the museum’s grounds. If you get hungry, you're in luck. This year's event features eats from Say Cheese food truck and Loblolly Creamery. The fair is free and takes place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more info, click here.
Buzz B-Q at the Downtown Riverside R.V. Park: North Little Rock is getting smoked this weekend. This 15th annual cookoff includes barbecue pros and newbies alike. Get your fill from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Wine & Chocolate Pairing at Colonial Wines & Spirits: Holy semi-sweet chocolate chips. We all know wine and chocolate make the perfect couple, but now local chocolatier Carmen Portillo of Cocoa Belle Chocolates is showing us how it's really done. Come sample her best bites, all paired to perfection, from 1-7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Music in the Garden at Dunbar Garden: This is how you liven up a field. The garden party includes lots of delicious eats, including pork or veggie carnitas with ingredients from the garden prepared by Chef Patrick Herron of the Arkansas Governor's Mansion, as well as the "Bee Sting," a specialty cocktail by mixologist Bo Bennett. There's also an art auction, bingo, a kids' corner and loads of live music.. The party starts at 4 p.m. For more info, click here.
ArtWorks at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre: An annual fundraiser for The Rep, ArtWorks is an art auction featuring the work of central Arkansas artists, this year all under the age of 40. Guests will also enjoy libations and food from local favorites such as Copper Grill, Atlas Bar and Three Fold. The art-y party begins at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Tacos & Tianguis at The Bernice Garden: Looking for a unique Mother's Day treat? Surprise Mom a day early and bring her to the garden for her fill of tacos, drinks, crafts and more. Proceeds from the event benefit the El Zócalo Immigrant Resource Center. Stop in from 6-9 p.m. For more info, click here.
JDRF Imagine Gala at the Little Rock Marriott: The march to "turn Type One into type none" continues with this annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation event. The night includes dinner, an auction and will honor Morgan and Isaac Smith in conjunction with Colliers International with the 2019 JDRF Living & Giving Award. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Friday & Saturday, May 10 & 11
Beige x Nordstrom Beauty Event at Beige: Now, this is a thing of beauty. The local boutique is partnering with Nordstrom for an exclusive in-store beauty event featuring NARS. The two-day event will include makeovers, facials and exactly what your mom really wants for Mother's Day. Store hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Sunday, May 12
Mother's Day in Little Rock: In case you forgot — we won't tell — Sunday is Mother's Day. Little Rock is ripe with restaurants offering specials for the special day, and we rounded up the best:
Strawberry Festival at the Bernice Garden Farmers Market: The beginning of strawberry season is more than enough reason to party, if you ask us. This fabulous springtime celebration includes activities, music, drinks and more strawberries than you can possibly eat. The fest takes place during normal farmers market hours of 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more info, click here.
Mother's Day Lake Cruise at Pinnacle Mountain State Park: Did someone say relaxation? So maybe it's not the Carribbean, but Mom will still get the chance to bask in the sun on a watery vessel. You'll learn about the waterfowl, plants and history on this leisure cruise. The team sets out from West Rock Landing at 1 p.m. For more info, click here.
Saturday & Sunday, May 11 & 12
"E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" with the ASO at the Robinson Center: Hold on to your hat. In the final concert of the 2018-2019 Acxiom Pops Live! Series, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will give audiences a view of E.T. they've never seen before — mainly the classic presented on a giant screen while the ASO performs the film's score in time with the movie. You have two chances to see the show: 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more info, click here.
55th Annual Quapaw Quarter Spring Tour of Homes: Waiting all year for this quintessential Little Rock event is tough, but it's paying off this weekend when guests get to enjoy touring historical neighborhood buildings. Extra events include Saturday’s Candlelight Tour at 5 p.m. and Sunday’s 11 a.m. brunch. For more info, click here.
Friday-Sunday, May 10-12
Vintage Market Days at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds: Flea market fabulous is officially a thing. This traveling pop-up market is setting up shop so that locals can get their fill of clothing, outdoor furnishings, antiques, art, home goods and more. Shopping hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. all three days. Tickets are available at the gate. For more info, click here.