When your plans include a whole festival dedicated to brunch, you know it's a good weekend.

 

Thursday, Sept. 12

Driving Away Hunger at Potluck Food Rescue Headquarters: The U.S. has a major issue with wasting food, and Potluck Food Rescue is one of the teams in Arkansas working to change that. This annual fundraiser meets at 621 W. Broadway in North Little Rock to offer live music, local beer, games and a menu featuring From the Heart Food Truck. It starts at 6:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

"Robot Monster" Screening at Ron Robinson Theater: Why get annoyed at bad movie cliches when you can laugh at them? CALS' new BingoFlix series offers prizes to the eagle-eyed viewers who can fill up their card with hilariously awful cliches.This week features a 1953 flick that includes moon robots and death rays, so buckle up. Showtime is 7 p.m. For more info, click here

"Puffs" Opening Night at The Studio Theatre: The story's not over, Potterheads. Head back to Hogwarts with this hilarious show that highlights the Hufflepuff classmates of The Boy Who Lived, aka "a tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world." Showtime is 7:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

"My Cousin Vinny" Screening at Crush Wine Bar: You might want to leave the grits at home. 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 8 p.m. For more info, click here.

 

Friday, Sept. 13

Flavor Release Friday at Loblolly Creamery: Everyone's favorite local scoop shop is launching a new flavor series and it all starts this week with a heaping helping of deliciousness. A new flavor every two weeks for the rest of the fall season? We're in. Shop hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. For more info, click here.

Fiesta Friday Food Truck Festival at the Outlets of Little Rock: Time to spice things up. This inaugural event includes food trucks, local beer and live music from Raising Grey — all for a great cause. Proceeds from the day will go toward the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and the Arkansas Foodbank. Be there 5-10 p.m. For more info, click here.

More fest fun: Save the Dates for Your Favorite Fall Festivals

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 exhibits at The New Gallery and the Historic Arkansas Museum, as well as a visit from watercolor artist Leana Fischer of May We Fly at Bella Vita Jewelry. The fun lasts until 8 p.m. For more info, click here.

The Bee at The Innovation Hub: This is your time to shine, spelling aficionados. Come compete for the proverbial and literal bee trophy to raise funds for Literacy Action of Central Arkansas. If your palms are sweating just at the thought of a spelling bee, never fear. You can cheer on a team from the crowd and get in on heavy appetizers, beer and wine. It all starts at 6:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

 

Saturday, Sept. 14

Back to the '80s Hurts Donut Run at MacArthur Park: Get those leg warmers ready. Hurts Donut Company is hosting its very first 5K in Little Rock complete with plenty of '80s fun to keep you motivated. A delicious Hurts Donut awaits each racer at the finish line and registration includes a shirt, a pair of donut socks, coffee and other surprises. The race starts at 8 a.m. For more info, click here.

Tinkerfest at the Museum of Discovery: If your favorite scene in “The Sandlot” is when they build a contraption from an Erector Set, you belong at Tinkerfest. The annual event is full of hands-on activities (for both kids and adults) that teach all about the way things work, from robots to wind tunnels to soap sculptures and everything in between. Tinkerfest starts at 9 a.m. For more info, click here.

Little Rock BrunchFest at Heifer International: Hold on to your stretchy pants. The Centers for Youth & Families is hosting this first-ever fest to celebrate the area's best brunch food and beverages. Snag eats from At the Corner, Cathead's Diner, La Terraza, Ceci's Chicken & Waffles and a whole lot more. Come hungry 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more info, click here.

Open Studios throughout Little Rock: Curious about the creative process of local artists? Get a behind-the-scenes look with this city-wide exhibition offering a full day of free, firsthand experiences with local artists and cultural institutions specializing in visual and performing arts. The day kicks off at 10 a.m. For more info, click here.

Bourbon & Barbecue at Rock Town Distillery: Bourbon Heritage Month is going strong and — surprise, surprise — Rock Town knows how to celebrate. Not only will there be $5 bourbon cocktails and whiskeys all day, but also a special barbecue dinner with some of the best smoked meats you've ever laid eyes on. Party hours are 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. For more info, click here.

Sip on this: 5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Bourbon Heritage Month

Beer & Brats at Colonial Wines & Spirits: Fall is technically less than two weeks away, right? Get a jumpstart on Oktoberfest by loading up on bratwurst and beers from Wiseacre Brewing Company. We can feel that crisp, autumn air already. Be there 1-4 p.m. For more info, click here.

Brews & Barks at Diamond Bear Brewing Co.: Sensing a trend here? Supporting the Humane Society of Pulaski County, this bash is entirely dog-friendly and includes music, games, contests, food and loads of craft beer. Stop by 2-5 p.m. For more info, click here.

Bobby Bones at the Robinson Center: Don't touch that dial, Little Rock. The Arkansas native whose iHeartMedia The Bobby Bones Show reaches millions of radio listeners every week is bringing his "It's Just the Two of Us, Sorry" tour to our fair city. Expect hilarity. Showtime is 8 p.m. For more info, click here.

 

Friday & Saturday, Sept. 13 & 14

Acansa Arts Festival at various locations in the metro: It’s back! Since its incredible inaugural year in 2014, we get excited about Acansa's return each fall. Spanning the course of three weekends, the schedule is packed with all sorts of exhibits and performances on both sides of the river. The hard part is choosing which events to attend. For more info, click here.

Add to calendar: Here's What to Expect at Acansa 2019

 

Sunday, Sept. 15

Yadaloo Artist Afternoon at The Rail Yard: We're only one week away from the inaugural Yadaloo Music Festival. Can't wait? Catch some of the fest's acts on the small stage while you load up on all the usual Rail Yard goodness. Be there 1-5 p.m. For more info, click here.

Brush up: Yadaloo Fest Announces Headliner, Full Music Lineup

 

Friday - Sunday, Sept. 13-15

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, food trucks, live music 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.

"Cinderella" Screenings at Movie Tavern: Move over for the O.G. shoe queen. The theater has a whole lineup of new and old Disney classics on its calendar as part of The Enchanted Tales series, and for just $6 a piece. It all kicks off with a weekend full of this 1957 icon. For more info, click here.