Weekend Guide: April 25-28

Spring is in full bloom in the city and so is the social calendar. Let’s get into it.


Thursday, April 25

Grand Reopening at Delicious Temptations // Brunch fiends, our time has come. For the better part of a year, this WLR icon has been working to expand its space and its menu, and now it’s ready to share it all with hungry customers. Doors open for regular service at 8 a.m., and a ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Learn more here. 

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12th Birthday Bash at E.Leigh’s // Cue the confetti cannons. The Hillcrest boutique is celebrating a dozen years of style with a day of discounts, giveaways, bubbly and more. Come party 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Learn more here.

Red Carpet Recovery Gala at The Venue at Westwind // Bring on the paparazzi. The Wolfe Street Foundation’s annual bash brings Hollywood style to Little Rock with fine dining, mocktails, keynote speaker Darren McFadden, auctions, entertainment and, of course, dazzling red carpet arrivals. The night begins at 6 p.m. Learn more here.

Arkansas Times Spring Margarita Festival at the River Market Pavilions // Yes, this fest started as a Cinco de Mayo celebration, but when there are margs on the line, there’s no time like the present. Local restaurants will compete for best margarita while food trucks serve the eats and Club 27 supplies the music. The sipping starts at 6 p.m. Learn more here.

Mutts & Mudbugs at The Hall // Have you had your fill of crawfish this season? We didn’t think so. Come load up on mudbugs, drinks and all the fixin’s while raising a few bucks for Rescue Road, an organization that rescues dogs from high-kill shelters across the state. Stop in from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Learn more here.

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Potluck & Poison Ivy at The Joint // Argenta’s storytelling project is back featuring locals sharing their stories — Southern, savory and sometimes a little poisonous — in unparalleled style. In this session, guests will hear from Janis F. Kearney, president and founder of the Celebrate! Maya Project, along with musical guest The Salty Dogs. It starts at 7 p.m. Learn more here.

Ariana Kim at New Deal Studio // Presented by the Chamber Music Society, this concert will feature “a tasting menu of music for solo violin from Bach to bluegrass and beyond” thanks to acclaimed violinist Ariana Kim. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Learn more here.

“Gershwin, Porgy & More” at Second Presbyterian Church // The Little Rock Wind Symphony is reveling in the warm weather for its latest production. Featuring the talents of soprano Nia Kelley and baritone Kendi Jensen-Loving, this performance will feature works that highlight “rich storytelling with evocative harmonies and narratives that define a musical era.” Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Learn more here.

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“The Golden Gals Live!” at the Robinson Center // Something tells us Bea Arthur would love this. One of TV’s greatest hits gets a makeover in this live parody show written by, directed by and starring “RuPaul’s Drag Race” favorite Ginger Minj. Stock up on cheesecake and catch the show at 8 p.m. Learn more here.


Friday, April 26

Home for Healing Golf Classic at Burns Park Golf Course // Let’s scramble. This 15th annual tourney pits four-person groups against each other on the green, all for the greater good of helping families with loved ones in the hospital. It starts with lunch at 11 a.m., followed by the shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Learn more here.

Opening Night at Ease Bistro // The Ease Supper Club is taking things up several notches by launching a weekly dining service at 100 W. B Ave. in Park Hill. Expect seasonal menus, shareables, wine and cozy vibes every Friday night. Check it out from 4-9 p.m. Learn more here.

Argenta Vibe Music Series at Argenta Plaza // Why, yes, the vibes are immaculate in Argenta this weekend. The NLR neighborhood’s (free!) outdoor concert series kicks off its 2024 season with live music from The Cleverlys, local eats, drinks and even VIP tickets. The show starts at 8 p.m. Learn more here.

PSA: Camp Aldersgate’s signature event Aldersgate After Dark is sold out, but you can still donate to help the camp reach its fundraising goal. More on that here.


Saturday, April 27

Earth Day Market at the St. Joseph Center of Arkansas // It’s never too late to celebrate Mother Nature. The St. Joseph Farm Stand is getting into the spirit with goat yoga, food trucks, vendors and music to go with its regular market lineup. Stop by 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Learn more here.

