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Weekend Event Picks: State Fair, PrideFest, RVA MakerFest and more

Explore 14 area historic sites for free, experience handcrafted works from area makers, celebrate Pride, enjoy the State Fair and more!

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State Fair of Virginia

Round up the family and head out for a weekend at the State Fair of Virginia. The annual celebration of all things Virginia including rides, delicious artery-clogging food, craft beer, live music from big name artists, state agriculture and more returns to The Meadow Event Park for a 10 day run that opens today. We’ve put together a complete guide for making the most of the festivities, including details on how to save a few bucks and what’s new this year. Check it out at the link below.

When: Friday, September 23rd – Sunday, October 3rd; opens every day at 10:00 AM | Where: The Meadow Event Park, 13048 Dawn Boulevard in Doswell | Cost: Ticket prices vary (advance discount tickets available) | Check out our complete guide

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Midtown Fall Festival

UMFS and NAMI Virginia have partnered to put on a Midtown Fall Festival on Friday. There will be food trucks, vendors, outdoor movie, and activities for children during the evening event that kicks off around 5:00 PM near the burgeoning Scott’s Addition neighborhood.

When: Friday, September 23rd; 5:00 PM | Where: UMFS, 3900 W. Broad Street near Scott’s Addition | Cost: Free entry, pay as you go for food and drink | More information

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Time Travelers Passport Weekend

This event in partnership with The Valentine is a tremendous opportunity to get out and explore 14 of the area’s most historic and fascinating properties, museums, and houses–for free! Explore the homes of famous Virginians including John Marshall, Jefferson Davis, John Wickham, Major James Dooley and other important Virginians. Participating organizations include Agecroft Hall, Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia, National Park Service, Preservation Virginia, Maymont, Henrico County Parks & Recreation, American Civil War Museum, Edgar Allan Poe Museum, The Valentine and Wilton House Museum. Each site will offer complimentary admission to visitors who show a Time Travelers Passport, available via download from any website of participating attractions. Check out our full guide to all 14 attractions for more information at the link below.

When: Saturday, September 24th – Sunday, September 25th; times vary | Where: 14 area historic sites around Richmond | Cost: Free entry; donations accepted | Check out our full guide to these sites

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RVA MakerFest

RVA MakerFest is a celebration of the area’s most unique makers, doers, dreamers, and creators. Exhibitors will be on hand at the Science Museum of Virginia for interactive demonstrations, arts, crafts, and hands-on activities for the entire family. Last year the creating ran the gamut from a giant steam engine blowing whistles to intricate glass figures. Along the way there is plenty of food and drink to enjoy.

When: Saturday, September 24th; 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Where: Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad Street | Cost: Free entry, pay as you go at food and drink areas | Event website

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Richmond’s Original Italian Street Festival

On September 24th & 25th, Richmond’s 17th Street Market will be transformed into an authentic Italian village for this year’s 11th Annual Italian Festival. Get ready for the sights, sounds and aromas of the Italian countryside  and a chance to experience what Italian’s call “la dolce vita” – the sweet life. The Original Richmond Italian Street Festival is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the Italian culture and heritage through the venue of a festival that generates revenues to be distributed to selected local charities.

When: Saturday, September 24th, 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM; Sunday, September 25th 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Where: 17th Street Farmers Market, 17th Street and E. Main Street in Shockoe Bottom | Cost: Free entry, pay as you go at food and drink areas | Event website

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PrideFest 2016

PrideFest, Virginia Pride’s day-long celebration of LGBT awareness, networking and education, kicks off at noon tomorrow on Brown’s Island. Enjoy live music, adult beverages, food, and more. On the adult beverages side, don’t forget to get a taste or two or three of the exclusive collaboration between Ardent Craft Ales and Center of the Universe, Georgie Porgie, available for purchase during the event.

When: Saturday, September 24th; noon – 8:00 PM | Where: Brown’s Island on the Downtown Richmond riverfront | Cost: Free entry, pay as you go at food and drink tents; donations encouraged | More information

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Punks for Presents Looking for Donations and Sponsors

A Richmond punk rock Christmas tradition beginning in 2005. Christmas themed punk and metal parody bands putting on shows for charity every year!

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The Punks for Presents lineup is a gift to us all.
  • Thursday 12/9 Comedy Night at Cobra Cabana featuring:
    Kate Carrol, Francesca Lyn, Ry Mather, Sarah Goodwin, Anthony Thompson, Jason Kusterer and James Munoz with special musical guest Brown Frown and The Kisses
  • Friday 12/10 at Wonderland featuring: Imaginary Toys (The Cure), X-Mas (X), Toy Division (Joy Division). 8pm 21+ $10 – Tickets
  • Saturday 12/11 at Fuzzy Cactus featuring: Bouncing Coals (Bouncing Souls), Its A Wonderful Lifetime (Lifetime), Santa Day Real Estate (Sunny Day Real Estate), Internation Superheroes of Glory (New Found Glory).  DOORS AT 7PM $10 21+ – Tickets
  • Thursday 12/16 at Bingo Beer Co w/ Gritty City Records “For Tha Kids” Vol 7 starring… johnny ciggs , skinny v ,rah scrilla, bc music 1st , starr nyce, pt, skinnyy hendrixx, kaifortyfive, ndefru, tennishu, eliturite, t.r.i.g. , skweeky watahfawls , rise rashid, ant the symbol, john canada, profound79 , fan ran, king kong llc. 7pm 21+ $10
  • Friday 12/17 at Richmond Music Hall featuring: Should I Sleigh or Should I Go (The Clash), Operation Icy (Operation Ivy), Shiverdales (Riverdales), Media Blitzen (The Germs),The Jam-gle Bells (The Jam) DOORS AT 7PM ALL AGES $10 – Tickets
  • Saturday 12/18 at Hardywood featuring: High Voltage (AC/DC), Faith Sno More (Fatih No More), Smashing Presents (Smashing Pumpkins), Smooch (KISS), Sledpultura (Sepultura). ALL AGES – DOORS 4PM – $10 Tickets
***All events require proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test result to attend this show.***

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VPM Acquires Style Weekly

In the coming weeks, VPM plans to resume publication of arts and culture feature stories and the calendar of events on StyleWeekly.com and its Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels as it evaluates the future of the print publication. 

