The summer heat just won't quit, but this lineup of local fun is just what the doctor ordered. Let's get into it.

 

Thursday, Aug. 3

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 The Gravel Yard concert at Hillcrest Liquor & Fine Wines and sales at E.Leigh's and 3 Hidden Gems. It kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Learn more here.

The Art Department: House of Shaeffer at Thea Foundation // The popular gallery series for Thea is back on the calendar. At this show opening, take in the work of local artist Michael Shaeffer through his exhibit "It's a Sin," which is "dedicated to all the mis-shapes in small towns." The food, drinks, music and art start at 5:30 p.m. Learn more here

Keep the art tour going with our gallery guide.

 

Friday, Aug. 4

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 SoMa Beer Garden, live music, the vintage Rose Garden Market, a Kenyan Kimonos pop-up at South Main Creative and some hands-on making at Argenta Bead Co. It kicks off at 5 p.m. Learn more here.

Curious about Argenta Bead Co.? Here's what you'll find inside.

Summer Jam Night Market at the St. Joseph Farm Stand // Game on for sundown fun. After bringing back its night market series earlier this summer, this St. Joseph Center of Arkansas event is back with more summer sweetness. Expect an evening full of food trucks, local produce, beer, vendors and live music on the farm. It kicks off at 5 p.m. Learn more here.

Faulkner Chamber Music Festival at UA-PTC CHARTS // If you missed the first performance on Tuesday, never fear. Friday's free concert with the Chamber Music Society of Little Rock features Henri Dutilleux's "Ainsi la nuit," Gerald Finzi's "Eclogue for Piano and Strings" and Cesar Franck's "Piano Quintet in F Minor." The show starts at 7 p.m. Learn more here. Bonus: There's also a student recital on Sunday at 3 p.m. 

 

Saturday, Aug. 5

Grand Opening at The Bagel Shop // Consider this bae-goals. We've been not-so-patiently waiting for the popular pop-up to open its brick-and-mortar space in SoMa, and now the wait is over. Come load up on scratch-made bagels, spreads, sandwiches and pastries. Doors open at 8 a.m. and close when they sell out. Our advice? Get there early. Learn more here.

Whole Hog Roast at Count Porkula // We're drooling already. The Count's Maumelle location is having a good, old-fashioned hog roast complete with live music, drinks and all the fixin's. Be there noon - 3 p.m. Learn more here.

Moonshine Mingle at Rock Town Distillery // We'll raise a glass to that. The Ozark Moonshine & Music Festival is taking its show on the road for an evening in SoMa. Guests will enjoy a tour of the distillery, moonshine cocktails, eats from Mockingbird and more. Even better? You can support CASA of Pulaski County while you're at it. It starts at 4 p.m. Learn more here.

Dolly Parton Day at Cypress Social // What would Dolly do? Something tells us she'd want to try out this menu stacked with specialty cocktails, each inspired by the icon herself. Boot scoot on down and get your sip on from 4-10 p.m. Learn more here.

More hangout inspo: 5 Things to Do With Friends in Little Rock (That Aren't Dinner)

 

Thursday - Saturday, Aug. 3-5

Classic Movies at Ron Robinson Theater // The popcorn is flowing once again at the downtown theater, and the lineups keep pulling us in, especially the kickoff to this month's series of iconic school flicks. Up first is "Dead Poets Society" on Thursday, followed by "Animal House" on Friday and "Mean Girls" on Saturday. Showtime is 7 p.m. each night. Learn more here. 

 

Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 5 & 6

Tax-Free Weekend in Arkansas // That's right, shoppers. The annual back-to-school blessing is upon us once again. For two days only, you can skip the state and local sales taxes on items like clothing, electronics, accessories, office/school supplies and more. Don't forget to shop local! Learn more here. 

Hibernating in the AC or poolside instead? We don't blame you. Play it cool and flip through our new issue instead.