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Weekend Radar: Moonlight Ride, AVAIL, Dragon Boats, Black Widow Tryouts

All our picks are taking place outside and the variety is a reminder of how awesome our city can be.

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Virginia Credit Union Moonlight Ride on the Northside and Sportsbackers
August 5th (Tonight)

It’s not too late to sign-up and ride with hundreds of others. Get back into the saddle little buckaroo.

Along with the 8-mile Ride, the 3-mile Family Ride, and virtual option, the Virginia Credit Union Moonlight Ride has something for everyone! Upon finishing your ride back at Sports Backers Stadium, celebrate at the Post-Ride Party with music, refreshments, and a soft drink or beer. Whether you join us for the in-person festivities or choose to ride your own route, all participants will receive a commemorative event shirt, bike lights, goodie bag, and more!

Costume & Tacky Light Contest: Dress up as your favorite character or decorate your bike with tacky lights. Be creative! Prizes will be handed out to the top 3 individuals, duos/groups and children, so be as outrageous as possible!

Register here.

AVAIL at Brown’s Island
August 6th

This is going to be a crowded one y’all. Can Brown’s Island sell out? Guess we’ll find out tomorrow. It’s a punk extravaganza with AVAIL, Quicksand, Cave In, Ceremony, Screaming Females, Terminal Bliss.

Tickets were still available here when I checked this morning.

Richmond International Dragon Boat Festival at Rockett’s Landing
August 6th

I’ve always dreamed of riding the dragon. It’s not going to happen this year but at least I can watch the dragons be rowed. It’s too late to register a team but there will be plenty to watch.

Image: Richmond Dragon Boat Facebook

Regarded as the liveliest festival stop on the MLDB circuit, Richmond is always a high-energy whirlwind of community rivalry mixed with team spirit. Embraced by local community teams, many festival attendees get creative with colorful uniforms, memorable costumes, and zany tent displays in the Athletes’ Village.

Thanks to the city’s central location on the American East Coast, teams from across the eastern seaboard and beyond travel to join local crews for a fun day of dragon boat festivities on and off the water. Many out-of-towners extend their stay to discover the attractions that made Richmond one of Frommers’ Top Destinations for 2014, such as the Civil War Trails, white water rafting, local craft breweries, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 17th Street Farmers’ Market, and the Edgar Allen Poe Museum.

Races take place on a 500m course with events for Mixed, Women’s, and Open teams. Local crews battle it out for the coveted Community Championship trophy.

Richmond Black Widows Open Tryouts at Randolph Community Center Park
August 6th

The Richmond Black Widows are the first women’s full tackle, 11-on-11, football team in Richmond. If you think you’ve got what it takes to join the team now is your moment to shine.

The Richmond Black Widows are holding open workouts!! As we begin gearing up for the 2023 season we would like to invite anyone interested in working out with the team to join us!
No football knowledge necessary! Come have fun and get a really great work out in. You have two opportunities to get work in before tryouts! 8/6 and 8/13.

What to Bring:
1) WATER!! Gotta stay hydrated
2) Towel. You are definitely going to sweat!
3) A friend! The more the merrier
What to Wear:
1) Any type of work out clothing that you don’t mind possibly getting dirty.
2) Sneakers or Cleats
Above all else bring your POSITIVE attitude and willingness to participate!
See you there!!

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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: Lucy Dacus, Cat Show, Prabir Trio “Hourglass Sessions” EP Release, Fish Fry

We had a sit-down with Mother Nature and she’s going to cut us a break this weekend. Take advantage of some cooler temps.

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Lucy Dacus & Courtney Barnett with Samia at Brown’s Island
July 29th (Tonight)

This is going to be a good one with Richmond native Lucy Dacus. As of this morning there were still tickets available.

LiVE LOUD: LUCY DACUS & COURTNEY BARNETT
with Samia
at Brown’s Island
July 29, 2022
Tickets on sale Friday, 3/18!
Tickets: https://bit.ly/LucyCourtney7-29
#SeeYouOnTheIsland
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DON’T GET RIPPED OFF!
The only authorized seller of tickets for this event is Broadberry Entertainment Group. You can safely purchase tickets at the lowest available price on our website or at our box office, located inside Plan 9 Records in Carytown. Broadberry Entertainment Group is not responsible for tickets purchased in any other locations and will not honor, exchange, or refund counterfeit, duplicate or invalid tickets.

