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Weekend Radar: Baseball with Fireworks, Grass of Blue, Tower Cleanup, Pumphouse Tours

It’s the weekend and this is what we think you should do with your valuable free time.

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Before going to any of these events we highly recommend that you get vaccinated, wear a mask, and respect any of the rules that organizers of these events have established.

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In-Your-Face Fireworks & Groovy Funnville – The baseball season is winding down and there aren’t many more home games left. Fortunately the game tomorrow has sky booms. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a double header because the weather for tonight’s game isn’t inspiring confidence. – It’ll be a totally rad and groovy night in Funnville featuring pregame music and a special themed fireworks show from up close and inside the fences following the game.

  • The Diamond | 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard | 6  PM (first pitch), Saturday, Aug. 21st | $8-12 Suggested Donation | Tickets

Bluegrass Festival – This event is a little bit of a haul but it’s in a beautiful location and a chance to hear some great music. -Join us for an evening of music by the three of the region’s finest Bluegrass bands. South Hill Banks pulls from a wide range of influences such as classic rock, jam, blues, to traditional bluegrass to keep audiences entertained with a blend of sounds old and new. The High & Wides project a big, driving sound of mountain musical traditions defying boundaries while recalling the era when country, western swing, rockabilly, and early rock’n’roll. River City Band is a group that stays true to their hometown roots while continuously exploring many different genres and tastes.

  • Pocahontas State Park | 10301 State Park Rd, Chesterfield | 6  PM Gates open at 5 PM, Saturday, Aug. 21st | $20 | Tickets

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21st Tower Cleanup – The parks take a beating from all the visitors. James River Outdoor Coalition is giving one spot some love this weekend. – The 21st Tower is a beautiful entrance to the park and the southside of Belle Isle. JROC will be out there between 9am and 12pm cleaning up and making the area sparkle. We will be pulling weeds, laying down some mulch, and putting in some hardy plants. Please join us and show some love to an area that is heavily trafficked during the summer months.

  • James River Park | 21st Street Tower | 9 AM, Saturday, Aug. 21st | Free | Event Page

Pumphouse Tours – A rare chance to see inside the Pumphouse. This building is one of the hidden gems of Richmond. – Tours depart from the west entrance of the building every 30 minutes starting at 1:00, with the final tour starting at 2:30. Groups are limited to 20 people (first-come, first-served), so we recommend getting there a few minutes before your desired tour time. There is a $5 suggested donation, which will be used for our ongoing restoration efforts. As always, participants are required to wear a hard hat inside the building. We recommend wearing closed-toed shoes as well. Pets are not allowed into the building unless they can be carried for the duration of the tour. In accordance with the latest CDC guidance, we are asking all visitors to wear masks while inside the building.

  • Pumphouse | 21st Street Tower | 1-3  PM, Saturday, Aug. 21st | $5 Suggested Donation | Event Page

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Weekend Radar: Glow, Kickers, Costume Sale, Howl-o-ween Bash

It’s the weekend and it’s time do stuff that doesn’t involve work. Here is how we think you should spend your time.

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Maymont Garden Glow –  Each Wednesday-Sunday night, experience Maymont in a different light. At sunset, the Carriage House Lawn transforms into the Glow Village with food trucks, Glow Shop, fire pits and an expanded Glow Bar. Hike down the historic Woodland Trail to explore the iconic Japanese Garden and wander its dramatically illuminated paths. Maymont’s landscape will shine brilliantly for a wondrous experience to delight guests of all ages.

  • Maymont | 1000 Westover Road | October 15-November 7,  Times Vary | $7-$12 | Buy Tickets

Kickers – The Kickers are on the cusp of making the playoffs. A win on Saturday and they’re in. A few more wins and we’ll be watching a playoff game next month.

  • City Stadium | 3201 Maplewood Ave | Gates Open 5 PM –  KO 6:30 PM, Saturday, Oct. 15th | $9 – $18 | Tickets

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Host of Sparrows Costume Sale – Host of Sparrows Aerial Dance, Circus arts and entertainment is clearing out our costumes just in time for Halloween, but also some vintage in all departments , burly, fabric, masks, hats, gloves, hair & makeup stuff, notions, activewear shoes and boots, martial arts practice props, kids stuff, wigs, fire torches, and more! All sizes! For funsies we will also be flying in the air and welcome you to our yearly fundraiser for Host of Sparrows Aerial Circus. This is an outdoor event, and if rain happens we will move indoors to RVA Eventspace at the same address.

  • Plant Zero Art Studios | E, 3rd St between Decatur & Hull Street | Sunday, October 17th,  11 AM – 5 PM | $5 and up | Facebook Event
Lakeside Howl-o-ween Bash by Safe Space RVA – Shopping, a costume contest, trick-or-treating, music, food, games, and so much more! Sweet Treats & Eats from: LGBTQ+ and Black-owned Goody Goody, Karmalita’s Marshmallows, and B-Nay’s Sweets. A supply drive for Richmond Animal League and a few precious adoptable pups! Trick or Treating with over 45 vendors & businesses! Live music with Dirty Metal Lefty. A costume contest with over $100 in local Lakeside prizes!
  • Lakeside Farmers Market | 6106 Lakeside Ave | Friday, October 15th,  5-9 PM | $5 and up | Facebook Event

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Weekend Radar: Folk Festival (duh), Glen Allen Day, Bug Bizarre, Drive-in Laser

I’ll be spending my entire weekend at the Folk Festival but here are some events I’m bummed to be missing and perhaps they’re right up your alley.

