Weekend Events: Celtic Fest & Highland Games, Pet Expo, Pumpkin Palooza Festival of the Grape and more

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12th annual Powhatan Festival of The Grape — SOLD OUT, hosted by the Powhatan Chamber of Commerce, Saturday, October 25th at the Historic Courthouse Square in Powhatan, sample and enjoy wines from thirty Virginia wineries  and if you prefer hops over grapes, a craft beer truck will be on site. Also features food vendors, artisans and craftspeople and live  music all day by Southern Tide and The Janitors. New this year a hat parade, participants are encouraged to design and create their own hats themed with Powhatan’s Festival of the Grape flair and should line up at the main stage at 1:15, parade starts at 1:30pm, prizes include one night stay at the Sheraton Park Hotel, Midlothian, $20 gift certificate to the County Seat Restaurant, wine glasses, wine bag and more.  Details http://www.PowhatanWineFestival.com.

“We are thrilled with the response and look forward to sharing this special event with ticketholders from all over,” Director of Programs and Events Iris Woodson said in a news release Friday afternoon. “The forecast is perfect for our 12th Annual Powhatan’s Festival Of The Grape and we expect a fantastic turnout with a capacity crowd of approximately 8,200.”

Central Virginia Celtic Fest and Highland Games, Saturday & Sunday, October 25th & 26th, 9am – 6pm at Richmond Raceway Complex. Live music all day, dance competitions, harp competitions, Fiddle competition, British Car and Motorcycle Show, heavy athletics, Fifty Clans represented, a Wee Ones area, a Blacksmith Forge, the Great Flying Hawk Axe Show, Historical demonstrations, Rugby Matches and more. Free parking, handicap parking available also, pets allowed with proper paperwork & $5 fee, tickets $25 weekend pass, $15 one day in advance;  Day of $30 weekend pass, $20 one day.  Details http://www.vacelticfestival.com or http://www.rir.com or 804-228-7500. The event benefits The Cullather Brian Tumor & Quality of Life Center at Bon Secours and other local charities through RIR Cares.

Stache Bash 2014, The American Mustache Institute brings its annual costume-heavy hairy Halloween celebration presented by Wahl Trimmer, Saturday, October 25th, 8pm -11pm, at Haxall Point by F.W. Sullivan’s, 1001 Haxall Point, Downtown. The event benefits M4K Richmond, which raises funds to improve the quality of life for Richmond-area children. Features The Band Stache,  and the Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the year will be crowned. Costumes welcome and you don’t have to have a mustache, you can bring one or get one at the door. For details visit http://www.americanmustacheinstitute.org/stache-bash/ or call 804-780-1800.

Grand Re-Opening Celebration of The Valentine Museum, including the store and “This is Richmond, Virginia” exhibition, Saturday, October 25th, 10am – 2pm, Museum and Store open until 5pm. Performances  by Susan Greenbaum 11:13, Richmond Ballet’s mind in Motion Team XXL at 1:30, Studio 23 Steamroller Prints & Commonwealth Roller Derby Team, food vendors, including Alchemy Coffee, Pudding Please, Sally Bell’s Kitchen, Goatocado and Carytown Burgers & Fries,  Details visit http://www.thevalentine.org or call 804-649-0711.

Henrico Humane Society’s 15th annual Pet Expo, now at a new location Richmond Raceway Complex, Saturday, October 25th, 600 East Laburnum Avenue, 10am -4pm. Over 75 exhibitors, animal rescue groups, activities, many for your pet, all proceeds benefit the Henrico Humane Society, CBS 6’s NBC serves as the Emcee.  For details visit http://www.henricohumane.org/events/pet-expo/.

Walk to Defeat ALS, Saturday, October 25th, on Brown’s Island, North 7th Street & Tredegar Street check in starts at 10am, opening ceremony at 11am, walk at 11:20am, for details visit http://web.alsa.org/site/TR?fr_id=10123&pg=entry#.VEqLyRa9aHY.

The 10th Annual Richmond Zombie Walk is Saturday, October 25th in Carytown. Pre-walk meet up/staging area location at 1pm will be held at a new location – Humphrey Calder Community Center Park (414 N Thompson St) and the actual walk is on the sidewalk in front of Kroger (3507 W Cary St) in Carytown. For details visit http://richmondzombiewalk.com/.

Grandmaster Y.K. Kim and the Martial Arts World Organization shows support for the Autism Society Central Virginia at its annual Exhibition Team Championships. Funds raised at the annual event will benefit ASCV’s mission of improving the lives of all affected by autism by maximizing the self-sufficiency, independence and quality of life for individuals living with autism.  Funds will support education, awareness, social opportunities, scholarships and advocacy. All funds raised at this event stays locally. Martial Arts World Festival features some extraordinary martial arts skills from professionals at The Exhibition Team Championships is Saturday, October 25th, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at Clover Hill High School Gymnasium, 13301 Kelly Green Lane, Midlothian. Advance donations are $9 & $15 at the door. Details visit www.mawwestend.com or http://www.mawus.com or call 804-673-5200 or you can visit the Autism Society of Central Virginia  http://ascv.org/about/.

Reunion “Funk and Groove” 70’s tribute to the late Radio DJ/Personality Mitch Malone. Event is part of VSU Homecoming, Saturday, October 25, doors open at 7pm, on the front lawn Virginia Hall, VSU. Music by DJ Foot. Befits Scholarship Fund & VSU Music Department, call office of Institutional Advancement, 804-524-5045.

