New month, new opportunities to explore the city.
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, Sept. 2
The BIG Brunch at Chenal Country Club // How organized is your brunch spread? This second annual event benefits the Girl Scouts - Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, and headlining the 2021 bash are Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, the international organizing phenom behind The Home Edit. There's also a champagne reception and an auction. It kicks off at 10 a.m. Masks required. Learn more here.
Celebrate Little Rock Ticket Giveaway at the Robinson Center // The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra is kicking off its return season at the Robinson with a free concert (aka Celebrate Little Rock) on Sept. 16. But first, they're handing out tickets on the center steps. It's first come, first served starting at 10 a.m. Learn more here.
First Thursday Shop & Sip in Hillcrest // It’s the first Thursday of the month, and you know what that means — time to get your Hillcrest shop 'n' sip on. Soak up the Kavanaugh vibes while you take advantage of the discounts, later hours and live entertainment. Highlights include a Paper Hearts Books popup at Bloom Salon, designer chats at Hillcrest Designer Jewelry and drinks and music at Hocott's. Even more good news? The Hillcrest entertainment district on First Thursdays got extended to October. Learn more here.
Miss the memo? Catch up: New Entertainment District Coming to Downtown, Hillcrest Receives Extended Approval
Tails & Tunes at the Little Rock Zoo // The zoo is getting into the after hours fun. After a successful run in June, every Thursday this month you can stop in for live entertainment, games and specialty food and drinks through 9 p.m. It starts at 5 p.m. Learn more here.
Punchy Party at Fassler Hall // It's always summer with a Punchy in hand. The downtown German beer hall is serving up bucket specials on the Lost Forty seltzer, and they're breaking out the giant beer pong in the biergarten, too. Be there 5-7 p.m. Learn more here.
Ladies Night Out at Painted Tree Marketplace // Retail therapy is real, y'all, especially when your girlfriends are involved. Load up and meet up at the WLR market to cruise the vendor booths and get in on the wine, chocolate and live music. Shop 6-8 p.m. Learn more here.
The Rail Yard Film Series // Pass the popcorn. De MaJo Productions is hosting a Thursday night series highlighting local filmmakers in September. First up are Corbin Pitts, McCullough Expressions, Johnnie Brannon and Bailey Sanders. And yes, you'll want to load up on The Rail Yard eats and drinks while you're there. It starts at 7:30 p.m. Learn more here.
Saturday, Sept. 4
Arkansas Rasta Fun 5K & Reggae Jam Down at NLR Riverfront Park // Lace up your sneaks. This fun run/walk is all about celebrating peace, love and unity while breaking a sweat. And when it's all over, you can jam by the river with live music, food trucks and vendors. Plus, proceeds go to the John Cain Foundation. It all starts at 9 a.m. Learn more here.
More Riverfront goodness: First Annual Pulaski County Fair Coming to NLR This Fall
Community Day at Wildwood Park for the Arts // Time for some outdoor family fun. This monthly event includes free activities for kiddos, performances, vendors and catch-and-release fishing. Stop by 10 a.m. - noon. Learn more here.
Speaking of fun for the fam: One-Tank Road Trips for Labor Day Weekend
National Tailgating Day Party at The Promenade at Chenal // The countdown to tailgating season is officially on. Get a taste of the future fun with brews from Stone's Throw, custom cocktails, live music and even some classic cars. Stop in 5-8 p.m. Learn more here.
Haunted Arsenal Tour at the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History // September is the start of spooky season, right? Explore this local icon with the Arkansas Ghost Catchers, including spaces regular tourists can't access. But if you can't make it, you have a chance to take the tour every Saturday this month. They start at 7 p.m. Masks required. Learn more here.
Also in the neighborhood: Filmland Plans Drive-In Festival at MacArthur Park
Monday, Sept. 6
Sunrise on the Summit at Pinnacle Mountain State Park // Starting the holiday with the best views around? Yes, please. Get your blood pumping with this early morning hike starting at the West Summit Trailhead and led by a park interpreter. Just make sure to tag #heysoiree on all those amazing Insta pics. The hike starts at 5:30 a.m. Learn more here.
Cammack Village Family/Pup Fun Run // It’s time to earn that cookout. Grab your family, friends and Fido and cruise through this annual one-mile loop starting (and ending) at Cammack Village City Hall. Start time is 10 a.m. Learn more here.
Farmers markets around the metro:
Saturday: Argenta Farmers Market (formerly Dogtown Market)
Saturday: Little Rock Farmers Market
Saturday: White Water Tavern Market
Sunday: Bernice Garden Farmers Market
Not sure what else is open? Check out our farmers market guide.