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As sports betting gets off to a red-hot start in Virginia, with February projections estimating that north of $100 million was wagered in the state, Richmond Raceway will be the latest group to jump in.
The track is partnering with WynnBET, the mobile app run by the group behind the Wynn casino in Las Vegas.
As part of the agreement, a “WynnBET lounge” will be constructed at the race track, to be used on race weekends.
From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
2nd Street Festival Announces Full Schedule
The 2nd Street Festival will return this fall, live and in person, Saturday – Sunday, October 2-3. Marking its 33rd year, the festival celebrates the rich culture of the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood in Downtown Richmond. This FREE event is produced by Venture Richmond Events.
Over the years, it has grown to be one of the Mid-Atlantic’s largest street festivals. Thousands visit historic Jackson Ward to reminisce about the days when 2nd Street was the heart and soul of Richmond’s African-American community and was known as “the Harlem of the South.” Today, Jackson Ward continues to be a thriving neighborhood and community.
The 2nd Street Festival is an annual celebration and homecoming over two days that features three stages of live musical entertainment along with popular food vendors, a marketplace and Artists Row to shop, and the Richmond Metropolitan Antique Car Club.
We’re really excited to be back in the Jackson Ward neighborhood,” said Sharon Bassard, Booking and Festival Manager at Venture Richmond. “This year’s lineup features Richmond favorites and up-and-coming artists. From Jazz to Reggae and Gospel to R&B, you’ll be able to find a stage over the weekend with your favorite music – all for free! We ask everyone to be a “good neighbor” and show kindness to one another by following our health and safety guidelines, encouraging you to be vaccinated, wear a mask, and maintain distancing while attending the festival.”
Venture Richmond Events continues to closely monitor CDC and VDH guidelines for COVID-19 protocols for large, in-person outdoor events. A commitment to safety and adherence to local, state, and federal ordinances and recommendations will guide all decisions regarding in-person events. (see COVID-19 guidelines)
2nd Street Festival 2021 Stage Schedule
(Subject to change)
WAVERLY R. CRAWLEY MAIN STAGE (sponsored by Virginia Union University)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2
- 11:50 – 12:35pm N.F.U.S.I.O.N.Z.
- 1:10 – 2:10pm I Would Die 4 U; A Musical Tribute to PRINCE
- 2:30 – 3:00pm Dancing with Mama D
- 3:30 – 4:30pm DJ Drake and MC Choco
- 5:30 – 7:00pm Plunky & Oneness
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3
- 1:00 – 1:30pm James Johnson Jr
- 2:00 – 2:30pm Virginia Union University Gospel Choir
- 3:00 – 4:00pm J Tucker and The Krewe
- 4:45 – 6:00pm Mighty Joshua
JOE KENNEDY JR. JAZZ STAGE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2
- 12:00 – 1:15pm Joe Kennedy, Jr. Scholarship Recipient Chet Frierson
- 1:45 – 2:45pm Debra Dean & The Key West Band
- 3:15 – 4:15pm Saxsmo “Stepping Out”
- 4:45 – 6:00pm Nathan Mitchell
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3
- 1:00 – 1:50pm Ashby Anderson’s Vibe
- 2:10 – 3:10pm Larri Branch Agenda
- 3:30 – 4:30pm Jazz In The Spirit
- 5:00 – 6:00pm Curv Appeal
EGGLESTON HOTEL COMMUNITY STAGE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2
- 12:00 – 12:10pm Welcome – Historic Jackson Ward Association- Janis Allen
- 12:30 – 1:10pm Young Prince Charles
- 1:40 – 2:00pm Richmond Urban Dance Company
- 2:30 – 3:30pm Bak N Da Day
- 4:00 – 5:00pm Drew Miles and Company
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3
- 1:30 – 2:00pm Chiquita Cross
- 2:30 – 3:15pm DJ Milk D
- 3:50- 4:30pm Glennroy & Company
- 5:00 –6:00pm Testiphy Band
Saturday’s Headliner, Plunky & Oneness
For over 50 years, Richmond saxophonist, songwriter and producer J. Plunky Branch has been at the vanguard of Afro-centric jazz, funk, R&B, house music, and go-go, weaving these interrelated musical forms into a forward-looking message of empowerment, positivity, and cultural awareness. Along with his band, Plunky & Oneness, he has appeared in concert with some of the biggest names in Black music, including Patti Labelle, Ray Charles, Earth Wind & Fire, Frankie Beverly & Maze, LL Cool J, Chuck Brown, and more. His song “Every Way But Loose” was a top-ten soul music chart hit in London in the 1980’s and his hit single, “Drop,” was released in 2007. He also wrote “2nd Street Jaunt,” a song that Venture Richmond used in TV commercials promoting the 2019 festival. He will be performing at the festival on Saturday, October 2 from 5:30 – 7:00pm at the Waverly R. Crawley Main Stage.
Saturday’s Featured Jazz Stage Artist, Nathan Mitchell
Nathan Mitchell was recently named one of the final nominees for a 2021 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album for his newest release Donny, Duke and Wonder. He will be featured on the Jazz Stage Saturday, October 2 from 4:45 – 6:00pm.
Sunday’s Closing Performance, Mighty Joshua
Closing out the festival on Sunday, October 3 from 4:45 – 6:00pm is reggae artist, Mighty Joshua, whose soulful exploration in the evolution of sound creates an expression of reggae for the modern day.
