15 Fun Things to Do in Little Rock This Summer

fun things to do in Little Rock this summer

Summertime is almost here, and we know you are ready to go out and explore everything Little Rock has to offer. Let us be your tour guide!

There are so many fun things to do in Little Rock this summer, but we went ahead and boiled everything down to a list of the top 15. Whether you love festivals, concerts, or sports, you are in for one heck of a summer.

Little Rock Festivals

#1: Margarita Festivals

Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner, and there several fun things to do in Little Rock to celebrate.

We hope you like margaritas, because there is not one, but two, festivals happening in honor of this refreshing cocktail. If you can’t make one, we hope you can make the other!

First, you can check out the Arkansas Times Margarita Festival on May 2 at War Memorial Stadium from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Local restaurants will be competing for Best of the Fest, so you get to sample each margarita recipe and judge who wins! Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door.

Second, at Heifer Village, you can head to the Rock City Margarita Festival on May 4 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. 50 different vendors will be there, which means more margaritas for you to try!

#2: Cinco de Heights Street Fiesta

If you’re too busy on May 2 or 4 to enjoy some margaritas, the Cinco de Heights Street Fiesta will be your last chance to imbibe.

On May 6, Kavanaugh Boulevard will be shut down in front of Heights Taco & Tamale for live music, food, drinks, and…a golf cart float competition.

Yes, it’s funny and weird. But, hey, it’s definitely going to be a fun thing to do in Little Rock!

#3: Africa Day Fest

Another summer street festival you need to add to your calendar is Africa Day Fest happening on Saturday, May 25 from 11 am to 6:00 pm in SoMA.

Africa Day Fest celebrates African arts and culture with food, live music, dance performances, and other fun activities.

All the excitement kicks off with a fashion show at the Junction Bridge on May 24 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Buy your tickets here.

#4: Tinkerfest

Tinkerfest at the Museum of Discovery is all about playing around and making stuff. And on September 14, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, you are welcome to do just that.

Tickets range from $6 to $8, so there’s no excuse to miss out on this super fun thing to do in Little Rock.

Get your hands on your own personal project and create something you never thought you could!

Little Rock Shows

#5: Movies in the Park

Every June and July, we have come to love Little Rock’s favorite summer movie series Movies in the Park. Look out for the 2019 line-up coming out in May!

Perhaps the best part of Movies in the Park is that it is 100% free. You can bring your own blanket, chairs, drinks, and snacks, too.

Every showing starts at sunset on Wednesdays at the amphitheater in the River Market.

#6: Pops on the River

Fireworks and the Fourth of July go hand-in-hand. To celebrate Independence Day this year, you will find tons of fun at Pops on the River on July 4 in the River Market.

Sponsored by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, this year’s event will be even bigger than last year’s. After an afternoon of food trucks, shopping, and other fun activities, the evening will be capped off with a fantastic firework show and live music from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

#7: Verizon Arena

Verizon Arena is technically in North Little Rock, but it definitely counts as a top destination in Little Rock. Big names tend to play throughout the year at this arena, and this summer is no different.

Here are some of the star-studded shows coming to Verizon Arena in the new few months:

  • May 3 – Mario
  • May 4 – Carrie Underwood
  • June 6 – Jimmy Buffet
  • August 17 – Charlie Wilson
  • August 23 – Chris Stapleton
  • September 1 – “Weird Al” Yankovic
  • September 5 – KISS

#8: Robinson Performance Hall

The Robinson Performance Hall in Downtown Little Rock is incredibly stunning.

You must visit the venue at least once the summer because their event calendar is stacked with several fun shows:

  • May 24 to May 26 – The Sound of Music (Touring)
  • June 7 – Paramount’s Laser Spectacular (featuring the Music of Pink Floyd)
  • June 20 – Peter Frampton (Farewell Tour)

Little Rock Food

#9: Bowman Food Fest

If you consider yourself somewhat of a foodie, you do not want to miss the most epic food festival West Little Rock has ever seen.

Where is this amazing event? It’s right here at The Pointe Brodie Creek!

In partnership with Bowman Pointe across the street, we’re hosting Bowman Food Fest on Saturday, May 18, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Eight food trucks are lined up to participate, as well as some performers from Arkansas Circus Arts and other local vendors. There is no fee to enter and parking is free at The Church at Rock Creek on 36th Street.

Of course, we will also have outdoor games, a photo booth, and other fun surprises awaiting you. See you there!

#10: New Little Rock Restaurants

The Little Rock food scene has been growing quickly the last few years. Some promising new restaurants are opening soon, so a fun thing to do would be to try at least one this summer.

We like to keep watch of Rock City Eats’ Rumbles blog for the latest news on what’s coming and going.

Allsopp & Chapple just opened downtown on Main Street. Across I-630, we’ve been hearing great things about Atlas Bar on South Main.

The Rail Yard also opened a few months ago, and it’s an awesome place to kick back and relax. They have a bar, outdoor games, and a rotating feature of local food trucks.

#11: Little Rock Restaurant Month

Speaking of restaurants, another fun thing you can look forward to this summer is Little Rock Restaurant Month.

Every year, restaurants, bars, and other hot spots offer special discounts to encourage Little Rock residents to try their menu.

It is a great option if you want to experience a pricier place without breaking your budget.

Official dates and participating restaurants have not been announced yet, but we anticipate its return this August. Keep watch of the Little Rock Food & Drink website for news and updates.

Little Rock Summers

#12: Saturdays at the Farmers’ Market

Nothing says, “Summer!” like fresh produce from a farmers’ market.

Every Saturday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm in the summer, you can find great vendors at the Little Rock Farmers’ Market outside the River Market near Riverfront Park.

On Sundays, head over to Bernice Garden in SoMA from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm every weekend until November for even more fresh produce.

It really is the perfect set-up: If a new dish you try during Restaurant Month inspires you, just head to a farmers’ market for ingredients and try cooking at home.

#13: Baseball at Dickey-Stephens Park

America’s favorite pastime is baseball, so we feel quite lucky to have our own minor league baseball team to support here in Little Rock.

The Travelers will be playing at their home field of Dickey-Stephens Park throughout the summer, so go have some fun, eat a hot dog, visit the beer garden, and cheer them on!

#14: Wild River Country

A great way to cool off this summer is to have a fun day at Wild River Country. This water park is home to slides, rides, and a giant wave pool. Take the whole family for an epic outing you can only have during summers in Little Rock.

#15: Sunny Days at the Pool

While Wild River Country may be exciting, you do not have to the leave the comfort of our apartment community to enjoy some fun in the sun. Our stunning, resort-style swimming pool is open seven days a week from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

Every Thursday, you can also catch our weekly happy hour at the poolside bar from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

The important thing you must remember is that we are very vigilant about pool rules. Make sure you have your pool pass wristband with you at all times. A pool concierge will be on duty to make sure everyone at the pool is either a resident or a resident’s guest.

We hope you have an incredible summer here at The Pointe Brodie Creek!

If you have any questions about other fun things to do in Little Rock, just ask us by visiting the front office or calling 501-221-3377.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on May 23, 2018. It has been updated to include Little Rock events occurring in 2019.

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