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

Heather Baker

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Thursday, July 15

What: Third Thursday (Benton)

Where: Downtown Benton

When: 6 pm

July 15 is the third Thursday of the month, so that must mean Benton is hosting their monthly festival. Head out to downtown Benton for local food, local vendors and local faces. Get ready for waterslides, bounce houses, live music by Shipp and a baggo tournament. 


Thursday, July 15

What: Party on the Patio

Where: Copper Mule Table & Tap (Bryant)

When: 7 pm

Thank goodness it’s Thursday because that means there’s another Party on the Patio with Copper Mule Table & Tap. This week’s entertainment will be provided by musician Marcuss Sugg. Direct message Copper Mule on their Facebook page to reserve your spot for the night.


Thursday, July 15

What: Gulley Park Summer Concert Series

Where: Gulley Park Gazebo (Fayetteville)

When: 7 pm-9 pm

Mixtapes is hanging out at Gulley Park for the fourth week of the Gulley Park Summer Concert Series. As always, grab your chairs and blanket and relax on the lawn.


Friday, July 16

What: Arkansas Pastel Society – Argenta Art Walk (North Little Rock)

Where: Thea Foundation 

When: 5:30 pm-7:30 pm

Celebrating their official opening, the Argenta Art Walk is bringing out the Arkansas Pastel Society for the community. Stop in and say hello to the artists for this free event!


Friday, July 16

What: Peregrino (North Little Rock)

Where: Acansa Gallery

When: 5 pm-8 pm

“Peregrino” is an exhibit showcasing the art of David Gomez. His exhibit takes viewers through the journey of migration. The opening reception for the exhibit will take place on July 16, and the pieces will be on display through August 16.


Friday, July 16

What: Blue-Eyed Knocker Photo Club Exhibit Opening (North Little Rock)

Where: Laman Library Argenta

When: 5 pm-8 pm

The Blue-Eyed Knocker Photo Club Exhibit is debuting at the Argenta Branch Library for its run through September 10. The exhibition “Humankind” features documentation of life from birth to death. The artists will be in attendance, so don’t miss it!


Friday, July 16

What: The Big Dam Horns Live (North Little Rock)

Where: The Joint Comedy Theater

When: 8 pm-12 am

Live music by the Big Dam Horns will be at The Joint Comedy Theater Friday. Rocking and rolling The Joint all night, strawberry Jell-O shots will be sold for $1 until they run out. Entry is $7 at the door.


Friday, July 16

What: Zac Dunlap Live (Little Rock)

Where: The Library Kitchen & Lounge

When: 8 pm

Zac Dunlap fans need to head out to The Library Friday night. Call ahead to reserve your table because this will be a performance you don’t want to miss from Arkansas’ own.


Friday, July 16

What: deFrance

Where: First Financial Music Hall (El Dorado)

When: 8 pm-10 pm

Award-winning Camden-native band “deFrance” is ready to rock and roll with El Dorado at First Financial Music Hall. The band competed at MAD Battle this year and won for Best Vocals, Best Showmanship and Best Overall. Tickets are $7 — buy them soon!


Friday, July 16 – Saturday, July 17

What: The Return of the Fabulous Freddie Mercury Tribute and the Ultimate Prince Tribute (Little Rock)

Where: The Rev Room

When: 9 pm

Drummerboyinfinity is coming back to Little Rock for everyone’s favorite tributes to Freddie Mercury and Prince. Tickets are $20 to $35 and can be purchased here.


Saturday, July 17

What: Tour de Frida Kahlo Bike Ride (Fayetteville)

Where: Walker Park

When: 8 am-12 pm

Arkansas Latinas en Bici presents the Tour de Frida for the whole family. This bike ride takes guests on a public art tour around Fayetteville to celebrate the life and death of artist Frida Kahlo and Northwest Arkansas Latinx Community. Scooters are also welcome! Once the tour is finished, guests are encouraged to keep the celebration going with food, drinks and Strider bikes for kids. Tickets are $10 – $35 and can be purchased here.


Saturday, July 17

What: Goat Yoga (North Little Rock)

Where: St. Joseph Farm Stand

When: 10 am-11 am

All levels of yoga — beginner to expert — are invited out to St. Joseph Farm Stand for a morning of yoga and, most importantly, goats. If you haven’t tried out this popular combination, it’s definitely time to check it out with Lady Moon Yoga Collective as your guide. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.


