A little yoga, a little Hollywood and a whole lot of goodness.
Thursday, May 16
Locally Labeled Pavilion Party at the River Market Pavilions: Cheers to drinking like a local. The LRCVB's Locally Labeled campaign is in its fourth year and it's time to celebrate with high spirits. Stop in for live music, food specials and tastes of local craft breweries, wineries and distilleries. The brews start flowing at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Hammer 'N' Ales at Fassler Hall: Another round? Don't mind if we do. Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas is raising funds at this meetup complete with craft beer tasting, live music and raffle prizes. It starts at 5 p.m. For more info, click here.
Friday, May 17
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 highlights include a happy hour with featured artist Bryant Phelan at Thea Foundation. The Art Walk runs from 5-8 p.m. For more info, click here.
Saturday, May 18
Arkansas Made - Arkansas Proud at War Memorial Stadium: We're all about that #shoplocal life, meaning this market is right up our alley. Designed to feature local creators, this market will offer shoppers their choice of unique pieces of art, jewelry, eats and plenty of crafts handmade or produced here in The Natural State. Shopping hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more info, click here.
Beer Yoga at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.: Soaking in the morning sunshine? Yes, please. Join instructor Valerie Talburt to kick off the beer yoga season on the Rebel Kettle lawn, where it's just $12 for the class and your first beer. BYO mat, towel, water and sunscreen. The flow starts at 10 a.m. For more info, click here.
Into the Blue: An Evening of Entertainment at the UA-Pulaski Tech CHARTS Theater: The second of two Into the Blue events, the Thea Foundation will host a night of hors d'oeuvres, libations and performances from past scholarship winners, all to celebrate the nonprofit's mission to further the arts in Arkansas schools. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Read more on Thea: The Art of the Matter: Sowing the Seeds of Creativity
Music in the Garden at Dunbar Garden: Let's try this again, shall we? After getting rained out last weekend, this garden party will feature 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.
Game of Bones at Bark Bar: No matter your current opinion on the show, the truth remains — "Game of Thrones" is ending. But before you get lost in Westeros, steel yourself with a little cuteness. Bring your hound and get in on GOT trivia, drinks, food and more. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. For more info, click here.
Birthday Party at the Arkansas Arts Center: HBD, AAC! The center is marking 56 years in Little Rock, and it's doing so with a day full of fun activities. Music, food, drinks and art projects await at this family-friendly celebration. Stop in 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more info, click here.
Spring Kayak Float at Pinnacle Mountain State Park: We’ve got our fingers crossed just as hard as you do for good weather this weekend, and one reason is this float trip down the Little Maumelle. The trip is guided and offers views of otherwise hidden areas of the park. Kayaks launch at 9 a.m. For more info, click here.
Bowman Food Fest on South Bowman: There's a new foodie fest in town. The inaugural event is hosted by Bowman Pointe Apartments and The Pointe Brodie Creek, spanning across both properties on South Bowman Road. Guests will find a full lineup of food trucks, live performers from Arkansas Circus Arts, outdoor games and local vendors. Be there 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more info, click here.
Little Rock Gran Fondo through the metro: At the ready, riders. Approximately 70 miles of premium Arkansas scenery await on this bike tour (gran fondo means "big ride" in Italian, btw), or 40 miles if you opt for the Medio. Whether or not you ride, you can still enjoy the block party afterward complete with food, drinks and live music. It all starts at 8 a.m. For more info, click here.
Beer and Loathing in Little Rock at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.: Now, this is how you celebrate a birthday. It's been three whole years since the brewery/taproom opened its doors to the public at 822 E. 6th, and Rebel Kettle is doing it up with a full-on beer and music festival. The event will include food trucks, activities for kids, live music and the return of the previously mentioned beer yoga, with a portion of proceeds going to The Brooklyn Project. It all kicks off at 11 a.m. For more info, click here.
Caribbean Cabaret at 14 Edgehill Road: Time to get tropical, y’all. This annual fundraiser for Women & Children First will celebrate in island style with tropical libations and gourmet food. Stock up on tiny umbrellas and get ready for a night of live music and auctions. The cabaret starts at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
ALS In Wonderland: Under the Big Top at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds: There are no clown cars in sight at this annual fashion showcase. Inspired by the magic of springtime, the runway will be filled with unique fashions while guests enjoy food and drinks. The night will also include raffles, a comedy show, live music and more. The evening begins at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Friday & Saturday, May 17 & 18
Design District Sale in Riverdale: Spring is the time for a little TLC on your home. Lucky for you, this neighborhood is offering all kinds of deals and discounts from shops like Anna’s Estate Sale, The Shade Above and The Showroom. For more info, click here.
Thursday-Saturday, May 16-18
Hollywood Week at The Edgemont House: More glam, please. Landscape designer Chris Olsen is celebrating the launch of his new book chronicling The Edgemont House's journey, "Once and Again" with a weekend full of festivities in old Hollywood style. It kicks off with a red carpet party on Thursday, followed by a girls' night out on Friday and wraps up with a "gold-guilded brunch" on Sunday. For more info, click here.
Flying Saucer 21st Anniversary Party: The River Market staple is turning the big 2-1 and this calls for a toast. Raise a glass of one of many special brews on tap for the weekend and get in on some throwback food specials. For more info, click here.
Made in Arkansas Film Festival at the Ron Robinson Theater: In its inaugural year, this fest aims to promote local talent by exclusively featuring films made right here in The Natural State. Filmmakers from across Arkansas submitted their films, which will now be screened for the public. For more info, click here.
Friday - Sunday, May 17-19
International Greek Food Festival at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church: Finally. The time has come to eat your weight in gyros at this 35th annual event. The weekend includes tons of food (duh), but also live entertainment, an Old World Market, kids activities, church tours and more. Admission this year is $3 or a donation of three canned food items (all going to charity), but parking and trolley service to the fest are still free. If you can’t stay and party, cruise through the drive-through or hit up Bit Squad and enjoy your pastitsio on the go. Hours are 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more info, click here.
These Greek Food Fest stories will help get you excited: