From festivals and brunch to a full-on zombie invasion, your weekend rundown is here. Let's get into it.

 

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 a safe distance, wear a mask when needed and get vaccinated

 

Thursday, Oct. 21

4th Quarter Happenings at Domestic Domestic // Let's #shoplocal, y'all. This Heights shop is showing the local love by hosting pop-ups with food trucks, brands and more shops all through fall. Up this week are Nativ and The Prickly Pickle food truck. Stop by 5-7 p.m. Learn more here.

"Truths We Tell" Launch Party at The Rail Yard // Storytelling initiative The Yarn is publishing a book of some of the tales told on its stage. To celebrate, a handful of locals are telling their stories at this event complete with eats, drinks and connections. It starts at 6 p.m. Masks required. Learn more here.

Hawgs for a Cause at the AEDD Multipurpose Center // Self-described as the "ultimate tailgate party," this annual Arkansas Enterprises for the Developmentally Disabled fundraiser lives up to the hype. Guests can go ham on a barbecue dinner while THV11’s Craig O’Neill, aka Brother Hogg, serves as emcee. The night also includes live music, a cash raffle and live and silent auctions. It all goes down at 6:30 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Friday, Oct. 22

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 "Black Panther" on the big screen. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. Learn more here.

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"Arsenic and Old Lace" Opening Night at The Weekend Theater // Some call them "homicidal maniacs," others call them "family." This classic dark comedy centers around the Brewsters, who make your Thanksgiving dinners look tame. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Masks required. Learn more here.

 

Saturday, Oct. 23

Harvest Festival at The Bramble Market // There's no such thing as too many festivals, especially when they include pumpkins, fresh eats and live music from The Gravel Yard. Stop by 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Learn more here.

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Arkansas Razorbacks vs. UA Pine Bluff Golden Lions at War Memorial Stadium // Let the smack talk commence. This game is definitely going to split some Arkies into different camps, so pick a side or just come enjoy a game in the stadium no matter who wins. Kickoff is 11 a.m. Learn more here.

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Festival of Darkness at Lost Forty Brewing // Bring out your undead. At this annual Nighty Night Imperial Stout release/block party, guests are encouraged to don their zombie best and enjoy dark beer samples from local and regional breweries. A zombie lumberjack costume contest, food trucks, live music and more make this event one for the (horror) books. It all starts at 4 p.m. Bonus: There's an after party at Camp Taco across the street. Learn more here.

Creep 'N' Crawl Run at Two Rivers Park // Let's work off some of that Halloween candy, shall we? Gals and ghouls and freaks of all kinds are invited to this "wonderfully creepy" 5K, half marathon and "lil' monsters dash" where walkers are welcome — undead and otherwise. The first group sets off at 4 p.m. Learn more here.

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The Finest Gala at Argenta Plaza // It's the best of both worlds. The Arkansas chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is combining its two most popular events — Breath of Life and Taste of the Finest — into one event. Here guests will enjoy a seated dinner, signature sips, live entertainment and more. The al fresco evening begins at 6 p.m. Learn more here.

Howl-o-ween at Bark Bar // Holy caped canine. The neighborhood dog playspace/human bar is hosting the perfect pawty for pupperinos and persons alike. You and Fido can get in on spooky selfies, scary movies, a killer costume contest and more. The fun starts at 6 p.m. Learn more here.

Halloween Carnival at Funland Amusement Park // Don't let your rocketship slide PTSD scare you away from this family-friendly fest complete with spooky rides, candy, movies, a costume contest and more. Be there 7-10 p.m. Learn more here.

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Friday & Saturday, Oct. 22 & 23

Goodies & Ghost Tours at The Fee House // If you've missed out on this year's haunting tours in the 1890 Victorian home, this is your last chance of the season. Join the two-hour paranormal investigation, then stick around for eats and drinks. It starts at 7 p.m. Masks required. Learn more here.

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Sunday, Oct. 24

Sunday Funday at Rusty Tractor Vineyards // Sunday scaries? We don't know her. Brunch specials and food trucks await, plus beer, wine, cocktails and live music from Brian Ramsay. Stop by noon - 6 p.m. Learn more here. 

Biscuit Brunch at Dunbar Garden // Time to bust out your Southern roots. All to benefit the community garden, guests will enjoy the deliciousness that comes when local chefs throw down for the honor of best biscuits and gravy. Come hungry and expect mimosas. Brunch starts at 10 a.m. Learn more here.

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Thursday - Sunday, Oct. 21-24

"The Great Gatsby" at UA-PTC CHARTS Theater // We'll take our glamour with a side of murder, thanks. F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic, but tragic tale gets a new life thanks to this retelling by Ballet Arkansas. You have four chances to catch the show: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Masks and proof of vaccination or negative COVID test are required. Learn more here.

Big Boo!seum Bash // This area-wide favorite is back and it's just as family-friendly as ever. Downtown's museums have put together a ghost hunt for monsters of all ages, including prizes and some special treats. It kicked off this week and runs through Halloween. Learn more here.

Six Bridges Book Festival // Listen up, literary lovers. The Central Arkansas Library System's signature event once again descends upon the interwebs this weekend, though there are a handful of in-person events. The fest features a full lineup of presenters ranging from true crime authors and satirists to historians, poets and beyond, along with hands-on demos and activities for all ages. Learn more here.

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Last Days of the Arkansas State Fair at the Fairgrounds // Some things never change, and one of those things is the fair. The lights, the sights and the deep fried perfection are all waiting for you. All you have to do is answer their siren call and get yourself a corndog. Learn more here.