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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.

Trevor Dickerson



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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