The table is set and the tryptophan haze will set in soon, but there's still lots of local goodness to explore. Let's get into it.
Thursday, Nov. 23
Gobbler Turkey Trot in The Heights & Hillcrest // It's back, turkeys. Everyone's favorite Thanksgiving fun run returns once again to help you balance out your inevitable food coma. And while this year sees Rock City Running taking the reins, it still promises all your favorite traditions. Yes, that means Santa will be back, and most importantly, so will the big food drive for the Arkansas Foodbank. Your entry fee is just a non-perishable food donation. Choose between 3-, 4- or 6.5-mile courses, and let the kiddos run the Tiny Trot loop around the parking lot. Start time is 7:50 a.m. Learn more here.
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Friendsgiving at Four Quarter Bar // Let the good vibes roll at this annual Argenta feast. Guests are invited to bring their Thanksgiving leftovers and neighborly spirit, while the Four Quarter kitchen will be open to add to the potluck. And yes, the bar will be open, too. Doors open at 6 p.m. Learn more here.
Friday, Nov. 24
"Terror is a Man" at The Labyrinth // Might want to sleep with the lights on after this. Next up in the monthly Friday Night Frights series is this 1959 Filipino horror flick about a deadly shipwreck, a mad scientist and a creature on a rampage. 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.
Thanksgiving After Party at The Rail Yard // Happy food trucksgiving, y'all. Lawn games, an extra-long happy hour, live music from The Big Dam Horns and eats from the Mawmaw’s House truck to keep the holiday feast going? Say no more. It starts at 8 p.m. Learn more here.
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Saturday, Nov. 25
Small Business Saturday // This Saturday is Small Business Saturday, and you'll have plenty of opportunities to support your favorite local shops all across the city. Many are even sweetening the deal by offering specials like discounts, giveaways and even a few bites to keep you going.
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"Corduroy" Opening Day at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts // Things are getting rather adorable at the AMFA. The latest to take the Performing Arts Theater stage is this new telling of Don Freeman’s beloved book where a curious bear goes on the hunt for his missing button. The show's run through Dec. 23 includes a sensory-friendly performance, an ASL performance and even a few cookie-filled performances. Opening day has two shows: 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Learn more here.
Merry Market at St. Joseph Center of Arkansas // More merriment, please. Come shop this annual German-inspired outdoor event filled with makers and artists from around the state, plus food trucks, hayrides, live music and a visit from Santa. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Be there 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Learn more here.
Holiday Art Market at Boulevard Bread Co. // It’s a well known fact that shopping is much more enjoyable with a delicious beverage in hand. Try it yourself at this annual market and shop local artists and vendors while enjoying menu specials. It starts at 3:30 p.m. Learn more here.
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Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Robinson Center // Now that the holiday season is here in full force, let's turn up the magic, shall we? This traveling troupe features singers, dancers and acrobats performing as a "fantastical cast of holiday storybook characters." Showtime is 4 p.m. Learn more here.
Ninth Anniversary Celebration at The House of Art // Somehow it's already been nine whole years since this Argenta gallery and venue opened its doors. To mark the occasion, it's hosting a night of comedy from Brittany Wright, live music from Roosevelt Harris and an open mic. Doors open at 8 p.m. Learn more here.
Heart & Soles Sneaker Ball at the DoubleTree Hotel // The worst part of galas? The blisters from the fancy shoes. This fifth annual black-tie event takes the sting out of the night with an evening of live entertainment, art, raffles and sneakers all around. The best part? It all benefits Heart & Soles, a nonprofit that provides footwear for those in need. The party starts at 8 p.m. Learn more here.
Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 25 & 26
Music on the Patio at River Bottom Winery // Need a little fresh air? Located at BoBrook Farms, this winery's patio is the perfect place to enjoy local sips with live music from Rodger King on Saturday and The Nightliners on Sunday. The music starts at 3 p.m. both days. Learn more here.
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