FOAM FEST 6 p.m., River Market Pavillions. $25 adv., $30 d.o.e.
For more than a decade, this has been one of the annual spring events a goodly number of local folks await for weeks. It's a place where both those with discerning palates and scarred livers unite over good and — most importantly — copious beer from local distributors and microbreweries. That means everything Pabst to Chimay, Dos Equis to Diamond Bear. Yes, it's a fund-raiser to benefit the Arkansas chapter of the American Arthritis Foundation
and that's all very well and good; arthritis affects the grip and it's gross drinking beer out of a straw
. But let's get to brass tacks: It's a celebration of good beer, it's as decent a way as any to enjoy an evening river breeze after a week at work and, for $25 in advance and $30 at the door for three-hours of unobstructed access to over 100 beers, it may be best happy hour you'll find in town all year. Also, those who intend to do justice to this 13th annual Foam Fest
would be wise to pocket a few bucks not only for a cab ride but to tip the music for the night, provided by acoustic act Canvas