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"Movies in the Park" Returns

June 16, 2014
Nothing says Summer to me quite like outdoor movies. Pack up a picnic, drag your friends/family/partner and you've got a special date. Who doesn't like cuddling under the stars or playing flashlight tag with your friends while your favorite family-friendly movie is playing in the background?

Sponsored by the city's Parks and Rec Department, Movies in the Park, is a free event that takes place every Friday, starting this weekend at 8:00PM. Each week both the movie and the location is different. This Friday's event is at Fountain Lake near Byrd Park. The movies will run every week from June 20-August 22.

For a comprehensive list of the movies and locations, visit: http://richmondvirginiaparks.blogspot.com/movies-in-park-2014.html 

The Richmond Vegetarian Festival

June 16, 2014
It's once again time for the Vegetarian Festival- yet another sure sign of the start of Summer in Richmond. This Saturday, June 21 from 12-6:00pm at Bryan Park, thousands of health enthusiasts, plant lovers and animal activists will gather together to celebrate and enjoy the wonders of living both a meat-free and cruelty-free lifestyle.

As always, the festival promises to have something for everyone, including kids. There will be plenty of local food, live music, vendors (with goodies for both you and your pets), non-profits of all sorts, live speakers, pet adoptions and a food battle! 

Admission is free. To get more information about the event, visit: http://www.veggiefest.org/index.html

A MidSummer Night's Dream

June 18, 2014
Nothing surpasses the beauty and magic that is Richmond's Agecroft Hall. Tucked away in a quiet upscale neighborhood West of Carytown, Agecroft is one of the city's best kept secrets. The 15th Century Tudor-style home was brought over from England in the late 1800s.

Every Summer, the Richmond Shakespeare Company takes over the cobblestoned courtyard and performs two plays written by the great Bard, himself. This year,  A MidSummer Night's Dream and Richard III were chosen. The Festival runs June 12- August 3rd.

Tickets start at $30 for adults. Showtimes are 8:00pm Thursday through Sunday. To purchase tickets, visit: http://agecrofthall.tix.com/

Make sure to bring plenty to drink or money for refreshments!

Flowers After 5 at Lewis Ginter

June 18, 2014
Every Thursday during the Summer, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens keeps it's doors open for those crazy folks who are just itching to enjoy the last couple hours of precious daylight before the sun sets.

"Flowers after 5", as it is called, combines food, music, wine and nature into one joyous and laid-back event. Guests can walk the gardens, bring a blanket or chair and listen to live music at the Bloemendaal House or they can grab sandwiches and wraps at the House and dine al fresco.

The event runs 5-8:00 pm. Tickets are $11 for adults. For a list of the bands performing or a menu, visit: http://www.lewisginter.org/events/

Uncorked & Tapped Festival

June 19, 2014
Who doesn't enjoy a good wine or beer festival? With over half a dozen breweries, Richmond is the brewing capital of Virginia. Head over to the Uncorked & Tapped Festival this Saturday from 11 am- 5 pm at the Redskins Training Center to sample some of these local beers, grab a glass of wine or a quick lunch from one of the many food carts available.   

Tickets are $20 at the door. Parking is Free. To get a list of the breweries participating or an idea of what to eat, visit: http://www.richmond.com/events/festivals/

Richmond Mural Project

June 19, 2014
If you've had the pleasure of visiting Richmond anytime in the past two years, I'm sure you've stumbled across at least one mural. Why are there so many murals?- because, Richmond is going to be an international destination within the next three years.

The Richmond Mural Project is an initiative to cover the city in over 100 murals by world renown talent within 5 years. With two years and 48 murals already completed, a new team of artists have already been selected to start the 19 murals that will be completed this summer within a span of a week and a half. To track their progress or to get a map of each location, visit: http://rvamag.com/articles/

Richmond's Football Team

June 20, 2014
Yes, you read that right, Richmond has a football team. The Richmond Raiders are a professional indoor football league that has started to make a name for itself since it's inception in 2010. With three seasons, already under it's belt, the team continues to reach for championship gold. In the past two years alone, the Raiders have managed to make it to the playoffs.

The team will be battling against Nashville this Saturday, 7:00 pm at the Richmond Coliseum. Tickets run $7-$40. To get more information about the game or the "Lady Raiders", visit: http://www.richmondraidersprofootball.com/

Where to Watch the Fireworks

June 25, 2014
"Ooooo, aaaaaah." It's that time of year again- time to celebrate the good old US of A's freedom from the Brits. By now you've probably started to formulate some sort of a plan for how you're going to celebrate the big day. But, where are you going to watch the fireworks?

