Weekend Plans: Rock Town’s Anniversary, Opera in the Ozarks

by Maggie McNeary and Kayla Baugh

AY Publisher Heather Baker joined Fox16 Good Day to talk about this weekend’s activities, including Rock Town Distillery’s 8th anniversary party and PopUp Stifft Station. Our weekly blog post has even more great events, like Opera in the Ozarks.

Thursday

We love a good party – especially an Alley Party. Head to the alley between Museum of Discovery and Zeteo Coffee in Little Rock from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for one of Downtown Little Rock Partnership’s Alley Parties, this one hosted by CDI Contractors. The address is 500 President Clinton Avenue. DJ Mike Poe will bring the music. There will also be a food truck and craft beer from Stone’s Throw Brewing.

It’s International Yoga Day. What better way to celebrate than with DOGA? Yes, that’s yoga with your dog. Cheers and Namaste Yoga and Bark Bar are teaming up for a dog and yoga lover’s dream. From 6 to 7 p.m., yogis and doggies will be at Bark Bar, located at 1201 South Spring Street in Little Rock. Check in starts at 5:45 p.m. It’s $15 for the class, dog entry and your first beer. Bring your own mat, and don’t forget your I.D. and dog’s shot records. Humans must be at least 21 to attend, and dogs must be at least 4 months old.

Friday

Opera in the Ozarks begins Friday and will continue until July 20. The 2018 season includes performances of Gioachino Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe and Johann Strauss II’s operetta Die Fledermaus. Performances will be at Inspiration Point in Eureka Springs (located at 16311 Hwy 62 West) and Arts Center for the Ozarks in Springdale (located at 214 S. Main Street). Tickets start at $25 for adults and $10 for kids. Visit opera.org or call 479-253-8595 for more information. The opening night of Die Fledermaus begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Saturday

Do something productive with your Saturday. Head to UCA’s Makerspace in Conway from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for an Independence Day-themed Maker Saturday with Conductor. You’ll use laser engravers and 3-D printers to create and customize summer crafts. You even get to take them home! All ages are welcome at this free event, but kids under 15 have to have a parent or guardian present. RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/maker-saturday-fourth-of-july-theme-tickets-47120145624

See Capitol View/Stifft Station in a new way at Experience the Block: PopUp Stifft Station. From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, PopUp in the Rock will have art, food trucks, artists, vendors and music in the area near the Oyster Bar in Little Rock. The Merchants on Markham shop, Stone’s Throw Brewery, Buice Gallery and Arkansas Yoga Collective will all be participating. Yoga classes will be available in the morning and evening, and Buice Gallery will host a Meet the Artists Behind the Works event at 7 p.m.

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There’s no party like a Rock Town Distillery party. Rock Town’s 8th anniversary blowout will be one for the books. From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., visit the distillery at its new SoMa location. Free tours are available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., food trucks will park nearby and craft beer and cocktails will be in the new tasting room. There’s also a special 8th anniversary whiskey tasting. The 4-year-old Bottled in Bond Straight Rye Whiskey tasting event begins at 6:30 p.m., and space is very limited. Admission to the tasting is $60 per person. Reserve your spot: http://store.rocktowndistillery.com/shop/rock-town-8th-anniversary-tasting-june-23-2018-630pm/

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Blue Canoe Family Fun Day has something for everyone! Join Blue Canoe Brewing at the warehouse, located at 1637 E. 15th Street in Little Rock. The free event includes a bouncy house and face painting for kids, as well as photo booths for dogs and people. The Cons of Formant will provide live music at 6 p.m. Haywood BBQ Concession & Catering will provide food, and you can stretch out in the Yoga on Draft class in the beer garden at 12:30 p.m. Event is open to people (and dogs) of all ages.

Sunday

Try laughing off the “Sunday scaries” with Gary Own at the Loony Bin Comedy Club. From 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Owen will take the stage at 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road, Suite C12 in Little Rock. Owen will also perform from 9:30 to 11 p.m. Sunday and from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday. Owen has performed to sold-out shows across America, and appeared in shows and films including The Gary Owen Show, Meet the Blacks, Think Like a Man and Ride Along.

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