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Richmond Flying Squirrels announce full 2021 promotional schedule, set to open season May 4th

“The anticipation and momentum is building towards May 4th,” Flying Squirrels CEO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “While the 2021 season will be different, the promotional schedule and overall fan experience will, as always, make many great memories for fans of all ages.”

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The Richmond Flying Squirrels have announced home game start times and their promotional schedule for the 2021 season. The full promotional schedule can be viewed here.

“The anticipation and momentum is building towards May 4th,” Flying Squirrels CEO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “While the 2021 season will be different, the promotional schedule and overall fan experience will, as always, make many great memories for fans of all ages.”

During the 2021 season, most Tuesday through Friday home games will begin at 6:35 p.m. with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Two exceptions, Wednesday, June 2 and Wednesday, July 28, will start at 12:05 p.m. with gates opening at 11 a.m.

Saturday games at The Diamond will begin at 6:05 p.m. with gates opening at 5 p.m. First pitch for Sunday home games through June 13 will be 1:05 p.m. with the ballpark gates opening at noon. From July 18 through Sept. 12, Sunday home games will start at 5:05 p.m.

First pitch for the Flying Squirrels’ Independence Day game on Sunday, July 4 is set for 6:05 p.m. and gates will open at 4:30 p.m.

The Flying Squirrels have 13 of their popular fireworks shows on their 2021 promotional calendar, including two special dueling fireworks shows on July 3 and July 4.

As a temporary health and safety measure, all shirt giveaways will be one size (adult extra-large for fans 15 and older and youth large for fans 14 and younger) to expedite entrance into the ballpark and minimize contact between fans and staff.

This season, the Flying Squirrels will host the inaugural Richmond 34 Legacy Weekend on July 16 and 17. The weekend serves to honor and recognize the contributions of members of the Richmond 34, whose sit-in protest in 1960 influenced legislation in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Information on the Flying Squirrels’ Richmond 34 initiatives can be found here.

After debuting in 2019, the Flying Squirrels will once again transform to las Ardillas Voladoras throughout the 2021 season as part of the Copa de la Diversión program, with accompanying special giveaways and theme nights, listed below.

Highlights of the 2021 Flying Squirrels’ promotional schedule are listed below:

Theme Night Highlights

  • May 4 – Opening Night
  • May 9 – Mother’s Day celebration
  • June 2 – Business person’s special (12:05 p.m. start)
  • June 3 – Peanut-free game
  • July 3 – Independence Weekend celebration and dueling fireworks
  • July 4 – Independence Day celebration and dueling fireworks
  • July 16-17 – Richmond 34 Legacy Weekend
  • July 28 – Summer Camp Day (12:05 p.m. start)
  • July 31 – Military Appreciation Night
  • August 7 – Faith Night No. 1
  • August 19 – Faith Night No. 2
  • August 22 – Field of Greens Night (food allergy awareness)
  • September 9 – Pride Night
  • September 12 – Fan Appreciation Day

Fireworks Schedule (13 dates)

  • May 4, 8 & 20
  • June 3 & 10
  • July 3 (dueling), 4 (dueling), 17 & 31
  • August 7, 19 & 21
  • September 11

Bobblehead Giveaways

Adult Shirt Giveaways (XL only)

Adult Headwear Giveaways

Copa Giveaways

Youth Giveaways (shirts YL only)

Specialty Jersey Auctions

Weekly Promotions

  • Wednesdays – Wine & K-9s featuring $5 glasses of wine and $6 wine slushies from 5:30-7:30 p.m. plus dogs admitted free
  • Fridays – Funnville Friday Happy Hour featuring $2 12-ounce domestic drafts and $2 fountain sodas from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Additional promotions will be added to the 2021 schedule at a later date.

The Flying Squirrels open the 2021 season on Tuesday, May 4 at The Diamond against the Hartford Yard Goats. A limited number of individual game tickets for the first four homestands of the 2021 season will be available beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 19 at SquirrelsBaseball.com/Tickets, by phone at 814-359-FUNN (3866) or at the Flying Squirrels ticket office at The Diamond. Any fans who have vouchers or credits from tickets for the 2020 season can first access to redeem them now until Friday, April 16 at 5 p.m. More information regarding the release of 2021 tickets can be found here.

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2nd Street Festival Announces 2021 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.

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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. In 2019, thousands visited 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 a Kidz Zone, popular food vendors, a marketplace and Artists Row to shop, and the Richmond Metropolitan Antique Car Club.

This year the festival features headliner Plunky & Oneness on Saturday, October 2. Many other great artists will be showcased over the two-day event.

Saturday’s Headliner, Plunky & Oneness

J. Plunky Branch
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. As a native Richmonder, he was mentored by local R&B musicians and music educators, including jazz violinist Joe Kennedy, Jr.

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.

In addition to being a veteran saxophonist, J. Plunky Branch has served as an administrator, lecturer and teacher. Plunky is a two-time recipient of National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Fellowships and in 2017 was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force for the Promotion of the Arts in Virginia. Throughout his career Plunky has entertained and taught thousands, and in the process, has developed a broad and loyal following.

More information on the 2nd Street Festival and additional artists performing will follow later this summer as we continue to follow CDC and state guidelines for Covid-19 protocol for large outdoor events. A commitment to safety and adherence to local, state, and federal ordinances and guidelines is crucial.

For up-to-date information about the 2nd Street Festival, please visit: https://venturerichmond.com/our-events/2nd-street-festival-2021/

The 2nd Street Festival is presented by Dominion Energy, Altria, NewMarket Corp., and the City of Richmond

The 2nd Street Festival is sponsored by Virginia Union University, Brown Distributing, CoStar
Group, Community Foundation, Radio One Richmond, NBC12 and CW Richmond

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Riverfront Canal Cruises are back, with historically-narrated tours Fridays through Sundays

After stopping during the pandemic, a downtown tradition is back. On Friday, July 2nd, Riverfront Canal Cruises began hourly historic tours on weekends only – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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After stopping during the pandemic, a downtown tradition is back. On Friday, July 2nd, Riverfront Canal Cruises began hourly historic tours on weekends only – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The 40-minute, historically-narrated tours of the James River and Kanawha Canal will be open to the public Fridays to Sundays, noon to 7:00 p.m. each day. The boat tours travel along downtown Richmond’s historic Canal Walk and review centuries of Richmond’s history, from Powhatan’s Chiefdom to the first commercially successful electric streetcar in the world, all while traveling in authentically-styled, flat-bottomed boats. Travelers can see the unique Triple Crossing railroad, tobacco warehouses that have been converted into trendy lofts, the Virginia Capital Trail, the Low Line gardens and James River wildlife.

The historic tours depart every hour on the hour and accommodate up to 28 passengers. They operate on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through November. Tours depart from the canal’s Turning Basin at 139 Virginia Street. Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis at the Turning Basin’s ticket kiosk or online 24 hours in advance at VentureRichmond.com. All boats are handicap accessible.

Adults are $10.00; Children (5 – 12 years old) are $6.00; Children 4 and under are Free; Seniors (65 years and up) are $6.00.

Private charters are also available and may be scheduled for any day and time during the season. Private charters must be reserved a minimum of two weeks in advance. All reservations must be made online. To book a private charter for your group, please visit https://venturerichmond.com/our-services/riverfront-canal-cruises and click on “Buy Tickets.”

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The return of the 4th of July Fireworks at Dogwood Dell did not disappoint.

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