Katherine Stewart, travel writer
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
Finding things to do on the weekend is usually pretty easy. You’ve probably got a mile-long list of road trips to take and places to visit, not to mention local attractions plus planned events like concerts and shows. But why wait until the weekend to let the good times roll? No matter what you’re into—or maybe don’t even know you’re into yet—there is something happening in Central Arkansas nearly every night of the week. Tack this rundown of recurring weekly and monthly events to the fridge, and never lament that there’s nothing to do again. (P.S. A lot of these events are FREE!)
- Salsa dancing at Club 27. Features basic and intermediate salsa classes followed by dancing to salsa, bachata, merengue, cumbia and more. Where: Club 27 is in the old Juanita’s building at 614 President Clinton Avenue, in the Little Rock River Market. When: Doors at 7 p.m., lessons at 7:30, dancing from 8:30 onwards. Cost: $7 for ages 21+, $5 for military, $10 for ages 18-20. Also: $3 beers and well drinks all night, including Latin favorites like mojitos and caipirinhas. For more info: http://www.littlerocksalsa.com
- Punch Line. Open mic stand-up comedy. Where: The Joint, 301 Main Street, Argenta. When: Every Tuesday at 8 p.m. Cost: $5. Also: Wanna try your hand at stand-up? Get there between 7 and 7:30 p.m. to sign up. Only 15 comics allowed per night, so get there early! More info: http://www.thejointargenta.com
- Terror Tuesday Summer Movie Series. Coming attractions include classic (and not-so) creepfests Night of the Living Dead, Attack of the Giant Leeches, and Dementia 13 (Francis Ford Coppola’s “legitimate” directorial debut). Where: CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Avenue, in the Little Rock River Market. When: 6 p.m. every Tuesday, June 6 through August 15. Cost: $2. Also: RRT has great snacks, wine and local beer. More info: https://www.cals.org/ronrobinson/index.html#calendar
(That’s right, we skipped Monday. Monday is for taking care of any chores leftover from the weekend and getting a good night’s sleep—you’re going to be busy for the rest of the week.)
- Little Rock Bop Club. Swing, ballroom, swing, Latin, swing, night club and swing dancing. Did we mention swing? Lessons kick off every evening, with open dancing afterwards. No partner required for lessons! Where: Care Link Community Center, 12th and Cleveland, Little Rock. When: Every Wednesday; lesson from 7 to 7:45 p.m., dancing until 10 p.m. Cost: $5 for club members, $8 for guests and visitors. More info: http://www.littlerockbopclub.com
- Wild Women Wednesday. Calling all lady-hikers! Join a park interpreter and members of the Central Arkansas Master Naturalists for stimulating adventures on the trails of Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Hear park lore and learn about native flora and fauna—all while getting in a great workout in a beautiful setting. Where: 11901 Pinnacle Valley Road, Little Rock. When: Every Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. (through September; thereafter, hours are 3 to 5 p.m.). Cost: FREE! Also: This group hikes in every kind of weather—unless trails are dangerously slick. Be prepared, and don’t forget bug spray! More info: https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/pinnaclemountain
- Movies in the Park. Classic and popular films shown outdoors on a big screen in downtown Little Rock. Where: Riverfest Amphitheater. When: Every Wednesday throughout June and July; park opens at 6:30 and movies begin at dark. Cost: FREE! Also: Picnics are welcome, but please, no glass. Alcohol is allowed on premises, but uniformed security are onsite, so keep it low-key. More info: http://moviesintheparklr.net
- Movie Night at Stone’s Throw. Prefer to enjoy your free movies indoors? Check out this local microbrewery’s #BetterWithBeerFreeMovieSeries. Where: Stone’s Throw Brewing, 9th and Rock streets, Little Rock (across from the MacArthur Museum). When: Every Wednesday at 6 p.m. Cost: FREE! (or a couple of pints, if you please). More info: Visit Stone’s Throw on Twitter and Facebook for lineup and details.
