It's the deep breath before the mad dash.


Thursday, Nov. 21

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.

VIP Night at Belle & Blush: Fabulous on so many levels. Shoppers will enjoy beverages, snacks and 10% off their total purchases, plus a swag bag for the first 150 customers and a holiday jewelry trunk show with G. Spinelli. Shopping starts at 5 p.m. For more info, click here.

Around the World Wine Tasting at Arthur's Prime Steakhouse: Here's to Friday night sips. Head out to Arthur's patio for a night featuring more than 60 wines from around the world. Stop in to let the pros guide you through the tasting and toast the week goodbye. It all takes place from 6-9 p.m. For more info, click here.

Fit + Fabulous Fitness Series at the Outlets of Little Rock: Get your sweat on at this free class led by  F45 Training. The Outlets will provide treats, swag and store deals with this sweat sesh held in space M115, across from J.Crew Factory. Class starts at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.

Friendsgiving Cocktail Class at Rock Town Distillery: We'll raise a glass to this. Grab your pals and head to SoMa to learn from the experts on how to make a mudslide martini and the perfect eggnog that will make you wish the new year would never come. Class starts at 7 p.m. and kicks off with a tour of the distillery. For more info, click here.

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Turkey, Tinsel and Tension at South on Main: Ah, the holidays. As wonderful as they are, they never come without a little friction, and The Yarn isn't interested in ignoring it. This holiday storytelling show will feature tales of "less-than-photo-worthy moments" — the good, the bad, the hilarious and the regrettable. Showtime is 8 p.m. For more info, click here.


Friday, Nov. 22

Food Truck, Fire & Music Night at The Bramble Market: What dreamy fall nights are made of. Delta Biscuit Company and Low Ivy Catering food trucks will be on hand to fuel your fun, as well as live music and a fire pit. BYO lawn chairs and blankets and stop in 5-8 p.m. For more info, click here.

Waxgiving at Atlas Bar: Friends, fellowship and fresh tunes are at the heart of this Friendsgiving team-up between Atlas Bar and Control vinyl shop. Come enjoy the food, drinks and music, and bring a non-perishable item to donate to Our House. Be there 8-11 p.m. For more info, click here.


Saturday, Nov. 23

Turnip for Hunger at Western Hills Park: Time to roll up your sleeves. The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance's fall gleaning event invites folks to come help pick turnips to feed hungry Arkansans, and then sit back and enjoy the food, games and fun. It all starts at lasts from 9 a.m. For more info, click here.

Arkansas Arts Center Museum School Sale at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds: All year long, students of all ages attend classes at the AAC’s Museum School to learn many a new artistic skill. Here’s your chance to 1) prove how amazing they are, 2) fill your empty walls and 3) do even more damage to your holiday shopping list. Just head to the Hall of Industry and bask in all the original artwork. P.S. There’s a members-only preview party on Friday night. Saturday sale hours are 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. For more info, click here.

The Bernice Garden Vintage & Craft Market at The Bernice Garden: It's back! The popular pop-up will return to the garden featuring vintage items of all kinds, along with artists, craftspeople, jewelers and more. Bonus: There will be food trucks. The SoMa event will take place from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more info, click here.

Battle of the Bands at The Rail Yard: Crank it up to 11. Food trucks and drink specials await, along with performances from 13 local bands. We're here. Music starts at noon. For more info, click here.

Three Dog Night at the Robinson Center: Joy to the world, y'all. Three Dog Night is stopping in LR as part of their latest international tour. Celebrating their fifth decade in music, the icons are responsible for more than 20 top-40 hits such as "Joy to the World," "Mama Told Me (Not to Come),""One," "An Old Fashioned Love Song" and "Black and White." Showtime is 7:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

Midnight Madness at Ceci's Chicken 'N' Waffles: Calling all night owls. This staple Little Rock restaurant is bringing deliciousness back to late night. Think special menus and lots of chicken from midnight to 4 a.m. Bring your appetite (and maybe your PJs). For more info, click here.


Sunday, Nov. 24

Friendsgiving at Nexus Coffee: Why didn't we think of bookending our weekends with Friendsgivings? This celebration features a brunch with a spin on the traditional holiday menu, plus loads of classic desserts and live music. Bonus: 10% of proceeds will go to local nonprofit the Dream Center. Brunch lasts 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more info, click here.


Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 23 & 24

Paws with Santa Claus at Cammack Village City Hall: Not enough holiday spirit for you? We’re not done yet. Central Arkansas Rescue Effort for Animals (CARE) is offering its annual pet photos with Santa, and it’s every bit as wonderful as you can imagine. Photographer Abby Malone will be on hand to take the pooches' pics, and owners can get a professional 5x7 print with a $20 donation to CARE. Bring Fido down from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday or noon - 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more info, click here. FYI: Photo sessions are only taking place one weekend this year.


'Tis the season for holiday open houses! Check out these around town:


And don't forget about Santa sightings: