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Weekend Event Picks: Blue Bee Grand Opening, Manifestival, Oystoberfest, and more

Oystoberfest returns for its 10th year in Northside this weekend, Blue Bee opens its new digs in Scott’s Addition, Kickin’ Chicken Wingfest takes over the Bottom, and more.

Trevor Dickerson



Manifestival in Manchester

A new fall festival as manifested itself in Manchester? How’s that for a mouthful? It’s the Manchester Manifestival, and it takes place this Saturday at Brewer’s Cafe. There will be live music, art, mural painting, food trucks, a kids area, and much more celebrating this vibrant neighborhood south of the river. Food trucks include Dank Eats, Boka, Harry’s Picnic Basket, and a host of others.

When: Saturday, October 15th; 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Where: Between Bainbridge and Porter Streets in Manchester | Cost: FREE to enter; pay as you go for food and drinks | Learn more here

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Blue Bee Cider Grand Opening

Blue Bee Cider will open its new digs in Scott’s Addition this weekend in the historic former City Stables on Summit Avenue with food, neighborhood booze collaborations, and live music. Saturday’s collaborations will be released on the hour with Reservoir Distillery at 1:00, Ardent Craft Ales at 2:00, Black Heath Meadery at 3:00, Veil Brewing Company at 4:00, Three Notch’d Brewing at 5:00, and Isley Brewing Company at 6:00. All collaborators are located within the boundaries of the neighborhood. Food will be available for purchase from Rappahannock Oysters, Goatacado and Camden’s Dogtown Market. King of Pops will also have a special cider pop for the day.

When: Saturday, October 15th – Sunday, October 16th | Where: Blue Bee Cider, 1320 Summit Avenue in Scott’s Addition | Cost: FREE to enter; pay as you go for food and drinks | Check out our photo tour here

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Meadow Farm Harvest Festival

Enjoy the crisp fall beauty of Meadow Farm in Glen Allen this weekend. Peruse the Farmer’s Market and explore hands-on activities and demonstrations including candle dipping, apple pressing, tractor rides, and living history exhibits. Live music will be provided by Big Bang Boom, the Barbara Martin Trio, and the Knuckle Dusters. Food and drink will be available for purchase at this family friendly event that’s great for all ages.

When: Saturday, October 15th; noon – 4:00 PM | Where: Meadow Farm & Musseum, 3400 Mountain Road in Glen Allen | Cost: FREE to enter; pay as you go for food and drinks | Read more here

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This Saturday you’ll have a chance to enjoy delicious bivalve mollusks at OystoberFest X at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Ginter Park. This tasty event, now in its 10th year, will benefit Benefit St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church and its 40+ Outreach Ministries. Enjoy oysters the way you like them from Rappahannock River Oysters, brats, hot dogs, beer, and other refreshments. Live music will be provided by The Neons, The Acoustipops, The Mills Family Band, and Lenny and Vexine.

When: Saturday, October 15th; noon – 6:00 PM | Where: St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 3602 Hawthorne Avenue in Ginter Park | Cost: FREE to enter ($2.00 suggested donation); pay for food and drinks as you go | Learn more here

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Kickin’ Chicken Wingfest

Fly on down to the 17th Street Farmers Market this weekend for a cluckin’ good time at the Kickin’ Chicken Wingfest. Enjoy wings from an assortment of area restaurants, craft beer from Center of the Universe Brewing and others, and even a chicken wing eating contest, if you consider yourself the Joey Chestnut of wings.

When: Sunday, October 16th, noon – 5:00 PM | Where: 17th Street Farmers Market in Shockoe Bottom | Cost: FREE to enter; pay for food and drinks as you go | More information here

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