The sixth annual Richmond Folk Festival, is the largest folk festival in the country, attracting more than 200,000 people last year, according to organizers, with music from the Appalachians to the steppes of Central Asia. Richmond downtown waterfront will come alive this weekend, Friday: 6 – 10 p.m., Saturday: Noon – 9:30 p.m., and Sunday: Noon – 6 p.m. It’s free to attend but $5 donations are encouraged by the volunteer Bucket Brigade. Also bring money for food, crafts, CDs, etc.
Here’s what not to bring: Pets (other than service animals), coolers, large backpacks, alcohol, glass bottles or containers, drugs, weapons, laser pointers, bikes (park them free on 2nd Street), skateboards, inline skates, kites, Frisbees, footballs or other flying objects. To get to the festival you can catch a free shuttle.
Parking: Park south of the river at Spring Rock Green, 7202 Midlothian Turnpike at Chippenham Parkway. Park north of the river at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, 2015 Staples Mill Road. Downtown shuttle stops are on 2nd at Byrd Street and on Tredegar at 5th Street. Shuttles run every 20 minutes during festival hours. Park downtown on the street or in lots charging $3 to $6. Handicapped parking is at the Federal Reserve deck at 5th and Byrd streets. Most streets will be closed to vehicles south of Canal between the Lee Bridge and the Manchester Bridge. You can also get the schedule, festival maps and information about the performers on your smart phone, The mobile web app, www.RVAFolkFestival.com or www.venturerichmond.com.
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Walton Gallery in “UPTOWNE” Petersburg presents “Ladies First” (The Pink Ribbon Show), in support of Breast Cancer Awareness for all women. “Ladies First” opens Saturday, October 12 and runs through November 28, Gallery hours are Thursdays & Fridays 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.. Saturdays 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. and also by appointments, for more details visit www.waltongallery.com or call 804-732-2475.
Hanover Hawk Marching Invitational, Saturday, October 12, 10am-5pm At Hanover High School, 10307 Chamberlayne Rd., Mechanicsville, 20+ high school marching bands from across the state performing at one event! The 9th annual HHMI will be presented at the HHS Stadium, rain or shine. Hosted by the Hanover High Band Boosters, this event will feature Class A-Class AAAAA marching bands performing in competition and including brass, woodwinds, percussion and color guard. A full day of family friendly entertainment. Concessions will be available. Admission $5 for adults, $3 for children (age 3-12) and seniors (55+) and free for children 2 and under. Concessions will be available. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/679352632075089
The 7th Annual Pink Tie Gala, Saturday, October 19 from 7:30pm to 12:30 a.m. is a night of dancing to live music, delicious food, Silent Auctions and the Celebration of Life Dance Team, honoring Survivors. The event is a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness is at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, tickets are $85 in advance with 100% of the net proceeds going to the Central Virginia Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Silent Auction items include Waterfall resort Alaska Sportfishing Package, Argentina Dove Hunt for 5 people, a one week stay at the Sanctuary Resort and Spa in Costa Rica, and many more items. Tickets are $85 in advance only, for more information visit www.pinktiegala.org or call 804-745-0006.
World TeamTennis Richmond Invitational comes to the River City Saturday, October 12, 4:30pm at Willow Oaks Country Club. Tennis Pros from Richmond will be be among the Four teams competing for a $1,500 in prize money. The winning team will advance to the WTT Nationals at Indian Wells in November. The event is FREE to the public and is hosted by Virginia Tennis, spectators can meet Washington Kastles mascots “Topspin” and “Slice,” choose from WTT give-away items and can enter a raffle drawing to receive Washington Kastles tickets to a DC match in the 2014 season. For more information visit www.virginiatennis.com, or call 804-320-3244 or for information email email@example.com, also get more information on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/587932964596282/
33rd bi-annual Crozet Arts & Craft Festival, October 12-13, Saturday, 10 a.m. -6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., at Claudius Crozet Park, Park Road in Crozet, off Route 64 at exit 107, 106 artists, food, music, children’s entertainment and more, get details at www.crozetfestival.com.
FUTURE EVENTS: 11th annual Festival of the Grape held in Powhatan’s historic Courthouse Square, Saturday, October 19, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., over 30 different Virginia wineries and 100 local artists and craftspeople. Casper and Steve Bassett & Fat Ammons with the Mystic Soul Bubbas along with 14 food vendors will be on site. Tickets $20 at the gate, get details at www.PowhatanWineFestival.com.
Henrico County 30th annual Harvest Festival, Saturday, October 19 from noon – 4 p.m., at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park, 3400 Mountain Road in Glen Allen. The event is free, lots of hands o activities and demonstrations, cider making, candle dipping, corn shelling, other family activities include a petting zoo, pony rides, pig races and more. For more information visit www.henricorecandparks.com or call 804-501-5134.