So. Many. Festivals.
Editor's note: As COVID-19 cases continue to surge, remember to go out into the city safely and responsibly. Keep your distance, wear a mask indoors and get vaccinated.
Thursday, Sept. 30
Food Truck Thursdays at Centennial Bank Commerce Center // The countdown is in its final hours for the return of the Main Street Food Truck Festival on Saturday. To get you through, come get a preview of the deliciousness that awaits. Stop by 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn more here.
Science After Dark: OMG, We're Back Again! at the Museum of Discovery // We couldn't have said it better ourselves. After undergoing renovations from a disastrous leak in February, the MoD's monthly grownup meetup is finally back, and in full '90s style. Get in on Bop It tournaments, paper football construction, a MacGyver challenge and more. As always, there will be plenty of drinks and eats from Damgoode Pies and Stone's Throw. It all kicks off at 6 p.m. Learn more here.
Driving Away Hunger at The Rail Yard /// The U.S. has a major issue with wasting food, and Potluck Food Rescue is one of the teams in Arkansas working to change that. This annual fundraiser is serving up live music and a menu featuring Count Porkula, Trio's, South on Main, Ciao Baci, Taziki's, Petit & Keet and Cypress Social. It starts at 6 p.m. Learn more here.
Haunted Argenta Ghost Tours Opening Night // They're heeere. These seasonal tours are back to give you all the spooky history you can handle. Tours start this weekend and last through Nov. 6, but tickets tend to go quickly, so get a move on, guys and ghouls. Opening night starts at 7 p.m. Learn more here.
Friday, Oct. 1
Wolfe Street Golf Classic at the Maumelle Country Club // This 26th annual scramble is sweet and simple, everybody. Assemble yourselves into four-person teams, sign up and compete in a round of golf for the good of the Wolfe Street Foundation, which is dedicated to helping people get out of addiction and supporting their loved ones. It all kicks off with a continental breakfast at 7 a.m. Learn more here.
Opening Day at BoBrook Farms Pumpkin Patch // It's our time, fellow fall lovers. BoBrook is one of the most popular local patches, and they're kicking off a month of hay rides, mazes, food trucks, farm animals and so, so many pumpkins. Gates open at 9 a.m. Learn more here.
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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 "Jungle Cruise" on the big screen. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. Learn more here.
Wine Pairing Dinner at Rusty Tractor Vineyards // We'll raise a glass to this. The vineyard's Sunset Lodge is teaming up with Cypress Social to serve up five tasty courses, all perfectly paired with vino. We have our eyes on the pear tartlet. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. Learn more here.
Aldersgate After Dark at Camp Aldersgate // Your campfire could use a little wabi sabi. Come get your fill at this annual fundraising event, this year framed with the Japanese mindset celebrating what makes us unique. Enjoy dragon dances, Chinese acrobatics, martial arts, good eats and, of course, a bonfire. The event starts at 7 p.m. Learn more here.
Saturday, Oct. 2
Main Street Food Truck Festival in downtown Little Rock // Glory, glory, hallelujah! The moment is finally here. Delicious insanity will descend on our fair city for a few hours, and we are insanely excited about it. More than 60 trucks will be selling their tasty wares, along with vendor booths and live entertainment, all lining Main Street from 4th to 9th and Capitol Avenue from Louisiana to Rock. The annual event goes from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. (And yes, those are longer hours and more square-footage.) Learn more here.
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.
Hispanic Heritage Month Art & Food Festival at Argenta Plaza // Well, this is shaping up to be the best Saturday ever. Join Seis Puentes in "celebrating the Latinx spirit" with a day of live music, art vendors, food trucks, a Ballet Quetzalli performance and more. Join the festivities 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Learn more here. Update: Due to inclement weather, this event has been postponed to Oct. 9.
Friday & Saturday, Oct. 1 & 2
Greek Food Festival Drive-Thru at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church // Finally. The time has come to eat your weight in gyros at this annual event, even if it's only available curbside. You can still get your fill of favorites like gyros, baklava, spanakopita and loukoumathes by ordering online and picking up your food via drive-thru from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days. Learn more here.
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Sunday, Oct. 3
"The Fantasticks in Concert" at Murray Park // Time for a park party. The Rep is hosting a one-night-only performance of this iconic musical's songs. Tickets are free, but reservations are encouraged. You can even go VIP and join a pre-show picnic. Showtime is 5 p.m. Learn more here. Update: Due to inclement weather, the concert will now be held at The Rep at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Masks and proof of vaccination/negative test required.
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Bloodies, Bubbles & Brunch at Argenta Plaza // When you can't decide where to go for brunch, you go to a brunch festival. The Arkansas Times and Fox Trail Distillery are teaming up to host this al fresco event featuring brunch bites from around the metro, plus fun takes on bloody marys and bubbly cocktails. Be there 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn more here.
Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 2 & 3
Oktoberfest at Fassler Hall // Two days of Oktoberfest fun? Don't mind if we do. The German beer hall is hosting its annual fest and doing it big with a weekend of games, live music, traditional eats and beer. The fest runs 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday. Learn more here.
56th Annual Quapaw Quarter Tour of Homes // Waiting all year for this quintessential Little Rock event is tough (especially since it didn't happen in 2020), but it's paying off this weekend when guests get to enjoy touring historical neighborhood buildings. Extra events include Saturday’s Candlelight Tour with bonus champagne stations. Masks required. Learn more here.
"The Firebird" at the Robinson Center // Launching the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks Series back on its home stage is a performance that features music from Stravinsky, Adams, Ravel and Schumann. You can catch the show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday or 3 p.m. Sunday. Masks and vaccines or negative test required. Learn more here.
Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 30 - Oct. 3
Pulaski County Fair at Riverfront Park // Dibs on the funnel cake. This first-ever event is taking to the NLR shore, inviting guests to enjoy rides, games, live music, vendors and, yes, insane food. A portion of the proceeds will go to NLR Parks & Recreation. Masks are encouraged, and there will also be a free COVID-19 vaccination tent onsite. Fair hours are 5:30-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and noon - 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Learn more here.
Filmland in the Park at MacArthur Park // Now in its fifth year, the Arkansas Cinema Society's signature event is back with some pandemic-proof entertainment. The three-day film festival includes outdoor screenings, workshops and Q&A sessions with local and Hollywood filmmakers alike. Keep an eye out for Jessica Chastain, Evan Hayes and other names joining the fun. Gates open at 6 p.m. each night. Learn more here.