Check out what’s going on this weekend with AY’s very own publisher, Heather Baker!

Thursday & Friday

Head to B. Barnett between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to meet designer Lucian Matis. He’ll be previewing his fall line of elegant daywear and evening wear gowns. Matis has won a variety of awards, and was also featured in fashion week!


Don’t miss the Roots of American Music Concert from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater. Bandmates Danny Dozier, Tim Crouch, Irl Hess, Ken Loggains and Gary Gazaway are going to explore the roots of American music. This includes country, swing, blues, and pop music, and they’ll be performing songs by a variety of artists including Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Driftwood, The Beatles and Bob Wills. It’s part of the Butler Center’s “Arkansas Sounds” music series. Tickets are $10.
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The Wonder Place is celebrating 12 years of imaginative play from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The indoor play space is specially designed for kids 8 and under, and admission is usually $8.75 per person. Admission will be half price all day, there will be ice cream and popsicle crafts, a scavenger hunt, parachute time and a Popsicle Party at 2:30 p.m. 

‘80s pop icon, Tiffany, will perform near the corner of Markham and University at Park Plaza Mall at 7 p.m. It’s part of Park Plaza’s 30th anniversary celebration. The concert is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to bring two canned goods to donate to CANstruction, which will benefit the Arkansas Foodbank. 


The Kaleidoscope Queer Arts Street Fair will take place on 4th Street between Main and Maple from noon to 6 p.m. It’s free to attend, but a $5 donation at the gate is appreciated. The fair will feature over 30 vendors, including LGBTQ nonprofits, craft beer, a fashion exhibit, food trucks, and live entertainment.

It’s time to head back to school! The 7th Annual Boosters and Big Rigs event will provide an educational opportunity for children to touch and learn about fire trucks, police cars, ambulances and more. Children can also participate in a variety of activities, such as bounce houses and obstacle courses. The first 400 children at the event will receive free school supplies. It all takes place at the Jack Stephens Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Chicken, Pickin and Politickin.” The 71st Annual Mt. Nebo Chicken Fry will kick off at 6 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and spend the entire day with friends and family. Tyson’s talented cooks and Chamber volunteers will prepare smoked chicken, chicken strips and sides. There will be live music, an art show, games for kids, a motorcycle show, log sawing and more.