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Juneteenth – Our newest national holiday is Saturday but the events are happening all over. We made a list (not even pretending it’s comprehensive) that you can check out here. Join your fellow citizens and celebrate June 19th, 1865: the day that Union Army Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, and told slaves of their emancipation. That day came more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.
- Various Locations in Metro Richmond | Friday/Saturday/Sunday | Most events are free but a few are ticketed.
Meet T. Rex’s Family – The Science Museum of Virginia has an amazing new exhibit that opens on Saturday. You can check out a life-sized T. Rex skeleton and a bunch of his distant relatives. We got a sneak peek yesterday and were blown away. You can check out our pictures here.
- Science Museum of Virginia | 2500 W Broad St | June 19 – October 3rd | $15-$20.50 Includes Admission to all of SMV
Kickers vs Omaha – The Richmond Kickers are back to full capacity and hoping for win. If you head into the gates when they open at 5:00 you can enjoy $5 dollar beer made especially for the Kickers and their fans, Hat Trick IPA. Hope you like your beer hazy.
- City Stadium | 3201 Maplewood Ave | June 19th Gates Open 5:30 KO 6:30 | $9-$30 Need to be a Kickers + Member to get that $9 price
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Go Skate Day – The folks from Venue Skateboards are trying to get more folks on boards. A free introduction to skateboarding for beginners and anyone needing tips or questions answered at “Carter Jones” skatepark from 9:30-11. Later that afternoon we’ll head over to Texas beach and the one and only @clydesingleton will be back in action cooking and hanging out at 5:00, also a good amount of give aways and prizes for best tricks etc. this will probably be going on till dark
- Carter Jones Skatepark/Texas Beach Skatepark | 2715 Bainbridge St/1907 Texas Ave| June 20th 9:30 until folks quit | Free
RVA Outdoor Movie Night: Hidden Figures – Hardywood is hosting outdoor movies. Bring a chair or blanket and check out this great movie all while enjoying beers. That’s a good Friday.
- Hardywood Richmond Location | 2410 Ownby Lane | June 18th 8-10 PM | Free but beer is gonna cost ya
8th annual Richmond Dance Festival 2nd Weekend – This two-weekend festival features exceptional local and regional dance artists, as well as international dance film artists in the heart of historic Manchester at Dogtown Theatre. Richmond Dance Festival is one of the main programming initiatives of Dogtown Dance Theatre, supporting the organization’s mission to be a home for all independent artists. RDF supports established and rising choreographers and dance film artists, providing them with an opportunity to present their work to a live audience. This festival gives independent artists the ability to avoid the typical obstacles to performance, such as production and marketing costs, while offering the privileges of performing in front of a diverse audience from all parts of the Richmond community.
- Dogtown Theatre | 2410 Ownby Lane | June 18-19th 7 PM | $10 Students $20 GA | Tickets
Weekend Radar: Kicking, Barding, Ice Cream, Summerween, Forbidden, and Reptiles
Our picks for what to do on what promises to be a steamy weekend.
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Kickers vs Ft. Lauderdale – The Kickers had a week of rest after an exciting 3-2 victory two weeks ago. The boys are fighting for to climb up the table. This game is against the worst team in the league so this has the potential of being another high-scorer. Ft. Lauderdale is the affiliate team of Inter Miami of the MLS which is owned by David Beckham. Maybe he’ll make the trip up to check on his youngsters. The odds of this happening currently sit at 0.00001%, so there is a chance.
- City Stadium | 3201 Maplewood Ave. | Gates Open 5 PM Kickoff 6:30 PM Saturday, July 17th | $9 – $18 | Tickets
Richmond Shakespeare Festival – Bond with the Bard in a pretty nice location. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and join us on Agecroft Hall’s magnificent back lawn where you can sit as close to (or as far from) other patrons as you like! You’ll have a great view of the James River, the summer sky, the stage and, of course, Agecroft Hall’s beautiful facade. You can check out the sorta well-known Twelfth Night but I’m intrigued by the description of The Bottom Show. The latter comes with this warning: This show is devoid of anything vaguely intellectual, serious or romantic. Contains low-brow humor and semi-popular music.
- Quill Theater | 4305 Sulgrave Rd | 7:30 – 10:00 PM Thursday thru Sunday, July 8th – August 15th | $33 Adults, $28 Seniors and Groups (10+) $20 Students | Tickets
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Free Ice Cream – Gelati Celesti will be celebrating National Ice Cream Day this year with a promotion called, ‘Midnight Madness’, offering free ice cream at midnight. “We love celebrating America’s favorite sweet treat on National Ice Cream Day,” Steve Rosser, Owner and President, said. “As Saturday night turns into Sunday morning, we want to get the party started with free ice cream.”
All locations will be offering free toddler scoops from 12:01 a.m. to 1 a.m. on July 18, then they will reopen at 12 p.m. for periodic giveaways during the day such as treats, Gelati Celesti shirts, hats and gift cards.