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Richmond Folk Festival – The Richmond Folk Festival is one of Virginia’s largest events, drawing visitors from all over the country to downtown Richmond’s historic riverfront. The Festival is a FREE three-day event with musical acts across a wide range of genres. Read up on all of the fantastic artists who will perform. With styles ranging from jazz to gospel, Irish, rockabilly, salsa and more, there’s something for everyone to love or learn about. A few changes to the festival this year include no cash beer or merchandise sales and due to the highly interactive nature of the activities planned for the CarMax Family Area, we will not host a family area this year. Get all the information you need to plan your festival right here and be sure to throw some cash in the bucket.

  • Brown’s Island and Tredegar | 7th and Tredegar | Friday, October 8 from 6:30-10:00 PM, Saturday, October 9 from 1:00-9:30 PM, Sunday, October 10 from 1:00-6:00 PM | Free | Website

Glen Allen Day – It starts with a 5k then a parade, vendor fair, food trucks, stage entertainment, and family activities. This is the 25th Annual Glen Allen Day with the theme “25 Years of Bringing Glen Allen Together.”

  • Meadow Farm Museum at Crump Park | 3400 Mountain Rd Glen Allen | Saturday, October 9th,  9 AM – 3 PM | Free | Facebook Event

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Bug Bizarre – This event will feature live insect displays and children’s activities. Exhibits will show tobacco hornworms in all stages of life as well as parasitic wasps, several species of roaches, bess beetles, house spiders and other insects from the Kester Lab at Virginia Commonwealth University. Exhibits also will feature a honey-making beehive and a butterfly room, which will highlight butterflies and caterpillars. That’s not all Madagascar hissing cockroaches will be on display and will participate in races. I’m thinking of starting a betting operation on the races, look for the man in fez and red rose in his lapel. Password is “proboscis”.

  • Deep Run Recreation Center | 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy, Henrico | Saturday, October 9 from 1-4 PM | Free | Facebook Event

Drive-in Laser Show -The most spectacular laser show you have ever seen and it’s set up just like a Drive-in movie only WAY WAY BETTER! Pile up in your Raddest Ride and come out for the fantastic Drive-in Cabin Fever Laser Show! Bonus you can tailgate.

  • Richmond Raceway | 600 E Laburnum Ave | Fri – Sun, October 8-10th, 10 PM | $29.99 – $99.99 | Facebook Event

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Weekend Radar: Kickers, 2nd Street, Fire, Oktoberfest

Fall is in the air and its festival and fair season but that’s not all that’s going on. Our picks for your weekend fun.

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Kickers vs Chattanooga – Have you caught on yet that I want you to go to Kickers games? Well I really, really do. Nothing like a packed stadium watching one of the most popular sports in the world. Playoffs hang in the balance as the Kickers take on the USL1 League Leaders

  • City Stadium | 3201 Maplewood Ave | Gates Open 5 PM –  KO 6:30 PM, Saturday, Oct. 2nd | $9 – $18 | Tickets

2nd Street Festival – The 2nd Street Festival in Richmond returns in 2019 for its 31st anniversary, celebrating the rich culture of the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood. The 2nd Street Festival features four stages of live musical entertainment along with a Kidz Zone, popular food vendors, a marketplace and Artists Row to shop, the Richmond Metropolitan Antique Car Club, and walking tours given by Historic Jackson Ward Association.

  • Jackson Ward | N. 2nd Street in the Jackson Ward | Saturday 11:30 AM – 7:00 PM., and Sunday 12:00 – 6:00 PM, Oct. 2-3rd | Free | Website

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Carnival of 5 Fires – Fire is pretty darn amazing. People (that have been trained, practiced and have safety measures in place) playing with fire is even more amazing. This is part of First Fridays in Historic Jackson Ward for a night of visual and performing art, live music, DJs, circus arts, bellydancing, tarot reading, vendors, and more!

  • Gallery 5 | 200 West Marshall | Not sure what time things get lit but First Friday runs from 5-11 PM, Friday, Oct. 1st | Free | Event Page

Hardywood Oktoberfest – Grab your lederhosen and alpine hats, because it’s time to party! Hardywood is excited to kick off their 10th year anniversary month with their 3rd annual Oktoberfest. Enjoy a day filled with Oktoberfest fun, delicious food, and all of your favorite festive brews. A portion of the day’s proceeds will benefit Goochland Cares.

  • Hardywood West Creek | 820 Sanctuary Trail Dr | 12-10 PM, Saturday, Oct. 2nd | Pay as you go | Event Page

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