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.
Thursday, Oct. 18
It’s a charming neighborhood by day, but tonight, the Heights is going to be spooky! Bring your kids to the Heights for Fright in the Heights, an evening of trick or treating at area businesses. Make sure the kids wear their costumes as they go door-to-door! Stores will have treats and prizes for the kids, and stores will be offering sales for adults. This free event will be held on Kavanaugh Blvd. in the Heights neighborhood from 5-7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 19
Brush up on your astronomy for International Observe the Moon Night! This Friday, join the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society and the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub as they break out their telescope to look at the moon. You’ll see all the craters, mountains, and lava tunnels you can’t see with your naked eye. Get your fill of moon-gazing from 7-9 p.m. at this free event.
Celebrate a great cause on Friday night by Lighting the Night. Light the Night is hosted by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Arkansas, and it aims to remember those impacted by cancer. While there’s no cost to walk, participants are encouraged to raise funds to benefit the society. The walk distance will be approximately one mile, along the North Shore Riverwalk Park in North Little Rock. Registration will open at 5:30 p.m., the opening ceremony will be at 6:45 p.m. and the walk begins at 7 p.m. Register or donate here!
Celebrate one of Arkansas’ greatest musicians – Johnny Cash – this weekend at his boyhood home in Dyess. The three-day festival features live performances from Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson and more, along with educational talks and seminars. General admission tickets are $35 and reserved seating tickets are $100. Get your tickets here!
Saturday, Oct. 20
Get ready to crown the cheese dip champion this Saturday at the 8thannual World Cheese Dip Championship. 30 cheese dips will be there for you to test and vote on. Once you try them all out, cast your vote! Pre-sale tickets are available for $10. Get your tickets here! Tickets are $15 at the gate. Active military, military veterans, law enforcement and EMTs can purchase tickets for $8 with ID. Children under 5 get in free. All the proceeds benefit Harmony Health Clinic, which provides free medical and dental services in Pulaski County. The championship will be held at the Clinton Presidential Center from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday. And remember, it’s cheese dip, not queso.
The Bramble Market is celebrating its grand opening with a Harvest festival this weekend! During the festival, there will be local artisans, food trucks, workshops and live entertainment. There will be plenty for the kids to do, as well. Kids can have fun playing yard games and going on hay rides! The festival will last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and entry will be $5.
Sunday, Oct. 21
How many hot dogs can you eat! Find out this weekend at BoBrook Farms at their first annual Hot Dog Eating Contest. The person who can eat the most hot dogs in five minutes will receive an official hot dog hat, a pumpkin fresh from the pumpkin patch, and a bottle of wine (if they are 21 years or older). The entry fee is $10 per person and includes a t-shirt and all the hot dogs you can eat! (In five minutes, of course.) Sign up for the contest at the 1stAnnual BoBrook Farms Hot Dog Eating Contest Facebook page by Thursday, Oct. 18 to get a shirt in the right size. The contest will be held at BoBrook Farms, located at 13810 Lane in Roland, from 4-4:30 p.m., on Sunday.
Come out to the Zoo to meet one of the stars of the AMC show The Walking Dead, Michael Cudlitz! Dress up as a zombie and get a selfie with Michael before you head into the Zoo Zombie Party. Tickets are $50 and are only available online. Get yours here! They are expected to sell out, so get them now! The Meet-N-Greet and Zoo Zombie Party will last from 6-9 p.m. at the Little Rock Zoo on Sunday.
Get in the right frame of mind at MINDfest. This festival, which features live music, activities for all ages and prizes, is designed to be a welcoming environment for community members to learn about mental health and wellness. There will be a wide range of speakers who will discuss various topics concerning mental health and how we can combat the stigma attached to mental illness. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverfront Park in Little Rock.
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