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Downtown Littlerock Arkansas

Downtown Little Rock is bursting at the seams with places to eat and things to do. People have found the area so inviting, they've taken up residence here! Even if you don't choose to live in the downtown area, you'll find it's a great place to return time and again. For every lifestyle, Little Rock offers a different experience. Want a wholesome family experience? Looking for a wild night on the town? Yearning for a romantic getaway? We've got it.

Click on a link below for some ideas or go to the Event Calendar page.

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Things To Do Downtown

There's no shortage of "Must See's" in Downtown Little Rock. Once you see what downtown has to offer you'll quickly realize Little Rock has a big heart and soul!

Arkansas Repertory Theatre

Founded in 1976 and enjoying its 31st season, Arkansas Repertory Theatre is the state's largest non-profit professional theatre company. A member of the League of Resident Theatres, The Rep has produced more than 280 productions including 40 world premieres on its 354-seat MainStage and 99-seat black box SecondStage located in its historic building in downtown Little Rock.

Old Statehouse Museum

Set in the oldest surviving state capitol west of the Mississippi River, the Old State House Museum is designated a National Historic Landmark, though it is probably best known throughout the country as the scene of President Bill Clinton's 1992 and 1996 election-night celebrations. Current exhibits include On the Stump: Arkansas Political History from 1819-1919; A Circus Hitched to a Tornado: Arkansas Politics in the 20th Century; and exhibits on the history of the building, Arkansas women in history, the state's governors and the inaugural gowns of their wives, as well as Period Rooms that show interior decor from the past.

Clinton Presidential Center

Opened in 2004, the Center is home to the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, and the Little Rock offices of the Clinton Foundation. The Center also plays an active role in the Little Rock community, hosting a number of events, lectures, and conferences throughout the year. The Center was instrumental in bringing more than $1.5 billion in economic development to the area, including renovations of the nearby historic River Market district.

Heifer Village

Inside Heifer Village, over 80 interactive exhibits tell Heifer International's story of hope, show innovative solutions to hunger and poverty, and inspire visitors to get involved. Explore how five basic topics can define both the causes of hunger and poverty AND the solutions.

River Market

Located in the heart of Little Rock's River Market District, the River Market is an exciting public food market that will entice your senses with its relaxing entertainment and rich cultural experiences. The River Market is also home to the Farmer's Market. The Farmers' Market has been a unique shopping experience since it began in Downtown Little Rock back in 1974. These days, the Farmers' Market makes its home in the River Market's two out door, open-air pavilions overlooking Riverfront Park. The Market is filled with farmers selling farm-fresh produce straight to you from the backs of their trucks. From early morning until mid-afternoon, you will find bargains on Arkansas crops as well as a bountiful array of handmade arts & crafts.

Witt Stephens, Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center

The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center opened December 17, 2008. The 16,232 square foot building on 3.4 acres in Little Rock, overlooks the Arkansas River and is within the Julius Breckling Riverfront Park. The site is a part of the River Market District, and is adjacent to the Museum of Discovery, Clinton Foundation Store and the Clinton Presidential Library. Visitors to the State House Convention Center may access the grounds by choosing one of several walking routes.

MacArthur Park: History on the Go!

From La Petit Roche to MacArthur Park and places in between, downtown Little Rock is home to an abundance of history. City government has dedicated a webpage to Heritage Tourism listing links to driving/walking tours, as well as brochures and other items of historic interest.
The MacArthur Park Group- Sharon Priest, executive director of the DLPR and a group of citizens who provide advocacy for the Park and its surrounding area- initiated the Museum, Art and Heritage Trail with corresponding downloadable Arkansas Political History Audio Tour . The program was made possible in part by a grant from the Department of Arkansas Heritage. The MacArthur Park Group also hosts an annual 5K to help support the park and the new Master Plan. Once implemented, this Master plan will enhance the park to a Class A recreational area.

Work Downtown

The Downtown Little Rock area is built for business. Acxiom, Stephens Inc., Dillard's — these and other names that dominate the business world also dominate our skyline. If you're looking for more philanthropic endeavors, we're also home to Heifer International and Winrock International. Many of those who work for these and other companies are part of a well-kept secret: a balance of working just minutes from home. Unlike many other business districts, our downtown is vibrant throughout the workday and late into the night. Want to entertain an important client at the end of the day? Have a short lunch break and need to grab a quick bite? It's easy when everything you need is within a couple of blocks.

Tourism, government, nonprofit, energy, finance and banking, media and education are big business in Arkansas and draw nearly 42,000 employees to downtown each day. Watch our video above and see why so many companies love working in the center of our city.

