Weekend Guide: 12 Events to Welcome April

We are fully into spring, and we’ve got the agenda to prove it — from outdoor markets to bunny sightings. Let’s get into it.


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Thursday, March 30

Food Truck Thursday at the Pulaski County Administration Building // Time to fill that food truck-shaped hole in your life. Kicking off its spring season, this meetup at 201 Broadway St. will welcome eats like Lili’s Mexican Street Food, Rock City Dogs, The Prickly Pickle and more. Be there 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. to get the goods. Learn more here.

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Friday, March 31

Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival at Diamond Bear Brewing Company // The brew is back and celebrating its 10th anniversary. To enter ultimate TGIF mode, head north and get your fill of craft brews and seltzers from regional and national breweries, then wash it all down with food trucks and live music. Even better? Proceeds benefit the Argenta Arts District. Be there 6-9 p.m. Learn more here.

“Vengeance of the Zombies” at The Labyrinth // Might want to sleep with the lights on after this. Next up in the monthly Friday Night Frights series is this 1973 horror flick that includes, shockingly, both vengeance and zombies. 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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Thursday & Friday, March 30 & 31

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 a BingoFlix! screening of  “Batman and Robin” on Thursday (where you can win prizes by spotting cheesy cliches) followed by Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Life” on Friday. Showtime is 7 p.m. both nights. Learn more here. 

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Saturday, April 1

Handmade in The Heights on Kavanaugh // Bring out your makers, Little Rock. This neighborhood festival is designed to “celebrate crafters and creators of all kinds,” and that’s exactly who will line the street in The Heights. You’ll find everything from jewelry to pottery to clothing and beyond. The fest lasts from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Learn more here.

Drive-Thru Native Plant Sale at Pinnacle Mountain Greenhouse // If this doesn’t say spring, we don’t know what does. The Central Arkansas Master Naturalists will be on hand to help you get your fill of flora and fauna with lots of varieties of native plants for sale. Proceeds go to help beautify the park grounds. Stop in 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Learn more here. Bonus: Don’t want to drive all the way out west? Stop by the Oak Forest Community Garden plant sale instead.

The Lorax Market at Pettaway Square // If you’ve been wanting to check out the latest in this little downtown neighborhood, here’s your chance. Expect plenty of local vendors, artists, food trucks and activities for the kiddos. Stop by 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Learn more here.

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BoBrook Egg-stravaganza at BoBrook Farms // If fresh air is on your must list for Easter, the farm has you covered. Along with egg hunts and bunny photos, expect food trucks, hay rides, lawn games, wine tastings and more. Be there 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Learn more here.

Lucky Lou’s Fourth Birthday Block Party // Third Street has been party central all month, so why stop now? This downtown bar is celebrating year four with a day of mudbugs, drinks and bar bites. Stop in noon – 11 p.m. Learn more here.

Designers Choice Fashion Preview at The Venue at Westwind // Things are about to get real stylish. Now in its 13th year, this fashion show benefiting the Timmons Arts Foundation hits the catwalk showcasing the latest from local designers (oh hey, Korto Momolu) and all hosted by award-winning actor Tyler Lepley. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Learn more here.

PSA: Two of the city’s most popular galas — Ballet Arkansas’ Turning Pointe and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas’ Chocolate Fantasy Ball — are sold out for Saturday night, but you can still donate or bid on virtual auction items to show your support.


Sunday, April 2

Little Rock Little Market in SoMa // Held in the Love Spell Tattoo parking lot, this second annual fest is a celebration of all things local. Food trucks, artists, thrifters, bakers, florists and much more await. Check it out 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Learn more here.

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Saturday & Sunday, April 1 & 2

“Zuill Bailey Plays Dvorák” at the Robinson Center // Next up in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks Series is this show featuring the talents of award-winning cellist Zuill Bailey, direction of Geoffrey Robson and music of Fanny Mendelssohn, R. Schumann and Dvorák. You can catch the show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday or 3 p.m. Sunday. Learn more here.

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