Weekend Guide: 14 Events to Welcome June

Between the short work week and the new month, you’re bound to get into some good local fun this weekend. Let’s get into it.

 

Thursday, June 1

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 and local brews at Hocott’s. It kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Learn more here.

Artist Talk at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts // AMFA’s inaugural speaker series kicks off with a special focus on the museum’s “Together” exhibition. Guests will hear from featured artists LaToya Hobbs, Dario Robleto and Alison Elizabeth Taylor on the theater stage. It starts at 6 p.m. Learn more here.

Six Bridges Presents: Ronnie Woo // Next up in this CALS speaker series, the chef and food personality will discuss his book “Did You Eat Yet?,” a showcase of “effortlessly stylish recipes celebrating a global pantry.” The virtual program starts at 6:30 p.m. Learn more here.

Keep reading: Dive into the brand new issue of Soirée.

 

Friday, June 2

Blackberry Night Market at the St. Joseph Farm Stand // Tastes like summer. The St. Joseph Center of Arkansas produces some of the best local blackberries every year, and this time around they’re showcasing the deliciousness in style. Expect an evening full of food trucks, local produce, artists and live music. It kicks off at 5 p.m. Learn more here.

Fridays on the Lawn at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts // As if you needed another reason to visit the AMFA, Fridays in June now mean lawn games, music, drinks and art classes on the MacArthur Park grounds. Stop by 5-8 p.m. Learn more here.

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 the vintage Rose Garden SoMa Night Market at The Bernice Garden and the SoMa Sprint 5K through the streets, an early celebration of Global Running Day. It kicks off at 5 p.m. Learn more here.

Sunset Yoga Series at Eden Yoga & Salt Studio // Kicking off a month of fresh air and views, you can spread out in the parking lot for this all-levels class, then stick around for a dose of yogi community. Grab your mat and be there for the 6 p.m. flow. Learn more here.

Wait, what’s a salt studio? Read about owner Tori Jones and her studio here.

 

Saturday, June 3

Tour de Rock // Pulling in cyclists from across the country, this open-course ride winds through the metro before landing back at the finish line in North Little Rock. Afterward, riders and supporters can hit the after party at Heifer International complete with food, music and a beer garden, all to support the work of CARTI. It all begins at 6 a.m. Learn more here.

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The Mud Run at War Memorial Park // It’s not called “Little Rock’s dirtiest 5K” for nothing. This scenic, sludgy trip through the park sees runners plow through mud pits wearing smiles and silly costumes. Just think of it as good, clean fun. Start time is 8 a.m. Learn more here.

ARTStravaganza at ART Outfitters // This local art supply store has been serving up creativity to central Arkansas for more than 140 years. To mark the occasion, they’re hosting a day full of art demonstrations, giveaways and discounts. Doors open at 9 a.m., and don’t forget about the after party at White Water Tavern. Learn more here.

20 Years on the Block Party at Home for Healing // Cue the confetti cannons. For two decades, this nonprofit has been serving families with loved ones in hospitals. Now, it’s celebrating accordingly with a block party filled with food trucks, games, music and more. The fun lasts 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Sunday, June 4

Sunday Funday at Rusty Tractor Vineyards // Sunday scaries? We don’t know her. Patio hangs and food trucks (hi, Boards & Bubbles and Nach’yo Nachos) await at the vineyard’s Sunset Lodge, plus beer, wine, cocktails and live music by Sarah Cecil. Stop by noon – 4 p.m. Learn more here. 

A sommelier weighs in: Jeff Yant is Wine Wise

 

Thursday – Sunday, June 1-4

Arkansas Travelers vs. Midland RockHounds at Dickey-Stephens Park // Peanuts and Cracker Jack on deck. The Travs take on the Texas team in this four-game series, which also features different specials for fans each night like post-game fireworks both Friday and Saturday. Learn more here.

Little Rock Open at Rebsamen Tennis Center // We’re calling this a love-love situation. UAMS is wrapping up eight days of free pro tennis matches and camps, and the fun runs through the weekend. Learn more here

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