May 2, 2014
If you're looking for the perfect distraction to tear you away from the Collegiate Bike Race that's overtaking the city this weekend, wander over to the Carillon for a leisurely afternoon of arts, food and live music.
This Saturday and Sunday is Arts in the Park- a nationally rated and juried outdoor art show. This is the first outdoor festival since the weather has decided to turn nice. Over 450 artists will be onsite to show off their paintings, jewelry, weavings, and more. The event is FREE and there will be parking available both onsite and at the city stadium.
For more information, visit: http://www.richmondartsinthepark.com/
May 7, 2014
Mother's Day is fast approaching. What are your plans for the weekend? Brunch? A walk with the whole family? Maybe something educational? Then what? How about mosey on over to Strawberry Street and catch the tail-end of the Strawberry Street Festival- a cherished yearly neighborhood event.
This Saturday, May 10th is the 35th annual Strawberry Street Festival. From 12-4:30 p.m., vendors will line the streets with a variety of crafts, fresh fruits and delicious treats. Children can enjoy food, games and rides at the William Fox Elementary School while adults catch up with each other on the sidelines.
Admission is Free. All proceeds go to beneift the school.
May 12, 2014
It's that time again- time to drag out the hiking shoes, bike helmet and life jacket. This weekend, May 16-18th, Dominion Riverrock takes over Brown's Island for three jam-packed days of outdoor fun. Riverrock brings together athletes, spectators and muscians to celebrate and enjoy the wonders of Richmond's riverfront. The festival features a variety of outdoor sports including trail running, kayaking, biking, bouldering, slacklining, stand up paddleboarding, and dog jumping.
For a comprehensive list of events happening this weekend, visit: http://www.dominionriverrock.com/schedule/. If you're interested in competing, visit: http://www.dominionriverrock.com/ to register for your event.
May 14, 2014
Picture it- an evening straight out of the roaring 20s. Beautiful men and women walk around a richly decorated room in dark suits and dresses, clutching cool drinks, while they test their luck at the tables.
This Saturday, May 17th is the 2nd annual Bootleg Ball Fundraiser, hosted by the Henley Street Theater to benefit the theater as well as the Richmond Shakespeare Company. The event is from 7-11p.m. Tickets are $150 per couple or $100 per person. The ticket includes an open bar and $100 of “money” for the gambling tables. Guests can look forward to blackjack and roulette, speakeasy fare, bathtub gin and an auction.
TV news anchor Juan Conde will be guest hosting this swanky affair and John Bryan, the president of CultureWorks and former head of fundraising for VCU’s School of the Arts, will receive the annual Richmond Folio Award.
Guests are encouraged to wear 1920s black and white attire. Tickets for the ball can be purchased online at the Henley Street Theatre website.
May 19, 2014
The long, hot, sticky days of summer are upon us. What is there to do with all of those late nights? Grab a foldable lawn chair and head over to Quirk Gallery for a free movie and a couple laughs.
The "Lawn Chair Movie series," as it is playfully called, is the third Saturday of every month. The movie will start at sundown, i.e. 7:00pm in the Quirk Gallery parking lot. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets, pillows, etc. Snacks and refreshments will be provided by 1708 Gallery and Lift Coffee. Music and entertainment prior to the film will be presented by Black Iris and Steady Sounds. A movie-themed costume contest will be held each month with prizes donated by Verdalina.
Qurik Gallery can be found at 311 West Broad Street- a quaint little white building located in the heart of Richmond's art district. In the case of inclement weather, the movie will be moved indoors. This Saturday, May 24th, Clueless will be the May movie of the month.
— Movie line up —
June 28: Breakfast at Tiffany’s & Seven Year Itch
July 26: (500) Days of Summer
August 23: Mean Girls
September 27: Grease
October 25: Clue
May 25, 2014
One of my favorite things about Summer, apart from the nearly endless amount of sweet tea I can drink without any judgemental looks, is my ability to enjoy both the outdoors and live theater together at the same time. Richmond offers an impressive amount of outdoor music, theater and live entertainment between the months of June and July.
Memorial Day kicks off the 58th annual Festival of the Arts at the Dogwood Dell. Dogwood Dell is a 2,400 seat outdoor ampitheater located right next to the Carillon in what is called "Byrd Park." It's spacious, grassy, has plenty of parking located nearby and, best, of all, the festival is FREE. Programs range from dance troops to musicals, Shakespeare to silent movies and operas to concert bands.
For a schedule of the performances, visit: http://www.richmondgov.com/BrochureDogwoodDell.pdf
May 25, 2014
Fire, Mystery and Romance- sounds like the title to a sultry romance novel, right? It's actually the theme for this weekend's entertainment at the Virginia Renaissance Faire.
Never been to a "faire" before? Think about all the cool, interesting things about the Medieval period and then shove it into a month-long, outdoor, costumed-festival and that's pretty much what a Renaissance Faire is like. There's sword fighting, archery, mulled wine, women in beautiful dresses and corsets, hand-forged armor, actors and minstrels and plenty of roasted turkey legs.
This weekend, May 31-June 1st, features "strangers" or performers from the East. Watch fantastic feats of juggling, aerial acrobatics, fire spitting and more. There will be tightrope walkers, contortionists and an Illustionist.
Tickets are $9 for adults or free for children under the age of 6. Doors open at 10 am. For directions, visit: http://www.varf.org/directions.html
May 30, 2014
Do you consider yourself a foodie at heart? Do you find yourself obsessing over certain dishes from restaurants around town or do you scour Facebook daily to see what new specials are being offered at your favorite spots? If any of those happen to be true- do yourself a favor and head over to Broad Appetit this Sunday to meet the wonderful people behind some of the best restaurants, dessert shops and food trucks in the city.
Broad Appetit is an annual festival that highlights Richmond's particular talent and creativity with food. 70 chefs from some of Richmond’s best restaurants and institutes assemble on a four-block stretch of W. Broad Street between Henry and Adams Street to sell $3 mini dishes. While you sample all sorts of local food, you'll also be supporting the hunger-relief organization, FeedMore.
The event starts at 11am and goes to 6pm. Make sure to get there early to find parking!