Zac Dunlap

Listen to Heather Baker talk to David, Tommy and Roger this morning on 103.7 The Buzz, below.

 

Do you know what’s happening this weekend? AY About You Magazine has all the details to help you plan a fantastic weekend, whether you want to kick back and watch some sports, enjoy some live entertainment or eat some great food.

 

Each Friday, AY President and Publisher Heather Baker sits down with the guys at 103.7 The Buzz to share some of the hottest events going on over the weekend in Arkansas. With so many fun things going on, you shouldn’t be limited to just a few events, though!

 

There are always great things to do in the Natural State, and AY has compiled some of the most exciting events. Here are the top 10 weekend events coming up from Friday, April 23 to Sunday, April 25.

 

Friday, April 23

What: Play It Loud: Concerts at Barton Coliseum exhibition

Where: Old State House Museum

When: 10 am

This new exhibition highlights the concerts that took place at Barton Coliseum from the 1950s to the current day. More than 1,700 bands and artists have played the Barton stage. The exhibition will feature concert memorabilia, instruments, interviews, photographs, and more.Some of the acts that played the Barton Coliseum include James Taylor, Eagles, Heart, Parliament, Fleetwood Mac, Aerosmith, B.B. King, Brooks & Dunn, Chicago, Chuck Berry, Dolly Parton, Elton John, Elvis, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Snoop Dogg, Grand Funk Railroad, Jackson Five, Johnny Cash, KISS, Metallica, Keith Urban, Little Richard, Lynyrd Skynard, Pearl Jam, Prince, Sam & Dave, Tina Turner, Sly & Family Stone, Tim McGraw, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Usher, Willie Nelson, and ZZ Top. The exhibition is free.

 

Friday, April 23-Saturday, April 24

What: Patios, Pools and the Invention of the American Back Yard exhibition

Where: Delta Cultural Center in Helena

When: Friday and Saturday, 10am-4pm

This Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition pays tribute to the suburban summer in America. It features advertisements, vintage photographs, drawings and more that show the evolution of the outdoor living room. The exhibit will be on display at the Delta Cultural Center through Oct. 5, 2021.

 

Friday, April 23-Saturday, April 24

What: Crow Moon Festival

Where: Mountain Village 1890 and Bull Shoals Cavern

When: 12 pm on Friday – 10 pm on Saturday

The Crow Moon Festival is a 1890s costume event, featuring period and steampunk dress. There will be arts and crafts vendors, as well as live art and food vendors. Live music will be provided by a range of talented musicians, including Carolina Rambler, Black Mountain Fever, Eureka Strings, and more. Admission is $55 for two days, and there are separate fees for camping.

 

Friday, April 23-Sunday, April 25

What: Tulip Extravaganza

Where: Garvan Gardens in Hot Springs

When: 10am-6pm

-Tulip Extravaganza features more than 150,000 tulips.

-In addition to all of the Dutch tulips, there will also be spring annuals and azaleasblooming.

-This is the biggest flower display between Dallas and Memphis.

Cost: $15 for adults (13 and up), $5 (ages 4-12) Participating restaurants include Rock Town Distillery, Community Bakery, Esters, Rock N Roll Sushi, South on Main, Raduno, Loblolly, The Root Café and Mockingbird Bar & Tacos. There will be live music on Fridays and Saturdays.

 

Friday, April 23-Sunday, April 5

What: Petit Jean State Park

Where: Morrilton

When: 8am-8pm

Petit Jean State Park has trails, campsites, fishing and more. Lake Bailey is a 100 acre-lake that features fishing, kayaking, pedal boating and more. There are 33 cabins and there is the historic Mather Lodge, a 24-room lodge overlooking Cedar Creek Canyon. There are also 125 park campsites near Lake Bailey. In addition, there are swimming pools, picnic areas, playgrounds, pavilions, and more. Gov. Asa Hutchinson dedicated the new Petit Jean Visitor Information Center on Thursday, April 22.

 

Friday, April 23-Sunday, April 25

What: Fan Appreciation Weekend for UA Little Rock Baseball

Where: Gary Hogan Field

When: 2 pm (Friday), 6pm (Saturday), 1pm (Sunday)

The UA Little Rock men’s baseball team will be playing a three-game series against the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns this weekend on Fan Appreciation Weekend. There will be a laptop sticker giveaway on Saturday and a Loblolly ice cream giveaway on Sunday.Ticketsare $9 for adults and $6 for children age 12 and under.

