A venture to this state park is on the must-do list for many, the park being the only spot in North America where you can dig for diamonds and other gemstones and keep your finds.
At noon, the Clinton School of Public Service hosts a panel discussion about the Arkansas Repertory Theatre's new world premiere musical "Treasure Island." The creative team will discuss the show (see page 40 for more details). Maxine's has a free night of folky Americana, with Star & Micey and Carolina Story, 8 p.m., free. Audrey Dean Kelly plays a free show at The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m. Ballet Arkansas performs its "Beyond Category" show in Hot Springs Village at Woodlands Auditorium, 7:30 p.m., $18. AT UCA's Reynolds Performance Hall, Nai-Ni Chen Dance and The Ahn Trio present "Temptation of the Muses," 7:30 p.m., $10-$40.
It's time once more for the FOCAL Used Book Sale, in which paperback books are $.50 and hardback books are $1, 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Downtown Music Hall has a packed bill of Christian metalcore, with Oh Sleeper, Fit For A King, Indirections, Every Knee Shall Bow, Dear Karma and More Than Sparrows, 6 p.m., $10 adv., $15 day of. Party all night with The 17th Floor, playing an 18-and-older show at Revolution, 9:30 p.m., $10. Blues-rocker Shannon Boshears plays at The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Down in the Spa City, The Rocketboys, Mike Mains and The Branches and Dinner and a Suit play Maxine's, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. Mountain Sprout brings the wild-ass hillbilly sounds to Stickyz for an 18-and-older show. College hoops fans take note: The Sun Belt Basketball Championship is at Summit Arena in Hot Springs. It starts at 6 p.m. Friday, with Western Kentucky taking on Louisiana-Monroe. Games continue that night, and start again at 6 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 on Sunday. The championship game is Monday night at 6 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN.
Discovery has your all-damn-night partying needs covered, with DJs Joel Allenbaugh, Phillip Dixon, Crawley, Bobby Kuta and Brandon Peck, plus Dominique Sanchez & The Disco Dolls and a Salsa dance party, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., $10. Revolution brings in big-time producer and songwriter Butch Walker, with Nikki Lane, 18-and-older, 9 p.m., $15. Ohio Alt-country rockers Two Cow Garage play at White Water Tavern with singer/songwriter Lydia Loveless and new local band Mad Nomad, 9:30 p.m., $7.
It's the biggest thing in contemporary Christian Music. Winter Jam 2013 rolls through town to save your soul with TobyMac, RED, Matthew West, Jamie Grace, Sidewalk Prophets, Royal Tailor, speaker Nick Hall, Jason Castro, OBB and Capital Kings, Verizon Arena, 6 p.m., $10.