Spoiler alert: There's a lot of good food involved.
Thursday, April 8
Off the CHARTS: Fonky Donkey // Turn it up. UA-PTC put live (ish) music back on the calendar with its free, virtual series featuring local acts. Up this week is Fonky Donkey with their signature blend of blues and Americana. Catch it on YouTube Live at 6 p.m. Learn more here.
Playing with Produce at The Root // Your taste buds are in for a treat. Throughout April, the Arkansas Local Food Network and Bernice Garden are launching a family-friendly fundraiser series benefiting Washington Elementary. A different restaurant will lead a Zoom meeting filled with recipes, tips and tricks surrounding a different local ingredient, plus a box of ingredients for each participant. Up first is sweet potatoes with The Root. It starts at 6 p.m. Learn more here.
Symphony of Flavors with Trio's // More deliciousness to help the community? Don't mind if we do. All month, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra is teaming up with local chefs to offer livestreamed music and step-by-step cooking classes, complete with a kit of goodies, wine and recipes. Kicking off the series is Trio's Capi Peck serving up a hearty Mexican stew. Dinner is served at 7 p.m. Learn more here.
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Friday, April 9
Second Friday Art Night // 2FAN is back. The after-hours gallery walk of downtown businesses is offering a mix of in-person and virtual events this month. Highlights include mocktails, paintings and a chance to meet the new director at the Historic Arkansas Museum. The fun runs 5-8 p.m. Learn more here.
"Braddock: Missing in Action III" Virtual BingoFlix // Nobody does it like Chuck. The BingoFlix screening series offers prizes to viewers who can fill up their bingo cards with cheesy movie cliches. The new April lineup is all about action from the '80s, and this week's 1988 flick features Mr. Norris himself taking down his family's kidnappers in communist Vietnam. Showtime is 7 p.m. Learn more here.
Little Rock Lightning vs Shreveport Mavericks Inaugural Home Game // ICYMI, LR has a new pro basketball team. The TBL Lightning will take on the Mavericks at the West Central Sports Complex, and you can watch the action in person or online. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. Learn more here.
Saturday, April 10
Mass Vaccination Clinic at Simmons Bank Arena // Roll up those sleeves. This free, large-scale community vaccination event is open to all Arkansans 16 and older. Just make sure to bring your mask, ID and, if available, an insurance card. (Patients younger than 18 must bring a parent or guardian.) Clinic hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Learn more here.
Starter Plant Sale at Heifer Village and Urban Farm // Morning glory and jalapeño and heirloom tomatoes, oh yes. You'll find these and lots more on the Heifer Village front lawn from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Learn more here.
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4th Anniversary Sidewalk Sale at Live Thankfully Little Rock // Cheers to four years! From name brand fashions to home decor, this upscale resale shop has been serving up style since 2017, all while giving 100% proceeds to Immerse Arkansas, a nonprofit that supports youth in crisis as well as adoptive and foster families. This celebratory sale features a $1 tent sale and lots of raffle items. Shop hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Learn more here.
Phenomenal Women Luncheon at Heifer Village Pavilion // Let's go, girls. Local nonprofit Real Images is all about uplifting and empowering women and girls, and this annual fundraising event is a showcase of just that. The 2021 event will honor Nora Bouzihay and Sherry Williamson, with a keynote address from Tamika Edwards. You can join at the pavilions or virtually. The luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m. Learn more here.
Punchy Hard Seltzer Patio Pop-Up at Lost Forty Brewing // Let's punch up that Saturday. The brewery's seltzer was an instant hit when it launched last summer, and now they're celebrating the new variety packs being available statewide. Come get your sip on with expanded patio seating and live music from Brian Nahlen. Stop by noon - 4 p.m. Learn more here.
Crawfish Boil Block Party at Four Quarter Bar // Tis the mudbug season. The Argenta pub is cooking up the goods with crawfish and the fixin's alongside live music from Jess and the Mess with Billy Gibson and Al Gamble. The boil starts at 2 p.m. and the music starts at 3. Learn more here.
Friday & Saturday, April 9 & 10
Online Bang-Up Bettyversary Party // Welcome to the Bettyverse. Bang-Up Betty is marking eight whole years of custom jewelry and accessories with two days of giveaways and discounts. Keep an eye on the FB event page for the latest. Learn more here.
Sunday, April 11
Bingo Brunch at Rusty Tractor Vineyards // We're definitely down for this game. Come enjoy a sunny day in the vineyards with brunch from Our Mobile Kitchen, live music and drinks. It starts at noon. Learn more here.
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Saturday & Sunday, April 10 & 11
"The Soldier's Tale" Virtual Performance // It's a meeting of the arts icons. The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts and Ballet Arkansas are teaming up to give audiences this whimsical show. Expect seven musicians, three actors, one ballet dancer and a dose of magic. You have two chances to catch the show: Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Learn more here.
Thursday-Sunday, April 8-11
Arkansas A la Carte // Still hungry? The ACH Auxiliary’s annual foodie fundraiser is going the social distanced route this year. Instead of a huge tasting event, a ticket gets you discounts and specials at restaurants all over town, including free queso from Heights Taco & Tamale Co. and 15% off at Le Pops. Learn more here.
Dinosaur Adventure Drive-Thru at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds // Life finds a way, y'all. Load up the fam and come experience life-sized dinos — yes, they have a T-Rex — from your vehicle. This is the drive-thru's final weekend, so get going. Learn more here.