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, April 25

Winter is coming: Explore the science of Game of Thronesat this Thursday’s “Science After Dark” at the Museum of Discover. The event is from 6-9 p.m. Admission is $5 or free for members. Donations for the Arkansas Foodbank will be accepted online and at the event. Must be 21 years or older to attend. Get your tickets here.

There and back again:The Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre is hosting a “Pay What You Can Preview” night for their production of The Hobbit. Join the cast and crew as they tell you about an adventure of a lifetime in this adaptation of Tolkien’s novel. The performance will be held on Thursday, April 25 from 7-8 p.m. Tickets go on sale at Thursday, April 25 at 10 a.m. Guests can only purchase six tickets per person based on availability.


Friday, April 26

Wild nights, wild wines: Get ready for a wild night at the Little Rock Zoo. This Friday, the Zoo is holding its Wild Wines VIP night from 7-9 p.m. “Wild Wines VIP Night” is at Cafe Africa and the Civitan Pavilion and will feature higher-end wine and food from some of the best local restaurants. Live music will be provided by The Rodney Block Collective. Tickets are $150 and include admission for the Mane Event Saturday night. Get your tickets here.

Tickling the ivories:The Piano Guys are stopping by the Robinson Center this Friday! These four friends will take the stage for a night of fun and great music! The concert will start at 8 p.m. Ticket prices start at $45 and every ticket includes a digital download of the group’s forthcoming album. Get your tickets here.

Go on a safari: “Aldersgate After Dark” is returning to Camp Aldersgate with a safari themed evening. Come explore the campgrounds for exotic animal viewing and dining under the stars. The event will be held Friday, April 26 from 7-11 p.m. Tickets are $100. Contact Kerri Daniels at (501) 225-1444 to purchase tickets.

Hungry for a cause: Community Health Centers of Arkansas is hosting the first annual “Hunger Banquet” this Friday at Cathead’s Diner! The event will feature two time slots, 5:30 pm to 7 pm and 7:30 pm to 9 pm. Proceeds from this event will go to benefit Franklin Community Health Complex and its efforts to provide and expand quality healthcare to local vulnerable populations. Tickets are $75 per person and sold in tables of 2. Tickets are limited. Get your tickets here.

Family movie night: Come out to Sherwood Forest this Friday for a night of outdoor movie fun with “Movies in the Pavilion!” The Sherwood Mayor’s Youth Council and the City of Sherwood Parks and Recreation Department will be showingIncredibles 2starting at 7:30 for guests. Attendees are welcome to bring chairs, blankets and snacks. This is the first of the “Movies in the Pavilion” lineup followed by Toy Story on June 14.


Friday, April 26 – Saturday, April 27

Strawberries for everybody:Junior Auxiliary of Cabot is hosting the 17th Annual Cabot Strawberry Festival this weekend. Stop by Downtown Cabot for family fun like live entertainment, a carnival, food trucks, a 5k race and much more! Friday’s events will be held from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday’s events are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28

Italy comes to Arkansas:The Arkansas Italian Food & Culture Festival is this weekend at the Clinton Presidential Center! The festival will feature food vendors from all over the state, a demo tent presenting Italian food and wines and more! Tickets are $10 per day and kids and under 10 get in free. This event will help support the Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas. The dates and times are: Friday, April 26 from 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, April 28 from11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Saturday, April 27

Calling all green thumbs: The 2019 Spring Native Plant Market is this Saturday! This event will feature vendors like Grand Designs, Love Creek Nursery, Ozark Native Plants, and Pine Ridge Gardens. Admission is $5 per person and $3 for members of the Audubon Chapter, AR Native Plant Society, Master Gardeners and AR Master Naturalist Members, or Granite Mountain Neighborhood Association. The event will be held at Audubon Arkansas from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fun at the Zoo: This is the big event – as a matter of fact, it’s the “mane” event! Wild Wines: Mane Event 2019 is this Saturday from 7-10 p.m. Enjoy great food from over 40 local restaurants and wines from O’Looneys Wine and Liquor this weekend at “Wild Wines: Mane Event 2019.” This event will have live music from Dizzy 7, Billstown, D Harp Steel Entertainment, SynRG  and more! Tickets are $80.12 or $48.47 for only food samples. Get your tickets here.

Take me out to the ball game: Stop by Dickey-Stephens Park this Saturday for AY Night! Say “hi” to your favorite AY team members when you see us. The fun starts at 6:10 p.m. The Arkansas Travelers will be playing the Amarillo Sod Poodles. Ticket prices start at $6. Get your tickets here.

Be a superhero: Lululemon Little Rock is hosting the Keep on Amazing Spring Walk/Run at the Promenade at Chenal this Saturday from 8:30 to 10 a.m. This free superhero-themed event is sponsored by Baptist Health and costumes are encouraged! Those who attend will receive a shirt, access to the lululemon shopping event beginning at 8:30 a.m. Guests must register to attend. Register online here.

Off to the races: Come enjoy a day of racing at Oaklawn with the Little Rock Club! Guests can enjoy a continental breakfast at the Little Rock Club, then take a charter bus offering beer, wine, mimosas, and Bloody Mary’s to and from Oaklawn. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Reserved seating will be provided at the Oaklawn Jockey Club. Tickets are $35 for members and $75.89 for non-members. Get your tickets here.

Moving for a cause: Moving Day is a fundraising walk for the Parkinson Foundation highlighting movement and exercise as a symbol of hope because of its role in treating Parkinson’s disease. Walk as a team or an individual to help raise funds for this cause. The walk will be held at War Memorial Stadium from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Register online here.

Saturday night dancing fever: Grab your girlfriends and head out for a fun night of dancing! This Saturday, Party with a Heart is hosting a girl’s-night-only dance party at Club 27 from 8-11 p.m. The party is a great event that will benefit Arkansas Paws in Prison, a nonprofit that helps Arkansas prison inmates learn how to train dogs. So get your dancing shoes and gather all your friends for a night out! General admission tickets are $60 and VIP tickets are $110.