Top Weekend Events: Sept. 8 – Sept. 11


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 The Buzz every Friday morning for Morning Mayhem to learn more about what’s going on during the weekend and more, featuring AY About You President and Publisher, Heather Baker.

Listen to Heather Baker’s Weekend Plans every Friday morning on 103.7 the Buzz. 


Thursday, September 8

What: Dancing with our Stars 

Where: Robinson Center Ballroom (Little Rock)

When: 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. 

Dancing with our Stars Little Rock Gala, the largest fundraising event of the year in Arkansas, will take place on Thursday night. This event benefits the Children’s Tumor Foundation in order to advance its mission of researching, improving knowledge and advancing care for the neurofibramatosis (NF) community. For more information about this event, read this earlier article.  


Thursday, September 8

What: Bingo for Bags 

Where: Chenal Country Club (Little Rock) 

When: 5:00 p.m.

Attendees are invited to experience food, bar, a silent auction and bingo on Thursday night at the Chenal Country Club. Ten games of Bingo will be played, and winners will be gifted a purse, bag or accessory valued at $200 or more to take home. These gifts have been donated by individuals and retailers local to the greater Little Rock area. Click here to buy tickets. 


Thursday, September 8

What: Jazz It Up 

Where: Reynolds Performance Hall (Conway) 

When: 6:30 p.m. 

The Conway Symphony will be performing at the Reynolds Performance Hall, which is located on the University of Central Arkansas campus. The Conway Symphony Orchestra Guild is a volunteer group that supports the musical and educational programs of the Conway Symphony Orchestra. Click here to buy tickets. 


Thursday, September 8

What: Thirsty Trivia Thursday 

Where: Press Waffle Co. (SoMa/Little Rock)

When: 6:00 p.m. 

Join Press Waffle Co. for a Happy Hour and Trivia with Challenge Entertainment Trivia this Thursday night. Happy hour specials will be offered, including $2 off beer, $2 off mimosas, Lost Forty Brewing, Core Brewing & Distilling Co. Mix and Match buckets 5 for $20. Press Waffle Co. gift cards of various amounts will be awarded to winners. 


Thursday, September 8

What: Lunch & Learn Tour 

Where: Moss Mountain Farm (Little Rock) 

When: 8:00 p.m.

P. Allen Smith is hosting a farm tour and lunch at his three-story Greek-Revival style home, and the public is invited to learn about the authentic design approach of the farm. Guests will be able to explore the countryside that overlooks the Arkansas River while touring the Allen Terrace Garden, the Hidden Rose Garden, Hydrangea Allée and his one-acre Vegetable Garden. Lunch will feature a seasonal recipe from Smith’s book Seasonal Recipes. For more information about this event, click here.


Thursday, September 8

What: ARKAST: Arkansas Podcast Convention

Where: Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub

When: 4:30 p.m. 

The first-ever podcast convention, ARKAST, will take place this Thursday and will feature the most successful podcasters in Arkansas, including Hilary Downey, Chad Jones, Aysleth Zaledon, Sarah Heer, Cliff and Susan Prowse, Phillip Fletcher, Leo Cummings III, Jamie Taylor, Irvin Camacho, Bo Counts and Jessica Tolliver. To learn more about ARKAST, read this earlier article


Thursday, September 8

What: L80’s Night: Weekend at Bernie’s

Where: Petit & Keet

When: 4:00 p.m. 

Join Petit & Keet this Thursday for L80’s Night, Weekend at Bernie’s edition. Keet’s Corner Bar will be transformed into a Weekend at Bernie’s-themed bar. This event will feature an all-night happy hour, speciality cocktails such as the Bernie Bro, Freakin’ Weekend and Take a Load Off, Have a Drink. As always, this event will feature throwback jams throughout the evening. 


Thursday, September 8 – Saturday, September 10 

What: Firefighter Challenge 30th Anniversary National Tour

Where: Dickey-Stephens Park (North Little Rock)

When: Kicks off Thursday at 9:00 a.m. 

Firefighters around the country will all be in North Little Rock this weekend to compete in the Firefighter Challenge – a globally-recognized competition. This event is family-friendly and hosted by the City of North Little Rock Fire Department, in collaboration with the North Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau. For more information, or to view the whole event schedule, click here.


Thursday, September 8 – Saturday, September 10

What: Collin Chamberlin LIVE!

