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, Sept. 21

What: Zoo Brew & Cocktails Too!

Where: Little Rock Zoo

When: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Join the Little Rock Zoo this Thursday evening for  Zoo Brew & Cocktails Too! General tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. This event is for adults (21+) and will go on rain or shine. Every guest will be able to enjoy dozens of samples of beverages from breweries and local restaurants, multiple entertainment areas and yard games. Food trucks will also be in-attendance, and guests can buy from them separately. Read this earlier article to learn more. 

 

Thursday, Sept. 21

What: FORMAT Festival Kickoff Reception

Where: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville)

When: 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

FORMAT Festival is back in Bentonville for its second year, and this Thursday evening, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art will be hosting a kickoff event for the music, art and technology festival. Artist insights, unique engagements and more will take place at this event. This is also a great opportunity to enjoy the “Listening Forest.” Tickets to this event start at $40 and can be purchased online. 

 

Thursday, Sept. 21

What: Shaun Jones Live 

Where: Walton Arts Center (Fayetteville)

When: 7:30 p.m. 

Comedian Shaun Jones will be kicking off the Walton Arts Center’s Comedy Zone at Starr Theater this Thursday evening. Guests are invited to come hear hilarious anecdotes from Jones, who is known for his role on BET’s “ComicView” Starz’s “!st Amendment Stand Up” and Robert Townsend’s “Partners In Crime: Next Generation.” Tickets start at $21 and are available online. 

 

Thursday, Sept. 21 – Saturday, Sept. 23 

What: Bikes, Blues & BBQ 

Where: Downtown Rogers

When: 7:30 p.m. 

Bikes, Blues & BBQ is returning to downtown Rogers this weekend, and will include mapped rides, vendors, Harley-Davidson demo rides, live music and more. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, this rally’s purpose is to benefit women, children and underserved members of the Northwest Arkansas community. Read more in this earlier article. 

 

Thursday, Sept. 21 – Saturday, Sept. 23 

What: 26th Annual Petit Jean Fall Swap Meet 

Where: Museum of Automobiles, 8 Jones Lake, Morrilton (Petit Jean Mountain)

When: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

Attention Car Enthusiasts – the 26th Annual Petit Jean Fall Swap Meet at the Museum of Automobiles atop Petit Jean Mountain starts Thursday and goes through Saturday. Open Daily from 8 am – 6 pm, it a great way to find that missing part in your restoration or your next car to restore!
In addition to the Swap Meet, there is the Military Vehicle Rally each day from 8 am – 5 pm and don’t miss the Open Car Show on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
This event is Open to the Public and Admission is FREE! More information can be found on the museum’s website – https://museumofautos.com/

 

Friday, Sept. 22

What: Artist Talk: Chakaia Booker and Justin Sanz 

Where: Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts (Little Rock) 

When: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts will be opening its artist-in-residence program with Chakaia Booker, whose contemporary work is currently on display in “Chakaia Booker: Intentional Risks.” This event is free and open to the public, and will take place in the Performing Arts Theater. 

 

Friday, Sept. 22

What: Pyramid Building Summer Supper

Where: The Pyramid Building (Little Rock)

When: 6 p.m.

The Quapaw Quarter Association will be hosting the Pyramid Building Summer Supper this Friday evening. This event is part of the QQA’s effort to bring Little Rock residents on a journey through the city with food at the focus. Tickets start at $100 and can be purchased online. 

 

Friday, Sept. 22 – Sunday, Sept. 24

What: FORMAT Festival 2023

Where: The Momentary and surrounding areas (Bentonville) 

It’s a big weekend for music in Bentonville as the second-ever FORMAT Festival is returning to the city, and this year at The Momentary. Including live music, a lot of visual art and technology implementation, this festival is put on by C3 Presents and will be headlined by Alanis Morisette, LCD Soundsystem and Leon Bridges. Read more about this year’s event here. 

 

Friday, Sept. 22 – Sunday, Sept. 24

What: Spa-Con Season 7 

Where: Hot Springs Convention Center

When: Friday: 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday: 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.  

The 2023 Spa-Con will take place this weekend in Hot Springs. Enjoy a weekend full of cosplay, celebrity cars (such as the “Stranger Things” Season 4 Winnebago), and artists such as Daniel Scott Jr., Jerry Bingham and Pat Moriarity. 

 

Friday, Sept. 22 – Sunday, Sept. 24 

What: “Matilda The Musical” Opening Weekend

Where: Wildwood Park for the Arts (Little Rock)

When: Friday: 7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday: 2 p.m. 

