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 every Friday morning on 103.7 the Buzz.

 

Thursday, May 12

What: Stranger Things L80’s Night

Where: Petit & Keet (Little Rock)

When: 4 pm

The Keet’s Corner Bar is going “Upside Down” for this month’s L80’s night. Dress up as any of your favorite characters from Stranger Things. Pull out the denim, make those bangs pop and if you really want to commit to the theme, why not shave your head in pure Eleven spirit? However you decide to dress, enjoy happy hour prices while listening to throwback jams and sipping on specialty cocktails. Find more information here.

 

Thursday, May 12

What: Barks on the Bricks

Where: Downtown Rogers (Rogers)

When: 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Art on the Bricks Art Walk is looking a little different this month with a “paw”-sitively fun twist. The month of May is National Pet Month and Downtown Rogers is celebrating with a dog-friendly event. Meet regional artists, pet-related vendors and nonprofit organizations. All in all, there will be fun for both dogs and humans along with a ballet performance, craftsmen, musicians, pop-up events, gallery exhibits and live music. Find more information here.

 

Friday, May 13

What: 2nd Friday Art Night

Where: Downtown Little Rock (Little Rock)

When: 5 pm

It’s Central Arkansas’ favorite time of the month: the second Friday. Hit up participating galleries and vendors in Downtown Little Rock for featured artists, special galleries and a few surprises that only come once a month. 

This month, the Historic Arkansas Museum is hosting live music by the Little Rock band Kavanaugh, beer from Blade & Barrel, a new brewery and barbershop in Jacksonville, and a spring-inspired mocktail. Visit the galleries for a sneak peak at the new exhibit “Longhua Xu: The Soul of Arkansas.” 

Old State House Museum will host a performance from the bluegrass band Runaway Planet. Founded in 2001 the band draws from traditional influences like Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers.

Bella Vita Jewelry’s guest artist of the night is Arkansas creator Howdy Bonita with her unique earrings and jewelry. Happy Aura will also be on hand creating Aura Photos.

First United Methodist Church is hosting the First Cup Gallery Night, Sergio Valdivia Art will be featured and the Galleries and Bookstore at Library Square is hosting the opening exhibition of “The Shape of Home: Multimedia Works of Diane Harper” along with featured artist Mark Rademacher, author Kat Robinson, musician Jame Lee Hale and the food truck Disadattato Italian Ice. 

Find more information on everything happening this 2nd Friday Art Night here.

 

Friday, May 13

What: GLOW Lyra

Where: Arkansas Circus Arts (Little Rock)

When: 7:45 pm to 8:45 pm

Ever wanted to try your skill at the Lyra (aerial hoop)? Throw on your neon clothes and face paint and join instructor Ania on the Lyra. This workshop is open to all levels and no experience is required. Participants will learn basic poses and spins and have the chance to take photos and videos of the GLOW routine. GLOW butterfly wings will be available for students to take pictures with on the Lyra and students are welcome to bring their own [glowing] props. Find more information and tickets here.

 

Friday, May 13 – Saturday, May 14

What: Dogtown Throwdown

Where: Argenta Arts District (North Little Rock)

When: All weekend

Another Dogtown Throwdown is going to be “unleashed” on the streets of North Little Rock’s Argenta District. Argenta is at it again with a weekend chock-full of live music, good eating and community bonding. Friday kicks off with happy hour at any local restaurant or bar in the Argenta District. Follow that up with a live performance by Black River Pearl and your weekend is already starting hot. Saturday is full of farmers’ market fun, activities for all ages and a performance by the Big Dam Horns. Obviously, there’s plenty to do in the district to just spend every waking moment on Main Street, so plan your full itinerary now.

 

Friday, May 13 – Saturday, May 14

What: Iron Horse Marketplace

Where: Iron Horse Farm Arkansas (Perryville)

When: 9 am to 4 pm

All you antique junkies and arts and crafts fiends out there need to run to the Iron Horse Marketplace. There will be a variety of vendors in two horse barns with vintage, antique, repurposed and handmade artisan goods. Food trucks will be on-site with shopping fuel (otherwise known as food) for you to enjoy in between purchases. Find more information on what to look forward to here.

 

Friday, May 13 – Sunday, May 15

What: 2022 Made in Arkansas Film Festival

Where: CALS Ron Robinson Theater (Little Rock)

When: Schedule

For the first time since 2019, the Made in Arkansas Film Festival is in person once again. The lineup for the year includes over 50 short films, features and documentaries. To join the submissions from this year, favorite films from the 2020 and 2021 virtual festivals will also be screened. Beer, wine and concessions will be available for purchase throughout the festival. Find more information and tickets here.

 

Saturday, May 14

What: Breakfast with a Twist

Where: Little Rock Zoo (Little Rock)

When: 7:45 am

Breakfast with a Twist is swinging back with this weekend’s focus being on the newest primates at the Little Rock Zoo: Colobus monkeys. Flock to the Elephant Stage for a boxed breakfast and a special keeper talk about penguins. Following breakfast, huddle at the Civitan Pavillion for a Painting with a Twist session. Each guest will receive a canvas and supplies as part of their ticket price to create their image of a penguin. Find the schedule and tickets here.

