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Weekend Radar: Friday Cheers, Mile of Music, Cars & Corks, Vibe Fest, Mobile Soul Sunday, Pump House Tours, Black Widows vs NY Knockout

The return of our weekend pick of events now that there are actual events that we can pick.

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On the radar

Friday Cheers An Evening with Suggesting Rhythm – This one is sold out but I’m listing it anyway. The forecast is dicey so if you have any rain adverse friends grab your poncho and hit them up for the tickets they’re too chicken to use. In case you didn’t know, Suggesting Rhythm is a six-piece local band that puts its own spin on The Grateful Dead.

  • Brown’s Island | S 7th Street | 6-9:30 PM Friday, June 11th | Sold-out (hit up your weather averse friends)

Mile of Music – This is a chance to walk around the lovely Forest Hill Park and check out nature, music, and singing. Over the course of two hours, Mile of Music will have several performing groups set-up along an approximately 1-mile route within Forest Hill Park. Breakdown of performances, Chorus: 2-2:30pm, Brass Quintet: 2:30-3pm, Chorus 3-3:30pm, String Quartet: 3-3:30pm, Woodwind Quintet: 3:30-4pm.

  • Forest Hill Park | 4021 Forest Hill Ave | 2-4 PM Saturday, June 12th | FREE

Maymont Cars & Corks – Cruise over to Maymont for some midday merriment including cool and classic cars, live music, tasty beverages, food trucks and tons of fun for families and auto aficionados! Stroll through a variety of cool cars on display along Magnolia Drive, and vote for your favorite in the People’s Choice contest. Movin’ On will perform classic and modern rock & roll to keep you entertained. Wine, beer and food truck cuisine will be available for purchase.

  • Maymont | 1700 Hampton Street | 11 AM-2 PM Saturday, June 12th | Adults$10, Children ages 3-12: $5

Under the radar

Vibe Fest – Due to the pandemic Good Vibe Cafe in Stratford Hills had to shut down. They continued their good work with placing individuals with disabilities but the restaurant has remained closed. They’re coming back with a bang. Their annual music festival is back with music from The Taters, Cary Street Ramblers, Tin Can Fish Band, The Hullabaloos and more. Food and drink from the restaurant will be available for purchase.

  • Parking lot of Positive Vibe Cafe | 2825 Hathaway Road | 11 PM-6 PM Saturday, June 12th | $10 at Gate

Mobile Soul Sunday, The Remix! – The Black Restaurant Experience is gathering food trucks on both sides of the city.

  • John Marshall and Huguenot High School | 4225 Old Brook Road & 7945 Forest Hill Ave | 12 PM-5 PM Saturday, June 13th | Free Pay Direct to Vendors

Tours of the Pump House – The Pump House located below Byrd Park and the Carillon is one of those Richmond spots that not many Richmonders know about. Even fewer have seen the inside. This is your chance to one of the select few and see the inside. Guided tours will leave from the western entrance to the Pump House every half hour starting at 1:00, with the final tour departing at 3:30. Guests are required to wear a hard hat when inside the building, which we will provide to you. We highly recommend wearing closed-toe shoes as well. For their own safety, pets are not allowed on the tour unless they can be carried in your arms. They will only be allowing a few in on each tour so if you don’t time it right you might miss out.

  • Pump House | 1708 Pump House Drive | 1 PM-3:30 PM Saturday, June 13th | $5 Donation Requested

Richmond Black Widows Vs. New York Knockout – The Richmond Black Widows are a women’s American football team playing out of Richmond. They are a member of the Women’s Football Alliance. They are the first women’s football team in Richmond, and currently the only team in Virginia. These atheletes play full-on tackle football and are set to knock heads on Saturday. This is their last home game of the season so get out there and support your local team.

  • River City Sportsplex (Field #9) | 13030 Genito Rd, Midlothian | KO 7 PM Saturday, June 13th | $12.33 – $15 | Tickets

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Weekend Radar: Richmond Folk Festival, Carnival of 5 Fires, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Mending Walls Bike Tour and Brunch

After a dreary week the weather is perfect for a Richmond Folk Festival and I’ve even picked a few other things for you to do this weekend.

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Richmond Folk Festival at Brown’s Island & Tredegar
October 7-9th

I’m very tempted to stop the list right here. This is hands down the best festival in all of Richmond and arguably Virginia. Three days of free music (make sure you donate so it can stay free), cultural events, beer, and food. I’ll be there for every hour and I think you should be as well. I even helpfully created a Top 5 Must See Acts.

The Richmond Folk Festival will return in the fall, live and in person, to celebrate its 18th anniversary the weekend of October 7-9, 2022. The festival has become one of Virginia’s largest, drawing fans each year to downtown Richmond’s riverfront to celebrate the roots, richness, and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional crafts, storytelling, and food. Featuring six stages and showcasing music and dance from more than 30 artists from around the nation and the world, the Richmond Folk Festival promises, as always, to return with a culturally diverse and impressive program.

