From drive-thru food festivals and dogs in costumes to the Sanderson sisters under the stars, this weekend is nonstop awesome.
Friday, Oct. 23
Food Truck Fridays at Simmons Bank Arena // The foodie gods have smiled upon us. Every Friday this month, you can get your fill of deliciousness in the arena parking lot. This week's trucks are Tacos Godoy, Juicy J Chicken & Fish, Pic'nikity, Nothing Fancy and Dippin' Dots. Mask up and stop in 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Learn more here.
Ebb and Flow Outdoor Yoga at Two Rivers Park // Zen, found. Head across the bridge for a lunchtime yoga sesh led by Shane Haney with Arkansas Yoga Collective. The flow starts at noon. Learn more here.
The Yarn: Black Lives Matter // This storytelling initiative is teaming up with the Washitaw Foothills Youth Media Arts and Literacy Collective to showcase Black voices in Arkansas and the evolving complexities of the BLM movement. The virtual show starts at 7 p.m. Learn more here.
"Uninvited" Shocktoberfest Series Virtual Screening // We're not sure if filmmakers expected these movies to be laughably bad, but here we are. This week's 1988 treat tells the tale of a mutant cat that goes on a killing spree on a yacht. Plus, prizes go to viewers who can fill up their bingo cards with hilariously awful cliches. Showtime is 7 p.m. Learn more here.
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Saturday, Oct. 24
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 spread out over four weekends this year (to encourage social distancing) and is full of hands-on activities for both kids and adults. This week it's all about spooky tinkering. Snag your tickets ahead of time in one of three two-hour increments starting at 9 a.m. Learn more here.
Harvest Tea Stand at Abbi's Teas & Things // No Harvestfest? We'll manage, but we'll need some help. This should do it. Joining the Hillcrest tea stand deliciousness are Bang-Up Betty with a new jewelry collection and Organized Chaos with her floral artwork and decor. Stop by 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and get your local spending on. Learn more here.
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Little Rock Curator’s Market at The Bernice Garden // "Calling all sneakerheads and vintage fashionistas." We're listening. The SoMa garden is getting taken over by local and out-of-state sneaker resellers and vintage shop owners, as well as food trucks and a live DJ. Mask up and come shop 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Learn more here.
Rainbow Connection Release Day at Lost Forty and Flyway Brewing // Cheers to the lovers, the dreamers and me. Flyway and Lost Forty joined forces with Loblolly Creamery to brew a tasty sherbet ale to support the local LGBTQ+ community. You can get the brew on draft and to-go in both taprooms, and wash it down with scoops from the Loblolly truck noon - 2 p.m. at Lost Forty and 3-5 p.m. at Flyway. Learn more here.
Halloween Festival & Movie Night at Dickey-Stephens Park // Freaky flicks on the field? Don't mind if we do. Come watch "Hocus Pocus" under the stars with s'mores, candy, costume contests and plenty of space. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. Learn more here.
Creep 'N' Crawl Run at Two Rivers Park // Let's work off some of that Halloween candy, shall we? Gals and ghouls and freaks of all kinds are invited to this "wonderfully creepy" 5K/half marathon where walkers are welcome — undead and otherwise. Yes, it's in person. And yes, there are lots of precautions in place. The first group sets off at 4 p.m. Learn more here.
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The Cheese Must Go On! Virtual World Cheese Dip Championship // Probably not how this fest pictured its 10th year, but it's still throwing down the gouda gauntlet to pit cheesy recipes against one another. Who takes home the crown? You do, because you get to watch it go down with live music, trivia, cheese dip coupons and more while raising funds for Harmony Health Clinic. It starts at 5 p.m. Learn more here.
Ales From the Crypt at War Memorial Stadium // Now this is the ghoulish fun we're looking for in 2020. Stone's Throw and East Sixth are teaming up to host a Halloween double feature spread out at the stadium while serving up beer and eats. Come see "Beetlejuice" and "Poltergeist" like you've never seen before at 5:30 p.m. Learn more here.
Howl-O-Ween at Bark Bar // Holy caped canine. This neighborhood dog playspace/human bar is hosting the perfect pawty for pupperinos and persons alike. You and Fido can get in on spooky selfies, pumpkin painting, scary movies, a killer costume contest and more. The fun starts at 6 p.m. Learn more here.
Friday & Saturday, Oct. 23 & 24
Greek Food Festival Drive-Thru at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church // Finally. The time has come to eat your weight in gyros at this annual event, even if it's only available curbside. You can still get your fill of favorites like gyros, baklava, spanakopita and loukoumathes by ordering online and picking up your food via drive-thru from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days. Learn more here.
Requiem: In Remembrance of the Dead at The Elks Lodge // He's baaaaack. Paul Prater, the crypt keeper behind Haunted Argenta Ghost Tours, is hosting a night of creepy (and funny) tales from beyond the grave. If that's not spooky enough, the interactive show ends with a séance. Masks and distancing required. Catch the show at 7 p.m. both nights. Learn more here.
Halloween Carnival at Funland Amusement Park // Don't let your rocketship slide PTSD scare you away from this family-friendly fest complete with rides, mazes, candy, costume contests and more. Masks required for ages 10+ and social distancing is enforced. Be there 6-9 p.m. both nights. Learn more here.
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10th Anniversary Celebration & Masterclass at Rock Town Distillery // We'll drink to this. Arkansas' first legal distillery since Prohibition marked a whole decade of deliciousness back in June, and now they're celebrating with friends and supporters. Expect a tour led by founder and head distiller Phil Brandon and a guided tasting of four Rock Town whiskeys. The anniversary fun starts at 6 p.m. each night. Learn more here.
Sunday, Oct. 25
Back to the '80s Bash at Rusty Tractor Vineyards // Save us from 2020, Cyndi Lauper. If you need a bit of escapism, bust out the '80s threads and head to the vineyard for live music, food trucks, a full bar and retro fun, all distanced, of course. Stop by noon - 6 p.m. Learn more here.
Yoga in the Park at The Bernice Garden // More outdoor yoga? Yes, please. This free session is led by Lady Moon Yoga Collective and starts at 5 p.m. Learn more here.
Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 24 & 25
"The Taming of the Shrew" at Riverfront Park // We've never been so happy to see Shakespeare in the Park. This production is boiled down to one hour, family friendly and socially distanced in the History Pavilion. Showtime is 1 and 4 p.m. both days. Learn more here.
Taste of the Fair at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds // Funnel cakes on deck. So a full-blown fair isn't happening, but you can still load up the fam and come get your fill of fried deliciousness to tide you over to next year. Stop in 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. each day. Learn more here.
Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 22-25
Virtual Big Boo!seum Bash // This area-wide favorite is back and it's just as family-friendly as ever. All of downtown's museums have put together special spooky programming for monsters of all ages, plus a giveaway. Learn more here.
"Fright Night" - Thursday at 7:15 p.m.
- "Labyrinth" - Friday at 7 p.m.
- "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" - Friday at 9:30 p.m.
- "The Nightmare Before Christmas" - Saturday at 7 p.m.
- "Zombieland" - Saturday at 9 p.m.
- Fright Fest Movie Marathon - 11 p.m.
"How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" - Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
- "The Princess Bride" - Friday at 7:30 p.m.
- "Monster House" - Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
- "Scream" - Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
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