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Little Rock Event Calendar - May

May Festivals & Events in Little Rock and Arkansas

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Updated April 30, 2011

These are one time or annual events, in most cases. Looking for exhibits, theater and other recurring events?

To submit an event, please email littlerock@aboutguide.com with "Event Submission" in the subject.

Throughout the spring and summer Cajun's has their deck parties every Thursday night and the Peabody Hotel has their Rivertop Parties every Friday night.

The art of Dr. Seuss exhibit at the Clinton library ends May 22.

May 1:

  • Cinco de Mayo Fiesta from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the River Market. Free from 10 a.m. to noon; $10 per adult after.
  • Picnic on the Grounds of Mount Holly Cemetery from 5-7 p.m. A mini-fair will take place throughout the event. Tickets $75 for adults, $25 for children (benefits fund to restore the walls around the Little Rock's oldest cemetery). 501-376-1843

May 3:

  • Arkansas Spring Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Statehouse Convention Center.
  • "Tales From the South" with Kevin Brockmeier at 7 p.m. at the Starving Artist Cafe in North Little Rock.

May 4:

  • Legacies & Lunch from 12-1 p.m. at the Main Library features Judge Bill R. Wilson
  • Little Rock Film Festival Lineup Announcement at 5:30 p.m. at the Clinton School of Public Service

May 5

  • First Thursday in Hillcrest at 5:30 p.m. offers special shopping and dining in Hillcrest starting at 5:30 p.m.
  • The 2011 Spring Livestock Show starts at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds.
  • Preservation Crustaceans Crawfish Boil at 6 p.m. in the River Market. Benefits the Historic Preservation Alliance and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. Tickets are $20.

May 6

  • Craws for a Cause at 7 p.m. in Dickey Stephens Park offers a crawfish boil to benefit Baptist Health's NICU. Tickets are $45.00 in advance, $55.00 at the door.
  • MacArthur Park 5K at 7 p.m. registration is $25.

May 7

  • National Astronomy Day from 2-10 p.m. at Pinnacle Mountain State Park.
  • IV Party from 8-11:30 p.m. at the Pleasant Valley Country Club to benefit Saint Vincent's. Tickets: $175.00.
  • Family Saturday at Heifer Village from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Heifer International, Heifer Village.
  • Quapaw Quarter Association Spring Tour of Homes in the Governor's Mansion Historic District. Tour historic homes. Two tours available, check the website for details.

May 12

May 13

  • 2nd Friday Art Night in the Rivermarket District, after-hours gallery walk from 5-8 p.m.
  • The Flying Saucer's 13th Anniversary Party starts at 5 p.m. in downtown Little Rock (at the Saucer). Some special brew and music for the event.

May 14

  • Bear Awareness Events at the Little Rock Zoo. Join the zoo for a bear breakfast and other fun bear activities.
  • Cycle for Sight bike race from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the North Shore, benefits the UAMS Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute. Registration is $35.
  • Fight For Air Climb Little Rock at 8 a.m. in the Metropolitan Tower. Benefits the American Lung Association. Registration.
  • Lil' Wild Ones: Nature Stories and Activities for kids at 2 p.m. at the The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center.
  • Wild Wines of the World from 7-10 p.m. at the Little Rock Zoo. Sample wines and food pairings. Tickets $50. 501-661-7208.
  • Take Steps, Be Heard 5k to benefit Crohn's and Colitis. Registration.
  • Garden Gourmet Second Saturday featuring Greens and Strawberries, cooking demonstrations at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in the River Market.
  • Simply Red at 6 p.m. is a fundraiser for the Arkansas AIDS Foundation. It's hosted on the Arkansas Queen, and tickets are $60

May 15

  • Jewish Food Festival 10:00 a.m. and concludes at 4:00 p.m. The festival features cultural and religious booths and, of course, food. Admission to the festival is free. More info.

May 20

  • Cruisin' in the Rock car show from 6-9 p.m. in Riverfront Park
  • Jazz For Peace Concert from 7-11 p.m. at the Dreamland Ballroom. Tickets are $35.00.
  • Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic at the Statehouse Convention Center on Friday, 7am-5:30pm and Saturday, 7am-5pm. Free dental services to children and adults of all ages.
  • Alice in Wonderland, a Storybook Ballet at the Arkansas Arts Center, Children's Theater
  • Greek Food Festival at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1100 Napa Valley Dr. All weekend.
  • The Arkansas New Play Festival is May 19-21.

May 21, 2011

  • Dino Dash at 8 a.m. at the Museum of Discovery. Fun family 5k run/walk. Registration.
  • Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic at the Statehouse Convention Center on Friday, 7am-5:30pm and Saturday, 7am-5pm. Free dental services to children and adults of all ages.
  • Alice in Wonderland, a Storybook Ballet at the Arkansas Arts Center, Children's Theater
  • Greek Food Festival at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1100 Napa Valley Dr. All weekend.
  • Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents "The Piano Men" at 8 p.m. (3 p.m. on Sunday) at the Robinson Center Music Hall.

May 26

  • Riverflicks is showing the "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" at the North Shore Riverwalk starting at 7 p.m. It's free.

May 27 - 29

  • Riverfest at Riverfront Park. Memorial Day music celebration.

May 28-

May Home Games for The Arkansas Travelers

  • At Dickey-Stephens Park: May 1-2, 12-19, 25-30

May Programs at the Clinton School
Reserve your seats by emailing publicprograms@clintonschool.uasys.edu, or calling 501-683-5239.

  • May 2- Mobilizing Communities to End Homelessness (Lecture) from 12-1 p.m.
  • May 3 - "Immigration: New Challenges, New Opportunities," a community conversation at 6 p.m.
  • May 4 - Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: Stories Behind Rare Reproductions of the Declaration of Independence at 12 p.m.
  • May 5 - Elizabeth Warren, Assistant to the President and Special Adviser to the Secretary of the Treasury on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau at 12 p.m.
  • May 9 - "Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One," author Joe Yonan at 6 p.m.
  • May 10 - "Bridge to War Eagle: Stories of a Wild Stream," a documentary film screening at 6 p.m.
  • May 11 - "The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife," author Marc Freedman at 12 p.m.
  • May 13 - Peggy Cornett, curator of plants at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello at 12 p.m.
  • May 16 - Dino Djalal, Indonesian Ambassador to the United States at 12 p.m.
  • May 17 - "Ann: An Affection Portrait of Ann Richards," actress Holland Taylor at 6 p.m.
  • May 18 - "Bow Tie Cause," NFL linebacker Dhani Jones at 12 p.m.

Around Arkansas

  • Yell Fest in Dardanelle on May 5-7
  • Armadillo Festival in Hamburg on May 6-7
  • War Eagle Mill Crafts & Culinary Arts Fair in Washington on May 6-8.
  • Dogwood Days Festival in Horseshoe Bend on May 14
  • Loose Caboose Festival XXII in Paragould on May 19-21
  • Magnolia Blossom Festival and World Championship Steak Cook-off in Magnolia on May 20-21
  • Stars and Stripes Festival in Tyronza on May 20-21
  • Picklefest in Atkins on May 20-21
  • Crawdad Days Music Festival in Harrison on May 20-21
  • Crawfish Festival in Dermott on May 20-21
  • Rummage Around the Rail in Russelville on May 20-21
  • Riding Lawn Mower Races in Hope on May 21
  • Augusta Days in Augusta on May 26-29
  • Good Ole Days in Mount Ida on May 27-28
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