There's lots of outdoor fun to be had this weekend, and yes, some with AC, too. Let's get into it.

 

COVID forecast: Click here to get this week's by-the-numbers report, and click here for a simplified version of what it means for how to go out into the city safely and responsibly this week. 

 

Thursday, June 2

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, specials and later hours, and don't miss the drinks and live music at Hocott's. The fun runs 5-8 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Friday, June 3

Music in the Park at War Memorial Park // A party in a park to help support local parks? Checks out to us. Art vendors, food trucks, craft beer and laser tag await on the lawn, as well as live music from On Call Band and Sad Daddy. Proceeds go to the Little Rock Parks and Recreation Volunteer Division. It starts at 4 p.m. Learn more here.

Did someone say beer? Rock City Margarita Festival and Great Arkansas Beer Festival Team Up for July Event

Blackberry Night Market at the St. Joseph Farm Stand // Tastes like summer. The St. Joseph Center of Arkansas produces some of the best local blackberries every year, and this time around they're showcasing the deliciousness in style. Expect an evening full of food trucks, local produce, vendors, artists and live music. It kicks off at 5 p.m. Learn more here.

Yoga in the Rock at the Mann Parking Deck // Weekday drama who? Close out the week and come get your ohm on at this community class, this time led by yogi JoAnn Camp of TruYoga and SUP501. BYO-mat, if you've got it, and some SPF, too. The class starts at 5:30 p.m. Learn more here.

"Always... Patsy Cline" opening night at The Weekend Theater // Call us crazy, but something tells us this show's music is gonna be good. The downtown theater is kicking off its 30th season with the true story of music legend Patsy Cline and her friendship with Louise Seger. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Thursday & Friday, June 2 & 3

Curtain Call at the Argenta Community Theater // Now in its 11th year, this Arkansas Enterprises for Developmentally Disabled Auxiliary fundraiser is not to be missed. Back-to-back nights of dinner theater, cocktails and auctions await guests. The show begins at 6 p.m. both nights. Learn more here.

 

Saturday, June 4

Tour de Rock through central Arkansas // Pulling in cyclists from across the country, this open-course ride winds through the metro before landing back at the finish line in North Little Rock. Afterward, riders and supporters can hit the after party at Heifer International complete with food, music, vendors and a beer garden, all to support the work of CARTI. It all begins at 6 a.m. Learn more here.

ARTStravaganza at ART Outfitters // This local art supply store is celebrating 25 years under the ART Outfitters banner and more than 140 years of serving up creativity to central Arkansas. To mark the occasion, they're hosting a day full of art demonstrations and classes, plus giveaways and discounts. Doors open at 9 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 you can bet they'll pair well with coffee and pastries. Check it out 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn more here.

Salty Pop-Up Shop & Outdoor Yoga at Eden Salt Studio // It's a big day at this yoga/salt studio. It starts with a fresh air yoga sesh in the parking lot at 9:30 a.m. After that, stick around for an open house with prizes, eats and drinks, as well as a spread of local wellness vendors on site to fuel your next self-care moment 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn more here.

Little Rock Night Market at Library Square // New location, same good vibes. After a two-year COVID hiatus, this free, family-friendly market is back with an array of eats, drinks, entertainment and local vendor booths. Stop in from 5-10 p.m. Learn more here.

Main St. Mash-Off at the Main Street Mall // Want to help choose the homebrew the crowds will sip at the Main Street Food Truck Festival? Here's your chance. Stone's Throw, Central Arkansas Fermenters and the Downtown Little Rock Partnership are teaming up to host this brewing competition where your job is to taste everything and vote for your favorite. Sounds like a win-win. Be there 6-9 p.m. Learn more here.

More downtown fun: River Concerts Series Brings Big Names to First Security Amphitheater This Summer

 

Friday & Saturday, June 3 & 4

ArtChalk Arkansas at Argenta Plaza // Chalk this one up to a good time. The main event of this University of Arkansas scholarship fundraiser is Saturday's free festival highlighting local artists putting their mark on neighborhood sidewalks, plus live music, food trucks, a beer garden and plenty of chalk for all ages to join the fun from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. If you want to start the party early, there's a kickoff reception on Friday night at 7 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Sunday, June 5

Party at the Pond at Ciao Baci // This culinary event benefits the Arkansas Donor Family Council with a night of live music, drinks and a menu by Ciao Baci's Chef Jeff. It starts at 5 p.m. Learn more here.

Ok, it's not a pond, but: Explore the Little Maumelle River With a Guided Sunset Kayak Tour

Curbside Couture Virtual Fashion Show // Now in its 11th year, this unique "green" fashion show challenges students from elementary to high school to create outfits out of repurposed materials. Watch their work take the virtual runway at 6 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Thursday - Sunday, June 2-5

Little Rock Open at Rebsamen Tennis Center // We're calling this a love-love situation. The Baptist Health Foundation is wrapping up eight days of pro tennis and food trucks, and the fun runs through the weekend. Learn more here