Is it gonna be a scorcher? Yes. Is there still fun to be had? Also yes.
Editor's note: As COVID-19 cases surge and hospitals fill up, remember to go out into the city safely and responsibly. Keep your distance, wear a mask indoors and get vaccinated.
Thursday, July 29
Food Truck Thursdays at Centennial Bank Commerce Center // The countdown is on for the return of the Main Street Food Truck Festival this fall. On the last Thursday of the next few months, you can get a preview of the deliciousness that awaits. In the Riverdale parking lot this week are Delta Biscuit Co. and Haygood BBQ. Stop by 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn more here.
Bike Trail Opening at Two Rivers Park Trail // Pedal to the, uh, dirt. The last piece of the new trail system in WLR is officially opening to the public, and it's perfect for beginners. Also opening is the children's bike skills area, so bring the fam. Join the city of Little Rock and the Arkansas Parks & Recreation Foundation to celebrate from 3-6 p.m. Learn more here.
Closing "The Green Book" Block Party at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center // Created by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the MTCC's exhibit surrounding "The Negro Motorist Green Book," which helped Black travelers and business owners safely navigate the Jim Crow South, is coming to a close. To send it out in style, the MTCC is hosting a block party with food trucks, music and more, plus one more chance to see the exhibit. The block party lasts 5-8 p.m. Learn more here.
Friday, July 30
Faulkner Chamber Music Festival at UA-PTC CHARTS // If you missed the first performance on Tuesday, never fear. Friday's concert features Gabriela Lena Frank's "Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout" and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "String Sextet in A Major." The show starts at 7 p.m. Learn more here. Bonus: There's also a student recital on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Grand Re-Opening at Cheesecake on Point // Cue the heart eye emojis. After some technical difficulties caused the bakery to shut down for a few weeks, the shop is back and debuting a few new treats (hello, cheesecake shakes) to celebrate. Stop by for discounts, music, giveaways and activities for kiddos from 6:30 - 9 p.m. Learn more here.
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Community Arts Night at Nexus Coffee & Creative // Hosted by Lucie's Place, this coffee shop will house an open mic, art, vendors and performances by queer and trans artists. And of course, there will be lots of tasty food and sips from Nexus. It starts at 7 p.m. Learn more and register here.
"Ouija Shark" 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 has been all about sharks, and this 2020 flick wraps up the series with a proper dose of absurdity a la ghost shark. Showtime is 7 p.m. Learn more here.
Pass the popcorn: Ron Robinson Theater to Reopen, Launch New Throwback Movie Series
Saturday, July 31
Goat Yoga on the Farm at the St. Joseph Center of Arkansas // Nothing like a little zen on the farm, surrounded by some friendly goats. Get your flow on with an all-levels session led by Lady Moon Yoga Collective, just BYO mat. Class starts at 10 a.m., then stick around for the farmers market afterward. Learn more here.
Paper Hearts Book Pop-up at White Water Tavern // There's a new mobile bookstore in town and they're launching this weekend at the Tavern's farmers market. Stop by and peruse their stash of new and used books for kids and adults. Be there 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn more here.
Block on Rock at Stone’s Throw Brewing // HBD, Stone's Throw! We do love a good party, and that's why we're excited for the return of the brewery's annual bash as it celebrates eight whole years of business with live music, food trucks and cold beer. It’s a whole block party of goodness, shutting down the 700-800 blocks of Rock Street, and benefiting Preserve Arkansas in the process. The bash lasts from 4-10 p.m. Learn more here.
Yoga in the Rock at Two Rivers Park // Don't let the drama get you down. Come get your ohm on at this free monthly community class, this time led by yogi Sarah Pilcher. BYO-mat, if you've got it, and maybe some bug spray and SPF, too. Namaste. The class starts at 6 p.m. Learn more here.
Sunday, Aug. 1
The Harlem Globetrotters at Simmons Bank Arena // Whether you’ve got kids to entertain or not, the Globetrotters still put on quite the show. The world-famous team is on its new Spread Game Tour with lots of "jaw-dropping" feats and lots of opportunities to (safely) interact with the Globetrotters. Bring the kids. Or don’t. Tipoff is at 2 p.m. Learn more here.
Thursday & Sunday, July 29 & Aug. 1
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. Try your hand at watercolor with local artist Emily Wood on Thursday or re-learn how to make macrame friendship bracelets on Sunday. Learn more here.
Friday & Saturday, July 30 & 31
E.Leigh’s Summer Tent Sale in Hillcrest // Get excited, shoppers. With this sale now in its ninth year, the boutique is pulling out all the stops with so. many. pieces. up for grabs. This is your chance to get major brands for as little as $5. Trust us, you need to be there. Sale hours are 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday. Learn more here.
Thursday-Sunday, July 29 - Aug. 1
"Marie and Rosetta" Closing Weekend at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre // The Rep has been welcoming back guests for the past few weeks with this award-winning play featuring the music of Cotton Plant native and godmother of rock and roll Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Although part of the new The Rep Outdoors series, the final performances will be held indoors at the downtown theater due to heat advisories. Masks are required for all guests. Learn more here.
"The SpongeBob Musical" Closing Weekend at The Studio Theatre // This nearby downtown theater is also wrapping up the run of its post-shutdown debut show. On stage is everyone's favorite sponge and an unexpected hero who steps in to save the city under the sea from utter destruction. Masks required. Learn more here.
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Playing at the North Little Rock Drive-In this weekend:
"Grease" - Friday at 8:45 p.m.
"The Burbs" - Saturday at 8:45 p.m.