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Weekend Radar: Addams Family, Coastal Canoeists’ Paddlesports Film Festival, Silent Party, VMFA After 5

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Addams Family at Dogwood Dell
July 22-31st

They’re creepy and they’re kooky,
Mysterious and spooky,
They’re all together ooky,
The Addams Family
They’re also free the next two weekends at Dogwood Dell. The cast is massive and there is a live orchestra so go grab some live theater y’all.

This summer’s musical finale for the Festival of Arts at the Dogwood Dell – Byrd Park, Richmond, Virginia is “The Addams Family”, Friday – Sunday, July 22-24 & 29-31 at 8:30 PM on the Dell stage! The production is directed and choreographed by Amy Perdue, musically directed by David Clatterbuck and stage managed by Christy Hudson!

Coastal Canoeists’ Paddlesports film festival at Basic City Brewing Company
July 23rd

Getting a river-rat out of the water is hard but a good film on their sports will. Basic City will be swarmed with river-rats join in the fun.

100% net proceeds benefit Beyond Boundaries proceeds are being donated to Beyond Boundaries, an organization dedicated to offering individuals of all ability levels, no matter physical, cognitive, or economic situation, the opportunity to experience outdoor activities with the surrounding community.
Check them out at https://www.beyondboundariesrva.org/.
Doors Open at 5:00pm Films Begin at 6:00pm
Admission (cash only): $10 / Person – $5 for Coastal Members and Students
Raffle tickets (cash only): $5 / ticket or 3 tickets for $10
VENUE: Basic City Beer Co. Southside RVA, 212 W 6th St, Richmond, VA 23224

The Silent Party at 17th Street Farmers Market
July 23rd

Be very quiet we’re having a party.

2 live DJ’s playing your favorite hits all surrounded locally owned restaurant and bars.

The concept is simple. Upon arrival you will receive a wireless pair of headphones in order to fully tap into our ‘Silent Party’ DJ’s LIVE mixes and appropriately distance yourself wherever you feel most comfortable in the marketplace. Each headphone will be fully sanitized prior and in your possession throughout the duration of the event.

You are able to bring lawn chairs OR feel free to make a reservation at any of the restaurants located within the 17th Street Market as our wireless headphones will transmit into all 7+ local establishments.

Music Provided by: DJ Nobe x DJ Prolific

After 5 Fridays at VMFA
July 22nd

I haven’t given this a plug this summer. Great spot to hang with friends, listen to music, and have a drink. When your friends ask what you did this weekend you can say, “I went to the VMFA” and they’ll think you’re all cultured and stuff.

It’s Summertime! Join us in the Robins Sculpture Garden for an evening of music. Markus Gold on the spin will be coming at you live from the Pauley Patio. Grab a drink and enjoy. Dancing is encouraged.
After 5 Fridays Presented by Chase is the perfect way to kick off the weekend. Relax with a beverage, visit the galleries for an art escape, and take part in the following Friday-night events:
First Fridays
Dance After Work
Taste of Art
Summer Breeze

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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: Music at VMFA, Gallery 55 at UU, Cosplay World, Dachtoberfest

The weather has thrown a wrench into many plans but we found a few things to do that will hopefully work out.

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Music at the VMFA Galleries
September 30th

Look at art while musical artists play for you. It’s a double dose of culture and you won’t get rained on.

Photo: Eli Christman

Experience works of art in VMFA’s galleries as the Richmond Symphony serenades your visit with a live performance. A collaboration between VMFA and the Richmond Symphony.
Conducted by Chia-Hsuan Lin

Gallery 55 at First UU Art Show
September 30th – October 2nd

More indoor art to check out. This is art and crafts you can buy.

Gallery at First UU is the annual fine arts and crafts show at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond. The 55th year of Gallery is scheduled for September 28 to October 2, 2022.
Admission is free and all are welcome! We are so glad to be coming back this year after a two-year hiatus. Mark your calendars to come join us for this wonderful community event.
Starting in 1966 in the church basement with about 20 artists, Gallery has evolved into Richmond’s longest-running juried fine arts and crafts show and sale. More than 4,000 works from about 150 of Virginia’s finest artists are artfully displayed, including oil paintings, watercolors, lithographs, fiber art, lamps, photographs, prints, pottery, sculpture, furniture, jewelry, stained glass, paper, wood, wearable art, weaving, and more!
Show Hours
Opening Night: Wednesday 9/28, 5-8 pm
Thursday 9/29, 3-8 pm
Friday 9/30, 3-8 pm
Saturday 10/1, 12-5 pm
Final Day: Sunday 10/2, 12-5 pm
Pick-up Art: Monday 10/3, 9-6
Artist Pickup: Tuesday 10/4, 9-6

Cosplay World at the Convention Center
October 1-2nd

This is the first year of this event in Richmond so we can’t speak from experience but do know that most cosplayers are warm and welcoming. If you’re into cosplay or want to learn more this could be for you.

COSPLAY WORLD is the Premiere Cosplay Festival and Workshop series making its debut in Richmond, Virginia. October 1st and 2nd 2022.
The Premiere Cosplay Festival and Workshop series kicks off in Richmond, Virginia at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, on October 1st and 2nd. Cosplayers, Celebs, Workshops and $2500 worth in costume contest prizes!

2022 Dachtoberfest at Marriot Downtown
October 1st

Lots of little long dogs and the owners that love little long dogs. The chance of an embarrassing typo in the sentence was strong.

Join DEF for our Inaugural Event – Dachtoberfest!
A one day family and dog friendly event full of dachshund themed fun for everyone. Featuring wiener dog racing, costume contests, guest speakers, vendors, raffles and so much more!!
$10 Pre-Sale Tickets on sale now!
(Tickets at the door will be $15.)

