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.


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Thursday, June 6 

What: Sip, Soar & Roar: An Adult After Hours Cosplay Night 

Where: Little Rock Zoo 

When: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

The Little Rock Zoo is inviting adults out for a night of child-free fun and is encouraging attendees to wear their favorite costumes. Sip, Soar & Roar will take place at Dragon Kingdom and will transport all guests to a time of chivalry and fantasy. From Renaissance to fictional eras, this night will be one to remember for all. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased through Eventbrite. 


Thursday, June 6 

What: Argenta After Hours: Salsa Dancing 

Where: Argenta Public Library (North Little Rock) 

When: 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

Adults (21 and up) are encouraged to feel the rhythm and dance the night away this Thursday evening as Argenta Public Library will host a guided salsa class taught by Mia Hernandez. Learn basic Salsa steps, and enjoy dancing with a date, friends or someone new. Great for beginners and dance-lovers alike, everyone can join the fun. Registration is required for this event, and Lucky Lou’s will provide drinks for those with a valid ID. 


Thursday, June 6 

What: 80th Anniversary of D-Day Event 

Where: Veterans of Foreign War Post (Hot Springs) 

When: 6 p.m. 

Join Veterans of Foreign War Post this Thursday for its 80th Anniversary of D-Day event. Open to the public, this event celebrates and remembers D-Day. Starting at 6 p.m., there will be a Remembrance Ceremony, followed by a detailed description of the D-Day invasion. At 7 p.m., the 1940s karaoke and dancing will begin, and all members will be dressed in 1940s fashion. 


Thursday, June 6 

What: In Conversation with Taylor Jenkins Reid 

Where: Fayetteville Public Library

When: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

New York Times bestselling author Taylor Jenkins Reid will visit Fayetteville Public Library this Thursday evening for a special presentation. Taylor Jenkins Reid is known for the massively popular “Daisy Jones and the Six” and “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.” KUAF News Director Kyle Kellams will moderate the conversation, and a signing will follow the presentation. 


Thursday, June 6

What: Summer Speaker Series: The Functionality of Functional Medicine

Where: Sixth House Wellness Studio (Little Rock)

When: 5:45 p.m. 

Join Sixth House Wellness Studio this Thursday evening for its Summer Speaker Series discussion on The Functionality of Functional Medicine. Christie Brooks, a Functional Medicine R.D., will kick off this series with a conversation about functional medicine and her book “Root Cause: Turning Symptoms into Solutions.” Brooks will be joined by Joli Lombardo, a functional medicine consultant, who will speak on the power of supplementation. Meals from Flora Jean’s will be provided. 


Thursday, June 6 

What: First Thursday Avant Garden 

Where: Fayetteville Downtown Square & Gardens

When: 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

This month’s First Thursday in Fayetteville will take place under the theme of Avant Garden – a celebration of all things green and blooming. Join the community where art meets nature with innovative music and fashion at this family-friendly event. Enjoy live music, artist demonstrations and installations, food trucks and an arts market featuring over 40 independent artists. 


Thursday, June 6 – Sunday, June 9

What: Arkansas Travelers V. Springfield Cardinals 

Where: Dickey-Stephens Park (North Little Rock)

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

Root, Root, Root for the Travelers this weekend as they play the Springfield Cardinals this weekend. The beer garden will be open for $3 Thursdays, Fireworks Friday will be set to kids’ movie soundtracks this week, Saturday night marks Faith & Family night at the park and Sunday will include Operation: Military Appreciation. Ticket availability and other promotional information can be found online. 


Friday, June 7 

What: Blue Jeans & Bubbles 

Where: Rusty Tractor Vineyards (Little Rock) 

When: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield will present its Fourth Annual Blue Jeans & Bubbles event at Rusty Tractor Vineyards this Friday evening. This event is for adults (21 and up) and will include a VIP area with exclusive benefits, a wide variety of beverages, food, live music, dancing, Instagrammable moments and a raffle to raise funds to sponsor 5,000 nights for families to stay at Ronald McDonald House free of charge. 


Friday, June 7

What: Jim Breuer Live 

Where: TempleLive (Fort Smith)

When: 8 p.m. 

Live this Friday night, comedian Jim Breuer will bring the audience at TempleLive to tears with his hilarious and outrageous act. Known for his charismatic stage antics and spot-on impressions, Breuer has been featured in various T.V. shows, has performed in movie roles and his Sirius Satellite Radio show. Tickets start at $39 and can be purchased via TicketMaster. 


Friday, June 7

What: Fridays on the Lawn: Summer Games

Where: Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts (Little Rock)

When: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Fridays on the Lawn are back at AMFA for the season, and this Friday night, guests can soak up the summer sun with Summer Games. Enjoy friendly competition surrounding fun lawn games, such as Giant Jenga, and sip on a cool drink. Guests can also enjoy drawing at an easel with the help of an instructor or discover artworks within the galleries.  


Friday, June 7 

What: Defining Courage Show 

Where: CALS Ron Robinson Theater (Little Rock) 

When: 4:30 p.m. 

Join Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Jeff MacIntyre and ABC7-Los Angeles news anchor David Ono this Friday evening as the immersive live show, Defining Courage, will be showing at Ron Robinson Theater. For one night only, visitors can enjoy the performance that honors the most decorated U.S. soldiers of World War II: the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the door. 


Friday, June 7

What: SoMa Main Street Mile

Where: Main Street (SoMa/Little Rock) 

When: 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

Join SoMa for its SoMa Street Mile this Friday evening. As a vibrant celebration of health, wellness and life, this event encourages all to lace up their running shoes and hit the pavement under the lights of SoMa’s Main Street. Perfect for seasoned athletes and novice runners, this event has something for everyone to enjoy, including a Kids Mile, Open Mile and Elite Mile. 