Richmond Cat Show at Richmond Raceway
July 30th,

I’m a dog person. Taking me to a cat show would be torture but I know there are cat people and this is where you can find your kind.

🐈 𝗦𝗘𝗘 𝗨𝗣 𝗧𝗢 𝟯𝟱 𝗕𝗘𝗔𝗨𝗧𝗜𝗙𝗨𝗟 𝗖𝗔𝗧 𝗕𝗥𝗘𝗘𝗗𝗦!
~ 𝗦𝗛𝗢𝗪 𝗔𝗖𝗧𝗜𝗩𝗜𝗧𝗜𝗘𝗦 ~
👪 This is a 𝗙𝗔𝗠𝗜𝗟𝗬-𝗙𝗥𝗜𝗘𝗡𝗗𝗟𝗬 𝗘𝗩𝗘𝗡𝗧 that is fun for all ages!
🏆 𝗪𝗔𝗧𝗖𝗛 cats and kittens compete for Best in Show IN EACH of the 6 separate JUDGING RINGS!
😻 𝗙𝗥𝗘𝗘 cat coloring books for the first 100 children!
🧸 𝗦𝘁𝘂𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗱 𝗔𝗻𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗹 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁 around 2pm! Every entry wins a prize.
🛒 𝗦𝗛𝗢𝗣𝗣𝗜𝗡𝗚 for cats and people with vendors selling cat related items cat teasers, cat grooming products.
~ 𝗦𝗛𝗢𝗪 𝗛𝗢𝗨𝗥𝗦 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗚𝗨𝗘𝗦𝗧𝗦 ~
Saturday, July 30th • 9AM to 4PM
~ 𝗟𝗢𝗖𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 ~
Richmond Raceway Complex 600 E. Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23222
Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/MzRQFEBhQjiJEWq69
FREE PARKING
~ 𝗔𝗗𝗠𝗜𝗦𝗦𝗜𝗢𝗡 ~
Tickets 🎟️ at the door Credit/Debit/Cash • Adults $8 • Seniors (65+) & Children 5-12 $6 • Children 4 & under free • Family 4 pack $20 • Online Tickets: mkc.ticketleap.com/richmondcatshowjuly30/
FREE PARKING
Come see 180 purebred and household pet cats compete for top cat in different judging rings throughout the day. Meet Maine Coon Cats, Egyptian Mau, Persians, Siamese, Ragamuffins, Bengals and up to 30 other breeds!
You can sit and watch cats on the judging table, or walk around and visit with the cats between judging. No matter what time you arrive you’re bound to see your favorite breed being judged.

Prabir Trio “Hourglass Sessions” EP release with Rikki Rakki and Mia Colpa! at Gallery 5
July 30th

Always great to see talented folks releasing new music into the world. Run, new music join the music herd off in the distance. Run be free.

Join us for Prabir Trio’s EP release at Gallery5!!!
Prabir Trio “Hourglass Sessions” EP release with Rikki Rakki and Mia Colpa!
The Prabir Trio blends more eastern sounds with western rhythms in the release of their latest recording. This live performance was recorded by Hourglass Sessions and will be released to the public for a limited run on Saturday July 30th at GALLERY5!

Sat July 30
Doors 8 / music 830
$10adv $12door

Fulton Hill Fish Fry & Birthday Celebration at Mrs. Girlee’s Kitchen
July 31st

My friends in the know tell me Mrs. Girlee’s Kitchen is pretty darn good. I haven’t been yet but perhaps this is the time.

Join us for the Fulton Hill Fish Fry and Birthday Celebration for the owner, Helen Holmes! The time is 12-4 pm at 4809 Parker Street RVA. Featuring the 5.00 Fish Sandwich! Live music by Rob & The Crew! Vendor opportunities available!

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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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Weekend Radar: RVA Music Night, Doug Dobey Fundraiser, Hanover Tomato Festival, This is GWAR

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RVA Music Night: Matthew E. White, Benét & The Last Real Circus (Last Friday Cheers of SEASON!) at Brown’s Island
July 15th

This is a makeup date due to a storm that rumbled through earlier this summer. Friday Cheers is a great excuse to stand outside, drink beer, and listen to music. This show is arguably better because it’s all RVA bands.

