Antoinette’s weekend event picks

Itikitk Dancers

You can also find a complete list of events in our Richmond events calendar on WTVR.com. [Click here to add an event to our calendar]

Richmond International Dragon Boat Festival returns to Rocketts Landing Saturday, August 10, opening ceremonies start at 12:40pm and racing begins at 1pm. http://www.sportsbackers.org/events/richmond-international-dragon-boat-festival.

30th annual Carytown Watermelon Festival, Sunday, over 60 musicians, a hundred vendors, a large kids area and thousands of watermelon to eat. The festival is Sunday 10am-6pm in Carytown, www.carytownrva.org.

4th annual Richmond Jazz Festival presented by Altria at Maymont, Thursday, August 8th, 6-9pm Virginia Museum Of Fine Arts; Friday, August 9th, Hippodrome Theater, doors open at 6pm; Saturday, August 10th & Sunday, August 11th, gates open at 11am, performances start at noon, performers include, Joe Sample, Jill Scott, Peter White, Michael McDonald, Rick Braun, The Wailers, Randy Crawford, JAson Moran, Tiempo Libre, Chick Corea, Jonathan Butler, Kirk Whalum and many, many others.  For performance times, tickets, and parking visit www.jazzatmaymont.com.

8th Annual Filipino Festival, Friday, August 9th, 5-10pm, Saturday, August 10, 10am-10pm, at Our Lady of Lourdes, 8200 Woodman Road, includes a cultural program of dance, song, artwork & exhibits by local and regional Filipino talent,  authentic Filipino food, a dog show, live entertainment featuring Janet Martin, the D’Originals, the Groove Train, Latin Ballet of Virginia and many more, for details www.filipinofestival.org.

Jammin’ On The James free concert series, Saturday, August 10th, 6-8pm, features Stonebrook, at Wilton House Museum, 215 South Wilton Road, donations accepted, for more information visit www.wiltonhousemuseum.org or 804-282-5936.

5th annual Back to School Rally for Richmond Public Schools hosted by Richmond City School Board Rep. Shonda Harris-Muhammed, in partnership with Northside Coalition for Children, Inc., Saturday, August 10, 10am – noon, Overby-Sheppard Elementary School, 2300 First Avenue, for information call 804-687-6743 or 804-908-4590.

Sound City Bands & Brews, Saturday & Sunday, August 9 & 10,  Gates open at 2:30pm at the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar. The two-day event will feature 10 bands and 50 craft beers from local breweries in celebration of Virginia Craft Beer Month. Sound City Bands & Brews is an ‘all ages’ event and tickets start at $30.  A portion of all event proceeds will support Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity. Details www.soundcityrva.com.

FUTURE EVENTS:

The Virginia Black Music Foundation & Charles City Parks  & Recreation presents VA Heritage Music Festival, Friday, August 16, 6-10pm, at Charles City Social Center, 8320 Ruthsville Road, Charles City music, food, dancing and featuring Kevin Davis & Ban Caribe, Jarrad Anthony, Dr. Ayaba Bey. Tickets adults $10, 18 & younger $5, children 6 & under free, 804-652-1601 or info@japmeg.com.

Diana Ross in concert, Wednesday, August 14, 8pm at Filene Center, Wolf Trap, 1624 Trap Road, for details www.wolftrap.org.

Elegba Folklore Society’s annual Down Home Family Reunion, Saturday, August 17, Abner Clay Park, Jackson Ward, Features world music and dance, the Heritage Market, special children’s events and delicious down home food. Down Home Family Reunion

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