There are always great things to do in the Natural State, and AY About You has compiled some of the most exciting events in Arkansas this weekend.

Listen to Heather Baker discuss some weekend events this morning on 103.7 The Buzz below.

Thursday, August 26

What: National Dog Day Pet Portraits

Where: Tipton & Hurst (Little Rock)

When: 10 am to 1 pm

Today is arguably one of the most important holidays as it’s all about the dogs in our lives: National Dog Day. Tipton & Hurst is kicking off this special day with the Humane Society of Pulaski County (HSPC) through a fundraiser benefiting the animals available for adoption at HSPC. Grab your doggo and take them to Tipton & Hurst for pet portraits at a $5 minimum donation fee. There will be a greenery backdrop, floral collars and props to make your dog feel like the kings and queens they are. 


Thursday, August 26

What: National Dog Day

Where: Bark Bar (Little Rock)

When: 4 pm

Keeping the puppy-love going, Bar Bar is hosting a National Dog Day party for our furry friends. Bring your dog for “pawdicures,” swag and prizes and a selfie station to prove you’re best friend is the cutest. Register your dog here to celebrate!


Thursday, August 26

What: Pups On the Patio

Where: Chick-fil-A – Cantrell Road (Little Rock)

When: 5 pm to 7 pm

Take your dog(s) to Chick-fil-A for some sunshine on the patio. The Cantrell location is partnering with Rescue Road, a local dog foster care program. The first 40 dogs to bring a donation to Pups on the Patio for Rescue Road will receive a bandana. Chick-fil-A asks that you make sure your dogs are leashed and comfortable around other doggos.


Thursday, August 26

What: 2021 Annual Pine Bluff Art League Exhibition

Where: South Main Street (Pine Bluff)

When: 5 pm to 7 pm

The annual Pine Bluff Art League Exhibition opens Thursday night with a reception. Juror Byan Masses, chair of the University of Central Arkansas’ Department of Art and Design, will judge the league members’ recent works exhibited at the showcase. Massey will award a Best in Show, First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention prizes. The exhibition will remain on display through Nov. 27.


Thursday, August 26 – Saturday, August 28

What: Fayetteville Roots Festival

Where: Pratt Place Inn and Barn (Fayetteville)

When: Times vary

Fayetteville Roots has changed up the show a bit to accommodate for COVID-19, but nonetheless, the show is on. Headliners include Shovels & Rope, Watchhouse, Capitol Sun Rays (Amy Helm, Luther Dickinson and Graham Lesh), and more. Tickets are currently sold out, but visit the Fayetteville Roots website to stay up to date.


Thursday, August 26 – Saturday, August 28

What: Washington County Fair

Where: 2536 N. McConnell Ave. (Fayetteville)

When: Times vary

Open Tuesday, Aug. 24, the Washington County Fair is still rolling. The fair includes a petting zoo, amusement rides, demonstrations and special events that you have to go to the fair to experience. Tickets are $5 for adults, and children ages 6 and under get in free. Unlimited ride armbands are $20-$25. Tickets are purchased at the fair.


Friday, August 27

What: 12th Annual Putt the Kids First Golf Tournament

Where: Hurricane Creek Golf & Country Club (Bryant)

When: 12 pm

The Saline County Junior Auxiliary chapter invites everyone to attend the 12th Annual Putt the Kids First Golf Tournament benefiting the children of Saline County. The fee for teams to participate is $425, and individual player fees are $125. There will be a lunch, beverages and goody bags included in the participation fee. Participants may compete in a hole contest and a putting contest for the chance to win prizes. Register here to participate.


Friday, August 27

What: 2021 Nabholz Bike and Brew

Where: 1019 SE 8th St. (Bentonville)

When: 1 pm to 6 pm

Open to all, the Nabholz Bike and Brew takes you around Bentonville with five featured stops along the way. Riders have the option to make their trip “Poker Style” by purchasing a poker card. At each of the featured stops, Poker riders may draw a card. At the end of the ride, the winning hand will receive a Grand Prize (Schwinn Armature Electric Bike). Bike and Brew supports the non-profit Speakup About Drugs. This organization offers support, education and advocacy efforts to families and individuals affected by the drug epidemic. Main Street Member tickets are $30, and non-member community rider tickets are $50. For attendance to the after-party only, (food, brews, live music and a Chris Clark bicycle stunt show), member tickets are $25 and non-member tickets are $35. Register for the event here.


Friday, August 27

What: WWE: Smackdown

Where: Simmons Bank Arena (North Little Rock)

When: 6:45 pm

The pandemic has given us a smackdown for the past year and a half, but not like the one coming to Simmons Bank Arena. Becky Lynch, Bianca Belair, Seth Rollins, Finn Balor and The Mysterio’s vs. Roman Reigns and The Bloodline and many more favorites will be there and ready to win. Tickets start at $24 and can be found here.


