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’s Weekend Plans Friday mornings on 103.7 the Buzz.

 

 

Thursday, March 17

What: Green Beer and Guac

Where: Rendezvous Junction Brewing Co. (Rogers)

When: 11 am to 10 pm

Green, verde, glas — today is the day to celebrate that fourth hue in the rainbow. Rendezvous Junction Brewing Co. is going all out for the holiday with green beer and the beloved green dip, guacamole. Find more information on the festivities here.

 

Thursday, March 17

What: Conway Art Walk

Where: Downtown Conway

When: 5 pm to 8 pm

It’s Friday Eve, otherwise known as Thursday, which means Downtown Conway is hosting its monthly art walk. Join the Creative Institute for craft drinks, tasty treats, local talent and artisanal shopping. Live music will be provided by the Conway Institute of Music including the African drum circle by Community Creative, LLC. If you’re feeling a little thirsty, The Max Event Venue is providing a wine bar and a variety of Kombucha options by Rogue Roundabout. For whatever night it may be for you, girls’ night out, date night or just a Thursday with the family, this is the place to be.

 

Thursday, March 17

What: 19th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Where: Downtown Hot Springs

When: 6 pm

The end of the rainbow is so close we can almost taste the gold, and there’s no better place to find it than at the First-Ever 19th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Hot Springs. The annual parade will be held on March 17 on the mere 98-foot Bridge Street in the center of downtown with an extensive lineup of entertainment. Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs and a founder of the world-famous parade, boasts the many names that will be in attendance. Celebrity Danny Trejo and football celebrity Sam PIttman and his wife, Jamie, will be a part of the parade along with the Cowboys Cheerleaders. Find more information here!

 

Thursday, March 17

What: Late Night St. Patty’s Day Jam

Where: Chelsea’s (Eureka Springs)

When: 10 pm

Click those heels because we’re gathering around the hot mic at Chelsea’s. Show up before 10 pm for the Billy Brady Band and stick around for an open bluegrass jam. Find more information here.

 

Friday, March 18

What: Third Friday Night Art Walk

Where: Argenta Plaza (North Little Rock)

When: 5 pm

Let’s keep the local art celebrations coming, shall we? Join the artists of Argenta for this month’s Argenta Art Walk. Pop by the different studios to catch up with current projects and featured local talent, and while you’re around, go ahead and grab a bite to eat and something to drink from local restaurants and bars.

 

Friday, March 18

What: Bad Boy Mowers presents George Strait – Strait to the Natural State with Justin Moore

Where: Simmons Bank Arena (North Little Rock)

When: 8 pm

Baby, write this down: George Strait is performing at Simmons Bank Arena this weekend with Justin Moore. The King of Country is coming “Strait” to the Natural State for what promises to be an unforgettable night of music. Find more information on this monumental night and tickets here.

 

Friday, March 18 – Sunday, March 20

What: 18th Annual Valley of the Vapors

Where: Cedar Glades Park (Hot Springs)

When: Schedule

Low Key Arts is presenting the 18th annual Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival. Headliners for the event include Begonia, Carniae, Bass Drum of Death, Gift, Tunic, Female Demand, Status/Non Status, Yoo Doo Right, Hot Garbage, Godcaster, Sun Parade, Cuffed Up, Leya and more. Cedar Glades Park will have camping sites available and hiking, mountain bike trails, disc golf and more will be available for guests to enjoy. Find more information here!

 

Friday, March 18 – Sunday, March 27

What: Seafari: A Conservation Zoo Cruise

Where: Little Rock Zoo

When: 9 am to 4 pm each day

Next week is Spring Break for most, and many parents are looking for a way to keep the kids entertained. If you’re unable to go on a physical cruise this year, why not go on a special Seafari Cruise at the zoo? Stop at educational ports and learn about the animals in each stop. Additionally, the carousel will be in operation and there will be food trucks including Flossie’s Funnel Cakes, Wentworth’s BBQ, W&M Concessions and Juicy J’s Chicken and Fish. Find more information about this grounded cruise here!

 

Saturday, March 19

What: Where Market Meets Fashion

Where: Record Downtown (Bentonville)

When: 10 am to 4 pm

Join the NWA Girl Gang and INTERFORM Art for a market experience unlike any other. Following the excitement of NWA Fashion Week, come and shop looks straight off the runway and handmade garments from our favorite INTERFORM designers. Custom order consultations and inquiries are welcome! Find more information here.

 

Saturday, March 19

What: The Melanin Market

Where: Arch Street

When: 11 am to 2 pm

Ready to shop local? Arch Street is hosting the Melanin Market this Saturday. This monthly outdoor market features Black vendors and makers selling their products and goods for the afternoon. Come out, shop and enjoy the sunshine. 

