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.
Drink at the zoo from 6-9 p.m. at Zoo Brew, with live music by Jeff Coleman and the Feeders and Kevin Kerby and food trucks like Southern Gourmasian and Waffle Wagon, $25. The Arkansas Literary Festival and Arkansas Sounds are coming together to present "Perks, Missives and Lux Melancholia," featuring a screening of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and a concert by Scoop Slone and The Infinite at Ron Robinson Theater, 7 p.m., free. Comedian Steve Hirst will be at the Loony Bin through Saturday, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. Thu., $7; 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Fri-Sat., $10. KABF 88.3's Shoog Radio will host locals The Casual Pleasures and Pockets at the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $5. Hot Springs roots rock band Moonshine Mafia will be at The Joint. El Paso folk-rock group The Dirty River Boys will be at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $10.
Arkansas Gospel Music Heritage Month will present the All-State Legends Concert, featuring The Eternal Light Singers, The Selvy Singers and the Gatewood Brothers, at Antioch Baptist Church, 7 p.m. Goatwhore, Napalm Christ, Ash of Cedars and Ozark Shaman will be at Revolution, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $13 day of. Tragikly White Band will be at Stickyz, 9:30 p.m., $10, and Mulehead will be at White Water Tavern with Swampbird, 10 p.m., $7.
The Big Dam Bridge 100 Cycling Tour will begin at 7 a.m. at La Harpe behind the Statehouse Convention Center. The After Party will be at Stickyz, a Bike Cruisade fundraiser with live music by The Funkanites, 9 p.m., $10. Country singer Suzy Bogguss will be at the Ron Robinson Theater at 7 p.m., $25. The UCA Creative Writing program's journal, Toad Suck Review, will hold a reading at The Locals in Conway, 7 p.m. The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will perform at Maumelle High School's Performing Arts Center, 7:30 p.m. (and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28), $19-$58. One Love's "Jamaica Me Crazy" Reggae Show will feature Butterfly, Michael Walker and Tricia Reed at Revolution, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. Ed Bowman and the Rock City Players will be at Afterthought, 9 p.m. Alabama Christian rock singer-songwriter Mac Powell will be at Juanita's, 9 p.m., $15. Vino's will host metal groups Marilyn Burns, Dose and After the Filth, 9 p.m., $5.