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VPM announced today that they’ve purchased Style Weekly.

VPM Media Corporation, the parent company of VPM, Virginia’s home for public media, today announced that it has acquired Style Weekly, known as Richmond’s alternative for news, arts, culture and opinion.

Driven by a shared commitment to local storytelling that reflects the interests of the public, the acquisition deepens VPM’s arts and culture coverage and expands its digital footprint to include StyleWeekly.com and Style Weekly’s social media properties.

In the coming weeks, VPM plans to resume publication of arts and culture feature stories and the calendar of events on StyleWeekly.com and its Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels as it evaluates the future of the print publication.

“For nearly 40 years, Style Weekly has been an integral part of Richmond’s culture,” said Steve Humble, Chief Content Officer of VPM. “In the next six to eight months, we will be taking time to listen to readers as we develop a long-term strategy and determine how Style Weekly can best serve the community.”

Since 1982, Style Weekly has been the region’s alternative voice in news, culture, arts, opinion and creative thought. Known for its smart, witty and tenacious coverage of Richmond, the weekly publication is defined by unflinching journalism, incisive writing, thoughtful criticism, arresting photography and sophisticated presentation.

In September 2021, Style Weekly ceased operations, just months after it was acquired by hedge fund Alden Global Capital.

“This acquisition not only represents a strategic opportunity for VPM, but it is also a chance for nonprofit media to innovate and experiment with new business models that may define the future of local journalism,” said Jayme Swain, President and CEO of VPM and the Virginia Foundation for Public Media.

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Kings Dominion Gets Into the Holiday Spirit with WinterFest

Beginning this weekend, WinterFest will transform the park into a  winter wonderland adorned with millions of holiday lights, nearly a thousand Christmas trees and festive décor displayed throughout the park.

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WinterFest at Kings Dominion is already known as one of the area’s most sought-after immersive holiday celebrations. Beginning November 20, WinterFest will transform the park into a  winter wonderland adorned with millions of holiday lights, nearly a thousand Christmas trees and festive décor displayed throughout the park. Plus, the iconic Eiffel Tower will be transformed into a 300-foot-tall Christmas tree. WinterFest will be open select evenings through January 9.

This year will bring an even more spectacular experience with the debut of the larger-than-life WinterFest  Wonderland Parade, a Christmas parade brimming with dazzling displays, exciting performances, and extravagantly decorated holiday floats every night of WinterFest November 26 through January 9. Guests will be treated to a grandiose showcase of eight festive floats with classic themes such as toy boxes, gingerbread houses and choo-choo trains. More than 100 singers and dancers from the amazing experiences all around  WinterFest will join the merry procession to perform on the parade route, and the Big Guy himself – Santa Claus  – might just join in the magical Christmas festivities. “Yule” just have to come and see for yourself! 

WinterFest will be the perfect place to create lasting memories with your family with so many exclusive holiday  attractions: 

  • Festive Activities for the Whole Family: At WinterFest, children can take a picture with Santa at St. Nick’s Pics, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus*, and visit a live nativity and petting zoo. Guests will also be able to ice skate on the park’s transformed International Street Fountain, Snow Flake Lake*, as well as reserve horse-drawn carriage rides* throughout the park. Families will enjoy up to 21 rides, including Twisted Timbers and Dominator, as well as several kids’ rides and family favorites.
  • Enchanting Live Entertainment: More than a dozen shows will delight guests throughout the park such as Cool Yule, Jingle Jazz, Mistletones, Tinker’s Toy Factory and Charlie Brown’s Christmas Spectacular.  Throughout the midways, more than 30 holiday characters including Jack Frost, Ice Princess, Sugar Plum  Fairy and the PEANUTS™ gang, will meet and greet guests while spreading holiday cheer.
  • Delicious Holiday Fare and Unique Gifts: Kings Dominion’s executive chef, Denis Callinan, is bringing new festive flavors to WinterFest including the Donut Burger, Apple Butter BBQ Turkey Leg, and a  gourmet mashed potato bar. Shoppers can hunt for the perfect gift crafted by local artists at Artisan  Alley and browse for unique finds at North Pole Mercantile, PEANUTS™ Holiday Gifts, Sugar Plum Sweets and more.
  • Family Fun New Year’s Eve Event: The holiday celebrations will continue with a special celebration, New  Year’s Eve at WinterFest. This family-friendly celebration on December 31 will feature live entertainment, fireworks at midnight and more. New Year’s Eve is included with WinterFest admission or with a 2021 or 2022 Gold Season Pass. 

For the most up-to-date hours of operation, please visit kingsdominion.com. WinterFest is included with park admission or a 2021 Gold Season Pass. Guests get unlimited visits to WinterFest in 2021 and 2022 with the purchase of a 2022 Gold Season Pass or with the free Kings Dominion Pre-K Pass, which grants complimentary admission to kids ages 3-5. 

A complete listing of shows, attractions, dining and advance-purchase tickets are available at kingsdominion.com

*Activities not included with park admission and are available for an additional charge.

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