Weekend To-Do List: 9 Events to Check Out

Well, Riverfest is gone, but there is still plenty to do as we move into the month of June this weekend! There are bike rides, a color run, art and music! Here’s a look at the lineup:

Thursday (May 29)

51st Humanitarian Awards Dinner at Statehouse Convention Center, 101 E. Markham St., Little Rock: This annual celebration honors those Arkansans that build communities and advance the common good. Through community leadership programs, awareness and advocacy efforts and events, Just Communities Arkansas helps build community and diversity to make Arkansas a better place. Rick Fleetwood and Virgil Miller will be honored for their work Thursday night. Past honorees include Dale Bumpers, Wilbur Mills, David Pryor, former President Bill Clinton and Hilary Clinton, and Gov. Mike Beebe and Ginger Beebe. A cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m. Dinner and the awards ceremony is set for 7-9 p.m. Individual tickets are $250. Click here to purchase For more information, including sponsored tables, contact Kerri Sernel at 372-5129 or KSernel@JustCommunities.org.

Saturday (May 31)

Little Rock Gran Fondo at Orbea Bike Shop, 119 Main St., Little Rock: This nearly 70-mile bike ride with take participants through southern Pulaski and eastern Saline counties on a route that features rolling hills and countryside. The ride will begin and end at the Orbea Bike Shop in downtown Little Rock. This is not a race, so there is no timing kept. Registration is $125, and there are only 250 spots available. To register online, click here. For more information, including a map route, click here. Read down for another event on Main Street on Saturday. Those without bikes can rent from Bobby’s Bike Hike. Click here to check rentals.

Run or Dye Little Rock Color 5k at Arkansas State Fair Complex, 2600 Howard St., Little Rock: These runs seem to be taking the state by storm. You walk, run or dance, or all three, the 5k while being covered in different colors! There are three rules to this one. First, don’t worry, be happy. Second, you are your own canvas. And lastly, get ready to “dye” and go to heaven! Individual runner tickets are $57. Click here to purchase. For more information, including a course map, click here. The run starts at 9 a.m.

Pop on Main at Main Street between Clinton Avenue and Second Street, Little Rock: In conjunction with the Little Rock Gran Fondo, Ben E. Keith Foods and Arkansas Times are presenting an afternoon of hand-crafted food and fun. Thomas Bohm, from The Pantry, Donnie Ferneau, Travis McConnel from Butcher and Public, Matt Bell from South on Main, and Arturo Solis from le klaxon noir, will all be there. Each chef will create a pop-up restaurant on the street. Tickets are limited, and are $35 for adults and $10 for kids ages 6-12. Kids under 6 get in free. To purchase tickets, click here.

Legends of Arkansas Music Festival 2014 at First Security Amphitheater, 400 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock: This free festival brings more than 25 musical acts from Arkansas together for quite the music festival. Acts include the Good Time Ramblers, Stephen Neeper & The Wild Hearts, Swampbird, 607, Flatland Fund Donors, Joe Pitts Band, Moonshine Mafia, Jamie Lou Thies, Weakness for Blondes, Whale Fire, Fitra and many more. The festival starts at noon and goes to 11 p.m. For more information, click here.

Caribbean Cabaret, 40 Edgehill Road, Little Rock: Escape to a tropical paradise and support Women & Children First at this year’s cabaret! This annual event will be poolside at the home of Tiffany and Daniel Robinson. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased here. The event begins at 6 p.m. For more information, click here, or check out our Q&A with event chair and host Tiffany Robinson.

Sunday (June 1)

“Diversion,” presented by the Little Rock Wind Symphony Chamber Players at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2223 Durwood Road, Little Rock: The Little Rock Wind Symphony Chamber Players are bringing an afternoon of music with a concert of chamber music. Karen Fannin will conduct the concert. Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors and free for students. The concert starts at 3 p.m. For more information, click here, or contact Brenda Barber at 666-0777 or at ExecDirector@LRWindSymphony.org.

Seersucker Ride at Clinton Presidential Center, 1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock: The Seersucker Ride is back! The ride starts at 6 p.m. at the Clinton Presidential Center, and will be led by BACA President Mason Ellis. The ride will go through the River Market District and the Argenta Arts District before ending at Capital Bar & Grill. Seersucker cocktails will be available for $8, in addition to $4 draft beer. The ride itself is free. For those without bikes can rent at a discounted price from Bobby’s Bike Hike. Click here for rentals. For more information on the ride, click here.

Thursday-Saturday (May 29-31)

The Art & Function of Turned Wood at Gallery 360, 900 S. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock: You’ve got a few more days to enjoy this free exhibit at Gallery 360. The exhibit features lathe-turned wood vessels, hollow forms, platters, and more, from Vernon Oberle, John Wilkins, Gene Sparling, Bob Revell, Charles Kokes, Tim Hogan, Ken Glasscock, Dick Easter and Leslie Dykes. Gallery 360 is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, click here.

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