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.
The Historic Arkansas Museum's Annual Frontier Fourth of July includes an old-time parade, living history performances, crafts and more, 2-4 p.m. If you're downtown at Pops on the River and need a break from the huge crowds, The Joint hosts "The Music Factory presents a July 4 Musical Extravaganza," featuring Michael Leonard Witham, Miss Paris, John Burnette, John Willis, Ray Wittenberg, Ryan Howard, Charlotte Taylor, Heather Smith and The Music Factory with Bill McCumber and Wythe Walker, 7 p.m., $10. The High Berry U.S. Blues Festival kicks off, with headliners Terrapin Flyer (featuring former Grateful Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten), Aaron Kamm & The One Drops, Tyrannosaurus Chicken, FreeVerse, Isayah's All-Stars, Low Society and more, Byrd's Adventure Center in Ozark, $60 for a four-day pass.
Hip-hop lovers will want to check out The OD Upscale, featuring performances from some of the state's most notable talents, including Big Piph, Asylum, Rah Howard, Young King, S.A. and Frankie Da Spitta, Revolution, 9 p.m., $5. ImprovLittleRock winds down its current season with "The Greatest Hits Reunion Finale!" at The Public Theatre, Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m., $8. White Water Tavern hosts The Summer Solstice Dance Party featuring Baldego and Joshua Asante, 10 p.m.
For an evening of third-wave ska and punk sounds, get over to Revolution, for an 18-and-older featuring New Jersey vets Streetlight Manifesto, with Rodeo Ruby Love and Empty Orchestra, 9 p.m., $17 adv., $20 day of. Stella Luss and Magnolia Sons play an 18-and-older show at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $5. Out at Sky Modern Japanese in Pleasant Ridge, you can check out "Sky Suite Fourth of July Celebration," the official launch party for The Bow Tie Haberdashery, with sounds by DJ Klassik, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Check out the no-wave-inspired sounds of Color Club and their brother band, the classic hardcore revivalists R.I.O.T.S. at White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. Red dirt country troubadours Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen break it all down and get acoustic on their annual "Hold My Beer and Watch This Tour," which stops off at Revolution for an 18-and-older show, 8:30 p.m., $20 adv., $25 day of.