Chances are someone in your home is bummed school is back. A weekend packed with fun should do the trick.
Thursday, Aug. 15
Tea Cocktail Tasting at Colonial Wines & Spirits: This is the South, and we don't believe you should have to choose between tea and cocktails here, especially in the summer. Enjoy not having to choose as Abbi Siler of Abbi's Teas & Things takes over the Colonial tasting bar with tea cocktail samples and everything you need to make them at home. Stop in any time 4-7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Full Moon SUP Yoga at the Little Maumelle River: If you've never joined SUP Yoga 501 in any of its weekly stand-up paddleboard yoga sessions, this is the time to do it. This special Thursday night sesh is the first full moon practice of the summer (thanks to the flood) and might also be the last of the season. It starts at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
"Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi" Screening at Ron Robinson Theater: Watch your step for the sarlacc pit. Complete your journey through a galaxy far, far away in the sixth and final installment of the theater's weekly Star Wars marathon. Showtime is 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Bell's Beer Dinner at Flying Saucer: You're not ready for this menu. Chef Tony Graham of Southern Gentleman Catering crafted a four-course dinner — expertly paired with five Bell's Brewery beers — that includes fried green tomatoes with shrimp and remoulade, baby back ribs and chocolate mousse. #blessed Dinner is served at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Friday, Aug. 16
National Rum Day at La Terraza: Now this is how you kick off the weekend. This Hillcrest restaurant is breaking out the specialty rums for its celebration of this wonderful holiday. Expect a special tasting room, all-night happy hour mojitos and more. Be there 5-7:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
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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 Argenta Gallery. The Art Walk runs from 5-8 p.m. For more info, click here.
Taste of the Finest at the Statehouse Convention Center: Eight years in and this Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fundraiser keeps getting more and more delicious. The night will highlight 29 honorees who are leaders in their communities. Guests will enjoy beer, wine, a silent auction, live music and eats from some of your favorite local restaurants. It all starts at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
"Country Music: A Film by Ken Burns" Preview Screening & Concert at Ron Robinson Theater: Hold on to your pearl snaps. Get your first look at the new eight-part documentary series by Ken Burns before it comes to AETN, then follow it up with a concert featuring performances by The Salty Dogs, Buck Trent, Oh Yeah, Tim Crouch and Chuck Dodson. The whole evening is free and starts at 8 p.m. For more info, click here.
Saturday, Aug. 17
Easterseals Walk With Me 5K & Family Fun Walk at Easterseals Arkansas: Whether you choose to run, walk or roll your way through this event, families from all over are welcome to join in the annual USATF-certified race, the family fun walk and the post-race festivities just outside the Pleasant Ridge Town Center. The first wave begins at 7 a.m. For more info, click here.
Ready, set, go! Summer Runs to Have on Your Radar
Free Full Out Bar Class at Athleta: You know what feels good? Breaking a sweat at a shopping center but not at the register. Come do just that with a killer barre workout, then stick around afterward for giveaways and free breakfast. Class starts at 8:30 a.m. For more info, click here.
Free Admission Day at the Clinton Presidential Center: HBD, Bill. Former President Clinton is turning the big 7-3 and to celebrate, the center will open to the public for free. If you’ve been wanting to explore the center's permanent collection or temporary exhibit "Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea," this is the perfect opportunity. Clinton Center hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more info, click here.
The Big Birthday Shake Up at Big Orange West: Leave it to Big Orange to throw the most delicious birthday party ever. The Promenade location is teaming up with Yarnell's to celebrate its eighth year with an ice cream eating contest and more ice cream-related activities, plus all your favorite burgers. Be there 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more info, click here.
Under $20 Wine Tasting at O'Looney's Wine & Liquor: Say it with us: Price does not equal quality. This annual tasting is one of O'Looney's most popular events of the year, and for good reason — every wine featured will run you less than $20. #ultrablessed Stop in 2-4 p.m. For more info, click here.
Farm-to-Table Bramble Dinner at Goodwin Manor: This dinner series just gets better and better. At this week's installment, guests will enjoy a fresh, locally-sourced spread from Chef Amanda Ivy of Low Ivy Catering, as well as live music by Townsend. It all starts at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Argenta Reading Series with Jo McDougall 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 and poet Jo McDougall will present her work to the crowd, with Frederick McKindra 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.
The 48 Hour Film Project Best-Of Screening at Ron Robinson Theater: Back in July, teams went on a quest to create short films in 48 hours. Now, you can watch the 14 best-of-the best shorts and find out who will take home top honors. The screening begins at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Sunday, Aug. 18
Good Acres Life Pop Up at The Green Corner Store: TBH, our skin care routine could stand to be a little greener. If you're in the same boat, come learn about and peruse the organic skin, body and beard care products from Good Acres Life. Your skin will thank you. Be there noon - 3 p.m. For more info, click here.
Beer Yoga at Rebel Kettle Brewing: The first week of school did a number on all of us. Right those wrongs and join instructor Anna Serpente on the Rebel Kettle lawn, where it's just $12 for the class and your first beer. BYO mat, towel, sunscreen, etc. The flow starts at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.