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Little Rock Weekend: May 2-6 Posted by: Melissa Tucker | 0 Comments

It’s Cinco de Mayo this weekend, and the annual LULAC event will be celebrated Saturday at the Clinton Presidential Park. Admission is free, by the way. And if you’re hankering for a swimming pool-sized dose of margarita, you probably already know where to find it. But if you’re looking for something else to do this weekend, well, we’ve got you covered, central Arkansas citizen.

Friday
Fleetwood Mac, Verizon Arena
The most hotly anticipated concert since George Strait will be at Verizon Arena as Fleetwood Mac — with Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and original members John McVie and Mick Fleetwood — takes the stage. Spotify says the most popular Fleetwood Mac song right now is “Everywhere” from 1987’s Tango in the Night. Don’t worry. It’s followed very closely by “Landslide,” “Go Your Own Way” and “Rhiannon.” No opening act. Doors open at 7 p.m. Fleetwood Mac starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $39 to $146.50.”

Friday to Sunday
Toad Suck Daze, Conway
Toad Suck Daze. It’s like the State Fair without all the cow smell. Or like Riverfest without the river. You’ve got live music, toad races, fried food, petting zoos, oddball entertainment and mildly recognizable famous bands like Diamond Rio and maybe Hawk Nelson. Who? Yeah, we haven’t heard of him either. But it’s a fun, kid friendly event that’s free if you’re open to spending large portions of your weekend in Conway. What are you waiting for? Hop to it.

Friday
MacArthur Park 5K
If you’re not down with Fleetwood Mac, you could go your own way to the MacArthur Park 5K across the river. It begins at the park and is an evening race that benefits the MacArthur Park Master Plan, which we’re pretty sure includes things like villainy, mustache twirling and bike polo. Race begins at 7 p.m. Pre-registration price is $25, day-of registration is $35.

Friday
Dinner on the Grounds, Terry House
Assuming the chilly, rainy weather doesn’t ruin outdoor table-seating, the annual Dinner on the Grounds event to benefit Our House will be held at Terry House and include food, jazz entertainment and libations. Tickets are $150, but organizers say the cost provides two weeks of summer programming for one homeless youth in our area.

Saturday
Pig Roast, Argenta
Pig roasts are kind of a big deal now. Seems like every weekend someone’s putting a hog on a spit and twirling it over a fire. And it’s not even time to replace Bret Bielema yet! This weekend’s Heritage Hog Roast on Main Street in Argenta takes it up a notch by asking 11 local chefs to compete for the best fire-cooked swine. Spectators can participate in the judging and hear live music by a bevy of great bands as well see comedy by Improv Little Rock. Gates open at noon, but the show goes into the evening. Tickets range from $10 for the music to $30 at-the-gate to go whole hog.

 

Other notable events:
Saturday
Whalefire release party
Local band Whalefire will hold an album-release party for its first full-length record at White Water Tavern. Opening act will be The See. Music starts at 9:30 p.m. $5 admission.

Saturday
Turkish Food Festival
Raindrop Turkish House will host the third Turkish Food Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The menu is posted online, and we’re warned that the food tastes better than it looks. Thanks for that.

Monday
Ryan Bingham
Singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham was recently seen on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and will perform this summer with Bob Dylan, Wilco and My Morning Jacket at the AMERICANARAMA Music Festival. But until then, he’ll be at The Rev Room on Monday night. Go there. Tickets $20. Opening act is The Wild Feathers. Show starts at 8 p.m.


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