Weekend Guide: 15 Activities to Get You Into Holiday Mode

Puppies, fashion and “potentially dangerous food demonstrations” await you over the next few days.


Thursday, November 16

Third Thursday in The Heights: It’s about to get frightening in The Heights at this weekend pregame. During this monthly event, stores in The Heights extend hours and shoppers enjoy business open houses, music, hors d’oeuvres and drinks, sales and specials. We suggest checking out the new She Said Yes boutique or donating items for the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance at Eggshells Kitchen Co. For more info on Third Thursday, click here.

Tea Bar Opening at The Green Corner Store: It’s tea time, y’all. SoMa is getting a little more spice with this brand new addition to the shop. The tea bar will debut a variety of Arkansas-made teas from Fayetteville’s Savoy Tea Company, including loose leaf teas, A Lively Brew kombucha on tap and tea lattes. Stop by for a chance to win door prizes, try the new tea and enjoy refreshments and party favors. Store hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more info, click here.

Heidi Barrett Wine Tasting at The Capital Hotel: Tea or wine, pick your poison or sip on both this Thursday. Not only will you get to sip some mighty fine wines, but selections will also be paired with divine dishes from the Capital chefs. Just make sure to be on the mezzanine from 5-7 p.m. For more info, click here.


Friday, November 17

Texture Art Show at Galaxy Furniture: What better place to host an eclectic art show than one of the metro’s most unique shops? Come shop a variety of pieces and get in on the wine, cheese and silent auction, all while raising funds for United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas. It starts at 5 p.m. For more info, click here.

Third Friday Argenta Art Walk in North Little Rock: It’s time to go on a walk, everybody. Lace up your comfy shoes because this fun walk is all about strolling through the Argenta Arts District’s monthly lineup of special exhibits. Walkable galleries include Core Brewery, House of Art, Thea Foundation, Barry Thomas Fine Art & Studio, NLR Heritage Center, Greg Thompson Fine Art, Laman Library, Argenta Gallery, Mugs Café, StudioMain and, of course, Galaxy Furniture. The Art Walk runs from 5-8 p.m. For more info, click here.


Saturday, November 18

“Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science” at the Robinson Center: Part foodie, part scientific, fully awesome. Now in the second led of The Food Network star’s tour, Eat Your Science will feature plenty of audience interaction and, according to Brown, “all-new everything including songs, new comedy, new puppets and bigger and better potentially dangerous food demonstrations.” Yes, please. Showtime is 7 p.m. For more info, click here.

Yoga in the Rock at SparkFit: Don’t let the holidays wig you out. Come get your ohm on at this free monthly class, this time hosted by SoMa’s newest gym. You could even win a five-day class pack from SparkFit in the process. BYO-mat, friends. Namaste. The class starts at 6:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

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Merry & Bright Holiday Celebration at The Promenade at Chenal: Christmas is officially in full swing at The Promenade. Get some shopping done while the kiddos hang out with some of their big-screen favorites (oh, hey, Olaf) and stop in for free photos with the Clauses, just make sure to visit the Make-A-Wish gift wrap station. The holiday fun lasts from 1-5 p.m. For more info, click here.

Bark Barre at Bark Bar: Nope, that’s not a typo, just adorably punny. Local fitness boutique ZenStudio is teaming up with Fido’s favorite hangout spot to host a barre class where furry friends are more than welcome. Bonus: There’ll be mimosas and bloody marys waiting for you afterward. It all starts at 9 a.m. For more info, click here.

Holiday Open House at Cabbage Rose Florist: Your holiday checklist just got shorter. Seasonal decor? Gift shopping? Photos with Santa? Done, done and done, with a few libations thrown in for sanity’s sake. Open house hours are 1-5 p.m. For more info, click here.

Arkansas Arts Center Museum School Sale at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds: All year long, students of all ages attend classes at the AAC’s Museum School to learn many a new artistic skill. Here’s your chance to (1) prove how amazing they are, (2) fill your empty walls and (3) do even more damage to your holiday shopping list. Just head to the Hall of Industry and bask in all the original artwork. P.S. There’s a members-only preview party on Friday night. Saturday sale hours are 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. For more info, click here.


Thursday-Saturday, November 16-18

CARTI’s Festival Trees at the Statehouse Convention Center: Can we get a giant glass of YES over here? The four-day festival benefitting CARTI patients returns for its 41st year with the theme “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” On Thursday, the casual holiday mixer Festival After Dark combines live entertainment and eats from 17 of the best local restaurants. On Friday, Festival of Fashion brings the pomp and circumstance of a New York runway show to downtown Little Rock with looks from local boutiques while honoring this year’s style icon, Pam Cox. On Saturday comes Tux ‘n Trees, CARTI’s signature black tie event with fine dining, dancing and live entertainment, as well as live and silent auctions. For more info, click here.

Break it down: your foolproof guide to CARTI’s Festival of Trees.


Saturday & Sunday, November 18 & 19

“Eat Your Science”-Inspired Brunch at At the Corner: Oh, yes. If there’s anything better than an eye-popping science show, it’s an eye-popping science brunch to go with it. What should you expect from the downtown diner’s dishes? According to the owners, you’ll find “explosive edibles, interactive elements, deconstructed dishes, smoke, foam,” and more. Brunch hours are 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sunday. For more info, click here.

Paws with Santa Claus at Cammack Village City Hall: Not enough Christmas spirit for you? We’re not done yet. Central Arkansas Rescue Effort for Animals (CARE) is offering its annual pet photos with Santa, and it’s every bit as wonderful as you can imagine. Photographer Saira Khan will be on hand to take the pooch’s pics, and owners can get a professional 5×7 print with a $20 donation to CARE. Bring Fido down from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday or 12-5 p.m. on Sunday. For more info, click here.

Free Admission Day at the Clinton Center: If you’ve been waiting to explore the center’s two new temporary exhibits — “Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu” and “Art of Africa: One Continent, Limitless Vision” — this is the perfect opportunity. The Clinton Center is celebrating 13 years since its grand opening with free access to all its permanent and temporary exhibits. Special museum hours are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. For more info, click here.


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