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Weekend Radar: East End Music Festival, Oktoberfest, Virginia State Fair, Kickers

So many events going on so little weekend.

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RVA East End Music Festival at Henry L Marsh III Elementary School
September 24th

A wonderful opportunity to support Richmond students and hear some great music.

Since 2016, the RVA East End Festival has raised over $400,000 to support music, visual arts and performing arts programs at eight elementary, middle and high schools in the East End communities of the Richmond Public Schools system. The free family event will feature performances by local professionals including members of the Richmond Symphony, as well as some of RVA’s most talented youth musicians.

Oktoberfest at Maymont
September 23-24th

Drinking in the shadow of a Victorian mansion.

FRIDAY
The Maymont grounds will close at 4pm and reopen for Bier-Garden at 6pm. Join us for brats, beer and live music from Pay Rent Brass Band until 10pm!

SATURDAY
The Magnolia Gates will open for Bier-Garden at 11am. We’ll be back again with German-style food and beer pouring until 10pm! The Kinderzone will be open from 11am–6:30pm with games and crafts for kids. Enjoy live music from The Original Elbe Musikanten German Band, Dalton Dash and performances by Hirschjäger Bavarian Dancers.

Free parking is available in the Hampton Street parking lot (1700 Hampton St), The Robins Nature Center parking lot (2201 Shields Lake Dr) and street parking where available. The Maymont Farm parking lot (1001 Spottswood Rd) will be closed on Saturday.

Still need tickets? It’s not too late! Visit https://bit.ly/3AfhoIb, or purchase at the gates when you arrive.


Virginia State Fair
September 23rd – October 2nd

It’s the big grandaddy of fairs. Why isn’t it called the Virginia Commonwealth Fair? Regardless it’s a big deal. I expect with this weather it’ll also be a really big crowd. I usually save my fair time for weekdays to avoid the crowds but you do you.

You’ve waited all year and now you can finally enter our gates! We know the event only lasts a short while, but the memories will last a lifetime!
Buy your tickets here: https://1l.ink/8F4MFW2

Kickers vs Fuego at City Stadium
September 23rd

The Flying Squirrels playoff run is over but the Kickers are knocking on the door of the post season. With only two home games left you can help them kick that door in and into the playoffs.

The Richmond Kickers host Central Valley Fuego FC and are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Night. Visit our presenting sponsor at VAHCC.com

Happy Hour Special: From 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. enjoy the $5 special on 16 oz Heineken!

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance to save $5 on matchday pricing and to ensure quick entrance into the stadium upon arrival. GET TICKETS HERE: https://bit.ly/3Aca6F3

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Weekend Radar: Street Art Festival, PlantFest, James River Park System Birthday Party, Veggie Fest

All of our picks take place outside. Get out there and enjoy the weather and these awesome local events.

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RVA Street Art Festival at the Power Plant on the Canal Walk
Sept 16-18th

The old murals are gone. Long live the new murals. Well at least until we have another Street Art Festival.

2022 RVA STREET ART FESTIVAL – THE RETURN TO THE POWERPLANT
The RVA Street Art Festival will return to celebrate its tenth anniversary at the spot where it all began, the Power Plant building along the Haxall Canal from September 16-18, 2022. In the last ten years, Richmond’s biggest outdoor art gallery has become one of the City’s most visited and photographed spots; this fall, the Festival will bring another fresh dose of color and creativity to Downtown.

The festival will not only celebrate the growth of street art in Richmond over the last decade but also highlight the growth of the culinary, brewing, and arts communities in RVA.

ACTIVITIES
Live Mural Painting
Music
Beer and Food Trucks

Festival Vendor with Art and Festival Merchandise

The RVA Street Art Festival showcases amazing local and national artistic talent and revitalizes communities in need of some color and creativity.
The focus of the RVA Street Art Fest three-fold: supporting youth art education, discovering local talent and bringing life to our beautiful city.

Fall Plantfest at Lewis Ginter
September 16th & 17th

It seems counterintuitive to my little brain but Fall is a great time to plant. This is a great opportunity to stock up on native plants and create your own perfect ecosystem in your backyard.

Did you know, fall is the best time to plant? Fall PlantFest is just around the corner! Join us on September 16-17 to buy some Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden horticulturist favorites, a great selection of native plants with over 35 vendors: https://bit.ly/FallSALE
Fall PlantFest is held outside in Parking Lot C at the Garden (no admission fee or ticket necessary.)
*PlantFest is Fido-friendly — bring your leashed pups!
*Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists will be on-site to answer your plant questions


James River Park System’s 50th Birthday Party at Belle Isle
September 17th

The James River Park System is the jewel of Richmond and its birthday should be celebrated by one and all.

Join us to experience adventures that make the James River Park System so special: kayaking, fishing, mountain biking, hiking.
All equipment is provided, and all activities are free. All events are suited for beginners.
Free food provided by Friends of James River Park.


Richmond VegFest at Byrd Park
September 17th

Veg out with fellow veggers.

Calling all vegans, vegetarians, flexitarians, veg-curious and climate-friendly folks and animal-lovers! Join us for the 19th annual Richmond VegFest!
This FREE, family-friendly event will be held on Saturday, September 17th in Byrd Park near the Carillon and Dogwood Dell from noon to 6pm.
Discover over 80 local vendors and enjoy delicious vegan food and live music featuring performances from Holy River and the Super Sugar Beats. Check out our main stage for educational speakers and cooking demonstrations. Bring your kids to enjoy face painting, moon bounces and more.
This event is FREE to attend thanks in large part to our generous sponsors; Vegan Action, My Vegan Sweet Tooth, Natural Awakenings Magazine, Soupergirl, Vegetarian Society of Richmond and VegFund.

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