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, Dec. 26

What: Gingerbread Party II

Where: Central Arkansas Library System – Dee Brown Branch

When: 4:30 p.m.

If you missed the first gingerbread party, here’s your chance to participate! Make your own gingerbread masterpiece while you enjoy tasty holiday drinks and snacks. Find out more here.

 

Thursday, Dec. 26

What: Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

Where: Robinson Center

When: 7 p.m.

Prepare to be dazzled by the wondrous sights in this acclaimed ballet. It features more than 200 costumes and stunning puppetry, along with extraordinary performances. Find out more here.

 

Thursday, Dec. 26

What: Live Trivia

Where: Mellow Mushroom

When: 7 p.m.

Test your knowledge during this weekly trivia contest. Assemble your friends and go head-to-head against other teams. The top three teams receive prizes. Find out more here.

 

Thursday, Dec. 26

What: Best of 2019 Music Night

Where: The Preserved Moose

When: 7 p.m.

Cast your vote for one of the best movies in 2019 to see tonight at the Preserved Moose. The choices are Avengers: Endgame, The Joker, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Us, Midsommar and John Wick 3. The movie starts at 8 p.m. Find out more here.

 

Thursday, Dec. 26

What: Adam Nelsen and the Evening Band

Where: Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack

When: 8 p.m.

Adam Nelsen has carved out a unique spot in Arkansas music circles, becoming an influential figure in the jam band and funk music scenes. Find out what all the fuss is about when he and the Evening Band perform at Stickyz. Tickets are $6. Find out more here.

 

Thursday, Dec. 26-Sunday, Dec. 29

What: It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Where: Arkansas Repertory Theatre

When: 7 p.m. (Thursday-Saturday), 2 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)

Closing out the Rep’s 2019 season, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play tells the story of the classic 1946 film in a radio show format. Get your tickets here.

 

Friday, Dec. 27

What: Winter Event with the Ice Castle Trio

Where: The Wonder Place

When: 10 a.m., 1 p.m.

Elsa, Anna and the Frozen gang are coming to Little Rock. Meet three of the characters from the hit animated move while enjoying melted snowman snacks, reindeer games, a sing-along and more. Tickets are $21.95 for adults and children over 12 months. Find out more here.

 

Friday, Dec. 27

What: NewBrewFriday: Rene Descartes Dunkelweizen

Where: Stone’s Throw Brewing

When: 4 p.m.

Try out Stone’s Throw Brewing’s newest brew, which is a close cousin to Ripple Effect Rye. Instead of using rye, Rene Descartes Dunkelweizen features German-style wheat. Find out more here.

 

Friday, Dec. 27

What: Food Truck Friday: PopPop YumYam Grill & Smoke

Where: Stone’s Throw Brewing

When: 5 p.m.

After you try out some of Stone’s Throw Brewing’s new drinks, head outside to try some delicious food. PopPop YumYam Grill & Smoke will be set up outside the taproom, and its sure to satisfy your cravings. Find out more here.

 

Friday, Dec. 27

What: Burn the Tree: Fire Night

Where: The Bramble Market

When: 6 p.m.

Bring your appetite and your dead Christmas tree for this Fire Night. El Sur Street Food Co. will be on hand with some delicious food. There will also be significant discounts at the market. Find out more here.

 

Friday, Dec. 27

What: Roaring 20s Couple, Ladies or Date Night

Where: Painting with a Twist

When: 7 p.m.

Get inspiration from your sweetie for your Roaring 20s painting masterpiece. While you paint, you can sip and have a good time. Tickets are $40 and $45 for a 10×30 canvas an a 10.5×26 canvas, respectively. Find out more here.

 

Friday, Dec. 27

What: Double Dynamite

Where: Fassler Hall

When: 8 p.m.

Make plans to head to Fassler Hall on Saturday to see Double Dynamite as they play a set. This performance has no cover, and it’s a great chance to see an excellent band and try out some of Fassler’s adult beverages. Find out more here.

