Armenian Food Festival
If you’re in the mood for good Mediterranean fare, St. James Armenian Church is the place to be this weekend. The church is hosting the 58th annual Armenian Food Festival in the Near West End.
The festival features a wide selection of traditional Armenian food, wine, and beer, plus live music on the festival stage throughout the weekend. You’ll find a few culinary similarities to the larger Greek and Lebanese food festivals, but with a slightly smaller crowd and fewer lines, which is never a bad thing.
When: Friday, September 16th – Sunday, September 18th; times vary | Where: St. James Armenian Church, 834 Pepper Avenue in the Near West End | Cost: Free entry, pay as you go at food and drink tents | Event website
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St. Benedict Oktoberfest
The 12th annual St. Benedict Oktoberfest, a celebration of some of the best things about German culture–beer, food, and music–takes place this weekend at St. Benedict Catholic Church in the Museum District. The fun kicks off Friday evening in the church’s parking lot.
Expect a bevy of German food including the popular Wurst Platter (the best way to sample some of the festival’s most popular offerings) with bratwurst, knockwurst, weisswurst, sauerkraut, and German potato salad, or make your way through the tents and purchase a-la-carte.
The ever-popular beer trucks will have 47 brews on tap, including a number of local favorites. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery will also have their own tent featuring six beers throughout the weekend.
The festival will also have events and competitions throughout the weekend including the ever-popular stein-holding competition.
Visit the event website for more information.
When: Friday, September 16th – Sunday, September 18th; times vary | Where: St. Benedict Catholic Church, 300 N. Sheppard Street in the Museum District | Cost: Free entry, pay as you go at food and drink tents | Event website
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All You Can Pick Sunflower Weekend
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery continues its All You Can Pick Sunflower Weekend Saturday and Sunday at the brewery in Goochland. Visitors can take photos and pick sunflowers free of charge, enjoy craft beer in the taproom, listen to live music, and grab grub from on-site food trucks.
When: Friday, September 16th – Sunday, September 18th; times vary | Where: Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, 4100 Knolls Point Drive in Goochland | Cost: Free entry, pay as you go for beer and food | Event website
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43rd Street Festival of the Arts
The 43rd Street Festival of the Arts is a great opportunity to check out arts and crafts just outside your front door (if you live in Forest Hill, anyway) on Saturday. Expect lots of arts and crafts from local artists, food, and live music throughout the day from Rachel Leyco, Blue Line Highway, Elana Lisa and the Hot Mess, Bluz Catz, and Janet Martin.
Check out the Festival of the Arts Facebook page for more information.
When: Saturday, September 17th; 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Where: Forest Hill Avenue and 43rd Street in Forest Hill | Cost: FREE | Event website
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RTD Fido Fest
RTD Fido Fest is back at Brown’s Island for another year. This festival features a full lineup of activities for you and your pooch to enjoy including the Ultimate Air Dogs competition (where dogs jump as far as they can off a platform into a pool of water), a dog dock jumping competition, a pet photo booth, agility demonstrations, vendors and more. The Richmond SPCA’s Tail Wag’N will be on site for adoptions, too.
When: Saturday, September 17th; 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Where: Brown’s Island, Downtown Richmond riverfront | Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at the door | Tickets and more information
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Get Outdoors RVA
Isley Brewing Company is assembling some of the area’s best outdoor activity providers for the first ever “Get Outdoors RVA” this Saturday. The event takes place in the back alley of Isley Brewing Company from 2:00 – 7:00 PM.
Participants include Richmond Cycling Corps with bike demos, Peak Experiences Indoor Rock Climbing Center with climbing challenges and exclusive membership offers, Fleet Feet Richmond with a group run beginning and ending at the brewery, Walkabout Outfitter selling outdoor gear, and X-Team Fitness with details on their outdoor fitness program.
Live music will be provided by Vanilla Summit and Dalton Dash; the Sammich food truck will be on hand as well.
Check out the Facebook event for more information.
When: Saturday, September 17th; 2:00 – 7:00 PM | Where: Isley Brewing Company, 1715 Summit Avenue in Scott’s Addition | Cost: Free entry, pay as you go for beer and food truck fare | Event website