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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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Climb a Tree in Fonticello Park this Saturday

The Friends of Fonticello Park have teamed up with Riverside Outfitters to get folk up close and personal with the trees in the park.

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From Friends of Fonticello Park

Come climb with us at @riversideoutfittersrva ! Tree climbing is an exciting and special way to get to know your favorite park trees from a new perspective!
Details:
🌳Participants must be at least 6 years old and have their waiver signed by a parent/guardian. Minors must be accompanied by an adult throughout the event. Adults can climb, too!
🌳 Climbers will take turns climbing one at a time and are always belayed by an instructor. Helmets and harnesses must be worn and are provided.
🌳 When not climbing, feel free to enjoy some fun tree-related arts and activities.
🌳 Dress comfortably and for the weather. Wear closed-toed shoes and bring a water bottle and any snacks and medications you may need. We will have a full water cooler for refills.
Fill out the required waiver online here to reserve your spot:

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Arrest Made in Fatal Crash on Semmes Avenue

The Richmond Police Department Crash Team has made an arrest in the traffic fatality that occurred on November 26, 2022, in the 2200 block of Semmes Avenue.

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From RPD:

The Richmond Police Department Crash Team has made an arrest in the traffic fatality that occurred on November 26, 2022, in the 2200 block of Semmes Avenue.

At approximately 2:58 p.m., November 26, RPD officers responded to the 2200 block of Semmes Avenue for the report of a single vehicle crash that resulted in a fatality. Investigators have determined speed to be a contributing factor.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call RPD Crash Team Investigator J. DeBoard at (804) 646-1709 or call Crime Stoppers at (804) 646-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

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Person of Interest in Armed Commercial Robbery

At approximately 3:19 a.m. on Friday, January 20, officers responded to the 4800 block of Forest Hill Avenue for the report of an armed robbery.

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From RPD:

Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the individual in the attached photo who is a person of interest in an armed commercial robbery that occurred on Friday in the 4800 block of Forest Hill Avenue.

At approximately 3:19 a.m. on Friday, January 20, officers responded to the 4800 block of Forest Hill Avenue for the report of an armed robbery. It was determined that a male, who was wearing a black sweatshirt and black jeans, brandished a firearm and demanded money from the employee. The suspect took money from the cash register and fled on foot.

Anyone with information about the identity of this individual is asked to contact Detective D. Osbourne at (804) 646- 4656 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

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