 

Saturday, April 24

What: Zac Dunlap concert

Where: Stickyz Rock N Roll Chicken Shack

When: 7 pm

Zac Dunlap is a four-time Arkansas Country Music Award winner and he was the 2018 Arkansas Entertainer of the Year. During his career, he has opened for Braid Paisley, Bobby Bones, MC Hammer, Thompson Square and more. The cost is $15 per ticket, and there are tables available for two for $30 plus ticket fees There are a liimited number of advance Standing Room Only Tickets available for $10. These tickets don’t guarantee a seat but do guarantee admission to the show.

 

Saturday, April 24

What: Garland County Bull Blowout Rodeo

Where: Garland County Fairgrounds in Hot Springs

When: 8 pm

-The Bull Riders of America are coming to Hot Springs

-This is a nonprofit organization that holds bull rides across the South and Midwest.

-These riders compete for more than $200,000 at more than 60 events each year.

COST: Adult tickets are $10 and kid tickets (age 6-12) are $5.

 

Sunday, April 25

What: Mount Holly Cemetery’s Drive-Through Spring Picnic

Where: Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock

When: 4:30 pm

This annual picnic is a fundraiser to benefit this historic downtown Little Rock cemetery. During the event, you can enjoy live performances from madrigal singers and more. There will be local students wandering the grounds in period clothes to set the mood of the event. There will be boxed lunches. If it rains, the event will still go on. Donations suggested.

 

Sunday, April 25

What: Curbside Couture fashion show

Where: Clinton School Facebook page

When: 7pm

This virtual fashion show will feature more than 35 local elementary and high school designers. These students have created beautiful, wearable designs made from recycled and upcycled materials.The winning designers have been chosen by a panel of jurors, including local designers Korto Momolu, Connie Fails and Bryant Phelan. The winners will be announced during the fashion show.

 

 

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Friday, April 23

What: Food Truck Fridays

Where: Simmons Bank Arena parking lot

When: Fridays from 11am-2pm

-Starting April 16, there will be Food Truck Fridays at Simmons Bank Arena every Friday from 11am-2pm. This will be at the arena’s VIP Parking Lot. Each Friday will feature different food trucks. Runs through May 22. This week, Haygood BBQ, Our Mobile Kitchen by Chef Serge, Riverside Grocery and Tacos Godoy will be at Simmons Bank Arena.

 

Friday, April 23 – Saturday, April 24

What: SoMa Entertainment District

Where: SoMa neighborhood in Little Rock

When: 5-9 pm

The SoMa Entertainment District has opened back up. You can eat outside at the SoMa Outdoor Dining Room and take alcoholic beverages outside from approved restaurants.

 

Saturday, April 24

What: Arkansas Urology Heart Walk

Where: Murray Park Pavilion 2 (5900 Rebsamen Park Road)

When: 10am

This walk will begin at the Murray Park Pavilion, and participants will walk over the Big Dam Bridge and return to the pavilion. Lunch is provided at 11am. There will be hotdogs, chips and drinks from Hot Dog Papa. The walk is free but donations accepted.

 

Saturday, April 24

What: Bachelor Stakes horse race

Where: Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort

When: 11am

The Bachelor Stakes is a 6-furlong race for 3-year-old horses. It has a $200,000 purse for the winner. Tickets are $0 to $4.50 depending on your seat location. (The outdoor apron area is free admission but there’s a 50 cent fee for ordering ticket online.) There are also live races on Friday and Sunday at Oaklawn starting at 11am. You can also check out the new hotel at Oaklawn, which opened Wednesday.

 

Saturday, April 24

What: Plant Sale and Planting Workshop

Where: The Bernice Garden

What: Saturday, April 24 at 11:30am

Master Gardener Laverene Davis will lead a Spring planting workshop. There will be multiple vendors offering plants that you can purchase and plant at home. The workshop is free.

 

Saturday, April 24

What: Pottery Workshop

Where: Nexus Coffee & Creative

When: 2-5pm

This workshop, hosted by Rolling Hills Pottery, will teach you how to make coil mugs, bowls and vases. The first 30 minutes will feature an exclusive demonstrative by a local artist. The workshop is $90, and-the cost includes tool rental, clay, glaze and two kiln firings. Class size is limited to 8-10 people, but all ages are welcome.

 

Saturday, April 24

What: 2021 Mercy & Me Virtual Celebration

Where: Online

When: 6pm

This annual event supports Mount St. Mary Academy’s and educational goals. It will be held virtually this year, and registration is required. There will be an online silent auction. It will be emceed by Emmy Award winner Mark Schroeder, featuring a performance by Deborah Troillett. The celebration will be free to virtually attend.

 

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