Dragons, baby rhinos and Dogtown fun await. Let's get into it.

 

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Friday, June 10

Second Friday Art Night in downtown Little Rock // Bring on the 2FAN. It’s time for the monthly roundup of downtown businesses opening their doors for an after-hours gallery walk. Highlights this month include a statehood anniversary celebration at the Old State House Museum, a Strands Textiles pop-up at Bella Vita and exhibit openings at the Historic Arkansas Museum and The Galleries at Library Square. Plus, there's a bonus after party in the Main Street Pocket Park with live music, drinks and more artists. 2FAN runs 5-8 p.m., and the after party lasts until 10 p.m. Learn more here

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Feast in the Field at Heifer International // Returning for the first time since 2019, Heifer International's signature event is once again going stateside to support its local programs. This annual event raises awareness of these programs with a farm-to-fork, zero-waste, family-style dinner. The night begins at 6 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Saturday, June 11

Breakfast with a Twist at the Little Rock Zoo // Animal lovers, this is for you. The zoo's breakfast series serves guests a yummy meal alongside some of its most iconic animals, plus a session with Painting with a Twist. Up this week? Baby rhino Kevin and his mom Andazi. Breakfast is served at 8 a.m. Learn more here.

River Cities Dragon Boat Festival at Lake Willastein // Let the water games begin. At this annual event, teams don costumes to race Hong-Kong style in long dragon boats while onlookers get to enjoy music, food trucks, fireworks and more. Even if you’re not in a boat, this is a serious sight to see. Plus, proceeds benefit the Children’s Protection Center. The opening ceremony is set for 9 a.m. Learn more here.

School's Out Food Truck Festival at the Market at Chenal // You have our attention. To kick off the summertime fun, this WLR market at 21 Rahling Circle is hosting a day of food trucks, lawn games, inflatables and family-friendly activities. It lasts 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Learn more here.

Tiki Patio Party at Lost Forty Brewing // We'll raise a tiger's blood-flavored glass to this. Lost Forty is celebrating its new line of Punchy seltzer inspired by snow cones, and in appropriate summer style, too. Expect plenty of sips, food specials, music, actual snow cones and more. It starts at noon. Learn more here.

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Yoga in the Rock at The Bernice Garden // The zen starts here. Close out the week and come get your ohm on at this community class, this time led by yogi Joy Spence of Sixth House Studio. BYO-mat, if you've got it, and some SPF, too. The class starts at 5 p.m. Learn more here.

Casino Night & Texas Hold'em Tournament at Next Level Events // Put on your poker face and head to the train station. Back for another year, this Youth Home event's stakes are higher than ever. Play craps, blackjack, roulette and more all staffed by experienced dealers as you vie for chips redeemable for raffle tickets. And don’t worry, there’s plenty up for grabs over at the Texas Hold’em tables. Game play starts at 5 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Friday & Saturday, June 10 & 11

Argenta Dogtown Throwdown // The Main Street fun is back, baby. The NLR neighborhood shuts down the streets every second weekend for outdoor dining, vendors, live music and local entertainment. Highlights include a concert by The Gravel Yard, as well as the Argenta Farmers Market. From Friday happy hour to last call on Saturday night, you'll find all kinds of fun in Argenta. Learn more here.

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Sunday, June 12

Miracle League Burger Competition in The Heights // Bring on the burgers and beer. After launching in 2019, this cookoff is finally getting another round. Kavanaugh will shut down between Taylor and Pierce streets as teams compete for top honors and attendees enjoy free sliders, vote for their favorites and sip craft beer. There's even an activity area for the kiddos. All proceeds benefit the Miracle League of Arkansas. Be there noon - 4 p.m. Learn more here.

Sunday Funday at Rusty Tractor Vineyards // Sunday scaries? We don't know her. Patio hangs and food trucks await in the vineyard, plus beer, wine, cocktails and live music from Christine DeMeo. Stop by noon - 4 p.m. Learn more here. 

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A Stars & Stripes Celebration at MacArthur Park // It may be a few days early, but the time is always right to celebrate the grand old flag. The Little Rock Wind Symphony is at the center of this annual Flag Day event, a free concert featuring marches, patriotic songs and even show tunes. Showtime is 7 p.m. Learn more here.