The air has turned crisp and the holidays are fast approaching. Get out and enjoy the state and all it has to offer with some of these great weekend events. Let’s celebrate science and theatre with food and drink! Enjoy handcrafted musical instruments, an opera, and go star gazing. Or kick off the holidays with a spectacular lights display and a ballet.
17th Annual Taste of the Holidays – Hot Springs
Mid-America Science Museum hosts its 17th Annual Taste of the Holidays, an evening of fun adult-oriented science, food, and festivities. This annual fundraiser held at Mid-America Science Museum brings together the best food and drink that Arkansas has to offer. Along with live music and engaging science experiments, the event also hosts an incredible silent auction perfect for purchasing holiday gifts for loved ones.
November 17, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Mid-America Science Museum
500 Mid America Blvd.
Hot Springs, AR 71913
Admission: $75 in advance, $90 at the door
Billy Blythe – Arkadelphia
Billy Blythe (music by Bonnie Montgomery, words by Britt Barber) is a short-length opera about Bill Clinton’s youth in Hot Springs. The work is a snapshot of Arkansas life in 1959, where events in Clinton’s day reveal the inspiration, character, and vulnerability that resound throughout his life and presidency.
November 17, 2016 – November 20, 2016, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Sunday, November 20, 2:30 p.m.
Jones Performing Arts Center
410 Ouachita St.
Arkadelphia, AR 71998
“True Faith, True Light: The Devotional Art of Ed Stilley” – Little Rock
“True Faith, True Light: The Devotional Art of Ed Stilley” will open Nov. 18, 2016, at the Old State House Museum. An opening reception will be from 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 18 and will include a performance by folk music duo Still on the Hill, who will use some of Ed Stilley’s handcrafted instruments during the concert. The event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be provided. Read more about Ed Stilley in our article here.
November 18, 2016, 6pm – Opening Reception
Old State House Museum
300 W Markham St.
Little Rock, AR 72201
NADT’s 12th Annual “The Nutcracker” – Batesville
Kick off your holiday season with the North Arkansas Dance & Theatre’s “The Nutcracker!” Tickets available at the door, all locations of NADT Dance Academy, Batesville Chamber of Commerce, Batesville Arts Council, Carlee’s Crown Shop, Sav-On Pharmacy. NADT is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing the love of dance with their communities, providing training and performing outlets for serious dance students at little or no cost, and enriching the lives of others.
Fridays, Saturdays, November 18, 2016 – November 19, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
UACCB Independence Hall
2005 White Dr.
Batesville, AR 72501
Admission: $15 adults, $10 ages 11 and under
Lights of the Ozarks – Fayetteville
Enjoy the amazing winter wonderland of lights on the Downtown Square. The lights illuminate the square each evening from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Nightly carriages and pony rides, fresh hot chocolate, and festive holiday music make the Lights of the Ozarks an event that cannot be missed. The romantic and breathtaking display of a half-million twinkling lights is cherished by the locals and visitors alike that stroll or drive through the Lights of the Ozarks each year.
Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, November 18, 2016 – December 31, 2016
Fayetteville Historic Square
21 S. Block Ave.
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Fall Star Party – Greenbrier
State parks can be a great place to stargaze because they are often far from urban light pollution. Volunteers from the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society have telescopes available for you to view the different celestial bodies and answer your questions. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and make special state park memories with your family!
November 19, 2016, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Wooly Hollow State Park
82 Wooly Hollow Rd
Greenbrier, AR 72058
Cabaret & Chardonnay – Little Rock
Join us for a night of great wine, tasty hors d’oeuvres and fabulous entertainment from some of he The Weekend Theater’s favorite performers as they sing selections from future shows, including; Les Miserables, Wicked, South Pacific, Dream Girls, Avenue Q, The Scottsboro Boys, Hamilton, Hairspray, Aladdin and more!
November 19, 2016, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
The Weekend Theater
1001 W. 7th St
Little Rock, AR 72201