As always, there are a variety of venues to choose from. Each location boasts a different vibe. Which one is going to suit you the best?

Fireworks on the James- Watch the fireworks from Brown's Island while the Richmond Ballet and Symphony perform in the background. Cuddle close to the fam as vibrant reds and blues fill up the sky and shimmer hazily in the reflection of the James. Fireworks start at 9:15 pm.

Fireworks at the Dogwood Dell- Feeling super patriotic this year? Head over to the Dogwood Dell and the Carillon war memorial for a much more traditional celebration. The afternoon begins with a free concert by doo-wop group, Bak N Da Day, followed by a Carillon Bell Concert, and, finally a performance from the Richmond Concert Band. The fireworks begin at sunset.

Fireworks at the Ballpark- Nothing seems quite as patriotic as going to a baseball game on the 4th. Grab a cold beer, a warm hotdog and a join stadium full of screaming fans as they cheer on the local favorites- the Richmond Squirrels as they battle the Fightin Phils in a double header. The game starts at 5:05 pm. Tickets are $7-11. Fireworks are at the conclusion of the game.

Richmond Burger Week- best week ever?

June 25, 2014
Lentil burger, turkey burger, bison burger- there are so many different variations of burgers but truly, nothing beats that crispy bun, fresh lettuce and tomato, healthy helping of ketchup and mayo and that perfectly grilled, slightly charred patty. RVA is paying homage to the great burger with a week-long $5 deal at a handful of local restaurants, including: Bellytimber, Burgerworks and the Savory Grain.  

These burgers will be topped with everything from bacon and avocado to pork belly and fried green tomatoes. Get adventurous and try the Chipotle tuna burger at the Brookside Bar & Grille.

For more information on the restaurants participating, visit: www.rvaburgerweek.com 

Outside Painting Festival

Plein Air Festival June 22-28

June 26, 2014
I'm sure one of the images that comes to mind when you think of Europe or Paris, in particular, is of a lone artist with an easel overlooking some grand landscape, attempting to capture the beauty and mystery of the moment. "Plein air", as it is called, is a technique that was popularized by the impressionsts who were particularly interested in how the changing light outdoors affected color.

This weekend, June 22-28, 35 plein air artists from all over the United States will meet in Richmond to celebrate the Third annual Plein Air Festival. This judged event will benefit the Richmond Symphony. Artists will be stationed at various locations across the city. Grab your date and head over to several of the sites to watch the artists at work. The event is free but paintings will be available for purchase.

Keep track of the artists, here: http://www.pleinairrichmond.com/Location_of_the_Day.html

Happy Brewdependence Day

June 30, 2014
Bros, brewskies and bbq- if that sounds like a heck of an independence day to you, head over to the Hardywood Brewdependence Day celebration this Friday on the 4th of July. Mark your calendar- the party starts at 3:00pm with live music, food trucks and of course, Hardywood’s finest selections of beer. This event is free and open to all ages. Bracelets will be available for those 21 and older.

Fireworks will start at 10:30 PM at the Diamond. Bring a chair or blanket. 

What is there to do on the 4th of July?

June 30, 2014
You have family visiting or you're from out of town and you're interested in doing a little sight-seeing: where can you go on the 4th that won't be closed or completely boring? Apart from the numerous firework celebrations happening all around town, here are my top three 4th of July events that will help you fill up those awkward few hours in the afternoon before sundown:

1.St. John's Church Re-enactments- Head over to the Historic St. John's Church to witness Patrick Henry deliver his famous, "Give me liberty or give me death!" speech. Hang around after the proceedings and get your picture taken with Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington. Friday, 1:153 pm

2. Independence Day at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens- Thanks to CarMax, you can get into Lewis Ginter for FREE! Walk around the gardens, soak in the sun, smell some flowers and experience the joy and wonder of the Butterflies Live exhibit. Bring a wagon or a stroller to decorate for a small parade in the Children's Garden around 2 pm. Friday, 9 am  5 pm

3. A guided tour of the city- There is plenty of history in Richmond, so, why not just take one of the many different types of guided tours available? There are segway tours, trolley tours and even canal boat tours. Pick one and get whisked away on a historical adventure spanning anywhere from 40 minutes-2 hours. Learn a little something to take back to the fam or your friends at home! 

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