Summer is still here and there's still fun to be had.
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, Aug. 26
Pet Portraits at Tipton & Hurst // Let's start with the cuteness. This local florist is celebrating National Dog Day with an outdoor portrait sesh complete with a greenery backdrop, floral collars and props. The best part? Proceeds go to the Humane Society of Pulaski County. Stop by any T&H location from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Learn more here.
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 Tren Al Sur, Bryant's BBQ & Catering and Dippin' Dots. Stop by 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn more here.
Friday, Aug. 27
Pyro in the Park at Dickey-Stephens Park // Finish out your workweek with a bang at this annual event. After the Travs take on the Corpus Christi Hooks, the night will wrap up with the season's biggest post-game fireworks display. Gametime is 7:10 p.m. Learn more here.
"Scalia/Ginsburg" Opening Night at the Clinton Presidential Center // Opera In The Rock is kicking off its return season with a dash of supreme justice. After postponing from 2020, audiences will finally get to see the show centered around the unlikely friendship of Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia who shared a deep love of opera. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Masks and proof of vaccination required. Learn more here.
Saturday, Aug. 28
Grand Opening at Bang-Up Betty // The day has come: Local jewelry brand Bang-Up Betty is finally opening a brick-and-mortar location (that's the new space in the photo at the top). Located above Ristorante Capeo, the Argenta showroom/gift shop is opening its doors for the first time with goodie bags for shoppers while supplies last. Store hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Learn more here.
Teeny Tiny Umbrella Pineapple Ale Summer Shindig at Lost Forty Brewing // We believe everyone needs more tiny umbrellas in their life. Step one is the return of this delicious pineapple ale. Come get your first sip of the summer and pair it with cool treats from the Loblolly truck onsite. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Learn more here.
Bark Bar 4eva Pawty // This is just doggone fun. Bark Bar is marking four years of doggy happiness with a day of games, menu specials, photo opps and giveaways. Join in noon - 10 p.m. Learn more here. Bonus: If you need more pups in your life, come by Thursday as well for their National Dog Day activities. More on that here.
Yoga in the Rock at Allsopp 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 Elizabeth Strandberg of Sixth House Studio. 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.
More zen news: Dogtown Yoga Finds Inner Peace in the Outdoors
Friday & Saturday, Aug. 27 & 28
WCF Pop-Up Shop at the Pleasant Ridge Town Center // Is that you, Jimmy Choo? This annual Women & Children First fundraising event offers gently used women's and men's pieces along with brand new clothes and accessories from some of Little Rock's best boutiques. There’s a Mom's Day Out on Friday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., then regular shopping hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday. Masks are required. Learn more here.
Sunday, Aug. 29
City Garden: Beer & Ice Cream Social at Curran Hall // The Quapaw Quarter Association is back with in-person events celebrating the historic neighborhood. Stop by for themed sips from Stone's Throw and ice cream from Loblolly from 4-7 p.m. Learn more here.
Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 26-29
Rock City Burger Week // How's your appetite? All week, some of your favorite local restaurants have been serving up amazing burgers in hopes of getting people to expand their regular menus. Participating joints are each highlighting a special burger for $7, and a portion of proceeds goes to the Arkansas Foodbank. Learn more here.
"Primating" Closing Weekend at the Little Rock Zoo // Taking the stage in the zoo's Civitan Pavilion as part of The Rep Outdoors series, the theater is hosting its last few performances of this romantic comedy following two primatologists on safari locked in a battle of the sexes who wind up grappling with their own animal instincts. Learn more here.
Playing at the North Little Rock Drive-In this weekend:
"Raya and the Last Dragon" - Saturday at 7:30 p.m.