 

Saturday, March 19

What: McCafferty Academy of Irish Dance Performance

Where: Park Plaza Mall (Little Rock)

When: 11:30 am

Head to Park Plaza Mall for a special performance by the McCafferty Academy of Irish Dance in the food court. If you missed the dancers in the St. Patrick’s Parade last week, this is your chance to catch a glimpse into Irish culture. Stick around after the performance to learn a few basic dance steps and have some fun! Find more information here.

 

Saturday, March 19

What: St. Patrick’s Day Party

Where: River Bottom Winery (Roland)

When: 12 pm to 6 pm

River Bottom Winery believes that St. Patrick’s Day deserves more than one day of celebration, and we’re inclined to agree. Winemakers are working as hard as a leprechaun to make a special St. Paddy’s Sangria that will be served all weekend. Green and tasty, the sangria is available by glass or carafe. Live music by Harrisong will be on the patio from 3 pm to 5 pm. Come thirsty and leave with memories. Find more information here.

 

Saturday, March 19

What: Crawfish Boil

Where: Core Brewing & Distilling Co. (Springdale)

When: 12 pm to 6 pm

It’s about that time of the year when those little red shellfish are popped into boiling water with spices, corn and the works. Core Brewing is kicking off crawfish season with the first boil presented by NWA Delta Crawfish. Free to attend, bring anyone and everyone down to pick tails and suck heads. Bring a bib, pack some wipes and crack those knuckles for the first batch served at noon. Find more information here.

 

Saturday, March 19

What: Journey: Freedom Tour with Toto

Where: Simmons Bank Arena (North Little Rock)

When: 7:30 pm

No longer “Worlds Apart,” the legendary band Journey is making a Freedom Tour stop in North Little Rock with Toto. Sing-along to chart-topping hits such as “Don’t Stop Believin,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Faithfully,” “Lights” and more. Find more information and tickets here.

 

Saturday, March 19 – Sunday, March 20

What: Wizard Way of the Ozarks 2022

Where: Fayetteville Town Center

When: Schedule

Wizards, witches and magical beasts, oh my! Formerly known as DiaCON Alley of the Ozarks, Wizards Way of the Ozarks is back with full programs each day. A quick look into the event includes a merchant alley, walk around characters, magical foods and beverages and a VIP Wizard Dance Party with DJ Brock. Each year, the event donates proceeds to a local nonprofit or public service organization. This year’s beneficiary will be Asbell Elementary. Find more information and tickets here.

 

Sunday, March 20

What: Kick-Off to Patio Season

Where: Rusty Tractor Vineyards (Roland)

When: 12 pm

Snow, snow, go away, patio season is here to stay. Sunset Lodge at Rusty Tractor Vineyards is welcoming the sunshine with Delta Biscuit Co., live music from Christine DeMeo from 1 pm to 4 pm and beer, wine and cocktails. Throw on a sundress – bring a jacket just in case – and enjoy the late setting sun. Find more information here.

 

Sunday, March 20

What: Heart Health Awareness Walk

Where: Arkansas State Capitol (Little Rock)

When: 2 pm to 3:30 pm

Promote heart health in this weekend’s Heart Health Awareness Walk. Meet at the State Capitol steps and walk two miles with the community. Registered participants will receive heart healthy snacks at the end of the race. Find more information and registration here.

 

NOW – March 27

What: Carnival at The Outlets

Where: The Outlets of Little Rock

When: Monday – Friday, 5 pm to 11 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 12 pm to 11 pm

Round and round we go on the Ferris wheel for the whole month of March. The pop-up carnival is back at the Outlets for the next three weeks with rides, games and most importantly, food. Buy a few unlimited ride wristbands, grab your entire family and pray they don’t throw up the funnel cake! Find more information here.

 

NOW – Mid-April

What: 2022 Garvan Woodland Gardens Tulip Extravaganza

Where: Garvan Woodland Gardens (Hot Springs)

When: Garden Hours

Tip-toe through the tulips at Garvan Woodland Gardens’ Tulip Extravaganza (don’t actually tip-toe through the tulips – it’s not good for the flowers). Every year, Garvan Woodland Gardens blooms over 150,000 tulips from late February to mid-April dependent on the weather. Check in to the garden’s social media to keep up with when is the best time to visit.

 

Weekend Lineup at The Rev Room:

March 17:

  • The Big Dam Horns; doors open at 6:30 pm, show begins at 7:30 pm; tickets are $10 to $12.

