Weekend Event Picks: Richmond Jazz Festival, Carytown Watermelon Festival, Filipino Festival, and more

Weekend Event Picks: Richmond Jazz Festival, Carytown Watermelon Festival, Filipino Festival, and more

This weekend is jam-packed with the Richmond Jazz Festival taking over Maymont, the Carytown Watermelon Festival on Cary Street, the Filipino Festival in Glen Allen, and much more.

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Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont – The Richmond Jazz Festival returns this Saturday and Sunday to Maymont, bringing with it some of the biggest names in jazz, funk, soul, and more. This year’s headliners include Gladys Knight and the Pips, The O’Jays, and Maze–plus many more. There will be three stages. Tickets start at $85 for the weekend. Learn more and purchase tickets online here.

Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Church –  The Filipino Festival returns to the West End this weekend, bringing it with it delicious food, dancing, and other cultural elements to Our Lady of Lourdes Church off Woodman Road. Now in its thirteenth year, the Filipino Festival is a community event which showcases the richness of the Filipino culture and promotes a respect for and appreciation of the Filipino heritage. Featuring a delectable cuisine, folk dances and music, the Filipino Festival has attracted thousands of attendees from Richmond and surrounding cities and counties who want to experience the best of the Philippine islands without leaving Virginia. It all kicks off Friday, August 10th and runs through Saturday, August 11th. For more information, visit the festival website.

Jammin’ on the James at Wilton House Museum – Wilton House Museum in the Near West End is hosting a free evening of live music on the James River Saturday. Local band Goldrush will take the stage as the sun sets. Bring a picnic dinner and your favorite lawn chair for family-friendly music on the scenic terrace overlooking the James River. Complimentary evening tours of Wilton will be held before the concert and there will be face painting, games, and crafts for kids. Admission is free, the event is rain or shine, and music starts at 6:00 PM. More information here.

Carytown Watermelon Festival – The Carytown Watermelon Festival returns to Richmond’s Mile of Style this weekend for its 35th year this Sunday. The annual celebration of the watermelon takes place in the heart of Carytown on W. Cary Street. Expect a bevy of local food and retail vendors, food and drink specials at many of Carytown’s unique and vibrant restaurants, live music, and of course, plenty of cold, fresh watermelon sliced up and served by the bowl. It all takes place Sunday, August 12th in Carytown, W. Cary Street between Nansemond Street and N. Boulevard from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Learn more here.

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