A new month is here, and it brought some fall temperatures (and fun) with it. Let's get into it.

 

COVID forecast: Community level is medium. 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, Sept. 29

Wine Pairing Dinner at Rusty Tractor Vineyards // Where better to host a wine pairing than in a vineyard? Back for another installment of this tag-team series, Thursday's dinner will feature a five-course menu from Cypress Social. We have our sights on the braised short rib. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. Learn more here. 

Paint the Rock at Argenta Plaza // For the ninth year, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation will once again host an outdoor evening where artists will create pieces live while attendees enjoy food and auctions (including the works made on site). The event will also recognize Jerry Chandler Legacy Award recipient Dr. Carrie Lee, Paint the Mission Award recipient Dr. Dhaval Patel and Paint Awareness Award recipients Bethany Etheridge and Debbie and Alan Hipps. It starts at 6:30 p.m. Learn more here.

More al fresco fun: The 2022 Guide to Your Favorite Fall Festivals

 

Friday, Sept. 30

Barre for a Benefit at Full Out Barre // Sweating for a good cause is the best reason to do so, and FOB is proving it with a new fitness series. On the last Friday of each month, they'll host a class benefiting a different nonprofit. The class itself is free, but donations are welcome, and you'll hear about the nonprofit's mission in the process. Up first is Girls on the Run. Class starts at 5:45 p.m. Learn more here.

Walk of Love at the Little Rock Zoo // Continuing in the same vein is this yearly walk benefiting Alzheimer's Arkansas. Participants will get their steps in surrounded by animal friends while raising funds for the nonprofit's efforts to provide support, education and financial assistance for caregivers. The night also includes food, drinks and live music from the Rodney Block Collective. It starts at 6 p.m. Learn more here.

Keep moving: Fall Runs to Keep On Your Radar

"Hocus Pocus" at Ron Robinson Theater // Gather 'round, sisters. Before you watch the new sequel, get in a viewing of the Halloween classic and enjoy the Sandersons wreaking havoc on Salem via the big screen. Showtime is 7 p.m. Learn more here. Bonus: Stick around and make it a double feature with "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at 9:30 p.m. More on that here. Just maybe send the kids home first.

Haunted Arkansas Ghost Tours Opening Night // They're heeere. These seasonal tours around Argenta are back to give you all the spooky neighborhood history you can handle. Tours start this weekend and last through Nov. 5, but tickets sometimes go quickly, so get a move on, guys and ghouls. Opening night starts at 7 p.m. from Faucette Brothers Park. Learn more here.

 

Saturday, Oct. 1

Arkansas Rasta Fun 5K + Reggae Soul Food Truck Festival at North Shore Riverfront Park // Keep your sneakers nearby. This fun run/walk is all about celebrating peace, love and unity while breaking a sweat (a running theme this weekend). And when it's all over, you can jam by the river with live music, food trucks and vendors. It all starts at 9 a.m. Learn more here. 

Sunshine Market at Dunbar Community Garden // File this one under "a rather lovely Saturday." Hosted by Paper Hearts Bookstore, this market features local, women-owned businesses offering everything from yoga to jewelry to food trucks. Stop by and shop 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn more here. 

Speaking of shopping: Get Big Savings For a Good Cause During UAMS Partners Card Week

 

Sunday, Oct. 2

Little Rock Yoga Festival at Wildwood Park for the Arts // And now for the most zen festival Little Rock's ever seen. After a successful launch last year, this event is back and bringing together local yogis from all varieties of practice for a day of meditation, hiking, music, food trucks, vendors and, of course, yoga sessions led by local instructors. It all kicks off at 8 a.m. Learn more here. 

Everybody Bikes at Recycle Bikes for Kids // Two wheels, twice the fun. For the first time since 2019, this event returns this weekend with family-friendly fun. Get in on the food, lawn games, music, crafts and bike races, all to support Recycle Bikes' efforts to provide free bikes to kids. It starts at 4 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Thursday - Sunday, Sept. 29 - Oct. 2

BARKtoberfest at Bark Bar // Who knew lederhosen could be so cute? Pups and persons alike are invited to enjoy brat specials, potato pancakes and more, including Oktoberfest beers from local breweries. Bark Bar opens at 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and at noon Saturday and Sunday. Learn more here.

 

Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 1 & 2

"Mozart & More" at the Robinson Center // Kicking off the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s official 2022-2023 season, plus its Masterworks Series, is a performance that features the talents of violinist Blake Pouliot, direction of Vladimir Kulenovic and music of Mozart, Bologne, Bruch and Hindemith. You can catch the show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday or 3 p.m. Sunday. Learn more here.