Weekend Event Picks: Mini Greek Festival, Anthem Richmond Marathon, Richmond Cider Celebration, and more

Weekend Event Picks: Mini Greek Festival, Anthem Richmond Marathon, Richmond Cider Celebration, and more

A mini version of the popular Greek Festival returns to the Near West End, the Richmond Cider celebration takes over Shockoe Bottom, John Cleese will hold a special Monty Python screening and Q & A, and thousands of runners will take to the streets for the 40th annual Anthem Richmond Marathon.

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Mini Greek Festival at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral – This weekend, you can get a taste of the delicious foods of the Greek Food Festival in a downscaled, mini version of the popular spring event. The Mini Greek Festival kicks off today at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral and runs through Saturday. The smaller festival is indoors and features Greek music, dancing, and a marketplace featuring local artisans in addition to all the tasty food that makes the event so popular. Festival volunteers will be serving up Greek specialties like moussaka, pastichio, souvlaki, and more at lunch and dinnertime, along with an assortment of pastries–both a la carte and by the pan for take-home enjoyment. Learn more here.

West Broad Village’s seasonal ice rink opens in Short Pump – If you’re looking for some good, old-fashioned family fun over the holidays, there’s plenty to be had at West Broad Village. The shopping center in Short Pump is opening its ice rink, The Rink at West Broad Village, for the season this Friday evening. The facility will offer public skating every day throughout the winter as well as rental skate for those who don’t have their own pair. This year, the rink is also offering ice skating lessons for kids and adults alike for $20 apiece; $150 for eight. It all runs through January 28th, 2018. More info here.

John Cleese from Monty Python at the Altria – Living comedy legend John Cleese is heading to the Altria this Friday for an evening of conversation and audience Q&A. Ask absurd and/or ridiculous questions only, of course. John will tell stories of his life and career and you just may finally find out the air-speed of an unladen swallow. Before John silly walks his way onto the stage, the excitement will build as the audience will get to watch Monty Python and the HolyGrail in its entirety on the big screen. Tickets start at $58.50. Get your tickets here.

40th annual Anthem Richmond Marathon – It’s time to run or cheer on those brave enough to hit the 26.2 miles of pavement. The Anthem Richmond Marathon is celebrating its 40th year of thousands hitting the streets. Our race is often cited as one of the “Best Fall Marathons,” which is what will happen when you work to be America’s friendliest marathon. We here at RVAHub have never run a marathon, but we have run around and gathered a few links to help those of you running and watching. That deserves a medal, right? We’ve got everything you need to know whether you’re running, spectating, or just trying to avoid the event and make your way around the many closed roads this Saturday. Check out our complete guide to the marathon here.

Richmond Cider Celebration in Shockoe Bottom – Richmond kicks off Cider Week VA this weekend in Shockoe Bottom. This is the first event of this state-wide celebration that celebrates the apple in its liquid alcohol form. The Richmond Cider Celebration will take place Saturday, November 11th from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM in Shockoe Bottom at 1615 East Broad Street. In partnership with Virginia Cider Association, Enrichmond Foundation will bring together ten Virginia cideries, for your sipping pleasure. Food trucks will be on site, too. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the gate. Learn more and get your tickets here.



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