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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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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: Lights lots of Lights, Pocahontas Reframed, Craft + Design

It’s the weekend before Turkey Day weekend. Get ready for your upcoming week (or couple days) off by doing something fun.

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The Holiday Light Show – It’s a drive-thru of Christmas lights at the Richmond Raceway. Thousands of lights synchronized to music for a family-friendly 20-minute experience all from the comfort of your car. Assuming you have a comfortable car.

  • Richmond Raceway | 4690 Carolina Ave | Nov. 19th – Dec. 30th, 5-10 PM | $23-$35 per vehicle | Buy Tickets

Illuminate Light Show – It’s a drive-thru of Christmas lights not at the Richmond Race but at Meadow Event Park (Virginia Fairground). Similar deal, drive your car and look at pretty lights while listening to Christmas music or GWAR. It’s a holiday do whatever brings you joy. This event claims to have millions of lights not just thousands.

  • Meadow Event Park | 13111 Dawn Blvd., Doswell | Nov. 12th – Jan. 2nd, 5:30-10 PM | $30 per vehicle (more if your a limo or bus type vehicle) | Buy Tickets

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5th Annual Pocahontas Reframed Film Festival – The Festival, now in its fifth year, stems from a passion and desire for indigenous languages, cultures, and societies to thrive, and strives to bring together artists, authors, filmmakers, and actors willing to share, teach, and explain their creativity and history. The Festival includes Native American-affiliated classic and recently released films that have been official selections of world-renowned festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, the AIFF San Francisco, and the Toronto International Film Festival.

Craft + Design Online 2021 – This one can be done from the comfort of your couch but is worth a mention. Be warned this is not a budget friendly event. Now in its 57th year, Craft + Design is a museum-quality show that has garnered a reputation for showcasing the finest in contemporary craft. This year, Craft + Design is going online with a one-stop marketplace to browse and purchase work from over 100 craft artists from across the country.

  • Online | Nov. 17 – 21 | Free Unless You Want it IRL | Website

 

 

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Weekend Radar: Inlight, Marathon, Magic of Horror, Mud & Blood,

It’s shaping up to be a beautiful fall weekend here is what you should spend part of your time doing.

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Inlight Festival – 1708 Gallery’s 14th annual InLight will take place November 12-13, 2021 at Great Shiplock Park, Chapel Island, and nearby sites along the Virginia Capital Trail and Low Line in Richmond. This outdoor, two-night exhibition features artwork that embraces light and sound through sculpture, installation, and performance. Great Shiplock Park is located at a former shiplock constructed as part of the James River and Kanawha Canal system. Projects will engage with and expand upon the multiple themes and histories that can be found at these sites such as: trade and labor of then-enslaved peoples of African and Indigenous descent during and following the industrial revolution; the environmental impact—especially concerning water resources—of commerce and infrastructure; and the cultivation of spaces for alternative forms of historical preservation.

  • Shiplock Park | Pear and Dock Street | Fri-Sat Nov. 11-13th, 7- 11pm | Free | Facebook Event

Richmond Marathon – Thousands of runners will be hitting the street as the VCU Health Richmond Marathon is back. If you don’t feel like doing 26.2-mile run through the city check out the party zones with music and noisemakers at miles 7, 13 and 19. Standing on the sidewalk and cheering on the runners makes a difference.

  • Starts at 5th & Grace – Finishes at Brown’s Island | Sun, Nov 14th, 7:45 am start | Free to cheer | Website

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The Magic of Horror – A festival for independent films and art in the genre that orchestrates your nightmares! To us, the real “magic” of a horror film is in the creation of the story and the visual aspects. It all starts with the writers who dream up the scary stories and the directors who envision them for the screen. But we also celebrate the set designers who create the atmosphere, the costume designers and makeup artists who create the look for the characters, and the special effects artists who work their magic to make us believe that something terrible is happening. And of course, we certainly don’t forget about the cinematographers that capture all the magic, or the actors who bring it all to life!

  • Firehouse Theater | 1609 West Broad Street | Sat.-Sun Nov. 13-14th, 12- 9pm | $15-$20 | Buy Tickets

“Of Mud & Blood” Exhibition Opening – The Visual Arts Center of Richmond presents “Of Mud & Blood,” an exhibition that features collaborative works by Central Virginia-based ceramicists and tattoo artists. This exhibition explores these centuries-old crafts through various vessels, sculptures and any other form the work may take. Known for both of their own traditional styles and techniques, the artistic practices of clay and tattooing come together to bridge these two worlds.Opening reception on Friday, November 12 from 5:30-7 p.m. Gallery talk begins at 5:30 p.m.

Pieces from this exhibition will be on auction starting November 12th and proceeds will benefit two local Richmond organizations, MAD RVA and Health Brigade, as well as support community partnership programs at VisArts.
  • Visual Arts Center | 1812 West Main Street | November 12th to January 9th, Mon-Fri 9am – 9pm Sat-Sun 9am – 4pm. Free | Event Page

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Weekend Radar Spooky Edition: Fantastic Legend, Man Ray, Rams Revenge, Pop-up at Diamond

We’ve already covered some of the big events such as the Zombie Walk but here’s a few more for your ghoulish enjoyment.

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Legend Brewing’s Fangtastic Backyard Party – You won’t want to miss out on the biggest Fangtastic celebration in Richmond on October 30th & 31st. Saturday: Join us at the pub for live music and participate in our costume contest. Sunday: Celebrate Halloween with a screening of our Vampire Red video short and stick around for Nosferatu (1922), the original vampire film.

  • Legend Brewing | 100 Avenue of Champions | Saturday, Oct. 30th,  Oct. 31st 9 PM | Pay as you go | Facebook Event

Man Ray – Sounds like a scary monster but nope, it’s an insanely talented photographer. The VMFA’s latest exhibit opens on Saturday and it’ll be your chance to see amazing portraits including famous folks such as Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Henri Matisse, Wallis Simpson, and Babette to name a few.

  • VMFA | 200 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard |  10 am – 5 pm,  Daily, Last Day is Feb. 21st | Free for Members $10-$12 Non-members | Tickets

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Rams Fighting for Revenge – The VCU women’s soccer team had a great regular season and were crowned the winners of the A-10 Regular Season before their final game this past Sunday. The visitors on Sunday, St. Joseph’s, rained on their parade by winning the last home game. This Saturday at 7 PM the Rams will have their first playoff game and it’s St. Joseph is back looking for another upset. The last game was extremely hard-fought so expect more of the same tomorrow.

  • Sports Backers Stadium | 100 Avenue of Champions | Saturday, Oct. 30th at 7 PM | $7-$12 | Buy Tickets

Final Pop-up Market at the Diamond – Come one, come all! PopUp Market at the Diamond is finishing our 25th and final market of the season with a bang!
Daytime Trick or Treating for Kids, 70+ Vendors, Live Music, Adult Beverages, Games & More! Costume or no, come enjoy this FREE event!

  • Diamond | 3001 N Arthur Ashe Blvd |  Saturday, Oct. 30th 10 AM – 3 PM | Pay as you go | Facebook Event

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