Weekend Guide: 15 Activities for Local Fun

Markets, margaritas and live music await in the metro this weekend. Let’s get into it.

 

Thursday, July 20

Glamp Anniversary at Camp Yoga & SUP // Somehow it’s been a whole year since local yogi JoAnn Camp opened her studio in The Heights, and now it’s time to party. Festivities include a free community class, a Mac + Mitchell pop-up and bites from Boulevard Bread and The Honey Cow. It kicks off at 4 p.m. Learn more here.

The Bernice Garden Night Market // What summer nights are made of. This neighborhood market will have lots of local vendors, music and a food truck on hand to fuel your fun and kick off your weekend. Peruse and enjoy starting at 5 p.m. Learn more here.

Bingo Bash at The Hall // Honestly, who doesn’t enjoy a good, old fashioned game of Bingo every once in a while? Hosted by and benefiting Access Schools, this 16th annual party offers food, drinks, raffles and lots of Bingo with big prizes. The numbers start rolling at 6 p.m. Learn more here.

Read more about Access in our May cover story.

“Cabaret” Opening Night at The Studio Theatre // Liza would be proud. Next to take the downtown theater’s stage is this award-winning musical that tells the tale of Sally, Clifford, the seedy Kit Kat Klub and a world on the brink of war. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Friday, July 21

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 a Brenda Matchett showcase at the NLR Welcome Center, a Sigrid Lorfing Goodwin pop-up at Bang-Up Betty, an Ike Garlington exhibit at Laman Library and a bit of hands-on fun at The Hub. The Art Walk starts at 5 p.m. Learn more here.

More arts news: Acansa Arts Festival of the South Announces 2023 Lineup

Christmas in July at Argenta Plaza // Yes, you read that correctly. If you’re already in the neighborhood for Art Walk, why not do a little daydreaming for a time when you’re not melting on the sidewalk? Hosted by North Little Rock Tourism, this free event is giving you a taste of the holidays with food, activities and a visit from Santa Chris. Stop by 5-8 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Thursday & Friday, July 20 & 21

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 “Smokey and the Bandit” on Thursday, followed by “My Dog Skip” on Friday. Showtime is 7 p.m. both nights. Learn more here. Bonus: If you’re looking for something a bit more fantastical, come back on Saturday for Jonathan Erlandson’s live magic show. More on that here.

 

Saturday, July 22

Watermelon Crawl at Stone Links Park // We’re inching closer to the end of watermelon season, and this annual event is one of the best ways to mark it. Head for the field and help gather up melons for the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, then get in on all the snacks and enjoy time (and sweat) well-spent for our neighbors in need. The crawl lasts from 8 a.m. – noon. Learn more here.

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Dino Double Feature at the Clinton Presidential Center // As part of the current “Dinosaur Explorer” exhibit, the center is hosting two free screenings on Saturday. First up is “The Land Before Time” at 10 a.m., complete with snacks and movie bingo, and then “Jurassic Park III” for the grown-ups at 6 p.m. Learn more and register here.

Pop-Up Yoga at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts // Your mind isn’t the only thing getting stretched at AMFA. Yogi Brita Fajer will be on site to lead a 45-minute class for all levels in the museum’s Glass Box space. BYO mat. The flow starts at 10:30 a.m. Learn more here.

Forever Thrifted Swap Meet at the Main Street Pocket Park // Now this is some first-rate, secondhand goodness. Local thrift pro La Rosa Antigua is bringing the heat with the July edition of this market complete with vintage vendors, music, art, food trucks and more. Check it out 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Learn more here. 

Rock City Margarita Festival + The Great Arkansas Beer Festival at the Statehouse Convention Center // You thirsty, Little Rock? Two of the city’s most sippable events are teaming up to host one big, delicious bash. Expect dozens of margarita vendors, breweries, wineries and seltzers, plus plenty of food, games and music. The fest lasts from 5-8 p.m. Learn more here. And if you want to get the fun started early, hit the pre-party at Brewski’s on Friday night.

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SHINE-ola at White Water Tavern // Music-filled nights in The Tavern are always a treat, and this is no exception. This second annual concert brings a laundry list of performers to the stage like Jason Lee Hale and the Personal Space Invaders, Bill Holloway, Runaway Planet, The Salty Dogs, Amy Garland and more. The best part? Proceeds go to the Methodist Family Health Foundation to help buy gifts for kids in need. It starts at 6 p.m. Learn more here.

The Chicks at Simmons Bank Arena // Don’t tell Earl. For the first time since 2016, The Chicks (formerly The Dixie Chicks, currently the bestselling all-woman band in U.S. history) are bringing their world tour to the NLR stage. Bring your boots and prepare to have “Wide Open Spaces” stuck in your head for days. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Thursday – Saturday, July 20-22

Summer Estate Event at Sissy’s Log Cabin // The Promenade is upping the sparkle factor. Each year, the Log Cabin crew hosts a special showcase of new arrivals, unique items and pieces that just might become your new family heirloom. Store hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Learn more here.

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