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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
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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.
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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
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.
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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
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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
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.
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