We've had the slightest taste of fall weather this week and now we're ready to explore.
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. 9
L80's Night at Petit & Keet // BYO shoulder pads. Every second Thursday this fall is L80's (ladies + '80s) Night with a themed cocktail menu, throwback tunes and a glamour shot photo booth in the Keet Corner Bar. It starts at 4 p.m. Learn more here.
Tails & Tunes at the Little Rock Zoo // The zoo is getting in on 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 kicks off at 5 p.m. Learn more here.
Dancing with Our Stars at the Robinson Center // How's your samba? The Arkansas Chapter of the Children's Tumor Foundation is gearing up for its largest fundraising event of the year. Guests will enjoy dinner, cocktails and an auction, while local celebrities team up with professional dancers for a chance to win the coveted mirror ball trophy. You can also join virtually and livestream the whole thing. It starts at 6:30 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. Up this week are Matthew Magdefrau and Zak Bandit. And yes, you'll want to load up on The Rail Yard eats and drinks while you're there. It starts at 7 p.m. Learn more here.
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Friday, Sept. 10
Never Forget Blood Drive at Dickey-Stephens Park // The Travs are offering up their field to do a little good. In honor of 9/11, they're teaming up with the Arkansas Blood Institute where for every blood donation, $10 goes to the Wounded Warrior Project. Donors will also get a free shirt, a pass to the zoo and a free blood sugar test. The drive lasts 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn more here.
Second Friday Art Night in downtown Little Rock // Bring on the 2FAN. It’s time for the monthly roundup of downtown businesses opening their doors for an after-hours gallery walk. Highlights include the chance to check out the brand new Majestic Motions Art Studio, a grand reopening at Bella Vita and exhibit previews at the Historic Arkansas Museum. The fun lasts 5-8 p.m. Learn more here.
Wine Pairing Dinner at Rusty Tractor Vineyards // Where better to have a wine pairing than in a vineyard? This dinner will feature the tag team of a five-course menu from The Croissanterie and selections from Andy Renda of The Wine Thief. We have our sights on the lemon blueberry cheesecake. Dinner is served in the Sunset Lodge at 6:30 p.m. Learn more here.
"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" Opening Night at The Weekend Theater // Nurse Ratched sends her regards. This downtown black box theater is taking on the classic novel by Ken Kesey exploring the notions of mental illness and authority that will stick with you long after the curtain falls. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Masks required. Learn more here.
Saturday, Sept. 11
Little Rock 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at War Memorial Stadium // If you're looking for a way to honor the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, this is it. Start the day paying tribute to the first responders who lost their lives by climbing 110 flights of stairs (the number of floors in the World Trade Center Towers) in their honor. It kicks off at 8 a.m. Learn more here.
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 a beginner-friendly 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.
It's Fall Y'all Market at BoBrook Farms // Yes, the temps are still in the 90s, but we're already dreaming about the crisp autumn days to come. Get in the spirit and come shop booths from more than 30 local vendors while enjoying food trucks, live music and sips from River Bottom Winery. Be there 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Learn more here.
More fall, y'all: The 2021 Guide to Your Favorite Fall Festivals
Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 11 & 12
Arkansas Comic Con at the Statehouse Convention Center // Is that you, April O'Neil? This annual gathering is back with all sorts of pop culture celebs in its lineup including Tara Reid, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Judith Hoag, Jim O'Heir and classic WWE wrestler Sting. The nostalgia is strong with this one. Learn more here.
Friday-Sunday, Sept. 10-12
Argenta Dogtown Throwdown // The Main Street fun is getting a new timeslot. Now on every second weekend, the NLR neighborhood shuts down the streets for outdoor dining, markets, live music and local entertainment. From Friday happy hour to Sunday brunch, you'll find all kinds of fun in Argenta. Learn more here. Bonus: Bang-Up Betty is hosting a food drive for the Arkansas Foodbank at her new shop. More on that here.
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