Friday, August 27

What: Riffs at Stifft featuring Townsend

Where: Stone’s Throw Stifft Station (Little Rock)

When: 7 pm

Local musician Townsend is getting the weekend started at Stone’s Throw. Pizza will be served by the slice from Pizza D’Action, and there will of course be plenty of brews and beverages for the perfect night.


Friday, August 27

What: Pyro in the Park

Where: Dickey-Stephens Park (North Little Rock)

When: 9 pm to 10 pm

Attend the Travelers vs. Corpus Christi game, but stay for the fireworks. The largest fireworks display of the year, Dickey-Stephens pulls out all the stops for Pyro in the Park. Get your tickets to the game here.


Friday, August 27 – Saturday, August 28

What: Arkansas Heritage Festival

Where: Ponce De Leon Center (Hot Springs Village)

When: Times Vary

Learn more about the great Natual State and the cultural heritage that lies in the foundation we’ve built upon at the Arkansas Heritage Festival. There will be live music, dance performances and insight into the Arkansas culture. Free to attend, but still sign-up to save your spot! Non-members of Hot Springs Village must have a pass to get into the community. Find the full schedule for the weekend here.


Friday, August 27 – Saturday, August 28

What: Hot Springs Baseball Weekend

Where: Hot Springs Convention Center (Hot Springs)

When: Times vary

Baseball history is deeply rooted in Hot Springs, with many legendary names and teams having stayed in the Spa City. The 4th Annual Hot Springs Baseball Weekend is here to celebrate all the history coursing through Hot Springs. Join St. Louis Cardinals centerfielder Jim Edmonds, Hall of Famers Goose Gossage of the Yankees, Andre Dawson of the Cubs and “The Mad Hungarian” Al Hrabosky of the St. Louis Cardinals this weekend. The weekend kicks off with preview tours of the new Majestic Park.


Saturday, August 28

What: SOAR NWA Hot Air Balloon Festival

Where: Drake Field (Fayetteville)

When: 7 am to 9 pm

SOAR NWA is back this weekend for a day of hot air balloon activities, aeronautic events, circus performers, kids zone, a beer garden, live music and more. Proceeds from the event will benefit Open Avenues, an organization providing employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Online tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and under. Ticket prices will increase on the day of the event. Purchase tickets here.


Saturday, August 28

What: 2021 March on Little Rock

Where: Arkansas State Capitol (Little Rock)

When: 8:30 am

The Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission is traveling to Washington D.C. for the 58th anniversary of March on Washington. Simultaneously, the organization is hosting a “Pre-March on Little Rock” and “March on Little Rock” in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic speech. The Pre-March on Little Rock Rally will begin on the steps of the Pulaski County Courthouse at 8:30 am, and at 9:45 am, the march will begin on Markham Street heading toward the Capitol. Attendees are encouraged to practice social distancing during the march and follow current mandates in effect.


Saturday, August 28

What: 4eva Party: Bark Bar’s 4th Bark Day

Where: Bark Bar (Little Rock)

When: Noon to 10 pm

Bark Bar is turning four (in human years)! To celebrate, Bark Bar is throwing a 4eva Party with a lifetime membership raffle, giant Connect Four, four-pack specials, new menu items, swag, free admission for annual members and Puparazzi photo-ops. $5 entrance for one human and $5 for one doggo. Register your party pup here.


Saturday, August 28

What: Salt Bowl 

Where: War Memorial Stadium (Little Rock)

When: 2 pm

The most attended high school football game in the state, and the most competitive, Salt Bowl 2021 is this weekend. Blue or maroon, Hornet or Panther, choose your side and enjoy tailgating festivities in the War Memorial lot prior to the game at 7 pm. Purchase tickets and T-shirts at any Saline County Big Red store for the “Together Again” game.


Saturday, August 28

What: Chad Marshall Band

Where: Four Quarter Bar (North Little Rock)

When: 9 pm

Missing the sound of classic Delta blues? No worries, the Chad Marshall Band is coming to Four Quarter Bar. For only $7, you can enjoy a good drink while being carried away by the sweet sounds of the band.                                                     


Sunday, August 29

What: City Garden: Beer & Ice Cream Family Social

Where: Curran Hall (Little Rock)

When: 4 pm to 7 pm

The Quapaw Quarter Association is hosting an event for the whole family with ice cream from Loblolly and George Bros. Historic Arkansas Ale from Stone’s Throw to celebrate the German heritage of Little Rock settlers. The Loblolly ice cream will feature flavors from local ingredients used in making beer. Tickets for adults are $25 and $15 for children. Prost!


