Weekend Events: State Fair of Virginia, Original Italian Street Fest, Rascal Flatts

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State Fair of Virginia at Meadow Event Park, Doswell, September 26th – Sunday, October 5th, fair hours are Sunday – Friday,  10am – 9pm and Saturday 10am – 10pm . On festival stage performers includes Parmalee, The Original Drifters, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, a Latin Festival, and the Miss State Fair of Virginia Pageant and Details http://www.statefairva.org.

A Glimpse of Italy at the 10th Annual Richmond Original Italian Street Festival, September 27 & 28, at the 17th Street Farmer’s Market, Saturday 11am – 8pm, Sunday 11am – 6pm;  Italian food, wine and fun, for details visit http://www.richmonditalianfestival.org.

Petersburg Chamber of Commerce 6th Annual Festival of Grapes and Hops, Saturday, September 27th, 11am – 5pm in Historic Old Towne Farmer’s Market, 9 East Old Street, sip and celebrate Petersburg’s history through a variety of featured wineries, breweries, restaurants and food trucks. Tickets for tasters $20 at the gate, non-tasters $15 at gate, children 12 and under admitted free, tickets includes samples of wine and beer and a commemorative festival wine or beer glass, for details visit http://www.FestivalofGrapesandHops.com and
http://www.PetersburgVA.gov.

63rd Annual Chickahominy Indian Tribe Fall Festival & Pow-Wow, is set for September 27 & 28 at the Chickahominy Tribal Grounds, 8200 Lott Cary Road, Providence Forge, gates open Saturday 10am – 6pm, Grand Opening Entry at noon; Sunday gates open 11am – 6pm, Grand Opening Entry at 1pm, American Indian Dancers, American Indian Arts & Crafts, jewelry, paintings, clothing, fry bread, fish and chips and more. for details visit http://www.chickahominytribe.org/Events/events.html or call 804-829-2027 or 804-557-3775.

13th Annual ChesterFest presented by the Chester Community Association, Saturday, September 27, 10am – 5pm at Chester Village Green, Chester; family friendly event featuring a KidsZone, entertainment, vendors, and the popular pie eating contest, http://www.chesterfest.org/ChesterFest/Welcome.html or call 804-751-0421.

Petersburg Chapter – The Links, Incorporated presents The VSU Gospel Chorale in Concert, Sunday, September 28, 4pm at Good Shepherd Baptist Church, 2223 South Crater Road, Petersburg, Mistress of Ceremonies Sheilah Belle. Proceeds will be used to establish a scholarship fund for members of the Chorale, Tickets $20, for more information visit http://www.petersburgchapterlinksinc.org.

The “Get Ready Richmond Concert for Disaster Preparedness” presented by the E.J. Wade Foundation and features Country Music’s most awarded group Rascal Flatts and their Rewind Tour Saturday, September 27 at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, 2401 West Leigh Street.  Gates will open at 3pm, music starts at 4pm with Kevin Mac and Prospect7, and at 7pm special guest Kellie Pickler followed by Rascal Flatts. For tickets and more information visit http://www.ETIX.com , by phone 800-514-3849 (ETIX) or http://www.EJWadeFoundation.org.

An Evening of Classics with The Stylistics performing Sunday, September 28 for two shows, first show doors open at 2pm, show at 3pm; Second show doors open at 6pm, show  at 7pm at The John Marshall Ballrooms, 101 North 5th Street, Downtown Richmond. Tickets and reserved seating 804-353-9180 or available at Barkys Records, 18 East Broad Street, BK Music and Plan 9 Records.

Virginia Pride – PrideFest 2014, Saturday, September 27th, 1 – 8pm Brown’s Island, Bottom of 12th Street at the James River, music, food, brews, outreach and performances, for details visit http://www.vapride.org/pridefest2014/.

Beast Fest, A Belmont Butchery & Preservation Virginia shindig at Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown, teams of Richmond chefs serving multiple courses cooked on open fires, open wine & beer bars, music, tickets $80 VIP and $50 general admission. Details http://preservationvirginia.org/events/detail/beast-feast-2014.

South Hill Wine Festival, food, music, and wine tasting, Saturday, September 27, noon – 5pm Centennial Park, Danville Street, South Hill, details http://www.southhillrotary.com.

Richmond Symphony led by New Associate Conductor, Keitaro Harada and the Music of Abba with renowned Swedish cover band Waterloo, Saturday, September 27, 8pm at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CentreStage. An evening of fantastic live music of ABBA, Dancing Queen, Manna Mia, Take a chance on Me and other will be performed. The School of Rock’s House Band performs pre-concert in the lobby of the Theatre. For tickets visit http://www.richmondsymphony.com or call 800-514-(ETIX).

12th Annual Maymont  X-Country Festival September 26 & 27, races of all ages starting Friday at 5:30 with the Elementary School 1-miler followed by the Open 5K at 6pm. Saturday starts with the James River Loop 8-Miler at 7am and the Middle School 3K at 8:30am. Top high school runners compete in various public and private school divisions Saturday. For details visit http://www.sportsbackers.org.

Sisters Network Central Virginia Inc., 10th Annual Gift For Life Block Walk, Saturday, September 27th, Walk Headquarters, Eastern Henrico, New Bridge Church, 5807 Nine Mile Road, 9am – 2pm, details call 804-447-4027.

FUTURE Events: 26th Annual 2nd Street Festival Saturday October 4th, Sunday, October 5th in Historic Jackson Ward featuring Headliner Midnight Star Saturday, on Sunday Larry Bland and the Volunteer Band taking the stage before Johnny Houston and the Legends close out the festival, FREE. Details http://www.venturerichmond.com/events/venture/secondstreet.html.

Hogtober – Church Hill Association and Style Magazine, BBQ, Bands, Beers to Historic Church Hill, Saturday, October 4th, 12pm – 7pm Libby Hill Park in Church Hill, family fun, food trucks and much more, FREE, details visit http://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/HogtoberContentPage/Page.

3rd Annual Bishop’s Cup Golf Tournament presented by the Knights of Columbus Fr. O’Leary Council #6457, A Holy Rosary Catholic Church Event, Monday, October 13th, Stonehenge Golf and Country Club, Hole-in-One Prize $15,000, to register visit http://www.hrccrichmond.org or call 804-966-9228 or 804-557-3069.

Still We Rise Celebrating the Power of Women’s Stories, an inspirational Brunch with Stacy Hawkins Adams & Friends, Saturday, October 25th, 10am – 12:30pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, featuring Daphne Maxwell Reid, Maya Smart, Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Madison-McCreary, Mureil Miller Branch and others, details http://www.StacyHawkinsAdams.com.

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