From parades to Thin Mints to princesses, this weekend in LR is one for the books.
Thursday, Feb. 20
Cinderella Ball at CHARTS Theater: Hold on to your slippers. Ballet Arkansas kicks off a weekend of princess performances (we'll get to that in a sec) with a fairytale bash for the whole fam. All ages are invited to enjoy hors d'oeuvres, photos, a preview performance of "Cinderella" and more activities. The ball begins at 5:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Friday, Feb. 21
Third Friday Argenta Food + Art Walk in North Little Rock: It's time to go on a walk, everybody. Your favorite monthly Argenta event just got a delicious upgrade. Not only is this fun walk all about strolling through the Argenta Arts District’s newest exhibits, but now area restaurants are getting in on the fun with their own tasty specials. Highlights include the welcoming of Acansa Arts Festival's new HQ in the Acansa Gallery. The art and eats last from 5-8 p.m. For more info, click here.
Saturday, Feb. 22
Outdoor Gear Swap & Shop at the River Market Pavilions: We're *this close* to perfect camping weather you're gonna need a few things. This inaugural event invites folks to sell or swap their gently used gear and load up on new toys from fellow outdoorsmen, who will be happy to share advice and recommendations before you embark on your next adventure. Get your swap on 9 a.m. - noon. For more info, click here.
Girl Scouts Day at Abbi's Teas & Things: It's cookie time, y'all. 'Tis the Samoa season and Abbi's is celebrating with cookie-flavored teas. Come try the Skinny Mint Cookie or the Caramel Coconut Cookie blends, which you can sip while you get your cookie fix from on-site scouts. Stop in 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. For more info, click here.
SoMardi Gras Parade and Festivities on South Main: The beads are really starting to fly. This bash gets bigger and better every year, and this year is no exception. The parade kicks off at 24th Street at noon (more on that here), but here's what else you can expect around SoMa:
- Cocktails and menu specials at Raduno
- Atlas Bar's king cake cupcakes for breakfast
- The Root's eighth annual beard contest
- Crawfish and hurricanes at Esters
- The Green Corner Store's fresh beignets
- Bark Bar's Mardi Paw for the pups
And because we know you're thinking it, here's where to get king cake in Little Rock.
Kristen Hess Art Open Studio Benefit at 5624 R St.: This little studio in The Heights is opening its doors for a good cause. Local artist Kristen Hess is hosting an open house where 40% of all art sale proceeds go to the James127 Foundation, a nonprofit that empowers Kenyan women to provide for their families through vocational training. The open house also includes a Judith + James accessories trunk show and a live painting by Hess. Stop in 5-8 p.m. For more info, click here.
Red Carpet Gala at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church: Bring on the paparazzi. The Wolfe Street Foundation's annual Oscars bash brings Hollywood to Little Rock with fine dining, dancing, entertainment and, of course, dazzling red carpet arrivals. This event you the chance to glitz up on the red carpet and still watch the Oscars from your couch in sweatpants. The dream. The night begins at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
National Margarita Day across Little Rock: It's that special time of year again when people embrace the warm fuzziness all around with love in their hearts. Yep, we're talking about National Margarita Day. We made you a cheat sheet with all the local celebrations, but if you're not quite sure what you want, we suggest stopping by Colonial to taste test your options. Party on, fiesta people.
Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 20-22
A Midsummer Night's Drink at The Studio Theatre: Booze meets the Bard at this hilarious show. At each performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," a different actor is chosen to imbibe throughout the show while the others must do their best to keep the drinker on track, complete with audience participation. See it Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 20-22, at 7:30 p.m. each night. For more info, click here.
Sunday, Feb. 23
Soup Sunday at the Statehouse Convention Center: Hope you’re hungry! Marking the event's 39th year of celebrating Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Soup Sunday pulls in tons of soups, breads and sweets from some of Little Rock’s finest and favorite restaurants, all to raise money for the organization. The good eats happen from 4-7 p.m. For more info, click here.
The Great Amazing Race at Pinnacle Mountain State Park: You know the drill. This adventure race is modeled after the hit TV show, but with a family-friendly twist. Expect anything from stilts to blindfolds and a whole lot of laughs for all ages. Go time is 2 p.m. For more info, click here.
Friday-Sunday, Feb. 21-23
"Waitress" at the Robinson Center: We can smell the pie already. This Broadway hit musical comes to downtown Little Rock for one weekend only. Based on the 2007 movie, come see the show Entertainment Weekly calls "a little slice of heaven." Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. For more info, click here.
Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 22 & 23
"Cinderella" at CHARTS Theater: You might not think "comedy" when you think of this classic tale, but that's exactly what this show is. Lough-out-loud moments — think over-the-top evil stepsisters played by male dancers — combine with world-premiere choreography for a truly unique performance. You have three chances left to see the show: 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. For more info, click here.