Pro tip: Wear stretchy pants.

 

Thursday, Oct. 3

"Mean Girls" Day at Bark Bar: They're officially making fetch happen. Your dog's favorite hangout is throwing a bash celebrating Lindsay Lohan's finest moment. They'll be hosting screenings of the movie all day and free admission if you show up in your best "Mean Girls" costume. Plus, there's even an actual fetch contest for Fido. Be there 4-10 p.m. For more info, click here.

First Thursday Shop & Sip in Hillcrest: It’s the first Thursday of the month, and you know what that means — time to get your Hillcrest shop 'n' sip on. Soak up the Kavanaugh vibes while you take advantage of the discounts, later hours, pop-up vendors and live music. Make sure to check out the Halloween happenings at Retrograde Comics, beer and tacos at Hocott's and a lot more from 5-8 p.m. For more info, click here.

Festival of Wines at Dickey-Stephens Park: Cheers! Now in its 16th year, this event is still the biggest wine festival in central Arkansas and benefits the American Heart Association. Guests will be able to choose from hundreds of wines — no, that's not a typo — from around the world to pair with eats from 17 of Little Rock's best local restaurants. The sipping starts at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.

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Nights at the Museum at the Old State House Museum: Move over, Ben Stiller. This new monthly program from the OSHM is all about bringing history to life. Folks 21 and older can get in on games, activities, libations and learning through this month's state fair theme. The fun lasts from 6-9 p.m. For more info, click here.

Meteor Movie Nights at The Meteor Cafe: Pass the popcorn. The Meteor is kicking off its new movie screening series by letting guests choose between two Halloween classics: "Young Frankenstein" or "Edward Scissorhands." Bring a chair and cozy up. The movie starts at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.

Fit + Fabulous Outdoor Fitness Series at the Outlets of Little Rock: Get your sweat on at this free outdoor class led by Full Out Barre. The Outlets will provide treats, swag and store deals to go along with the long-awaited fall weather. Class starts at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.

 

Friday, Oct. 4

SoMa After Dark in the South Main District: One of Little Rock's most unique neighborhoods finally got its own bash. Expect to see local businesses offering later hours and activities tailored to their specialties. Stop in at any of your favorite haunts to find fun like the Arkansas Makers Market at Esse Purse Museum, coffee and sweets at The Bernice Garden and spooky jewelry-making at  Argenta Bead Company. It all starts at 5 p.m. For more info, click here.

Little Rock Night Market at the River Market Pavilions: New location, same good vibes. This family-friendly market is back with an array of eats, drinks, live music and local vendor booths. Stop in from 5-11 p.m. For more info, click here.

Cocktails & Kittens at SoMa Animal Clinic: We'll take the catbernet, please. This evening benefits CLAWS (Cats' Lives Are Worth Saving) with an evening of wine, beer and frozen cocktails while hanging out with kittens that are up for adoption. Stop in 5-8 p.m. For more info, click here.

"Ghostbusters" Screening at Ron Robinson Theater: Somebody tell Zuul she's on in five. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson bring the dream team to life in this 1984 classic. Showtime is 7 p.m., but if you want a little extra action, stick around for "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at 9:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

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Saturday, Oct. 5

Angel One 5K/10K at Two Rivers Park: Angel One is the flight team at Arkansas Children’s Hospital that brings thousands of urgent care kids to ACH facilities each year. This race helps fund the program, but is also just a fun, family-friendly event to get everybody moving. Start time is 8 a.m. For more info, click here.

Fall Runs to Keep On Your Radar

PopUp in the Rock in Southwest Little Rock: This rapid community development initiative has plans. The intersection of Forbing and Geyer Springs will soon be home to vendors and food trucks, all to encourage creative, community-oriented areas. The area will also see yoga sessions, bike rides and mini float trips throughout the day. For more info, click here.

