Antoinette’s Weekend Picks: Pumpkins on Boulevard, Light the Night Walk, Zombie Walk and more
1st Boulevard Pumpkin Festival, Saturday, October 26, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., on the Boulevard from West Marshall to west Leigh Street. The streets will be transformed into a land of pumpkins and straw bales, Bon Secours Movin’ Mania Kids Zone with rides and activities for the kids, vendors, artisans, craft beer, wines and many other activities. The event is a family friend event, it is free and it’s mission is to highlight the ongoing revitalization of the historic Boulevard/Scott’s Addition area in Richmond. Free Parking is at The Diamond and ride a trolley for $3 to the boulevard. For more details visit www.BoulevardPumpkinFestival.com. [BONUS: Boulevard closes Saturday for inaugural Pumpkin Festival]
Broadway in Richmond Tony award-winning play “War Horse” to Richmond’s Landmark Theater October 29th through November 3rd. The story of “War Horse” based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, is an imaginative tale of loyalty and friendship, it tells the story of a boy and his beloved horse, Joey. “War Horse” runs October 29th – November 3rd, show hours are: October 29-31, doors open at 6:30 p.m., show 8 p.m.; Nov. 1, doors open 7 p.m., show 8 p.m.; Nov. 2 doors open 1 p.m., show 2 p.m. & doors open 7 p.m., show 8 p.m.; Nov. 3, doors open 12 p.m., show 1 p.m. & doors open 5:30 p.m., show 6:30 p.m., for more details on “War Horse” and other Broadway In Richmond productions and shows visit www.broadwayinrichmond.com.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Light The Night Walk” is Saturday, October 26th, it is a community event that supports cancer survivors and people who have lost loved ones to cancer. There will lots of activities, games, entertainment, and the signature lighted balloons signifying lives lost to cancer, survivors and also supporters. “Light The Night Walk” is a casual stroll that starts and ends at the Virginia Historical Society at 428 North Boulevard; the course will go through Carytown. Registration is at 5 p.m. and the walk starts at 7 p.m. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to Blood Cancer. Its mission is to Cure Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and Myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. To register for “Light The Night Walk” or get more information, visit www.lightthenight.org/va.
“Walk to Defeat ALS” Richmond Walk is Saturday, October 26, on Brown’s Island. Walk Check-In 10 a.m. and the Walk starts at 11 a.m. The Walk to Defeat ALS is an opportunity to bring hope to people living with ALS, to raise money for a cure, and an opportunity for the community to show their support. The Walk is The ALS Association’s biggest annual event, which raises funds that allow our local chapters to sustain care services and support research for much of the following year. For more information on the walk and ALS visit web.alsa.org/site/TR/Rides/Blueprint?fr_id=9341&pg=entry#.Uml6gxDlfUA.
9th annual Zombie Walk, Saturday, October 26, pre-walk meet up at 1 p.m. at The Landing at Fountain Lake (Byrd Park), Zombie Walk starts on the sidewalk in front of Kroger on West Cary Street around 2:30, details www.richmondzombiewalk.com.
YMCA Fall into Fitness kick-off, – The YMCA of Greater Richmond and Senator Mark Warner & CBS 6 are giving you a fun way to get out and Bike Ride with a Celebrity, an interactive program that promotes activity, Saturday, October 26, ride with Senator Mark Warner on Belle Isle, 300 Tredegar Street, 9 a.m., details at www.ymcarichmond.org/learnmore or www.ymcarichmond.org/events
Innsbrook’s Great Pumpkin Palooza – The Innsbrook Foundation teams up with the American Cancer Society during Breast Cancer Awareness Month to provide a family fall-festival. Innsbrook’s Great Pumpkin Palooza, Saturday, October 26, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at North Shore Commons Lawn – 4991 Lake Brooke Dr. Glen Allen. There will be pumpkin inspired foods, hot chocolate and cider, costume contests or get lost amongst walls of hay as children navigate through our hay bale maze, pony rides, petting zoos, and bouncy houses with fun live entertainment playing all day and you can even artistic skills as decorate pumpkins, for details visit www.innsbrook.com.
The Richmond Flying Squirrels hosts their 3rd annual Squirreloween Event at the Diamond, Sunday, October 27 from 2-6 p.m. free, safe fun way for kids to trick or treat, there will be hay rides, for more details call 804-FUNN (3866).
Greater Richmond Chorus, 2013 Sweet Adelines Regional Champion, “Totally A Cappella 2013, Saturday, October 26, 3 p.m., at Scottish Rite Auditorium, 4202 Hermitage Road, www.grcsings.com or 804-282-sing (7464).
The Cultural Arts Center and The Latin Ballet of Virginia present “El Dia de los Muertos” Festival, Saturday, October 26, noon to 4pm. The event is free and open to the public. Come celebrate Halloween in the Hispanic-Mexican tradition, live music, dancing, arts & crafts, sweets-and-treats, food and various art exhibits. Also happening is the Fall Dance Production of El Dia de los Muertos performed by the Latin Ballet of Virginia, Friday, October 25-Sunday, October 27. Show times are Friday, 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, student, and $10 for groups of 10 or more. For more details or tickets call (804) 356-3876 or visit www.latinballet.com or
(804) 261-6213 or www.artsglenallen.com.
Richmond Animal Care & Control (RAC&C) Howl-A-Ween Adoption Event October 26, 30 & 31, hours are – 12 – 5 p.m. Saturday and Wednesday through Friday, 1 – 7 p.m.; all pet available for adoption for $50.00 each, 1600 Chamberlayne Avenue, details www.RichmondGov.com/animals or call 804-646-5575.
7th Annual Come & Play returns to Virginia Commonwealth University’s Stuart C. Siegel Center, Sunday, October 27, 6pm, The Richmond Symphony and musicians of all ages and abilities will play alongside the Richmond Symphony musicians. The day will be full of excitement, led by Associate Conductor Erin R. Freeman, for details www.richmondsymphony.com.
The Infinite Scholars and the Richmond Alumane Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority have partnered to host the annual Scholarship and Admissions Fair, it’s free and open to students from all over Virginia. Students have a chance to talk one on one with college recruiters from 40 different Colleges and Universities including some from Virginia Union and VCU. Some will accept students on site and give scholarship money to qualified students. The Fair is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Great Richmond Convention Center. Students should bring their transcripts, SAT or ACT scores plus three letters of recommendation and an essay on why they want to attend college.