- Knit & Sip. This knit night at Yarn Mart is open to all skill levels and any kinds of fiber crafts—and the yarn doesn’t even have to be from the shop. Come enjoy a glass of cheap wine and some great conversation while working on fiber arts projects. Where: Yarn Mart, 5910 R Street, Little Rock. When: Every Thursday, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: FREE! More info: http://theyarnmart.com
- Go! Running Night. All ages, all-levels group run in and around the Heights neighborhood followed by social time with refreshments. Where: Go! Running, 1819 N. Grant St., Little Rock. When: Thursdays at 6 p.m. Cost: FREE! More info: http://gorunning.com
- More salsa dancing at Club 27! On Fridays, there’s a basic lesson at 9 p.m. followed by dancing, along with all those fun Latin snacks and cocktails) until 2 a.m. Where: Club 27, 614 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock River Market. When: Fridays from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Cost: $5 before 10 p.m.; $8 afterwards. Also: Friday night salsa dances are 21+. More info: http://www.littlerocksalsa.com
- Sipping and Tying. Come together with the Arkansas Fly Fishers for an evening of social fly-tying. Where: Flyway Brewing, 314 Maple St., North Little Rock. When: The first Monday of every month, from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost: FREE! (but the beer is extra). Also: Experienced makers should bring a vise, tying materials and hook. No experience necessary if you just want to sit in and watch and learn! More info: Check out Flyway’s Facebook page.
- Shop N Sip in Hillcrest. Stroll the sidewalks of historic Hillcrest and enjoy treats and drinks from area merchants, who stay open late and often offer specials for the occasion. Where: The Hillcrest neighborhood of Little Rock. When: The first Thursday of the month, from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: FREE! (depending on your willpower when shopping under the influence). More info: http://www.hillcrestmerchants.net/
- Cribbage Night. Are you a cribbage whiz? Or would you like to be? All levels welcome. Where: Stone’s Throw Brewing, 9th and Rock streets, Little Rock. When: Every second Tuesday; free play from 6 to 7 p.m. and partners and individuals from 7 to 9 p.m. Lessons available all night! Cost: FREE! (beer not included). More info: Visit Stone’s Throw on Twitter and Facebook for lineup and details.
- Movies at MacArthur. Free military documentaries shown in Central Arkansas’s historic military park. Where: The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, 503 East 9th St. Little Rock. When: Every second Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Cost: FREE! More info: Movies at MacArthur.
- Art of Motion: Tango. Learn the “dance of passion” from international instructors in one of Little Rock’s most artistic settings. Where: Arkansas Arts Center, 501 E. 9th St., Little Rock. When: Every second Thursday from 7 to 10:30 p.m.; lesson at 7, with dancing from 8 to 10:30. Cost: $10; FREE! for Arts Center members. More info: https://www.arkansasartscenter.org
- #2FAN. Second Friday Art Night is Little Rock’s original gallery stroll, and, according to one early participant, “the best cheap date in town.” Galleries and exhibition spaces in downtown Little Rock stay open late with refreshments and treats; everything swirls around the Historic Arkansas Museum, which usually has live music and an exhibition opening for the occasion as well. Where: Downtown Little Rock, including the Historic Arkansas Museum, the Arkansas Studies Institute, and often the Old State House Museum. When: Every second Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost: FREE! (unless you find a new piece of art you just have to have). More info: https://www.facebook.com/2ndFridayArtNight/
- Audubon Happy Hour. Stop by for an after-work brew, and Flyway will donate $1 of every pint to Audubon Arkansas for their conservation efforts. Where: Flyway Brewing, 314 Maple St., North Little Rock. When: Every third Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m.
- Happy Hour in the Heights. Much like Shop N Sip in Hillcrest, this is the one evening a month when neighborhood merchants stay open late and offer treats and specials. Where: Little Rock’s Heights Neighborhood. When: Every third Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost: FREE! More info: http://www.intheheightslr.com
- Third Friday Art Walk. With its ever-expanding art scene, Argenta couldn’t help but establish a regular art night of its own. Downtown galleries stay open late and offer refreshments, and oftentimes area artists will join the party in tents on the sidewalks. Where: Argenta Arts and Entertainment District, downtown North Little Rock. When: Every third Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost: FREE! More info: http://www.argentaartsdistrict.org
- Science After Dark. The Museum of Discovery is your playground on this monthly adults-only late-night featuring beer, pizza and unfettered access to all the museum’s exhibit spaces. Every month has a theme (e.g. “Star Wars” or “Anatomy Prom”) with special activities. Where: The Museum of Discovery, 500 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock. When: The final Thursday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: Free for members; $5 for non-members. Also: This event is for adults 21 and over. More info: https://museumofdiscovery.org
Did we leave your favorite recurring activity off the list? Let us know! We’ll keep updating with the seasons and adding new events as we run across them. E-mail [email protected] with your suggestions.