It's a great weekend to be in Little Rock, y'all.
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. 23
Eighth Birthday Bash at Belle & Blush // Beauty aficionados, it's time to celebrate one of the greats. This west Little Rock beauty boutique is celebrating eight years of business in style on Thursday by offering guests a day of pampering. Expect giveaways, 20% off retail purchases and mix-and-match facial specials. Store hours are 10 a.m. - 7 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.
Bingo Bash at Heifer Village // If you say you don’t enjoy a good, old fashioned game of Bingo every once in a while, you’re fooling yourself. Here’s your chance to come clean. Hosted by Access Schools, this annual party offers food, drinks, raffles and lots of Bingo with big prizes. The numbers start rolling at 6 p.m. Masks are required. Learn more here.
Paint the Rock at Argenta Plaza // Now in its eighth year, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation will host an outdoor evening where artists will create pieces live while attendees enjoy food and auctions (including the works made on site). It will also recognize the 2021 Community Impact Award recipients Jane English and Arkansas Ostomy. 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. 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.
Friday, Sept. 24
Lettuce Grow at St. Joseph Center of Arkansas // Pile on the produce puns. Back again, this al fresco event celebrates the St. Joseph Farm Stand and crops while supporting St. Joseph’s mission to preserve the historical space with sustainable farming and community outreach. Guests will enjoy a farm fresh menu along with tours of the grounds, craft beer, a silent auction and live music. It all begins 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 on-site food trucks and take in "Cars" on the big screen. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. Learn more here.
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R&B Under the Stars at the First Security Amphitheater // Now this is how you send off summer. A mix of R&B legends and up-and-comers — Anthony Hamilton with Stokley, El DeBarge and Alex Isley — will take to the stage on the banks of the Arkansas River. Blankets are welcome, but no lawn chairs. Showtime is 7 p.m. Learn more here.
Swing for Kids' Sake at the Country Club of Arkansas // How's your bank shot? Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas is launching its inaugural golf tourney. The four-person scramble includes lunch for all participants and prizes for the day's winners. Tee off is at 8 a.m. Learn more here.
Saturday, Sept. 25
Big Dam Bridge 100 // Helmets, weird shoes and a whole mess of Lycra — that’s what awaits the hundreds of cyclists who make their way to the city for this annual ride. Cyclists can take on 15-, 26-, 50-, 75- and 105-mile courses, covering both Little Rock and North Little Rock, winding down the River Trail, crossing the Big Dam Bridge (of course) and through the metro. Not riding, but still want to party? Just hang out at the finish line for food, drinks and fun. Early morning start times vary, but it all kicks off (and ends) in Riverfront park. Learn more here.
Last Little Rock Farmers Market at the River Market Pavilions // Not sure how we got here, but it's officially the end of this market's season. Saturday wraps up five months of local produce, foods, crafts and more. The market also includes activities for the kiddos, so make sure to bring them along. Stop in anytime from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Learn more here.
Grand Studio Opening at ZenStudio Fitness // The Heights fitness center is finally opening its new and expanded strength studio and celebrating with a day of free classes. Come get your sweat on and check out the new space. Classes start at 8 a.m. Learn more here.
Pure Barre Pop-Up at Argenta Plaza // If you prefer to take your sweat outdoors, here you go. BYO mat to this free sesh led by the WLR barre studio, then hit the farmers market next door and load up on fresh, local goods. It starts at 9 a.m. Learn more here.
Paul Laurence Dunbar Community Festival at Dunbar Middle School // Hosted by the Dunbar Historic Neighborhood Association, this seventh annual fest features food trucks, vendors, yoga, music and lots more. The fun lasts 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Learn more here.
Handmade in The Heights on Kavanaugh Blvd. // Bring out your makers, Little Rock. This neighborhood festival is designed to "celebrate crafters and creators of all kinds," and that’s exactly who will line the street in The Heights. You’ll find everything from jewelry to pottery to T-shirts and beyond. The fest lasts from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Learn more here.
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The Society at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds // Meet "Little Rock's first independent cultural convention." This first-ever event is all about bringing together segments of culture under one roof, including live performances, local vendors, food trucks, drinks and games. Plus, a portion of proceeds goes to Heart & Soles Arkansas and Creators Village. Be there 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Learn more here.
CARE Birthday Bubble Bash at Buff City Soap // Time for some good, clean fun. Central Arkansas Rescue Effort for Animals is marking 23 years at the Heights shop with lots of specials on soaps, bath bombs and goodies for humans and canines alike. Shop 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn more here.
Movement in the Parks at MacArthur Park // Who doesn't love an outdoor arts performance? Ballet Arkansas is kicking off its new series of free, public performances this weekend. Grab a blanket and stretch out by the gazebo for a perfect Saturday afternoon. Catch the show at noon or 3 p.m. Learn more here.
Wicked Wine Run at BoBrook Farms // A 5K that ends with wine? Count us in. Put on your most ridiculous outfit and trot through the farm's vineyards, then get in on the food trucks, music and (more) wine at the finish line. Don't feel like running? Go for the 1K walk instead with wine tasting stops along the course. Gates open at 3 p.m. Learn more here.
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Yoga in the Rock at Murray Dog 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 Cassandra Benning of Floating Lotus. BYO-mat, if you've got it, and maybe some bug spray and SPF, too. Namaste. The class starts at 5 p.m. Learn more here.
Blue Ribbon Bash // Going virtual this year, the annual Blue Ribbon Bash is back to benefit the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation. The backbone of this event are its live and silent auctions, so make sure to hit up those. The bash will also highlight 2021 honoree Arkansas Municipal League Executive Director Mark Hayes. Learn more here.
Little Rocktoberfest at War Memorial Stadium // Game faces on, everyone. Hosted by the Central Arkansas Fermenters, this is the state’s premier brew and craft beer festival. Stop in for great food, even more great beer, music and other activities. Plus, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Down Syndrome Advancement Coalition of Arkansas and the Dunbar Garden. The fun lasts 6-9 p.m. Learn more here.
Friday & Saturday, Sept. 24 & 25
Central High School Desegregation Anniversary // It's been 64 years since the Little Rock Nine made headlines, and the school is hosting a virtual event to commemorate it. Programming is based on the theme "The Struggle for Equity and Equality" and includes discussions about the past as well as plans and dreams for the future. Learn more here.
Sunday, Sept. 26
Oktoberfest at Rusty Tractor Vineyards // We can't think of a better way to welcome fall. The vineyards are inviting guests to enjoy sausages and pretzels from Fassler Hall, Oktoberfest brews, German wine flights, music, a costume contest and plenty of room to spread out. Join in from noon - 6 p.m. Learn more here.
Arkansas Peace Fest // The peace is going online this year. Join the celebration virtually to wrap up Arkansas Peace Week with a whole lot of family-friendly goodness including storytime for little kids, sessions for pre-teens, a screening and discussion of the film "Woodruff" and more. Enjoy the neighborly vibes via Zoom at 2 p.m. Learn more here.
Two local theaters are wrapping up shows this weekend, so hurry up and snag your tickets to "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" at The Weekend Theater or join the waiting list for "Steel Magnolias" at the Argenta Community Theater.