Weekend To-Do List: 9 Events to Check Out

From art galleries to shopping deals and concerts, there’s plenty going on this weekend in the metro. Check out the events you should keep an eye out for.

Thursday (Aug. 7)

Shop N Sip in Hillcrest, Little Rock: On the first Thursday of each month, the shops in Hillcrest are open late. Come enjoy the shopping, live music, food and drinks from 6-9 p.m.

Friday (Aug. 8)

Second Friday Cinema at Old State House Museum, 300 W. Markham St., Little Rock: The Old State House Museum will show “September 30, 1955” at this month’s Second Friday Cinema. The film follows an Arkansas teen enamored with James Dean and his reaction to Dean’s death. The film is written and directed by James Bridges of Arkansas, who is also known for “The China Syndrome,” “Urban Cowboy” and “Bright Lights, Big City.” The event goes from 5-8 p.m. Ben Fry, general manager of KLRE/KUAR, will introduce the film and hold a discussion after the screening.

Second Friday Art Night, Little Rock: There’s plenty for you to enjoy for Second Friday Art Night in downtown Little Rock. The Historic Arkansas Museum will hold an opening reception for The Great Arkansas Quilt Show 3. The Butler Center Galleries will have an opening exhibition for Quapaw Quarter: Where Little Rock’s History Lives, and music from Kit and Kaboodle. Cox Creative Center, Stratton’s and the Arkansas Capital Corp. Group will also have events. The events are set for 5-8 p.m. For more, click here.

The Art Department presents John Harlan Norris at Thea Foundation, 401 Main St., Suite 100, North Little Rock: The Art Department’s fourth installment at Thea Foundation will feature the works of John Harlan Norris. A reception is set for 6:30-9 p.m. Friday. Admission is $10 at the door and includes hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and live music from The Funk A Nites. Get $3 off with the event password, which will be revealed on Facebook and Twitter at 5 p.m. Friday. For more information, click here.

James Taylor at Verizon Arena, One Verizon Way, North Little Rock: Grammy Award-winning artist James Taylor will be in concert at Verizon Arena on Friday night. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is known for “Fire and Rain,” “Country Road,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Shower the People” and “Carolina In My Mind.” Tickets are $78-$98.50 and can be purchased here.

Saturday (Aug. 9)

Yoga on the River at First Security Amphitheater, 400 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock: Is there a better way to start the weekend than with yoga on the banks of the Arkansas River in downtown Little Rock? It’s free and open to all. It starts at 8 a.m.

South Main Vintage Market at The Bernice Garden, 1401 S. Main St., Little Rock: The South Main Vintage Market is back again with antique furniture, kitchenware, clothing and much more. As the name suggests, the market is for those with an eye for the classics as all items are at least 20 years old. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Southern Salt Food Co. food truck will provide breakfast and lunch. For more information, click here.

Friday-Saturday (Aug. 8-9)

Snore and Soar & Breakfast with Elephants at Little Rock Zoo, One Zoo Drive, Little Rock: If you and your family are looking for a nice overnight event to do this weekend, look no further than the Little Rock Zoo. Grab a tent, a few sleeping bags and come to the zoo for an overnight stay! Admission is $29.75 per person for zoo members and $35 for non-members. The event is from 6 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday. To register, click here. Wake up early and enjoy breakfast with the elephants in Cafe Africa. Seating is limited. Admission is $12.95 for member children and $16.95 for non-member children, and $16.95 for member adults and $21.95 for non-member adults. For more information or to make reservations, which is required, call 661-7218.

Shakespeare at the Shelter at Our House, 302 E. Roosevelt Road, Little Rock: Our House is hosting two nights of theatre, William Shakespeare style, to raise money to fund improvements for the local nonprofit. This year, the homeless shelter has plans to renovate its kitchen, which provides 220 meals every day. Showtimes are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here. There are several levels of sponsorship available, in addition to T-shirts for $20. For more information, click here.

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