a banner that says "Little Rock Night Market," suspended above a crowd at Bernice Garden in Little Rock
Little Rock Night Market

Sure, The Bernice Garden sees its fair share of visitors and has its rotating cast of beloved events. But this one, the Little Rock Night Market, is different. Because while it’s not pitched as a celebration, per se, it most certainly is in its own right. When the market was founded by Benita Lubazibwa — you may recognize the name as the force behind the city’s Africa Day Fest — it kicked off with a mission: to unite a diverse crowd of burgeoning food vendors, artists, local merchants and performers for a night embracing the elements that add vibrancy to the capital city. Handcrafted jewelry that can’t be found elsewhere, home decor, artwork by Arkansas artists and Latin American and African cuisine will serve specialties like empanadas, arepas and plantains throughout the night. Plus, you also just might want to grab your comfy shoes for this one — the market is no stranger to funk music and salsa dancing. Boosting local business through food, shopping and music? Sounds like a call for celebration to us.