Event Calendar

You'll always have a different experience every time you visit Downtown Little Rock, especially as the months and seasons change. In spring the River Market Pavilions spill over with fresh vegetables at the Farmers' Market...summer brings outdoor dining and fireworks by the river; fall offers arts and crafts (and more vegetables)...then winter serves up holiday shopping, ice skating and celebration.

Are you on our e-newsletter list for the weekly Downtown Update of events? Email Becky Falkowski at or call 501-375-0121. Or read the latest issues here:

Downtown Update October 16, 2014
Downtown Update October 10, 2014

Check out the calendar below for a sampling of the many other Downtown Little Rock events and activities. Downtown event, festival and nightlife information is also available at:
Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau Calendar
Sync Weekly
Arkansas Times Entertainment & Reviews
Arkansas Events

NOTE: As downtown has become more vibrant over the years with revitalization efforts, an increase in tourism, events and activities, and an increase in jobs, it has become a walkable city. We remind everyone to do his or her part, whether walking, bicycling or driving, to follow traffic rules and keep us all safe! A list of suggested safety tips are available here .

For Downtown Little Rock Partnership events and membership donations, where applicable, Paypal is available below (Donate) for payment. Pay here to register for Mac-O-Lanterns!

10/25/14 // Downtown Little Rock Partnership
A new event in MacArthur Park! Imagine your favorite Jack O'Lantern and join the fun as pumpkin carvers create and compete for cash prizes!

2nd Friday Art Night!
11/14/14 // Arkansas Times
A fun night viewing art and sipping libations downtown at participating galleries, 5-8 p.m.!

Arkansas Flower and Garden Show
2/20/15 // Arkansas Flower and Garden Show
The 2015 Arkansas Flower & Garden Show is just 5 months away! We hope you'll join us as the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock is transformed into a gardener's paradise February 20-22.

2015 SEC Women's Tournament
3/4/15 // Verizon Arena
The 2015 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament will be held at Verizon Arena.

Invest Downtown

Since 1996, approximately $2 billion in investments have come into the Downtown Little Rock area! From $1 million worth of renovations to the Melton Building now home to 10,000 Villages, to $165 million to open the Clinton Presidential Center, the confidence in our metro area continues to grow.

Are you an investor looking to build a hotel, start a restaurant or open a store? Locating in the area could be a profitable investment for the right type of business. By contacting our office, you can get all the info on downtown that you need to develop a business and growth plan. Financing companies. Real estate firms. Demographic statistics. If it relates to Downtown Little Rock, we're your source. We want YOU to add to the success of downtown.

If you would like to know more about investing in our downtown call the Downtown Little Rock Partnership at 501.375.0121 or email Sharon Priest, Executive Director - .

Suggested Downtown Technology Park Sites as Proposed by the Downtown Little Rock Partnership to the Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board - November 13, 2013 Presentation

Architectural Vision of Creative Corridor on Main Street - Creative Corridor Presentation

Downtown Developers Announce Blass Project on Main Street - Blass Project, March 2012

"Little Rock - One of 10 Best Value Cities" - Kiplinger, 2011

"Little Rock Economy Ranked Nation's Fourth Strongest" - Business Week, 2009

Gathering Data for Your Vision
We want YOUR business in Downtown Little Rock. The Xceligent Retail and Office Market Reports (below), courtesy of Flake & Kelley Commercial , Colliers International , Doyle Rogers Company , Irwin Partners , and Moses Tucker Real Estate , offer you some of the best information available about marketing trends in our area. Your business may be new, expanding, or an established corporation. Downtown Little Rock can work for you. Join OUR vision for a vibrant downtown!

Click here for the DLRP Retail Market Report 4Q 2011.

Click here for the DLRP Office Market Report 4Q 2011.

Capitol Zoning Commission & What is Capitol Zoning?

Click Here for Capitol Zoning Boundaries

Greater Downtown Demographics
Population: 12,700.
Median age: 38.4
Households: 5,922
Avg. household size: 1.99
Vehicles per household: 1.5
Avg. household income: $35,949
Daytime Employees: 42,636
Establishments: 3,234

Physical Geography
Little Rock is 119.5 square miles and lies within Pulaski County, which is 781 square miles in size. LIttle Rock encompasses hilly and mountainous areas in the west and central areas and flatlands along the Arkansas River. Downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock line the banks of the Arkansas River.

For more demographics:
Metro Little Rock Alliance

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More About Little Rock
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