Saturday, July 17

What: Rejoicing on the River with The Fish (North Little Rock)

Where: North Shore River Walk

When: 11 am-5 pm

Head out to the river for a summer family festival with 93.3 FM The Fish. The event will feature some of Little Rock’s very own Christian and gospel artists and other guest performances. City Serve is making Christmas July happen by giving away free toys to over 1,000 kids. Free entry, free food, live music and local vendors will keep the fun going all day.


Saturday, July 17

What: Summer Breeze Festival (Pine Bluff)

Where: 8606 Spring Lake Rd, Pine Bluff 

When: 12 pm-10 pm

Pine Bluff is getting the party started with live music, food trucks, local vendors, a Kids Zone, fireworks and a celebration of summer. Live music will be provided by DeeDee Jones, Steven “Spud” Howard, The On Call Band, Ajia Richardson, DJ Deja Blu and BJ Soule. Tickets are $5-$300 depending on age and whether your group would like a covered table. Claim your spot here!


Saturday, July 17

What: First Annual Rose City Community Festival (North Little Rock)

Where: Greater Love Church

When: 12 pm-5 pm

Bounce houses, games, free food, and a talent show with guest judges is making its way to Rose City for the first time. Expecting steep competition, the talent show will have cash prizes of $400, $200 and $100. Head out to this free event for community fun.


Saturday, July 17

What: First Annual TREND Fashion Show (Little Rock)

Where: Holiday Inn Presidential

When: 4 pm-8 pm

Feeling trendy? Show up at 3 pm for a red carpet experience at the hottest fashion show of the summer to begin at 4 pm. Models and designers are ready to rock the runway and showcase their skill. Tickets are $15-$200 and can be purchased here.


Saturday, July 17

What: Bow Wow Luau (Little Rock)

Where: Bark Bar

When: 5 pm-9 pm

Throw on your Hawaiian shirt and a matching one for your pooch because Bark Bar is throwing a Bow Wow Luau. The bar will be serving fruity Tiki drinks for summer vibes and a prize will be given to the best-dressed person/dog. The only thing you need to get in is to fill out your dog’s form online


Saturday, July 17

What: Argenta Plaza Summer Music Series (North Little Rock)

Where: Argenta Plaza

When: 5 pm

Rodney Block Collective is heading out to Argenta for the Argenta Plaza Summer Music Series. After this month, there is only one more Summer Music performance on the third Saturday of August. Hit up the local restaurants in Argenta for your food and music and hang out with the community and Rodney Block all evening.


Saturday, July 17 – Sunday, July 18

What: Local Festival 2021 (Jonesboro)

Where: Downtown Jonesboro

Local Fest is a celebration of local artists, musicians and businesses in the Jonesboro area. With too many appearances to count for both days of the festival, the city of Jonesboro is pulling out all the stops to showcase how talented Arkansans are. There will be food, music, activities and deals you don’t want to miss, so head out to this free event.


Sunday, July 18

What: ATB Little Rock 

Where: War Memorial Stadium

When: 9 am-3 pm

All Team Bash is back in Little Rock to bring out the community for some awesome cars. ATB is one of the only car club events in the world, and they travel around the country to meet all the automotive communities. Not a normal show, ATB encourages everyone to have fun as a crowd with BBQ and a tailgating experience. Hundreds of cars are expected to be at the events, so hurry up and buy your tickets for $15 online or $20 at the gate. Best part is children under 13 get in free!


Sunday, July 18

What: National Loblolly Day 2021 (Little Rock)

Where: Loblolly Creamery

When: 12 pm-8 pm

Sunday is National Ice Cream Day, so Loblolly Creamery is throwing their own celebration. The first 100 customers will receive a free limited-edition souvenir. The only thing you have to pay for is your delicious choice of ice cream. AY About You president and publisher Heather Baker and KARK’s Hillary Hunt made their own trip to Loblolly this past week for AY About You’s Ice Cream, Cakes and Shakes Bucket List. Find out what they tried here!


Friday, July 16 – Sunday, July 18

What: 40th Annual Arkansas Taxidermy Convention (Little Rock)

Where: 3201 Bankhead Dr, Little Rock

Taxidermy enthusiasts are invited to attend the 40th annual Arkansas Taxidermy Convention. Seminars, competitions, awards, auctions and meeting other fans will happen all weekend long.

Registration to attend is $65.40 for ATA members or employees, and $76.30 for out of state attendees. Entry fee for contests is $20 plus tax. Find the schedule of events here.


