Stay “in the know” about all the great events going on around Arkansas. AY’s Publisher, Heather Baker, will tell you what the hot spots are this weekend.
Thursday, August 29
What: Science After Dark: Tinkering and Drinking
Where: Museum of Discovery
When: 6 pm
The Museum of Discovery is getting a head start on Tinkerfest 2019 with a tinkering-focused Science After Dark. There will be fun science activities, along with some tasty adult beverages, and food from various sponsors, including Fassler Hall. Find out more here.
What: The Storytellers: An Evening with Steve Azar and Kerry Kurt Phillips
Where: The Joint
When: 8 pm
Ever wanted to know the story behind the songs? This event will be a low-key version of VH1’s Singer-songwriter Steve Azar and Kerry Kurt Phillips are joining up for a night of swapping stories about past, present and future songs. Tickets are $40. Find out more here.
What: RazorRock Tailgate Business After Hours
Where: Bale Chevrolet
When: 5-7 pm
Here’s your chance to network and “pig” out – after all, it’s the start of the Razorback football season. Multiple local restaurants will be showing off their chops. Tickets are $15 at the door, and attendees must be 21 or up. Find out more here.
What: Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Where: Statehouse Convention Center
When: 6-9 pm
The Arkansas Women’s Hall of Family is honoring the accomplishments of women who have impacted Arkansas. The reception begins at 6 pm, with the program beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $200. Find out more here.
Thursday, August 29-Saturday, August 31
What: End of Seafood Boil
Where: Petit & Keet
When: 4 pm
Those summer nights are coming to an end, and Petit & Keet is sending them out with a bang. They are throwing an old-fashioned seafood boil with Alaskan King Crab legs, sausage, crab boil potatoes and corn. There will be Tiki style cocktails and drunken sno-cones. Find out more here.
Friday, August 30
What: Tool Album Release Party
Where: Rock Town Distillery
When: 5-9 pm
After more than a decade of waiting, the new Tool album is here. Rock Town Distillery is celebrating the album release with a night dedicated to the band. There will be Tool music playing all night long, along with some special themed cocktails. Find out more here.
What: Ballet Arkansas Open Studio Series
Where: 520 Main Street
The Ballet Arkansas dancers are back in the studio, and you’ll get the chance to be right there with them. Ballet Arkansas is opening up the studio for free. You can meet the dancers and staff and see them behind the scenes. Find out more here.
What: Overdose Awareness Day 2019
Where: Arkansas State Capitol
When: 6-8 pm
International Overdose Awareness Day is held in August for the purpose of raising awareness about drug overdoses and reducing the stigma of drug-related deaths. This event will feature information tables, guest speakers and music. Find out more here.
What: Critical Mass Bike Ride
Where: Clinton Presidential Library
When: 6:30 pm
Start Labor Day Weekend off with a brisk bike ride. The ride will start around 7:15 pm, and there will be an hour stop to recharge and rehydrate. It’s a great chance to meet people from around Little Rock. Find out more here.
What: Clint Black
Where: First Security Amphitheater
When: 7 pm
Clint Black is coming to Little Rock’s Frist Security Amphitheater on his 30thanniversary tour.
He released his first album “Killin’ Time” in 1989. (The tour is the “Killin’ Time” Tour.)
Four of the songs on that album reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles. He won the Academy of Country Music’s Album of the Year, Top Male Vocalist, Top New Male Vocalist and Single of the Year (“A Better Man”) in 1989.
He’s part of the “Class of 1989” along with Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson who release their first singles that year.
Black will perform along with Restless Heart, Confederate Railroad and Bree Ogden, an Arkansas native and the 2019 Arkansas Country Music Young Artist of the Year.
Gates open at 5:30 pm.
Tickets range from $19.75 to $59.75.
More high-profile concerts are coming to First Security Amphitheater. The Little Rock Convention and Visitors’ Bureau has partnered with Awakening Events to bring 3 top-tier shows in 2019 and 6 shows in 2020 to Little Rock.
There are plans for an additional series of free or low cost concerts for after-work crowds.
What: Salt Bowl 2019
Where: War Memorial Stadium
When: 7:30 pm
Now in its 45th year, this is the great Arkansas high school football rivalry. Benton and Bryant will face off in what has become the highest attended high school football game in the state. Tickets are $15 on the day of the game. Find out more here.
What: Express Yourself T-Shirt Night
Where: South on Main
When: 10 pm
A host of talented performers, from the Rodney Block Collective to Bijoux and DJ G-Force, will be on hand at South on Main to get everyone dancing. Everyone is encouraged to wear their craziest T-shirt! Find out more here. Tickets are $15.
