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Diversity Richmond hosting an All Americans Summer Block Party

As the name implies “All” are invited.

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Lately there has been more than a little disharmony in the world and our nation. The fear mongering and finger pointing are reaching critical mass on the pressure cooker of life. It’s time to let off a little steam with a party.

Luckily the good folks at Diversity Richmond are here to help us out with their All Americans Summer Block Party.

From Gay RVA:

“This one is a celebration of American diversity, the diversity within our own community, the diversity in the United States,” said Bill Harrison, Executive Director of Diversity Richmond.

All are welcome to attend the inclusive block party, and proceeds from sales will go to benefit the community programs of Diversity Richmond.

“The more money we make with events like this, the more money we can put back in the community,” Harrison said. “Last year we didn’t do grants because our building needed so much work…but this year we’re back and we hope to make this the biggest year that we’ve given out grants thus far.”

There will be all sorts of fun to be had including food trucks, the SO FUN Richmond PhotoBooth craft Beer, wine, gelato and perhaps most importantly karaoke with DJ Amanda Rogers. I say “perhaps most importantly” on the karaoke because everyone that is brave enough to get up and sing will be entered in to win a $500 Mongrel Gift Card. Mongrel is a sponsor and is celebrating 25 years in Carytown, so what better way to celebrate than give away 500 bucks.

Getting back to the fear mongering and finger pointing I mentioned above. There will be a voter registration table so make sure your voice is heard come election time and you’re registered to vote.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Obligatory Fireworks Photo Post

Just in case you haven’t gotten your fill of firework pictures.

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Richmond Folk Festival announces first group of artists for 2022 festival

The Richmond Folk Festival returns October 7-9, 2022, and celebrates its 18th anniversary, having become one of Virginia’s largest events

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The Richmond Folk Festival returns October 7-9, 2022, and celebrates its 18th anniversary, having become one of Virginia’s largest events. The beloved festival draws fans each year to downtown Richmond’s riverfront to celebrate the roots, richness, and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional crafts, storytelling, and food.

The free, three-day event hosts 200,000 people over the weekend and is presented by Venture Richmond Events in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the Virginia Folklife Program, the Center for Cultural Vibrancy, Children’s Museum, and the City of Richmond.

Featuring six stages and showcasing music and dance from more than 30 performing groups from around the nation and the world, the Richmond Folk Festival today announces eight artists of what will once again be a culturally diverse and impressive program.

“We are looking forward to showcasing downtown Richmond’s ever-changing riverfront once again for a beautiful weekend of music, dance, food, and crafts with the James River and our city skyline as the perfect backdrop,” said Stephen Lecky, director of events at Venture Richmond. “This event holds a special place in the hearts of so many, and year 18 is shaping up to be one of the best.”

Artists to be featured at the 2022 Richmond Folk Festival include:

Beòloach (Cape Breton)
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Black Umfolosi (a cappella imbube singing)
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Bnat el Houariyat & Esraa Warda (Moroccan chaabi women’s ensemble)
Marrakech, Morocco, and New York, New York

Cedric Burnside (hill country blues)
Holly Springs, Mississippi

Fran Grace (sacred steel guitar)
Toledo, Ohio

Korean Performing Arts Institute of Chicago (pungmul and samulnori)
Chicago, Illinois

Sideline (bluegrass)
Raleigh, North Carolina

Son Rompe Pera (Mexican marimba)
Naucalpan de Juárez, Mexico

Festival Hours

  • Friday, October 7 — 6:30pm – 10:00pm
  • Saturday, October 8 — 12:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Sunday, October 9 — 12:00pm – 6:00pm

More information on the festival and additional artists performing will follow later this summer.

For more information about the Richmond Folk Festival, visit www.richmondfolkfestival.org.

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Field Day RVA event benefiting Higher Achievement returns after two-year hiatus

Teams of five to nine people register to compete in field day events, including water balloon toss, relay races, capture the flag, corn hole, and tug of war, as well as enjoy prizes, music, beer, and food trucks.

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Field Day RVA, a community fundraising event for the nonprofit organization Higher Achievement, presented by BrownGreer, is set to take place on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 11 a.m. The event took a two-year pause due to the pandemic and has returned to the Richmond community this year.

The day-long event takes place at the Bon Secours Training Center, formerly known as the Washington Redskins Training Camp, located at 2401 West Leigh Street. Teams of five to nine people register to compete in field day events, including water balloon toss, relay races, capture the flag, corn hole, and tug of war, as well as enjoy prizes, music, beer, and food trucks. Previous years have been in attendance by Mayor Levar Stoney, Dominion Energy, ABC News teams, and community members all throughout Richmond.

“We were disappointed when our 2020 and 2021 events had to be postponed, but could not be more thrilled to be back this year. Higher Achievement Richmond has profound impacts on the middle school scholars within Richmond, and this event is a great way to support our mission,” said Katey Comerford, Executive Director for Higher Achievement Richmond.

To attend Field Day RVA 2022, individuals can register at fielddayrva.eventbrite.com.

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