Where: Loony Bin Comedy Club (Little Rock) 

When: Various times 

Join the Loony Bin Comedy Club in Little Rock this weekend for guaranteed laughs from New York-based comedian Collin Chamberlin. Collin Chamberlin is known for quick wit and conversational humor about his life growing up in Pittsburgh, Penn.  For more information or to buy tickets, click here


Thursday, September 8 – Saturday, September 10 

What: Saline Co. Fair & Rodeo 

Where: Saline County Fairgrounds (Benton)

When: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. 

Visit the Saline County Fair and Rodeo this weekend to ride carnival rides, eat fair food and enjoy a family-friendly outing. As Arkansas enters the height of county fair season, make sure to drop by the fairgrounds for a fun weekend. 


Thursday, September 8 – Sunday, September 11

What: 2022 Hot Spring County Fair 

Where: Hot Spring County Fairgrounds 

When: All weekend

Last Sunday, The Hot Spring County Fair kicked off, and has been open this entire week. Join the Hot Spring County community this weekend until Sunday at midnight for rides, food and so much more. 


Thursday, September  8 – Sunday, September 11

What: It Came from Outer Space 

Where: TheatreSquared (Fayetteville)

When: All weekend

Join TheatreSquared for It Came from Outer Space this weekend. The performance will be offered both digitally and in-person and will showcase the Chicago Shakespeare Theater Production. For more information about this event, read this earlier article



Thursday, September 8– Sunday, September 11

What: Welcoming Week NWA 

Where: Various locations across NWA 

When: All weekend

Welcoming Week NWA launches this Thursday at 10:00 a.m. with an opening celebration at The Jones Center in Springdale. Various events will take place until Sept.18, as this will showcase all of NWA’s diverse cultures. For more information about this event, read this earlier article. 


Friday, September 9

What: Little Rock National Cemetery Day of Service 

Where:  Little Rock National Cemetery 

When: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

Carry the Load, a proud partner with the National Cemetery Administration, is observing Patriot Day this Saturday with a Day of Service at the Little Rock National Cemetery. Volunteers are asked to dress casually and respectfully with no open-toed shoes or tank tops. Pets are not permitted. To sign up to volunteer, click here


Friday, September 9

What: Hurts Donut 5K Glo-nut Run 

Where: Burns Park Soccer Complex (North Little Rock)

When: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Runners and donut-lovers are invited to Hurts Donut’s very first 5k Glo Run. The event features a running series that is open to all ages and running abilities. Attendees are encouraged to wear all their glow accessories for the event, and will receive a t-shirt, finisher medal and best of all – a Hurts Donut. A portion of all proceeds from the Glo run will be donated in order to benefit those living with Multiple Sclerosis. To register for this event, click here


Friday, September 9

What: Interactive Screening! The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, rated R)

Where: CALS Ron Robinson Theater (Little Rock) 

When: 9:30 p.m.  

Rocky Horror Picture Show enthusiasts should head out to CALS Ron Robinson Theater this Friday night for an interactive screening of the highly-acclaimed The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Doors will open at 8:30 p.m. and the show will start at 9:30 p.m. Concessions and beer and wine will be available for purchase. Prop bags will be available for $10 and admission to the show will be $10. Click here to purchase tickets to the event. 


Friday, September 9 

What: 2nd Friday Art Night 

Where: Downtown Little Rock (Little Rock) 

When: 5:00 p.m. –  8:00 p.m.  

It’s the second Friday of the month, and for the City of Little Rock, this means it is time for another 2nd Friday Art Night. Participating locations include the Historic Arkansas Museum, Old State House Museum, The Galleries and Bookstore at Library Square, Bella Vita Jewelry, Sergio Valdivia Art and Hearne Fine Art. 


Friday, September 9

What: Little Rock Diamond Foundation’s 2nd Annual Charity Golf Classic 

Where:  The Country Club of Arkansas Golf Club (Little Rock) 

When: 8:00 a.m. 

On Friday morning, the Little Rock Diamond Foundation’s Charity Golf Classic will start. The golf tournament serves as a fundraiser in order to benefit youth mentoring, life skills training and community service. For more information or to register for the golf classic, click here



Friday, September 9 

What: Joey’s Bar & Grill 5th Birthday Party 

Where: Joey’s Bar & Grill (Sherwood) 

When: 8:00 p.m. 

