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.

Tuesday, May 7 – Saturday, May 11

What: Bentonville Film Festival

Where: Bentonville (Multiple Locations)

Lights, camera, action:The fifth annual Bentonville Film Festival is this weekend! This six-day festival will havepanel discussions, film premiers, and much more! Films shown during the festival range from independently made and funded to Hollywood blockbusters. Guests can purchase individual tickets for showings or buy ticket bundles or passes starting at $120. Check out the schedule.


Thursday, May 9

What: Night of Hope Gala

Where: Wildwood Park for the Arts

When: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Inspire hope: CASA is hosting its second annual Night of Hope Gala at the Wildwood Park for the Arts this Thursday! This event will feature silent auctions and a great variety of food and drinks. Individual tickets cost $35 and a table for 8 tickets costs $250. Get your tickets here.


Friday, May 10 – Sunday, May 12

What: Vintage Market Days® of Little Rock

Where: Arkansas State Fairgrounds

When: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Rare finds:Vintage Market Days of Little Rock is this weekend! This upscale market will feature original art pieces, home décor, clothing, antiques, outdoor furnishings, and more. Admission is free for kids 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $10 for Friday early buying and $5 on Saturday and Sunday.


Friday, May 10

What: Love Little Rock Night with the Arkansas Travelers

Where: Dickey-Stephens Park

When: 5:10 p.m. – 9:10 p.m.

Root for the home team: Come out this Friday for a double header at Dickey Stephens Park to show your love for Little Rock! The team will wear special “Love Little Rock” jerseys for the second game and will be auctioned off to support the Ford Next Generation Learning. Ticket prices start at $6 and will get you into both games. Get your tickets here.


Friday, May 10 – Sunday, May 12

What: 3rd Annual Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival

Where: Hot Springs Convention Center

When: Fri: 6 p.m. – Sun: 1 p.m.

Raise a glass:The Spa City Blues Society is hosting the Hot Springs Craft Beef Festival for its third annual year. Several different events will take place during this festival including the Five Beer Five K and the Beer Brunch. Ticket options are available for purchase including the “I Want it All” package for $85, the “I’m a Beer Drinking Athlete, Not a Morning Person” option for $60, and the beer brunch for $25 (plus fees). Get your tickets here.


Saturday, May 11

What: DC Wonder Woman™ Run

Where: William J. Clinton Presidential Center

When: 8 a.m.

Real-life superheroes:The DC Wonder Woman 5K or 10K walk or run is this weekend in Little Rock! The race will start at the Clinton Presidential Center and will have a post-race party at the finish line! Registration for this event costs $60-$80 for adults depending on the packet purchased, and $25 for children ages 12 and younger. Register for the run here.


Saturday, May 11

What: Meet & Greet with Arkansas Travelers

Where: Outlets of Little Rock

When: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Picture time: Meet the Travelers this Saturday at the Outlets of Little Rock! Two players will be there along with the Travelers’ mascots Ace and Otey to take photos and sign autographs. Guests will also have the chance to win a family four-pack to a Travelers baseball game.


Saturday, May 11

What: Dog Mom’s Day Pawty

Where: Bark Bar

When: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Partying with Pups: The Bark Bar is hosting a mother’s day celebration this Saturday at the Dog Mom’s Day Pawty! Grab your furry pals and head over for a day of pampering and play! Must be 21 and older to attend and dogs must be 4 months and older.


Saturday, May 11 – Sunday, May 12

What: QQA 55th Spring Tour of Homes

Where: Quapaw Quarter Association

When: Sat: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.,Sun: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Touring Little Rock:The Quapaw Quarter Association is hosting its 55th Spring Tour this Saturday and Sunday in MacArthur Park. Being Little Rock’s oldest historic district, guests will have the opportunity to tour houses like Mills-Davis House, the Bracy-Manning House, the Holtzman-Vinsonhaler house and more! Early bird tour tickets (before May 10) cost $20; the candlelight tour, dinner and silent auction costs $150, and the Mother’s Day brunch costs $60. Get your tickets here.


Saturday, May 11 – Sunday, May 12

What: E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial

Where: Robinson Center

When: Sat: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.,Sun: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Phoning home:The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will perform music from the 1982 classic E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial at the Robinson Center alongside the film that will be projected onto a High Definition screen! Enjoy this incredible adventure as John William’s classic score is performed live! Ticket prices start at $16. Get your tickets here.


Saturday, May 11

What: Raymar Food Truck Fest!

Where: 1701 Raymar Rd, Bryant, AR

When: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Food galore:Geyer Springs First Baptist Church is hosting the Raymar Food Truck Fest this Saturday! This event will feature nine different food trucks along with lawn games and inflatables. Admission is free.


Saturday, May 11

What: Wicked Wine Run

Where: BoBrook Farms

When: 5:30-9 p.m.

Lace up your running shoes, and get ready to race through the vineyards at River Bottom Winery at BoBrook Farms. This Saturday, BoBrook Farms is hosting its 5K Wicked Wine Run, which challenges runners to finish the race in one hour or less. Afterwards, there will be a 1K Fun Walk. Of course, all participants must be 21 or older to participate. Tickets for the 5K and the 1K are $50 each; the tickets are $75 together. On the day of the event, the tickets will be $60 each and $90 together. Get your tickets here.


Sunday, May 12

What: Mother’s Day Brunch at the Zoo

Where: Little Rock Zoo

When: 9 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Brunch at the zoo:Come out to the Little Rock Zoo this Mother’s Day for brunch at Cafe Africa! There will be a prime rib carving station, an omelet station, fried turkey, silver dollar pancakes and more will be offered at the meal. Admission costs $20 for children and $28 for adults ages 13 and older for non-members; and for zoo members, it costs $10 for children and $15 adult for ages 13 and older. Get your tickets here.


Sunday, May 12

What: BGFM Strawberry Festival

Where: The Bernice Garden

When: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Festival season:The Bernice Garden is hosting its BGFM Strawberry Festival this weekend! Come out this mother’s day for a night of fun and tasty strawberries!


Sunday, May 12

What: 12th Annual Mother’s Day Bell Choir Concert

Where: Garvan Woodland Gardens

When: 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Ring the bells: Garvan Woodland Gardens is hosting its 12th annual Mother’s Day Bell Choir Concert this Sunday! The Ringers of Hope Bell Choir at Ouachita Hills Academy in Amity will perform for this free concert, which will finish its 18th touring season.

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