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Weekend Radar: Richmond Folk Festival, Carnival of 5 Fires, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Mending Walls Bike Tour and Brunch

After a dreary week the weather is perfect for a Richmond Folk Festival and I’ve even picked a few other things for you to do this weekend.




Richmond Folk Festival at Brown’s Island & Tredegar
October 7-9th

I’m very tempted to stop the list right here. This is hands down the best festival in all of Richmond and arguably Virginia. Three days of free music (make sure you donate so it can stay free), cultural events, beer, and food. I’ll be there for every hour and I think you should be as well. I even helpfully created a Top 5 Must See Acts.

The Richmond Folk Festival will return in the fall, live and in person, to celebrate its 18th anniversary the weekend of October 7-9, 2022. The festival has become one of Virginia’s largest, drawing fans each year to downtown Richmond’s riverfront to celebrate the roots, richness, and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional crafts, storytelling, and food. Featuring six stages and showcasing music and dance from more than 30 artists from around the nation and the world, the Richmond Folk Festival promises, as always, to return with a culturally diverse and impressive program.

The free, three-day event is presented by Venture Richmond Events, in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the Center for Cultural Vibrancy, Virginia Humanities, the Children’s Museum, and the City of Richmond.

Carnival of 5 Fires at Gallery 5
October 7th

Gallery 5 is getting into the fall spirit and it’s always a good time.

The Embalmers return to Gallery 5 for one of our favorite events of the year, Carnival of 5 Fires!!! Come help us kick off spooky season!!!

The Rocky Horror Show at Richmond Triangle Players at the Robert B. Moss Theatre
Shows throughout October including tonight October 7th

Let’s all do the time warp again. If I need to say more you need to do some research and get back to me.

With music, lyrics and book by Richard O’Brien, “The Rocky Horror Show” salutes the science fiction and horror “B movies” of the Golden Age of film.
A newly engaged couple gets caught in a storm and winds up (by accident?) at the home of a mad scientist, Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter, who is throwing a party to unveil his new creation, a sort of Frankenstein-style monster in the form of an artificially made, physically perfect muscle man named Rocky Horror.

The musical opened in 1973 in London and played for over seven years, winning critical and audience acclaim in the process. It is probably best-known for its film version, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which premiered in 1975 and became a midnight-show cult classic for multiple generations of movie-goers all over the globe.

Playing the central role of Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter is Durron Marquis Tyre, who recently starred in RTP’s productions of “Falsettos” and “Sugar in Our Wounds.” Newlyweds Brad and Janet are played by August Hundley and Nora Ogunleye, with Frank’s attendants Riff Raff, Columbia and Magenta played by Elle Meerovich, Madison Cox and Kasey Britt. Frank’s creation, Rocky Horror, is played by Wayne Parker, the mysterious Eddie (as well as Brad and Janet’s mentor Dr. Scott) by Travis Williams, and Jim Morgan (who played Frank ‘N’ Furter in RTP’s previous production) as the Narrator who holds the evening together. The Phantoms and Transylvanians are played by Mara Barrett, Robert Gallant, Rachel Garmon-Williams and DeVon Mosby.

RTP’s production is directed by Chelsea Burke. Music direction is by Ben Shaver and choreography is by Kate Belleman. Scenic Design is by Frank Foster, Costume Design by Sheila Russ, Lighting Design by Michael Jarett, and Sound Design by Joey Luck. Projections Design is by Lucian Restivo, Props Design by Tim Moehring, Hair and MakeUp Design by Joel Furtick and Intimacy Choreography by Stephanie Tippi Hart. Saskia Price is the Assistant Stage Manager and Lauren Langston is the Production Stage Manager.

For the safety of the performers, our patrons, and the staff, masks are required to be worn inside the venue – completely covering the nose and mouth — anytime you are not actively eating and drinking. Patrons are asked to please bring a mask that is comfortable enough to wear throughout the evening.

Mending Walls | Bike Tour + Brunch
Throughout October and November with the next on October 8th

Ride a bike and learn about some of the amazing murals in Richmond and the message they represent.

In Richmond, VA public art is one of the city’s biggest assets in the downtown area. As a city with one of the largest collections of public art in the United states we now have the unique opportunity to use public art as a tool to bring empathy and connect at a time when we need it the most.

In the midst of a global pandemic in 2020 America was faced with another brutal killing of a black man at the hands of the police, which set off an uprising that has filled our streets with voices of objection, to the systemic racism here in America. With some of our feelings and demands now physically on Richmond City walls through tags, these expressions leave and mark a space for questions and conversations to happen. These actions inspired the artist Hamilton Glass to start the Mending Walls project.

Join Bike and Brunch Tours for a ride through neighborhoods like Jackson Ward and Brookland Park. These and other neighborhoods we tour are steeped in culture and history but also the new home to murals in the Mending Walls project.

This tour highlights the stories of trailblazers, residents, and organizations behind or continuing the legacy within these communities. This one of a kind, easy pace, casual tour aims to exude positive vibes, treat our communities and the residents with respect, and nourish the mind and belly.
Ride, see Richmond, have fun….and of course have brunch!

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