If this weekend's lineup is any indication, it's going to be a great month in the capital city. Let's get into it.
Thursday, Sept. 28
Food Truck Thursday at the Pulaski County Administration Building // With the festival behind us, it's time to fill that food truck-shaped hole in your life. This meetup at 201 Broadway St. will welcome eats like Bragg's Big Bites, Fry Fry Crazy, The Cajun Trouxth and more. Be there 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. to get the goods. Learn more here.
A Night in Vegas at The Hall // We're counting on you, Lady Luck. This annual fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas is bringing the Vegas vibes with a night of food, signature cocktails, auctions and plenty of gaming. It starts at 5 p.m. Learn more here.
Full Moon Market at The Labyrinth // Welcome back, harvest moon. Once again this monthly market is returning to 619 S. Spring St. for an autumn celebration of art, curiosities, books, drinks and more. Stop by 6-9 p.m. Learn more here.
Paint the Rock at Argenta Plaza // Celebrating its 10th year, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation will once again host this outdoor evening where artists 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 Leah Diane Willett, Paint the Mission Award recipient Dr. Travis Ayers and Paint Awareness Award recipients Bonnie Boaz and Cris Mammarelli. It starts at 6:30 p.m. Learn more here.
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Friday, Sept. 29
A Harvest Moon Toast at Bella Vita Jewelry // Everyone's getting into the seasonal spirit this weekend. This downtown shop is staying open late to celebrate the full moon, Bella Vita's new website and the launch of its newest jewelry line. The toasting lasts from 5-7 p.m. Learn more here.
Fall/Winter Cocktail Menu Release Party at Rock Town Distillery // No matter your sign, our crystal ball says you'll like the taste of this. Rock Town is launching its new seasonal menu with an astrology-themed party full of tarot readings, jewelry making and lots of delicious sips. Stop by 6-9 p.m. Learn more here.
"At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul" at The Labyrinth // Might want to sleep with the lights on after this. Next up in the monthly Friday Night Frights series is this 1964 Brazilian horror flick (by most accounts, the country's first) following a dastardly gravedigger and launching the Coffin Joe trilogy. On the fence about frights? Proceeds from the screening benefit Arkansas Community Advocates to support our unhoused and low-income neighbors. Showtime is 7 p.m. Learn more here.
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Saturday, Sept. 30
Yoga in the Rock at the Main Street Pocket Park // Let the zen begin. Close out the week and come get your ohm on at this community class, the first of the fall season, this time led by local yogi Sam Davis of Sixth House Wellness Studio. BYO-mat. The class starts at 10 a.m. Learn more here.
Encore at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre // Ballet Arkansas is kicking off its 45th anniversary season in style with an opening reception at The Rep. While enjoying light bites and specialty cocktails, guests will meet with artistic staff and dancers and get a preview of the choreography to come in the milestone season. It starts at 7 p.m. Learn more here.
Taylor Fest at The Hall // Are you ready for it? This traveling show has been roaming the country, throwing dance parties tailor-made for Swifties (and the Swiftie-adjacent) with all the hits, and now it's back. Doors open at 8 p.m. Learn more here.
Fantasia at Simmons Bank Arena // From the studio to the NLR stage, the winner of "American Idol" season three is bringing her award-winning R&B stylings to the metro. Joining Fantasia is Grammy-nominated artist Joe. Showtime is 8 p.m. Learn more here.
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Sunday, Oct. 1
Rhythm in the Rock Music Festival at the Market at Chenal // Back for the first time since spring, this WLR market is turning up the jam at 21 Rahling Circle. The lineup of local performers features the Shannon Boshears Band and others, and you can hear it all with a side of vendors, food trucks and games for the kiddos. It starts at 9 a.m. Learn more here.
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Oktoberfest at Rusty Tractor Vineyards // We can't think of a better way to welcome the new month. The vineyards are inviting guests to enjoy sausages and pretzels from Fassler Hall, Oktoberfest brews, German wine flights, music, a costume contest and plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the grounds. Join in from noon - 6 p.m. Learn more here.
Mad Hatter Tea Party at Trapnall Hall // A very important date, indeed. This first-ever event hosted by the WCF Peacekeepers invites guests to an afternoon of whimsical teas and treats, prizes for best hats and the chance to support Women & Children First in the process. It starts at 2 p.m. Learn more here.
City Garden: Beer & Ice Cream Social at the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History // The Quapaw Quarter Association is bringing back this annual event to salute the end of summer. Stop by and celebrate the historic neighborhood with sips from Stone's Throw and frozen treats from Shake's Custard, plus food trucks, music and more from 3-5 p.m. Learn more here.
Saturday & Sunday, Sept 30 & Oct. 1
"Pines of Rome" at the Robinson Center // Kicking off the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s 2023-2024 season, plus the official debut of Geoffrey Robson as the ASO's new Music Director, is this concert that features the talents of violinist Jennifer Frautschi and the music of Respighi, Chausson and Florence Price. You can catch the show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday or 3 p.m. Sunday. Learn more here.
"Leonardo!" at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts // This one's for you, parents. Up next for the AMFA Children’s Theatre is "Leonardo! A Wonderful Show About a Terrible Monster," which brings Mo Willems’ beloved books to life through puppets, actors and songs. See the show at 10:30 a.m. Saturday or 2 p.m. both days. Learn more here.
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Thursday - Sunday, Sept. 28 - Oct. 1
Six Bridges Book Festival around the metro // Listen up, literary lovers. The Central Arkansas Library System's 20th annual signature event has once again descended upon the city with a mix of virtual and in-person events. The fest features a full lineup ranging from kids' book authors to historians and so much more, and yes, that includes the annual pie bake-off and recipe swap at The Root Cafe. Learn more here.