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Weekend Event Picks: Folk Festival, Hannibal Buress, 1776, Chili Throwdown and more

Let’s be honest–the Richmond Folk Festival kind of outshines anything else happening this weekend, but there’s a lot of other great stuff going on outside of the region’s biggest annual festival as well–chili, theatre, comedy, and more!

Trevor Dickerson



Richmond Folk Festival on the Downtown riverfront

It’s Richmond Folk Festival weekend–the area’s largest annual event that draws, on average, 200,000 visitors to the Downtown riverfront. With dozens of acts on seven stages, there’s so much talent from across the country and globe it’s almost impossible to see it all. Thankfully, Page Hayes has put together an excellent day-by-day guide of must-see acts across the three day festival, beginning with Friday evening that you can check out below. In addition to the music and performances, there will be tons of great craft beer, food vendors, artisans and craftspeople on site all weekend. If you’re in town this weekend, the Folk Fest is the place to be, bar none.

When: Friday, October 7th – Sunday, October 9th; times vary | Where: Brown’s Island and Tredegar on the Downtown riverfront | Cost: FREE to enter; donations encouraged | Check out our guide to must-see acts

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Hannibal Buress at the Carpenter Theater

Wildly popular Emmy and WGA Award nominated comedian, writer, and actor Hannibal Buress comes to the Carpenter Theater Friday night for “The Hannibal Montanabal Experience.” With appearances in a variety of hit TV shows and feature films under his belt, three hour standup specials, and The New York Times lauding him as one of the most “supremely gifted and respected” comics around, Hannibal is emerging as a comedy superstar. Tickets for his show are still available as of press time.

When: Friday, October 7th; 7:30 PM | Where: Carpenter Theater at Richmond CenterStage, 600 E. Grace Street Downtown | Cost: Tickets start at $12.00 | Purchase tickets online

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Chili Throwdown for the Visual Arts Center

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond provides all sorts of opportunities for Richmonders of all ages to find or refine their creative outlet. In order to continue to do that, a little extra cash needs to flow their way. Over 25 restaurants will come together for chili samples and two will walk away with an award for the best chili–one chosen by judges, another by attendees. Enjoy bluegrass music and walk away with a cool handmade ceramic chili bowl, too.

When: Friday, October 7th; 5:00 – 8:00 PM | Where: Visual Arts Center of Richmond, 1812 W. Main Street in The Fan | Cost: $20 for VisArts members; $25 for the general public | Purchase tickets online

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“1776 the Musical” at Virginia Repertory Theatre

Raucous, witty, and patriotic, this Tony Award-winning musical is a rousing celebration of American history that’s receiving wide acclaim across Richmond. Led by the fiery and persuasive John Adams, the founding fathers incite the divided Continental Congress to vote for independence. Susan Howson at This Dang City has a great review of the play, in which she says the performance was “informative, funny, inspiring, thought-provoking, and even racy at times. There’s a whole scene where John Adams and Ben Franklin are literally waiting outside for Tom and Martha Jefferson to finish doin’ it!” If that’s not convincing enough for you, I’ve got nothing else to offer.

When: Various showtimes through October 23rd | Where: The November Theatre, 114 W. Broad Street | Cost: Tickets start at $36.00 | Purchase tickets online

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