Watermelon eating contests, frozen cocktails and a laser light show — the gang's all here.

 

Thursday, July 22

Hot Girl Summer at Petit & Keet // This is how you launch a new happy hour menu (and kickstart a weekend). Make your way to Keet's Corner Bar and be the first to try the new menu, and while you're at it, get in on the themed drinks, giveaways and more. It starts at 4 p.m. Learn more here.

"The Joy of Sweat" Virtual Speaker Series with Sarah Everts // 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 chemistry lover, professor and author Sarah Everts in a "a taboo-busting romp through the shame, stink and strange science of sweating." The livestream starts at 6:30 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Friday, July 23

"Sharkenstein" Virtual BingoFlix // We're gonna need a bigger screen. The free BingoFlix series offers prizes to viewers who can fill up their bingo cards with cheesy, "so-bad-they’re-good" movie cliches. The summer screening lineup is all about sharks, and this 2016 flick is about exactly what it sounds like: an absurd, patchwork mega-monster. Showtime is 7 p.m. Learn more here.

Pass the popcorn: Ron Robinson Theater to Reopen, Launch New Throwback Movie Series

 

Saturday, July 24

Black History Walking Tours with the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center // As part of its temporary exhibit featuring "The Negro Motorist Green Book," which helped Black travelers and business owners navigate the Jim Crow South, the MTCC is taking a walk down memory lane (literally) of our city's Black history. The walking tour will include topics and locations like the First Missionary Baptist Church, Red's Pool Hall and the Dreamland Ballroom. It starts at 9 a.m. Learn more here.

More: MTCC Plans Block Party to Close Out ‘Green Book’ Exhibit

Rock City Margarita Festival + The Great Arkansas Beer Festival at the Statehouse Convention Center // You thirsty, Little Rock? Two of the city's most sippable events are teaming up to host one big, delicious bash. Expect more than 40 margarita vendors, 70 breweries, a dozen wineries and lots of seltzers. The fest lasts from 5-8 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Sunday, July 25

Watermelon Festival at The Bernice Garden // Behold, the essence of summer. Come celebrate all things watermelon, including an eating contest, giveaways, special treats and more. Just look out for flying seeds. The fest takes place during regular market hours of 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Learn more here.

Want to know what else is in season this month? Here’s a rundown.

 

Saturday & Sunday, July 24 & 25

Creative Workshops at Bella Vita Jewelry // If you're looking to try something new this summer, here's your chance. The downtown shop is hosting a full lineup of classes all season long. Learn how to create flower arrangements with Kim Doughty-McCannon of Bell Urban Farm on Saturday or try your hand at watercolor with local artist Emily Wood on Sunday. Learn more here. Bonus: There's also a jewelry swap going down on Thursday night. More on that here.

 

Thursday-Sunday, July 22-25

The Drive-in Laser Light Show at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds // Do not adjust your eyeballs. For one weekend only, this parking lot is getting transformed into a drive-in, family-friendly light show set to hit music after dark, complete with tailgating space. Learn more here. 

 

Playing at the North Little Rock Drive-In this weekend:

  • "Ford v Ferrari" - Saturday at 8:45 p.m.

 

Farmers markets around the metro:

Not sure what else is open? Check out our farmers market guide.