World-Renowned Chef Paul Elbling along with the fun Cajun Flair of Chef Sean Murphy of Savory Grain, Chef John Maher of Spoon and Chef Joseph Andreoli of Dressed and Pressed are preparing for the 5th annual RVA French Food Festival to benefit the Little Sisters of the Poor. The Festival is Saturday, April 20, 11am – 9pm, 1503 Michaels Street, of Three Chopt. There’s Live Jazz throughout the day, a Parisian Marketplace, children’s corner, a Mardi Gras Parade, French Wine and delicious French Foods. A $2 donation is suggested to help the sisters. Free parking at the Forest Office Park, www.rvafrenchfoodfestival.com or call 804-288-6245.
Southern Women’s Show – Richmond, April 19-21, Friday, 10am-8pm, Saturday, 10am-7pm, Sunday, 11am-5pm, at Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 East Laburnum Avenue, adults, $10, youth 6-12 years old, $5, children under 6 free, www.southernshows.com.
RVA Earth Day, an all ages Outdoor Street Festival, Saturday, April 20, 12-7pm in Manchester, artists, farmers, jewelers, eco-conscious organizations, local food trucks & carts, live music entertainment, craft breweries, and a kids area, for info www.earthdayfest.org.
XL102 Chili Cook Off, Saturday, April 20, gates open 10:30am, event 11am -8pm, Richmond Raceway Complex, advance tickets $15, $30 day of. Pre-show Party at Sharky’s at Innsbrook, Friday, April 19, 5-8ppm, www.xl102richmond.com.
Johnny Newman Camp, April 20, 9am-4pm at the Stuart C. Siegel Center, first annual ” Father Knows basketball Clinic’, a day for fathers and their children, mentee or friend, there will be skill training, speakers, completion, seminars , and giveaways, cost is $125.00 for the father /child team and lunch. Ages 8-16 male and female, spots are limited, register at www.johnnynewmancaamps.eventbrite..com or visit our website at www.johnnynewmancamps.com.
7th Annual Celebration of the Vine Wine Festival, Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce, Saturday, April 20, 11am – 6pm, Chesterfield County Government Complex, 9901 Lorri Road, www.acelebrationofthevine.com or 804-748-6364 x 6, advance tickets $20, at gate $30, non taster advance $10, at gate $15.
Wine for Cures, Ashland Wine Festival, benefiting Cancer Research, wine tasting, music, food, Saturday, April 20, starts noon, parking lot 200 South Railroad Avenue, Ashland, advance tickets $18, after Thursday $22, designated driver $10, www.wineforcures.com.
Virginia Firefighters Games & Festival, Saturday, April 20, gates open at 10am, Short Pump Town Center, 11800 West Broad Street, free, but $15 to register to compete, www.vafiregames.org.
Color me Rad 5K (Run/Walk) untimed 3.1 mile course to benefit Special Olympics Virginia, Saturday, April 20, 9am, Snag-A-Job-Pavilion, 4901 Lake Brook Drive, Glen Allen, www.colormerad.com.
Hinton Battle’s “Love Lies” featuring Brian McKnight, Angie Stone, Elise Neal, Crystal Aikin, Kier “Junior” Spates, Friday, April 19, Richmond’s Landmark Theater, http://www.ETIX.com or 800-514-ETIX (3849).
11th Annual Connections, a family resource fair for children with special needs, Saturday, April 20, 9:30am – 12:30pm, Children’s Museum of Richmond, Central Location, 262 West Broad Street, http://bit.ly/connectionsfair.
Comedian Bill Cosby, Friday, April 19, 8pm, Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage, 600 East Grace Street, 804-592-3400.
Tony Cosby does King in His Final Moments, Room 306 at the Lorriane Motel, Friday, April 19, 7pm, the Henrico Theater, 305 Nine Mile Road, Highland Springs, features Special Guest Star Carlton Blount & The Soul Seekers of Mechanicsville, www.sowerinc.com or 804-218-6970.
FUTURE EVENTS: 5th Annual Greater Richmond SCAN Prevent-A-Thon, April 22 – 26, free training, www.grscan.com or 804-257-SCAN.
An Evening with Anthony Bourdain “Guts And Glory”, Tuesday, April 23, 7:30pm, Landmark Theater, www.BroadwayInRichmond.com or 800-514-3849.
All Henrico Reads, featuring New York Times bestselling Author Adriana Trigiani, Wednesday, April 24, 7-8:30pm, Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, event is free, first come first served, doors open at 6:15pm, www.henricolibrary.org/ahr.
Barry Manilow, Thursday, April 25, 7:30pm, Richmond Coliseum, tickets range from $9.99 – $129.99, www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
The Virginia Stampede Pro Rodeo features Bareback Bronc Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Barrel Racing, Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping and Ladies Breakaway Roping. Family entertainment includes a former Rodeo Clown participant from America’s Got Talent and his seven dogs, live music and lots of rodeo. For tickets stop by Myrna’s Boots ‘N’ Bits, 1112 Carmia Way, 804-794-6774, or 804-966-7223 or log onto www.colonialdowns.com Virginia Stampede Pro-Rodeo is April 27 & 28, gates open 5:30pm Saturday, Rodeo at 7pm, gates open 12:30pm Sunday, Rodeo at 2pm.
Historic Garden Week, April 20-27, Richmond Tours, April 23 – 25, www.VAGardenweek.org or 804-644-7776.James River Valley Chapter The Links, Inc. “Are You Ready?” Finance ‘N Stilettos in partnership with The Urban Financial Services Coalition, Tuesday, April 23, 6pm -7:30pm, doors open 5:30pm, The Tuckahoe Library, 1901 Starling Drive, reservations, 804-204-1500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Innsbrook After Hours Concert Series, Snag-A-Job Pavilion, opens May 1, www.innsbrookafterhours.com.
Thursdays in Old Towne Petersburg, Old Towne Civic Center, www.otciviccenter.com, Thursdays.
Friday Cheers, Brown’s Island opens May 3, www.venturerichmond.com.
The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presents Que Pasa? Festival, Saturday, May 4, 11am – 7pm, Richmond’s Cabal Walk, www.vahcc.com.
42nd annual “Arts in the Park” show and sale, Carillon in Byrd Park, May 4th, 11-6 p.m. & May 5th, 11-5 p.m., FREE Parking and FREE Shuttles available at City Stadium parking lot. Handicap parking also available at the park. No pets please. More than 450 artists from around the U.S. will gather in Byrd Park to display everything from fine art paintings to jewelry, glass, fiber, ceramics, woodwork and more, www.richmondartsinthepark.com.
One Can benefit Concert to raise awareness for Children Incorporated, Saturday, May 11, 4pm-9pm, FREE, VIP hour from 3-4pm, $25,(a private tour of the brewery, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music from the Jonathan Wheelock Trio) at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2408 Ownby Lane, VIP tickets can be purchased at www.onecanvip.eventbrite.com or www.childrenincorporated.org.