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. Also, listen to 103.7 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.

 

 

Thursday, July 27

What: Rock Town Distillery Tour & Tasting 

Where: Rock Town Distillery (SoMa/Little Rock)

When: 5 p.m. 

This Thursday evening, Rock Town Distillery is inviting the public back to the distillery for a special tour and tasting opportunity. Private tours of the space start at $20 and guests must pay for the tour in advance. Following the tour, guests will be able to taste eight special drinks curated right at Rock Town. Click here for more information. 

 

Thursday, July 27

What: “Classics and their Counterparts” Game Night 

Where: Community Bakery (SoMa/Little Rock) 

When: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Who doesn’t love a good, family friendly game night? This week Community Bakery’s SoMa location will be hosting “Classics and Their Counterparts,” on Thursday evening. Guests will be able to embrace nostalgia with old games from their childhood and a few new board games. 

 

Thursday, July 27

What: Yard Bar Karaoke 

Where: Camp Taco (Little Rock) 

When: 8 p.m.

Every Thursday evening Little Rock’s Camp Taco will be hosting Yard Bar Karaoke. This year, the bar will offer this fun sing-and-dance with extended hours weekly, including a special menu for the late night adventure. For more information, click here. 

 

Thursday, July 27 – Sunday, July 30 

What: Arkansas Travelers V. Northwest Arkansas Naturals 

Where: Dickey-Stephens Park (North Little Rock) 

When: Thursday: 6:05 p.m., Friday & Saturday: 7:05 p.m., Sunday: 1:35 p.m. 

It’s root, root, root for the home team…. Whoever your home team may be this weekend as the Travelers and Naturals face off at Dickey-Stephens Park. This special state-rivalry game series will include several nightly themes and specials including $3 Thursday, Friday Fireworks, Nickelodeon Blue’s Clues & You! Night and Sunday Brunch at the Ballpark. Tickets start at $7 and can be purchased online. 

 

Thursday, July 27 – Saturday, July 29 

What: Cave City Watermelon Festival 

Where: Downtown Cave City 

When: Thursday: 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Friday: 8 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Saturday: 7 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. 

Cave City’s largest festival will be taking place this weekend in the downtown area. With watermelon competitions taking place, a kiddie parade, 5K, Kid’s Fishing Derby, bounce houses and more, this is a must-visit attraction. For more information, or to view the full schedule of events, click here. 

 

Friday, July 28

What: Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen 

Where: Murphy Arts District (El Dorado) 

When: 7:30 p.m. 

Join the Murphy Arts District this Friday evening to relive the beauty of QUEEN. Tickets to this event start at $34 and can be purchased online. As for the “Freddie Mercury” of the evening, Patrick Myers will play the accomplished artist for all attendees to enjoy. 

 

Friday, July 28

What: Downtown Conway Moonlight Madness 

Where: Downtown Conway 

When: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

The Conway Downtown Partnership will be hosting Moonlight Madness this Friday, starting at 10 a.m. in the downtown area. This tradition has been part of the City of Colleges for over 50 years, and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Guests are invited to take advantage of all of the extended shopping hours of downtown businesses and save big on end-of-season deals. Click here to learn more. 

 

Friday, July 28

What: BingoFlix! “Xanadu” (1980, PG) 

Where: CALS Ron Robinson Theater (Little Rock) 

When: 7 p.m. 

What’s better than a game night or a night at the movies? A night spent doing both. This immersive cinematic experience will be hosted this Friday evening at CALS Ron Robinson Theater, as the venue screens the 1980s hit, “Xanadu.” Guests will be able to play a friendly game of bingo throughout the evening and more. Tickets can be purchased online. 

 

Friday, July 28

What: Moonlight Trivia 

Where: Camp Taco (Little Rock) 

When: 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. 

Challenge Entertainment will be hosting trivia every Friday night at Camp Taco. Drinks and late night nachos will be provided by The Yard Bar and all of your Camp Taco favorites will be available on a special menu. Test your knowledge this summer with this one-of-a-kind trivia game. 

 

Friday, July 28 – Saturday, July 29 

What: The Main Thing Comedy Trio Presents “Birthday From Hell” 

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

When: 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Turning 40 is a great accomplishment, but Bridgette Fertle is having an existential crisis about her age, convinced that her quality of life will be going downhill from this moment forward. As Bridgette deals with her birthday, Earl will chase an induction into a secret society and Mama Fertle will be dealing with a ghost encounter. For more information about this show, or to buy tickets, click here. 

 

Friday, July 28 – Sunday, July 30 

What: Delta Waterfowl Duck Hunters Expo 

Where: Statehouse Convention Center (Little Rock) 

When: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

Duck hunters are invited to enjoy a special duck hunting experience this weekend at the Delta Waterfowl Duck Hunters Expo. This event is North America’s largest event dedicated exclusively to the duck hunter, and open to the public. For more information about this unique opportunity, or to view the full schedule of events, click here. 

