Sweet summertime is here, folks. Let's enjoy it.
Thursday, June 3
First Thursday Shop & Sip in Hillcrest // It’s the first Thursday of the month, y'all. And while that traditionally means later hours to get your neighborhood shop 'n' sip on, lately it means something more exciting: the Historic Hillcrest Entertainment District. Now you can soak up the Kavanaugh vibes, including live music at Hocott's and Hillcrest Liquor, with an adult beverage in hand from one of your favorite Hillcrest watering holes. The fun starts at 5 p.m. Learn more here.
Tails & Tunes at the Little Rock Zoo // The zoo is getting into the late night fun, too. Every Thursday this month, stop in for live entertainment, specialty food and drinks for the adults through 9 p.m. The series is free, but registration is required. It starts at 5 p.m. Learn more here.
FOB Girls Night Out at the Outlets of Little Rock // Get your sweat on at this free class led by Full Out Barre. Spread out to work it out, then head across the street for dinner at Taziki’s. Class starts at 5:30 p.m. Learn more here.
Curtain Call for a Cause at the Argenta Community Theater // Celebrating its 10th year, this Arkansas Enterprises for Developmentally Disabled fundraiser is not to be missed. A night of dinner theater, cocktails, auctions and more await guests, who can choose to attend in person or virtually. The evening begins at 6 p.m. Learn more here.
Punchy Pawty at Bark Bar // Now this is the duo we've been waiting for. Let Fido get his play on while you get your sip on with some Lost Forty favorites like Lil’ Wheezy IPA, Blackberry Bramble, Love Honey Bock and Punchy seltzer, plus giveaways. Be there 6-8 p.m. Learn more here.
"The Deviant’s War" Virtual Speaker Series with Eric Cervini // The 2021 Six Bridges Book Festival may be off in the distance, but this should help tide you over. CALS is helping bridge the gap with award-winning historian and author Eric Cervini in a virtual program discussing his book "The Deviant’s War," which covers American LGBTQIA+ history and trials. The livestream starts at 6:30 p.m. Learn more here.
Friday, June 4
Garden Gathering at Botanica Gardens // Clearly the longer days have everyone itching to take advantage of the sun. This new monthly series brings later store hours where plant lovers can talk shop with cocktails and snacks on deck. Stop by 5-7 p.m. Learn more here.
In Real Life Comedy Tour at Simmons Bank Arena // Yep, you read that right. It's the arena's first in-person show since early 2020. Star comedians Mike Epps, Mark Curry, DC Young Fly, Karlous Miller and Kountry Wayne will take the stage in front of a limited capacity audience with social distancing protocols. Catch the show at 7 or 11 p.m. Learn more here.
Music in the Wild at Wildwood Park // We can hear it now. Wildwood is continuing its family-friendly, outdoor concert series featuring some of the best local acts at the park's iconic Butler Gazebo. BYO blankets and chairs to hear the live sounds of the Rodney Block Collective, and make sure to hit the concession stand to further your support of the park. Showtime is 8 p.m. Learn more here.
Saturday, June 5
ARTStravaganza at ART Outfitters // This local art supply store is celebrating 140 years (not a typo) of serving up creativity to central Arkansas. To mark the occasion, they're hosting a day full of free art demonstrations and classes, plus some big sales. Doors open at 9 a.m. Learn more here.
90’s Cookout at the River Market Pavilions // Salt-N-Pepa would be proud. It's all about the pre-Y2K vibes at this event with good eats and music, plus local vendors. It starts at 5 p.m. Learn more here.
Blue Tie Blue Jean Ball // If you weren't quick enough to snag one of the limited in-person tickets to the Arkansas Autism Foundation's annual evening of dining, entertainment and auctions, you can still snag a virtual ticket and get in on the fun. The party starts at 6:30 p.m. Learn more here.
Friday-Saturday, June 5-6
Harry Potter Movie Marathon Challenge // Accio coffee. The North Little Rock Drive-In is throwing down the HP gauntlet this weekend. Anyone who successfully completes the 22-hour challenge gets a cut of the $1,000 grand prize. It kicks off in the cupboard under the stairs at 8 p.m. Learn more here.
Sunday, June 6
Music on the Patio at River Bottom Winery // Especially now that summertime is here, this is the setting we want all of 2021 to take place in, please and thank you. Located at BoBrook Farms, the winery's patio invites you to enjoy beer, wine, cheese boards and live music from Pam Setser. Be there 3-5 p.m. Learn more here.
Rhythm in the Rock at Red & Blue Events Venue // New to downtown, this outdoor series is setting up shop every Sunday in June with live music, food trucks and activities for the kiddos. It all goes down 4-8 p.m. Learn more here.
Thursday - Sunday, June 3-6
Little Rock Open at Rebsamen Tennis Center // We're calling this a love-love situation. The Baptist Health Foundation is wrapping up eight days of pro tennis and activities, and the fun runs through the weekend. Learn more here.