Let's send the season off in style, shall we?
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. 16
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.
Tacos and Tequila at Argenta Plaza // What's in a name? Exactly what's in the name of this tasty event. Local restaurants are offering up some of the best tacos in town for guests to enjoy, along with tequila-based favorites like margs, tequila sunrises and lots more. Be there 6-9 p.m. Vaccines are required. 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. 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.
"Celebrate Little Rock, Together" at the Robinson Center // It's music to our ears. The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra is kicking off its comeback season at the Robinson with this free show giving a taste of what's to come, including Little Rock's own pioneering composer Florence Price, selections from Dvorak’s "New World Symphony" and the music of Aretha Franklin sung by Genine LaTrice Perez. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Masks and vaccines required. Learn more here.
Friday, Sept. 17
The Croissanterie Beer Pairing Dinner at Stone's Throw Stifft Station // We're hungry already. This four-course menu from the team at The Croissanterie includes dishes like a duck confit flatbread, IPA curry poached shrimp spring rolls and caramelized apple stout cake. And of course, they're all perfectly paired with Stone's Throw brews. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. Learn more here.
Family Movie Night at Pettaway Square // There's a new, free outdoor movie series setting up camp at the Pettaway neighborhood in SoMa on Fridays this fall. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, hit the onsite food trucks and take in "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark" on the big screen. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. Learn more here.
Foodie PSA: Ok, so it's not an event, but it's a precursor to one of our all-time favorites. Online preorders for the drive-thru International Greek Food Festival are now open. You're welcome.
Saturday, Sept. 18
Disaster Dash 5K at Murray Park // Don't worry, "disaster" doesn't mean you'll get chased or have to jump over fire in this second annual race. Just work up a good sweat on the River Trail while raising funds to support nonprofit first responders to natural disasters. Start time is 8 a.m., or you can join virtually. Learn more here.
Tinkerfest at the Museum of Discovery // If your favorite scene in "The Sandlot" is when they build a contraption from an Erector Set, you belong at Tinkerfest. The annual event is full of hands-on activities (for both kids and adults) that teach all about the way things work, from robots to waterworks and everything in between. Snag your tickets ahead of time in one of three two-hour increments starting at 9 a.m. Learn more here.
Speaking of fests: The 2021 Guide to Your Favorite Fall Festivals
Great Arkansas Cleanup at Murray Park // Want to make a positive impact in your community right now? Here's how. Keep Arkansas Beautiful is hosting this cleanup event in the park, along the trail and on the river shoreline. Meet up at 9 a.m. Learn more here.
Goat Yoga in Ferndale // Not into downward dog? This all-levels outdoor sesh is led by local yogis Kelly Ransom and JoAnn Camp, and yes, you get to experience it surrounded by friendly goats. It starts at 9:30 a.m. Learn more here.
Children's Gallery Grand Opening at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center // After you're done tinkering in the River Market, take the fam a few blocks west to check out the MTCC's brand new kids' gallery. The debut exhibit "Same. Different. Amazing." is designed to get kids talking about similarities and differences and reinforces messages of positivity. To celebrate the opening, there will also be music, food trucks, a magician and craft stations. Stop by 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn more here.
Salty Pop-Up Shop at Eden Salt Studio // Time for some R and R. Local wellness vendors will be on deck Saturday morning to bring the freshness with body butters, juices, makeup and more items for your next self-care moment. Come shop 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn more here.
Wait, what's a salt studio? Learn about owner Tori Jones and her studio here.
Southern Silks Stakes // Put on your fanciest hat. The Methodist Family Health Foundation is back virtually with its annual Kentucky Derby celebration and fundraiser. This race-themed bash offers faux horse races, prizes and auctions. Proceeds go to support the programs at MFH. It starts at 6 p.m. Learn more here.
Dogs After Dark Glow Pawty at Bark Bar // Glow big or glow home. Find Lassie's best blacklight and glow-in-the-dark garb (and your own) and come get in on some cuteness. It starts at 6 p.m. Learn more here.
More undeniable cuteness: Meet Charlie, our 2021 Cutest Dog Contest winner
Friday & Saturday, Sept. 17 & 18
Wild Wines at the Little Rock Zoo // Stripes, spots, whatever — it's time to party. This can't-miss bash takes place over the course of two nights with two separate events. Friday night's VIP event offers guests eats from the city's best restaurants paired with cocktails and hand-selected wines from O'Looney's Wine & Liquor and Black Apple Cider, plus live music, from 7-9 p.m. Saturday night is "The Mane Event" with more entertainment, more food and more libations awaiting attendees from 7-10 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Arkansas Zoological Foundation. Learn more here.
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Sunday, Sept. 19
Yogathon Arkansas at 7318 Windsong Drive // Eight hours full of 10 classes should be enough to scratch your yoga itch. From restorative flow to circus yoga and everything in between, it's all here at this event that doubles as a fundraiser for the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. The flow kicks off at 6 a.m., and there's an option to join virtually. Learn more here.
Plant Repotting Workshop at The Bernice Garden // If your thumb isn't quite as green as you'd like it to be, the pros are here to help. Houseplant Collection is hosting this workshop where your ticket gets you a new plant, pot and everything you need to make your new plant baby feel right at home. Oh, and there will be beer, wine and food for the humans, too. Class starts at 4 p.m. Learn more here.
Peace Across Faiths Interfaith Service and Picnic at Allsopp Park // We can't think of a better way to get Arkansas Peace Week started. Whether you belong to a certain faith or not, you're invited to share a meal, make new friends and celebrate peace. BYO meal. It starts at 5:30 p.m. Learn more here.
Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 16-19
Harvest Night Virtual Auction // The bad news is the Arkansas Foodbank's annual Harvest Night event isn't happening this year. The good news is you can still help feed hungry Arkansans while taking home some amazing auction items. Learn more here.
Friday-Sunday, Sept. 17-19
Vintage Market Days at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds // Flea market fabulous is officially a thing. This traveling pop-up market is back and setting up shop so locals can get their fill of clothing, outdoor furnishings, antiques, art, home goods, food trucks, live music and more. Shopping hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. all three days. Learn more here.
Halfway to St. Patrick's Day Party at Dugan's Pub // We'll take any and every excuse for a celebration, thank you very much. Put on some green and join the fun at Dugan's with live music and drink specials. Learn more here.