What’s Going on in Little Rock: Where to Go in April

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There’s never any shortage of great events to go to in Little Rock. In fact, the sheer number of parties, concerts, festivals and other events can be positively overwhelming. So, we want to help make it easier for you to pick out what to do in April. Here’s some of the fantastic things that will be going on during April. If you go, make sure to snap a pic and hashtag #AYisAboutYou!

Friday, April 5

SoMa After Dark: All the cool kids come out at night. On April 5, SoMa businesses are staying open later and inviting everyone to check out what makes this neighborhood so special. Every first Friday of the month, the neighborhood will be hosting SoMa After Dark. Check out Atlas Bar, Dos Rocas, Esse Purse Museum, Loblolly and more!

Saturday, April 6

Turkish Food Festival: Ever tried Turkish food? If not, this weekend is your chance! The cuisine is completely unique and should not be missed. Try out a gyro or kofta, and then snack on some delicious Turkish desserts. Turkish Raindrop House will be hosting this free festival.

Thursday, April 11

Diamond Chef Arkansas: The heat is on! Six Arkansas chefs will be competing at University of Arkansas – Pulaski Tech Technical Collegeto be named the 2019 Diamond Chef. These six chefs – Jordan Davis, Amanda Ivy, Brandon Douglas, Izaak Winter, Joseph Coleman and Jamie McAfee – will have to use all their skills to master this competition.

Opening day: Get ready to play ball! The Arkansas Travelers are kicking off their regular season at Dickey-Stephens Park. The Travs will be facing off against the Tulsa Drillers. Like always, expect a great game from the Travs.

Sunday, April 14

Jewish Food and Cultural Festival: This family-friendly festival has a little bit of everything: food, music, entertainment and more. Sample some traditional Jewish foods like braised brisket, kugel and cabbage rolls, or try a kosher hot dog if you want something more familiar. There will also be plenty of homemade treats like chocolate-covered matzo and babka. Food prices range from $4-10. Contemporary and traditional Jewish musicians will be playing throughout the day at War Memorial Stadium. The event is free and will be held from 9 am-4 pm.

Thursday, April 18

Ragin’ Cajun Bash: Take a trip to Louisiana without ever stepping foot out of Arkansas. CARTI is hosting the Ragin’ Cajun Bash, which benefits its mission of helping cancer patients and survivors, at Heifer International. So, eat your share of crawdads, have a few adult beverages and party to the sounds of zydeco music. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door. Get your tickets here.

Thursday, April 18-Sunday, April 21

Disney on Ice presents: Dare to Dream!: This April, Disney is bringing its magic to Little Rock. Watch your favorite Disney characters as they glide across the ice, pushing the limit of what is possible. In Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream, Disney princess Moana, Anna, Rapunzel, Belle, and Cinderella must discover their inner strength and undertake quests to save everything they love. With the help of Mickey and friends, you and your kiddos can do the same! Ticket prices are $16, $26, $46 and $66. Get your tickets here!


Thursday, April 18: 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 19 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 20: 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 21: 3 p.m.

Thursday, April 25-Sunday, April 28

Arkansas Literary Festival: This will be one busy weekend! Over 70 authors will converge on Little Rock to talk about books and literature. This is the high point for Arkansas’ literary community. From New York Times best-selling authors to acclaimed filmmakers, this will be a dynamic weekend for arts lovers.

Friday, April 26

Wild Wines VIP Night: Treat yo’ self this Friday with a VIP experience at the Little Rock Zoo. This VIP experience features fine wines and food from some of the best local restaurants. You can enjoy the musical stylings of the Rodney Block Collective while you’re partaking in your gourmet meal. Tickets are $150 for the VIP Night. Get yours here.

Friday, April 26-Saturday, April 27

Arkansas Italian Food Festival: A slice of Italy is coming directly to Arkansas. Wander through the River Market and enjoy some of the finest Italian food from around the state. You can even try fine Italian wines at the demo tent. There will be activities for all ages, including a sauce competition, bocce ball, baggo, grape stomping and more. It’s truly a can’t-miss event.



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