A new concert will bring the first “pod-style” concert experience to Richmond this September. Keller Williams will play on outdoor concert at the Bon Secours Training Center field on September 25th, and the concert will be the first of its kind to offer pod-style seating.
The pods, according to The Broadberry, organizers of the show, will seat 4-6 people and be laid out on the field to allow for proper social distancing. Tickets are good for the maximum number of people who fit in the said pod, much like a carload ticket at a drive-in concert.
A four-person pod is 9’x9’. A six-person pod is 14’x14’. There will be six feet of space (left to right) between all pods. There are 10’ walkways in front of and behind each pod. All attendees must arrive together and the pods are first come, first served. All walkways are one way only.
Tickets are only available online and go on sale Friday, August 21st at 10:00 AM. Purchase them here.
Movies in the Outfield at the Diamond Start this Week
The twice a week series will have movies on Thursday and Saturday. They kick things off this Thursday with the classic “Field of Dreams”. We also would have approved of “Sandlot” or “Bull Durham”.
From the Richmond Flying Squirrels:
The Richmond Flying Squirrels will begin hosting Movies in the Outfield, a socially distanced movie-going experience on the field at The Diamond, beginning Thursday night.
Movies will be shown on The Diamond’s video board on Thursday and Saturday nights. Admission is $8 per person (children 3 and younger are admitted free). Information on upcoming showings, tickets, concessions and health and safety policies can be found here.
Movies in the Outfield is presented by VCU Health and supported by Aldi, Dominion Energy, Elephant Insurance, Richmond Area Honda Dealers and Pepsi.
The new, twice-a-week series begins on Thursday night with a showing of the classic baseball film, “Field of Dreams.” The gates at The Diamond open at 6:05 p.m. and the movie will begin at 7:05 p.m.
This Saturday, the Flying Squirrels will host a showing of “The Incredibles” at 6:05 p.m. The gates will open at 5:05 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now for both showings here.
To promote social distancing, seating will be located on the field in either 10’x10’ spaces for up to four people or 10’x20’ spaces for up to eight people. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets or pillows, but chairs will not be permitted.
Concessions will be available for Movies in the Outfield. The Flying Squirrels strongly encourage all guests to pre-order food prior to their event date. Orders can be submitted here. Food orders will be available for pick-up at Rosie’s Bistro at the Bullpen, which is located on the right field-side of the stadium. All food orders made at the event must be submitted online and can also be placed here.
An additional beverage-only stand will be located on the third-base side of the ballpark and will accept credit card payment only.
Parking for Movies in the Outfield is available for free in the Blue Lot at The Diamond, located off Arthur Ashe Boulevard across from the bus station. All guests should enter the stadium through the right-field gate located near the Food Lion Party Den.
The Flying Squirrels strongly encourage all guests to adhere to all protocols for the health and safety of other guests and staff, including wearing a mask and following social distancing guidelines.
Fourth of July Fireworks Options
Most fireworks displays have been canceled out health concerns but a few communities are throwing the dice and hoping that everyone follows CDC and state guidelines.
The big show at Dogwood Dell is not happening this year but there are three local events still taking place. Two of these events you can attend in person and the third you can watch on your television.
First up is the safest option. The Flying Squirrels, City of Richmond, CBS 6 have joined forces to present a Fourth of July Fireworks Show at the Diamond. Don’t get excited you won’t be allowed in the stadium to check out the big booms.
CBS 6 will televise the event with a special live broadcast from 9-10 p.m. by the Virginia Lottery. The fireworks show at The Diamond is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m.
The show will be simulcast live on Big 98.5 FM and 1140 AM WRVA.
“Although we are unable to gather for our traditional Fourth of July game at The Diamond, we are excited to partner with the City of Richmond and CBS 6 to bring fireworks to your TV screen,” Flying Squirrels VP & COO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “While different than past years, we can still celebrate and create new memories together while watching safely through our televisions.”
“It’s hard for us to be apart, but this is one spectacular way we can all be together to celebrate our nation’s independence as a One Richmond community,” Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said. Thanks to CBS 6, the city and the Flying Squirrels, for keeping some fun in the Fourth of July.”
“Fourth of July at The Diamond is a Richmond tradition,” CBS 6 General Manager Stephen Hayes said. “CBS 6 looks forward to televising the fireworks and celebrating Independence Day with our Central Virginia community.
If you can’t resist the urge to see fireworks in person there are two shows that will be taking place this 4th.
Chesterfield County’s Fourth of July Celebration at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, 10300 Courthouse Road
Fireworks expected to start at 9:15 PM on July 4th.
This is a free event, but parking is limited and there will be no food or entertainment vendors. Social distancing will be enforced and no alcohol, glass bottles, pets or personal fireworks will be allowed on county property. Read more here.
Powhatan Freedom Festival at Powhatan Fairgrounds, 4042 Anderson Hwy
The event starts 6 PM and expected to wrap up at 11 PM on July 4th.
This is a free event, but they will be accepting donations that will go towards free dental care for kids in the community from the Powhatan Dental Outreach Foundation for Children.
The world is coming to Richmond for the Menuhin Competition – the “Olympics of Violin” – this May
The world is coming to Richmond from May 14-24, 2020 for the Menuhin Competition, the world’s leading international competition for young violinists. This Competition, called the “Olympics of the Violin,” is held every two years in different cities around the world.
The world is coming to Richmond from May 14-24, 2020 for the Menuhin Competition, the world’s leading international competition for young violinists. This Competition, called the “Olympics of the Violin,” is held every two years in different cities around the world. Richmond is set to be the host city in 2020—only the second time that the Competition has been held in the U.S.
The Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020 will showcase the exceptional talents of 44 competitors: 22 Juniors ages 15 and under, and 22 Seniors from ages 15-21. A record 321 candidates from 32 countries and five continents applied by the Oct. 31 deadline, and the 44 global competitors were announced in January. One of the competitors is from Virginia, Kayleigh Kim.
For 11 days in May, Richmond will be transformed into a celebratory festival of music with competitions, performances, master classes and concerts in several music genres throughout the region. Co-hosts are the Richmond Symphony, the City of Richmond, the University of Richmond, VCU and VPM.
The first round events at Camp Concert Hall at the University of Richmond are free to the public, but a ticket is required for admission and can be requested here. Semi-final rounds will be held at the W.E. Singleton Center at VCU, and final rounds will be held at the Dominion Energy Center downtown.
For more information about the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020, including dates, times, venues and tickets for all of the events, visit the website.