Weekend Plans: Wild Wines, Literary Festival, Heart Walk and More


Your weekly lineup includes a festival for book lovers, a night of wine and wildlife at the Little Rock Zoo, multiple foodie-favorite events, the Central Arkansas Heart Walk and more.

Thursday through Sunday

Don’t miss the state’s biggest festival celebrating all things book! Notable authors, including Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award winners, filmmakers, singers and artists are among the diverse roster of presenters who will be providing sessions at the Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) 15th Annual Arkansas Literary Festival. Most events are free for children and adults. Meet Pete the Cat, browse the book fair, or view an exhibition with the works of artist and illustrator Frank Morrison Art. Find a full list of events on their website on Facebook. Events will be held at CALS Main Library campus and many other Little Rock venues.

Friday and Saturday

The Little Rock Zoo presents one of it’s biggest fundraisers of the year: Wild Wines. The two day event starts Friday wtih the VIP night from 7 to 9 p.m. and a “mane” event from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Both nights will be at the Little Rock Zoo, located at 1 Zoo Drive in Little Rock. O’Looney’s Wine & Liquor will supply more than 250 wines for guests to sample, and food from over 40 restaurants will be available. Tickets start at $40. Proceeds benefit the Arkansas Zoological Foundation.


Feed your soul with stimulating libations and artful edibles created by some of central Arkansas’ finest chefs and restaurants when Wildwood Park for the Arts hosts its 20th Annual Wine & Food FEASTival from 6:30 to 9 p.m. In addition to the amazing food there will be live music, a cork pull, and a silent auction. Wildwood Park is located at 20919 Denny Road in Little Rock. Tickets are $75.


Find a range of goods from vintage wares to handcrafted home décor at The Bernice Garden Vintage and Craft Market at 1401 South Main Street in Little Rock. There will be antique paper products, fashion jewelry, costume jewelry, knitted accessories, and early edition books. This market will also see the return of some of SoMa’s favorite musicians and food trucks. The event is free to attend.

The 2018 Little Rock International Food Festival at the Islamic Center at of Little Rock, 3224 Anna Street, Little Rock. returns for its third year. This is your chance to taste delicious foods from around the world! The event is free to attend and food will be available for purchase. The event is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Get outside and walk for a cause on Saturday at the North Shore Riverwalk Park in North Little Rock for the 2018 Central Arkansas Heart Walk sponsored by the the Central Arkansas office of the American Heart Association. Celebrates those who want to have a healthy lifestyle while raising the money needed to fund life-saving heart disease and stroke research initiatives through the American Heart Association. Walk festivities will begin at 8:30 a.m. Walkers will be able to choose from the 1 mile, 2 mile or 4 mile routes. Aside from the walk participants can learn CPR techniques and learn about their blood pressure. There will also be a Kids Zone and petting zoo.


Beer and Ballet presented by Arkansas Festival Ballet will celebrate the season and the premiere of the newest Arkansas Festival Ballet storybook ballet, ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ with original choreography by Rebecca Miller Stalcup. This event will be a garden party featuring beer from Flyway, light bites and appearances by show cast members. Tickets are $35 and the party is located at 5400 Centerwood Rd. Tickets to ‘Beauty and the Beast’ can be purchased here on the Arkansas Festival Ballet website.

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