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: Squirrels, Arts, Soul Vegans, Panthers
We’ve had a couple days that have felt like fall and fall means festivals and football.
On the Radar
Flying Squirrels Last Home Games – The Squirrels have one more roadtrip before wrapping up their season. Your last chance to see them in person without driving to Erie. There are games all weekend against Akron with fireworks on Saturday. Head down the Diamond and say goodbye to your favorite, flying and batting rodent.
- The Diamond | 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard | Fri-Sunday, Sept. 10-12th | $8-12 | Tickets
43rd Street Festival of the Arts – Head over to the Forest Hill neighborhood and support over 60 artists. You’ll also be helping out CARITAS.
- Forest Hill | 43rd Street | 10 AM – 4 PM, Saturday, Sept. 11th | Free (Donations Accepted) | Facebook Page
Under the Radar
Soul Vegan Block Party – The Soul Vegan Block Party’s mission is to introduce and promote a healthy and ethically conscious plant-based lifestyle to communities of color in Richmond. Bonus I just read the first 100 to show up get a sweet bag full of swag. Get your veggie on.
- Chimborazo Park | 3215 E. Broad Street| 1 – 6 PM, Saturday, Sept. 11th | Pay as you go | Website
VUU First Home Game – The Panthers are back and they’ve got some renovations of Hovey Stadium to show off. New turf and stands are in place and later this year they’ll unveil a video replay screen. They’ve already played once on the road and lost 42-28. A win at home against Valdosta will be just the thing to wash that loss away.
- Hovey Stadium | 3215 E. Broad Street| 5 PM, Saturday, Sept. 11th | Free for VUU students, $15-$20 | Website
Weekend Radar: Legwarmers, Dirty South, Free Lewis Ginter, Acro-Cats, Latin Jazz
The pedantic will say it’s not the last weekend of the summer but we all know that Labor Day marks the end of summer funtime. Best make the most of this weekend and hit up some or all of these events.
On the Radar
The Legwarmers – Break out your Members Only jacket and head down to the National to rock to this 80’s tribute band. That sentence either greatly appeals to you or makes you roll your eyes. there is no middle ground. If you give them a shot this band might spin your right round baby right round.
- The National | 708 E. Broad Street | 8 PM, Friday, Sept 3rd | $18 | Tickets
Dirty South – This is the last weekend of the VMFA’s exhibit Dirty South. Featuring more than 140 works of art, drawing from the visual imagery found in music videos, song lyrics and cultural ephemera, The Dirty South looks deeply into the frameworks of landscape, belief systems and the Black body. Through the contributions of artists – both academically trained as well as those creative intellectuals relegated to the margins as “folk artists” – the foundational aesthetics that gave rise to the shaping of our contemporary expression are uncovered.
- VMFA | 200 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard | 10 am – 5 pm, Daily, Last Day is Sept. 6th | Free for Members $10-$12 Non-members | Tickets
Free Lewis Ginter Monday – There is no arguing that Lewis Ginter is worth the price of admission. When the admission is FREE and the forecast is perfect there is no reason not to head over. Admission to the Garden on this day includes exhibits including M&T Bank RESTORE: The Healing Power of Nature. This is sponsored by Genworth
- Lewis Ginter | 1800 Lakeside Avenue | 9 AM – 5 PM, Monday, Sept 6th| Free | Website
Under the Radar
The Amazing Acro-Cats – Cats “playing” music. What more do you need to know? How about the band line-up? The current band lineup features St. Clawed on guitar, Bue on drums, Nue on keyboard, and NOW some brand-new members: Ahi on woodblocks and Albacore on cowbell, Roux on trumpet, and Oz on Saxophone. There is even a chicken – Cluck Norris – rockin’ the tambourine! All this to help out Rock Cats Rescue that has saved the lives of over 230 cats and kittens.
- Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse | Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts 600 East Grace Street | Shows Various Times, Sept 2 – 6th | $25 – $48 | Tickets
Latin Jazz Fest – Get ready to swing those hips at the 14th-annual Latin Jazz Fest. Artists include Orquesta Fuego with its salsa hit “Piensa Con El Corazon,” Grammy nominees Marcus Hernandez and Miss YaYa, HipHop Jibarito out of New York, Richmond’s own “Sweet Lou” Luis Hidalgo, and the salsa band Rafael Ortiz y El Tumbao Urbano All-Stars.
- Dogwood Dell | 1300 Blanton Ave | Saturday, Sept 4th | Free
Weekend Radar: Kickers, Fair, Crabs, One Love
Summer is coming to a close as kids go back to school. Making the most of your weekend is even more important so we’ve picked some winners for y’all.
On the Radar
Kickers – The boys are home again and need the win to stay in the playoff hunt. They won last Sunday on the road and are hungry to get a second.
- City Stadium | 3201 Maplewood Ave | Gates Open 5 PM – KO 6:30 PM, Saturday, Aug. 28th | $9 – $18 | Tickets
Chesterfield County Fair – The 108th Annual Chesterfield County Fair kicks off on Friday with all the usual fair fun. Pig races, fried foods, rides, chainsaw carvings and live entertainment. Added bonus this year of three-ring circus, an illusionist and escape artist.
- Chesterfield County Fairgrounds | 10300 Courthouse Road | Aug. 27th – Sept. 9th | $5-$10 | Website
Crabs & Beer by the James – All YOU CAN EAT Crabs & Beer Festival on Brown’s Island. Food vendors all day . Music will performed LIVE by TESTIPHY and 6 DJS playing all day. RAIN OR SHINE! National and craft beer. (Heineken, Coors light, etc plus craft beer selections) CASH ONLY. I do give this recommendation with a caveat, I haven’t been and it sounds a little too good to be true. Attend at your own risk. Also about the pricing: $10 kids under 10, $45 gets you all you can eat crabs from 1-5 PM, General Admission $20 gets you on the island but no crabs.
- Brown’s Island | Brown’s Island | 1-6 PM Aug. 28th | $10-$45 | Tickets
Under the Radar
One Love Community Block Party – Southside doesn’t get the love it should. There are many folks working to make Manchester and other parts of Southside a great place to be. This is another example. Ajay Brewer of Brewer’s Cafe is helping to organize an evening for businesses, artists, entrepreneurs, musical artists, community leaders, & members of the greater Richmond area community to market themselves and have a wonderful time doing it. Live music, DJ, vendors, beer and food.
- In front of Brewer’s Cafe | 1125 Bainbridge Street | 4-10 PM, Saturday, Aug. 28th | Pay as you go | Event Page