The start of summer heralds the start of long evenings, warm weather and an overwhelming sense of adventure. What can you do during the week apart from going out to dinner or simply grabbing a drink at a bar? You’ve finally gotten off work and you’re ready to go outside to play in the sun but it seems like most museums, attractions or stores are starting to close. Head over to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens for Flowers after 5. June 4- August 27, every Thursday, the garden will remain open to 9 pm. There will be live music, family-friendly activities at the children’s garden and wine, beer and food for purchase at the Bloemendaal House. Leashed pets will be allowed on the second Thursday of every month for an extra $2- benefiting the Richmond SPCA.
Summer marks the start of outdoor entertainment in Richmond. This weekend is the launch of the 59th annual Festival of the Arts. From June through August, Richmond residents can look forward to all sorts of freemusic, theater, dance and art at the Dogwood Dell Amphitheater- all thanks in part to the Richmond Parks & Recreation Department.
To kick off the festival, this Sunday, June 7, there will be a Renaissance Fair. There will be magicians, stilt walkers and jugglers starting at 4:00 pm. At 8:00 pm, the Henley Street Theater will present “Romeo and Juliet” on the Dogwood Dell Stage. Make sure to bring your chairs and blankets!
This event is FREE, all ages and open to the public!
Richmond has been killin’ it lately in the culinary scene. With several features/mentions on various food-related TV shows and countless James Beard nominations and awards- Richmond is finally becoming a foodie destination. No longer are people simply driving past us on their way up to DC. The world is watching us and they’re looking for the next big thing.
What is the next big thing? Honestly, I don’t know. Head over to the annual Broad Appetit Festival, Sunday June 7th and you’ll probably find out. Dozens of restaurants, food carts, chefs, breweries, farmers and food providers will be on hand for the largest local food festival in the region! Bring your appetite and graze your way down Broad Street. Everything is $3 a plate! The event runs 11 am- 5pm.
Don’t let the stifling temperatures of Summer prevent you from getting out and enjoying the warm weather. If you’re looking for a cooler outdoor activity, head over to one of the many beautiful parks in Richmond for a picnic and movie, courtesy of the Parks & Rec. Department. Every Friday evening, starting June19th, a FREE family-friendly movie will premiere at a pre-determined park. Games and light entertainment will start at 8:00 pm. The movie will start at 8:30 pm. Make sure to bring, blankets, chairs and food! Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Who doesn’t enjoy a good love story? Well, dust off the cover to your old high school copy of Much Ado About Nothing and head on down to AgecroftHall for an evening of mystery, intrigue and, of course, plenty of witty dialogue.
The Richmond Shakespeare Company is kicking off their 17th summer festival with Much Ado About Nothing (June 4-28) and ending with Hamlet(July 9-August 2).
Tickets are $30 or $15 for students. Arrive early and stroll through the lush English-style gardens or take a tour of the house, while you’re waiting. Agecroft Hall is an authentic 16th century Tudor style home brought over from England. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the lawn and enjoy songs and monologues from the Festival Young Company actors. The play starts at 7:30pm in the courtyard.
Ever been curious about the supernatural world? Or, in particular, people who possess a distinctly different set of abilities? This weekend is the annual Psychic Festival at the Aquarian Bookshop. Saturday, 10 am-6 pm and Sunday, 12- 6pm, over 50 volunteer readers and healers will be at the shop, raising money for The Baby Girl Project- a non-profit working to construct schools in Kenya. There will be astrologers, Tarot readers, psychics, shamans, palm readers and more. Admission is $18 for 18 minutes.
Nothing says Summer quite like a good Barbecue. This weekend is the annual Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival at the Richmond International Raceway Complex. Grab the boys and head over to the tracks for a lazy afternoon of beer and bourbon tasting, live country music, stinky cigars and plenty of smoked meats. There will be brewing seminars, pig races and a variety of specialty sauces for sale. The event runs Saturday, May 30th from 12-6:00 pm. Tickets are $25-49.
Have you ever had a fantasy about having one of your favorite football stars serving you a perfectly cooked meal? Well, you are in luck, next Friday, May29th is the Celebrity Waiter event at Morton’s Steakhouse in Shockoe Bottom. For $275, you will get a three-course meal, drinks and the rare opportunity to hob knob with some of the NFL’s biggest hotshots. Athletes include: Michael Robinson, who will serve as the maitre d’, Richard Sherman, Andre Branch, Chris Baker, Byron Maxwell and Jeron Johnson. There will be a live & silent auction during the event as well. Proceeds go to benefit the Excel to Excellence Program. Dinner starts at 7:30 PM.
Memorial Day is Monday, instead of just grilling out this weekend and calling it a day, head over to the Virginia War Memorial to pay tribute to all of the veterans who have helped serve and protect our country. The ceremony starts Monday, May 25th at 10 am. Governor Terry McAuliffe will serve as guest speaker and the Thomas Jefferson High School Corps of Cadets Alumni Band will perform patriotic music infront of the Shrine of Memory.
The VMFA is launching a new exhibit next week called Japanese Tattoos:Perseverance, Art, and Tradition.It focuses on the work of seven international tattoo artists- all inspired by the Japanese arts of calligraphy, woodblock printmaking and of course, tattoos. The exhibit opens May 29th and runs to September 27th.
To publicize the exhibit, the museum is thinking outside the box, or rather, outside the walls of the museum. Over the next several days, the museum will be sending Richmonders on a scavenger hunt around the city. There will be 6 pieces in all, revealing the design of a Japanese tattoo mural that will be painted on the side of a Richmond business. With every piece, the museum will post a clue on their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Those who find the pieces, are encouraged to take a picture with it and post it on Instagram with hashtag: #ttthunt. The first 50 people to photograph all 6 pieces will receive a free ticket to the exhibit and be entered to win a grand prize.
To celebrate the mural as well as the start of the exhibit, there will be a party at Triple Crossing Brewing, Saturday May 30th.