Friday, July 16 – Sunday, July 18

What: Fly the Fortress & Friends (Little Rock)

Where: 2401 Crisp Dr, Little Rock

When: Friday: 1 pm-3 pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10 am-3 pm

The CAF B-17 Flying Fortress Texas Raiders is taking to the sky starting Friday, July 16 followed by a host of other historic planes: WWII pilot maker and the SNJ Texan. The public will have the opportunity for onboard tours with the aircraft crews, or they can experience the planes in all their glory through flight. Flights on the B-17 start at $495 and flights on the T6 are $380. Tickets for the event are $10 per adult, $5 for children and $20 for a family of up to five people. Purchase your tickets here!


Friday July 16 – Sunday, July 18

What: Conway Bella Rustina Modern Vintage Market (Conway)

Where: Conway Expo Center

When: Friday & Saturday: 9 am-5 pm, Sunday: 11 am-4 pm

The largest vintage market in Central Arkansas, Bella Rustina, is hosting 230+ exhibitor booths.

These booths will include everything from vintage to handmade creations to vintage-inspired home goods. There will also be food trucks and indoor food choices. Tickets are $5 to $10 (use your tickets for re-entry all weekend!)


Weekend Lineup at George’s Majestic Lounge

Friday, July 16: 

  • The Bel Airs and The Swade Diablos; doors open at 5 pm and the show begins at 6 pm; tickets are $8
  • Olympics, Ley Lines and Moonsong; doors open at 8:30 pm and the show begins at 9:30 pm; free to attend

Saturday, July 17:

  • Cadillac jackson and The Juice; doors open at 7pm and the show begins at 8:30pm; free to attend


On this day…

  • On July 15, 1869, margarine was patented by Hippolye Mega-Mouries for the French Navy.
  • On July 15, 1948, Alcoholic Anonymous was founded in Britain.
  • On July 15, 1988, “Die Hard” starring Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman was released in the U.S.
  • On July 15, 1996, Prince Charles and Princess Diana sign divorce papers.
  • On July 16, 1429, Joan of Arc and the French army entered the city of Rheims.
  • On July 16, 1439, kissing was banned in England to stop the spread of the Black Death.
  • On July 16, 1790, Congress declared the city of Washington in the District of Columbia as the permanent capital of the U.S.
  • On July 17, 1937, Elmer Fudd made his debut as Egghead in “Egghead Rides Again.”
  • On July 17, 1954, the construction of Disneyland began.
  • On July 18, 64, the Great Fire of Rome began under Emperor Nero.
  • On July 18, 1290, King Edward I ordered the expulsion of Jews from England; this order remained in place for 350 years.
  • On July 18, 1864, US President Abraham Lincoln asks for 500,000 volunteers for military service.
  • On July 18, 1914, Gandhi left South Africa after leading successful campaigns of Passive Resistance.
  • On July 18, 1921, Babe Ruth achieved 139 home runs and became the all-time home run leader in Major League baseball.
  • On July 18, 1995, Barack Obama’s memoir “Dreams from my Father” was published by Times Books.


Famous birthdays

  • Rembrandt van Rijn, Dutch painter, was born on July 15, 1606
  • Millie Jackson, American disco and R&B singer, was born on July 15, 1944.
  • Forest Whitaker, actor, was born on July 15, 1961.
  • “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, American baseball outfielder, was born on July 16, 1887.
  • Orville Redenbacher, the popcorn man, was born on July 16, 1907.
  • Geezer Butler, English rock bassist for Black Sabbath was born on July 17, 1949.
  • David Hasselhoff, actor, was born on July 17, 1952.
  • Luke Bryan, country music star, was born on July 17, 1976.
  • Robert Hooke, scientist, was born on July 18, 1635.
  • George “Machine Gun” Kelly, gangster (not to be confused with musician MGK), was born on July 18, 1895.
  • Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid activits, political prisoner and South African President, was born on July 18, 1918.
  • John Glenn, astronaut and first American to orbit the earth, was born on July 18, 1921.
  • Vin Diesel, actor, was born on July 18, 1967.
  • Kristen Bell, actress, was born on July 18, 1980.
  • Priyanka Chopra, actress and model, was born on July 18, 1982. 



July 15: National Give Something Away Day; National I love Horses Day; National Tapioca Pudding Day; National Pet Fire Safety Day

July 16: Rural Transit Day; National Corn Fritters Day; National Personal Chef’s Day

July 17: World Emoji Day; National Peach Ice Cream Day; National Tattoo Day; National Yellow Pig Day; National Strawberry Rhubarb Wine Day

July 18: Tisha B’Av; National Sour Candy Day; National Caviar Day; National Ice Cream Day