Weekend Guide: 18 Events Around the Rock

The first half of the month was all about big celebrations, and now we’re settling back into exploring our favorite city. Let’s get into it.


Friday, Feb. 16

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 exhibits showcasing the work of Adrienne Thompson at The Hub and the Six Bridges Watercolor Group at Argenta Library. The Art Walk starts at 5 p.m. Learn more here.

Dial Up ’90s Party at The Hall // If you’re now thinking about those high-pitched beeps and boops, you belong at the Black Hearts Ball. Pump up your Reeboks and come dance to tunes from your favorite artists of the era, and keep it extra moody by wearing all black. It starts at 8 p.m. Learn more here.


Saturday, Feb. 17

MLK Day of Service at the St. Joseph Center of Arkansas // After winter weather postponed plans across the city last month, St. Joseph’s is ready to roll up its sleeves. The center is joining forces with the Central Arkansas Master Naturalists to keep the historic grounds in order, and they need your help. Be there 9 a.m. – noon. Learn more here.

Family Art Festival at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts // In conjunction with it’s new exhibit “Action/Abstraction Redefined: Modern Native Art, 1940s to 1970s,” AMFA is celebrating with a day of art demonstrations, hands-on activities and performances by the Bizhiki Culture and Dance Company. The fest lasts from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn more here.

Reopening Celebration at Beautywood Books // This NLR shop has a new look. After closing for a few weeks of renovations, Beautywood 2.0 is ready to make its debut complete with a day of yoga, vendor pop-ups and some Lunar New Year fun for the kiddos. Doors open at 10 a.m. Learn more here.

Dancing Into Dreamland at the Dreamland Ballroom // Dust off your best moves. This annual fundraiser benefiting Friends of Dreamland is back to help restore the historic Taborian Hall. The event offers guests a front row seat to a dance competition on the ballroom’s new dance floor, plus plenty of good eats and libations to keep the party going. It kicks off at 7 p.m. Learn more here.


Thursday – Sunday, Feb. 15-18

Garden Bros Nuclear Circus at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds // Another big top has come to Little Rock. Packed with bright lights and high-flying stunts, the Garden Bros promise five rings of full-on fun for the whole fam. You have 10 chances to catch the show. Learn more here.


Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 17 & 18

“Swan Lake” at the Robinson Center // One of dance’s most famous productions is coming to the stage in Ballet Arkansas’ first production of the year. Between the magic, Tchaikovsky’s iconic score and it being BA’s first non-“Nutcracker” show at Robinson in more than 20 years, this show is a must-see. Catch it at 2:30 p.m. both days and at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Learn more here. 


Film Screenings

Once again, there are lots of special screenings this weekend, so we thought it deserved its own category. Pass the popcorn.



  • 7 p.m. – “Caddyshack” at Ron Robinson Theater



  • 12:30 p.m. – “Anatomy of a Fall” as part of the Arkansas Cinema Society’s For Your Consideration series at AMFA
  • 3 p.m. – “The Barber of Little Rock” as part of the Arkansas Cinema Society’s For Your Consideration series at AMFA

Friday – Sunday: Oscar-Nominated short films at Riverdale 10 Cinema

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