Ice cream and watermelons and Tom Hanks on a spaceship... Does it get any better?
Thursday, July 18
Third Thursday in The Heights: It's like pregaming for the weekend with a local twist. During this monthly event, stores in The Heights extend hours until 8 p.m., and shoppers enjoy business open houses, music, eats and drinks, sales and specials. For more info on Third Thursday, click here.
Cocktails in the Garden at Goodwin Manor: Cheers, y'all. Southern Life boutique is hosting an evening of drinks and Southern eats where guests will be treated to shopping, music, lessons on cocktails and entertaining and amazing banana pudding and Mississippi mud bites (among other menu marvels). Doors open at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Bingo Bash at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church: If you say you don’t enjoy a good, old fashioned game of Bingo every once in a while, you’re fooling yourself. Well, here’s your chance to come clean. Hosted by the ACCESS school, this annual party offers food, drinks, raffles, entertainment and lots of Bingo with big prizes. The numbers start rolling at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Bikes in the Garden at the Bernice Garden: More garden love, this time with a side of bike chain. The triple threat team of Dee Brown Library, the Bernice Garden and Recycle Bikes for Kids are teaming up for this family-friendly event. Stop by and get in on bike maintenance demos, a bike wash station, games, giveaways, beer, food trucks and more. Be there 6-8 p.m. For more info, click here.
"Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" Screening at Ron Robinson Theater: Anakin, you ok? Continue the journey through a galaxy far, far away in part two of the theater's weekly Star Wars marathon. Showtime is 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
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Friday, July 19
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 an exhibit opening at Acansa Gallery. The Art Walk runs from 5-8 p.m. For more info, click here.
Saturday, July 20
H2GO Fun Run at the LRAFB University Center: Hosted by Alzheimer's Arkansas, this inaugural two-miler is a quick loop that begins and ends at the LRAFB University Center. To help you cool off, you might want to look out for the water guns stationed along the route. Start time is 7:30 a.m. For more info, click here.
Yoga at M2 Gallery: Raise your hand if you've ever done yoga in an art gallery. Yeah, neither have we, but that could change on Saturday morning. Local yogi Megan Bettis is leading a free session surrounded by M2's newest exhibit, "Celestial." Plus, you can even snag a mimosa while you're there. The sesh starts at 9 a.m. For more info, click here.
Genealogy Workshop at Ron Robinson Theater: For those of you who are obsessed with Ancestry.com, you now have Saturday plans. The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies (aka CALS’s archival department) is offering a free genealogy workshop led by Angela Y. Walton-Raji, who is known particularly for her work on records for the Civil War west of the Mississippi, Oklahoma Native Americans, benevolent societies and 19th-century women. The workshops lasts from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. For more info, click here.
50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing at the Museum of Discovery: Welcome (back) to the space race. To celebrate the big 5-0 anniversary of the moon landing, the MoD is planning a day full of space exploration activities for the whole family. Come get your outer space on 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. For more info, click here.
19th Anniversary Tasting at O'Looney's: This neighborhood wine and spirits shop is marking yet another year of serving up your favorite drinks, and it's doing so in deliciously boozy style. The O'Looney's team will host a wine tasting where they'll be pouring some of their favorite varieties from the past 19 years. We'll raise a glass to that. Stop in 2-4 p.m. For more info, click here.
Super Summer Saturday at the Clinton Presidential Center: Escape the heat and make a splash with your kiddos at the Clinton Center's annual summer special that gets all ages involved with free educational activities. This time the event coincides with the center’s newest temporary exhibit, "Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea," complete with a screening of "Happy Feet Two." While Super Summer Saturday activities are free, admission is required to tour all permanent and temporary exhibits. Fun is in session 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Shock the Rock at the Clinton Presidential Center: Prepare to be blinded with science. Hosted by the Museum of Discovery, this outdoor event brings a record-breaking Tesla coil capable of producing 60-foot bolts of lightning. The electricity show kicks off with good trucks and beer before the lights start flashing. The free event starts at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 8:45. For more info, click here.
Argenta Reading Series with Melissa Scholes Young 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 author Melissa Scholes Young will present her work to the crowd, with Allison Joseph 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.
"Apollo 13" Screening at Ron Robinson Theater: That's one small step for nostalgia. For just $2, you can watch this 1995 favorite film based on the 1970 Apollo 13 lunar mission. The screening is hosted by the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium and the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society, so you know you'll be in good spacing-loving company. Showtime is 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Sunday, July 21
Watermelon Festival at the Bernice Garden: Behold, the essence of summer. This delicious bash is teaming up with the weekly farmers market to celebrate all things watermelon, including an eating contest, special treats and more watermelons than you can possibly eat. Just look out for flying seeds. The fest takes place during regular market hours of 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. For more info, click here.
Psst! Looking for more farmers markets? Here’s a rundown.
National Loblolly Day at Loblolly Creamery: Scoops all around! Since Saturday is National Ice Cream Day, Loblolly decided to switch up the name and celebrate accordingly. They'll be hosting giveaways leading up to the big day, where they'll then be slinging special scoops and have even more giveaways. Shop hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. For more info, click here.