Oaklawn will host Spa Blast, featuring live music, a petting zoo, a rock climbing wall and more, 4 p.m., free. There will be an Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social at Crest Park, 6 p.m., as part of Hillcrest’s First Thursday Shop ‘N’ Sip. Chef, TV personality and author of “Modern Pioneering” Georgia Pellegrini will give a free presentation at South on Main at 6 p.m. (reservations required). Comedian Chris Killian will be at the Loony Bin through Saturday, July 5, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., $7-$10. Atlanta rapper and Bad Boy Records cast-off Yung Joc (“It’s Goin’ Down”) will be at Club Trois at 9 p.m.
In addition to Pops on the River, there will be Fourth of July festivities at Ozark Folk Center State Park (featuring live music, craft workshops and more, 10 a.m., $12), the Little Rock Marriott (with barbecue, magic and music by Tragikly White, 6 p.m., $50), the Historic Arkansas Museum (frontier-themed, 2 p.m., free), the Afterthought (music by Lucious Spiller at 9 p.m., $7) and Pinnacle Mountain State Park (water balloon volleyball, tug-of-war, relay races and more, 10 a.m.). Revolution will host the Sizzlin’ Summer Jam, featuring Mike Walker, Tricia Reed and Darril “Harp” Edwards, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. Nashville indie rock group Fly Golden Eagle will be at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $7. The Big Damn Horns will be at The Joint, 9 p.m., $7, and at White Water Tavern, Velvet Kente will present “The Afrobeatdown,” featuring DJ sets by Joshua Asante and DJ Prophet and live African Dance by Kazi and Ikesha, 10 p.m., $7.
The Arkansas Travelers will kick off their series against the Midland RockHounds at Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m. (6:10 p.m. Sunday, July 6, and 7:10 p.m. Monday, July 7), $6-$12. Valley Ray will play a release show for their new EP at Vino’s with Northeast Northwest and Stranger Strange, 9 p.m., $6. E Side Shawty, the local rapper lately known for his single, “Street Love,” featuring Lil Boosie, will be at Lulav at 9 p.m. That Arkansas Weather will be at the Afterthought at 9 p.m., $7.