Gobble 'til you wobble, y'all. Let's get into all the local fun this long weekend.
Editor's note: As COVID-19 remains a concern in 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, Nov. 25
Go!bbler Turkey Trot in The Heights & Hillcrest // It's baaaack. Everyone's favorite Thanksgiving run returns after a socially distanced 2020 to help you earn your inevitable overeating. Not only are there prizes and Santa visits at this free family walk/run, but it's also a big food drive for the Arkansas Foodbank. Your entry fee is just a non-perishable food donation. Choose between 3, 4 or 6.5-mile courses, and let the kiddos run the Tiny Trot loop around the parking lot. Start time is 7:50 a.m. Learn more here.
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Friday, Nov. 26
Black Friday Brunch in Little Rock // Whether you're celebrating your retail conquests or just rolling out of bed, we won't judge. These restaurants are in on the fun, too:
"Rudolph: The Red-Nosed Reindeer Jr." Opening Night at The Studio Theatre // Well, if this doesn't warm your winter heart, we don't know what will. The downtown theater is kicking off its production of the classic Christmas tale, complete with the Island of Misfit Toys and a cast full of kiddos. Something tells us it'll go down in history. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and it runs through Dec. 12. Masks required. Learn more here.
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Saturday, Nov. 27
Small Business Saturday // This Saturday is Small Business Saturday, and you'll have plenty of opportunities to support your local shops all across the city. Many stores are even sweetening the deal by offering specials to shoppers like discounts, giveaways and even a few bites to keep you going. And don't forget about curbside pickup if you're on the go or avoiding crowds.
Not sure where to start? Try this:
- How to Do Small Business Saturday in Little Rock
- Soirée Holiday Gift Guide: Part I
- Soirée Kids: Holiday Gift Guide
Merry Market at St. Joseph Center of Arkansas // The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub is teaming up with the historic St. Joseph's for its annual market, and we're all in. Come shop this German-inspired outdoor event filled with makers from around the state, plus food trucks and hands-on activities. Admission is free, but they're accepting donations for the Arkansas Foodbank and The Van. Be there 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Learn more here.
Turkey Hunt at BoBrook Farms // Leave the shotgun at home, Elmer. This family-friendly event started as a way to safely celebrate Thanksgiving in 2020, and is back again due to popular demand. Participants can drive through the hayride trail as they compete to see who can find the most hidden turkeys along the way. The "hunt" is free and starts at noon. Learn more here.
Speaking of turkey: If you're still working through leftovers, try these Thanksgiving wine pairings to elevate things.
Holiday Art Market at Boulevard Bread Co. // It’s a well known fact that shopping is much more enjoyable with a delicious beverage in your hand. Try it out yourself and shop local artists and vendors while enjoying menu specials and live music from The Funkanites. It starts at 3 p.m. Learn more here.
Heart & Soles Sneaker Ball at the DoubleTree // The worst part of galas? The blisters from the fancy shoes. This annual black-tie event takes the sting out of the night with an evening of live entertainment, art, a raffle and sneakers all around. The best part? It all benefits Heart & Soles, a nonprofit that provides footwear for those in need. The party starts at 8 p.m. Masks required. Learn more here.
Friday & Saturday, Nov. 26 & 27
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 Black Friday specials on (surprise!) Friday, then Small Business Saturday and Taco Godoy food truck on Saturday. Learn more here.
Christmas Carriage Rides at The Castle on Stagecoach // Let's add a little magic to the weekend, shall we? Here your littles can enjoy holiday storytime, sing-alongs and a carriage ride on the castle grounds with the "Frozen" sisters or a couple of Whoville locals. Learn more here.
Sunday, Nov. 28
Grand Menorah Lighting at 520 Bowman Road // Bring on the gelt! The annual Chanukah ceremony is back and it's full of holiday music, hot latkes, doughnuts and, yes, gelt. The evening begins at 5 p.m. Learn more here.