Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival returns to the Boulevard – The Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival returns to the Boulevard this Saturday, October 20th from noon until 6:00 PM. Expect a day filled with local craft beer, pumpkin-related dishes from area restaurant vendors, and activities for families and kids. Live music will be provided throughout the day and there will be a kids zone near the festival stage. Admission is free and the event is rain or shine; pay as you go. Learn more here
Creepy Hollow Scream Park in Hanover – One of the area’s most popular Halloween attractions will take you into the depths of Creepy Hollow, where you’ll experience first hand the horrors of the legendary Dr. Ulysses S. Farrington’s experiments. Creepy Hollow Scream Park is filled with spooky scenery, illusions, and scary surprises. Tickets are $24 per person and include admission to Scream Forest, Staple’s Mill, and Axl’s Fun House. We’re also giving away four-packs of tickets this week and next! Purchase tickets here.
Beer & Oysters at Union Market in Church Hill – Union Market in Church Hill will host their annual beer and oyster block party this Saturday, October 20th. The event will feature raw and roasted oysters from Big Island Aquaculture, paella from Land of Saffron and Paella Party, a backdoor brats pop-up, 18+ taps of beer and cider, wine tastings and wine on tap, local food and artisan vendors, and live music from One Job, Andrew Alli & Josh Small, and the Heart Stompers. Free entry; pay as you go. More here.
Dominion Energy Charity Golf Classic at CCV – Witness the top 72 PGA golfers at the height of their game at the Country Club of Virginia’s James River Course this Friday through Sunday. Individual day tickets are on sale now and start at $18. Purchase tickets here.
Weekend Radar: Jewish Food Festival, Poe’s Birthday Bash, the Weinermobile, and Betty White’s Birthday Bash
Welcome to the Weekend Radar–the evolution of our Weekend Event Picks! In it, we hope to give you some events that might already be on your radar that you might want to check out (on the radar), some that are a bit under the radar, and at least one or two that’s a bit out there and zany. You know, the stuff that makes Richmond so uniquely…Richmond! Let’s go.
On the radar
Richmond Jewish Food Festival – This weekend marks the return of the Richmond Jewish Food Festival, and it runs Sunday through Monday. You’ll find traditional favorites like potato latkes, knishes, brisket, and more, plus live music and other entertainment throughout the day both days. The event is free to attend and all booths are a la carte.
- Weinstein JCC | 5403 Monument Avenue | Sunday, January 19th through Monday, January 20th, 11:30 AM until 7:30 PM | FREE | MENU
Under the radar
Poe’s 211th Birthday Bash – Come out and enjoy a party for Poe with the Poe Museum. The museum’s annual Birthday Bash is the largest birthday celebration in the world for Edgar Allan Poe, who was born on January 19, 1809. The event will have a walled, heated tent and feature live music, tours, living history, theatrical presentations, readings, and much more.
- Poe Museum | 1914 E. Main Street | Sunday, January 19th, 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM | $10 | TICKETS
The Weinermobile Takes Richmond – The famous Oscar Mayer Weinermobile will be posted up at venues around Richmond through Saturday evening. Bone up on all the places you can catch the beloved, oversized traveling sausage at the link below!
- Various locations | Through Saturday evening | FREE | LOCATIONS
Betty White Birthday Bash at Wonderland RVA – It’s Betty White’s 98th birthday, and a local haunt is joining in on the festivities and celebrating the silver screen icon. Wonderland is hosting a Betty White Birthday Bash, saying “basically it’s another reason for us to dress up like The Golden Girls again. The Golden Girls will be on the big screen all night, so she can regale us with her stories of growing up in St. Olaf.” Prizes will be awarded for the top costumes. Bring a buddy, but be sure to thank them for being a friend first.
- Wonderland RVA |1727 E. Main Street | Friday, January 17th, 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM | FREE | FACEBOOK EVENT
Weekend Event Picks: Flying Squirrels homestand, BIG Taco Festival, Down Home Family Reunion, and more
This weekend, enjoy the Down Home Family Reunion in Jackson Ward, the BIG Taco Festival at the Hanover Vegetable Farm, an entire weekend of baseball at The Diamond, and more. Start your weekend here!
Down Home Family Reunion at Abner Clay Park – The city’s biggest celebration of African American folklife takes place this weekend at Abner Clar Park in Jackson Ward. The Down Home Family Reunion, put on by the Elegba Folklore Society, will feature world music and dance, demonstrations, down-home food, and much more. It’s free to attend and kicks off at 4:00 PM on Saturday, August 17th. Learn more.
Richmond Flying Squirrels homestand at The Diamond – It’s the next-to-last homestand of the Richmond Flying Squirrels’ 2019 season this weekend. The Squirrels are home Friday through Wednesday at The Diamond beginning with a retirement party for COTU’s Chin Music beer on Friday. Learn more and get your tickets here.
First-ever BIG Taco Festival at Hanover Vegetable Farm – The first-ever BIG Taco Festival, presented by BIG 98.5, takes place this Saturday, August 17th at the Hanover Vegetable Farm starting at 11:00 AM. There will be lots of food trucks serving up tacos, a cornhole tournament with a $500 prize, bounce houses, and more. Admission is $10 for both entry into the site and for the cornhole tourney. Get them online here.
Honey Bee Day at Blue Bee Cider in Scott’s Addition – Where would we “bee” without bees? Celebrate International Honey Bee Day with Blue Bee Cider in Scott’s Addition by sampling their Wild Honey cider and enjoy food from Boni Roni BBQ, area vendors, and more. The fun kicks off at noon on Saturday, August 17th. “Bee” there! More here.
Weekend Event Picks: Richmond International Film & Music Festival, French Food Festival, Mozart Festival, and Restaurant Week
There’s a ton going on this weekend festival-wise, from the Richmond International Film & Music Festival and the Mozart Festival, to the French Food Festival, and, let’s be honest, a city-wide festival for your mouth, Richmond Restaurant Week! Plan your weekend here.
Richmond International Film & Music Festival – The Richmond International Film & Music Festival continues through the weekend with film screenings and musical acts (including a big music festival this weekend at River City Roll in Scott’s Addition) at venues around town. See the entire festival guide (it’s jam-packed) and see some of the highlights with our festival guide right here.
French Food Festival at Little Sisters of the Poor – Enjoy a taste of French food and culture this weekend at the 11th annual French Food Festival at Little Sisters of the Poor in the West End. A wide variety of sweet and savory French dishes will be prepared by well known local chefs including Sean Murphy, Chef Michael of Lulu’s, Mike Ledesma, and other notable names from the local French culinary scene, the menus of which are listed below on Friday and Saturday. Get all the details here.
Mozart Festival in Scott’s Addition – Join over 150 musicians as they shatter the glass case surrounding Classical Music. This is Mozart by and for the people. It’s the 2019 Mozart Festival and it takes place Friday and Saturday at venues around Scott’s Addition. The festival events include full orchestras, gorgeous chamber music paired with your favorite local beverages, two headline events full of pageantry and theatrics, and the usual bevy of streetside shenanigans. RVA’s finest local players break out of the concert hall to get up close and personal with festival goers. Here’s where to go and what to see.
Richmond Restaurant Week – Richmond Restaurant Week continues through Sunday, with over 40 of the area’s best restaurants serving up three-course meals for $29.19, $4.19 of which goes directly to FeedMore to support the hungry in Central Virginia. If you haven’t made reservations yet, now is the time! Click here to see the full list of participating restaurants and download all the menus right here.