SoMa After Dark is officially making its way back to Little Rock’s South Main Neighborhood after a two-year hiatus because of covid-19. This event will be recurring, taking place the first Friday of each month at 4:00 p.m. CST. 


The event started in April 2019, quickly becoming a local and visitor favorite, averaging 2,000 attendees. According to the news release, SoMa After Dark received the Best Retail Promotions Event from Main Street Arkansas. 


“I’ve never seen a neighborhood light up quite like SoMa during SoMa After Dark. Our lives have been filled with so much sadness and darkness the past few years, SoMa After Dark takes on a whole new meaning,” Jack Sundell, owner of The Root Cafe and organizer of the SoMa Merchants Alliance, said. “The business owners and residents of SoMa are excited to be getting back to normal and hosting our fellow citizens in our neighborhood.”


SoMa After Dark plans to host over two dozen local eateries, art galleries and shops lining Main Street and adjacent streets to keep their lights to their businesses open on the first Friday of every month. This event serves as a family-friendly outing enjoyable for every age group from children to retirees and features creative, eclectic and unique SoMa businesses within the neighborhood community. Special menus, discounts and entertainment will be available at SoMa After Dark. 


Bernice Garden in working closely with SoMa, will bring in food trucks, vendors and live music. Community Bakery will be hosting a Story Time in collaboration with Paperhearts Bookstore featuring local authors and story time for kids in addition to all of the other events taking place in the South Main Street neighborhood on the first Friday of the month. 


“SoMa After Dark is a much needed, fantastic event that promotes one of Little Rock’s most walkable neighborhoods,” Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott, Jr., said. “It’s always something I look forward to, and as a mayor, it fills me with pride that we have such vibrant communities. We have seen and continue to see major development and innovation in SoMa.”


For more information about SoMa, visit its website.



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