Weekend Guide: June 6-9

Between the markets, concerts and competitions, the fun isn’t slowing down for anyone this weekend. Let’s get into it.

 

Thursday, June 6

First Thursday Shop & Sip in Hillcrest // It’s the first Thursday of the month, and you know what that means — time to get your shop ‘n’ sip on. Soak up the Kavanaugh vibes while you take advantage of the specials, later hours and extra fun, like live painting at Crying Weasel Vintage and music from The Gravel Yard in the Hillcrest Fine Wines & Liquor parking lot. It kicks off at 5 p.m. Learn more here.

Music in the Garden at Dunbar Garden // This is how you liven up a field. The second installment of this Dunbar Garden party includes eats from The Utopia Deli, Flyway sips and plenty of live music, all to support the community garden. BYO lawn chairs and blankets and get comfy for a good cause. It starts at 5 p.m. Learn more here.

Thea Art Department: Bri Peterson at Thea Foundation // The popular quarterly series for Thea is back on the calendar. At this show opening, explore the nostalgia-packed work of local mixed-media artist Bri Peterson through her exhibit “Stay Gold,” complete with evil martians. The art starts at 5:30 p.m. Learn more here. 

 

Friday, June 7

SoMa After Dark on South Main Street // Friday’s fun is just south of 630. This monthly neighborhood bash features area businesses offering later hours and special activities. Highlights this month include the inaugural SoMa Main Street Mile and a Grace Lytle pop-up at South Main Creative. It all begins at 4 p.m. Learn more here.

Fridays on the Lawn at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts // As if you needed another reason to visit the AMFA, Fridays in June now mean lawn games, music, drinks and art classes on the MacArthur Park grounds. Stop by 5-8 p.m. Learn more here.

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Blackberry Night Market at the St. Joseph Farm Stand // Tastes like summer. The St. Joseph Center of Arkansas produces some of the best local blackberries every year, and this time around it’s showcasing the deliciousness in style. Expect an evening full of food trucks, local produce, artists and live music. It kicks off at 5 p.m. Learn more here.

Blue Jeans & Bubbles at Rusty Tractor Vineyards // Bring on the denim. Now in its fourth year, this bash will feature delicious eats, a champagne bar, live music from Jake Dell and Rodney Block and more. It all benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas & North Louisiana. Be there 6-10 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Saturday, June 8

River Cities Dragon Boat Festival at Lake Willastein // Let the water games begin. At this annual event, teams don costumes to race Hong-Kong style in long dragon boats while onlookers get to enjoy music, food trucks, fireworks and more. Even if you’re not in a boat, this is a serious sight to see. Plus, proceeds benefit the Children’s Protection Center. The opening ceremony is set for 9 a.m. Learn more here.

Library Summer Kickoff Parties // Looking for something for the whole fam? Both the Central Arkansas Library System and the North Little Rock Public Library System are launching their summer lineups on Saturday with community celebrations filled with games, food, entertainment and more. The CALS kickoff will be at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., while the NLR bash takes place at Argenta Plaza from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Main Street Trading Post at the Main Street Pocket Park // We don’t know about you, but we can’t get enough of all the pop-up markets in Little Rock these days, and we’re excited to see this one on the calendar again. The open-air event is back with local vendor booths, food, entertainment and lots of vintage finds. Check it out 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Learn more here.

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Friday & Saturday, June 7 & 8

Cosplay Nights at the Little Rock Zoo // Ready thy finest garments. In conjunction with its “Dragon Kingdom” exhibit, the zoo is hosting back-to-back nights of roarin’, soarin’ cosplay fun. Friday night is for the grownups and Saturday is for the fam, both complete with magical entertainment, food and drinks. Learn more here.

Throwback Concerts at The Hall // The dial is set to “dance” on the time machine this weekend. On Friday, Electric Avenue: The ’80s MTV Experience will bring the synthesizer-fueled fun. Then on Saturday, Gimme Gimme Disco brings an ABBA-inspired disco party to the floor. Learn more here.

 

Sunday, June 9

Miracle League Burger Competition in The Heights // Bring on the burgers and beer. Kavanaugh will shut down between Taylor and Pierce streets as teams compete for top honors and attendees enjoy sliders, vote for their favorites and sip craft beer. There’s also live music in store from Joe Sundell and The Rock City String Band. All proceeds benefit the Miracle League of Arkansas. Be there noon – 6 p.m. Learn more here.

Arkansas Classics: “A Face in the Crowd” at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts // The Arkansas Cinema Society is setting its lens on the local scene for its latest film series. Next in the lineup is this 1957 drama detailing the tumultuous rise of Andy Griffith’s Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes from a drunk tank in Arkansas to national stardom. Showtime is 2:30 p.m. Learn more here.

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A Stars & Stripes Celebration at MacArthur Park // It may be a few days early, but the time is always right to celebrate the grand old flag. The Little Rock Wind Symphony is front and center for this annual Flag Day event, a free concert featuring marches, patriotic songs and even free ice cream. Showtime is 7 p.m. Learn more here.

 

Thursday – Sunday, June 6-9

Sporting Events in the Metro // Two local teams are keeping their stadiums busy this weekend, and whether you’re a dedicated fan or just dipping your toe in, it’s a great chance to check them out. The Little Rock Rangers will take on the Hattiesburg Futbol Club from Mississippi on Saturday night, while the Arkansas Travelers go up against the Springfield Cardinals six nights in a row.

Opening Weekend at Local Theaters // The stages are hopping this weekend and we have zero complaints. Opening on Thursday, “Once on this Island” brings a “Calypso-flavored tale of finding love in a world of prejudice” to The Studio Theatre. Then “She Kills Monsters” opens on Friday at The Weekend Theater, bringing “a comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games” to the stage. Meanwhile, the Actors Theatre of Little Rock closes out its run of “26 Pebbles” based on interviews with the families of Sandy Hook victims.

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