 

Friday, Dec. 27

What: DeFrance with Vintage Pistol and New World Beauty

Where: Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack

When: 8 p.m.

The “hardest working band in Arkansas,” DeFrance, is headlining a show at Stickyz this weekend. Two bands, Vintage Pistol and New World Beauty, will be performing alongside them. Tickets are $10. Find out more here.

 

Friday, Dec. 27

What: Grateful Dead Experience: The Schwag at the Rev Room

Where: Revolution Music Room

When: 9 p.m.

The Grateful Dead will be resurrected this weekend in Little Rock. The Schwag will channel the energy of the renown band in a show that will have you blinking your eyes in disbelief. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Find out more here.

 

Friday, Dec. 27

What: Sad Daddy concert

Where: White Water Tavern

When: 9:30 p.m.

Sad Daddy is coming to the White Water for a special holiday show. Don’t miss it as the band will be premiering new songs. Find out more here.

 

Saturday, Dec. 28

What: Kwanzaa Community Resource Fair

Where: Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

During this special event, guests can learn about community resources, from job opportunities to healthcare information. Guests can meet with representatives from a range of organizations from the Central Arkansas Library System to Goodwill Industries of Arkansas. There will also be a family craft room and a guided tour. Find out more here.

 

Saturday, Dec. 28

What: Bird Suet 101

Where: Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center

When: 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Learn how to make suet so that you can feed birds this winter and provide much-needed nutrients for them. This is a drop-in style program. Find out more here.

 

Saturday, Dec. 28

What: Riffs at Stiff’s with Joey Barrett

Where: Stone’s Throw Brewing

When: 7 p.m.

Joey Barrett will be performing at Stone’s Throw this Saturday, so head over to the Stifft Station taproom to listen to his tunes and enjoy some brews. Find out more here.

 

Saturday, Dec. 28

What: Silver Anchors/ Modeling / Joshua Asante

Where: White Water Tavern

When: 9 p.m.

Are you getting stir crazy yet? Get out of the house this weekend to hear some tunes from great Arkansas musicians. Find out more here.

 

Saturday, Dec. 28

What: Contakt: Bass, Aliens and Brews

Where: Fassler Hall

When: 9 p.m.

Enjoy some delicious brews while listening to curated music from Nemi. Find out more here.

 

Saturday, Dec. 28

What: End of the Year Queen Fabulous Freddie Mercury Tribute

Where: Revolution Music Room

When: 9 p.m.

Drummerboyinfinity is bringing back its Queen tribute show for one last hurrah in 2019. Randall Shreve will perform as Freddie Mercury in a show-stopping turn. Find out more here.

 

Sunday, Dec. 29

What: Noon Year Eve’s Ball Drop

Where Bark Bar

When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

During the ball drop, the folks at Bark Bar will be dropping dozens of tennis balls from their second floor window. The drop starts at 12 p.m. promptly, so come catch a ball for your pup. Admission is $5 for one human and dog. Free for annual members. Find out more here.

 

Sunday, Dec. 29

What: Sunday Brunch at Petit & Keet

Where: Petit & Keet

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Get your brunch on at Petit & Keet with a new menu that has some of your favorites. The menu includes the Desayuno Burger, as well as favorites from Watercolor in the Park, and new dishes like the Crab Cake Benedict, Churro Waffles with Nutella cream sauce and the Biscuits & Gravy Bowl. Find out more here.

 

Sunday, Dec. 29

What: Who Dat Sundays!

Where: Raduno Brick Oven & Barroom

When: 12-3 p.m.

Cheer on the Saints as they take on the Panthers this weekend. While you’re watching the game, enjoy Raduno’s full menu as well as its brunch favorites. Plus, Raduno has 20 beers on tap. Everything you need for a good time! Find out more here.

 

Sunday, Dec. 29

What: Otters All Around

Where: Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center

When: 2-3 p.m.

You might not think of otters as living in Arkansas, but they do! They can be found in a range of habitats along Arkansas’ rivers and waterways. Learn more about otters during the program. Find out more here.

 

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