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Weekend Radar: Mighty Joshua, JamPacked Craft Beer & Music Festival, Carytown Watermelon Festival, and more

I feel guilty picking an indoor event when looking at the forecast but that’s just the kind of rebel I am at times.




Mighty Joshua at Dogwood Dell
August 13th

Mighty Joshua is some of the best reggae in Richmond. If you like reggae you should go to this free show.

Richmond Oddities & Curiosities Expo at Convention Center
August 13th

I went last year and came back with some treasures. I didn’t not come back with a taxidermy jackalope because I want to remain married.

The Oddities & Curiosities Expo showcases hand selected vendors, dealers, artists and small businesses with all things weird. You’ll find items such as: taxidermy, preserved specimens, original artwork, horror/halloween inspired pieces, antiques, handcrafted oddities, quack medical devices, creepy clothing, odd jewelry, skulls/bones, funeral collectibles & much more. We truly have something weird for everyone at our shows. All items you see at our shows are legal to own and sustainably sourced.

The O&C Expo provides a safe place for anyone to come and discover new artists, meet new friends and be surrounded by an amazing community of like-minded people. We pride ourselves in being a completely “DIY” ran show from start to finish. We find so much joy in being able to provide a place where you can feel at home surrounded by others that share the same interests.

We are the first and original traveling event exclusively showcasing oddities vendors and dark artists in the country. We are a one of a kind event and the first to do what we specialize in. We take tremendous pride in this and hope to gain your support along the way.

JamPacked Craft Beer and Music Festival on Brown’s Island
August 13th,

Beer and music what more do you need to know? How about costs? $35 at the gate no cash. It will give you access to over thirty breweries and a full line up of music. Bonus the weather will be awesome.

Carytown Watermelon Festival
August 14th

I know it’s heresy but I’m not a fan of the Carytown Watermelon Festival. I am glad its back for all those that enjoy it and I’m sure Jonathan the Juggler will be in the crowd somewhere so that’s always fun. This is the 40th Annual Watermelon Festival so they’re obviously doing something right.

The Richmond Tradition continues THIS SUNDAY with the The 40th Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival – presented by Publix Super Markets. The event kicks off at 10am and will feature something for everyone, including:
– live music on 5 stages throughout the festival area – music powered by Virginia Credit Union LIVE
– delicious eats from local food vendors
– one of the largest kids area’s of any festival in Virginia
– beer garden with proceeds benefitting Project Local
– arts, jewelry, crafts, and more!

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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.