The free, three-day event is presented by Venture Richmond Events, in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the Center for Cultural Vibrancy, Virginia Humanities, the Children’s Museum, and the City of Richmond.

Carnival of 5 Fires at Gallery 5
October 7th

Gallery 5 is getting into the fall spirit and it’s always a good time.

The Embalmers return to Gallery 5 for one of our favorite events of the year, Carnival of 5 Fires!!! Come help us kick off spooky season!!!


The Rocky Horror Show at Richmond Triangle Players at the Robert B. Moss Theatre
Shows throughout October including tonight October 7th

Let’s all do the time warp again. If I need to say more you need to do some research and get back to me.

With music, lyrics and book by Richard O’Brien, “The Rocky Horror Show” salutes the science fiction and horror “B movies” of the Golden Age of film.
A newly engaged couple gets caught in a storm and winds up (by accident?) at the home of a mad scientist, Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter, who is throwing a party to unveil his new creation, a sort of Frankenstein-style monster in the form of an artificially made, physically perfect muscle man named Rocky Horror.

The musical opened in 1973 in London and played for over seven years, winning critical and audience acclaim in the process. It is probably best-known for its film version, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which premiered in 1975 and became a midnight-show cult classic for multiple generations of movie-goers all over the globe.

Playing the central role of Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter is Durron Marquis Tyre, who recently starred in RTP’s productions of “Falsettos” and “Sugar in Our Wounds.” Newlyweds Brad and Janet are played by August Hundley and Nora Ogunleye, with Frank’s attendants Riff Raff, Columbia and Magenta played by Elle Meerovich, Madison Cox and Kasey Britt. Frank’s creation, Rocky Horror, is played by Wayne Parker, the mysterious Eddie (as well as Brad and Janet’s mentor Dr. Scott) by Travis Williams, and Jim Morgan (who played Frank ‘N’ Furter in RTP’s previous production) as the Narrator who holds the evening together. The Phantoms and Transylvanians are played by Mara Barrett, Robert Gallant, Rachel Garmon-Williams and DeVon Mosby.

RTP’s production is directed by Chelsea Burke. Music direction is by Ben Shaver and choreography is by Kate Belleman. Scenic Design is by Frank Foster, Costume Design by Sheila Russ, Lighting Design by Michael Jarett, and Sound Design by Joey Luck. Projections Design is by Lucian Restivo, Props Design by Tim Moehring, Hair and MakeUp Design by Joel Furtick and Intimacy Choreography by Stephanie Tippi Hart. Saskia Price is the Assistant Stage Manager and Lauren Langston is the Production Stage Manager.

For the safety of the performers, our patrons, and the staff, masks are required to be worn inside the venue – completely covering the nose and mouth — anytime you are not actively eating and drinking. Patrons are asked to please bring a mask that is comfortable enough to wear throughout the evening.


Mending Walls | Bike Tour + Brunch
Throughout October and November with the next on October 8th

Ride a bike and learn about some of the amazing murals in Richmond and the message they represent.

In Richmond, VA public art is one of the city’s biggest assets in the downtown area. As a city with one of the largest collections of public art in the United states we now have the unique opportunity to use public art as a tool to bring empathy and connect at a time when we need it the most.

In the midst of a global pandemic in 2020 America was faced with another brutal killing of a black man at the hands of the police, which set off an uprising that has filled our streets with voices of objection, to the systemic racism here in America. With some of our feelings and demands now physically on Richmond City walls through tags, these expressions leave and mark a space for questions and conversations to happen. These actions inspired the artist Hamilton Glass to start the Mending Walls project.

Join Bike and Brunch Tours for a ride through neighborhoods like Jackson Ward and Brookland Park. These and other neighborhoods we tour are steeped in culture and history but also the new home to murals in the Mending Walls project.

This tour highlights the stories of trailblazers, residents, and organizations behind or continuing the legacy within these communities. This one of a kind, easy pace, casual tour aims to exude positive vibes, treat our communities and the residents with respect, and nourish the mind and belly.
Ride, see Richmond, have fun….and of course have brunch!

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Weekend Radar: Music at VMFA, Gallery 55 at UU, Cosplay World, Dachtoberfest

The weather has thrown a wrench into many plans but we found a few things to do that will hopefully work out.

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Music at the VMFA Galleries
September 30th

Look at art while musical artists play for you. It’s a double dose of culture and you won’t get rained on.

Photo: Eli Christman

Experience works of art in VMFA’s galleries as the Richmond Symphony serenades your visit with a live performance. A collaboration between VMFA and the Richmond Symphony.
Conducted by Chia-Hsuan Lin

Gallery 55 at First UU Art Show
September 30th – October 2nd

More indoor art to check out. This is art and crafts you can buy.