 

Saturday, May 14

What: 2022 Plant Sale 

Where: Conway Expo Center (Conway)

When: 8 am to 2 pm

Got a green thumb? Take it on over to the 2022 Plant Sale hosted by the Faulkner County Master Gardeners. There will be a wide selection of annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets, containers, trees, shrubs and more. Profits from the sale go toward college scholarships to local students pursuing degrees in agriculture-related fields and fund beautification projects and gardening education in Faulkner County. Find more information on where to get your plant fix and support local students here.

 

Saturday, May 14

What: Kid’s Fishing Derby

Where: Community Park Church (Bryant)

When: 9 am

Grab your poles and bring your kids to the 2022 Kid’s Fishing Derby. The pond at Community Park Church is fully stocked, lunch will be provided at noon and stick around for a prize drawing for the kids. Find more information and registration here.

 

Saturday, May 14

What: Acoustic Music Mornings

Where: The Bernice Garden (Little Rock)

When: 10 am to 11 am

Make some music with the community Saturday Morning at the Bernice Garden’s Acoustic Music Mornings. Bring whatever you have that makes noise, or sit back and relax while the others play around. Kids and dogs are welcome to join and don’t forget your chair. Find more information here.

 

Saturday, May 14

What: Goat Yoga

Where: St. Joseph Center of Arkansas (North Little Rock)

When: 10 am to 11 am

All levels of yoga — beginner to expert — are invited out to St. Joseph Center of Arkansas for a morning of yoga and 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. Find more information here.

 

Saturday, May 14

What: 2022 Spring Job Fair

Where: Statehouse Convention Center (Little Rock)

When: 10 am to 3 pm

Get ahead in the job hunt and stop by the 2022 Spring Job Fair held at the Statehouse Convention Center. No need to prep, just show up, network, search and apply with employers. Find more information here.

 

Saturday, May – Sunday, May 15

What: Noon 2 Moon Mountain Bike Race

Where: Coler Mountain Bike Preserve (Bentonville)

When: Schedule

The first-ever endurance mountain bike race at Coler Mountain Bike Preserve is this weekend, and we think it’s something you should consider adding to your weekend plans. Race solo and make it a team with two other friends as you participate in either a six-hour or twelve-hour endurance race. Find more information on what to “gear” up for here.

 

Sunday, May 15

What: Forest Therapy Walk

Where: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks (Fayetteville)

When: 11 am to 12:30 pm

Join Forest Therapy Guide Emmie Brenzel for a slow walk in the gardens to unwind for the morning. Using interactive invitations to awaken your sense and allow for a mindful connection with nature, there will be opportunities to observe, listen and engage silently with nature and share as a group (if you choose). This practice is a celebration of springtime in the Botanical Garden and an honoring of National Love a Tree Day. Forest Therapy is a research-based holistic practice inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku. Health benefits of the practice include reduced stress, improved mood and sleep and increased immune functioning. Following the walk, the session will conclude with a tea ceremony. Find more information and registration here.

 

Sunday, May 15

What: Artosphere: Crystal Bridges Garden Party ft. Members of AFO

Where: Crystal Bridges (Bentonville)

When: 12 pm

Fresh air is calling your name to Crystal Bridges’ Artosphere. Art and nature will collide as the Arosphere Festival Orchestra ensembles perform outdoors on the Crystal Bridges trails. Families and guests can view the exhibitions along the trail, make art, participate in nature and art talks, enjoy refreshments and local food trucks and more. Find more information here!

 

Sunday, May 15

What: Sunday Fill Up 

Where: The Filling Station NLR (North Little Rock)

When: 1 pm to 5 pm

Head to the Filling Station in North Little Rock for “Sunday Fill Up.” Grab some grub from any of the food trucks in attendance and enjoy live music by Deep House and Downtempo. Find more information here!

 

Sunday, May 15

What: Arkansas Brewgrass Festival

Where: Fayetteville Town Square (Fayetteville)

When: 2 pm to 7 pm

For the fifth year, the Arkansas Brewgrass Fest is back for 2022. Listen to live music, enjoy good drinks and have a great time in this warm weather we’re (finally) having. Starting the festival off hot with Front Porch, Jess Harp will follow and the headliner of the night is Rachel Ammons and her No Man Band. Cool off with craft beers from Fossil Covis and specialty cocktails featuring CBD syrups from Buffalo Brothers. If that’s not enough, there will also be bingo, food trucks, kids activities and local arts ans crafts vendors. Find more information here.