The public is invited to join Joey’s Bar & Grill in celebrating its fifth year in business. This party will be themed as an ‘80s style extraordinaire, with ‘80s attire strongly encouraged. There will be karaoke, drink specials and prizes for best-dressed available. This event will be 18-years-old and up only. 




Friday, September 9

What: SHREK-Tember! Shrek screening (2001, rated PG)

Where:  CALS Ron Robinson Theater (Little Rock) 

When: 7:00 p.m. 

Movie-goers and those reminiscing on simpler times are invited to join the CALS Ron Robinson Theater on Friday for a viewing of Shrek. Doors to this screening will be opening at 6:00 p.m. and the film will begin screening at 7:00 p.m. Admission to this show will be $7 and beer, wine and concessions will be available for purchase. To buy tickets in advance, click here


Friday, September 9 – Sunday, September 10

What: Argenta Dogtown Throwdown

Where: Argenta  (North Little Rock) 

When: Kicks-off Friday at 4:00 p.m.

Dogtown Throwdown, a recurring event that takes place from April to October on the second weekend of every month, is back again for its September event. This weekend will include happy hour, live music, entertainment food and much more. 


Friday, September 9 – Sunday, September 11 

What: Hot Air Balloon State Championship 

Where: Anstaff Soccer Complex  (Harrison) 

When: Starts Friday at 4:00 p.m. 

The 27th annual Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship will take place this weekend in Harrison. While some events are weather-dependent, the current schedule includes helicopter rides, a kids zone, key-grab competition, balloon flights and more. To learn more about this event, read this earlier article. 



Friday, September 9 – Sunday, September 11

What: Vintage Market Days of Little Rock 

Where: Arkansas State Fairgrounds (Little Rock)

When: Friday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Make your way out to the Arkansas State Fairgrounds for the Vintage Market Days of Little Rock this weekend.  This event is family friendly and features 100 premiere vendors from over 15 states with unique vintage and fashion finds, handmade goods and the staple fashion pieces from featured boutiques. For more information, click here


Friday, September 9 – Sunday, September 11

What: Blue Man Group 

Where: Robinson Performance Hall (Little Rock)

When: Various showtimes.

Blue Man Group returns to the Robinson Center this weekend for their North American Tour. The pop-culture phenomenon will be performing an all-new set with surprises that all age groups will love. For more information about the show, read this earlier article



Friday, September 9 – Sunday, September 11 

What: The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks International Festival 

Where: The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks (Fayetteville) 

When: Starts Friday at 4:00 p.m. 

As part of the Welcoming Week NWA festivities, The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks will be hosting its annual Ozarks International Festival. There will be several booths, international foods and more in order to celebrate the difference and inclusion of all cultures. For more information about this international festival, read this earlier article. 


Saturday, September 10

What: 9/11 Heroes 5K Run/Go Ruck Shadow Event 

Where:  Lake Willastein Park  (Maumelle) 

When: 8:00 a.m. 

Head out to Lake Willastein Park this Saturday morning for the Travis Manion Foundation 9/11  Heroes Run. This annual event is open to all runners, ruckers and walkers at all activity levels and ages. To register for the 5K, click here.


Saturday, September 10

What: Ozark Quilt Fair 

Where:  Shiloh Museum of Ozark History (Springdale) 

When: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

The 44th Annual Ozark Quilt Fair will take place this Saturday at Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. Returning in-person for the first time in two years, festivities will include live music by Buddy Shute & The Motivators, hotdogs from Downtown Dawgs, old-time toys for children to play with and NWA’s most beautiful quilts. 


Saturday, September 10

What: JointStock 2022

Where:  The Joint Comedy Club  (Argenta/ North Little Rock) 

When: 5:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. 

The Joint Comedy Club  will be hosting its seventh annual music and comedy festival: JointStock.  The Event will include live music from Gordy Brave, The Skylarks, Queen Anne’s Revenge, Jason Lee Hale & The Personal Space Invaders, Fonky Donky, Birds with Teeth and The Big Dam Horns. Improvised comedy will feature Zane Lovelady, Bair, Zach Slomers and Alexi. This event is “pay-what-you-want,” and all proceeds from this event will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. 


Saturday, September 10

What: Breakfast with a Twist – Penguins 

Where:  The Little Rock Zoo 

When: 7:45 a.m. 

