Stay “in the know” about all the great events going on around Arkansas. AY’s Publisher, Heather Baker, will tell you what the hot spots are this weekend.


Friday, April 5

Check out P. Allen’s Tulip Collection: Come see the beautiful tulip display at Moss Mountain for a spring lunch tour. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., get a guided tour through three levels of P. Allen’s farm home, gardens, and Poultryville. Ticket prices are $96.75. Get your tickets here.

Roll the dice at the 6th Annual Casino Night: Maumelle Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 6th Annual Casino Night at the Maumelle Country Club from 6 to 9 p.m. Come try your hand at one of the 10 gaming tables with professional dealers offering Black Jack, Roulette, Poker, and Craps then use your winning chips to bid on live auction items. Silent auction items also avalible to bid on. Admission for this event includes appetizers, one drink ticket, and $100 worth of chips. Tickets are $40 for members and $45 for non-members.

Chow down at the Seafood Gumbo and Bisque Dinner: Come out to Eggshells Kitchen Co. this weekend for a creole cooking class instructed by Chef Richard Rogers. This session will feature a New Orleans Seafood Gumbo and a classic corn bisque. Admission price includes a glass of house Abita Amber and the chef made dishes. The dinner is from 6-9 p.m. Reservation fee is $50 per person.

Get foamed up at Food & Foam Fest: Food & Foam Fest is a creative craft beer festival hosted by Arthritis Foundation Arkansas. Head over to Dickey-Stephens Park from 6-9 p.m. for a great time! This beer sampling event will offer 400 varieties of craft beer, cider, and wine samples from around the world along with food tastings from local restaurants. Must be 21 or older to enter. General admission is $40, VIP is $65, and designated driver admission is $20. Get your tickets here.

Support arthritis research while sampling beer!


Saturday, April 6

Feel the burn: The Beat Goes On 5K is this Friday and Saturday in Benton! Due to weather, the event was postponed in February and again in March. This annual event is a fundraiser for Saline Memorial Health Foundation. The money raised will go towards the new Wellness Park at Saline Memorial and support the enhancement of cardiovascular care. The race begins at the hospital and will lead runners into Downtown Benton. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and the race begins at 9 a.m. Pre-registration is $20 online or $25 at the event. Register here.

Fun for the kids: Dress you as your favorite fairy-tale characters and head to the Little Rock Zoo this Saturday for a fun morning of crafts and ice cream at Fairy Tales & Frogs! There will be a meet-and-greet with some special fairy-tale friends, followed by a fun lesson on frogs and other amphibians. Your young ones will get to do crafts and try out some delicious “frog spit” ice cream! Fairy Tales & Frogs is included in your zoo admission. Admission is $9.95 for children 3 and up, and $12.95 for adults (13 and up). The event is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Good cause, good time: The Evolve Gala is this Saturday! This event will have over 700 supporters and volunteers attending to raise funds for The Centers for Youth & Families’ Therapeutic Foster Care Program and will feature a dinner, silent and live auctions, a cocktail hour, dancing, and live music from Mayday by Midnight. Make sure you’re at the Statehouse Convention Center this Saturday from 6-11 p.m. for one of the biggest charitable events of the year. Ticket prices start at $150. Get your tickets here.


Saturday, April 6-Sunday, April 7

Fun for the whole family: Monster Jam 2019 is this weekend at Verizon Arena! Come out and see some of the most recognizable monster are pushed to their limits in Freestyle, 2-Wheel Skills and Racing competitions. You’ve got two chances to catch the big rigs: Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Ticket prices start at $15 plus service fees.


Sunday, April 7

Ready for your closeup?: The Arkansas Arts Center is offering free, professional family portraits inspired by Photographing Frida: Portraits of Frida Kahlo every first Sunday of the month during the Photographing Frida exhibition. Come get yours in the Alice Pratt Brown Atrium this Sunday! The photo day event is from 12-3 p.m. at the Arkansas Arts Center.


Thursday, April 11

The heat is on: Do you love cooking shows? Then you’ll love Diamond Chef! Six of the best chefs in Arkansas will be going head-to-head in a culinary challenge to be named this year’s Diamond Chef. And you can win two tickets that will put you in the middle of the action. AY Magazine is sponsoring this great event and will be giving away two Chef’s Table tickets. You’ll not only get to watch the chefs work, but you’ll get to taste what they’re cooking! To win the tickets, go on AY’s Facebook page and name your favorite Arkansas chef or restaurant. Don’t forget to share with your friends! The event will be at the UA – Pulaski Tech Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management Institute on April 11 at 6 p.m.

Find out how to win those tickets! #DiamondChef