September 2018

 

September 8
Main Street Food Truck Festival

Feast on fare from more than 60 food trucks and enjoy dozens of craft vendors, live entertainment, and much more at this food festival along six blocks of Main Street and Capitol Avenue, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  mainstreetfoodtrucks.com

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September 8
3rd Annual Harvest Night

Celebrate Hunger Action Month at this family-friendly fundraiser for Arkansas Foodbank from 5-8 p.m. at the Foodbank’s warehouse. Look for live music, BBQ, catfish, desserts from Loblolly and Honey Pies, a petting zoo, face painting, balloon animals, an “Awesome Science” presentation from the Museum of Discovery, and bounce houses. Adults, $40 (includes dinner and two drinks); kids under 12 are free. arkansasfoodbank.org

 

September 8-9
Arkansas Comic Con

Enjoy a family-friendly event at the Statehouse Convention Center that brings together a diverse list of guests, vendors, artists and fan groups to celebrate their favorite characters. Adults, $20 per day or $30 for the weekend; kids ages 2-8, $5 per day; under 2, free.  arkansascomiccon.com

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September 14
“First Ladies of Arkansas:
Women of Their Times” Grand Re-opening

Explore the lives and gowns of Arkansas’s first ladies at the Old State House Museum’s newly renovated exhibit. The whole family will enjoy this collection of first ladies’ gowns and an opening day full of fun, games, ice cream from Loblolly and activities from 5-8 p.m.  oldstatehouse.com

 

September 15
Seventh Annual Tinkerfest 

Don’t miss this day-long, hands-on festival by the Museum of Discovery in downtown Little Rock. From 9 a.m.-3 p.m., the whole family can enjoy a wide variety of interactive activities that provide opportunities to explore the engineering and science behind building objects. Tinkerfest is included in regular museum admission. $10 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under, free for members. museumofdiscovery.org

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September 21-Oct. 7
“Curious George: The Golden Meatball”

Go on an adventure with your favorite mischievous monkey at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theater production of “Curious George: The Golden Meatball.” Curious George celebrates Meatball Day by helping his pal Chef Pisghetti make his extra special all-you-can-eat meatballs for crowds of hungry friends. This high-energy musical is based on the well-known and well-loved book series by H. A. and Margaret Rey. $10 for members, $12.50 for nonmembers. arkansasartscenter.org

 
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September 22
Thea Paves the Way

Make your mark at Thea Foundation’s annual sidewalk chalk event from 8 a.m. to noon on the front lawn of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library. School groups, organizations and families are invited to cover the sidewalks in vibrant chalk art and enjoy face painting, gourmet popcicles by Le Pops and more. Teachers who register school groups have a chance to win one of ten $300 gift certificates for art supplies from Blick Art Materials. theafoundation.org

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August 2018

 

Stuff the Bus 

Junior League of Little Rock

Roll up your sleeves with the Junior League of Little Rock at their community project, Stuff the Bus, and help them deliver thousands of school supplies to seven Little Rock School District elementary schools including Baseline, Chicot, Geyer Springs, Meadowcliff, Romine, Stephens and Watson. Over the past 12 years, Stuff the Bus has grown tremendously, and this year, the project will serve more than 3,300 students!

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August 4-5
Tax-Free Weekend!

Get your back-to-school shopping done on this tax-free weekend! Shop for certain school supplies, art supplies, school instructional materials and clothing without paying sales tax. 

 

August 11
Lil' Farmers Kids Club

Get your kids, age 12 and under, involved in learning about healthy eating at this fun, hands-on event at the Little Rock farmers market from 10 to 11 a.m. Supplies are limited to the first 25 participants.
facebook.com/LRFarmersMarket

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August 14
“The Wizard of Oz”

Cool off with a classic at Riverdale 10 VIP Cinema and catch a 7 p.m. screening of the original 1939  “Wizard of Oz” starring Judy Garland. Kids of all ages will love this epic, dream of a journey on the big screen. 
riverdale10.com

 

 
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August 18
Walk With Me 5K
& Family Fun Walk

Raise money for Easterseals Arkansas and get some exercise at this 5K and family fun run complete with food, drinks and childrens' activities including face painting, bounce houses and more! 
easterseals.rallybound.org

 

 

July 2018

All Month Long
 

July marks the 40th anniversary of Magic Springs Theme and Waterpark!

