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.
For some rockin' Halloween cover-up action, check out Iron Tongue performing AC/DC's "Back in Black," White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. It's time for Octubafest, with performances by tubas and euphoniums, plus skits, UCA's Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. The late-night crowd can check out Midtown's Halloween Bash, featuring Cadillac Jackson and a costume contest at 2 a.m., Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. Fayetteville's Randall Shreve and The Sideshow bring the rock 'n' roll theatrics to Stickyz, 9 p.m. Steve Hester & DeJa VooDoo's Rockin' Halloween Costume Ball is at The Joint, 8 p.m., $7. Maxine's hosts White Glove Test, The Mumfords and space-rockers Mothwind, 8 p.m. "Fright at the Museum!" will provide some 21-and-older good times at the Old State House Museum, 7-10 p.m., $40. The Old Haunted Warehouse will make you soil yourself with terror (not really, probably), through Saturday at 7 p.m., $12, 3400 Brown St. Art- and theater-lovers, don't skip the Arkansas Repertory Theater's production of the Tony Award-winning, Mark Rothko-inspired "Red," 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 10.
Classic rock mainstays The Doobie Brothers are at the Walton Arts Center, 8 p.m., $49-$79. There's a Dia de los Muertos Dance Party, with DJ Baldego, a costume contest, drink specials and more at The Fold Botanas Bar, 11 p.m.-2 a.m. The Arkansas AIDS Walk Kick Off Party will be taking place at The Rogers House, 7:30 p.m., $20. Wanna see some mind-exploding magic tricks and brain-melting illusions? Check out Paul Prater's "The Odditorium" at The Public Theatre, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., $13. Don't Stop Please plays a record release show with Adam Faucett and Open Fields, Stickyz, 9 p.m., $7.
One of Arkansas's greatest singer/songwriters ever, Jim Mize, performs at White Water Tavern with Shreveport legend Buddy Flett, 10 p.m. The 11th Annual Arkansas AIDS Walk is at Murray Park, 10 a.m., $15-$25. The Little Rock Film Festival is throwing a Day of the Dead party and fundraiser that is sure to be a rager, 17th floor of Bank of America Plaza, 8 p.m., $10 donation, $100 prize to best costume.
Hard-rockers Smile Empty Soul perform at Revolution with openers Acidic, 8:30 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of.
Nashville folk-rockers The Apache Relay play at Stickyz, with singer/songwriter Johnathan Rice, 9 p.m., $10.