Grab your SPF. There's lots of local fun to be had. 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. 

 

Thursday, June 23

Dude Perfect at Simmons Bank Arena // You've seen the YouTube videos, now it's time to experience it in person. Dude Perfect — the group of friends who rose to internet stardom through over-the-top competitions, games and stunts — is bringing its That's Happy summer tour to NLR with, you guessed it, more over-the-top competitions, games and stunts. Showtime is 7 p.m. Learn more here.

Potluck & Poison Ivy at The Joint Theater // Argenta's storytelling project is back, featuring locals sharing their stories — Southern, savory and sometimes a little poisonous — in unparalleled style. In this session, guests will hear from Stephanie Streett, executive director of the Clinton Foundation, and musical guests The Salty Dogs. It starts at 7 p.m. Learn more here.

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Friday, June 24

"Songs of Freedom" Concert at the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site // As part of their summer tour, the Jazz Ambassadors (the US Army's official field band, aka "America's Big Band") will host this free, outdoor jazz concert performing "Songs of Freedom: Stories from the Civil Rights Movement." Showtime is 6 p.m. Learn more here.

Argenta Vibe Music Series at Argenta Plaza // Why, yes, the vibes are immaculate in Argenta this weekend. The NLR neighborhood is continuing its new (free!) outdoor concert series with live music from North Mississippi Allstars, plus local food trucks, drinks, VIP tickets and an after party at Four Quarter Bar. The show starts at 7 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Saturday, June 25

Great Cross Country Race at Boyle Park // What's a little sweat between friends? Ok, maybe it's a lot of sweat, but this 43rd annual run makes it worth it. The theme this year is "Happy Trails in the Wild South," which of course means western wear is encouraged, cowboy hats will abound and there's even a feast for all the hungry cowpokes. Start time is 9 a.m. Learn more here.

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Mural Painting Event at Eighth & Main Streets // Ever wanted to try your hand at painting a mural? Here's an easy way to do just that. The Arkansas Arts Council and Downtown Little Rock Partnership are teaming up to host this community event where locals of all ages can help bring a vision to life. The hands-on fun starts at 9 a.m. Learn more here.

BrunchFest at The Hall // Hold on to your stretchy pants, it's back. When The Centers for Youth & Families held its first BrunchFest in 2019, it was a hit. After two years of COVID cancellations and distancing, the fest is officially on, serving up some of the area's best brunch bites and beverages. Expect eats from At the Corner, The Root, La Terraza, Sauced and a whole lot more, all to benefit The Centers. Come hungry 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Learn more here.

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Summer Soirée at Pink Olive // You know we can't turn down a soirée. If you haven't had a chance to check out SoMa's newest shop, here's your chance. The store is celebrating the launch of Ban.do's new summer line with sips from Lost Forty, giveaways and all sorts of goodness. It starts at 11 a.m. Learn more and RSVP here.

The Bernice Bazaar at The Bernice Garden // An evening in the garden? Don't mind if we do. This SoMa pop-up features a slew of local makers and food trucks, all set up to peruse around the garden. Stop by 3-7 p.m. Learn more here. Update: Due to excessive heat, this event has been moved to July 1.

 

Friday & Saturday, June 24 & 25

Forever Thrifted Creative Market & Vintage Swap Meet at the Main Street Pocket Park // Secondhand, top tier. Local thrift pro La Rosa Antigua is continuing this new series — this time spanning two days — featuring vendors with vintage clothing, homegoods and more, plus a dose of music, art and food trucks. Stop by 4-10 p.m. both nights. Learn more here. 

 

Sunday, June 26

Bark Bar x Bang-Up Betty Release Party at Bark Bar // Looks like Dogtown just got a few more paws. Local maker Bang-Up Betty is collabbing with Bark Bar for a new collection of jewelry and stickers for dog lovers, and they're launching it with a day of food, drinks and four-legged fun. Check it out 1-3 p.m. Learn more here.

While we're on the subject, you have until noon on Friday to vote in the final round of our Cutest Dog Contest! 

ZZ Top at First Security Amphitheater // Honestly, how they're dressed doesn't matter. This show will be one to remember. The rock icons are bringing their Raw Whiskey Tour to Riverfront Park, beards and all. Showtime is 8 p.m. Learn more here. Bonus: There's also a Crowder show at the amphitheater on Thursday, so get your downtown plans ready.

 

Thursday-Sunday, June 23-26

Arkansas Travelers at Dickey-Stephens Park // Peanuts and Cracker Jacks on deck. The Travs are in town this weekend with games each night against the Frisco RoughRiders. Game time is at 6:35 p.m. on Thursday, 7:05 Friday and Saturday and at 1:35 p.m. on Sunday. There's even a special campout event on Friday night after the fireworks where you can pitch a tent on the field and watch "Monsters Inc." on the big screen. Learn more here.

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