- Gelati Celesti | Various Locations Listed Here | 12:01 AM to 1 AM, Sunday, July 18th | Free | Website
Summerween Family Fun Weekend – OddBalls is my favorite antique shop in town. This weekend they’re getting in the Halloween spirit. The store will be decorated for Halloween, and we will be playing Halloween music throughout the store. Kids (and pets) are encouraged to dress up and participate in our indoor Halloween trick-or-treat!!
- Oddballs | 7580 W Broad St | Sat-Sun, July 17th-18th | Free | Website
Forbidden Broadway – You can talk about it, it’s not that forbidden. A musical revue parodying Broadway’s biggest smash hits. I hear from an insider that it’s a can’t miss.
- Dogwood Dell | 600 S. Arthur Ashe Blvd | 8:30 PM, Thurs July 15th – Sun, July 24th | Free | Website
Reptile Expo – Not my cup of cold-blooded fun but for some this issssss a good time. Reptiles, feeders, supplies, everything under one roof.
- Richmond Raceway | 600 E. Laburnum | 9 AM – 3 PM, Saturday July 17th | $8 per person , children under 5 FREE, ages 6-9 $3 | Website
Weekend Radar: Boom, Kicking, Música, PopUp at Diamond
Our picks for this weekend’s fun.
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Fireworks – Love them or hate them they’re back this year. So here is your list courtesy of ABC8 of places to go or avoid. Please don’t try to do your own explosive show in the neighborhood, it’s dangerous, rude to your neighbors, and illegal. Leave the booms to the pros.
- Various Locations | In the Sky | 10ish Saturday and Sunday, July 3rd & 4th | Most are Free
Kickers – Kickers are back in town after a demoralizing defeat to NCFC this past Friday. Since this weekend is all about the RED, white and blue the Kickers can notch a win. Regardless of the result, the games are entertaining and there are plenty of beer and wine options to enjoy.
- City Stadium | 3201 Maplewood Ave | Gates open at 5:00, Kickoff at 6:30 Saturday and Sunday, July 3rd | Tickets $18-$30 (Kickers + $9) | Purchase Tickets
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Festival de Música -Bring the entire family to enjoy this Cultural Event in the park showcasing live music by Kadencia, Spanglish Latin American Band, Semilla Cultural, Salsa Guy Richmond, and a Cuban Salsa dancing class. Food trucks and vendors will be on site with items for purchase.
- Chesterfield County Fairgrounds | 10300 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield | Gates open at 3:00, Music from 4-8 PM, Saturday July 3rd, | Free | FB Event Page
PopUp Market at The Diamond – RVA’s Newest Weekly Vendor Market. Dozens of artisan, craft, and local business vendors. PLUS: Beer & Wine and Food Trucks! New and Different Vendors Every Week!
- Diamond Parking Lot | 3001 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard | 4-8 PM, Every Saturday | Free Entry | FB Event Page
Weekend Radar: Fever, Taste, Parking Lot Party, Deadlift, 43 Yard Sales
We’ve got your weekend picks for you right here and they’re some good ones.
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Full Moon Fever – Richmond’s Tom Petty tribute band is free-falling onto Brown’s Island. This event is put together by the Broadberry and for the most part is the “pod” system that has been used by Friday Cheers and other venues. Due to relaxation in rules, there is now a general admission option that puts you pretty far back in the great wide open. Perhaps you can
- Brown’s Island | S 7th Street | 5:30 – 10 PM, Saturday, June 26th | $25 only General Admission left | Tickets
Taste of Virginia – It’s the first “food” centric festival I know of since Covid Times. I honestly have no idea how big this will be the information isn’t giving a number just saying, “unique food trucks that inspire you to try new cuisine or enjoy your tried and true favorites”. They do promise beer, wine, bands, and fireworks.
- Innsbrook | 4600 Cox Rd, Glen Allen | 3:30 – 9:30 PM, Saturday, June 26th | $10 GA, $30 VIP | Tickets
RPAA’s Parking Lot Party – The Richmond Performing Arts Alliance is raising money so they can continue to provide local and world-class performing arts, transformative arts education experiences. They’re hosting art events, music, beer, wine, and a bit of food.
- Dominion Energy Center Parking Lot | 600 E Grace St | 4 – 7 PM , Saturday, June 16th | $10 – $20 | Tickets
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Deadlift Competition Fundraiser for LGBTQ+ Youth – Crunch Fitness, River City Fit, and Richmond Strong are hosting a Deadlift Competition in partnership with Stonewall Sports Richmond to benefit LGBTQ+ youth through Side by Side! This competition is open to all levels. Spectators are free, but there will be a suggested $5 donation at the door which enters you in the raffle!
- River City Fit | 16 N 25th Street | 12 PM , Saturday, June 16th | $5 Donation | Event Info
43 Yard Sales, 2 Neighborhoods – When two neighborhood associations combine yard sale forces it creates a tsunami of purchasing opportunities. The only downside is this year I’ll be trying to remove stuff from the house instead of buying more stuff. Swing on by if you want a handmade tiki bar and some tiki mugs.
- Westover Hills and Forest Hill Neighborhoods | Various Locations | 8 – 12ish PM , Saturday, June 16th | Maps of Sales