Holiday markets, art shows, an Italian circus and much more are on the lineup this weekend. Let's get into it.
Thursday, Nov. 9
Art & Soul at the Easterseals Center for Training & Wellness // Eat your heart out, Picasso. At this 20th annual art show hosted by and benefiting Easterseals Arkansas, you can purchase the artwork of both professional artists and Easterseals clients, all while you enjoy delicious eats and libations. It starts at 5:30 p.m. Learn more here.
Meet one of the featured artists: Kristen Martin
Pig & Swig at the River Market Pavilions // Come hungry. This "premium whiskey and pork tasting event" hosted by the Arkansas Times invites some of your favorite local chefs and restaurants to offer up their best pork dishes. All you have to do is partake as you sip top-notch whiskeys and enjoy live music. The eats last from 6-9 p.m. Learn more here.
All Out for Autism at Rusty Tractor Vineyards // Benefiting the Arkansas Autism Resource and Outreach Center, this annual event will honor Dr. Peggy Schaefer Whitby and her contributions to autism research and awareness. The evening also includes a seated dinner, drinks, live music and auctions. It all begins at 6 p.m. Learn more here.
Bard at the Bar at Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church // Who let Shakespeare into the liquor cabinet? Put on by the Actors Theatre of Little Rock, this performance of "Much Ado About Nothing" is a shortened rendition, but one that includes extra drinks and zero rehearsals. Showtime is 7 p.m. Learn more here.
More stage news: Arkansas Repertory Theatre Announces 2024 Season
Friday, Nov. 10
2nd Friday Art Night in Downtown Little Rock // Bring on the 2FAN. It’s time for the monthly roundup of downtown businesses opening their doors for an after-hours gallery walk. Highlights this month include Bella Vita's 15th anniversary party, live music at the Historic Arkansas Museum and a special focus on World War 1 at the Old State House Museum. 2FAN runs 5-8 p.m. Learn more here.
Saturday, Nov. 11
East Village Art Market at The Rail Yard // You can't keep us away for long, Sixth Street. After launching in September, this market invites guests to "sip, shop and stay a while," which will be no problem thanks to the lineup of artists, creatives, food and drink specials. Stop by noon - 5 p.m. Learn more here.
Pop-Up Shop at The Filling Station // October's rain was more than a disappointment for many local small businesses who took a hit to their earnings when festival crowds fell through. This NLR joint is hoping to help by inviting vendors to set up shop, and now it's our job to show up. Come shop noon - 5 p.m. Learn more here.
Sunday, Nov. 12
Holidays in The Heights on Kavanaugh // Let’s get festive, Little Rock. It’s time to officially launch the holiday season in The Heights neighborhood with hot cocoa, good eats, festive decor and some one-on-one time with Mr. Claus himself at all your favorite shops. The holly jolly vibes last from noon - 4 p.m. Learn more here.
While you're shopping: Soirée Holiday Gift Guide: Part I
Thursday - Sunday, Nov. 9-12
Piccolo Zoppé Winter Circus in Argenta // Things are about to get magical at the corner of Bishop Lindsey and Magnolia. In 1842, the Zoppé family first debuted its circus in Italy, and now it brings the timeless, intimate, European-style show to North Little Rock. The high-flying fun begins this weekend and runs through Nov. 19. Learn more here.
Speaking of magic: Third Annual GloWILD Event Returns to Little Rock Zoo
Friday - Sunday, Nov. 10-12
Veterans Day in the Metro // This year, Veterans Day falls on a Saturday and will also be observed on Friday. If you're looking for a way to commemorate this national holiday, you have a handful of options this weekend. These include:
- Friday: an outdoor ceremony at Lake Willastein Park
- Saturday: "The Breach" at The Rep
- Sunday: "Fauré Requiem: Remembrance Day" at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
There are also specials for vets at many area businesses, so check your favorites' social media pages to make plans.
Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 11 & 12
A Very Merry Holiday Vendor Market at BoBrook Farms // PSA: BoBrook isn't just for your pumpkin patch photos. This year's two-day market features more than 50 different vendors, plus food trucks, lawn games, River Bottom Winery sips and photos with Santa. Come shop 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday. Learn more here.
Conrad Tao Plays "Rachmaninoff 3" at the Robinson Center // Next up in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks Series is this show featuring the talents of award-winning pianist Conrad Tao, guest conductor Tamara Dworetz and music of Chen Yi, Aaron Copland and Sergei Rachmaninoff. You can catch the show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday or 3 p.m. Sunday. Learn more here.