Simone Biles, dinosaurs and a whole lot of cheese dip await.
Editor's note: As COVID-19 continues to take a toll on Little Rock, remember to go out into the city safely and responsibly. Keep your distance, wear a mask indoors and get vaccinated.
Thursday, Oct. 7
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 live music by The Rocktown Sparks at Hodge Orthodontics. Learn more here.
Happiest Hour at the Little Rock Tech Park // Who doesn't love a good happy hour? This fundraiser for Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services offers an evening of signature sips and snacks, as well as live music, a silent auction, wine pull and more, all to help families build more stable futures. It starts at 5:30 p.m. Learn more here.
Friday, Oct. 8
Cheers & Beers to 21 Years at Diamond Bear Brewing Co. // This NLR brewery is finally of legal drinking age and is celebrating in style. Get in on menu specials, games, music, tours, merch and even the return of an old fan-favorite brew. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Learn more here.
Fall Food & Craft Fair at the DHS Central Office // The corner of Seventh and Main streets will be the site of this fifth annual event hosted by and benefiting the DHS’s Division of Developmental Disabilities Services. Fair attendees can shop items hand-made by DDS clients, including artwork, decor and holiday items. If you get hungry, stop by the on-site food trucks like Haygood BBQ, Nach'yo Nachos and Loblolly Creamery. The fair lasts 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn more here.
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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. The major highlight this month is the 2FAN after party in the Main Street Pocket Park (aka the green space between the Donaghey Plaza North Building and parking deck) with live music, drinks and more art. 2FAN runs from 5-8 p.m. with the after party from 7-10 p.m. Learn more here.
WOWapalooza at the Governor's Mansion // Calling all ladies. This eighth annual event — wherein WOW stands for Women's Own Worth — is dedicated to raising awareness about and supporting victims of domestic violence and violent crimes. The night includes dinner, entertainment and live and silent auctions. It begins at 5:30 p.m. Learn more here.
Family Movie Night at Pettaway Square // Pass the popcorn. The free outdoor movie series is back, setting up camp in the Pettaway neighborhood this fall. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, hit the food trucks and take in "In the Heights" on the big screen. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. Learn more here.
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Music in the Wild at Wildwood Park // We can hear it now. Wildwood is continuing its family-friendly, outdoor concert series featuring some of the best local acts at the park's iconic Butler Gazebo. BYO blankets and chairs to hear the live sounds of Merlon Devine, and make sure to hit the concession stand to further your support of the park. Showtime is 7 p.m. Learn more here.
Saturday, Oct. 9
Hispanic Heritage Month Art & Food Festival at Argenta Plaza // Let's try this again, shall we? After getting rained out last week, 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.
Blue Jeans & Bubbles Fest on South Main // Another nonprofit is taking the party to the streets — 13th-15th streets, to be exact — and we're all in. This inaugural fest will feature eats from surrounding SoMa restaurants, a champagne bar inside The Bernice Garden and live music from Bijoux and Juicebox Jake and the Lunchables. It all benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas. Be there 4-8 p.m. Learn more here.
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St. Mark’s Drive-Thru Shrimp Boil at St. Mark's Episcopal Church // Hope you're hungry. Back for another year, this local favorite event offers attendees the "best shrimp boil this side of the bayou." Get your fill of shrimp and all the fixin's to-go while helping raise money for the St. Francis House, which serves our underprivileged neighbors. Reserve your meal online, then pick it up curbside 4-7 p.m. Learn more here.
Sunday, Oct. 10
Little Rock Yoga Festival at Wildwood Park for the Arts // Is this the most zen festival Little Rock's ever seen? This first-ever event will bring together local yogis from all varieties of practice for a day of meditation, hiking, music, food trucks, vendors and, of course, yoga sessions led by local instructors. It all kicks off at 8 a.m. Learn more here.
World Cheese Dip Championship at the River Market Pavilions & Amphitheater // Dreams do come true. Now in its 10th year (2020 didn't count, duh), this contest throws down the gouda gauntlet to pit both amateur and professional recipes against one another. Who takes home the crown? You do, because you get to taste all the cheesy goodness while raising funds for Harmony Health Clinic. The deliciousness starts at noon. Masks required in the pavilions. Learn more here.
Bingo Brunch at Rusty Tractor Vineyards // If playing bingo while brunching in a vineyard doesn't sound lovely, we don't know how to help you. Add in live music by Christine DeMeo and eats from the Grilled Sandwich Company and we're completely sold. It starts at noon. Learn more here.
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Gold Over America Tour at Simmons Bank Arena // Ladies and gentlemen, the G.O.A.T. is in the building. Olympic gold medalist and cultural icon Simone Biles is headlining this tour of all-star gymnasts who will showcase their athletic talents and share their personal journeys for the audience. Showtime is 7 p.m. Learn more here.
Friday-Sunday, Oct. 8-10
Jurassic Quest at the Statehouse Convention Center // Ok, who stole the dino DNA? More than 100 photorealistic dinosaurs are stomping into town as part of this family-friendly exhibit. Expect animatronic dinosaurs, dino-themed rides, live dinosaur shows, interactive science and art activities, bounce houses, photo ops, a play area for "triceratots" and more. Your quest awaits 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Sunday. Learn more here.
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.
Playing at the North Little Rock Drive-In this weekend:
"Hocus Pocus" - Friday & Saturday at 7:10 p.m.