Head to the Spa City to spend a day at the waterpark or enjoy the newest thrill ride, Brain Drain. There are events planned all month long, including concerts, drive-in movies, free admission days for educators and more! 
magicsprings.com

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Arkansas Travelers

Catch an Arkansas Travelers game at Dickey-Stephens Park. The July schedule is packed with tons of home games and great promotions to keep the kids entertained. Look for post-game fireworks on July 27! 
https://www.milb.com/arkansas

 
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Wye Mountain Flowers and Berries 

Spend a day and fill some buckets with delicious blueberries and blackberries at Wye Mountain Flowers and Berries. Kids love picking berries and all the delicious muffins, cobblers and jam you can make! After you finish picking, check out the barnyard petting area, ride the berry choo-choo and grab some fresh-cut flowers. 
wyemountain.net

 
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July 9
National Sugar Cookie Day!

 

Movies in the Park

Enjoy a free movie night with the family at Movies in the Park. The films are family-friendly and begin at sunset. Arrive early at the First Security Amphitheatre in Riverfront Park to get a good spot, and feel free to bring a blanket and cooler.
moviesintheparklr.net.

July 11, “Star Wars The Force Awakens,” PG-13

July 18, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” PG

July 25, “Beauty and the Beast,” PG

 
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July 21

Youth Home’s 8th Annual

Casino Night

Ante up for Youth Home’s 8th Annual Casino Night and Texas Hold’em Tournament at Next Level Events. This fundraiser supports Youth Home’s mental health programs for people of all ages. It’s a night of fun featuring craps, roulette, blackjack, slot machines and more, all staffed by experienced and knowledgeable dealers. 
youthhome.org

 

June 2018

Open Now!
Oaklawn Foundation Dinotrek

Explore a prehistoric world of dinosaurs complete with life-like sound effects and professional lighting at Mid-America Science Museum! It’s the first of its kind in the state, showcasing 18 dinosaurs ranging from the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic periods along 21 wooded acres on the park grounds.
midamericamuseum.org.

 
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Movies in the Park

Enjoy a free movie night with the family at Movies in the Park. The films are family-friendly and begin at sunset. Arrive early at the First Security Amphitheatre in Riverfront Park to get a good spot, and feel free to bring a blanket and cooler.
moviesintheparklr.net.

June 6, “Wonder Woman,” PG-13

June 13, “Zootopia,” PG

June 20, “School of Rock,” PG-13

June 27, “Sixteen Candles,” PG

 

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Through July 22
Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition

Stroll through the Arkansas Arts Center’s exhibition of some of the best artwork from kids in grades kindergarten though high school. The juried exhibit selected 492 works in a wide range of media and techniques, from crayons to pastels, sculpture and collage.
arkansasartscenter.org.

 

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June 9
Kidstock! Summer Reading Club Kickoff
Family Music Festival

Enjoy a day of kid-friendly music, magic and reading from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to kick off the Central Arkansas Library System’s summer programming at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library. The day’s events include Craig O’Neill throwing out the first book of summer, followed by performances by Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show, Dogtown Ukulele Band, outdoor activities, bubbles and more! cals.org.

 

 

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June 12
Shania Now Tour

Get a sitter and get the girls together for Shania Twain preforming at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock! Look for songs off the new album as well as throwback hits. verizonarena.com.

 

June 16
Juneteenth

The Juneteenth Celebration Of Freedom is an annual, family-friendly commemoration of the end of slavery held at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. It’s a block party-style celebration with live music, children’s activities, film screenings, food trucks and vendor booths. The musician lineup includes: Shanice, Sir the Baptist and special host Larry Dodson of the Bar Kays, Dazz & Brie, ZaeHD, Big Piph more. 
mosaictemplarscenter.com.

 

June 16
East Village Street Food Jam

Food trucks and live music bring the party to the inaugural East Village Street Food Jam, presented by Downtown Little Rock Partnership and Riceland Foods on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center. Find delicious local fare in a family-style picnic seating area, a beer garden, and a Kid’s Zone featuring bounce houses and other kid-friendly activities. Event begins at 9 a.m., live music begins at 3 p.m., and the events ends at 9 p.m. Admission, $5. 
centralarkansastickets.com.

