Welcome to July!

July 4
Happy Independence Day! Head downtown to see the annual Pops on the River. Free.

July 7
Def Leopard & Journey 2018 Tour at Verizon Arena at 7pm.

July 11
Movies in the Park presents Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Free.

July 12
Italian Macarons: Interactive Demo and Tasting hosted by Matcha from Cinnalightful. I met Matcha and attended her first macaron class last month. She is the sweetest chef with the sweetest baking skills. $35 from 6 to 8 pm, and you’ll receive a certificate and get to take your home your fresh-baked goodies.

This day through Saturday the 14th, a used book sale is going on at the Central Arkansas Library System’s main campus downtown. A wristband gets you discounts and early access to the hundreds of gently-used books for almost pocket change. Check out the link for more info.

July 13
Every second Friday of the month in downtown LR is Art Night where downtown businesses open their doors for an after-hours gallery walk open to the general public. Usually goes til 8 pm. For more info, go here.

Who doesn’t love french fries? From 4 to 10 pm Blue Canoe Brewing Warehouse is hosting a party for National French Fry Day! (Who needs an actual day to celebrate but whatevs!) With any purchase of a pint, you get free fries. Ummmm, sold!

July 14
Summertime in the City Adoption Event. Oh my gosh, yes! Come for the produce, stay for the animals!

The Green Corner Store in SoMa is celebrating their 9th birthday fro 12 pm to 4 pm! The theme is “Dive Under the Sea” and yes, kid-friendly too! Things to look forward to: free refreshments, a photo booth, mermaid cupcakes, and a new tea their introducing from Savoy Tea Company. Visit the Facebook page for more info. Free.

July 15
This day Loblolly Creamery officially declares National Loblolly Day (coincidentally it being their one-year anni since grand opening AND National Ice Cream Day). Join them for an all day par-tay and giveaways, including a limited edition Loblolly button. More info on the Facebook page… and y’all it sounds fun-tastic. Free.

ANOTHER happy anniversary happening! After you’ve had your ice cream fix, head over to one of my personal favorite coffee shops, Nexus! They’re also celebrating their one-year anniversary. Along with discounts, special treats, and live music, they are also making a BIG announcement later in the evening. Happening 6 to 8 pm. I hope to make it. Free.

Not feeling parties? The Quapaw Quarter Association is hosting a summer dinner at SoMa’s The Root Cafe from 6 to 9 pm. Apparently a series, the supper consists of a five-course meal with vegetarian options available. The menu is on their website as well as a link to purchase tickets. A fun fact about the QQA is their mission is to preserve Greater Little Rock through saving historical sites and buildings, revitalizing neighborhoods, and even livening up Main Street.

July 18
Movies in the Park presents Night at the Museum: Secret of the TombFree.

July 22
At 12:30 pm, Zen Studio is teaming with Lost Forty Brewing to host Bikes, Brews, & BBQs. For $25, you get a pass to their Studio CYCLE class, some barbeque, and a variety of yummy bevs, achoholic and non. I’ll be there! 

July 23
I discovered that Eggshell’s Kitchen Co. offers a variety of cooking classes at their location on Kavanaugh. After perusing the site, they all sound amazing and I’m already accepting the fact that I’ll be going broke this summer just from attending all their classes. This day it’s White Wines to Beat the Heat from 6 to 8 pm. $50 to attend. More details on the site.

July 24
Another cooking class – same time, same place. This time it’s Sexy Chicken with Chef Ken Dempsey! $50. More details on the site.

July 25
Attention UCA grads (me included): the Young Alumni Summer Meet-up is at Blue Canoe Brewing Co. at 8pm. Tickets are $10.

Movies in the Park presents Beauty and the Beast (2017). Free.

July 27
Bone Thugz-N-Harmony at Metroplex Live at 8pm.

July 28
Stargazing Cruise at Pinnacle Mountain State Park is a guided tour on Lake Maumelle where you can learn about the stars, constellations, and satellites. Visit the state park’s website for more details. $15 for adults; $8 for kids.