Weekend Guide: April 18-21

If you thought things were slowing down after the eclipse, you must’ve forgotten what springtime is like in the city. These 20+ activities should help remind you. Let’s get into it.

 

Thursday, April 18

ASO Giving Day Concert at The Rail Yard // Give a little, get a little. The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra is hosting its annual fundraising day on Thursday, then wrapping things up with a free concert, food trucks, games and hands-on learning. Stop by 4:30-6:30 p.m. Learn more here.

Expressions Art Show at The Hall // Let there be art. Now in its 18th year, this event showcases hundreds of artworks created by individuals living with severe mental illness who are part of the Birch Tree Communities program. The night includes food, music and a coffee bar, and proceeds benefit the nonprofit. It starts at 5:30 p.m. Learn more here. Bonus: If you want to keep the conversation going, check out M2 Gallery’s “Together for Tomorrow” art show with the Arkansas Crisis Centers. More on that here.

Seersucker Spring Social at the Old State House Museum // We do declare, it’s high time for some fine Southern style. This 10th annual event is all about celebrating the best of the South, so put on your Sunday best and stop by for lawn games, libations, hors d’oeuvres, raffles and lots of seasonal fashion. The best part? Proceeds benefit the School Bus Fund, which enables area schools to visit the OSHM and learn about Arkansas history. Get your seersucker on from 6-8 p.m. Learn more here.

And get your taste buds ready with this Arkie Mint Julep recipe.

CARTI Salute! at CARTI Cancer Center // We’ll raise a glass to this. This second annual bash brings together some of your favorite local restaurants for a progressive wine and food event. Expect eats from Cache, 42 Bar & Table, Kemuri, Oceans, Samantha’s and more, and all to benefit CARTI. It starts at 6 p.m. Learn more here.

Family Dinner Night Reopening Celebration at Williams Library // After extensive renovations, the CALS Sue Cowan Williams Library is almost ready to welcome the crowds on Friday. But first, guests are invited to a night of local food, drinks, music and fun while getting a first look at the new digs. It starts at 6:30 p.m. Learn more here.

Miss the memo on Williams? Catch up here.

Lynyrd Skynyrd & ZZ Top at Simmons Bank Arena // Talk about a double-header. The two rock icons are bringing their Sharp Dressed Simple Man Tour to the NLR stage, beards and all. Showtime is 7 p.m. Learn more here.

River City Men’s Chorus Spring Concert at St. James United Methodist Church // We like the sound of this. “Connections” is the name of this year’s spring event that marks the final concert of the group’s 20th anniversary season, and tonight is the final performance run. The free show starts at 7 p.m. Learn more here.

“Rock of Ages” Opening Night at The Studio Theatre // Take a trip down your iTunes Memory Lane with this musical based around your favorite ’80s classic rock hits. Stock up on Aqua Net and strap in for this “rock ‘n’ roll fairytale.” Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Learn more here.

The Brother Brothers at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts // Next up in the AMFA concert series are twins Adam and David Moss, an indie folk duo born and raised in Peoria, Illinois. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Friday, April 19

Third Friday Art Walk in Argenta // 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 motherhood-inspired exhibit opening at Argenta Library, hands-on fun at The Hub and an Annika Wade exhibit opening at Acansa Gallery. The Art Walk starts at 5 p.m. Learn more here.

“Antiquities” at The Joint // Filmed largely in the Argenta neighborhood, this movie is marking its fifth anniversary with a screening and Q&A with writer Graham Gordy and writer/director Daniel Campbell, all hosted by Arthouse Garage. It starts at 7 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Saturday, April 20

Walk MS: Little Rock at the North Shore Riverwalk Park // The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is hosting its annual fun walk this weekend. Put on your orange and join the mission. Start time is 9 a.m. Learn more here.

Sunshine Market & Plant Sale at Dunbar Community Garden // File this one under “a rather lovely Saturday.” Hosted by Paper Hearts Bookstore, this market features local, women-owned businesses offering everything from jewelry to food trucks. And the icing on the cake is Dunbar’s annual plant sale. Stop by and shop 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Learn more here. 

One more for the bookworms: Mark Your Calendar for the Rock Cities Book Crawl

Autism Festival & Walk at War Memorial Stadium // Happy Autism Awareness Month! The Arkansas Autism Foundation is keeping the month-long festivities going with this free fest. The family-friendly day includes food, games, entertainment and a one-mile walk. Gates opens at 10 a.m. Learn more here.

Trucks, Taps & Tunes at Park Plaza // The Arkansas Foodbank’s 40th anniversary festivities are also continuing with an afternoon of food trucks, craft breweries and live entertainment, all to help feed local families. Stop by 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Learn more here.

East Village Art Market at The Rail Yard // You can’t keep us away for long, Sixth Street. This monthly market invites guests to “sip, shop and stay a while,” which will be no problem thanks to the lineup of artists, creatives and menu specials. Stop by 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Learn more here.

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in Concert at the Robinson Center // The Boy Who Lived has never been quite so magical. This special screening of the 2001 film brings Harry and the gang back to the big screen, this time with live accompaniment by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Catch the show at 1:30 or 7:30 p.m. Learn more here.

More stage news: These Broadway shows are coming to the Robinson Center.

The Evolve Gala at the Statehouse Convention Center // With the theme “Be a Bridge” this annual fundraiser is back to celebrate The Centers. Guests can expect dinner, drinks, music, auctions and a special tribute to the 2024 Hero of Hope Ron Boyeskie and this year’s class of Champions of Hope. The evening begins at 6 p.m. Learn more here.

Designers Choice Fashion Preview at The Venue at Westwind // Things are about to get real stylish. Now in its 14th year, this fashion show benefiting the Timmons Arts Foundation hits the catwalk showcasing the latest from local designers. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Thursday – Saturday, April 18-20

Lanterns! Festival at Wildwood Park for the Arts // Leave the passport at home. This annual favorite fest turns 105 acres of parkland into a cultural playground lit with luminaries and fire pits, winding around areas designed to represent different exotic locales and eras. At this year’s festival, guests will be transported to (and enjoy the tastes of) China, England, Argentina, Nashville and even a “pirate land” and fairytale forest. Festival hours are 6-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 4-10 p.m. Saturday. Learn more here.

Movies at Ron Robinson Theater // The popcorn is flowing once again at the CALS theater in the River Market. Up first is “Koyaanisqatsi” with the National Endowment for the Arts on Thursday at 7 p.m., then “And Still I Rise” with The Celebrate! Maya Project on Friday at 6 p.m. On Saturday is the next Exhibition on Screen installment “Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse” at 4 p.m., followed by an interactive screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 8 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Sunday, April 21

“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” at the Argenta Contemporary Theatre // We’ve definitely got that loving feeling for this Broadway musical following the story of Carole King, the composer and singer/songwriter behind songs like “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling.” Showtime is 2 p.m., and as of this writing, it’s the only time still available all weekend. Learn more here.

 

Thursday – Sunday, April 19-21

FunBox at The Outlets of Little Rock // Might want to stretch first. The “world’s biggest bounce park” is parked in LR the next two weekends, and it’s definitely a sight to behold. The sprawling inflatable playground features a ninja wall, obstacle course, 23-foot slide and lots more. Even better? FunBox works to support local foster care charities at all its tour stops. Tickets are available in 90-minute increments and are going fast. Learn more here.

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