August 2018 Happenings

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This month: Fifteen-time Grammy Award winner Ricky Skaggs comes to North Little Rock

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder will be at UA-Pulaski Technical College’s Center for Humanities and Arts (CHARTS) on August 11 at 7 p.m. Recently named member elect to the Country Music Hall of Fame Class of 2018, Skaggs has been a leader in the evolution of bluegrass and country music for 50 years. Local four-piece neo-classic country band The Salty Dogs will open.

Next month: Conquer the Gauntlet1a

Conquer the Gauntlet is back in North Little Rock for its seventh year on September 15 at Stone Links Golf Course. The family-friendly obstacle run has 25 obstacles and is for ages 12 and up. A kids race will be held the same day for children ages 4 to 11. Think you’re up to the challenge? Use the promo code CTGFAMILY for $35 off registration.

This month: Annual Kaleidoscope LGBT Film Festival

It’s finally here: the Kaleidoscope LGBT Film Festival will be in North Little Rock August 10 through August 18. The festival celebrates the diversity of the LGBT community and filmmakers by presenting poignant and thought-provoking films that document LGBT lives truthfully and with respect. As part of the festival, Flyway Brewing is hosting the inaugural Kaleidoscope Queer Arts Street Fair on August 11 from noon to 6 p.m. Follow the festival on Facebook or Twitter for the latest updates.

The most beautiful hike in Arkansas: Emerald Park

A moderate, 5.3-mile hike, Emerald Park at Marge Gardner Lane in North Little Rock easily offers some of the best views in Arkansas. The bluffs overlook the Arkansas River, with beautiful views year-round, at any time of day. In fact, this article by OnlyInYourState.com is titled, “The Most Beautiful Hike in Arkansas Will Take You to a Place You Never Knew Existed.” We share their enthusiasm!

Riverfront Steakhouse named best steakhouse in Arkansas

The award-winning Riverfront Steakhouse, located in the Wyndham Riverfront at 2 Riverfront Place in North Little Rock, was named the best steakhouse in Arkansas by The Daily Meal.”The steaks here are USDA Prime and darn good,” the article says. The steakhouse is open for dinner Tuesday and Thursday, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Last year, the steakhouse was named one of the best steakhouses in America by Thrillist.

Next month: ACANSA Arts Festival

In its fifth year and going strong, ACANSA Arts Festival brings top talent in art, music, theater and dance to North Little Rock the week of September 18. Highlights include dance troupe MOMIX, acapella group VoicePlay, comedian Kevin James Doyle, Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company and jazz player Chuchito Valdes. Tickets range from $20 to $40 per event, or purchase passes to save and attend multiple events. This year, the festival will also include free, educational events.

Manic Mondays and 2 for 1 Tuesdays at Wild River Country

Summer is in full swing, and Wild River Country is inviting you to start your week right with special deals on Mondays and Tuesdays. Every Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., get $10 off one full price $29.99 admission. Every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., buy one full price $29.99 admission and get the second for free. Mention the special at the ticket office to receive your discount. Happy swimming!

Kayak with the crew

Looking for a group activity to cool off this summer? Rock Town River Outfitters has kayaks for rent on Saturdays and Sundays, and they’ll even show you the basics. If you need to get the team out of the office, want something for the family during summer break or are visiting the area on vacation, this is a beginner-friendly adventure on the Arkansas River.

Another spectacular Fourth in the books

Yes, we know Fourth of July was a month ago, but we’re already thinking about next year’s fabulous firework show on the river. If you’re looking for prime viewing spots from an RV, we suggest booking with Downtown Riverside RV Park now: the park is extremely popular and fills up months before the annual event. The photo above was taken just outside the gate. Down the street, the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum has another of the most popular (and unusual) spot for watching the fireworks: aboard USS Razorback submarine! Definitely put the museum on your “radar” for July 2019.

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