Thursday, May 10th, 2012
This Saturday (5/12) from 1 to 9 p.m. it’s the Virginia Hops and Barley Festival at Historic Malvern. Your ticket, which costs $15 in advance or $20 at the door (a $35 VIP ticket is also available) gets you unlimited tastings of more than 30 Virginia craft beers. There’ll also be live music all day, food and full beers for purchase for $5 each.
Next Sunday (5/20) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. you’ll have the chance to try some more local beers, along with fare from Richmond’s food carts at the Food Cart Derby. About 20 of Richmond’s best food trucks will be setting up shop at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market. For once, you don’t have to track ‘em down—they’ll all be in one place serving up a variety of cuisines. As if that’s not enough, there’ll also be beers from a dozen local craft breweries for sipping, and live music. For more information, check out Richmond.com’s story about the event.
Friday, May 4th, 2012
If you’re in town on May 12, bring your bike and plan to ride through 400 years of history and beautiful scenery. Cap2Cap is one of Virginia’s fastest growing cycling events, and gives you the opportunity to get in on the fun, no matter your level of biking expertise.
Start out at Rocketts Landing on Richmond’s James River (there is also a starting point in Williamsburg), register for the length you want to bike (100, 50, or 25 miles, you can also register in person on the day of the ride), and plan for some cycling fun in this non-competitive ride. You’ll bike through Civil War battlefields, as well as farmland that remains relatively unchanged since colonial times. Each route is a loop, so you’ll end where you started. At Rocketts Landing, there’ll be lunch, an expo and a party after the race. Riders get swag, a t-shirt and lunch at the finish.
Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
Getting outside and taking the local scenery. Indulging in some retail therapy. What do these things have in common? They’re both must-dos when you go on vacation, of course! If you happen to be in Richmond this weekend, you can go to one super fun event that combines both.
Arts in the Park takes place this Saturday, 5/5 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 5/6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. During this time, more than 450 artists from across the United States will bring their creations to Byrd Park for your shopping pleasure. There’ll be local jewelry, national paintings, textiles, ceramics, woodwork and more at this juried art show. In addition, there are food vendors so you can snack while you shop.
Admission is free, and you can park nearby or take a shuttle from the City Stadium parking lot. It’s a great way to shop in some of they city’s most beautiful scenery.