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Weekend Event Picks: State Fair, 2nd Street Festival, Halloween Haunt, Hogtober, and more

It’s the last weekend to enjoy the State Fair, Jackson Ward will come alive for the 2nd Street Festival, Hogtober takes on Libby Hill, and much more.

Trevor Dickerson

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State Fair of Virginia

It’s the last weekend to enjoy 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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Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion

Just down the road from the State Fair, Halloween Haunt gets underway at Kings Dominion this weekend. Now in its 16th year, the festival of all things frightful and haunted has more scares in store than ever. This year guests can enjoy nine mazes, six scare zones, and several live shows. More than 20 rides will also be open across the theme park.

When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from September 30th – October 30th | Where: Kings Dominion, 16000 Theme Park Way in Doswell | Cost: Tickets start at $40 | Check out our full coverage

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Bark In The Park

Henrico Recreation and Parks is teaming up with the Henrico Humane Society for the 9th annual Bark in the Park event this Saturday. Bring your best furry friend for a day of fun-filled family activities. An expo of local vendors will be on hand providing various products and services for your pets. There will also be dog contests, music, children’s activities and more.

While admission is free for the event there is a $25 registration fee for the 5K Dog Walk ($10 for kids 6-12, kids 5 and under and dogs are free). All proceeds benefit Henrico Humane Society. To register for the dog walk go online to henricohumane.org. Concessions will be available for purchase.

When: Saturday, October 1st; 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Where: Deep Run Park, 9900 Ridgefield Parkway in the West End | Cost: FFREE entry; $25 to enter 5K Dog Walk | Event website

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2nd Street Festival

The Streets of Jackson Ward will come alive this weekend for the 2nd Street Festival. The 2nd Street Festival takes place the first full weekend in October. Since 1988, the festival has become one of the Mid-Atlantic’s largest street festivals. Nearly 50,000 people visit historic Jackson Ward to reminisce about the days when 2nd Street was the heart and soul of Richmond’s African American community. Enjoy live jazz, R&B, fashion shows, gospel music, and a children’s area, plus performances by community groups on four stages. There will also be a marketplace, food trucks and vendors, and more.

When: Saturday, October 1st, 11:30 AM – 7:00 PM; Sunday, October 2nd, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Where: Historic Jackson Ward Downtown | Cost: FREE to attend, pay for food and drinks as you go

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Hogtober 2016

Barbecue, bands, and beer will take over historic Libby Hill Park on Saturday for Hogtober 2016. Expect a variety of barbecue vendors and lots of tasty craft beer overlooking the picturesque city skyline. The event, put on by Style Weekly, will benefit the Church Hill Association.

When: Saturday, October 1st; noon – 7:00 PM | Where: Libby Hill Park in Church Hill | Cost: FREE to attend, pay for food and drinks as you go

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