The Richmond Jazz Society’s Guest Educators Series monthly fundraiser, Tuesday, May 14, the series features James “Saxsmo” Gates” and his new CD release “Gates Wide Open” to jazz fans. You can expect a short education of Jazz happenings in and around Richmond followed by two shows at 7 & 9:30pm at Capital Ale House Downtown Music Hall, Advance tickets are $20 per show on-line and $25 day of show, cash only. For tickets and more information about the Richmond Jazz Society call 804-643-1972 or visit www.vajazz.org.
Inaugural Parkfest Blues Festival Saturday, May 11, 2 – 10pm, gates open at 1pm, Pocahontas State Park, concert benefits Special Olympics Virginia and is sponsored by The River City Blues Society, Tickets $40 and $45 day of show, features Andrew Ali & Last Night Blues Band, Mike Lucci Band, Albert Castiglia and The Nighthawks, details www.parkfestblues.com.
Mary J. Blige in the “Liberation Tour” with special guests Anthony Hamilton & comedian Jay Lamont, at the Richmond Coliseum Thursday, June 6, tickets on sale Friday, May 10th, 10am, www.ticketmaster.com.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Mother’s Day Concert, Sunday, May 12, 1-4pm, featuring Glenroy & Company in Smooth Jazz, 804-262-9887 or www.lewisginter.org.
19th annual Museum District Mother’s Day House & Garden Tour, Sunday, May 12, 1-6pm, Advance tickets $20, day of tour $25, benefits the Friends Association for Children, the Richmond Peace Education Center & Others, www.museumdistrict.org.
The Richmond Concert Band Old World Charm, 2013 Family Concert Series, Sunday, May 12, 6pm at Agecroft Hall, 4305 Sulgrave Road, Windsor Farms, www.rcband.org.
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.
Northside Seafood Festival, presented by The ACCA Shrine, all you can eat and drink, Saturday, May 11, 1-5pm, ACCA Shrine Center, 1712 Bellevue Avenue, www.shrinersseafoodfestival.com or 804-264-0509. Advance tickets $ 25, $35 at the gate, children under 12 ½ price.
Horses In Service Natural Therapeutic Riding Center annual Horse Show in Dorey Park in conjunction with the Varina Rising Stars 4-H, program at 11am, free and open to the public, Dorey Park is off Darbytown Road in Eastern Henrico County, near Pocahontas Parkway 895 & 1295.
Central Virginia Wine Festival, Saturday, May 11, Noon – 6pm, at Snagajob.com Pavilion at Innsbrook, www.centralvawinefestival.com or 804-723-wine.
3rd annual Virginia Hops & Barley Festival, Saturday, May 11, 1-8pm at the Historic Malvern Farm in Powhatan, advance tickets $15, www.vabeerfest.com.
West Side Story, three performances, May 10-11, Landmark Theater, www.BroadwayInRichmond.com.
John B. Cary Elementary School Annual Carnival, Saturday, May 11, 10am-2pm, family entertainment and activities, 3021 Maplewood Avenue, rain or shine.
William Fox Elementary School PTA’s 34th annual Strawberry Street Festival, Saturday, May 11, noon-4:30pm, carnival games, silent auction, open to the public, 2300 Hanover Avenue, www.strawberrystreetfestival.org.
Richmond Ballet Studio Four through May 19 at Richmond Ballet Studio Theatre, preview performance before the Ballet’s Kennedy Center debut on June 4 & 5, www.ETIX.com, 800-514-3849 or www.richmondballet.com.
2013 Virginia Renaissance Faire, Lake Anna Winery, 5621 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania, open Saturdays & Sundays May 11 – June 10, www.VaRF.org or 703-508-5036.
Innsbrook After Hours Concert Series, Wednesdays, gates open 5pm, May 15 – The Wrest with Pat O’Brien; Daughtry – May 22; Thompson Square – May 29; Sheryl Crow – Thursday, June 13, www.innsbrookafterhours.com.
Empower Yourself Against Default workshop, Neighborhood Housing Services of Richmond, Saturday, May 18, 9am-5pm,Trinity Family Life Center, 3601 Dill Road, www.nhsofr.org.
4th annual Secret Garden Party, Thursday, May 16, 5:30-8:30pm, progressive cocktail party featuring five gardens in historic downtown Richmond, live music, hors d’oeuvres, gallery tours and more, $30 per person, www.rvasecretgardenparty.com or 804-643-7407.
Jazz Inside Out Scholarship Fundraiser, Friday, May 24, 8pm-12am, The Boathouse @ Rockettes Landing, Riverview Ballroom & Patios, 4708 East Old Main Street, featuring J. Tucker & The Krewe Band, Jazz, dancing, Hors d’oeuvres & cash bar, Jazz Art & Designer Auction, Antoinette Essa serves as emcee, ticket sale deadline May 14, www.vahigheredfund.com/events.
Lebanese Food Festival, May 17 -19, Friday & Saturday 10am – 10pm, Sunday 10am-8pm, St Anthony Maronite Catholic Church, 4611 Sadler Road, Glen Allen, 804-270-7234.
RRHA, Annual Bike-A-Thon, Saturday, May 18, 9am -1pm, register for the 5.3 mile free bike ride, must be age 8 to participate, 804-780-4835.
Pocahontas Premieres, May 18 – September 14, Pocahontas State Park, 800-796-4255, www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/premieres.shtml.
6th annual Broad Appetit Food Festival, Sunday, June 2, 11am -6pm, benefits FeedMore, on held on the 100-200-300 blocks of West Broad Street & part of First Fridays, www.firstfridaysrichmond.com and www.broadappetit.com.
Richmond’s Stone Soul Music & Food Festival, June 1, noon – 8:30pm, Richmond International Raceway featuring Fantasia, Bell Biv Devoe, Future, Tamela Mann, B.O.B., French Montana, Raheem Devaughn, James Fortune & Wes Morgan, benefits Make A Wish Foundation of Greater Virginia, advance tickets $35, at Little Ceasar’s locations, all DTLR locations, BK Music on Midlothian, Chesterfield Towne Center’s Guest Services and Radio One Studios, 2809 Emerywood Parkway, online tickets www.ETIX.com or www.kissrichmond.com, no lawn chairs or umbrellas allowed.
2013 Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont, at Maymont, August 9-11, Saturday & Sunday advance passes $60, advance weekend pass $110, www.jazzatmaymont.com.