 

Sunday, May 15

What: Painting in the Park with Kids

Where: Main Street Pocket Park (Little Rock)

When: 3 pm

Kids, painting and fun – it really is that simple. Treehouse Kreations invites you and your kids to the Main Street Pocket Park for some mingling with other aspiring artists as they create masterpieces. All children must have a parent or guardian present to be able to participate. Find more information here.

 

NOW – May 30

What: Classic Rose Bushes at The Nursery

Where: Cantrell Gardens (Little Rock)

When: Hours of Operation

Is your flower bed looking a tad bare? Cantrell Gardens currently has classic rose bushes to spice up those sparse gardens. This nursery is the only in the state that sells classic rose bushes, so get yours before the season passes. Find more information here.

 

NOW – July 1

What: And the Beat Don’t Stop: 50 Years of Hip-Hop

Where: Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (Little Rock)

When: Hours of Operation

And the Beat Don’t Stop: 50 Years of Hip-Hop, the traveling exhibit from the National Hip-Hop Museum’s Pop Up Experience, is now open at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. The National Hip-Hop Museum has the largest collection of hip-hop memorabilia and artifacts in the world, many of which are on loan to MTCC for this special pop-up exhibit, including custom tennis shoes, plaques, awards and boomboxes.

 

Weekend Lineup at The Rev Room:

May 13:

  • Boom Kinetic; doors open at 7:30 pm, show begins at 9:30 pm; tickets are $15 to $30.

May 14:

  • Jon Wolfe with Mike Johnson Band; doors open at 7:30 pm, show begins at 8:30 pm; tickets are $15 to $18.

 

Weekend Lineup at Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack:

May 13:

  • Amie Bishop & The Slingerz; doors open at 7:30 pm, show begins at 8:30 pm; tickets are $8 to $60.

 

Weekend Lineup at Four Quarter Bar:

May 13:

  • Dogtown Throwdown with Black River Pearl; show begins at 7 pm; free to attend.

May 14:

  • Dogtown Throwdown with The Big Dam Horns; show begins at 7 pm; free to attend.

 

Weekend Lineup at White Water Tavern:

May 12:

  • Patrick Sweany; show begins at 8 pm; tickets are $15.

May 13:

  • Amy Garland Band; show begins at 8:30 pm; tickets are $10.

May 14:

  • Spotlights, Colour Design and Whether; show begins at 8 pm; tickets are $12.

May 15:

  • Earl & Them; show begins at 5 pm; tickets are $10.

 

Weekend Lineup at TC’s Midtown Grill:

May 13:

  • Markus Pearson; show begins at 9 pm.

May 14:

  • Mama Tryde; show begins at 9 pm.

 

Weekend Lineup at TempleLive:

May 13: 

  • Dylan Scott; doors open at 7 pm, show begins at 8 pm; tickets are $35 to $49.

May 14:

  • Aaron Lewis; doors open at 7 pm, show begins at 8 pm; tickets are $59 to $69.

May 15: 

  • Fozzy; doors open at 6 pm, show begins at 6:45 pm; tickets are $25 to $39.

 

Weekend Lineup at George’s Majestic Lounge:

May 12:

  • Comedy Night ft. Zarna Garg; doors open at 6:30 pm, show begins at 7:30 pm; tickets are $15 to $20.

May 13:

  • Happy Hour Concert with Ultra Suede; doors open at 5 pm, show begins at 6 pm; tickets are $8.
  • Eli Young Band; doors open at 8:30 pm, show begins at 9:30 pm; tickets are $30 to $33.

May 14: 

  • Honeyjack with Hollywood Riot; doors open at 7 pm, show begins at 8 pm; tickets are $10.

 

Weekend Lineup at Walmart AMP:

May 14:

  • Whiskey Myers with Shane Smith & The Saints and Goodbye June; gates open at 5 pm, show begins at 6:30 pm; tickets are $30 to $59.

 

Razorback Baseball: 

May 13:

  • Razorbacks vs. Vanderbilt

Where: Baum-Walker Stadium

When: 6:30 pm

May 14:

  • Razorbacks vs. Vanderbilt

Where: Baum-Walker Stadium

When: 6:30 pm

May 15:

  • Razorbacks vs. Vanderbilt

Where: Baum-Walker Stadium

When: 2 pm

 

Holidays:

May 12:

  • National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
  • National Limerick Day
  • National Nutty Fudge Day
  • National Odometer Day

May 13:

  • National Apple Pie Day
  • National Fruit Cocktail Day
  • National Crouton Day
  • National Frog Jumping Day
  • International Hummus Day

May 14:

  • World Migratory Bird Day
  • Archery Day
  • National Buttermilk Day
  • National Dance Like a Chicken Day
  • National Decency Day
  • National Dog Mom’s Day
  • National Miniature Golf Day
  • National Train Day
  • National Underground America Day
  • Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Day

May 15:

  • Peace Officers Memorial Day
  • Take Your Parents to the Playground Day
  • National Nylon Stocking Day
  • National Chocolate Chip Day
  • International Family Day
  • National EMS Week
  • National Police Week
  • Public Works Week

 

 

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