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The Carytown Watermelon Festival

Sunday, August 10th: 10 am-6 pm

August 4, 2014
It's that time of year again- pull out the sani-wipes and your bibs, this Saturday is the annual Carytown Watermelon Festival. Sponsored by Martin's, this all-day event is a celebration of all the wonderful things of Summer: live music, plenty of sun, fresh juicy watermelon and all sorts of interesting food. Grab an ice cream sandwich or a cute watermelon cupcake as you walk the streets of Carytown getting your "shop on" with the fam. There will be over 100 exhibitors and 60 musicians sprawled across the length of Cary Street.

The fun starts at 10 a.m and runs to 6 p.m. Make sure to get there early, organizers predict over 115,000 people to attend.  

River City Barn Dance

August 4, 2014
Picture it- a large warehouse lined with wooden barrels, a polished bar, a big dance floor and a ceiling full of twinkling lights. There's a honky tonk band playing and a lively man calling out dance moves. This Saturday, August 9th is the River City Barn Dance at Hardywood Brewery.

The dancing starts at 4 p.m.- no experience is necessary, all the moves will be taught! Following the dance, rockabilly band, The Million Sellers will perform and RVA's own Andy Vaughan and The Driveline will wrap up the evening at around 8 p.m. Grab one of the many amazing Hardywood beers available at the bar or wander outside and grab a bite from one of the food trucks.

FEAST: a chance to give back to your community

August 24, 2014
All too often I find myself staring at an event flyer for some sort of interesting startup company or a seemingly essential initiative and I wonder, why don't more people know about this or even that I hope that they make it and that they do make a difference.

Several years ago, the "FEAST" phenomenon took Richmond by storm. Having started in larger cities like Brooklyn, the premise is simple- individually, we can't all be private investors but we can form opinions, pool our resources, and have a good time doing it.

Since 2009, the Brooklyn FEAST project has raised over $15,000 in support of the arts. Feast RVA is an opportunity for those to help other Richmonders make a difference in our city.

FEAST events are usually held every other month. There are 50 tickets available- $25 each. A local restaurant will cater and three companies/projects/intiatives will give a small speech. Those attending will get a chance to talk to the presenters and at the end of the evening, everyone will vote on their favorite project. Half of the proceeds of the night will go towards funding that group. 

To find out when the next FEAST event will happen or to apply for a presenter position, visit:

Virginia Opera in the Park

August 25, 2014
Opera is an acquired taste. You either love it or hate it. For those die-hard opera fanatics or those adventurous couples looking to spice up their weekend, the Virginia Opera is offering a free show as a part of the 58th Festival of the Arts at the Dogwood Dell. The performance starts at 7:00 pm, Saturday August 30. There will be food, prizes and all of your favorite Opera-hits. 

Bring a blanket, a chair and a picnic dinner and relax as you take in the majesty of the Virginia Opera. To see a detailed program list (which does include broadway), visit:

Bark in the Park this Labor Day!

August 31, 2014
What's more American than baseball? Apart from apple pies- not much else. Pack up the fam and head over to the Richmond Diamond to watch the Flying Squirrels play against the Binghamton Mets. Don't worry about leaving Fifi and Toto at home all afternoon- bring them with too as apart of the next installment of "Bark in the Park"! The celebration begins tomorrow, Monday September 1st at 12:05 p.m. The first 1,000 fans into the stadium, receive a rally towel for free!

Gatsby Afternoon Picnic

August 31, 2014
Ever feel like you've been born in the wrong decade? This weekend, Saturday September 7th, you have a chance to step back into time and relive the fabulous roaring twenties.

The Gatsby Afternoon PIcnic, in it's third year, has become a "must do" vintage-themed event that brings in hundreds of people from all over the East Coast.

Guests will don their 1920s and 1930s finest and transform the lawn of the historic Wilton House into a picturesque scene plucked from the pages of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.

Tickets are $20 at the door but guests can look forward to a plethora of activities that will make that hefty ticket price well worth it. There will be vintage automobiles, dance lessons, croquet and badminton, paper moon photos, vendors, food trucks, a 1920s jazz band and a cash bar with signature drinks featuring DC's Green Hat Gin. 

The event starts at 11 am. Make sure to get there early to stake out the best picnic spot!

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