Official Festival Poster Artist, Unicia Buster
Purchase an official 2021 2nd Street Festival poster designed by local quilter and artist, Unicia Buster. The new poster will be unveiled on September 23, watch on Facebook Live! Posters will be available for sale at the festival, or at Plan 9 Music in Carytown and online at Plan9Music.com starting on Monday, October 4.
Jackson Project Weekend Activities
The JXN Project is a historic preservation project that celebrates the 150th anniversary of Jackson Ward by properly contextualizing the origin story of the nation’s first historically registered Black urban neighborhood. JXN is designed to excavate, elevate and educate the hidden histories of the city’s sixth ward, which inspired an effort to erect honorary street designations in honor of notable Jackson Wardians, also known as “Unveiling The Vanguard.” The 2nd Street Festival is partnering with JXN as they virtually unveil the vanguard by video released across their social media and website on October 2. Also, on October 2, festival-goers are invited to engage in a socially distanced, self-guided tour of the honorary street signs. For all details, visit www.thejxnproject.com and follow @TheJXNProject on all social media platforms.
Radio One’s “2nd Street MIX” Weekend
Back again for another year, 2nd Street Festival partner Radio One’s “2nd Street MIX” weekend will get you ready for the festival by bringing you mixes from the hottest DJs in the city! Tune into 99.3/105.7 KISS FM on Saturday, October 2 from 4:00pm-midnight and Sunday, October 3 from noon-7:00pm. Hear mixes from DJ King Tutt, DJ Drake, and DJ Lonnie B playing all your favorite 2nd Street Festival hits!
FREE Walking Tours, guided by Gary Flowers
Venture Richmond Events will provide FREE guided walking tours led by Gary Flowers who has a four-generation family connection to Historic Jackson Ward. “Educating the public to the place Historic Jackson Ward holds in commerce, education, and dismantling racial segregation in the United States of America is critically important to me,” Mr. Flowers said. These 60-minute tours leave at 1:00pm on Saturday and at 1:00pm on Sunday. Tour groups meet on the sidewalk at the Maggie Walker National Historic Site, 2nd & E. Leigh Streets.
Update on the Kidz Zone
Due to the highly interactive nature of the activities planned for the Kidz Zone, the 2nd Street Festival will not host a family area this year. The Kidz Zone, produced by the Children’s Museum, is a robust and engaging, much-loved, part of the Festival. However, due to the close proximity required for those activities and the lack of an approved COVID-19 vaccine for children under 12, we believe cancelling the activities is best for the safety of our littlest patrons. The Children’s Museum will be back to produce the much-loved Kidz Zone in 2022.
For information about the 2nd Street Festival, please visit: https://venturerichmond.com/our-events/2nd-street-festival-2021/
Life-sized, animatronic dinosaurs arriving in Richmond for area’s largest drive-thru exhibit
The Richmond Raceway Complex will come to life starting Friday, September 24 with over 55 static and animatronic dinosaurs, fossils and 26 different species, as part of the Jurassic Encounter.
The Richmond Raceway Complex will come to life starting Friday, September 24 with over 55 static and animatronic dinosaurs, fossils and 26 different species, as part of the Jurassic Encounter. This life-sized dinosaur drive-thru exhibit is the largest to hit the area in 2021 and brings a new attraction that is a blend of entertainment and education suited for all ages.
The Richmond Raceway Complex will be transformed into a prehistoric setting with dinosaurs and fossils of all sizes, a paleontological camp, and even an erupting volcano.
The Jurassic Encounter kicks off Friday, September 24, and runs through Sunday, October 10. The event is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Hours are as follows:
- Friday and Saturday 9am-9pm (Friday 9/24 opens at Noon)
- Sunday 9am-7pm
- Wednesday and Thursday 1pm-7pm
- Closed Monday and Tuesday
Guests remain in their vehicle for the duration of the tour and are able to visit the “Dino Village” at the end to browse gifts and souvenirs. The tour is complemented by a free audio narration which is written with a focus on education and humor for all ages.
Timed tickets must be purchased in advance online and are priced per vehicle. There is the option to add on Dino Packs that include crafts and dinosaur-theme souvenir surprises. More information can be found at www.drivethrudinos.com.
Get Planting with Help from Lewis Ginter Fall Plant Sale
There will be more plants than you can shake a stick at and plenty of sticks too I’m sure.
People that know way more than I do say that fall is a great time to plant. Personally, I plan to swing by on Friday and get more natives to attract local pollinators and birds. Great advantage of planting natives is that the need less care because hey, this climate is their jam.
Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
One of Central Virginia’s most-anticipated plant sales. Dozens of vendors and knowledgeable Garden volunteers help you choose your best plants!
Fall PlantFest is held outside in Parking Lot C at the Garden (no admission fee or ticket necessary.)
- Masks are required for vendors and strongly encouraged for visitors/customers. For those who are not fully vaccinated, masks are required indoors at all times and outdoors when 6-foot social distancing is not possible.
- Please note, we will not have plant holding this year due to COVID.
- PlantFest is Fido-friendly — bring your leashed pups!
- We will have knife sharpening on-site bring your garden hand tools, scissors and knives to have them sharpened.
- Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists will be on-site to answer your plant questions
Avid gardeners know fall is a great time for planting! Lewis Ginter Fall PlantFest features vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics and other garden-related items. Presented by Garden volunteers.
***See the 2021 plant inventory (PDF) for the Ginter’s Greatest tent run by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden volunteers. ***