Roald Dahl’s “Matilda The Musical” will be presented by Wildwood Park for the Arts, with this weekend marking the production’s opening weekend. Attend and be transported into Dahl’s infamous story. This performance takes place indoors (at the Cabe Festival Theatre). Tickets are available online. 

 

Saturday, Sept. 23 

What: Tinkerfest 2023 

Where: Scott Family Amazeum (Bentonville)

When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

The Scott Family Amazeum will be bringing the 2023 Tinkerfest to its hands-on immersive museum this Saturday. This one-day-only event will bring tinkerers, makers, artists, DIYers and creatives to the community to celebrate the curious, creative and innovative spirit in everyone. Click here to learn more. 

 

Saturday, Sept. 23 

What: TougeCon 2023 Car Show 

Where: Fayetteville Town Center  

When: 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

Head out to the Fayetteville Town Center this Saturday for the TougeCon 2023 Car Show. TougeCon is an event company focused on celebrating Japanese car culture, and this year’s event will feature 100 hand-selected Japanese cars from across the country. The car show also explained that guest may have the opportunity to meet some of the most-well known car influencers invited as surprise guests. 

 

Saturday, Sept. 23

What: Razorback Rumble 

Where: University of Arkansas (Fayetteville)

When: 12 p.m.  

Get ready to rummmmmblllllleeee this Saturday at the University of Arkansas. University Crawls will be hosting a Back-to-College Bar Crawl event this Saturday that has been specially-crafted for the Razorbacks. Guests are invited to collect their tee-shirt and enjoy a VIP level pass to the largest-nationwide university bar crawl in history. Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased online. 

 

Saturday, Sept. 23

What: Little Rocktoberfest 2023

Where: War Memorial Stadium (Little Rock) 

When: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Head out to War Memorial Stadium this Saturday for Little Rocktoberfest 2023. Celebrate Oktoberfest with the Central Arkansas Fermenters, who are bringing all the best local breweries that Arkansas has to offer. Sample beers that aren’t available anywhere else and enjoy delicious eats. Tickets start at $45 in advance and $50 the day-of. Click here to learn more. 

 

Saturday, Sept. 23 

What: 2nd Annual Women’s RE:Discover Conference

Where: Arkansas Repertory Theatre (Little Rock) 

When: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Calling all the ladies:this weekend marks the second annual Women’s RE:Discover Conference. This event includes hearing from inspiring speakers such as Dr. Gail Lane, Jessica Hall and more, a networking happy hour, lunch and more. Tickets are available to purchase online. 

 

Saturday, Sept. 23 – Sunday, Sept. 24 

What: Squirrelly Dayz at The Pumpkin Patch

Where: BoBrook Farms (Roland)

When: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

As cooler temperatures are starting to make an appearance in the Natural State, it is no-shock that pumpkin patch season is quickly approaching. Starting this season off right, BoBrook Farms will be bringing Squirrelly Dayz to its own pumpkin patch this weekend. Guests are invited to enjoy a wide variety of squirrel-based dishes, enjoy a hay ride, live music and more. Click here to learn more. 

 

Saturday, Sept. 23- Sunday, Sept. 24

What: Paw Patrol Live 

Where: Simmons Bank Arena (North Little Rock) 

When: Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. 

“PAW Patrol is on a roll” and will be bringing its live show to North Little Rock this weekend only. Perfect for all ages, this production will feature an interactive show, where families can sing along with a jam-packed performance. Tickets start at $49 and can be purchased online. 

 

Sunday, Sept. 24 

What: Music Moves Gospel Celebration

Where: Christian Life Cathedral (Fayetteville)

When: 6 p.m. 

Music Moves will be closing out its September programming this Sunday with its Gospel Celebration in Fayetteville. The community choir will be directed by 2021 Grammy Winning Educator of the Year, Dr. Jeffrey Allen Murdock, and several other Grammy award-winning gospel singers will also be in attendance.

 

Sunday, Sept. 24

What: “Whose Live Anyway?”

Where: Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center (Fayetteville)

When: 7 p.m.

There’s no better day to catch an improv show than this Sunday at the Walton Arts Center. “Whose Live Anyway?” includes comedians Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis and Joel Murray will be performing according to audience suggestions. Tickets start at $33 and can be purchased online. 

 

Monday, Sept. 25

What: Petyon Hillis at Little Rock Touchdown Club 

Where: Doubletree Hotel Grand Ballroom (Downtown Little Rock) 

When: Doors open at 11 a.m., program starts at 11:30 a.m. 

Former Razorback Peyton Hillis will be joining The Little Rock Touchdown Club this Monday for a conversation about this year’s Razorback football team. This meeting will be $25 for members and $35 for non-members and will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. All attendees must have a ticket to attend and tickets are currently available online at lrtouchdown.com, however the ticket deadline for this event is on Sept. 15. To see the full schedule of speakers, read this earlier article in Arkansas Money & Politics. AY Media Group is a proud media sponsor of the Little Rock Touchdown Club.