Gallery at First UU is the annual fine arts and crafts show at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond. The 55th year of Gallery is scheduled for September 28 to October 2, 2022.
Admission is free and all are welcome! We are so glad to be coming back this year after a two-year hiatus. Mark your calendars to come join us for this wonderful community event.
Starting in 1966 in the church basement with about 20 artists, Gallery has evolved into Richmond’s longest-running juried fine arts and crafts show and sale. More than 4,000 works from about 150 of Virginia’s finest artists are artfully displayed, including oil paintings, watercolors, lithographs, fiber art, lamps, photographs, prints, pottery, sculpture, furniture, jewelry, stained glass, paper, wood, wearable art, weaving, and more!
Show Hours
Opening Night: Wednesday 9/28, 5-8 pm
Thursday 9/29, 3-8 pm
Friday 9/30, 3-8 pm
Saturday 10/1, 12-5 pm
Final Day: Sunday 10/2, 12-5 pm
Pick-up Art: Monday 10/3, 9-6
Artist Pickup: Tuesday 10/4, 9-6

Cosplay World at the Convention Center
October 1-2nd

This is the first year of this event in Richmond so we can’t speak from experience but do know that most cosplayers are warm and welcoming. If you’re into cosplay or want to learn more this could be for you.

COSPLAY WORLD is the Premiere Cosplay Festival and Workshop series making its debut in Richmond, Virginia. October 1st and 2nd 2022.
The Premiere Cosplay Festival and Workshop series kicks off in Richmond, Virginia at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, on October 1st and 2nd. Cosplayers, Celebs, Workshops and $2500 worth in costume contest prizes!

2022 Dachtoberfest at Marriot Downtown
October 1st

Lots of little long dogs and the owners that love little long dogs. The chance of an embarrassing typo in the sentence was strong.

Join DEF for our Inaugural Event – Dachtoberfest!
A one day family and dog friendly event full of dachshund themed fun for everyone. Featuring wiener dog racing, costume contests, guest speakers, vendors, raffles and so much more!!
$10 Pre-Sale Tickets on sale now!
(Tickets at the door will be $15.)

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Weekend Radar: East End Music Festival, Oktoberfest, Virginia State Fair, Kickers

So many events going on so little weekend.

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RVA East End Music Festival at Henry L Marsh III Elementary School
September 24th

A wonderful opportunity to support Richmond students and hear some great music.

Since 2016, the RVA East End Festival has raised over $400,000 to support music, visual arts and performing arts programs at eight elementary, middle and high schools in the East End communities of the Richmond Public Schools system. The free family event will feature performances by local professionals including members of the Richmond Symphony, as well as some of RVA’s most talented youth musicians.

Oktoberfest at Maymont
September 23-24th

Drinking in the shadow of a Victorian mansion.

FRIDAY
The Maymont grounds will close at 4pm and reopen for Bier-Garden at 6pm. Join us for brats, beer and live music from Pay Rent Brass Band until 10pm!

SATURDAY
The Magnolia Gates will open for Bier-Garden at 11am. We’ll be back again with German-style food and beer pouring until 10pm! The Kinderzone will be open from 11am–6:30pm with games and crafts for kids. Enjoy live music from The Original Elbe Musikanten German Band, Dalton Dash and performances by Hirschjäger Bavarian Dancers.

Free parking is available in the Hampton Street parking lot (1700 Hampton St), The Robins Nature Center parking lot (2201 Shields Lake Dr) and street parking where available. The Maymont Farm parking lot (1001 Spottswood Rd) will be closed on Saturday.

Still need tickets? It’s not too late! Visit https://bit.ly/3AfhoIb, or purchase at the gates when you arrive.


Virginia State Fair
September 23rd – October 2nd

It’s the big grandaddy of fairs. Why isn’t it called the Virginia Commonwealth Fair? Regardless it’s a big deal. I expect with this weather it’ll also be a really big crowd. I usually save my fair time for weekdays to avoid the crowds but you do you.

You’ve waited all year and now you can finally enter our gates! We know the event only lasts a short while, but the memories will last a lifetime!
Buy your tickets here: https://1l.ink/8F4MFW2

Kickers vs Fuego at City Stadium
September 23rd

The Flying Squirrels playoff run is over but the Kickers are knocking on the door of the post season. With only two home games left you can help them kick that door in and into the playoffs.

The Richmond Kickers host Central Valley Fuego FC and are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Night. Visit our presenting sponsor at VAHCC.com

Happy Hour Special: From 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. enjoy the $5 special on 16 oz Heineken!

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance to save $5 on matchday pricing and to ensure quick entrance into the stadium upon arrival. GET TICKETS HERE: https://bit.ly/3Aca6F3

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