 

Friday, July 28 – Sunday, July 30 

What: CoolWag Dock Diving Competition 

Where: CoolWag (Bentonville) 

When: Begins at 1 p.m. daily 

Fur parents: don’t miss your chance this weekend for a very special, and adorable, puppy pool party at CoolWag in Bentonville. This weekend only, CoolWag will be hosting a Dock Diving Competition, in which precious pooches are judged on distance, speed, distance and more. Everyone is invited to come cheer on their favorite dogs this weekend as they run off a 40’ dock and enter into a 45’ pool. 

 

Saturday, July 29 

What: Pack Rat Outdoor Center 50th Anniversary 

Where: Pack Rat Outdoor Center (Fayetteville) 

When: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

This weekend, a Fayetteville classic, Pack Rat Outdoor Center, will be hosting its 50th Anniversary specials and party. Fifty years is a long time to be in business, and the group will be celebrating with 50% off specials all weekend long and a Saturday celebration with food trucks, hot dogs, cupcakes, live music, giveaways and games. 

 

Saturday, July 29 

What: “Sleightly Off Comedy: Magic and Mentalism Tour” Featuring Jason Bird, Master of Illusion 

Where: Robinson Center (Little Rock) 

When: 7 p.m. 

Bend your mind and laugh until your stomach hurts this Saturday evening as Jason Bird, a master of illusion, entertains on the Robinson Center stage. Bringing magic and mentalism to Little Rock, this show is promised to be a jaw-dropping performance, perfect for the whole family to enjoy. To learn more about Bird, or to view available tickets, click here. 

 

Saturday, July 29 

What: UAMS Party with a Purpose 

Where: McGehee Men’s Club Community Center (McGehee) 

When: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Join UAMS in McGehee this Saturday for free health screenings and a special benefit concert. Aimed for residents of Desha, Chicot, Drew, Jefferson and Pulaski counties, all Arkansans are welcome to attend. This day’s events are sponsored by the Research and Evaluation Division of the UAMS Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, and the event aims to provide health resources and screenings to rural Arkansans while dispelling stigma. Click here for more information. 

 

Saturday, July 29

What: Summer Pool Party 

Where: Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort 

When: 8 p.m. -12 a.m. 

Join Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort this Saturday for a Summer Pool Party. With live DJ’s, refreshing drink specials and more, guests who are 21 and up can enjoy all that this poolside soirée offers. This event has a $20 cover for men and a $10 cover for women, and will be located at the Oaklawn pool across from Parking Lot B. 

 

Saturday, July 29

What: Global Tiger Day 

Where: Little Rock Zoo 

When: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Note: effective August 1, hours at the Zoo will change to 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. for the month of August because of the heat.)

July 29th is Global Tiger Day, and Little Rock Zoo will be hosting a celebration all day long. Celebrate and learn more about this endangered species this weekend with special activities, keeper chats, tiger-themed enrichment and so much more. Click here for more information and a full schedule of events taking place at the zoo this Saturday. 

 

Saturday, July 29

What: Mercedes-Benz Convertible Giveaway 

Where: Saracen Casino Resort (Pine Bluff) 

When: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Saracen Player’s Club members are invited to enter in a competition for a chance to win a Mercedes C300A this Saturday at the casino resort. Members will receive one entry to the giveaway for every 50 points earned on the games and slots from July 1-29, and leading up to the giveaway, members will earn two entries through July 27th. For more information about this opportunity, visit Saracen Casino Resort’s website. 

 

Saturday, July 29

What: Crave Hot Dogs & BBQ Grand Opening 

Where: Crave Hot Dogs & BBQ (Bryant) 

When: 11 a.m. 

Saline County, get excited! Crave Hot Dogs & BBQ will officially be opening its doors this Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. Guests will be able to enjoy free hot dogs, prizes, music and unlimited fun as the eatery launches its location. 

 

Saturday, July 29

What: 90s Mall Party 

Where: Main Street Mall (Little Rock) 

When: 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. 

The 1990s were meant for malls, and this Saturday evening, the Downtown Little Rock Partnership will be bringing the decade of fanny packs and flannels back for one night at the old Main Street Mall. Serving as a time capsule from nearly 30 years ago, this event is perfect for all of those ‘90s kids at heart. Click here to learn more about this extremely nostalgic event and to buy tickets. 

 

Saturday, July 29

What: Stone’s Throw 10th Annual Block on Rock Birthday Bash 

Where: MacArthur Park (Little Rock)

When: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Stone’s Throw is officially turning 10, and this Saturday, the brewery will be hosting its annual Block on Rock Birthday Bash. This year’s event won’t take place on Rock Street, but will be located a few blocks away at Little Rock’s MacArthur Park. Read this earlier article for more information about this event. 

