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Weekend Event Picks

Weekend Event Picks: Friday Cheers, Arts In The Park, ¿Qué Pasa? Festival, East End Festival and more

From Friday Cheers and the East End Festival to Arts In The Park and the ¿Qué Pasa? Festival, there’s festivals and music galore this weekend in the River City.

Trevor Dickerson



Friday Cheers on Brown’s Island

Richmond’s longest-running outdoor concert series, Friday Cheers, returns to Brown’s Island this Friday. This year’s lineup is a phenomenal one and features Conor Oberst, People’s Blues of Richmond, Car Seat Headrest, and more. This week, Lee Fields & the Expressions takes the stage with Kings

When: Friday, May 5th; 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM | Where: Brown’s Island on the riverfront downtown | Cost: $5 | More info: Season preview article

Arts In The Park at Byrd Park

Artists, craftspeople, and makers of all kinds from all over the Eastern Seaboard come together each year for one of the biggest art shows in the country, held in Byrd Park. You’ll find handmade pottery, jewelry, paintings, photography, plants, and much more in a beautiful setting. A free shuttle whisks guests from City Stadium to the park and back.

When: Saturday, May 6th – Sunday, May 7th; times vary | Where: Byrd Park near The Carillon | Cost: FREE to enter | More info: Event website

¿Qué Pasa? Festival on the Canal Walk

The annual ¿Qué Pasa? Festival highlights the food, music, and art of Virginia’s Latin American communities. Enjoy lots of live entertainment and dancing, authentic cuisine from some of the area’s best restaurants, handmade crafts, jewelry, and housewares from a variety of vendors, and more–all along the picturesque Canal Walk downtown.

When: Saturday, May 6th; 11:00 AM – 8:30 PM | Where: The Canal Walk downtown near the riverfront | Cost: FREE to enter; pay as you go for food and drinks | More info: Event website

RVA East End Festival at Chimborazo Park

The RVA East End Festival theme for 2017 is “The Gift of Arts and Music,” and it’s a name that rings true. The festival is a community celebration highlighting the diverse neighborhoods and unique quality of Richmond’s East End. Enjoy performances by the Richmond Symphony and many others during the two-day neighborhood festival devoted to the arts. Other activities will include a variety of performances by local artists and schools, a kids activities, food trucks, a beer garden, and vendor booths. Lawn chairs are welcomed and encouraged. All proceeds benefit local schools’ arts and music programs.

When: Friday, May 5th; 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Saturday, May 6th; noon – 8:00 PM | Where: Chimborazo Park, 3200 E. Broad Street in the East End | More info: Event website

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.