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Weekend Event Picks: Richmond Roots Festival, Opera In The Park, Food Truck Rodeo & More

The last weekend of August kicks off with some improv comedy, a worldwide-influenced music festival, food trucks galore, and opera at Byrd Park.

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West End Comedy at HATTheatre

Tonight, improve group West End Comedy is the obscure (everything has a holiday now) “Admit You’re Happy Month” in August with the “Don’t Worry Be Happy Show” at HATTheatre. The hilarious, zany antics this group puts on are reminiscent of “Whose Line Is It Anyway.” The troupe takes suggestions from the audience, so each show is unique and unpredictable. This particular show is appropriate for all ages.

When: Friday, August 26th; 7:30 PM | Where: HATTheatre, 1124 Westbriar Drive in the Far West End | Cost: $7 for adults; $5 for children, students, & military | Event page

Richmond Roots Festival

The Richmond Roots Festival returns this Sunday for its second year at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. This all-day all-ages celebration highlights musical styles that draw from an eclectic array of worldwide inspiration, from Chicago blues and R&B to folk and Turkish pop. Along with Hardywood beer on tap, attendees can enjoy food from Shamasuki, Happy Empanada, Arroz RVA, & Dank Eats. The fun kicks off at 2:00 PM with this lineup of talent:

  • 2:15 PM: – Yeni Nostalji (Vintage Inspired Turkish Pop from Amerika)
  • 3:15 PM: Zion #5 Dub Squad (Crucial dub)
  • 4:15 PM: Andrew Alli and The Mainline (Reminiscent of traditional Mississippi and Chicago style blues)
  • 5:15 PM: Araya Woldemichael Ethio-Jazz Quartet (Merging R&B and jazz with traditional Ethiopian songcraft)
  • 6:30 PM: Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang (A potent mind meld of off-kilter polyrhythmic folk tunes and high-octane psychedelia)
  • 7:45 PM: Black Masala (A dance groove packed with funk, gypsy-punk and soul)
  • DJ Graybeard from WRIR 97.3 FM will spin tunes between sets.

When: Saturday, August 27th; 2:00 – 9:30 PM | Where: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2408 Ownby Lane in the Hermitage Road Warehouse Historic District | Cost: FREE to enter; pay for beer and food as you go | Event page

Opera In The Park

The Virginia Opera will perform a free concert at Dogwood Dell in Byrd Park Saturday evening, known as Opera In The Park. Enjoy classical tunes from Mozart, Rossini, Puccini and more under the stars. Patrons are welcome to bring picnic dinners, but you’ll need to sneak in your alcohol (kidding, that’s on you; we can’t condone it–it’s prohibited). There will be food trucks and prizes as well.

When: Saturday, August 27th; 7:30 PM | Where: Dogwood Dell in Byrd Park | Cost: FREE | Event website

Central Virginia Food Truck Rodeo

Nearly 30 Richmond-area food food trucks will once again descend upon Chesterfield Towne Center on August 28th for the Central Virginia Food Truck Rodeo. Nosh on tasty food from your favorite (or new-to-you) food trucks, enjoy live music and arts and crafts vendors, and more in the mall’s parking lot.

When: Sunday, August 28th; noon – 6:00 PM | Where: Chesterfield Towne Center, 11500 Midlothian Turnpike in Midlothian | Cost: Food priced individually by truck | Event website

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2nd Street Festival Cancelled Grand Master Flash Performing at Hippodrome

Although the festival is cancelled there is a least one show that will go on. Curse you Hurrican Ian, curse you.

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Sad news from Venture Richmond

Venture Richmond Events has made the incredibly difficult decision to cancel the 2nd Street Festival, scheduled for this weekend, Oct. 1-2.

Like many, the Venture Richmond Events team has watched Ian for days, hoping that it would not be the massive and potentially deadly weather event that it clearly is. While we are extremely lucky to be a few states away from the serious issues Florida is facing, we also know that this weekend promises uncertain amounts of rainfall and potential wind gusts for our area. After consulting meteorologists, vendors, contractors, security, and other event planners, and after considering the Governor’s State of Emergency, we concluded to the best of our ability, that the event, if held, would not be safe. We must put the safety of our patrons, artists, vendors, contractors, and staff foremost.

There is good news though – a portion of the party will go on indoors! Our festival headliner, Grandmaster Flash will perform indoors at The Hippodrome theater on 2nd Street in Jackson Ward on Saturday evening. This performance will be FREE and open to the public, but capacity is limited and based upon availability.

2nd Street Festival at The Hipp

A special performance by Grandmaster Flash with an opening band

Saturday, October 1, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Hippodrome Theater, 528 N. 2nd Street

Doors 4:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public with limited capacity and based upon availability.

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Virginia Pridefest Festing on Brown’s Island

The Truist Main Stage headlining acts include The Queen of Bounce, Big Freedia, Leikeli 47 and Rosé from RuPaul’s Drag Race.

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Pridefest weekend features three amazing events, beginning with Pride After Dark: Animal -the official pre-Pride Party. Get your tickets for Pride After Dark at vapride.org Pridefest is Saturday on Browns Island featuring Leikeli47, Big Freedia, and numerous local performers and is free and open to all. The weekend of festivities will end at Bingo Beer Co. With Snatch’d: a Rainbow Celebration – no ticket required.

Virginia Pride is a program of Diversity Richmond, the LGBTQ Community Center for Central Virginia. A committee of volunteers oversees VA Pride’s efforts to make the Richmond Region a better place for LGBTQ people to live, work and visit.

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Persons of interest in Jewelry Theft

Friday, September 16, at approximately 1:30 p.m. two individuals entered an open business and stole several pieces of jewelry before leaving the store in an unknown direction.

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From RPD

Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the individuals in these photos who are persons of interest in a theft that occurred last Friday in the 1300 block of East Cary Street.

Friday, September 16, at approximately 1:30 p.m. two individuals entered an open business and stole several pieces of jewelry before leaving the store in an unknown direction.

The female suspect is approximately 5 foot 7 inches tall, weighing approximately 180 pounds, last seen wearing a black shirt, white pants, black sandals, carrying a black shoulder bag.

The male suspect is approximately 5 foot 7 inches tall, weighing approximately 160 pounds, last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans, brown shoes, black baseball style hat.

Anyone with information about the identity of these individuals are asked to call First Precinct Detective T. Wilson at (804) 646-0672 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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