Friday, August 27 – Monday, August 30

What: Backwoods at Mulberry Mountain

Where: Mulberry Mountain (Ozark)

When: Times vary

We’ve all missed music festivals, and Backwoods is here to make up for all the ones missed the past year. The Disco Biscuits, Arkansauce, Ganja White Knight, Bumpin Uglies and many, many more bands are lined up to be on the mountain. Tickets start at $54 and increase depending on accommodations.


Saturday, August 28 – Sunday, September 5 

What: Annual National Championship Chuckwagon Race

Where: Bar of Ranch in Clinton (Clinton)

When: Times vary

For an entire week, Bar of Ranch is hosting a full schedule of events surrounding the Chuckwagon Races. Poker Run on horseback, roping, live auctions, clinics and so many more events are in store from August 28 to September 5. Admission for August 28 to September 4 is $35 per day, and admission for September 5 is $20. Tickets for children 6 through 12 are half of the adult admission price. Find the full schedule here.


Weekend Lineup at Walmart AMP

Friday, August 27:

  • Luke Bryan Proud to Be Right Here Tour; gates open at 5:30 pm, shows begins at 7 pm; tickets are $60 – $129.75.

Saturday, August 28:

  • Jim Gaffigan The Fun Tour; gates open at 6 pm, performance begins at 8 pm; tickets are $29.50 – $139.

Sunday, August 29:

  • Trippie Redd Tripp at Knight Tour; gates open at 5:30 pm, show begins at 7 pm; tickets are $39.50 – $100.50.


Weekend Lineup at George’s Majestic Lounge

Friday, August 27:

  • Earl & Them; doors open at 5 pm, show begins at 6 pm; tickets are $8.
  • Pecos & The Rooftops with Huser Brother Band; doors open at 8:30 pm, show begins at 9:30 pm; tickets are $15 to $18. (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, August 28:

  • Randall Shreve’s Circus; doors open at 7 pm, show begins at 8:30 pm; tickets are $15.


Weekend Lineup at Railyard Live

Friday, August 27:

  • Funk Factory with Handshake Saints; doors open at 7 pm, show begins at 8 pm; tickets are $0 to $20.

Saturday, August 28:

  • DeFrance with Tracy Bailey Band; doors open at 7 pm, show begins at 8 pm; tickets are $0 to $20.


Weekend Lineup at Templelive

Sunday, August 29:

  • AMMM featuring Zach Meyers of Shinedown; doors open at 7 pm, show begins at 8 pm; tickets are $20. 


On this day…

  • On Aug. 26, 1498, French Cardinal Jean de Bilheres commissioned Michelangelo to carve the Pieta sculpture.
  • On Aug. 26, 1682, English astronomer Edmond Halley witnessed the comet now named after him.
  • On Aug. 26, 1895, an electric generator at Niagra Falls produced power for the first time.
  • On Aug. 26, 1907, Harry Houdini escaped from chains while underwater in 57 seconds.
  • On Aug. 26, 1968, the Beatles released their single “Hey Jude.”
  • On Aug. 26, 2016, San Francisco 49ers player and activist Colin Kaepernick kneeled in protest during the U.S. national anthem.
  • On Aug. 26, 2019, Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental organization, Earth Alliance, donated five million dollars to fighting fires in the Amazon rainforest.


  • On Aug. 27, 1655, Ye Bare & Ye Cubb is the first play performed in North America in Acomac, Virginia.
  • On Aug. 27, 1942, Soviet woman sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko arrived in Washington D.C. as the first Soviet citizen welcome at the White House. Eleanor Roosevelt welcomed her.
  • On Aug. 27, 1953, Roman Holiday starring Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck and Eddie Albert was released.
  • On Aug. 27, 1955, the first edition of Guinness Book of World Records was published.
  • On Aug. 27, 1964, Mary Poppins starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke premiered in Los Angeles.
  • On Aug. 27, 2008, Barack Obama became the first African-American to be nominated by a major political party for President of the United States.
  • On Aug. 27, 2012, the first interplanetary human voice recording is broadcast from the Mars Rover, Curiosity.


