Weekend Events: Arts In the Park, French Food Festival, Asian American Celebration and more
The 43rd Annual “Arts in the Park” show and sale, Saturday May 3rd, 11am – 6pm and Sunday, May 4th, 11am – 5pm at the Carillon in Byrd Park, Sponsored by the Carillon Civic Association. Arts in the Park is a Nationally rated, juried art show where you can purchase fine and original work from more than 450 top quality artists and crafts people from Virginia and throughout the country. The event is free, there’s free parking and free shuttle available at City Stadium parking lot, No pets please! For details visit http://www.richmondartsinthepark.com/.
12th Annual Que Pasa? Festival, sponsored by the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Saturday, May 3rd from 11am – 7pm on Richmond’s Historic Canal Walk in Shockoe Bottom. The festival brings together the rhythms, culture and cuisines of Latin America and Spain. Performers include The Latin Ballet of Virginia, Ban Caribe and many others, in addition five local craft breweries are featured this year. The festival For more information visit http://www.quepasafestival.com.
6th Annual RVA French Food Festival, Saturday, May 3rd, from 11am – 9pm, featuring World renowned Chef Paul Elbling and the fun Cajun flair of Chef Sean Murphy of the Savory Grin, and Can Can & the Chef of Lemaire, benefits Little Sisters of the Poor in Richmond, 1503 Michaels Road, a donation of $2 is suggested, free parking in the Forest Office Park, for details visit http://www.rvafrenchfoodfestival.com or call 804-288-6245.
The River City Blues Society hosts the 2nd Annual Parkfest Blues Festival, Saturday, May 3rd, 2pm – 10pm, gates open at 1pm, at Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield, tickets are $30, The Festival features Albert Cummings – Guitar World’s Top 15 Blues and Roots Rock Albums of 2012 – “No Regrets”; Ellersoul Revue, including Lil Ronnie, Big Joe Ivan Appleruth and Julius Pittman; Herbie D and the Dangermen, In Layman Terms & UnExpected Band and Moreland and Arbuckle For details log onto http://www.parkfestblues.com.
Get ready for the CapTech USA Cycling Collegiate Road Championships! The nation’s best collegiate cyclists are in Richmond Friday – Sunday. The Bike Race will feature fun and excitement for everyone. Friday, May 2, Time Trials, Friday’s races will take place on a 10 mile circuit that covers the Fan, VCU Monroe Park Campus, Manchester Bridge and the Downtown area. Races will start at 9:00 am and will end at approximately 4:30 pm. Collegiate Road Championships Block Party
Kick off your weekend in a high-speed way at the Collegiate Road Championships Block Party this Friday afternoon from 2 – 6pm, in the parking lot between 4th and 5th street on E. Broad Street. Admission is free and open to the public.
Saturday, May 3, – Criterium – Saturday’s races will take place on a short-circuit in Downtown impacting Broad Street to Franklin Street and 2nd Street to 7th Street.
Races will start at 8:00 am and will end at approximately 8:00 pm. Sunday, May 4, – Road Races.
Sunday’s races will take place on a 10 mile circuit that covers the Fan, Downtown, Shockoe Bottom and Church Hill areas. Races will start at 7:00 am and will end at approximately 7:00 pm. For more details on the Races visit http://richmond2015.com/ for traffic log onto to http://link.wtvr.com/1kYoPts.
The 17th Annual Asian American Celebration, the region’s premier showcase of Asian American Culture, featuring Asian Games and Sports, Saturday, May 3rd at The Greater Richmond Convention Center, food booths, entertainment, hands on workshops, children’s activities, cultural booths and more, free admission, for more details visit http://www.aasocv.org/events.html.
8th Annual AT & T Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival, May 3 & 4, 11am – 6pm, at Town Point Park Downtown Norfolk, Virginia Waterfront; Norfolk Jazz Festival July 18 – 20, for more details log onto http://www.festevents.org or call l757-441-2345.
The Richmond Symphony performs Sunday, May 4th, 3pm at the Blackwell Auditorium, Randolph-Macon College, “Ravel: Le Tomneau de Couperin conducted by Steven Smith, adult tickets $20, seniors $18 and children $10, details http://www.richmondsymphony.com or 800-514-ETIX.
The International Female Ride Day, is Saturday, May 3, the World’s only synchronized Women’s Motorcycle “Just Ride” Day, promoting unity among women of all cultures. Saturday’s line up is at 2:15 at the Roses Department Store (formerly The Showplace) destination Williamsburg. You can register through event brite, under international female ride day. Get more details here: http://www.motoress.com/.
And many of these female riders will start their day off by riding in the Sickle Cell Unity Ride. This ride raises awareness of the disease and thousands of Virginians who suffer from sickle-cell. The line up is at 9am in the parking lot of the Petersburg Health department, and at 11am riders will hit the road for the parking lot of Second Baptist Church. For details visit 6th Annual Unity Ride for Sickle Cell – https://www.facebook.com/events/1418762338385026/.
Shockoe De Mayo, a Cinco de Mayo themed event sponsored by the Historic Shockoe Valley Foundation, Saturday, May 3rd, starting at 4pm, free restaurant crawl, participating restaurants include Poe’s Pub, 23rd & Main, 2113 Bistro, Honey Whyte’s, Station 2, Margarita’s Cantina,Rosie Connolly’s, Havana 59, Society, Cha Cha’s Cantina, for more information visit http://www.HistoricShockoe.org or https://www.facebook.com/events/1541554682736478/.
Get ready for the East Coast Triathlon Festival, May 3 & 4. Expo Saturday, May 3rd, 9am – 5pm & Race Day Sunday May 4th, races start at 7am, 4600 Cox Road, Glen Allen in Innsbrook. This festival features more than 750 Youth Tri-Athletes from Richmond and across the country in swimming, biking and running. For details visit http://www.endorphinfitness.com/races-events/east-coast-triathlon-festival/.
World Renowned poet, writer, commentator, educator and activist Nikki Giovanni at New Millennium Studios, 1 New millennium Drive, Petersburg, tickets $25 and $15 for military/students, May 3rd, 7pm, more details http://www.petersburgva.gov.
Historic Hopewell Foundation 5th annual Sounds of Summer Concert Series, Sports Bar Rock Concert, Sunday, May 4th, 4pm, at The Westin Plantation, 400 Weston Lane, Hopewell, for details visit http://www.historichopewell.org or call 804-458-4682.
30th Season of Friday Cheers kicks off Friday, May 2nd, on Brown’s Island with Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers performing at 6:30pm and Vintage Trouble at 8pm. The Series runs through June 27. https://www.facebook.com/FridayCheers or http://www.venturerichmond.com.
FUTURE Events: 2014 Komen Central Virginia Race for the Cure, Saturday, May 10, Brown’s Island, KomenCentralVa.org or call 804-320-1771.
Innsbrook After Hours Concert Series Kicks off Thursday, May 15, gates open at 5pm, with Randy Houser & Jerrod Neimann, http://www.innsbrookafterhours.com.
Jazz Inside Out, Scholarship Fundraiser for Virginia Higher Education Fund, Friday, May 30, 8pm – 12am at The Westin Hotel & Courtyard, 6631 West Broad Street, featuring J. Tucker & The Krewe Band, G7 Jazz, Jazz Art & Designer Auction, Hors d’oeuvers & Cash Bar, tickets $40, Advance tickets only, deadline to purchase May 20, more details visit http://www.vahigheredfund.com/events.