From market debuts to Mother's Day brunch, this weekend is just so typically May. Let's get into it.
Editor's note: COVID numbers are (thankfully!) down, but remember to go out into the city safely and responsibly. Keep a safe distance, wear a mask when needed and get vaccinated.
Thursday, May 5
Cinco de Mayo in Little Rock // The metro is full of restaurants and organizations celebrating the holiday over the next few days with pop-ups, festivals and block parties. We made a cheat sheet of some of the best celebrations, which you can find here.
Friday, May 6
The Art Department Presents Layet Johnson at the Thea Foundation // The popular series for Thea is officially back on the calendar. At this exhibit opening, take in the work of North Little Rock native and illustrator Layet Johnson as he turns the space into his studio. The art starts at 5:30 p.m. Learn more here.
Hat Club Crawfish Salute at The Venue at Westland // Bring on the mudbugs. This year's 11th annual event, which benefits the UAMS NICU, Project Zero and Community Connections, offers all-you-can-eat crawfish with all the fixin's and cold beverages, as well as live music and hopefully the Crawtucky Derby. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. Learn more here.
MacArthur Park 5K at MacArthur Park // This annual neighborhood race takes to the city park as all ages (and dogs) battle it out for the top time. After you finish up, stick around for the awards ceremony/lawn party complete with live music, food and beer. This year proceeds go toward the installation of the MacArthur Park UnLimited Playground. Start time is 7 p.m. Learn more here.
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Empty Bowls at the Robinson Center // Now in its 20th year, the Arkansas Foodbank’s signature event is dedicated to raising awareness about hungry Arkansans and raising the funds to change it. Guests will be treated to live entertainment, art and auctions, as well as extensive offerings from some of our favorite local eateries. This year's event will also honor long-time supporter and board member D. Trent Roberts. It begins at 7 p.m. Learn more here.
Saturday, May 7
Little Rock Farmers Market Opening Day at the River Market Pavilions // Time to freshen things up a bit. Saturday kicks off five months of local produce, vendors, events and more. Bring a bag and stop in anytime from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Learn more here.
Outdoor Yoga at ZenStudio Fitness // Bust out the SPF and flow with local yogi Sarah Pilcher as she leads an all-levels session outside the studio set to the sounds of DJ Nick Hud. The sesh begins at 8:15 a.m. Learn more here.
Meet the Makers at Nexus Coffee & Creative // It's all about shopping with local creatives this Saturday and we are all for it. A handful of makers will set up in the downtown coffee shop for you to peruse, and something tells us they'll pair well with coffee and pastries. Check it out 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn more here.
Walk MS: Little Rock at the North Shore River Walk // The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is hosting its annual one mile/5K fun walk this weekend. Put on your orange and join the mission. Start time is 9:30 a.m. Learn more here.
Mother's Day Extravaganza & Egg Hunt at BoBrook Farms // When your Easter egg hunt gets rained out, there's only one thing to do: Combine it with Mother's Day for the ultimate springtime bash. While the kiddos search for goodies, the parents will enjoy food, wine, music and lawn games. It kicks off at 10 a.m. Learn more here.
Pop-Up Palooza at Bella Vita Jewelry // More shopping local? Don't mind if we do. This downtown store is hosting three different businesses on Saturday — Happy Aura, BWG Herbal Teas and Blind Tiger Chandlery — for shoppers to peruse. Stop in 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Learn more here.
Buzz B-Q at the Downtown Riverside R.V. Park // North Little Rock is getting smoked this weekend. This 18th annual cookoff from 103.7 The Buzz features eats from barbecue pros and newbies alike. Get your fill from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Learn more here.
Houseplant Collection Pop-Up at Bang-Up Betty // Don't stop now. This Argenta shop is also showcasing another local biz, with Houseplant Collection bringing in a slew of houseplants, succulents and air plants looking for a new home. Scope it out 1-4 p.m. Learn more here.
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Goat Yoga at Ferndale Cutoff Road // Downward dog who? This outdoor evening sesh is led by local yogis Kelly Ransom and JoAnn Camp, and yes, you get to experience it surrounded by friendly goats. It starts at 4:30 p.m. Learn more here.
Sunday, May 8
Mother's Day in Little Rock // In case you forgot — we won't tell — Sunday is Mother's Day. Little Rock is ripe with restaurants offering special brunches for the big day, and we rounded up some of the best here. And if you still need to do some shopping, you can find our gift guide here.
Thursday - Sunday, May 5-8
Live at the Plaza at Argenta Plaza // Hosted by Ballet Arkansas, guests can experience outdoor fitness classes and live performances with the dance troupe throughout each day in the heart of Argenta. If you missed the previous lineup last weekend, this is your last chance to get in on the (free!) fun. Learn more here.
Saturday & Sunday, May 7 & 8
57th Annual Quapaw Quarter Spring Tour of Homes // Waiting all year for this quintessential Little Rock event is tough, but it's paying off this weekend when guests get to enjoy touring historical neighborhood buildings, this time in the Governor’s Mansion Historic District. Extra events include Saturday’s Candlelight Tour at 5 p.m. and Sunday’s 11 a.m. brunch. Learn more here.
"Cirque de la Symphonie" at the Robinson Center // This is one way to liven things up. This program showcases stunning cirque performances (think: aerial flyers, jugglers, acrobats) set to the music of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, both classical and contemporary. Catch the show Saturday at 7:30 p.m. or Sunday at 3 p.m. Learn more here.