Weekend Guide: 14 Events to Greet the New Month

March is only a few days old and it’s already got good eats, spring markets and the Knights of Ni. Let’s get into it. 

 

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Thursday, March 2

First Thursday Shop & Sip in Hillcrest // It’s the first Thursday of the month, and you know what that means — time to get your Hillcrest shop ‘n’ sip on. Soak up the Kavanaugh vibes while you take advantage of the specials, later hours and extra fun, like live music from Lark in the Morning at Hillcrest Liquor and Fine Wines. It kicks off at 5 p.m. Learn more here.

Six Bridges Presents: Benjamin L. Carp // Next up in this CALS speaker series, Carp will discuss his book “The Great Fire of 1776: A Lost Story of the American Revolution,” an investigation that “illuminates old mysteries in fluent, spellbinding prose.” The virtual program starts at 6:30 p.m. Learn more here.

In the mood to keep reading? Dive into the brand new issue of Soirée.

 

Friday, March 3

SoMa After Dark on South Main Street // Friday’s fun is south of 630. This monthly neighborhood bash features area businesses offering later hours and special activities. Highlights this month include M2 Gallery’s 16-year anniversary bash, the March bazaar at The Bernice Garden, a Paper Hearts storytime at Community Bakery and origami at Argenta Bead Company. It begins at 5 p.m. Learn more here.

More SoMa fun: Esse Purse Museum Opens “A Special Exhibit on the Beauty of Bling”

Monty Python’s “Spamalot” Opening Night at Wildwood Park for the Arts // Thy quest is thus: to bear witness to the musical absurdity of one troupe’s voyage to uncover the Holy Grail. Pulled right from the cult classic movie, expect to see all your favorites like King Athur, the Knights of Ni, the French taunters and more. Showtime is 8 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Saturday, March 4

Make-A-Wish Fundraiser at Tacos 4 Life // New month, same dependency on tacos — except this time, they’re doing double the good. This Saturday night, all Tacos 4 Life locations in Arkansas will donate 20% of proceeds to the Mid-South chapter of Make-A-Wish (and that’s on top of the restaurant’s everyday donations to Feed My Starving Children). Just stop by from 5-9 p.m. and be sure to mention the fundraiser. 

Ovation! Gala at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre // It’s a whole new era. The Rep has reimagined its annual black-tie gala Saints & Sinners (last held in 2018) to become this inaugural event filled with glitz, glam, live entertainment, luxury auctions and much more. It all starts at 6 p.m. Learn more here.

Keep that event calendar open: Save the Date for the Southern Spring Social

Argenta Reading Series with Stacey Swann at Argenta United Methodist Church // This monthly Argenta meetup connects writers directly with their audience by inviting both into an intimate space. This month, “Olympus, Texas” author Stacey Swann will present her work to the crowd. The night starts with wine at 6:30 p.m., and readings begin at 7 p.m. Learn more here.

The Phenomenal Woman: Takesha Meshe Kizart-Thomas at The Hall // Phenomenal is an understatement. Up next for Opera in the Rock is this performance showcasing Kizart-Thomas’s unique blend of opera, art song, jazz and more. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Sunday, March 5

Wine-o-Thon Party at Rusty Tractor Vineyards // You just found your Sunday fun day. Kick back on the patio (or indoor sunroom) and enjoy the food trucks, live music and lots of sips. Be there noon – 4 p.m. Learn more here.

Soup Sunday at The Venue at Westwind // Hope you’re hungry. Hosted by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Soup Sunday pulls in tons of soups, breads and treats from some of Little Rock’s finest and favorite restaurants, all to raise money for the organization. The good eats go down from 4-7 p.m. Learn more here.

Read on: Meet this year’s co-chairs Ellen and Nathan Coulter.

 

Friday – Sunday, March 3-5

Vintage Market Days at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds // Flea market fabulous is officially a thing. This traveling market is back with the theme “All Things Splendid” and giving locals their fill of clothing, outdoor furnishings, antiques, art, home goods and more. Shopping hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. all three days. Learn more here.

Keep shopping: The 10 Best Antique and Vintage Stores in Little Rock

 

Friday & Sunday, March 3 & 5

“Spring is Near” at St. Edward Catholic Church // The Arkansas Chamber Singers are dedicated to performing the best of classical choral repertoire, and this seasonal program does just that by featuring selections from Benjamin Britten, Leonard Bernstein and others. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Learn more here.

 

Saturday & Sunday, March 4 & 5

Little Rock Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K & 10K // This is it, folks. If you were putting off your last few miles by reading this list, your luck’s run out. Spanning two days and with the theme “Peace, Love and Little Rock”, the kids marathon, 5K and 10K will take place Saturday morning, with the marathon and half marathon taking off Sunday morning. Learn more here.

Psst! Non-runners, avoid these places both mornings.

Spring Fling Market at BoBrook Farms // More fresh air, please. This annual outdoor market has food trucks, lawn games, Easter Bunny photos and booths from more than 50 local vendors. Oh, did we mention the farm has its own winery? Be there 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday or noon – 4 p.m. on Sunday. Learn more here.

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