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INTERACTIVE: Exploring Richmond’s hidden world of salsa and bachata

The salsa and bachata scene is strong in Richmond as restaurants and bars across the metro area host Latin dancing events all week long. Here is your guide to find the hidden gems where locals can go for a little Latin flavor.

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By Adrian Teran-Tapia

The salsa and bachata dance scene is strong in Richmond as restaurants and bars across the metro area host Latin dancing events all week long.

But many locals don’t know where to go. Newbies might even feel intimidated to go because of their skill level. Not to fear, though: These venues offer something for everyone — beginners, pros and folks who just want to people-watch with a good drink and good music.

From Shockoe Bottom to downtown to the West End, here is your guide to Richmond’s hidden world of salsa and bachata.

Many salsa goers start their week on Tuesday nights at Emilio’s, one of Richmond’s favorite Spanish tapas bars, at the intersection of West Broad and North Meadow streets. This local favorite is best-known for offering live jazz and blues performances during the week, but on Tuesdays, Emilio’s likes to return to its Latin roots.

Once the weekend comes, the party moves on to Havana 59, one of Richmond’s oldest salsa staples. With two locations, one in Shockoe Bottom (16 N. 17th St.) and one in the West End (8902 W. Broad St.), Havana 59 gives locals a chance to get lost in the bygone era of the Cuban capital.

Havana 59 offers salsa lessons and social dancing at its downtown location every Thursday night and in the West End on Friday nights.

Another option on Fridays is the Maya Mexican Grill and Tequila Lounge, 525 E. Grace St. Maya holds salsa nights on the second and fourth Fridays of the month.

The party comes to an end on Sunday afternoons at Champion Brewing Company’s Richmond location, 401 E. Grace St.

The company is based in Charlottesville but expanded to the River City to tap into the city’s flourishing craft beer scene. Every Sunday afternoon, they clear the bar and dining room to host salsa and bachata lessons followed by social dancing.

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43rd Street Festival of the Arts Canceled

Yet, another popular event falls to Covid-19.

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Statement from the organizers.

We are sorry to announce that the 43rd Street Festival for 2020 has been cancelled. There appears to be no way in the near future to comply with RVA size restrictions on gatherings and make the show happen safely for all.
Please support local artisans and galleries who carry their work, including 43rd Street GalleryCrossroads Art Center, and Shockoe Bottom Clay.

This is a major disappointment for the neighborhood. It’s also a major financial hit for CARITAS. Traditionally this festival kicks off their fall fundraising. With the festival canceled they’ll need help. You can donate here and get more information on their work.

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Topgolf in Scott’s Addition reopens doors with new safety restrictions

“We’re very excited about being open again, I mean we waited so long. We wanted to make sure we took all the right steps so when we do reopen, we open safe for all our guests and all our associates.”

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For the first time in months, Richmonders were once again able to tee off at Richmond Scott’s Addition Topgolf location.

With more than 50 reservations made for reopening day, the three-story entertainment venue was proof of how eager people were to get out and have some fun on a hot summer day.

Cliff Twiggs, Topgolf’s Director of Operations, says a “commitment to play safely” is what guests will find at the high-tech driving range moving forward as a result of the pandemic.

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Explore Virginia’s natural beauty with new exhibition at Virginia Museum of History & Culture

Celebrate the efforts in preservation and horticulture made by the Garden Club of Virginia (GCV) during its 100-year history with a new exhibition at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, “A Landscape Saved: The Garden Club of Virginia at 100.”

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Celebrate the efforts in preservation and horticulture made by the Garden Club of Virginia (GCV) during its 100-year history with a new exhibition at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, “A Landscape Saved: The Garden Club of Virginia at 100.”

Featuring photographs and objects from the past century of the organization’s history, this exhibition highlights the work of the GCV and its dedicated members in advancing the appreciation of horticulture and the advocacy for land preservation, particularly regarding the formation of the state parks system.

“As the first conservation organization in Virginia, the achievements of GCV have bettered the lives of all who live in or travel through the Commonwealth,” the VMHC said in a release.

The Garden Club of Virginia is now a partnership of 3,400 community and civic leaders active in 48 garden clubs across the state.

Learn more about the exhibition here.

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