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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.

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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

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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

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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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