Festivals, markets, Hogwarts alumni — it's just another typical weekend in Little Rock. Let's get into it.

 

COVID forecast: Community level is mediumClick 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, Sept. 8

Dancing With Our Stars at the Robinson Center // How's your samba? The Arkansas Chapter of the Children's Tumor Foundation is once again gearing up for its largest fundraising event of the year. Guests will enjoy dinner, cocktails and a silent auction while local celebrities team up with professional dancers for a chance to win the coveted mirror ball trophy. It starts at 6 p.m. Learn more here.

Star search: Barry Simon's Got the Beat

Bingo for Bags at Chenal Country Club // This isn't your grandma's bingo. Returning for the first time since 2019, this annual Industries for the Blind Solutions event gives you the chance to win some high-end prizes, along with an evening of food, cocktails and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event go toward IFB's Community Low Vision Center. The bingo chips fly at 6 p.m. Learn more here.

Driving Away Hunger at The Rail Yard // The U.S. has a major issue with wasting food, not to mention hunger, and Potluck Food Rescue is one of the teams in Arkansas working to change that. This annual fundraiser is serving up live music and a menu featuring South on Main, Ciao Baci, Big Bad Breakfast and more. It starts at 6 p.m. Learn more here.

Read on: 5 Questions With Potluck Food Rescue Executive Director Sylvia Blain

 

Friday, Sept. 9

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 ballet and brews at the Historic Arkansas Museum, an outdoor painting class at the Rock It Lab, live music at the Old State House Museum and a Blind Tiger Chandlery pop-up at Bella Vita. 2FAN runs 5-8 p.m. Learn more here

Hurts Donut 5K Glow Run at Burns Park // Get those leg warmers ready. Hurts Donut Co. is bringing its 5K back to the metro complete with plenty of '80s fun to keep you motivated. Cross the glow-in-the dark finish line and yes, you'll have a doughnut with your name on it. The race starts at 6 p.m. Costumes very much encouraged. Learn more here.

"Shrek" at Ron Robinson Theater // Ogres may have layers, but "Shrek-tember" at CALS is less complicated and exactly what it sounds like. The theater is screening the first and second installments of the movie series this month, with part one this weekend and part two next Friday. Showtime is 7 p.m. Learn more here. Bonus: Send the kids home and make it a double feature with "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at 9:30 p.m. More on that here.

 

Saturday, Sept. 10

Full Moon Market at The Labyrinth // We see you, harvest moon. After a successful first two months, this market is returning to the 619 S. Spring St. venue with art, curiosities and more vendors to peruse, plus food trucks and live music from Whoa Dakota to keep you moving. Stop by 2-5 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Friday & Saturday, Sept. 9 & 10

Argenta Dogtown Throwdown // The (other) 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 concerts from Mayday By Midnight and Chris DeClerk, 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.

  

Sunday, Sept. 11

Main Street Food Truck Festival in downtown Little Rock // Start working up that appetite now. The moment is finally here. Pure deliciousness will descend on our fair city for a few hours, and we couldn't be more excited about it. More than 60 trucks will be selling their tasty wares, along with 50-plus vendor booths and live entertainment, all lining Main Street between Third and Ninth. The 11th annual event runs from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Learn more here.

Keep your calendar out: The 2022 Guide to Your Favorite Fall Festivals

It's Fall Y'all Market at BoBrook Farms // Yes, the temps are still in the 90s, but we're already dreaming about the crisp autumn days to come. Get in the spirit and come shop booths from more than 50 local vendors while enjoying food trucks, lawn games and sips from River Bottom Winery. 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 (Boards & Bubbles and The Prickly Pickle) await at the vineyard's Sunset Lodge, plus beer, wine, cocktails and live music by Ben Byers. Stop by noon - 4 p.m. Learn more here. 

 

Friday - Sunday, Sept. 9-11

Vintage Market Days at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds // Flea market fabulous is officially a thing. This traveling pop-up market rolls into town twice a year, setting up shop so locals can get their fill of antiques, clothing, outdoor furnishings, art, home goods, food trucks, live music and more. Shopping hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. all three days. Learn more here.

Blue Man Group at the Robinson Center // Well, you don't see this every day. This smash-hit act is bringing its now iconic brand of entertainment — "signature drumming, colorful moments of creativity and quirky comedy" for all ages — to the LR stage, but with plenty of new tricks up its sleeves. You have five chances to see the show. Learn more here.

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Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 10 & 11

Access Open at the Rebsamen Tennis Center // Better work on your backhand. This second annual tournament benefits Access Schools with two days of matches for all skill levels. There's also plenty of food, a tailgate area, a court for kids and more. Matches start at 8 a.m. both days. Learn more here. 

Arkansas Comic Con at the Statehouse Convention Center // Is that you, Neville Longbottom? This annual gathering is back with all sorts of pop culture celebs in its two-day lineup including Matthew Lewis of "Harry Potter" fame, cartoon voiceover king Tom Kenny and the Pink Ranger herself, Amy Jo Johnson. The nostalgia is strong with this one. Learn more here.