The African Christian Community Church (ACCC) celebrates its 11th Anniversary, This year’s theme, Shaped by Grace. The public is invited to the weekend’s activities: Saturday, October 25th, 1pm, Rev. Dr. Sam B. Reeves, A Liberian Pastor is the key note speaker of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia and the ministries his church has embarked to fight the epidemic. October 26th, 11:00 A.M – the 11th Anniversary Celebration at Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church Annex, 2300 Dumbarton Rd, Henrico, for details call Rev. Birch 804-714-7450.

Latin Ballet of Virginia, World Premiere Sol & Luna, a story of Power, Passion, & Love, African and traditional Mexican dance forms with flamenco choreography.   Performances through October 26th, Friday, 10:30am & 7:30pm, Saturday 3pm & 7pm, Sunday 3:pm at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen. Sol & Luna features Francisco Mesa world-renowned choreographer and 95-year-old Frances Wessells, the matriarch of dance in Richmond, features adult tickets $20, students & seniors $15. Details http://www.latinballet.com/ or call 804-356-3876.

Innsbrook’s Great Pumpkin Palooza, Saturday, October 25th, 10am – 4pm at North Shore Commons Lawn, 4951 Lake Brooke Drive, Glen Allen; there will be pony rides, petting zoo, bouncy houses, live entertainment, straw bale maze and make sure to wear your Halloween costumes for the costume contests. Pumpkins will be painted and decorated, bowled down the field and launched into the lake with the Pumpkin Dunkin’. Innsbrook Great Pumpkin Palooza is free and benefits The American Cancer Society.

Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival, Saturday, October 25th, noon – 6pm on the Boulevard between West Leigh and Marshall Streets. Festival features craft beers from Aedent, Hardywood, Isley and others, local restaurants will serve up pumpkin related foods, sample plates cost $3 An expanded kids area and family movie night at 6pm at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, free admission. Details http://www.scottsadditionpumpkinfestival.com/.

LOBS & Lights Glow Tennis Events, 10th anniversary celebration to benefit VCU Lobs & Lessons, a nighttime glow-in-the-dark tennis experience, featuring a space-like atmosphere. Tennis players take to the court at night with only UV paint to light up the lines of the tennis court, net tape, tennis balls, racquets and targets, the event is Saturday, October 25th 8pm to midnight at Mary and Frances Youth Center, VCU, 120 South Linden Street. Youth Glow Zone 8 – 9:30pm, for tickets and details visit vcuyouthcenter.org or call 804-828-9276.

The Virginia Caribbean Education Exchange Foundation’s (VCEEF) invites the public to an elegant evening of Caribbean High Tea. The event will be held at the beautiful Belmont Golf and Recreation Center Sunday, October 26th, 3pm -6 pm. featuring delectable Caribbean tidbits and a wide assortment of flavored teas and beverages, this event will feature entertainment including musical performance, spoken word, dance, raffle, prizes and surprises!! There will also be a book signing and insights into the Jamaican Heritage and the Caribbean Diaspora by author Mrs. Margaret Record Bernal and former Ambassador Richard Bernal. Music and cultural selections by “Nadiva Devereaux”, Raw talent, Singer, Songwriter, young fresh hip, unique sounding artist who has so much to offer the industry and other local Pan and reggae artistes. Tickets must be purchased in advance and can be obtained directly from any board member, on the website at http://www.Caribfestonline.com using Paypal.

Children’s Museum of Richmond, Spooky Party, Saturday, October 25th, 10am – 4pm, bring the kids dressed in their favorite costume to Chesterfield, Short Pump & Fredericksburg for Halloween themed games, arts and crafts and special activities. Halooween Hoopla Friday, October 31st, 4pm – 8pm kids and adults can come dressed for an evening of family fun at the Children’s Museum of Richmond – Central, trick-or-treating at the Spooky Village, games, paint pumpkins and win prizes, $4 adults, kids free, details http://www.c-mor.org/events.

FUTURE Events

The Department of Languages and Literature hosts a Writer’s Roundtable: “The Writer Speaks of Freedom”, a part of Virginia Union University’ yearlong 150th Anniversary celebration. Creative writers from Florida, Maryland and Richmond will read from their works and discuss the role of freedom in their work Thursday, October 30th 6pm in the L. Douglas Wilder Library Lecture Hall, Free and open to the public, free parking at Hovey Field parking lot, details visit  https://www.facebook.com/events/831742063543224/ or call 804-257-5635.

Carmina Burana with Mozartiana and Danse Macabre, With Richmond Symphony and Richmond Symphony Chorus. Choreography by John Butler, Music by Carl Orff. In Celebration: 40thAnniversary of The School of Richmond Ballet, Mozartiana, Choreography by George Balanchine, Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Danse Macabre, Choreography by Stoner Winslett, Music by Camille Saint-Saëns. Performances at The Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage, Friday, October 31, 7:00 pm, Saturday, November 1, 2:00 pm and 7:00pm and Sunday, November 2, 2:00 pm. Tickets available at eTIX.com, by calling 1.800.514.3849, or through the Richmond Ballet Box Office at 407 E. Canal Street. Tickets start at $20.00.

15th annual Brunswick Stew Festival, Saturday, November 1, 11am – 4pm, 17th Street Farmer’s Market, Shockoe Bottom,  over 12 Stewmasters and 15 stews, $1 per sample, after 1pm pints, bowl and quarts on sale $6-$8, food vendors, artisans, crafters also available as well as a kids area. Details http://www.richmondgov.com/FarmersMarket/Index.asp.

The Winter Wine Class Series at Oyster’s Pearl, 1401 Roseneath Road, The Vine Wine Club & The Tipsy Sommelier explore wines from various regions of the world, starting Tuesday, November 4th, 6:30pm, first class “Introduction to Wine Basics”, features six wines for tastings

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