June 2016 Events in Little Rock, Arkansas

Buffalo National River at Steel Creek Campsite
••• Buffalo National River at Steel Creek Campsite. Amanda Galiano

June is officially summer in Arkansas.  The local farmers markets are all in full swing.  The Travelers are playing throughout the summer. All of the splash pads and water parks are opening after Memorial Day, and Movies in the Park and other free or cheap summer movies start.
 

This year, we have Riverfest in June instead of May and it's going to be a weekend full of fun. 

June 4 and June 5 are Family Fun Days at seven local attractions.

  Wild River Country, the Arkansas Travelers, the Little Rock Zoo, the USS Razorback, Magic Springs, Big Rock Fun Park and Play Time Pizza are all offering special discounts.  They discounts are listed on the Family Fun Days promotion page.

The central Arkansas libraries are all kicking off their special summer reading programs.  There are special events all summer at most library locations.

Father's Day is in June and Dickey-Stephens has special promotions for it.

June 3

  • Riverfest: All weekend.
  • Feed Your Mind Friday at Arkansas Arts Center: Join Ann Prentice Wagner, Ph.D, curator of drawings at the Arkansas Arts Center, for a discussion on Renoir's Madame Henriot in Costume: A Special Loan. From 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Vintage Market Days: All weekend, this event has shopping, music and food trucks.  Admission is $10 on Friday and $5 on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are good for the whole weekend.  Located at 2600 Howard Street in Little Rock.

    June 4

    • Capital Hotel Tea: Cost is $35 plus tax and gratuity ($44.68) or $45 plus tax and gratuity ($58.60) with a glass of champagne/sparkling wine. Call 501-370-7068 for reservations or get tickets online.
    • African American Arts in Arkansas: At the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The symposium’s theme is “African American Arts in Arkansas.” The seminar is free to attend but registration is required. Deadline for registering is May 30.
    • Free Fishing Derby at Pinnacle Mountain State Park: For kids, There will be how-to-fish clinics, casting contests, free snacks, and lots of prizes. Prizes will be given away throughout the event with a special prize for the biggest fish. Bring your own bait and tackle. Contest is for kids 15 and under, although everyone is welcome to fish after 11 a.m. with a fishing license.
    • June 10
    • 2nd Friday Art Night:  Once-a-month event when the galleries, museums and businesses in downtown Little Rock are open from 5-8 p.m. for an after-hours gallery walk.  Start at the Arkansas Historic Museum.

    June 11

    • River City Comic Expo:  Arkansas' biggest comic convention.  Lots of great panels, costume contests and vendors.  Admission is $10 for a single day or $15 for both.   From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Checked schedule online. 
    • Encounter an Eagle at Central Arkansas Nature Center: The Little Rock Zoo is bringing a special guest to the Arkansas Nature Center.
    • Animal Explorations! at Little Rock Zoo: The Little Rock Zoo is hosting a class about great apes and monkeys or amphibians and reptiles for ages 6-11.
    • The Magic of Small Town Arkansas at the Historic Arkansas Museum: In this interactive magic show, Tommy Terrific discovers a mysterious trunk belonging to his Great Uncle Fumpernutter, an Arkansas peddler. Each item in the trunk, ranging from brooms, to newspapers, to pots and pans, and even a bulb of cotton, has a historic use as well as a magical use that will both delight and educate children of all ages. Children will learn what life was like for families in small towns throughout Arkansas during the 1800s and they will gain a greater understanding of the historical origins of products that are still in use today.

      June 12

      • Little Rock Wind Symphony A Stars and Stripes Celebration:  At the MacArthur Military Museum, the Wind Symphony presents hand-clapping marches, flag waving patriotic songs, and toe-tapping Broadway show tunes. Bring the kids and your picnic baskets.  Admission is free.
      • Free Family Funday at the Arkansas Arts Center: Free activities at the Arkansas Arts Center. This month kids can explore Pointillism by using small dots of color to create a larger composition.

      June 16

      • Career Day at Little Rock Zoo: Vet: The Little Rock Zoo is hosting a fun career exploration.  Get your questions answered and get a jump ahead of others for your path into animal care. Ages 12-18.

      June 18:

      • Career Day at Little Rock Zoo: Zookeeper: The Little Rock Zoo is hosting a fun career exploration.  Get your questions answered and get a jump ahead of others for your path into animal care. Ages 12-18.

       

      June 23

      • Career Day at Little Rock Zoo: Vet: The Little Rock Zoo is hosting a fun career exploration.  Get your questions answered and get a jump ahead of others for your path into animal care. Ages 12-18.

      June 24

      • Zoo Snooze: Sleep over at the The Little Rock Zoo.  This is a fun, family camp out and a chance to see the zoo after hours.