 

Monday, Sept. 25 

What: 31st Annual RMHCA Golf Scramble 

Where: Pleasant Valley Country Club (Little Rock) 

When: 8 a.m. 

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Arkansas will be on the green for a good cause again this year as it hosts the 31st Annual RMHCA Golf Scramble. This year’s golf scramble is promising an “UnPARalleled” day of fresh air, sun and fun for all golfers at all skill levels. Read more about this year’s event in this earlier article. 

 

** Don’t Forget: Every Monday during pro-football season, Guests at Oaklawn Casino Racing Resort can receive a free entry into the Grid Iron Challenge. 

 

RECURRING EVENTS:

 

D1 College Sports: 

D1 College Football:

  • Saturday, Sept. 23: Arkansas Razorbacks V. LSU Tigers at LSU; Kick-off at 6 p.m. 
  • Thursday, Sept. 21: UAPB Golden Lions V. Alabama A&M Bulldogs at Alabama A&M; Kick-off at 6:30 p.m. 
  • Saturday, Sept. 23: UCA Bears V. Abilene Christian Wildcats at home; Kick-off at 6 p.m. 
  • Saturday, Sept. 23: Arkansas State Red Wolves V. Southern Miss Golden Eagles at home; Kick-off at 6 p.m. 

D1 Volleyball: 

  • Friday, Sept. 22: Arkansas Razorbacks V. South Carolina at home; 6 p.m. start time 
  • Friday, Sept. 22- Saturday, Sept. 23: UA-Little Rock Trojans V. Southern Indiana Eagles at Southern Indiana; 6 p.m. start time on Friday, 2 p.m. start time on Saturday
  • Friday, Sept. 22 – Saturday, Sept. 23: Arkansas State Red Wolves V. Georgia Southern Eagles at Georgia Southern; 5 p.m. start time on Friday, 12 p.m. start time on Saturday  
  • Friday, Sept. 22: UCA Sugar Bears V. Lipscomb Bison at home, 6 p.m. start time
  • Sunday, Sept. 24: UAPB Golden Lions V. Prairie View A&M Panthers at Prairie View; 3 p.m. start time
  • Sunday, Sept. 24: UCA Sugar Bears V. Austin Peay Governors at home; 2 p.m. start time 
  • Sunday, Sept. 24: Arkansas Razorbacks V. Texas A&M at home; 3 p.m. start time

 D1 Women’s Soccer:

  • Thursday, Sept. 21 Arkansas Razorbacks V. Alabama Crimson Tide at home; 6 p.m. start time
  • Thursday, Sept. 21: UCA Sugar Bears V. Florida Gulf Coast Eagles at home; 7 p.m. start time
  • Thursday, Sept. 21: UA- Little Rock Trojans V. Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles at home; 6 p.m. start time
  • Thursday, Sept. 21: Arkansas State Red Wolves V. Texas State Bobcats at home; 2 p.m. start time 
  • Friday, Sept. 22: UAPB Golden Lions V. Prairie View A&M Panthers at Prairie View A&M; 7 p.m. start time 
  • Sunday, Sept. 24: Arkansas State Red Wolves V. Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Southern Miss;6 p.m. start time 
  • Sunday, Sept. 24: Arkansas Razorbacks V. Texas A&M at Texas A&M; 6 p.m. start time 
  • Sunday, Sept. 24: UCA Sugar Bears V. Stetson Hatters at home; 12 p.m. start time
  • Sunday, Sept. 24: UA- Little Rock Trojans V. UT Martin at UT Martin; 1 p.m. start time 
  • Sunday, Sept. 24: UAPB Golden Lions V. Texas Southern at Texas Southern; 1 p.m. start time 

 D1 Men’s Soccer: 

  • Saturday, Sept. 23: UCA Bears V. Queens University of Charlotte at home; 2 p.m. start time. 

D1 Men’s Golf: 

  • Monday, Sept. 18 – Tuesday, Sept. 19: Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bearcat Invitational in Cincinnati, Ohio

D1 Women’s Tennis: 

  • Friday, Sept. 22 – Sunday, Sept. 24: UCA Sugar Bears at Samford University Invitational in Birmingham, Alabama

D1 Swim: 

  • Friday, Sept. 22: Arkansas Razorbacks V. University of Kentucky Wildcats at Arkansas Natatorium, 12 p.m. start time 

*Men and Women’s Cross Country will resume next Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Chili Pepper Cross Country Festival

 

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