Rock Cities Book Crawl throughout the metro // Independent Bookstore Day just got even better. This second annual event invites bookworms of all ages to hop between some of your fave indie bookstores — Beautywood Books, The Book Store, Paper Hearts Bookstore, WordsWorth Books and Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing — and get in on special events and perks along the way. Crawl on from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Learn more here. 

Putt Putt Pub Crawl in the River Market // Different crawl, different fun. You and your 21-and-older friends are invited to split into four-person mini golf teams and make your way from bar to bar, putting the whole way. Costumes are encouraged, and all proceeds go to United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas programs and services. The crawl begins at 11 a.m. Learn more here.

Phenomenal Women Luncheon at the Clinton Presidential Center // Let’s go, girls. Local nonprofit Real Images is all about uplifting and empowering women and girls, and this annual fundraising event is a showcase of just that. The 2024 event has the theme “Making Your Power Move” and will honor Debi Barnes and Kimberly Marshall. You can join in person or virtually. The luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m. Learn more here.

Pocket Park Pop-up at the Main Street Pocket Park // Another new market in LR? Don’t mind if we do. This weekend marks the inaugural Saturday of the pop-up’s monthly calendar, and it promises tons of artists, vintage pieces and local goodness. Come shop noon – 5 p.m. Learn more here.

“Action/Abstraction Redefined” Dance Performance at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts // In conjunction with the current exhibit “Action/Abstraction Redefined: Modern Native Art, 1940s to 1970s,” AMFA will host a lineup of performers who blend “breakdance traditions, Indigenous storytelling and contemporary dance.” The show is free and starts at 1:30 p.m. Learn more here.

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Party at the Plaza at Argenta Plaza // This NLR space is getting lots of love this season. Arkansas Hospice is bringing back its fundraising block party packed with great food, local artists, live music and fun for the kiddos. The party starts at 2 p.m. Learn more here.


Friday & Saturday, April 26 & 27

Wild Wines at the Little Rock Zoo // Stripes, spots, whatever — it’s time to party. This can’t-miss bash takes place over the course of two nights with two separate events. Friday night’s VIP event offers guests eats from some of the city’s best restaurants paired with hand-selected wines from O’Looney’s Wine & Liquor, plus live music, from 7-9 p.m. Saturday night is “The Mane Event” with more entertainment, more food and more libations awaiting attendees from 7-10 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Arkansas Zoological Foundation. Learn more here.

Cult Classic Movies at Ron Robinson Theater // The popcorn is flowing once again at the CALS theater in the River Market, and things are getting post-apocalyptic. Up first is a BingoFlix rendition of “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” on Friday, then “Mad Max: Fury Road” on Saturday. Both shows start at 7 p.m. Learn more here.


Sunday, April 28

Baggo, Brats ‘n’ Blues at Rusty Tractor Vineyards // Check, check and check. This family-friendly event promises a day of baggo tournaments, music, grilling out and drink specials, all to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas. It runs 3-7 p.m. Learn more here.

Restore in Perpetuity (R.I.P.) Spring Picnic at Mount Holly Cemetery // If you’re a fan of this yearly event, you probably have it on your calendar already. If not, hear us out. Yes, this picnic takes place in a cemetery (a beautiful one, at that), but the springtime event is all about raising funds to help maintain the historic landmark, and they do it with food, drinks, tours and live music. It takes place from 5-7 p.m. Learn more here.


Friday – Sunday, April 26-28

“Pretty Woman: The Musical” at the Robinson Center // This new musical? Big. Huge. This touring take on the iconic 1990 rom-com features the story you love with music from Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance and a creative team led by Tony-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell of “Hairspray,” “Kinky Boots” and “Legally Blonde.” You have four chances to see the show. Learn more here.

FunBox at The Outlets of Little Rock // The “world’s biggest bounce park” has reached its last weekend in LR, 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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