The agenda is full of pop-ups, cool-downs and, yes, plenty of firecrackers. 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 30

"Stranger Things" Eve Party at Camp Taco // Cue Kate Bush. Where better to celebrate the release of the "Stranger Things" season four finale than in a restaurant that looks like part of the set? Grab your Hawkins crew and come get in on a themed menu, a friendship bracelet station with Bella Vita Jewelry, a Paper Hearts Bookstore pop-up, a costume contest and more. Restaurant hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Friday, July 1

The Bagel Shop Soft Opening at Pink Olive // Lox on lox. These local pop-up bakers are finally ready to share their goods with the city. Find a favorite flavor at their complimentary tasting bar, or buy a bag to take home. They'll be set up from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., but we suggest stopping by early to get your pick of the limited supply. Learn more here.

Miss the memo on The Bagel Shop? Catch up here.

SoMa After Dark on South Main Street // This neighborhood bash is making its return for the first time since March 2020. Expect area businesses offering later hours and activities tailored to their specialties. Highlights include a Posse Paper Goods pop-up at The Green Corner Store and the rescheduled bazaar at The Bernice Garden. Learn more here.

 

Saturday, July 2

Meet the Makers at Nexus Coffee & Creative // There's a lot of shopping local this weekend, and we have zero complaints. A handful of creatives will set up in the downtown coffee shop for you to peruse — think: Cozetta Jones, Aly Matthews, LexiZoey and more — and you can bet they'll pair well with coffee and pastries. Check it out 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn more here.

Splash Pawty at Bark Bar // Fido needs a breather. Help him cool off with a lineup of pools, water guns, a Dogtowne Dry Goods pop-up and treats (and some for you, too). Stop by noon - 10 p.m. Learn more here.

Speaking of hot dogs: The winner of the 2022 Soirée Cutest Dog Contest is...

 

Saturday & Sunday, July 2 & 3

Music on the Patio at River Bottom Winery // In need of a little fresh air? Located at BoBrook Farms, the winery's patio is the perfect place to enjoy local sips with live music from Brian Ramsay on Saturday and Rodger King on Sunday. The music starts at 4 p.m. both days. Learn more here.

Need to cool off? Here's where to get your snow cone fix.

 

Monday, July 4

Independence Day Sunrise Hike at Pinnacle Mountain State Park // Start your holiday off with a bang and the best view of your city starting at the West Summit Trailhead. (Just make sure to tag #heysoiree on all those amazing pics you post.) The guided hike starts at 5 a.m. Learn more here.

If you work up an appetite, try this Fourth of July recipe: Porch Swing sausage fireballs.

Firecracker Fast 5K in The Heights // This "quick and dirty" race isn't called "firecracker" just for the holiday. With a start line at 6150 Kavanaugh Blvd. and the finish line at War Memorial Stadium, you'll definitely get your sweat in for the day. Plus, the timed race includes lots of downhill stretches, so you just might make a new PR. Start time is 7:30 a.m. Learn more here.

Run ahead: Summer Runs to Have on Your Radar

Frontier Fourth of July at the Historic Arkansas Museum // Huzzah! If you'd like a peek into how this holiday was celebrated on the Arkansas frontier, don't miss out on this family-friendly event. The day includes cool treats, a reading of the Declaration of Independence and more. Patriotism ensues from 10 a.m. - noon. Learn more here.

Pops on the River at the First Security Amphitheater // It's bigger, better and more booming than ever. Now in its 38th year, there’s even more to accompany the fireworks extravaganza over the Arkansas River (think: food trucks, music, kids activities, etc.). Festivities begin at 3 p.m. with fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m. Learn more here.

More Fourth fun for the whole fam: Where to party in the U.S.A. (in central Arkansas).