On the Radar
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
Under the Radar
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
Weekend Radar: Kicking, Footballing, Arting, River Cleaning, Gospeling
Our picks of what to do on the very last weekend of July.
On the Radar
Kickers – The hometown boys are back at home and this time facing Coach Sawatzky’s old team FC Tucson. Name one good thing about Tucson? I knew you couldn’t. The weather is looking more tolerable for a change so get out there and support your local soccer team.
- City Stadium | 3201 Maplewood Ave | Gates Open 5 PM – KO 6:30 PM, Saturday, July 31st | $9 – $18 | Tickets
Washington Football Team Training Camp – The other football team is warming up out at the training center on Leigh Street. Currently, they are at capacity so time to hit up your NFL fanatic friends for their extra tickets, it will also explain if you see more burgundy in town than usual.
- Bon Secours Training Center | 2401 West Leigh Ave | Gates Open 8 AM – 6:30 PM, Saturday, July 31st | Free | Website
Under the Radar
Pop-Up Art Market – Pop into Basic City Beer Co (RVA) every week to shop for handmade goods created in Richmond. This Saturday: Foxy Epoxy, albahaca tailandesa, KitColorShow, Arlanda James Skincare, New makers every week! Indoors, in the spacious taproom. Did we mention beer because yeah, there’s beer.
- Basic City Brewery | 212 West Sixth Street | 3 PM – 7 PM, Saturday, July 31st | Free | FB Event
Väsen 4th Anniversary Celebration: River Clean Up – Väsen is hosting a River Clean up and we would love for the community to join their crew while they clean up one of their favorite trail systems in Richmond, Pony Pasture. Details: Upon arrival, head over to the Väsen registration tent and our crew will get you equipped for picking up litter. Our friends over at Richmond Community Toolbank are hooking us up with the equipment needed (trash picker-uppers, trash bags, and plastic gloves) but you’ll need to bring your trusty water bottle & sunscreen! We recommend wearing comfortable gear and close toed-shoes.
- Pony Pasture | 7200 Riverside Drive | 10 AM – 12 PM, Saturday, July 31st | Free | FB Event
Gospel Fest – Dogwood Dell will come to life with Gospel Fest hosted by Richmond gospel queen Sheilah Belle. This is another performance of the city’s free Festival of Arts.
- Dogwood Dell | 600 S Arthur Ashe Blvd | 2 PM, Sunday, August 1st | Free | List of Festival of Arts Events
Weekend Radar: Mighty Joshua, Kölsch, Seltzer, Kickers, Comics
Our picks of how to spend your valuable weekend time.
On The Radar
Mighty Joshua – Joshua is indeed Mighty and he’ll bring you the reggae like no other and this show is free so you gotta go.
- Gallery 5 | 5203 Hatcher Street | 7 PM, Friday, July 24th | Free | Gallery 5 Facebook
Triple Crossing KÖLSCHFEST – Beers in a festival format. Triple Crossing is getting folks together to celebrate Kölsch and a few of its beery friends. For those not in the know technically, for beer to be called a Kolsch, it has to come from the city of Cologne but rules be damned. Head over to Fulton to enjoy this perfect summer beer. Special Kölsch Festival coasters will be sold for $10.00/each and include 4 x 200ml Kölsch Stange pours.
- Triple Crossing Fulton | 200 West Marshall | 12-8 PM, Saturday, July 24th | $10 First Come First Served | Event Page
Hard Seltzer Saturday – Two boozy events on the radar, each appealing to a specific demographic. Hard Seltzer Saturday will be held in conjunction with PopUp Market at The Diamond. Head there to enjoy a wide variety of Hard Seltzers, local live music, and check out 50+ local craft and artisan vendors.
- The Diamond | 5203 Hatcher Street | 10 AM – 6 PM, Saturday, July 24th | Pay as you go for drinks | Event Page
Under The Radar
Kickers Viewing Party – The Kickers are you local pro soccer team and a good bunch of guys. They suffered a loss on Wednesday but don’t have time to sulk. The boys in Red are in South Georgia on Saturday but you can watch them with other Kicker faithful at Home Town Grill.
- Home Team Grill | 1630 West Main Street | 7:30 PM, Saturday, July 24th | Free to Attend – Pay for food and drinks | Event Page
Comicon – Covid-19 has kept the cons from conning but now they’re back. Head to the Raceway for your comic book and cosplay fix. Also G.L.O.W. Superstar Gremlina will be there, so that’s cool.
- Richmond Raceway | 600 E. Laburnum | 11 AM – 4 PM, Saturday, July 24th | $9.95 – $14.95 | Website and 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.
On The Radar
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
Under The Radar
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