RICHMOND, VA. (WTVR): Hot off the grill, that’s the way you’ll find the pork dishes at the annual Virginia Pork Festival happening in Emporia, Wednesday, June 12, from 4-8pm. Tickets are on sale for $35 and only sold in advance, and includes all you can eat and drink. Tickets will not be sold at the gate. There are five stages of live entrainment. Virginia Pork Festival’s primary goal is to promote the Pork Industry, but it also provides an outlet for non-profit organizations to raise funds for their groups. For tickets to one of the East Coast largest food festivals, log onto www.vaporkfestival.com or call 434-634-6611.
Special Olympics Virginia Summer Games are June 7th & 8th with more than 1300 athletes participating. Volunteers are still needed to Cheer the athletes in swimming, track & field, softball, tennis and bowling. Volunteers are also needed for the Opening Ceremonies on Friday, 7:45pm at The Robins Center, U of R, visit www.volunteer2cheer.com to sign up. Summer Games competitions are at various locations and start at 9am, Softball at the Glen Allen Complex, 2175 Mountain Road; Track & Field, wheelchair athletics, softball skills & tennis at U of R, Robins Center, Pitt Field & Richmond & Westhampton Tennis Courts; New Location for swimming at Collegiate School Aquatics Center, 5050 Ridgedale Parkway; Bowlers at Bowl America Short Pump, 4400 Pouncey Tract Road; and a Young Athletes “Fun Run” at 8:45am on the tracks at U of R. For more information on The Summer Games and Special Olympics Virginia visit www.specialolympicsva.org. Because of heavy rains, the following Special Olympics Virginia Summer Games events today (Friday, June 7) are canceled: Track & Field at the University of Richmond, Softball at Glen Allen Softball Complex, Tennis at the University of Richmond. The Torch Run Capitol Ceremony, dorm registration, hotel registration, meals and the Opening Ceremony at the University of Richmond will continue as scheduled. Aquatics and bowling competitions will continue as scheduled. No changes to Saturday’s (June 8) schedule have been made at this time. Please stay tuned to the Special Olympics Virginia Web site, Facebook page and weather hotline (1.800.932.4653 x3043) for the latest information.
Richmond Bacon Festival, Sunday, June 9th, 12 – 5pm, 17th Street Farmers’ Market, 100 North 17th Street, Bacon-centric dishes, from more than 20 of Richmond’s popular Restaurants and a selection of Virginia Craft Beers from Devils Backbone Brewery & Bold Rock Hard Cider, Bands, Vendors and more, Festival is free, bacon food samples $3 each. Facebook: Richmond Bacon Festival. There will also be vegetarian dishes.
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival, A festival for beer sipping, bourbon tasting, listening to music and eating barbecue, Saturday, June 8th, 2 -6 pm at Richmond Raceway Complex, VIP admission and tasting glass $45, gets you in at noon, regular admission & tasting glass $35 gets you in at 2pm, designated driver $25, ids 12 and under are free, www.Beerandbourbon.com.
Friday Cheers, Brown’s Island, dance party, Friday, June 7, Rootdowns 6:30pm & Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires at 7:45pm, tickets $10, available at the gate and at www.ticketstobuy.com, get details at www.venturerichmond.com.
Jammin’ on the James, family friendly free summer Concert Series at Historic Wilton House Museum, 215 South Wilton Road, Saturday, June 8th, July 13th, August 10th, 6pm, bring a dinner and a lawn chair and enjoy music overlooking the James River, complementary walk-through tours of Wilton, face painting, games and craft for kids, details www.wiltonhousemuseum.org/events or 804-282-5936.
Paws in the Park, Saturday, June 8, 10am-3pm, Innsbrook Pinic Area, 4222 Cox road, live music, food, silent auction, adoptable animals, dog photo booth & more, Emcees Kat Simons from Lite 98 & Mike Goldberg from WTVR, info: www.aarf.org.
Music in the Park, family friendly Sunday night concert series in Forest Hill Park, June 9th, 6-8pm, The Taters, other dates July 7, 6-8pm, August 18th, 6-8pm, September 8th, 5-7 & October 6th, 5-7pm, hillsandheights.org/category/forest-hill-park.
Extras needed for “Killing Kennedy”, a National Geographic film starring Rob Lowe & Ginnifer Goodwin, filming in Richmond, needs background players of all shapes and sizes, Caucasian males, Hispanic males & females, looking for folks who look Cuban and Mexican, also needs babies, toddlers & 3 year olds that resemble Caroline Kennedy and John Kennedy, Jr. , details www.ericaarvoldcasting.com, filming takes place June 11 to July 3, extras will be paid.