  • On Aug. 28, 1789, William Herschel discovered Saturn’s moon, Enceladus.
  • On Aug. 28, 1833, Britain abolished the slave trade with the Slavery Abolition Act.
  • On Aug. 28, 1884, the first known photograph of a tornado is taken near Howard, South Dakota.
  • On Aug. 28, 1917, 10 suffragists are arrested picketing the White House.
  • On Aug. 28, 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till is kidnapped, beaten and shot by white men in Money, Mississippi. His killers are acquitted, but the case helped ignite the US civil rights movement.
  • On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech to the March on Washington crowd at Lincoln Memorial in Washinton D.C.
  • On Aug. 28, 1965, Bob Dylan was booed for playing electric guitar at a concert in New York.
  • On Aug. 28, 1973, Marvin Gaye’s 13th studio album “Let’s Get it On” was released.
  • On Aug. 28, 1981, John Hinckley pleaded innocent to the attempted assassination on Ronald Reagan.
  • On Aug. 28, 2019, climate change activist Greta Thunberg arrived in New York after sailing across the Atlantic.


  • On Aug. 29, 1786, Shay’s Rebellion began in Springfield, Massachusetts.
  • On Aug. 29, Michael Faraday demonstrated the first electric transformer.
  • On Aug. 29, 1898, Goodyear tire company was founded.
  • On Aug. 29, 1925, Babe Ruth showed up to batting practice late after a late night on the town. Miller Huggins suspended Ruth and placed a $5,000 fine on him.
  • On Aug. 29, 1929, German airship Graf Zeppelin ended a round-the-world flight.
  • On Aug. 29, 1945, General MacArthur was named Supreme Commander of Allied Powers in Japan.
  • On Aug. 29, 1966, The Beatles performed their last public concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
  • On Aug. 29, 2020, Elon Musk introduced a pig named Gertrude with a coin-sized computer in her brain. This was part of his Nuralink start-up of the brain to machine interface.


Famous Birthdays

  • Mary Ann Nichols, the first victim of Jack the Ripper, was born on Aug. 26, 1845.
  • Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu), Albanian-born Indian nun and founder of Missionaries of Charity, was born on Aug. 26, 1910.
  • Katherine Johnson, American NASA mathematician (Hidden Figures), was born on Aug. 26, 1918.
  • Melissa McCarthy, American comedian and actress, was born on Aug. 26, 1970.
  • Macaulay Culkin, American actor, was born on Aug. 26, 1980.
  • Chris Pine, American actor, was born on Aug. 26, 1980.
  • John Mulaney, American comedian, writer and actor, was born on Aug. 26, 1982.
  • James Harden, American basketball player, was born on Aug. 26, 1989.
  • Dylan O’Brien, American actor, was born on Aug. 26, 1991.
  • Keke Palmer, American actress and singer, was born on Aug. 26, 1993.


  • Katharine McCormick, American biologist, suffragist and philanthropist, was born on Aug. 27, 1875.
  • Ed Gein, American serial killer who was the inspiration for the films Psycho and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, was born on Aug. 27, 1906.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th U.S. President, was born on Aug. 27, 1908.
  • Aaron Paul, American actor, was born on Aug. 27, 1979.
  • Darren McFadden, American football player, was born on Aug. 27, 1987.


  • Jack Kirby, American cartoonist, was born on Aug. 28, 1917.
  • Nancy Kulp, American actress, was born on Aug. 28, 1921.
  • Billy Grammer, American country singer and guitarist, was born on Aug. 28, 1925.
  • Rita Dove, American poet, was born on Aug. 28, 1952.
  • Shania Twain, Canadian singer, was born on Aug. 28, 1965.
  • Jack Black, American actor, comedian and singer, was born on Aug. 28, 1969.
  • LeeAnn Rimes, American country singer, was born on Aug. 28, 1982.
  • Trixie Mattel, American drag queen, singer-songwriter, comedian and television personality, was born on Aug. 28, 1989.


  • John Lockie, English philosopher, Enlightenment thinker and “Father of Liberalism,” was born on Aug. 29, 1632.
  • Emile Habibi, Palestinian Israeli writer, was born on Aug. 29, 1922.
  • Richard Attenborough, English actor and director, was born on Aug. 29, 1923.
  • John McCain, American politician and veteran, was born on Aug. 29, 1936.
  • Michael Jackson, American singer and King of Pop, was born on Aug. 29, 1958.
  • Lea Michele, American actress and singer, was born on Aug. 29, 1986.
  • Liam Payne, English pop singer, was born on Aug. 29, 1993.



August 26:

  • National Dog Day
  • National Toilet Paper Day
  • National WebMistress Day
  • Women’s Equality Day


August 27:

  • National Pots De Creme Day
  • National Just Because Day

August 28:

  • National Power Rangers Day
  • National Bow Tie Day
  • National Cherry Turnovers Day
  • Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
  • Radio Commercials Day


August 29:

  • National Chop Suey Day
  • International Day Against Nuclear Tests
  • More Herbs, Less Salt Day
  • National Sarcoidosis Day
  • National Whiskey Sour Day


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