Friday, August 30-Saturday, August 31
What: Rumble in the Rock 2019
Where: Rock City Harley-Davidson
When: 9 am-12 pm
The Rock City Harley Davidson is hosting the event at its new facility at 400 Gateway Loop at the Outlets of Little Rock.
There will be live music on Friday and Saturday. There is a car, truck and motorcycle show-n-shine on Saturday.
Get custom pin-striping from renown artists from Arkansas and Texas.
They will be giving demo rides on the new 2020 Harley Davidson models.
Games, raffles, dealership giveaways and contests all weekend.
Third annual Rock City BBQ Challenge will take place Saturday.
Tons of stuff for kids – bounce house, coloring contests and more.
There will be a headliner concert on Saturday night at 7 pm. Entry for the concert is $10. You’ll have to go to find out who it will be!
(There will be entry fees for certain events, like the car show)
The event supports Feed the Vets organization.
Friday, August 30-Sunday, September 1
What: The Rooster Rebellion play
Where: The Weekend Theater
When: 7:30 pm (Friday and Saturday), 2:30 pm (Sunday)
This play is making its U.S. debut right here in Little Rock after showing in London and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It is about a London teenager who runs away to help her homeless ex-teacher and then tries to create a utopian homeless society. Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for students, seniors and military. Find out more here
Saturday, August 31
What: Labor Day Food Truck Party
Where: The Rail Yard
When: 11 am
The Rail Yard, an urban beer garden, is hosting a Labor Day Weekend Food Truck Party.
This weekend, there will be food trucks and live music at the East Village spot.
Food trucks: Count Porkula, Tacos Godoy, Nach’Yo Nachos and A Little Crepesy.
Did you know? The Rail Yard is Count Porkula’s permanent home.
Drinks available from CANtainer or inside at the bar.
Live music from nine groups, including Michael McBroom Trio, Anna Adams, Allie Wade, max Sheppard, Casey Sparks, Trey & Lexi Pendley, Jack Seabaugh, DadBod, Buh Jones Band.
There will be an hour-long open mic that afternoon.
What: Hot Springs Blues Festival
When: 12 pm
Where: Hill Wheatley Plaza in downtown Hot Springs
The Hot Springs Blues Festival is coming back with a strong lineup of blues musicans.
Seven musical acts will be performing during the festival. Performers are all from Arkansas.
Performers include Mike Tripp (solo artist), Spa City Youngbloods (group from Blues in the Schools youth music program), Greg “Big Papa” Binns, Ben “Swamp Donkey” Brenner, Charlotte Taylor & Gypsy Rain, Grant Garland Band, and Steve Hester Band.
Festival has been put on ever year since 1997.
The festival is put on by the Hot Springs Blues Society, a nonprofit that was founded in 1997. The society also puts on the Hot Springs Gumbo & Crawfish Festival and the Blues in the Schools music program.
Family friendly event. Will happen rain or shine.
Food and beverages will be available for sale. No outside food/drinks allowed.
General admission to the festival is $15. A festival pass and Blues Society membership is $25.
What: The Village People with the Big Dam Horns
Where: Magic Springs Theme and Water Park
When: 6 pm
The iconic Village People are heading to Hot Springs this weekend, and the Big Dam Horns, one of Arkansas’ most popular bands, will be supporting them. The concert is free for those with park admission or a season pass. Find out more here.
Sunday, September 1
What: Sheryl Underwood comedy show
Where: Loony Bin Comedy Club
When: 7 pm
This Little Rock native and co-host of the CBS show “The Talk” is coming back to town for two shows. It’s sure to be hilarious and insightful. Find out more here.
What: Weird Al Yankovic: The Strings Attached Tour
Where: Verizon Arena
When: 8 pm
The mind behind “Amish Paradise” will be taking the Verizon Arena by storm this weekend. There’s a reason why he’s called Weird Al – he’s definitely weird – but he’s a great performer. Find out more here.
What: Arsenal vs. Tottenham Watch Party
Where: Fassler Hall
When: 10:30 am
Got a favorite football team? Not that kind of football! We’re talking about soccer. Arsenal and Tottenham are playing this Sunday, and Fassler Hall is hosting a watch party. Get yourself some grub and settle in for the game. Find out more here.
What: Go Nuts for Squirrels
Where: Witt Stephens Nature Center
When: 1-3 pm
Learn more about this critters at the nature center. Find out some of the coolest facts and even some of their secrets. Free admission. Find out more here.