Walgreen’s Richmond International Dragon Boat Festival, the world’s fastest growing water sport, Saturday, August 2nd, opening ceremony at 8:45am, first race at 9am, performances at 10:30pm, 11:30am, 12:30pm & 1:30pm, at Rocketts Landing, http://www.sportsbackers.org/events/richmond-international-dragon-boat-festival/event-schedule/.
Organizers say “Don’t meet me there, beat me there”, for their 6th annual St. Elizabeth Catholic Church Jazz & Food Festival, Saturday, August 2nd from noon to 7:30 on the grounds of the church at 2712 2nd Avenue in Highland Park. This year’s festival blends traditional and contemporary jazz with delicious food in a Christian, family setting. The featured artists are Nickey McMullen and The Soul Jazz Page, Glenroy Bailey & Company, J. Tucker and the Crewe, Carlton Ayles, Debo and special guest and Curv Appeal. In addition there will be children’s activities, and community vendors with information as well as the Bon Secours Care-A-Van with screenings and immunizations. $5 donation, bring your lawn chairs and blankets but no food or beverages. For more information visit http://www.steliz3c.com. Event is rain or shine.
The Summer Edition of Virginia Stampede Pro Rodeo action is back at Colonial Downs Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2 and presented by Myrna’s Boots ‘n Bits. The Rodeo features National bull riders, barrel racers, steer wrestlers and calf ropers, ladies breakaway roping and others in seven different International Pro Rodeo Association events Friday & Saturday. Matt McGee of Oak Ridge, Missouri returns as the Emcee, but will also compete in team roping events and Rodeo clown Austin Stewart, a 5th generation cowboy Family are also returning to Colonial Downs. For tickets stop by Myrna’s Boots ‘N’ Bits, 1112 Carmia Way, 804-794-6774, 804-966-7223 or log onto http://www.colonialdowns.com. Gates open 6pm Saturday, Rodeo at 7:30pm.
Fan Appreciation Day Saturday, August 2, tickets required, a limited number of tickets will be available to first come first served day of. And if you can’t get in to Fan Appreciation Day try the Redskins FitFest, Saturday August 2 & Sunday August 3, 10am – 5pm, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 North Third Street. A Health & Wellness Expo, family friendly activities with Redskins special guests, attractions such as rock climbing wall, NASCAR Simulator and more, event is free.
American Alligators Exhibit at Maymont, the largest species of reptile in North America at The Nature Center. Exhibit opens Saturday, August 2nd, visit http://www.maymont.org/nature-visitor-center or 804-358-7166.
The United States Army Field Band performing Sunday, August 3rd, 3pm at Deep Run Park, Henrico, the Concert Band will perform along The Soldiers’ Chorus, The Concert Band is the oldest and largest of the Field Band’s four performing components. The concert is free and open to the public.
Future Events: Habi Rocks Habitat for Humanity, summertime hours at Hardywood, Thursday, August 7, 5:30pm., music, food trucks, craft beer and supporting Richmond Habitat for Humanity, for details http://www.richmondhabitat.org/.
National Night Out at All Saint Apostolic Ministries, Tuesday, August 5, 6pm- 8:30pm, live music, games & prizes, food, and more, 2001 Royalle Avenue, http://allsaintsapostolic.org/ or call 804-232-3164.
3rd annual National Night Out in the Park, Pollard Park, at the corner of Chamberlayne & Brookland Park Boulevard, sponsored by Neighborhood Housing Services of Richmond, , for details visit http://www.nhsofr.org/ or call 804-329-2500.