March 18:

  • Joan; doors open at 7 pm, show begins at 8 pm; tickets are $20.

March 19:

  • Spring Heartbreak with Census with My Hands to War, Tiny Towns and Second Life; doors open at 6:30 pm, show begins at 7:30 pm; tickets are $10 to $15.

 

Weekend Lineup at Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack:

March 17:

  • Elizabeth Cook with Wade Sapp; doors open at 7 pm, show begins at 8 pm; tickets are $20.

March 18:

  • Billy Jeter & The Shine Eye Band; doors open at 7 pm, show begins at 8 pm; tickets are $10.

March 19:

  • The Brothers Shreve; doors open at 7:30 pm, show begins at 8:30 pm; tickets are $12.

March 20:

  • Wednesday with MJ Lenderman; doors open at 7 pm, show begins at 8 pm; tickets are $12.

 

Weekend Lineup at Four Quarter Bar:

March 17:

  • St. Patty’s Day with Dee Oh Gee; show begins at 9 pm; tickets are $10.

March 18:

  • The Salty Dogs (George Strait Afterparty); show begins at 10 pm; tickets are $8.

March 19:

  • Chad Marshall Band; show begins at 10 pm; tickets are $7.
  • The Stolen Faces; show begins at 9 pm; tickets are $10.

 

Weekend Lineup at White Water Tavern:

March 18:

  • Adia Victoria and Joshua Asante; show begins at 9 pm; tickets are $18 to $20.

March 19:

  • Fonky Donkey Record Release Show with Heather Crosse; show begins at 8 pm; tickets are $10.

 

Weekend Lineup at The Hall:

March 18:

  • Thunderstruck: America’s AC/DC Tribute; doors open at 6:30 pm, show begins at 8 pm; tickets are $20 to $25.

 

Weekend Lineup at TC’s Midtown Grill:

March 18:

  • Huckleberry Jam with 90 Proof; show begins at 9 pm.

March 19:

  • Jeff Coleman and the Feeders; show begins at 9 pm.

 

Weekend Lineup at Temple Live:

March 17:

  • Candlebox with Hold on Hollywood; doors open at 7 pm, show begins at 8 pm; tickets are $25 to $39.

March 19:

  • Tyler Rich; doors open at 7 pm, show begins at 8 pm; tickets are $20 to $30.

 

Weekend Lineup at George’s Majestic Lounge:

March 17:

  • Brothers SHreve Show with Rachel Ammons; doors open at 7 pm, show begins at 8 pm; tickets are $12 to $15.

March 18:

  • Happy Hour with Oreo Blue; doors open at 5 pm, show begins at 6 pm; tickets are $8.
  • Friends of the Phamily & Country Jesus; door open at 8:30 pm, show begins at 9:30 pm; tickets are $10.

March 19:

  • 1 Oz. Jig with Mildenhall; doors open at 7 pm, show begins at 8:30 pm; tickets are $8.

March 20:

  • 2022 Fly Fishing Film Tour; doors open at 5 pm, show begins at 6 pm; tickets are $18 to $19..

 

Weekend Lineup at JJ’s Live Fayetteville:

March 19:

  • Puddle of Mudd; doors open at 6 pm, show begins at 7:30 pm; tickets are $25 to $3,000.

 

Weekend Basketball Schedule:

Thursday, March 17:

Men’s Basketball:

Where: KeyBank Center (Buffalo, NY)

When: 8:20 pm

 

Razorback Baseball: 

March 18:

  • Razorbacks vs. University of Kentucky

Where: Baum Walker Stadium (Fayetteville)

When: 6:30 pm

March 19:

  • Razorbacks vs. University of Kentucky

Where: Baum Walker Stadium (Fayetteville)

When: 6:30 pm

March 20:

  • Razorbacks vs. University of Kentucky

Where: Baum Walker Stadium (Fayetteville)

When: 12 pm

 

Holidays

 

March 17:

  • National Close the Gap Day
  • National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day
  • St. Patrick’s Day

March 18:

  • National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day
  • National Supreme Sacrifice Day
  • National Sloppy Joe Day
  • Global Recycling Day
  • National Biodiesel Day
  • Holi

March 19:

  • National Corn Dog Day
  • National Quilting Day
  • National Poultry Day
  • National Let’s Laugh Day
  • National Chocolate Caramel Day
  • Certified Nurses Day

March 20: 

  • National Ravioli Day
  • World Storytelling Day
  • World Oral Health Day
  • Spring Equinox
  • National Proposal Day
  • Kiss Your Fiance Day
  • International Day of Happiness
  • National Animal Poison Prevention Week

 

 

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