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Weekend Event Picks: Richmond Jazz Festival, Carytown Watermelon Festival, Filipino Festival, & more

World-class Jazz, Filipino and Tibetan culture, NFL football, and watermelon all intersect for a fun-filled outdoor weekend around Richmond.

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Redskins Training Camp Fan Appreciation Day

The Washington Redskins are hosting their annual Fan Appreciation Day this Saturday–a chance for fans to get up close and personal with their favorite players. Following practice, both players and coaches will be available to sign autographs and take pictures, schedules permitting, at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center on W. Leigh Street. The team and Bon Secours will also offer health screenings, giveaways, and more.

When: Saturday, August 13th; 1:30 – 3:30 PM | Where: Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, 2401 W. Leigh Street | Cost: FREE | Training Camp website

Richmond Jazz Festival

The Richmond Jazz Festival returns for its seventh year this weekend with an impressive bill of nationally- and internationally-known jazz, blues, and funk acts. The fun began Thursday evening at Hardywood and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and continues Saturday and Sunday at Maymont, where hot acts such as Herbie Hancock, The Roots, Al Jarreau, Michael Franks, Esperanza Spalding, Vanessa Williams, Ramsey Lewis, Diane Schuur, Grace Kelly, and Arrested Development will perform. In addition to live jazz, the festival will also feature complimentary wine tasting by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, as well as chef demonstrations, artist meet-and-greets, and over 30 food and merchandise vendors from across the region.

When: Thursday, August 11th – Sunday, August 14th; view schedule | Where: The Hippodrome Theater, the VMFA, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, and Maymont | Cost: View available packages | Festival website

Filipino Festival

For over a decade, the Filipino Festival has been a popular community showcase of the richness of the Filipino culture and heritage. The festival features a wide variety of traditional food, music, folk dancing, and more. It also serves as a cultural immersion program for more than 100 youth of Filipino descent each year. For nine months, they are immersed in bi-weekly classes that teach them their parents’ language, culture, stories, history, dances and songs to pass down to future generations.

When: Friday, August 12th 5:00 – 10:00 PM;  Saturday, August 13th 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM | Where: Our Lady of Lourdes, 8200 Woodman Road in the West End | Cost: FREE to attend | Festival website

Carytown Watermelon Festival

This annual celebration of watermelon and the dog days of summer takes place along Richmond’s Mile of Style, Carytown, this Sunday. Expect a bevy of local food and retail vendors, food and drink specials at many of Carytown’s unique and vibrant restaurants, live music, and of course, plenty of cold, fresh watermelon sliced up and served by the bowl. Last year festival organizers estimate over 118,000 people attended–quite a crowd. If you live in the neighborhood, keep in mind that parking is restricted on W. Cary Street and towing will begin at 2:00 AM Sunday morning.

When: Sunday, August 14th; 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Where: Carytown, West Cary Street between Nansemond Street and N. Boulevard | Cost: FREE to attend | Festival website

Public Sand Mandala Celebration at the Virginia Holocaust Museum

Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery will be at the Virginia Holocaust Museum this weekend for a unique event. For the past several days, the monks have been creating a sand mandala–a Tibetan Buddhist tradition as much about creation as it is destruction. Watch them create this work of art or join in and even help fill in the design. There will also be lectures and daily evening meditation at 6:00 PM. At the closing ceremony around noon on Sunday, the monks will destroy the mandala and release the sand into the James River to spread blessings upon the world.

When: Ongoing through Sunday, August 14th at noon; various times | Where: Virginia Holocaust Museum, 2000 E. Cary Street in Downtown Richmond | Cost: FREE to attend; $10 suggested donation | Event page

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Poe at the Pump House

All profits of the event will go to preserve the Pump House.

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Get your $20 ticket on Eventbrite.

Come for a tour of Richmond’s own historic Byrd Park Pump House and listen to Edgar Allan Poe’s greatest works being read by an Edgar Allan Poe actor! This historic building, and its open air ballroom, offers the perfect venue and environment to hear Edgar Allan Poe’s greatest works.

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From 4:00-7:00 PM on October 23rd we are offering 3 one-hour long sessions, starting on the hour at 4:00, 5:00, & 6:00. Please arrive at the front doors of the Pump House a few minutes early to sign in with an event volunteer.

These one hour sessions will include a history tour of the Pump House and readings of Edgar Allan Poe’s work.

We are limiting tours to 20 people and we will be taking measures to keep visitors safe while inside the building.

  • As always, we require hard hats while inside the building, which will be provided as well as sanitized after each use.
  • As a Covid-19 response this event requires visitors to wear masks at all times, hand sanitizing, and social distancing where possible.
  • The building is not ADA accessible and those with mobility impairments may find some sections of the Pump House difficult to maneuver. Please reach out any further information or questions.
  • Kids are welcome, but are recommended to stay near an adult during the tour.
  • And as much as we love animals, the Pump House is not a safe place for them and they are not permitted, other than service animals.

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Pipeline Update Work Continues

The hope is that work will finish up at the end of this month. Work is taking longer than expected.

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From RVAH20:

Our work continues! It’s progressing! And it’s slower than we thought it was going to be.

Our team is doing detailed, meticulous work with an abundance of care, and doing it right! They’ve also faced some less-than-ideal weather and river levels that were too high.

Our crew is essentially papier-mâché-ing a 43.13″ diameter elevated pipe located in the James River (one of our more tricky, but also more beautiful, work locations) with layers on layers of mesh and more mesh and different sized mesh and epoxy. Before all that, our crews clean each pipe segment with acetone wipes to allow for excellent adherence.

Most importantly, we are SO sorry for the delayed repair process at Pipeline–we know no one likes an elongated trail closure, but we can’t rush this important work.

We appreciate your patience as we complete these repairs to protect the James River and your health and safety when you visit this spot so many of us favor!
The latest we heard was a hope that repairs would be complete by the end of this month. We will keep you updated as we move toward that end-of-October target!
Following the completion of the repairs, our team will once again CCTV (closed-circuit television) the pipe to get an internal look. Only after we check our work and give it the green light will the trail and beaches alongside it be reopened. Until then, Pipeline trail and its adjacent beaches are closed from Brown’s Island (under the 9th Street bridge) to the downstream, eastern end of the trail behind Virginia Street and Vistas On The James.
And, finally, an important reminder: all wastewater flows have been diverted upstream at Tredegar, so any flow you may see leaking at Pipeline currently is river water that’s seeping in from Haxall Canal, groundwater, and/or stormwater from rainfall.

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Tommy’s Express Tunnel of Terror Returns

Drive your car through a spooky good time.

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Tommy’s Express is excited to announce they’ll have a Tunnel of Terror again this year after the success of last year! It will be bigger and better AND at two locations this year: 7048 Forest Hill Ave. and 10100 Hull St Rd.

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A spooktacular experience for the family. Plus, your car will leave looking boo-tiful! 👻 There will even be GIVEAWAYS. We are talking a FREE month of the TommyClub for each adult attendee and candy for the kids! Share this event to enter to win 3 MONTHS of unlimited car washing.

Our Tunnel turns terrifying on:
  • October 15th- 6-11 PM
  • October 16th- 6-11 PM
  • October 22nd- 6-11 PM
  • October 23rd- 6-11 PM
  • October 29th-6-11 PM
  • October 30th- 6-11 PM
  • October 31st- 6-11 PM
Cost: $25.00 per vehicle

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