Dominion Riverrock on Brown’s Island
The nation’s largest annual outdoor sports and music festival is right here in Richmond–Dominion Riverrock. The festival, organized by Sports Backers and Venture Richmond, celebrates the great outdoors and the mighty James on Brown’s Island. There’s tons of live music including a headlining performance by The Hardworking Americans and The SteelDrivers. Plus, participate in bouldering, kayaking, a mud-laiden 5K, a slack lining competition, a BMX course, and the ever-popular Air Dog competition where pups of all shapes and sizes compete to see who can jump the farthest off of a raised platform into the pool.
When: Friday, May 19th – Sunday, May 21st; times vary | Where: Brown’s Island on the downtown riverfront | Cost: FREE to enter | More info: Event website
Lebanese Food Festival at St. Anthony’s Church
Arguably one of the best annual food festivals in Richmond, the Lebanese Food Festival returns May 19th – 21st where you can enjoy a bevy of authentic Lebanese treats including baked kibbee, beef, lamb, and chicken kebabs, meat, cheese, and spinach pies, shawarma, zalabia, and so much more along with imported wines and beers. There will also be plenty of live music and traditional dancing on the festival stage.
When: Friday, May 19th and Saturday, May 20th; 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Sunday, May 21st; 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM | Where: St. Anthony’s Maronite Catholic Church, 4611 Sadler Road near Short Pump | Cost: FREE to enter; pay as you go for food and drinks | More info: Event website
Strawberry & Wine Festival at Hanover Vegetable Farm
Enjoy a celebration of some of the best things about summer–strawberries and wine–this weekend at Hanover Vegetable Farm. You can sample wine and beer and then buy a glass or a bottle. There will also be a variety of live music, kids activities, fun for grown-ups like a photo booth and archery range, food vendors, and artisans and craftspeople on site.
When: Saturday, May 20th; 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Sunday, May 21st; 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Where: Hanover Vegetable Farm, 13580 Ashland Road | Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the gate | More info: Ticketing website
Jonny Z Fest at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Hardywood will celebrate the creative spirit of Richmond and the memory of local man Jon Zanin, known to countless friends as Jonny Z, this Sunday. He died at age 26 in 2007 and was a champion for music and arts in town. During this free, kid-friendly event, Hardywood and ART 180 will present a variety of children’s activities including a moon bounce, face painting, and various art works. Vendors from Bizarre Market showcase local arts and crafts, with 10 percent of all sales benefiting ART 180. Live music will take place from noon until 6:00 PM from Josh Small & the Easy Company, Sick Bags, Gull, Big No, and Municipal Waste.
When: Sunday, May 21st; noon – 6:00 PM | Where: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2408 Ownby Lane near Scott’s Addition | Cost: FREE to enter; pay for food and drinks as you go | More info: Event Facebook page