 

Saturday, July 29

What: Bearded Chef Supper Club 

Where: Charlotte’s Eats & Sweets (Keo) 

When: 7 p.m. 

It’s a Supper Club Saturday this weekend at Keo’s infamous Charlotte’s Eats & Sweets. This Saturday, The Bearded Chef will be providing all the goodies along with Charlotte’s. The menu will include BBQ Charcuterie, a pulled pork sandwich with tangy red cabbage slaw, ribs, pit beans, smoked gouda mac and cheese and pie from Charlotte’s. Tickets to this event are available online. 

 

Saturday, July 29

What: Christmas In July 

Where: Downtown Conway Farmers’ and Crafts Market 

When: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

It’s never too early to get in the Holiday spirit, and this Saturday, Downtown Conway has the perfect opportunity: Christmas in July. Enjoy snow cones, letters to Santa, carolers and several local vendors with great deals. 

 

Saturday, July 29

What: Family Night at the Museum 

Where: University of Arkansas Museum (Fayetteville) 

When: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

It’s Family Night at The University of Arkansas Museum. Bring the whole house out to enjoy the museum’s most-popular collections, food, fun, activities and a special outdoor movie screening. This event is open to the public, and RSVP’s, while not required, are appreciated. To RSVP to this event, click here. 

 

Saturday, July 29

What: Stroll the Atolls Festival 

Where: Shiloh Square (Springdale) 

When: 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.  

Explore and celebrate the diversity of Pacific Island cultures this Saturday at the Stroll the Atolls Festival at Springdale’s Shiloh Square. Weaving, live music, dancing, arts displays, crafts and other activities will be available for the public to enjoy. For more information about STA, click here. 

 

Saturday, July 29

What: Featherfest/Wing Eating Competition 

Where: Central BBQ (Fayetteville) 

When: 12 p.m. 

Two minutes, as many wings as you can eat and major prizes. All of this will happen this Saturday at Featherfest/ Central BBQ’s Wing Eating Competitions. The winner will receive $500 in cash, free barbecue for a year and their picture will be displayed in the Central BBQ Hall of Fame. Whether you plan on competing or watching, this event promises great fun to all who attend. 

 

Sunday, July 30

What: Black Apple 8th Annual Birthday Bash 

Where: Black Apple Taproom (Springdale) 

When: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Black Apple Taproom, famous for Black Apple Hard Cider, will be hosting its 8th Annual Birthday Bash this Sunday in Springdale. Guests are invited to crawl through Downtown Springdale with the Black Apple Day Passport, complete fun tasks and celebrate with the taproom. Click here for more information. 

 

Sunday, July 30

What: ATB X Summer Bash 

Where: War Memorial Stadium (Little Rock) 

When: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

The ATB Summer Bash will take place this Sunday at War Memorial Stadium, and this time, it will be celebrating 10 years worth of events in Arkansas. As an automotive tailgating event, this event will be open to car and truck clubs, as well as families. This event is not considered a show or a meet, but a community event for people within the automotive community. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased here. 

 

Sunday, July 30 

What: Arkansas State Criterium Championships 

Where: Downtown Springdale 

When: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Presented by Tyson Foods and Buffalo Builders, the Downtown Springdale Alliance and City of Springdale will be hosting the USA Cycling 2023 State Championship this Saturday in downtown Springdale. Promising to be seriously fun and fast, this event is open to the public for viewing. Click here to learn more about this incredible race. 

 

RECURRING EVENTS:

  • Join Oaklawn Casino Racing Resort for Mainline Sports Bar Karaoke every Friday night from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 
  • “Cabaret” will be showing at The Studio Theatre in Little Rock through Aug. 6. 
  • Bar & Bites at Eleven will take place on Thursday and Friday nights from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. weekly at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Arts. 
  • Bulls, Broncs, Beauties and Boots” Exhibit will be on display at Fort Smith Museum of History through July 29. 
  • “Newsies” will be showing at South Arkansas Arts Center in El Dorado through July 30. 
  • The Hot Springs Fishing Challenge will be taking place through July 31. 
  • Diego Rivera’s “America” is currently on display at Crystal Bridges Museum of Fine Art in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery. Rivera’s work will be on display through July 31. 
  • What a Time To Be Showcases beautiful, and very pink, artwork by Yvette Mayorga, and is currently on display at The Momentary, where it will remain on display until Oct. 15.

 

SAVE THE DATE: Be sure to save the date for Saturday, Aug. 26 as Willy D’s Rock & Roll Piano Bar will host its 20 Year Celebration. To learn more about this event, read this earlier article and to make reservations, click here. 

 

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