From cookoffs to beer fests to full-on magic, you'll find it all on the roster this weekend. Let's get into it. 

 

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Thursday, Oct. 6

First Thursday Shop & Sip in Hillcrest // It’s the first Thursday of the month, and you know what that means — time to get your Hillcrest shop 'n' sip on. Soak up the Kavanaugh vibes while you take advantage of the specials, later hours and extra fun, like live music from Southern Frayed at Box Turtle and Bluesboy Jag in the Hillcrest Liquor parking lot. The fun runs 5-8 p.m. Learn more here.

Serve the Rock at Dickey-Stephens Park // If you’ve wanted to get involved with local nonprofits, but haven’t exactly found where you fit best, now’s your chance. More than 50 charities in the area will be set up and ready to tell you about how you can plug in, plus you can get a taste of the inaugural Battle of the Banks Backyard Grill-Off. Check it out 5-7 p.m. Learn more here.

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Music in the Park at Allsopp Park // A party in a park to help support local parks? Checks out to us. Local food and craft beer await in Allsopp, as well as live music from Cons of Formant and the Parkview High School Drumline. Proceeds go to the Little Rock Parks and Recreation Volunteer Division. It starts at 5 p.m. Learn more here.

Paws on the Runway at Rusty Tractor Vineyards // Looking good, Fido. This Central Arkansas Rescue Effort (CARE) for Animals event always brings the cuteness, giving you the chance to see man's best friend (and a few humans, too) model the latest fashions on the catwalk in full "Pawject Runway" style. Save room for food, drinks, an auction and all the "awws" you're about to let loose. It starts at 6 p.m. Learn more here.

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Science After Dark: Wizards, Muggles and Science at the Museum of Discovery // Consider this your owl. This edition of the MoD's grownup meetup is all about the magical. Expect some patronus conjuring, some potion drinking and lots of wand waving. As always, there will be plenty of eats and drinks from Stone's Throw. It all kicks off at 6 p.m. Learn more here.

A Night of Hope at the Junior League of Little Rock building // Back for another year, this event serves as a fundraiser for the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund. The night includes delicious eats, entertainment and auctions, and will also present the Bonnie Nickol Volunteer of the Year Award. It starts at 6 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Friday, Oct. 7

Fall Food & Craft Fair at The Blue Umbrella // Now in its sixth year, this Main Street fair showcases and benefits Arkansas artisans with intellectual and developmental disabilities, while also offering eats from a lineup of local food trucks. Stop by 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn more here.

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SoMa After Dark on South Main Street // ICYMI, this monthly neighborhood bash has made its return, and area businesses are once again offering later hours and special activities. Highlights this month include the October bazaar at The Bernice Garden, a spooky shop and sip at Pink Olive, some Halloween crafting at Argenta Bead Company and music and eats at The Green Corner Store. It begins at 5 p.m. Learn more here.

Brewed in Arkansas Craft Beer Festival at Argenta Plaza // We'll raise a glass to this. New from the Arkansas Times events team, this first annual fest showcases dozens of local brews, plus food trucks and music from Get Off My Lawn. Be there 6-9 p.m. Learn more here.

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"Beetlejuice" at Ron Robinson Theater // We're only going to say this once (definitely not three times): There's nothing quite like watching this 1988 flick on the big screen. And if anyone knows how we talk Winona Ryder into going on supernatural adventures with us, let us know. Showtime is 7 p.m. Learn more here.

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Saturday, Oct. 8

Race for a Healthier Tomorrow at the Arkansas State Capitol // This Saturday, get an early start for a good cause with this 5K race and one-mile family fun walk raising funds for Arkansas Children's Hospital. Go time is 9 a.m. Learn more here. Bonus: Also hitting the pavement on Saturday is the Arkansas Down Syndrome Association's Buddy Walk at War Memorial Stadium. More on that here.

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Meet the Makers at Nexus Coffee & Creative // There's a lot of local goodness this weekend, and we have zero complaints. A handful of creatives will set up in the downtown coffee shop for you to peruse — think: Halloween-themed art, florals 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.

Turkish Food Festival at the Raindrop Turkish House // Looking to learn about a different culture while enjoying delicious eats? It's your lucky day. Back for the first time since 2019 and celebrating its 10th year, this fest allows attendees to sample Mediterranean and central Asian cuisine, music and art at 1501 Market St. The fest is free and runs from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Learn more here.

DreadRock: International Horror Film Festival at The Studio Theatre // Might want to break out that night light. This film fest is here to scare with a lineup of horror short films, panels, vendors, a costume contest, an exclusive screening of "Voorhees: Night of the Beast" and more. Doors open at noon. Learn more here.

St. Mark’s Shrimp Boil at St. Mark's Episcopal Church // Hope you're hungry. Back and in person, this local event offers attendees the "best shrimp boil this side of the bayou." Get your fill of shrimp and all the fixin's while enjoying live music from The Greasy Greens and helping raise money for St. Francis House, which serves our underprivileged neighbors. The boil is on from 5-9 p.m. Learn more here.

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Blue Tie Blue Jean Ball at the DoubleTree Hotel // The Arkansas Autism Foundation is once again hosting its annual festive evening of dinner, libations, entertainment and auctions featuring artwork from local artists, hotel stays, gift baskets and more. This local nonprofit offers programs, resources and events for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. The party starts at 6 p.m. Learn more here.

Evening of Wishes at Heifer International // This annual Make-A-Wish Mid-South event is back for another night of helping dreams come true for kids with critical illnesses. The evening includes dinner, drinks, auctions and more. It starts at 6 p.m. Learn more here.

Luke Bryan at Simmons Bank Arena // Get excited, country music lovers. The indomitable Luke Bryan is returning to our beloved metro as part of his Raised Up Right tour, and he's bringing special guest artists Riley Green, Mitchell Tenpenny and DJ Rock with him. Showtime is 7 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Sunday, Oct. 9

Tales of the Crypt at Mount Holly Cemetery // Although it sounds a bit creepy, this yearly community event is less ghosts, more local history. Guests will tour the beautiful grounds of Mount Holly while hearing all about the Arkansans below their feet from Parkview drama students in historical costumes. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Stroll the cemetery 2-4 p.m. Learn more here.

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Wine & Swine Social at Cypress Social // A pairing we can get behind. This inaugural mini-fest features more than 50 local and global wines, "elevated" barbecue bites, lawn games, live music, signature cocktails and more, all on the restaurant's scenic grounds. It kicks off at 2 p.m. Learn more here.

Full Moon Market at The Labyrinth // We see you, blood moon. After a successful first few months, this market is returning to the 619 S. Spring St. venue for the most magical month with art, curiosities and vendors to peruse, plus food trucks and more. Stop by 6-9 p.m. Learn more here.

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