Join the Little Rock Zoo for its monthly Breakfast with a Twist series this Saturday morning. This is a monthly event that celebrates one of the zoo’s most iconic animals, and is in collaboration with Little Rock’s Painting with a Twist. Reservations for this event are required and breakfast will be served from 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m., with an informational conversation and painting session following. Click here to register


Saturday, September 10

What: Fashioning America: Grit to Glamour Exhibit Opening 

Where:  Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville) 

When: various times 

This Saturday, Sept. 10, Crystal Bridges’ very fashion-forward exhibit will officially open. This exhibit runs until Jan. 30, 2023, and features popular fashion that has helped shape American culture and society throughout the years. For more information, read this earlier article.



Saturday, September 10

What: SouthArk Outdoor Expo 

Where:  El Dorado Conference Center (El Dorado) 

When: All day

The SouthArk Outdoor Expo returns to El Dorado this Saturday for its 23rd year. This event features hands-on exhibits and outdoor activities such as a chainsaw wood-carving demo, opportunity to meet Smokey the Bear with the Arkansas Forest Commission and much more. For more information, read this earlier article. 


Saturday, September 10

What: Chat & Chew: A Walk Down Historic West Ninth Street 

Where:  Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (Little Rock) 

When: 9:30 a.m. 

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will be hosting its Chat & Chew tour this Saturday, with a walk on ninth street in Little Rock. Historial and community liaison Brian Rodgers will be starting the event with an information session, and guests will be able to learn about the lives of those who once lived in the largely African-American community in Little Rock. Click here to buy tickets


Saturday, September 10

What: Cockrills Critters Grand Opening

Where:  Cockrills Country Critters Mobile Petting Zoo & Pony Rides ( Austin) 

When: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

Cockrill’s Country Critters is celebrating its re-grand opening, after the facility was destroyed due to a fire in Feb. 2022. This event will feature vendors, music, food trucks, door prizes and all of the new animals at the farm. Admission to this event is free, but pony rides, camel rides, hayrides, face painting, feed cups, photos, kangaroo holding and other event offerings are available upon purchase. 


Saturday, September 10

What: Little Rock Children’s Business Fair 

Where: Williams Library – Central Arkansas Library System ( Little Rock)

When: 10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m. 

Parents, bring your kids out to the Little Rock Children’s Business Fair this Saturday at Williams Library. This event will feature young minds at work in marketing, selling, learning to count money and feeling accomplished. This is the business fair’s second-ever year to hold this event.  


Saturday, September 10 

What: 23rd Annual Wheelin’ & Healin’ Car and Truck Show 

Where: Goodsell Truck Accessories  (Jacksonville) 

When: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Make your way out to Goodsell Truck Accessories in Jacksonville for the 23rd annual Wheelin’ & Healin’ Car and Truck Show. There will be show cars, trucks, antiques, classics and new cars on display from local dealers. This event will benefit Jacksonville Friends of the Animals. 


Saturday, September 10

What: Full Moon Market 

Where: The Labyrinth (Little Rock) 

When: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Check out the vendor market at The Labyrinth this Saturday. The event will have free admissions for all attendees, will host several vendors such as Happy Aura Photography, Food Trucks and local businesses. For more information about this event, click here


Saturday, September 10

What: Sarah Huckabee Sanders Statewide Freedom Tour Razorback Game 

Where: Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium (Fayetteville)

When: 11:00 a.m. 

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is continuing her Freedom Tour Meet & Greets, and this week she will be in Clarksville and Springdale on Sept. 8; Bella Vista on Sept. 9; and in Fayetteville for the Razorback Football Game on Sept. 10. For more information about the Freedom Tour, read this article


Saturday, September 10

What: 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb 

Where: Jack Stephens Center(Little Rock) 

When: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

The fourth Annual Little Rock 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb will take place this Saturday. The event will take place in remembrance of the stairs climbed by Firefighters, Police and EMS. Attendees will climb 110 flights of stairs in order to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11/2001. This year, the event will also feature Walk for a Fallen Hero, a 1.1 mile walk offered for participants who want to get involved but cannot climb stairs. Click here to buy tickets. 


