Weekend Guide: 10 Events That are Pure Gold

Parades, live music, dinosaurs — there’s a little bit of everything in the city this weekend. Let’s get into it.

Thursday, March 14

Femme Flicks: Arkansas Women in Film at Ron Robinson Theater // The Made in Arkansas Film Festival is expanding its offerings throughout the year, and that includes monthly screenings at the downtown theater. This month’s girl-powered lineup features 13 short films — some award-winning — followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. Showtime is 7 p.m. Learn more here.

“Chautauqua: Music of the Winds” at UA-PTC CHARTS // The Little Rock Wind Symphony is looking to spring in the next installment of its Diversion series. This chamber music performance will feature works that highlight “the unique sound and versatility” of woodwind trios and a mixed-winds large ensemble. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Learn more here.

Save the dates: Little Rock’s 2024 Spring Performing Arts Calendar

Friday, March 15

Third Friday Art Walk in Argenta // Lace up your comfy shoes because this monthly walk invites you to stroll through the Argenta Arts District’s lineup of special exhibits and events. Highlights include a Matthew Castellano exhibit at Argenta Library and a Christina Gomes show and eclipse-themed crafting at The Hub. The Art Walk starts at 5 p.m. Learn more here.

Saturday, March 16

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Little Rock and Argenta // Put on your green and head downtown for this 23rd annual spectacle in the streets. Held by the Irish Cultural Society of Arkansas, the parade begins at Sixth and Main in Argenta and wraps up at Third and Cumberland across the river. Expect leprechauns, Irish wolfhounds, bands, Irish dancers, floats and lots more. The parade kicks off at 1 p.m. Learn more here.

Third Street St. Patrick’s Day Block Party // Just go ahead and clear your schedule. After the parade wraps up next door, the street stays closed on this bit of Third so guests can load up on live music, eats, drinks and vendors, all in the name of St. Pat. The fun lasts until 10 p.m. Learn more here. Not enough for you? Come back for round two on Sunday.

Friday & Saturday, March 15 & 16

Movies at Ron Robinson Theater // The popcorn is flowing once again at the CALS theater, and the lineups keep pulling us in. Up first is “Gravity” on Friday at 7 p.m., then on Saturday is the next Exhibition on Screen installment “Easter in Art” at 4 p.m., followed by an interactive screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 8 p.m. Learn more here.

Sunday, March 17

Michael Rice: A Homecoming Concert at Argenta Contemporary Theatre // To christen the newly renamed theater, ACT is welcoming some familiar faces to the stage. Rice is an award-winning composer, arranger, pianist and musical director who cut his teeth in Arkansas before heading to Broadway. Joining him on stage will be a host of local talent including Bob Bidewell, Jean Cantrell, Ben Grimes, Kathryn Pryor, Claire Rhodes, Judy Trice and Will Trice. Catch the show at 2 and 7 p.m. Learn more here.

Miss the memo on ACT? Catch up here.

Saturday & Sunday, March 16 & 17

Dinosaur Adventure at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds // Life finds a way, folks. Load up the fam and come experience the life-sized dino exhibit, site dig, hands-on fun and more. Adventuring hours are 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday. Learn more here.

Speaking of prehistoric things: Recycle Your Old Electronics at This Community Event

Spring Vendor Market at BoBrook Farms // Serving up another dose of the season, this annual outdoor market has food trucks, lawn games, Easter Bunny photos and booths from more than 60 local vendors. And did we mention the farm has its own winery? Be there 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday or noon – 5 p.m. on Sunday. Learn more here.

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend in Little Rock // The parade was just the beginning. Some of your favorite local haunts are celebrating across the next few days. Here’s where to pop in for a wee bit of fun:

If you prefer to stay at home: 3 Irish Whiskeys to Sip for St. Patrick’s Day

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