Which local shops are bringing the fun? Will all these activities withstand the winter weather? Will there be ice cream? Well, at least we can answer most of these questions. As of publication, these events are all still on, but you'll want to double check before you head out. Let's get into it.


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Thursday, Feb. 2  

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. It kicks off at 5 p.m. Learn more here.

Old Dominick Dinner at Petit & Keet // Not a bad way to jump-start a weekend. The WLR restaurant is hosting the Memphis distillery for a four-course feast, each paired with a select whiskey from Old Dominick. We've got our eye on the Memphis Toddy with dessert. Dinnertime is 6:30 p.m. Learn more here.

"Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" at Ron Robinson Theater // Time to thaw out, Austin. If you need a bit of a mojo boost after a frosty week, the River Market theater's next classic flick is this 1997 fave. Showtime is 7 p.m. Learn more here. Bonus: If you're more into scary than shagadelic, catch "Nope" at the Fletcher branch on Friday. More on that here.


Friday, Feb. 3

Dessert First 20th Birthday Party at Home for Healing // Ready the candles and confetti. Home for Healing, a nonprofit providing housing for medical patients and families, had its first guest 20 years ago, and it's marking the milestone in style with lots of sweet treats. Stop by 4:30-6:30 p.m. Learn more here.

SoMa After Dark on South Main Street // Friday's fun is south of 630. This monthly neighborhood bash features area businesses offering later hours and special activities. Highlights this month include the February bazaar at The Bernice Garden and a Christie Young and Kelly VanHook pop-up at at South Main Creative. It begins at 5 p.m. Learn more here.

"Laughter on the 23rd Floor" Opening Night at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre // Hope you're up for humor. The Rep's latest is this acclaimed comedy by playwright Neil Simon, which goes inside a writers' room with characters based on Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Sid Caesar. Actor Judge Reinhold — who you know from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "Beverly Hills Cop," "The Santa Clause" and more — will also be making his Rep debut. Showtime is 8 p.m. Learn more here.

One for the kiddos: Lego Fan Expo Coming to Statehouse Convention Center in February


Saturday, Feb. 4

National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day at Loblolly Creamery // Fact: This holiday is a real thing and is celebrated on the first Saturday of February. Fact: You can eat your weight in cereal milk ice cream, The Bagel Shop-themed flavors and Fidel & Co. coffee floats. Fact: We may pass out from excitement, or maybe sugar overload, whichever gets us first. Stop by 9 a.m. - noon. Learn more here.

More sweet treats: How to Make a Valentine's Day Snack Board


Sunday, Feb. 5

"Next to Normal" Opening Night at The Studio Theatre // When a show has three Tonys and a Pulitzer Prize, you know it belongs on your must-see list. This production "explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness," and showtime is 2:30 p.m. Learn more here.


Thursday - Sunday, Feb. 2-5

Disney's "Aladdin" at the Robinson Center // Things are getting wild in Agrabah. The story, music and Disney magic you know and love are taking the Robinson stage for five days, and it's a whole new world of fun. Learn more here.

Read on: Go Behind the Scenes of "Aladdin" With Company Manager Joy Sims