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.
Local staples Tragikly White headline with Tony, Tim and Scott at Cajun's Wharf, 5:30 p.m. for the opening act, 9 p.m. for the headline, $5. White Denim plays Sticky Fingerz, 9:30 p.m., $5. Roller derby girls scrimmage and carouse for Food Not Bombs at their '80s Open Skate, 8 p.m., $5 plus two non-perishable food items, AR Skatium. At Afterthought, the Ted Ludwig Jazz trio plays New Orleans-style jazz, 8 p.m., $5.
If you're willing to make the drive, the “Solid Blues” lineup at Walton Arts Center features Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite, Joe Krown and the North Mississippi Allstars, 8 p.m., $30-$45. At Counterpoint, the Gypsy Queens, Costanza's, Go Fast, and Josh the Devil and the Sinners play a raucous rockin' rock show for the shorties (a Toys for Tots benefit), $10, half off with a toy. Down-home Americana favorite Big Smith comes to Revolution, 9 p.m., $8.
The Mid-South Battle of the Bands brings together dozens of college and high school marching bands for a showdown at War Memorial, 1 p.m., $15. Blues Traveler peripatetically winds its way into Revolution, surprising all comers who think of them as “that band with the hook song,” 8 p.m., $20 d.o.s. The Gettys play Sticky Fingerz, 9:30 p.m., $5. Ramona and the Soul Rhythms play with Greg Madden at Cajun's, 5:30 p.m./9 p.m., $5. Brethren, Cosmic Biscuit and others raise money at Cornerstone Pub for the AR River Blues Society, 8 p.m. Das Gift, Defy, Intheorium play pretty little ditties at Downtown Music, 9 p.m., $6. Mojo Depot plays White Water, 9 p.m., $5.
Do they know it's Halloween? If you're staying at home, buy Mallomars and put a quarter in a UNICEF box. If you're taking out kids, the Big Boo!-seum Bash will keep them occupied for a while, 5:30 p.m., free, museums throughout Little Rock. Boo at the Zoo runs a touch later and has the benefit of the naturally spooky lizard house, 6 p.m., $5. Otherwise, Downtown Music has a totally free surprise guest Halloween show (really), 8 p.m. Halloween parties with and without special guests abound, notably Free Verse at Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m., $5.