From music festivals to kid shows, Jellicle cats to dog-friendly happy hours, it's all on the calendar this weekend. Let's get into it.

 

Editor's note: COVID numbers are on the rise, so remember to go out into the city safely and responsibly. Keep a safe distance, wear a mask when needed and get vaccinated

 

Thursday, May 19

River City Men's Chorus Spring Concert at Second Presbyterian Church // We like the sound of this. "Together Again" is the fitting name of this year's spring event — the group's first in-person concert since the 2019 holiday season — and tonight is the final performance run. The free show starts at 7 p.m. Proof of vaccination and masks required. Learn more here.

 

Friday, May 20

Third Friday Art Walk in Argenta // It's time to go on a walk, everybody. Lace up your comfy shoes because this monthly fun walk invites you to stroll through the Argenta Arts District’s lineup of special exhibits and events. Highlights include a babycreep pop-up at Bang-Up Betty and a Bonnie Alberts exhibit at the NLR History Commission. The Art Walk starts at 5 p.m. Learn more here.

While you're in the neighborhood: A Guide to Downtown & Argenta

Dinner on the Grounds at Heifer Village Pavilion // We'll take some fresh air with our springtime fun, please. This alfresco event benefiting Our House is back, inviting guests to enjoy a Southern meal under the stars. The night also boasts cocktails, treats from Sweet Lavender Bakes and Loblolly Creamery and live music from Lagniappe. It starts at 6:30 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Saturday, May 21

49th Annual Territorial Fair at the Historic Arkansas Museum // Let's get historical, y'all. In a celebration of Arkansas heritage, guests will experience life in the territorial days (except more fun). Be on the lookout for reenactments, blacksmith demonstrations, historical dances and pioneer games on the museum’s grounds, plus lots of May flowers. The fair is free and takes place from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Learn more here.

Sweet Summertime Market at BoBrook Farms // Ok, so it's not technically summer yet, but it's hot enough to count. Break out your warm weather garb and enjoy this open air market with more than 50 local vendors, live music, lawn games, food trucks and River Bottom Winery sips. It starts at 11 a.m. Learn more here.

Speaking of: Save the Date for the Main Street Food Truck Festival

Yadaloo Music & Arts Festival at North Shore Riverwalk Park // The north side of the river is down to party this weekend. After winning hearts when it launched in 2019, fans have been itching to experience the fest in person again. Saturday's lineup features country and Americana acts, as well as an array of arts and crafts vendors, drinks and eats and activities for the kids, all with a portion of proceeds going to We Are The 22. Gates open at 2 p.m. Learn more here.

Yappy Hour at Stone’s Throw Brewing // No, that's not a typo. This MacArthur Park sipping session includes food and drink specials, giveaways and dog-themed fun, and it's hosted by none other than Barb, the courthouse therapy dog. Even better? It all benefits Canine Companions training facility. Be there 2-6 p.m. Learn more here.

Yoga in the Rock at Allsopp Park // Weekday drama who? Come get your ohm on at this community class, this time led by yogi Panchi Patangia of Sixth House Yoga and the Little Rock Racquet Club. BYO-mat, if you've got it, and maybe some bug spray and SPF, too. Namaste. The class starts at 5 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Sunday, May 22

BrunchFest Ticket Launch at Hill Station // Hold on to your stretchy pants. The Centers for Youth & Families is getting the brunch party started early this year. Come snag tickets to the June 25 festival at this kickoff celebration with, you guessed it, even more brunch. Stop by 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Learn more here.

Stay hungry: New Restaurants, Retail Coming to Breckenridge Village

 

Thursday - Sunday, May 19-22

Kaleidoscope Film Festival at Argenta Community Theater // Now in its eighth year, this LGBTQ+ film fest has one mission: "celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and filmmakers by presenting poignant and thought-provoking films documenting LGBTQ+ lives truthfully and with respect." We're sold. Kaleidoscope 2022 includes everything from Oscar noms to documentaries to local filmmaker highlights. Learn more here.

 

Friday - Sunday, May 20-22

"Cats" at the Robinson Center // When a show has been this popular for this long, you know it's a must-see. The Tony-winning Andrew Lloyd Webber musical tells the story of a band of cats (the Jellicles) as they choose one of their own to be reincarnated. The iconic show has won over audiences in more than 30 countries, and now it comes to Little Rock. Learn more here.

More broadway news: "Legally Blonde," "Aladdin," "My Fair Lady" and More Coming to Robinson Center

 

Saturday & Sunday, May 21 & 22

"Doodle POP" at the Ron Robinson Theater // Your kiddos are gonna love this. Presented by the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, this visual-driven, non-verbal show follows the multi-sensory adventures of Boogie and Woogie, a mischievous duo with a magical whiteboard who explore friendship and imagination, all set to live music and interactive projections. Extra awesome: Thanks to donors, all performances are now free. See the show at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday and at 2 and 4 p.m. on Sunday. Proof of vaccination or negative test required for ages 6 and older. Learn more and register for tickets here.