Magic Springs, 1701 E. Grand Ave. (U.S. 70 East), Hot Springs, is undergoing its annual fall makeover. Magic Screams, with haunted attractions and lots of creepy creatures, is open noon-11 p.m. Saturdays and noon-9 p.m. Sundays through October. Tickets are $24.99 in advance, $29.99 at the gate, free for children 3 and under. Call (501) 624-0100 or visit magicsprings.com.
Things get spooky at the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, 503 E. Ninth St., Little Rock, as it hosts vendors and speakers on a wide variety of topics from UFOs to ghost hunting for the Arkansas Paranormal Expo, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Weekend passes are $10, free for children under 12. Call (501) 993-7494 or visit arkansasparanormalexpo.com.
Bemis Honey Bee Farm, 13516 Asher Road, Little Rock, will host swarms of bees and humans for the Arkansas Honey Festival, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, featuring beekeeping classes and demonstrations, honey contests, speakers, food, music and children's activities. FYI: There may be bees flying freely near the hives, but the main activities will be some distance away. Call (501) 897-2337 or visit bemishoneybeefarm.com. See story here.
4 HOT STUFF
Get a taste of the bayou in central Arkansas at the annual Shrimp Boil, 5-9 p.m. Saturday at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Mississippi St., Little Rock, with music from Dave Miller and the Rocktown Revival. Drive-through service is available through 7 p.m. Tickets in advance are $25, $10 for children 12 and younger, $30 and $15 at the door. All proceeds benefit St. Francis House. Call (501) 225-4203.
The Arkansas Chamber Singers open their 2018-19 season with a pair of concerts titled "The Singing Heart," 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Cathedral of St. Andrew, 617 Louisiana St., Little Rock, and 3 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church, 5700 Cantrell Road, Little Rock. The program includes sacred music by Martin Shaw, Jacquet de Mantua and Kim Andre Arnesen and heartfelt songs by Henry Purcell, Bob Chilcott, Benjamin Britten, Felix Mendelssohn, Dolly Parton, Ola Gjeilo and Dan Forrest. John Erwin conducts. Tickets are $15, $10 for students in advance, $18 and $12 at the door. Call (501) 377-1121 or visit AR-ChamberSingers.org.
Performers including LaSheena V. Gordan & Off the Cuff, Genine LaTrice Perez and Nicky Parrish celebrate the life of Aretha Franklin as Opera in the Rock presents "Divas in the Rock II: A Tribute to the Queen of Soul," 6-9 p.m. today at South on Main, 1304 Main St., Little Rock. Tickets are $15 in advance (visit centralarkansastickets.com), $20 at the door.
• The David's Burgers outlet at 3510 Landers Road, North Little Rock, will also host a "Tribute and Celebration of Aretha Franklin" and her music, featuring the Pine Bluff's Platinum Hitz Party Band, on its parking lot, 5-9 p.m. Friday. It's a benefit for The Call, which helps Arkansas foster children find permanent families (the restaurant will also donate 10 percent of its proceeds during the event). At the same time they'll also host a massive car show (classic to muscle cars, plus motorcycles and trucks). Admission is free. Call (501) 353-0387, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Facebook page, facebook.com/DavidsBurgersNLR.
7 (OPERA) HOUSE
The Metropolitan Opera's quest for a new New York City home during the 1950s and '60s is the subject of documentary The Opera House, a benefit for the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, Arkansas District, 3 p.m. Sunday at the Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock. Tickets, $25, include a River Market after-party, 4:30-6 p.m. Met veteran Diane Kesling will lead a question-and-answer session. Visit tinyurl.com/y9r5u2mc.
8 HELENA-WEST HELENA
Headliners for the 33rd annual King Biscuit Blues Festival in downtown Helena-West Helena, today-Saturday, include Bobby Rush at 8:30 p.m. today, Blackberry Smoke at 8:45 p.m. Friday and Dave Mason and Steve Cropper at 8:40 p.m. Saturday. Dozens of performers, including Paul Thorn, Carolyn Wonderland and Anson Funderburgh, will be on one or more of five stages along the Mississippi River, with the main stage at Cherry and Missouri streets. See the full lineup at kingbiscuitfestival.com. The festival also features buskers, food and arts/crafts vendors and a barbecue contest. A three-day pass is $85 in advance; single-day passes are $45, $10 more at the gate (all prices are plus tax). Call (870) 572-5223 or email email@example.com.
9 HIGH COTTON
Hay rides, blacksmithing, sack races, stilt-walking, games, demonstrations and craft sales are among the turn-of-the-20th-century activities planned for High Cotton on the Bayou, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Scott Settlement, 15525 Alexander Road, Scott. Admission is $3, free for children 6 and under. Call (501) 351-5737 or visit scottconnections.org.
The Little River Band performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hempstead Hall, University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana, 2500 S. Main St., Hope. Tickets are $20-$75, plus an additional $50 for lower- and midlevel VIP seats that include a meet-and-greet. Call (870) 722-8565 or visit hempsteadhall.com.
Weekend on 10/04/2018
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