Mardi Gras beads, along with music, dancing and refreshments, will be part of the fun at Mardi Gras in Arkansas. 

Want to take in a fun night of art or enjoy the this weekend's Mardi Gras festivites?

Little Rock is offering that and more all this week. Here is a look at our top picks for fun:


From 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. tonight (Feb. 5), there will be an advance screening of "The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights" at the William F. Laman Library, as part of its Community Cinema series. The film showcases the executive director of the National Urban League, Whitney Young Jr., who was one of the few African-Americans who had the ears of those who controlled the levers of power: Fortune 500 CEOs, governors, senators and presidents. He used these relationships to gain better access to employment, education, housing and healthcare for African-Americans, other minorities and those in need. Admission is free. Click here for more information.


Several events are lined up for the monthly Second Friday Art Night in downtown Little Rock this Friday (Feb. 8). At the Old State House Museum, 300 W. Markham, Dana Falconberry will provide musical entertainment while the public can enjoy chocolate and make a valentine just in time for the holiday next week. Down the road at the Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E. Third St., you'll be able to see George Washington's Inaugural Bible and attend a reception for its latest exhibit Phenomena of Change: Cowan, Stafford and Villegas. Relax and unwind with the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. Ninth St., after a busy week, plus check out its newest exhibits, "The Inauguration of Hope" and "Forty Years of Fortitude," which honors African Americans in Arkansas’s modern General Assembly (1973-2013). Stay up-to-date with other goings-on here. Admission is free for all events.


Celebrate and laissez bon temps rouler at the SoMa's Mardi Gras Parade at noon Saturday (Feb. 9). Starting at 24th and South Main, the parade will have homegrown floats, car clubs, beauty queens and marching bands roll through, as well as music from Mark Curry and Natheniel Greer, and a variety of other fun events. Something else to be excited about is the announcement of the first Beard Growing Contest winners at The Root! Categories for the competition include longest beard, thickest beard, most original beard, and best Abraham Lincoln (no mustache).


Hear tunes from your favorite films at Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's "Night at the Movies" at 8 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 9) and 3 p.m Sunday (Feb. 10). Hear selections from motion pictures like The Wizard of Oz, West Side Story, Titanic, Romeo and Juliet, Pink Panther and much more. Prices range from $18 - $58. Order tickets here.