Little Rock River Market District Quick Guide – Links for Food, Fun, Entertainment, Attractions and Calendars

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By James Strand

The River Market Hall has the giant letters “Little Rock” and “River Market” on the roof of the building. These giant letters can be easily seen by motorists from  I30 Bridge as they cross the Arkansas River going toward the Little Rock side of the river.  If you are on President Clinton Avenue, you can see the giant letters “River Market” on the roof. The River Market Hall is an iconic landmark in the downtown Little Rock area. The River Market Hall has helped revitalize the downtown River Market District. It is a great place to sit and enjoy breakfast or lunch if you are visiting or working in the downtown area.

Here is a list of the major Little Rock River Market Area Attractions:
Rive Market area attractions

River-Market-Hall-Little-Rock The River Market Hall contains a dozen food vendors serving a variety of American, Asian, Mexican and Middle-Eastern food for breakfast, lunch and take-out. Several of the vendors sell ethnic grocery items related to their international style of cooking. Walk through the hall and you will find a variety of fresh bakery items, coffees, teas, ice creams, candies, snacks and other items. There is also free wireless Wi-Fi located throughout the area. The River Market Hall is open 7 am-6pm Monday-Saturday. The address is 400 President Clinton Avenue (sometimes still listed on some maps as East Markham Street.)

Here is a list of Vendors:
River Market Hall Vendors

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In the southwest corner of the Market Hall is Shop the Rock. This is where you can find official “Little Rock” souvenirs, and this is where you can pick up lots of free visitor information brochures. Located on the outside of the River Market Hall on President Clinton Avenue is Bobby’s Bike Hike. Here you can find bikes for rent and guided bike tours of the local area. They also offer extended tours for the more adventurous who want to explore the miles of pedestrian and bike trails on the north and south side of the Arkansas River.

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During May through October, the River Market Hall is the home of the Little Rock Farmers Market. On Tuesdays and Saturdays from 7 am to 3 pm vegetable trucks and other vendors occupy the two covered pavilions on the north side of the River Market Hall overlooking Riverfront Park. The Farmers Market has a variety of fresh vegetables. You can also find craft items and many other interesting things. During the winter holiday period the West Pavilion on the outside of the River Market hall is made into an outdoor ice rink for family fun and enjoyment.

Herre is a list of vendors:
River Market Farmers Market Vendors

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Outside the River Market Hall, located in the adjacent Riverfront Park, is the Riverfest Amphitheatre. The Amphitheatre is an open-air venue where many concerts and other events occur throughout the year. It is where the Arkansas Symphony performs their annual Pops! On the River. This is the 4th of July Celebration that accompanies Little Rock’s spectacular 4th of July fireworks show. During the Memorial Day weekend the River Market Amphitheatre and the surrounding Riverfront Park become the main area for one of the largest events in Arkansas–Riverfest. Approximately 250,000 people visit Riverfest during this holiday weekend to have fun and enjoy the many food vendors, entertainment acts and concert performances on both sides of the river.

For a calendar of events for the River Market, Central Arkansas and Arkansas. check out the calendar links page  in the Arkansas Fun Guide. This page has links to the River Market Calendar, Verizon Arena Calendar, Robinson Auditorium calendar and  other calendars.
Arkansas  Fun Guide Calendar Links Page

Little Rock Landmark - La Petite Roche - Where Little Rock Got Its Name

Nearby the River Market Hall on the south bank of the Arkansas River, is the rock formation early French explorers named la Petite Roche. La Petite Roche is French for ‘little rock.” The historic “little rock” marks the historic river crossing for early explorers. This “little rock” is the landmark that gave the city of Little Rock its name.  Part of the “little rock” can still be seen near the footing of the historic railroad Junction Bridge. This bridge has now been transformed into a safe pedestrian and bike bridge crossing the Arkansas River. The La Petite Roche Plaza near the entrance to the Junction Bridge in Riverfront Park has several plaques and monuments that tell visitors the historical significance of this location.

The River Market Hall building is officially called the Ottenheimer River Market Hall. It is named after a businessman, Gus Ottenheimer (1897-1985). He was an influential man who started a large garment manufacturing company in the historic downtown Little Rock area on East Markham Street. The River Market Hall was built in the 1990’s and has become the center for the hub of that is known as the River Market District.  This area has become the revitalized 10 block downtown area of Markham Avenue and the portion of Markham Avenue renamed President Clinton Avenue.

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Here is a list of restaurants and bars in the river market area:
River Market Restuarants and Bars

The River Market district  includes: Robinson Auditorium, the Pulaski County Courthouse, the historic Old Statehouse Museum, the Peabody Hotel, the Little Rock Convention Center, the historic Capital Hotel, many restaurants and bars on President Clinton Avenue, the Presidential Library of former President Bill Clinton, the Central Arkansas Library, the Museum of Discovery, the Witt Stephens Nature Center, the Historic Arkansas Museum, Acxiom’s corporate headquarters, Heifer International’s headquarters, the Heifer Village visitors center, various art galleries, hotels, apartments and shops.

There are many fun things to do within walking distance of the river market. If you are looking for fun things to do take a look a this list of FREE things to do while you are in the River Market area:
Arkansas Fun Guide Downtown Little Rock Top Ten Free Things to Do

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The big, yellow River Rail electric trollies stop outside the door of the River Market Hall. Ride the “Blue Line” trolley and you can enjoy a 3.5 mile trip ride through the River Market District in Little Rock and the historic Argenta Arts District in North Little Rock. The “Green Line” trolley makes a circle through the River Market District. Both the “Blue” and the “Green” trollies will take you by many businesses and attractions. You can get on and off at any of the stops, or stay on the trolley and it will circle back to where you started. Adults can ride all day for $2 or pay $1 per trip. Children under 4 ride free.

Here a link for more information about the trollley from Central Arkansas Transit:
How to Ride the River Rail

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Here is a link to nearby lodging in the River Market District:
Hotels in the Downtown Little Rock River Market

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