 

June 17
Happy Father’s Day

 

June 20
National Vanilla Milkshake Day 

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June 23
Blue Canoe Family Fun Day

There’s something for the whole family at this beer garden bash at Blue Canoe Warehouse from noon to 10 p.m. Look for a bouncy house for the kids, Kona Ice snow cones, plenty of food and beer, live music, yoga in the beer garden and more. bluecanoebrewco.com.

 

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June 30
Reptile Reading: Turtle or Tortoise?

Children’s author Doug Gaston will read and sign copies of his new book, “Turtle or Tortoise,” from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Heifer Village and Urban Farm. After the reading, enjoy children’s activities, including crafts and a nature walk, surprise guests from the Little Rock Zoo and a turtle sighting led by The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center. heifer.org.


MAY 2018

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May 4-6

Toadsuck Daze

Toadsuck Daze in downtown Conway is the only place in Arkansas to find concerts, carnival rides, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, the Toadal Kids Zone and the World-Famous Championship Toad Races. Admission to this family-friendly event is free.
toadsuck.org.

 

May 6
National Lemonade Day!

 

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May 6
Movies in the Parking Lot

Treat the whole family to a classic 80s film in the parking lot of The Root Café. Downtown Little Rock Partnership teams up again with the Arkansas Cinema Society for “Movies in the Parking Lot,” screening “Ghostbusters” at 8 p.m. Bring your own seats and blankets. Admission is free. Food and beer will be available for purchase. 
arkansascinemasociety.org

 


 

May 8
National Teacher Appreciation Day!

 

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May 10
Margarita Festival

Get a sitter and don’t miss the Don Julio Presents Arkansas Times Margarita Festival at the River Market Pavilions! Try 20 different margaritas prepared by local competing bars and restaurants, and determine the winner of Best Margarita! Enjoy live music, access to the after party and food available for purchase.
centralarkansastickets.com.

 


May 12

Little Rock Mini Maker Faire

Get inspired at the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub's exciting hands-on learning and creating event, the North Little Rock Mini Maker Faire, along the North Shore Riverwalk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This all-day event combines science, art and technology to celebrate do-it-yourself creativity and tinkering. Maker Faire is an all-ages festival that's free to the public.
arhub.org.

 

 
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May 12

Mamie’s Poppy Plates

Mamie’s Poppy Plates will hold its annual fundraiser, Race to Remember, at War Memorial Stadium to raise awareness of stillbirth, infant and child loss. Registration includes participation in the certified 5K, food, drinks, activities for kids and lots of fun at this celebration of life!
mamiespoppyplates.com.

 

May 13

Mother's Day

 

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May 18-20

Annual International Greek Food Festival

Experience tastes from across the world at the 34th Annual International Greek Food Festival. This family-friendly event at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church offers food, fun and fundraising. Admission is $3 or three canned food items for the Arkansas Foodbank. 
greekfoodfest.com.


May 18-20

Belle and the Beast

Follow the story of Belle and the Beast as Arkansas Festival Ballet performs the classic fairytale ballet at the Arkansas Arts Center's Children's Theatre. Tickets are  $17-$32. 
arkansasdance.org.

 

 

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May 19

Messtival!

Encourage your kids to get slimy, foamy, muddy and gooey at the Museum of Discovery’s Third Annual Messtival! It’s a fun, hands-on messy day of learning—and you don't have to clean up the messes! Messtival participation is covered under regular museum admission; $8 for kids, $10 for adults, free for members. museumofdiscovery.org.

 

May 19

One District, One Book

Celebrate the end of the school year at One District, One Book, an outdoor festival on the grounds of the Clinton Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free event will offer a variety of literary-based activities including free books, story time, bounce houses and much more to encourage students to read all summer. 
clintonfoundation.org.

 

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May 25-27

Riverfest

Riverfest returns under new direction to Little Rock’s Riverfront Park! The three-day music festival will showcase local, regional and national musicial acts from many genres on two main stages. Kids will love the Ford Family Fun Zone filled with carnival attractions and rides as well as classic festival food, beverages and booth vendors. 
riverfestarkansas.com.

 

May 28

Memorial Day!