Arkansas Honey Festival at Bemis Honey Bee Farm: Now this is how you sweeten a Saturday. This family-friendly event has packed in a day's worth of educational workshops, honey tastings, food trucks and all sorts of activities for the kiddos. The fun lasts from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more info, click here.

World Cheese Dip Championship at the Clinton Presidential Center: See? Dreams do come true. Now in its ninth year, this contest throws down the gouda gauntlet to pit both amateur and professional recipes against one another. Who takes home the crown? You do, because you get to taste all the cheesy goodness while raising funds for Harmony Health Clinic. The deliciousness starts at noon. For more info, click here.

Save the Dates for Your Favorite Fall Festivals

It's Fall, Y'all Food Truck Festival at The Rail Yard: Repeat after us — there's no such thing as too many food trucks. Keep repeating and then meet us at this East Village hangout to get your fill of Count Porkula, A Little Crêpesy, Food From the Heart, Cheesecake on Point and Nach’Yo Nachos, along with lots of live music. It all starts at noon. For more info, click here.

R&B Cook-Off in Argenta: Rhythm and blues and ribs and butts — it's gonna be a good afternoon. This lip-smackin' barbecue competition is here to please the crowds with a whole lot of eats, beer and live music. Gates open at 1 p.m. For more info, click here.

St. Mark’s Shrimp Boil at St. Mark's Episcopal Church: Hope you're hungry. Now in its 15th year, this local favorite event offers attendees the "best shrimp boil this side of the bayou." Get your fill of shrimp and all the fixin's while enjoying live music from Dave Miller and Rocktown Revival and helping raise money for the St. Francis House, which serves our underprivileged neighbors. The eats are on from 5-9 p.m. Short on time? Hit up the curbside drive-through from 5-7 p.m. For more info, click here.

Brewskies, Bourbon & Burgers at Heifer Village: More foodie events for great causes? This weekend rules. This bash offers guests their choice of beers, bourbon samples, cocktails and burgers, as well as music, games and more. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. For more info, click here. P.S. There's also an after party at — you guessed it — Brewski's Pub and Grub. More on that here.

Candlelight Gala at the Historic Arkansas Museum: The small patch of time travel in downtown Little Rock (aka the Historic Arkansas Museum) is celebrating its biennial gala with the theme "Becoming Arkansas: A Celebration of Arkansas' Territorial Bicentennial." Guests will enjoy fine dining, cocktails, live and silent auctions and more on the historic grounds. The gala begins at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.

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A Broadway Evening with Heather Headley at the Robinson Center: You're not ready for Heather Headley. Accompanied by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Headley will perform selections from Tony-winning musicals "The Lion King" and "Aida" along with more songs from Broadway's most popular musicals. Headley has earned titles like a Tony for best actress in a musical, a Drama Desk Award for outstanding actress in a musical, a Grammy for her R&B gospel album and more. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

 

Sunday, Oct. 6

Biscuit Brunch at Dunbar Garden: Time to bust out your Southern roots. All to benefit the community garden, guests will enjoy a menu that includes Delta Biscuits Co.'s biscuits and gravy, Boar’s Head bacon, Boulevard Bread pastries, local jellies, bottomless mimosas and more. Come hungry. Brunch starts at 11 a.m. For more info, click here.

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Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 5 & 6

Arkansas Paranormal Expo at the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History: Hope the Ghostbusters are still around. Come embrace your love for all things strange with panels on ghosts, Bigfoot, UFOs and lots more. There will also be vendors (think: tarot readings and energy jewelry), giveaways and a few of your fave non-spooky food trucks. Proceeds go toward the preservation of the museum. The ghoulish fun lasts from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more info, click here.

Oktoberfest at Fassler Hall: More Oktoberfest fun? Don't mind if we do. The German beer hall is hosting its second annual fest and doing it big with a weekend of games, music, traditional eats and beer. And yes, the wiener dog races are back, too. The fest starts at noon both days. For more info, click here.