Saturday, September 10 – Sunday, September 11

What: Arkansas Comic Con 

Where: Statehouse Convention Center (Little Rock) 

When: Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

The Arkansas Comic Con will be taking place in Little Rock this weekend. This year’s lineup includes a full-scale anime convention, celebrities and voice actors including Tom Kenny, the voice of Spongebob Squarepants; Charles Martinet, the voice of Mario and Luigi; and more. For more information about this event, read this earlier article


Sunday, September 11

What: Main Street Food Truck Festival 

Where: Main Street, Little Rock

When: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

This year’s event boasts 60 food trucks – including selections from tacos, BBQ, and cajun to crepes, cinnamon rolls and ice cream. Many of the intersections along Main Street will also house beer tents. Events include Gemini Fitness Aerial Performers, the Driving the Cure Car Show to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Hounds Lounge Dog Pawty Zone – so your dog can join in on all the fun, too. Read this earlier article.


Sunday, September 11

What: Sunday Funday at the Winery with The Prickly Pickle & Boards and Bubbles 

Where: Sunset Lodge at Rusty Tractor Vineyards ( Little Rock)

When: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Guests are invited to enjoy a relaxing Sunday afternoon at Rusty Tractor Vineyards in West Little Rock. Live music will be performed by Ben Byers and weather permitting, the patio will be open as well as the sunroom. There will also be a bloody mary and mimosa bar available. 


Sunday, September 11

What: Industry Dawgs

Where: Bark Bar (Little Rock) 

When: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 

Industry dogs and their parents who work in the bar or restaurant industry are invited to join the Bark Bar every Sunday night from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This event will feature $7 Busch & Branca, a free shift drink for your pup and $5 Mini Moonshine Slushes. This event is for adults 21-years-old and older and puppies who are at least four-months-old. Register you and your dog for this event here


Sunday, September 11 

What: Engage Arkansas 9/11 Commemorative services 

Where: Various locations

When: Various times 

Engage Arkansas will partner with Arkansas Collegiate Service Leadership Councils in order to commemorate the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks. Hundreds of volunteers are expected to gather in order to work with local fire departments to canvas neighborhoods and identify at-risk homes, installing fire alarms. This volunteer effort provides additional focus to senior citizens, veterans and first responders. 


Monday, September 12

What: Little Rock Touchdown Club Guest Speaker Series featuring Paul Finebaum

Where: DoubleTree Hotel (downtown Little Rock)

When: 11:00 a.m.

The Little Rock Touchdown Club’s annual guest speaker series, presented by Simmons Bank, takes place every week, and this Monday Paul Finebaum, Southeastern Conference Network Broadcaster, will be speaking. Lunch will be served at 11:00 a.m. and the program will start at 11:40 a.m. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for non-members. To learn more or to become a member, visit the Little Rock Touchdown Club website.


College Football 

  • Arkansas Razorbacks V. South Carolina Gamecocks at home; Saturday, September 10; kick-off 11:00 a.m. 
  • Arkansas State Red Wolves V. Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio State; Saturday, September 10; kick-off 11:00 a.m. 
  • Central Arkansas Bears V. Ole Miss Rebels at Ole Miss; Saturday, September 10; kick-off 6:00 p.m
  • UA Pine Bluff Golden Lions V. North American Stallions at home; Saturday, September 10; kick-off 6:00 p.m. 



September 8 

  • International Literacy Day 
  • National Actors Day 
  • National Date Nut Bread Day 
  • Pardon Day 
  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Day 
  • Star Trek Day 
  • World Physical Therapy Day 


September 9

  • Care Bears Share Your Care Day 
  • International Sudoku Day 
  • National 401(k) Day 
  • National Dog Walker Appreciation Day 
  • National Steak Au Poivre Day 
  • National Teddy Bear Day 
  • Wiener Schnitzel Day 
  • Wonderful Weirdos Day


September 10 

  • Aunt’s Day 
  • German Language Day 
  • National Clean Out Your Garage Day 
  • National Hot Dog Day 
  • International Makeup Day 
  • Prairie Day 
  • World First Aid Day 
  • World Suicide Prevention Day 
  • National Hot Dog Day


September 11

  • 9/11 Remembrance Day 
  • Patriot Day 
  • Remember Freedom Day 
  • Emergency Number Day 
  • Make Your Bed Day 
  • National Day of Service and Remembrance 
  • National Emergency Responder Day 
  • National Grandparent’s Day 
  • National Hug your Hound Day 
  • National No News is Good News Day 
  • National Emergency Responder Day 
  • Racial Justice Day