The 2013 Festival of Wines is one of the largest wine festivals in the state, with hundreds of wines from around the world, Dickey-Stephens Park, 6 p.m., $60 adv., $75 day of. Renowned poets C.D. Wright and Forrest Gander will speak at Hendrix College, 7:30 p.m. Classic rock mainstays Three Dog Night perform at Oaklawn, 7 p.m.
That “little ol’ band from Texas,” ZZ Top, plays the Arkansas Music Pavilion, 7:30 p.m., $37-$47. Over at Stickyz, check out War Chief, 9 p.m., $5. Alabama country rockers Lee Bains III and The Glory Fires are at White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $7. CruzWay brings the salsa to Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $10 (dance lesson starts at 9 p.m.). Brick Fields plays an album release show at The Joint, 8 p.m. Artistry of the Guitar with Peter Janson is at the Balance Wellness and Yoga Center in Hot Springs, 8 p.m., $15. The group also performs at the Little Rock Folk Club Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., $8-$15.
Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts hosts the DennyWest Music Festival, with Ukulele Bill, REAL Entertaining, Mister Morphis One Man Band, The Hartley Family Bluegrass Band, Posey Hill, The Mulligan Brothers and BettySoo, 1 p.m., $5-$20. The 2013 Little Rock Pride Parade will take place in downtown Little Rock, 2 p.m. Participants will line up at 1 p.m. at Fifth and Ferry streets near the Post Office. Renowned singer/songwriter Chris Knight is at Revolution, with his nephew Ben Knight, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion brings the greezy rock ‘n’ roll sleaze to Stickyz, 9 p.m., $15.
Singer/songwriter Valerie June brings her blues-informed, soulful sounds to Juanita’s, with Matrimony and Steve Hester & Deja VooDoo, 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 day of.
L.A.’s Silversun Pickups will showcase their reverb-soaked guitar pop at Juanita’s, with Electric Guest, 9 p.m., $30 adv., $35 day of.
The Clinton School of Public Service hosts “Boston Marathon Bombing and Lessons Learned,” with Watertown, Mass., Police Chief Ed Deveau, 6 p.m. Stickyz hosts an evening of outre rock hedonism, with Electric Six, My Jerusalem and Flameing Daeth Fearies, 8:30 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of.