Weekend Planner: El Dorado Goes MAD, Sherwood Fest, Little Italy Celebrates 90 Years and More

The biggest party in Arkansas this weekend is going to be the opening of the Murphy Arts District in El Dorado, which is located in the heart of downtown.

Thursday at 8 p.m. Natasha Bedingfield performs in the newly constructed Griffin Music Hall Headliner, Train, will take the stage at 9 p.m.

On Friday the shows kicks off at 6 p.m. with Robert Randolph & The Family Band in the Amphitheater, followed by X Ambassadors and then headliners ZZ Top at 9 p.m.

At 11:30 p.m. Ludacris ends the star-studded night in the Griffin Music Hall.

The Saturday shows start at 6 p.m. with Chase Bryant followed by Brad Paisley in the Amphitheater. The band Migos ends the evening at 11:30 p.m. in Griffin Music Hall.

On Sunday Smokey Robinson performs with the South Arkansas Symphony in the Amphitheater at 4 pm. This is a free concert and open to the public.

Go to the Murphy Arts District Facebook page or their website at www.ElDoMAD.com for shuttle, parking and ticket information.


If you’re looking for an event closer to Little Rock, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra kicks off their season on Friday. The opening night concert starts at 7 p.m. at Robinson Center on 426 West Markham Street. Tickets range from $15 to $65 and memberships are available.


Sherwood Fest 2017 will celebrate its 41st year. This is a family-friendly free-admission event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m at Sherwood Forest, 1111 W Maryland Ave, Sherwood. There will be crafts, tons of kid’s activities and family entertainment.

The third annual Festival in the Park at Two Rivers Park (previously Winter Market) is back this year. This family-friendly event is complete with games, contests, food trucks and live music. Don’t miss this one-of-a kind eclectic event in a picturesque location right off the river. Festivities begin at noon and last until 7 p.m.

From 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. head over to the Argenta Arts District in North Little Rock for Cupcakes for Goodness Sake – back for it’s third year. The event is sponsored by CareLink, a group that brings awareness to the needs of older people in central Arkansas. They challenge bakers with a unique theme and this year they are taking to the streets with the theme “Farmer’s Market.” Head out and enjoy unique treats from some of the central Arkansas best bakers. Tickets range from $5 to $12.


The 90th Little Italy Italian Festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 33223 AR-300 in Roland at St. Francis Catholic Church. The event began in 1927 as the Little Italy Grape Festival and continues today as a celebration of Little Italy’s Italian heritage. Guests can eat a traditional spaghetti dinner, partake in an Italian treat bake sale, bingo, kids games and more. Flyway Brewing, Raimondo Winery, and An Enchanting Evening Winery will be serving wine and beer.

Click here to see Publisher Heather Baker talk to Fox 16 Good Day about the Weekend Planner.

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