Richmond events galore this weekend!

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Richmond, we hope you’re ready. Not only has the universe provided these legitimately fun things to do, but the weather will gloriously accommodate them all. Get your game plan prepared! Go! Enjoy!

FESTIVAL OF INDIA

This event started in 1981 and brings tens of thousands to the Greater Richmond Convention Center every year. Expect different vendors with authentic, regional Indian food like samosas, curry and biryani. Entertainment is abundant with dancing and music. Plenty of booths set up for shopping.

Free entry. Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

More info here.

ITALIAN FOOD FESTIVAL

Your chance to live la dolce vita in the 17th Street Farmers Market, which will be magically transformed into an authentic Italian village for this year’s 9th Annual Italian Festival.

The festival charity of choice is The Faison School, a non-profit autism center dedicated to providing resources for families of children with autism. The festival will also support the VCU Italian Studies Program by providing financial assistance to students who are studying our Italian culture and heritage and the Richmond Wounded Warrior Program.

It’s free to enter, but food costs vary per vendor.

Directions, hours and more info, here.

OFF THE RAILS CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL AND FUNDRAISER

Local beers, food trucks and music make fundraisers that much better.

Hanover Arts and Activities Center,  whose mission is to promote arts, education and community building, hopes to raise enough money to match the $30,000 challenge grant from the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation.

Admission to the festival for children under 12 is free. Admission to the event is $10. Adult attendees will receive a commemorative glass with admission, while supplies last. A 2 oz. tasting is $1; full glasses sell for $6.

The event will offer beers from small, local breweries including the Center of the Universe Brewing Company, Legend Brewery, the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and others.

Gourmet food trucks and live music from The Bush League and The Big Payback will be featured.

Saturday only!

Directions, here.

VIRGINIA PRIDE FESTIVAL

The mission is to instill pride, celebrate unity and embrace diversity in the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgender Community.

This event is Saturday only. Evening events will be in various locations around the city, at participating locations.

Stage schedule, guest bartender info and directions here.

Kanawha Plaza
S 7th & E Canal St
Richmond, VA 23219

RVA PEACE FESTIVAL 

The seeds for the RVA Peace Festival were planted during a candlelight vigil following the tragic events of 9/11.  This is a family friendly event, with lots of vendors and performers.

Saturday only, from 11-5 p.m.

Directions, vendors and more information here.

RVACON

The debut of a convention for anime, comics, gaming, design, music and technology enthusiasts.

Everything you need to know about the three day event is here.

STATE FAIR OF VIRGINIA

The State Fair of Virginia returns this year, Sept. 27-Oct. 6 and includes all-time favorites as well as new attractions, shows and extreme fair food. Get ready for a rollicking good time.

The complete guide, and we do not mince words, can be found here.

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