Friday, June 7

What: June Conway Art Walk: ART IN MOTION 

Where: 1100 Oak St. (Conway) 

When: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

It’s officially summertime, and monthly Conway Art Walks are back for the season! This month’s theme, “Art in Motion,” will include several artistic movement activities. Enjoy a gallery exhibition with Aerial Hoops by Gemini Fitness, see live performers, take the entire family to Yoga classes or enjoy Taekwondo with AR TKD. AcroYoga will also be available, as will live music, snacks, an interactive drum circle and more. 


Friday, June 7 – Saturday, June 8

What: Fountain Lake Summer Shindig 

Where: The Venue by Fancy Schmancy (Hot Springs)

When: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. daily 

Kick off Summer this weekend at The Venue by Fancy Schmnacy’s Fountain Lake Summer Shindig. Taking place over two fun-filled evenings, this festival will include a vendor market with a beachy, l’eau theme, complete with beach games, contests, live music, vendors, food trucks, a beer tent and everything needed for an introduction to summertime fun. Kids get in for free, and tickets for ages 16 and up are priced at $10. 


Friday, June 7 – Sunday, June 9

What: 2024 Free Fishing Weekend 

Where: Joe Hogan State Fish Hatchery in Lonoke, C.B. “Charlie” Craig State Fish Hatchery in Centerton, William H. Donham State Fish Hatchery in Corning and Andrew Hulsey State Fish Hatchery in Hot Springs 

When: Begins at noon on Friday, and runs through midnight on Sunday 

Residents and non-residents are invited to fish this weekend for Arkansas’ annual Free Fishing Weekend. Visit one of Arkansas’ four state hatcheries for the fishing derbies, which take place this weekend only. This event allows everyone to fish without a fishing license or trout permit and is meant for all ages to enjoy. Families—including all adults and children—must register prior to the derby. 


Saturday, June 8 

What: Roar, Soar & Explore 

Where: Little Rock Zoo

When: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

On Saturday night, the Little Rock Zoo will be hosting its family-friendly, after-hours cosplay event at Dragon Kingdom. The Roar, Soar & Explore cost is included in regular admission, and the festivities will begin at 5 p.m. The whole family is encouraged to unleash their imaginations and embrace the magical environment of Dragon Kingdom by dressing in their favorite costumes. Enjoy an adventure through the zoo’s enchanted grounds, listen to live music, enjoy delectable treats fit for royalty and be amazed by enchanting magicians. All ages are welcome, and a dress code will be enforced. 


Saturday, June 8

What: Gimme Gimme Disco 

Where: The Hall (Little Rock)

When: 7 p.m. 

Travel back to the ‘70s and ‘80s this Saturday evening at Gimme Gimme Disco, a dance party celebrating disco, will be at The Hall. This event is for adults 18 and up and will include themed drinks, great tunes and an even better time. The venue has placed two important notes: The Hall is a cashless venue and only accepts credit and debit cards, and parking is limited at the venue, so rideshare is strongly recommended. 


Saturday, June 8 

What: ART ROCKS: Summer Kickoff 

Where: Southeast Arkansas Arts & Science Center (Pine Bluff) 

When: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

The ARTx3 campus at Southeast Arkansas Arts & Science Center will kick off the summer season this Saturday with ART ROCKS. Located in the ART YARD at ARTSpace on Main, this event is open to all ages and free to attend. Guests can create their own mood paintings, dance and sing to karaoke music and enjoy complimentary popsicles and drinks. 


Saturday, June 8

What: Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation Casino Party 

Where: Robinson Center Ballroom (Little Rock) 

When: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

The Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation will be hosting its Casino Party this Saturday evening at the Robinson Center. This event is to support the foundation’s goal of raising $100,000 in order to help provide $300,000 in scholarships for the Miss Arkansas and Miss Arkansas’ Teen candidates in 2024. Enjoy a night full of fun at any of the 14 gaming tables, listen to live entertainment, enjoy snacks and more. Individual tickets are $25, and include $100 in chips, snacks and cash bar. Additional chips may be purchased at $20. Don’t forget to cash in your chips at the end of the night for door prizes! 


Saturday, June 8 – Sunday, June 9 

What: Dam Slam Pickleball Tournament 

Where: Osage Park (Bentonville) 

When: Check-in begins at 7 a.m. daily 

The 2024 Dam Slam Pickleball Tournament will be taking place this weekend at Bentonville’s Osage Park. Teams are encouraged to come show off their skills, meet new people and compete for prizes. There are divisions for all levels of play and all interested are encouraged to compete. Men’s and women’s doubles will take place on Saturday, with mixed doubles taking place on Sunday. To view the categories and events schedule or register a team, click here.




This Weekend’s National Holiday Roundup: 

Thursday, June 6

  • D-Day 
  • National Eyewear Day 
  • National Higher Education Day 
  • National Applesauce Cake Day 
  • National Drive-in Movie Day 
  • National Gardening Exercise Day 

Friday, June 7 

  • National Chocolate Ice Cream Day 
  • World Caring Day 
  • National Oklahoma Day 
  • National Doughnut Day 
  • National VCR Day 
  • National Boone Day 

Saturday, June 8 

  • National Dragonfly Day 
  • National Outlet Shopping Day 
  • National Rosé Day 
  • National Upsy Daisy Day 
  • National Name Your Poison Day 
  • National Best Friends Day 

Sunday, June 9 

  • Children’s Day 
  • National Earl Day 
  • National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day 
  • National Donald Duck Day 


Feature Photo: Bentonville Farmers Market
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