Mathews Community-Wide Yard, Barn & Collectible Sale, Saturday, June 8, 8am – 4pm, Main Street Mathews & various County Locations, www.visitmathews.com.
Groovin in the Garden Concert Series, Thursdays 6 -9 pm, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, gates open 5:30, July 26 – Yonder Mountain String Band, August 6 – Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers with Railroad Earth, www.groovininthegarden.com or 804-262-9887.
Xterra, qualifier for U.S. and World extreme games, June 8 & 9, on Brown’s Island, Tredegar and South Seventh Streets, www.xterraplanet.com.
Jazz Cafe at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Thursdays, 6 -9 pm, in the BEST Cafe in conjunction with the Richmond Jazz Society, www.vajazz.org; Friday Art & Wine/Meet Up with Art at VMFA, 5 – 8:30pm, www.vmfa.state.va.us.
2nd annual Tribute to Wounded Warriors Festival, Saturday, June 8th, 11am to Dark at the Great Meadow Event Center, 5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plains Virginia, complimentary Beer & wine tasting, 6 bands perform, air show, antique car show, new car show, kids area and more, details, www.beethovenfound.org.
Ashland Strawberry Faire, Saturday, June 8, 10 am – 5 pm at Randolph Macon College, Historic Ashland, live music, dancing, pipes and drums, Little Miss & Little Mr. Strawberry Contest and other activities, free admission, www.ashlandstrawberryfaire.com.
“I said I wasn’t Going To Tell Nobody” Staged Reading by local poet & playwright Yemaja Jubilee, cast performs Sunday, June 9th & Saturday, at The Shop, Zero east 4th Street June 30th, for more information contact L. Roi Boyd, Professor of Mass. Com at VCU, 804-305-5029 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
37th Annual AT & T Norfolk Harborfest, June 6 -9, Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk, www.festevents.org/mini-site/nrfolk-harborfest.
57th Annual Festival of Arts at Dogwood Dell, Opening Night Festivities Celebrate Families and Children, June 7 & 8, starts at 7:15pm, Rain Date June 8 & 9; June 19, 8pm, Freedom Fest, Gumbo: A Night of Blues, Jazz & Light R & B, featuring Carlton Blount, James Gates, Alan Parker, Brandon Lane, Chief, Desiree Roots, Weldon Hill, Hannan Lane & others, Free, www.RichmondGov.com/parks.
Capital Jazz Fest, Friday, June 7 – Sunday, June 9, at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, Maryland, over 30 National Acts performing, www.capitaljazz.com.
ARTisan Cafe, Saturday, June 8, 6-10pm, City Hall observation Deck, tickets in advance at Elegba Folklore Society, 101 East Broad Street; Juneteenth – A Freedom Celebration, June 14-15, Tony Browder & The Last Poets Exhibitors, African Dance & Music, Torch Lit Night Walk along the Trail of Enslaved Africans, www.efsinc.org or 804-644-3900.
FUTURE EVENTS: Legendary Go-Go Band Trouble Funk performs Saturday, June 15, 9 pm – 2am, at the Military Retirees Club, 2220 Sleed Street, advance tickets $25, call 804-648-0101 or 804-321-3188.
Innsbrook After Hours, Thursday, June 13th, Sheryl Crow, gates open at 5pm, get full schedule at www.innsbrookafterhours.com.
Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Thursday, June 13 ,at Pocahontas Live, gates open at 5pm, Pocahontas State Park, 10301 State Park Road, www.pocahontaslive.com.
Nia Incorporated of Greater Richmond, an affiliate of The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church, “Demystifying the Home Buyer Process”, A Guide to Home Ownership, Free seminar & lunch, Saturday, June 15, at Saint Paul’s Baptist Church, 4247 Creighton Road; “Taking Care of Business Conference” St. Paul’s Baptist Church, Saturday, July 20 with reserved seating at John P. Kee concert Friday, July 19, information call Maxine Lambert, 804-554-1799.
Virginia Pork Festival, Wednesday, June 12, 4 – 8pm, Emporia, Virginia, tickets $35, tickets not sold at the gate, www.porkfestival.com.
Richmond Vegetarian Festival, Saturday, June 15, noon – 6pm, in Bryan Park. www.veggiefest.org.
Plein Air Richmond, Collector’s Preview Sale & Cocktail Party, at Brazier Gallery, 1616 West Main Street, Friday, June 14, proceeds benefit the Richmond Symphony, Week long event starts Monday, June 10 – Saturday, June 14, details www.richmondsymphony.com or 804-35802771.
A Taste of India, June 22 & 23, 12-8pm at the Culture Center of India, 6641 Ironbridge Parkway, Chester, free admission, free parking, 804-536-2524.