Weekend Guide: 11 Events to Kick Winter to the Curb

A new season begins on Monday, but first, there’s local fun to be had. Let’s get into it.

 

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Thursday, March 16

Spring Break Sip & Style Event at E.Leigh’s // Bring on the getaway goodness. This Hillcrest boutique is welcoming the season with sips, snacks and all new spring fashions, plus a few discounts. Come shop 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Learn more here.

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Blake Shelton at Simmons Bank Arena // Time for a little boot-scootin’. The platinum-selling country singer and co-star of “The Voice” is bringing his “Back to the Honky Tonk” tour to NLR showcasing his hits and latest releases which, according to Billboard, are “soaked in ’90s country vibes.” Special guests Carly Pearce and Jackson Dean will also take the stage. Showtime is 7 p.m. Learn more here.

Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular at the Robinson Center // And now for something completely different. This mind-bending multimedia show features high-powered lasers, video projections and more “cutting-edge effects” all set to the sounds of Pink Floyd. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Friday, March 17

St. Patrick’s Day in Little Rock // Time to take part in a wee bit of fun around the city. Some of your local haunts are celebrating throughout the day. Here’s where to pop in:

Bonus: a spectacle that’s worth the drive:

The World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hot Springs // Covering a brief 98 feet, this parade will make its way down Bridge Street with plenty of sights to make up for its brevity. Starting the parade is actor Christopher McDonald (aka Shooter McGavin himself), while Justin Moore serves as grand marshal. Capping off the night is a free concert from The Molly Ringwalds, and don’t forget Village People on Saturday night. Friday’s festivities begin at 3 p.m, and the parade starts at 6:30 p.m. Learn more here.

Third Friday Art Walk in Argenta // Let’s go on a walk, everybody. 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 hands-on activities at The Hub, a Meikel Church showcase at Argenta Counseling and Wellness, a RayLove Threads pop-up at Bang-Up Betty and a Sandra Marson exhibit opening at Argenta Library. The Art Walk starts at 5 p.m. Learn more here.

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Saturday, March 18

Turkish Food Fair at 1501 Market St. // If you’ve been looking for a way to lend a hand to victims of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria, here’s your chance. This fair is hosted by the Arkansas Culture and Dialog Center (formerly the Raindrop Turkish House), and offers a tasty spread of Turkish eats with all proceeds going to relief efforts. Stop by 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Learn more here.

More cultural fun: Lanterns Festival Returns to Wildwood Park for the Arts

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at River Bottom Winery // Saturday afternoon is just enough time to recoup from your Paddy’s celebrations and be ready to roll again. Head to the BoBrook Farms winery for an afternoon of live music and themed drinks on the patio from noon – 6 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Thursday – Saturday, March 16-18

Cult Classic Movies at Ron Robinson Theater // The popcorn is flowing once again at the downtown theater, and the lineups keep catching our eye. Up first is “Darkman” on Thursday, followed by “Army of Darkness” on Friday and closing out with an interactive screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” on Saturday. Showtime is 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and at 9 p.m. Saturday. Learn more here.

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Friday & Saturday, March 17 & 18

“Chicago” at the Robinson Center // Time for the razzle dazzle. This iconic Broadway show is celebrating its 25th year on the stage, and it’s not hard to see why: The music, the dancing and, yes, the murder are a brassy, snazzy recipe for success. Catch Roxie, Velma and the gang at 7:30 p.m. both nights and 2 p.m. on Saturday. Learn more here.

More arts news: AMFA Releases Grand Opening Celebration Plans

 

Sunday, March 19

Five-Year Anniversary Party at Proof Bar & Lounge // Let’s close out on a delicious note. This Hillcrest spot is celebrating its birthday all evening long, and you’re invited. Load up on eats from Holly Smokes (a Proof tradition) and drink specials. It kicks off at 4 p.m. Learn more here.

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