Do you know what’s happening this weekend? AY About You Magazine has all the details to help you plan a fantastic weekend, whether you want to kick back and watch some sports, enjoy some live entertainment or eat some great food.
Each Friday, AY President and Publisher Heather Baker sits down with the guys at 103.7 The Buzz to share some of the hottest events going on over the weekend in Arkansas. With so many fun things going on, you shouldn’t be limited to just a few events, though!
There are always great things to do in the Natural State, and AY has compiled some of the most exciting events. Here are the top 10 weekend events coming up from Friday, April 9 to Sunday, April 11, plus a few bonus events.
What: SoMa Entertainment District
Where: SoMa neighborhood in Little Rock
When: 5-9 pm
Looking for some good food and good entertainment? Look no further than SoMa in Little Rock! The SoMa Entertainment District is opening back up this spring, and that means you’ll be able to order food and drinks and eat outside. There will also be live music and other great events going on around this fun neighborhood.
What: The Arkansas 500 motorcycle ride
Where: Byrd’s Adventure Center in Ozark
When: Friday, April 9-Sunday, April 11
This is the 10thannual motorcycle ride, which spans three days across 500 miles of back roads in Arkansas. You’ll travel through forests, climb huge hills, cross water and ride back roads. The ride starts at 8 a.m. on Friday in Ozark. You must register to participate, and the cost is $175.
What: UA Little Rock Trojans Baseball Team vs. South Alabama
Where: Gary Hogan Field in Little Rock
When: 6pm on Friday and Saturday, 1 pm on Sunday
It’s getting into prime baseball season in Arkansas. The Trojans men’s baseball team will be facing South Alabama in a three-game series. Head over to root for the Trojans in what will surely be a great series. Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under.
What: Arkansas Razorbacks Softball Team Vs. Alabama Crimson Tide
Where: Bogle Park in Fayetteville
When: 6pm on Friday, 11 am on Saturday, 1 pm on Sunday
If you’re in Northwest Arkansas, you might want to watch the University of Arkansas’ softball team. They are on fire right now, with the highest ranking in team’s history at no. 8 in ESPN/USA Today ranking. They are facing off against no. 3 ranked Crimson Tide. Reserved seats already sold out but Bogle Berm lawn seats are still available for purchase.
What: The Arkansas Derby
Where: Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort
When: Saturday, April 10, Saturday, April 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
This is the biggest day in racing in Arkansas. Tt is the last prep race on the road to the 2021 Kentucky Derby, and the race is worth $1 million. It is a 1 1/8 mile, Grade 1 race with 170 total qualifying points.
You must register for tickets, but April 10 is already sold out. Tickets still available for the race on April 11. Tickets are $0 to $4.50 depending on your seat location. (The outdoor apron area is free admission but there’s a 50 cent fee for ordering ticket online.)
Didn’t get tickets? The race will also be televised as part of NBC Sports’ “Road to the Kentucky Derby” at 6 p.m.
What: Crawfish Boil Block Party
Where: Argenta Arts District
When: Satuday, April 10 at 2 pm
During this crawfish boil, the street will be closed down for a full party. There will be live music from Jess and the Mess, Billy Gibson and Al Gamble. The boil starts at 2pm with music at 3pm. Food costs are $10 per pound of crawfish with fixings.
What: Ronnie Milsap concert
Where: TempleLive in Fort Smith
When: Saturday, April 10 at 8 p.m.
Country music star Ronnie Milsap will be performing with Graycie York on Saturday. Milsap will be familiar to many country music fans, having recorded several top hits, including (There’s) No Getting’ Over Me, “Never Had It So Good” and “Pure Love” He was inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014. York is a young country music artist who plays multiple instruments, including piano, guitar and ukulele. Tickets are $35-75
What: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s ‘The Soldier’s Tale’
Where: Robinson Center
When: 7:30 pm on Saturday, April 10 and 3pm on Sunday, April 11
This show tells the story of a WWI solider who sells a violin to the devil for unlimited wealth. Things don’t go well for him. he show will feature seven musicians, three actors and one ballet dancer. ‘The Soldier’s Tale’ is a partnership with Ballet Arkansas, ASO and Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts. It will be available for in-person viewing and streaming, and tickets and streaming is available for $10 minimum donation
What: AGCCC Little Rock Gun and Knife Show
Where: Windsong Event Center in North Little Rock
When: 9am-5pm on Saturday, 9am-4pm on Sunday
Hosted by Arkansas Gun & Cartridge Collectors Club, this show will feature a collection of guns and knives for purchase. All federal, state and local firearm regulations will be followed. The cost is $10 for general admission, $8 for military or police, and is free for children under 12.
What: Four States Fair
Where: Four States Fairgrounds in Texarkana
When: April 8-11
Open Monday-Friday at 5pm, Saturday at 10am, Sunday at 1 pm
This is the second and last week of the fair. You’ll get to see plenty of roping and rodeo performances, with rodeos happening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Gate admission for the fair is $7 for adults and $5 for children 6-12.
What: ARSCAA “Fresh Rubber”
Where: Stuttgart Municipal Airport
When: Saturday, April 10 at 8 a.m.
Hosted by Arkansas Region Sports Car Club of America, this is a real life race for sports car enthusiasts. This is a solo race that gives you autocross racing points. This is the second event of the season. The cost is $30 for SCCA members, $50 for non-members. Register for the race at Motorsportreg.com. Can’t make it on Saturday? There is another event on Sunday, April 11 at 7 am at the Stuttgart Municipal Airport. The cost is the same.
What: Wetlands Walkabout
Where: William E. “Bill” Clark Presidential Wetlands
When: 10:30 a.m.
Take a leisurely stroll around Little Rock’s wetlands this Saturday. This walkabout will be two laps around the wetlands.There will be plenty of photo opportunities with nature and river shots. You’ll get to see the restoration work that’s been done on the wetlands. Check in on the MeetUp app so you’ll have some company: at https://www.meetup.com/arfrugalfunseekers/events/275963812/
What: Food Photography Class
Where: Downtown Little Rock (Exact Location Given to Participants)
When: 1pm on Sunday, April 11
This two-hour food photography class will teach you the techniques and styles for photographing food in various Little Rock locations. It is open to all skill levels but has a limited number of spots. Bring a camera with full manual mode, and the cost is $35. Register at LittleRockPhotographyGroup.com