Weekend Event Picks: Swine & Brine Fest, I Heart Carytown Beer Festival, Hardywood grand opening, and more

Weekend Event Picks: Swine & Brine Fest, I Heart Carytown Beer Festival, Hardywood grand opening, and more

The forecast is calling for a little more spring snow and a lot of craft beer this weekend. Sounds like a winning combination to us as long as the outdoor events aren’t canceled!

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Swing & Brine Festival at Ardent Craft Ales – For the fourth year running, the Swine & Brine Festival returns to Ardent Craft Ales in Scott’s Addition this Saturday, April 7th. Some of the area’s best barbecue purveyors will be on site serving up the good stuff all afternoon, along with a wide variety of Ardent beers and Blue Bee Cider. This event, which takes place along W. Leigh Street, will also include lots of local vendors and is rain (or snow) or shine. Free to enter, all ages welcome, and food and drinks are $6 apiece. More here.

I Heart Carytown Beer Fest at City Stadium – The Richmond Kickers, in partnership with the Carytown Merchants Association, are bringing back a relatively new tradition for the third year. The I Heart Carytown Craft Beer Festival will return to City Stadium on Saturday, April 7th. The party starts at 3:00 PM with live music by Pretty Ugly, a mini-Carytown marketplace featuring locally-owned restaurants, food trucks, and hand-crafted items from Carytown boutiques, 20+ craft beers on tap, and the Kickers pro game versus New York Red Bulls II at 5:00 PM. Tickets to the I Heart Carytown Craft Beer Festival are $15 per person, which includes festival admission, a ticket to the Kickers game, and a drink ticket that can be redeemed for any of the craft beers on tap, or an ice-cold lemonade. Unlike Swine & Brine, this one could be affected by the weather. Purchase tickets here.

Grand opening of Hardywood’s new West Creek brewery – Hardywood Park Craft Brewery has finally unveiled its massive new $28 million facility in Goochland County, just west of Short Pump. Though the soft opening was a week ago, the party really gets going tonight with three days of food trucks, live music, and of course, lots of craft beer. Check out the awesome new space and find out what’s going on right here.

VCU Intercultural Festival – Celebrate traditions from around the world and enjoy performances, live music, food, and more at VCU’s Intercultural Festival this Saturday, April 7th. This year’s theme, “Around The World In One Festival,” means there will be something for everybody. It’s free to attend and it all kicks of at The Compass outside the VCU Cabell Library at 1:00 PM. Rain or shine. Learn more here.



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