Weekend Event Picks: Maggie Walker statue unveiling, Splash & Dash, Fiesta Del Sol, and more

Weekend Event Picks: Maggie Walker statue unveiling, Splash & Dash, Fiesta Del Sol, and more

Witness history as a statue honoring Maggie Walker is unveiled, enjoy and learn about Latin culture at Dogwood Dell, hear a Prince album cover to cover at Hardywood, and more this weekend.

Photo: Amy and Marv Sowers

Maggie Walker statue unveiling in Jackson Ward – Maggie Lena Walker is perhaps best known as the first African-American woman to charter a bank. Shes founded the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank in 1903 but that was just one achievement in a lifetime devoted to changing Jim Crow-era Richmond. On Saturday, July 15th at 10:00 AM, a new statue will be dedicated in her honor at the gateway of her beloved Jackson Ward. There are all sorts of activities, free museum admission, art-centric happenings, and more surrounding the installation at Broad and Brook Road in Jackson Ward. Learn about all the happenings here.

James River Splash & Dash on the downtown riverfront – The James River Splash & Dash is a one-of-a-kind outdoor event, and it takes place this Saturday on the downtown riverfront. Participants will have the choice of a 6K trail run around Belle Isle and the Southbank or a one mile walk that sticks to Belle Isle. After the foot-driven part, a.k.a. the Dash, participants jump into the James for a 1/3 mile flat water tube Splash across the James River. The outdoor fun takes place Saturday, July 15th, with the first wave starting at 2:30 PM and the last wave (#15) hitting the trail at 4:50 PM. An after party with live music, beers by Hardywood, and food trucks will follow. Register and prepare to get wet and dirty here.

Fiesta Del Sol at Dogwood Dell – An event at Dogwood Dell meant to celebrate the history that influenced the rhythm, music and dance of Latin America takes place Saturday night, and it’s free to attend. Fiesta Del Sol will take guests on a musical adventure with salsa, mambo, cumbia, flamenco, and calypso. The unique, powerful, and passionate artists of the Latin Ballet of Virginia will weave tradition, culture and politics into a tapestry of understanding the people and the history of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Spain. The free performance kicks off at Dogwood Dell inside Byrd Park Saturday July 15th at 6:30 PM. Tickets are not required. Learn more here.

Prince from Cover to Cover at Hardywood – Remember back in the day when you’d listen to an album start to finish? Hitting shuffle on your mobile device takes you on an erratic, zig-zag of music. The album experience follows a specific path that has its own set of rewards. Give it a try this Saturday at Hardywood when the Trunk Show Band returns on Saturday, July 15th to cover Prince’s “Purple Rain” from start to finish. It all takes place at 6:30 at the brewery at 2048 Ownby Lane. Get all the details here.

Midtown State Fair at Libbie Mill – Fire, Flour & Fork is right around the corner, and an event in the Near West End this weekend is kicking things off. The Midtown State Fair returns this Sunday, July 16th to Libbie Mill. Billed as a celebration of the untraditional, the event will feature some of the area’s best local food, family-friendly activities, and entertainment. Expect a farmer cook-off, a peach pie and cake contest, a pickle contest, even a human chicken impression contest–and more. There will also be a culinary words spelling bee for both kids and adults, as well as a bake walk and fresh produce sales. It all takes place at Libbie Lake inside Libbie Mill Midtown, located at 4901 Libbie Mill East Boulevard (between Staples Mill Road and Libbie Avenue in the West End). The fun begins at 11:00 AM and runs through 4:00 PM. Admission is free. Get all the quirky details here.

Be sure to catch our Weekend Update on Classic Rock 96.5 with Brady in the Morning every Friday morning at 7:10 AM to get caught up on everything going on in Richmond all weekend long!




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