The season closes out with a bang (and lots of live entertainment) in Little Rock this weekend. Let's get into it.
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Thursday, Sept. 15
Zoo Brew at the Little Rock Zoo // Hey, party animals. It’s that time of year again when you get your craft beer on while hanging out with lions and tigers and bears. This annual event features live music, food trucks, games and tons of brews to sample. All proceeds from the event go to the Arkansas Zoological Foundation, which means an even more awesome zoo for everyone. The night kicks off at 6 p.m. Learn more here.
Arkansas Times Margaritafest at Argenta Plaza // Pass the salt. Yes, this fest started as a Cinco de Mayo celebration, but when there are margs on the line, there's no time like the present. Local restaurants will compete for best marg while Tacos Godoy serves the eats and a DJ supplies the music. The sipping starts at 6 p.m. Learn more here.
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"Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street" Screening at Ron Robinson Theater // Downtown's historic Dreamland Ballroom is well known for playing host to the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, B.B. King and Duke Ellington, but its place in the once-vibrant Black business district on West Ninth is all too often forgotten. This Arkansas PBS documentary dives into that story, and will be followed by a Q&A with producer Tanisha Joe-Conway. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. Learn more here.
"Kinky Boots" Opening Night at The Studio Theatre // Little Rock is turning a lovely shade of red starting this weekend thanks to this community theater. The Broadway smash hit tells the story of a down-on-its-luck shoe factory that gets turned upside down by a fabulous performer with a very specific footwear need. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Learn more here.
Friday, Sept. 16
Third Friday Art Walk in Argenta // Let's go on a walk, everybody. Lace up your comfy shoes because this monthly walk invites you to stroll through the Argenta Arts District’s lineup of special exhibits and events. Highlights include fall harvest-themed activities at The Hub, an exhibit opening for Lisa Thorpe at Acansa Gallery, a Paul Milholland pop-up at Bang-Up Betty and a Jerry Colburn highlight at the NLR Heritage Center. The Art Walk starts at 5 p.m. Learn more here.
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"Shrek 2" at Ron Robinson Theater // Last week took us back to the swamp where it all began, and now the fairytale continues with "Shrek-tember" at CALS. And yes, Fairy Godmother is even better on the big screen. Showtime is 7 p.m. Learn more here.
"Radium Girls" Opening Night at The Weekend Theater // Before we knew the dangers of radium, it was a common component of everyday objects like glowing watches. But for the workers in those watch factories, the devastating effects were anything but common. "Radium Girls" shares the story of one girl's battle against her boss and "the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth and the commercialization of science." Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Learn more here.
"Every Brilliant Thing" Opening Night at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre // Yep, it's a big weekend for the stage in Little Rock. The Rep kicks off its season with this "hilarious and heart-wrenching" black box show following one person's attempt to chronicle all the good things the world has to offer. Showtime is 8 p.m. Learn more here.
Saturday, Sept. 17
Hispanic Heritage Month Art & Food Festival at Argenta Plaza // After a successful event launch last year, Seis Puentes is again "celebrating the Latinx spirit" with a day of live entertainment, art vendors, food trucks and more. Join the festivities 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Learn more here.
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3rd Saturday at Historic Arkansas Museum // Time for some time travel. HAM's monthly series gives guests an immersive opportunity to learn about life in the early days of Arkansas. This month's hands-on event is all about mechanical trades in 1848 (think blacksmiths, tinsmiths and gunsmiths). Stop by 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Learn more here.
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Forever Thrifted Vintage Swap Meet at 608 Main St. // Secondhand, top tier. Local thrift pro La Rosa Antigua is marking the half-year mark of this popular monthly series in style. Expect all the things you love about the market — vintage clothing, music, art, food trucks — and take it to the next level. Check it out 11 a.m. to sunset. Learn more here.
The Rock Street Market at 500 Rock St. // In need of more mini festival vibes? Roll on down to Rock Street for an evening of food, drinks, local art, fashion and more, then stick around for the after party. And while you're there, bring some nonperishable food items to donate to the Be Mighty program. Stop by 5-10 p.m. Learn more here.
Southern Silks Stakes at Embassy Suites // Put on your fanciest hat. The Methodist Family Health Foundation is back in person with its annual derby-themed fundraiser. This bash offers faux horse races, prizes and auctions. Proceeds go to support the programs at MFH. It starts at 6 p.m. Learn more here.
Into the Blue at the UA-Pulaski Tech CHARTS Theater // Returning for the first time since 2019, the Thea Foundation's signature gala will feature a night of hors d'oeuvres, libations and performances from foundation alumni, all to celebrate the nonprofit's mission to further the arts in Arkansas schools. The evening will also honor this year's Pillar of the Arts award recipient and retiring founder Paul Leopoulos. It begins at 6:30 p.m. Learn more here.
Read more on Leopoulos's unexpected career in the arts: Work of Art, Labor of Love
Earth, Wind & Fire at Simmons Bank Arena // It's not the 21st yet, but we'll take it. The icons are bringing boogie wonderland to NLR with their latest cross-country tour, and we can feel the groove already. Showtime is 8 p.m. Learn more here.
Thursday - Saturday, Sept. 15-17
Jacques & Suzanne Legacy Celebration at Petit & Keet // Tastes like nostalgia. For the second year in a row, Petit & Keet is paying homage to the beloved downtown restaurant that closed in 1986 with a menu offering the Swiss-French cuisine it was known for. Get the full menu by reservation only on Thursday, or a condensed version on Friday and Saturday. Learn more here.
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Sunday, Sept. 18
Yogathon Arkansas at The Venue at Westwind // Eight hours full of all things yoga should be enough to find your zen. From restorative yoga to high-energy sessions and everything in between, it's all here at this event that doubles as a fundraiser for the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. The flow kicks off at 6 a.m. Learn more here.
Rhythm in the Rock Music Festival at the Market at Chenal // This WLR market is turning up the jam at 21 Rahling Circle. The lineup of local performers run the gamut from classical to jazz to rock, and you can hear it all with a side of food trucks and games for the kiddos. It starts at 11 a.m. Learn more here.
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Thursday - Sunday, Sept. 15-18
Arkansas Travelers Final Home Weekend at Dickey-Stephens Park // Somehow the season has already come to an end, but the Travs are doing up the last home games right. They'll take the field against Corpus Christi with special promotions each day, including ticket discounts, beer specials, fireworks and even a brunch menu. Learn more here.