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Weekend Event Picks: Armenian Food Festival, St. Benedict Oktoberfest, sunflowers and more

Enjoy two delicious food festivals, get outside on Brown’s Island with your best (furry) friend, enjoy outdoor arts and crafts, and much more.

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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

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Trevor Dickerson is the co-founder and editor of RVAhub.com, lover of all things Richmond, and a master of karate and friendship for everyone.

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2nd Street Festival and the Richmond Folk Festival Dates Announced

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Two of Virginia’s largest and most beloved events return this fall to Downtown Richmond.

The 2nd Street Festival, in partnership with the City of Richmond, is October 1-2, in the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood.

The Richmond Folk Festival, in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts and the City of Richmond, is October 7-9, along Downtown Richmond’s riverfront.

“Venture Richmond Events is proud to produce these two festivals that have brought so much attention to two Downtown neighborhoods – Jackson Ward and the Riverfront,” said Stephen Lecky, director of events for Venture Richmond. “Both the 2nd Street Festival and the Richmond Folk Festival are economic drivers bringing a combined 200,000+ people Downtown and generating $39.5 million in economic impact annually. With six stages along the Riverfront and four stages in Jackson Ward, these two events that are only a week apart, showcase world class entertainment, food, arts and culture in Downtown.”

The 2nd Street Festival is sponsored in part by: City of Richmond, Dominion Energy, Altria, NewMarket Corp., Atlantic Union Bank, Virginia Union University, Brown Distributing, CoStar Group, and Community Foundation for a greater Richmond.

The Richmond Folk Festival is sponsored in part by: City of Richmond, Dominion Energy, Altria, NewMarket Corp., CarMax, CoStar Group, Brown Distributing, Community Foundation for a greater Richmond, Atlantic Union Bank, Virginia is for Lovers, National Council for the Traditional Arts, Center for Cultural Vibrancy, and the Children’s Museum.

Check out pictures from last year’s Folk Festival here.

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Tonight’s Friday Cheers is Cancelled Due to Weather

For tonight’s Friday Cheers ticket holders, your tickets will automatically be refunded by Tickets-to-Buy for the face value within 14 business days of the cancellation notice.

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This is the first time that I can remember that Friday Cheers has pulled the plug due to weather concerns. Understandable due to the forecast of high winds.

Hot off the press release printing press.

For the safety of our patrons, artists and staff we must unfortunately cancel tonight’s Friday Cheers with Japanese Breakfast and Abby Huston. We understand this is a tremendous disappointment, and we share that sentiment.

“We’ve produced hundreds of outdoor events and have hosted hundreds of thousands of patrons, but I don’t believe that we have ever had a more definitive forecast predicting unsafe weather as we have for this evening,” said Lisa Sims, CEO of Venture Richmond. “We have been advised by several meteorologists that severe weather is certain and, frankly, cancelling is our only choice.”

For tonight’s Friday Cheers ticket holders, your tickets will automatically be refunded by Tickets-to-Buy for the face value within 14 business days of the cancellation notice.

Thank you for understanding this difficult decision.

Website: https://venturerichmond.com/our-events/friday-cheers-2022/

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Arts on the Lawn returns to Hermitage Richmond for second year May 14th

Open to all residents, families, team members, and community friends who share a love of art and creating.

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Retirement community Hermitage Richmond is hosting its second annual Arts on the Lawn event on Saturday, May 14, 2022.

The event is free and will be held outdoors on Hermitage Richmond’s front lawn at 1600 Westwood Avenue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our talent we have here at Hermitage Richmond,” said Amy Chapman, Hermitage Richmond’s Executive Director. “Our resident artists are excited to share their work with the community and invite other artists to do so as well. We want everyone to know that the fine arts are alive and thriving at Hermitage Richmond. It is such a great way to kick off the summer and have our residents and community come together.”

More than 50 local artists and creators will feature their paintings, photography, pottery, fiber art, handmade jewelry, woodwork, and more. All artists will benefit 100% from their sales.

There will also be three food trucks and live music from Chris and Suzi of Thorp Jenson plus GreenSpring International Academy of Music student performers at the event.

Net proceeds at Arts on the Lawn will benefit Hermitage Richmond’s Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program, which is an evidence-based intergenerational art-making program benefiting people with dementia.

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