Friday Cheers, presented by Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, returns to Brown’s Island for its 37th season as Richmond’s longest running concert series and the City’s largest event of its kind, showcasing some of the nation’s hottest touring bands and some all-time regional favorites.
Doors – 5:50PM
Last Real Circus – 6:15 PM
https://youtu.be/3Hr-dJbyDfs
Benét – 7:30 PM
https://youtu.be/PGvVqOt6xW8
Matthew E. White – 8:30 PM
https://youtu.be/uYJGXzvbCCg
Ticket Information:
Tickets are $10 in advance and available for purchase via TicketstoBuy or $15 at any of the event entrances (Credit/Debit Only)
Children 12 & under are FREE

It’s Time for Da Perculator – A Benefit for Doug Dobey at Castelburg Brewery
July 16th, 3-10 PM

This one is near and dear to my heart. Doug Dobey is a close friend and suffered a stroke. This will help raise funds to cover medical and living expenses. Tons of great bands, raffles and silent auctions. Even if you don’t know Doug this is worth coming out for.

Let’s raise some money for Doug Dobey’s continued recovery!

Doug experienced a health crisis in April. Freelance graphic designers don’t get paid if they’re not working. We want to help raise funds so Doug and his daughter, Harper, can focus on his recovery. There will be great beer, live music and fun raffles!
If you have gift cards or items that could be raffled off, please contact Mark Anderson Brown at [email protected]
If you are an artist, and would like to donate items to be sold at the July 16th fundraiser, please contact Kelly Adler at [email protected]
If you can’t attend, consider donating to his GoFundMe at https://gofund.me/55465c13

Live music by:
– Beex
– X Suckas
– Really Big Good Guys
– Rikki Rakki
– L’Amour deux
– Power Chordz
– Jimmy Catlett

Fun stuff:
– Art for sale
– Silent Auction
– Event T-shirts
– Raffles (including a $500 gift pack from The Richmond Kickers)

Hanover Tomato Festival at Pole Green Park
July 15-16th

A good tomato is hard to beat and if you do beat it you’ve got ketchup. Go to the festival and bring back all the delicious tomatoes.

The Hanover Tomato Festival returns in 2022! This free, outdoor family and pet-friendly festival returns to Pole Green Park.
In addition to select agriculture, handcraft and artisan vendors, there will be delicious Hanover Tomatoes for purchase, tasting and a variety of delicious Hanover Tomato-focused cuisine.

Friday, July 15, 5:00PM – 9:00PM
– Live music from the popular party band InsideOut
– Beer sales provided by and benefitting Hanover CREW Foundation
– Challenging and fun Pizza Race & Relay
– An energizing dance performance by Richmond Urban Dance
Saturday, July 16, 9:00AM – 1:00PM
– Family-friendly activities including face painting, tomato contests hosted by K95, scavenger hunt, selfie station
– DJ tunes play in the background

Visit www.hanovertomatofestival.com for more details.

THIS IS GWAR at the Byrd
July 17th

Either you get GWAR or you don’t. If you don’t watch out because they’ll get you and you won’t like it.

The powerful story of the most iconic heavy metal/art collective/monster band in the universe, as told by the humans who have fought to keep it alive for over thirty years. Documentary by Scott Barber.
Doors open: 6:30

Photo Op w/ Band Members in costume: 6:30-7:30
Film starts: 7:30
Q&A following film
$15 tickets. Fundraiser to support Richmond focused content and filmmakers.

A few things to know:

We use a special cleaner we found to clean all surfaces, even the cloth seats, that kills all sorts of pathogens including Covid-19. We wash our hands often, and have hand sanitizer available in multiple places throughout the building.
We’ve been cleaning and updating our HVAC systems as well to ensure clean air and air quality. We have tripled filtered air! 2 Hospital grade filters and a UV light filter.
Masks are recommended.
We’ll open the doors 30 minutes early.

If you have COVID or have been exposed, or have any symptoms, we appreciate you staying home.

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