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Weekend Events

6th annual Cookies for Kids’ Cancer RVA City-Wide Bake Sale is Saturday, September 12th from 10am – 4pm. A bake sale to support pediatric cancer research, the number one disease killer of children in the U.S.,  More than 25 bake sales will take place throughout the Richmond area, Carytown will serve as the anchor location for Saturday’s city-wide bake sale. But Bake sales will also be at locations North and South, the West and East Ends and in Ashland and Mechanicsville. For a complete list of locations visit cookiesforkidscancer.org or on Facebook.

The  annual 57th St. James Armenian Food Festival is one of Richmond favorites, three days to sample everything on the menu, like a Hye burger (ground sirloin & lamb with Armenian spices), grilled kebab’s, grape leaves or a glass of Armenian wine or beer as well as the homemade Armenian pastries. The festival is at St. James Armenian Church, 834 Pepper Ave. September 11th – 13th, Friday-Saturday 11:30am -9pm and Sunday noon-7pm.  Free entry and pay as you go.  Call 804-282-3818 or visit http://www.armenianfoodfestival.com/.

8th Annual Shockoe on the Half-Shell Festival is Sunday, September 12, from noon – 5pm at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market. Have your fill of Oysters served on the half shell anyway you like it – fried, grilled, raw, roasted, smoked, from some of Richmond’s favorite local restaurants. The fest is free and is a pay as you go.  For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/105097856490262/.

Anthem presents 2nd annual SpeakUp5k Walk/Run/Jog Saturday, September 12th, 9am at the Carillon in Byrd Park. SpeakUp5k is the signature event of the Cameron K. Gallagher Memorial Foundation whose mission is to cultivate awareness and understanding for those suffering from teenage depression and anxiety. In addition to the run there will be food, drinks, vendor tents and games. For more information visit http://speakup5k.com/speakup-richmond/.

Central Virginia Food Truck Rodeo, Sunday, September 13, noon – 7pm, over 35 food trucks will make Chesterfield Towne Center their home for the day. The idea is to sample from as many food truck vendors and Virginia craft brews and listen to live music. Lawn chairs and blankets welcomed. Free entry, no outside food or drink and no pets, it’s pay as you go. Details https://www.facebook.com/cvfoodtruckrodeo or www.centralvirginiafoodtruckrodeo.com.

Experience a Taste of South Africa at The 10th annual South African Food & Wine Festival, the event runs from 11 am to 6 pm Saturday & Sunday, September 12 & 13 at Grayhaven Winery at 4675 East Grey Fox Rd, Gum Spring, Virginia. The festival features South African Musicians Sharon Katz & Peace Train, harmonies of SAHAVO and a host of other bands. The Festival started in the U.S. in 2006 to introduce visitors to the unique cuisine, wine, food, music and culture of South Africa through a two-day festival held outdoors on the winery grounds. For more information call (804) 556-3917 or visit www.GrayhavenWinery.com or http://southafricanfoodfest.com/.

Disney on Ice features a cast of over 50, with Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse, sweetheart Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Disney Princesses including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White and Tiana. From Disney’s Frozen to a Sing-along to over 30 unforgettable songs including “Let It Go,” “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” to moments from Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Disney’s The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and many more will leave the whole family with memories to last a lifetime. The production runs Thursday, September 10 through Sunday September 13, Times vary. Ticket price $22 and up. http://richmondcoliseum.net/events/disney-on-ice-celebrates-100-years-of-magic/.

Fall Plant Sale at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Friday, 9 am – 5 pm, Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm The Fall Plant Sale features vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics. Presented by Garden volunteers.  Listen to live music while you shop, Richmond Youth Concert Trio will be play Saturday, September 12th,10 am – 12pm and Erin Adelman and Friends will be play from noon – 2 pm. For more information call 804-262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org/event/fall-plant-sale/.

2015 Virginia PrideFest is Saturday, September 12 from noon – 8pm on Brown’s Island, featuring Rayvon Owens, Dumblonde and a host of other performers. For more information visit http://www.vapride.org/.

The 43rd Street Festival of the Arts, Saturday, September 12th 10am – 5pm in Forest Hill neighborhood.  The Festival will feature 75 artisans selling their wares, featuring pottery, painting, jewelry, glass, wood, and mixed media. Live music and food vendors, and Street art and face painting. The festival is a fund-raiser for CARITAS, For more information visit http://www.43rdstgallery.com/#!events2/c931.

Second Annual Hanover Oktoberfest and Das Bier Run is September 12 & 13, Saturday 1-9pm, Sunday 12 – 8pm at the Center Of The Universe Brewing Co., 11293 Airpark Road, Ashland. This free event is open to all (21 to drink) features live music, German Faire, and beers! For more information visit http://www.cotubrewing.com/september-13th-cotu-oktoberfest-featuring-das-bier-run/.

Wine & Beer Classic at Maymont,  a farewell to summer party presented by the Dooley Noted Society the annual Wine & Beer Classic, is Friday, September 11th, from 7pm – 10:30pm.  Sample Virginia’s brews and wines along with bourbon and moonshine tastings and live music by Big Mana Shakes.  Games and food available. Festivities also include open cornhole play and other games for a chance to win prizes. (Additional fees apply for games; all proceeds benefit Maymont). Food and dessert will be available for purchase from Slideways Mobile Bistro and King of Pops. New this year, Road Runner Running Store will host a fun run prior to the event. Beginning at the Children’s Farm, the three-mile loop goes to the Road Runner store in Carytown, then back to the event. The run begins at 6:30pm and includes a prize for the first 50 to register. Participation in the free run is open only to Wine & Beer Classic ticket holders. The event is sponsored by Shurm Homes, Schwarzchild Jewelers and Total Printing Company. Tickets are $35 per person; $30 for Dooley Noted Society members; and $15 for designated drivers. Guests must be 21 years old or older to attend. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.maymont.org/wine-beer. For more information on tickets and on Maymont, call 804-358-7166 or visit http://www.maymont.org.

Health & Wellness Festival at First Union Baptist Church, 6231 Pole Green Road, Mechanicsville, Saturday, September 23, 10am – 3pm, “A Healthier You for Christ”, VCU Medical Center, Free health screenings, on-site Health Exhibitions, nutrition, good tastings, women’s cardio, senior mobility, youth activities/relays and much more. For more information call 804-746-4095

Church Hill Reunion, September 11 & 12, Church Hill Reunion Dance Party, Friday, 9pm – 1am at Holy Rosary Catholic Church Rec Center, 3300 R Street, $15; Outdoor Festivities Saturday, 1- 6pm at The Ethel Bailey Furman Memorial Park, 28th & M Streets behind George Mason Elementary School, free.

Massey Street of Hope Luxury Home Show, What Women Want – Opening Weekend, eight designer dream homes in Hallsley, benefits Massey Cancer Center at VCU. September 12 & 13 events; September 12 – 27, open daily 11am – 6pm, Thursdays until 8pm; Steve Bassett & Company September 17, 6-8pm. Details visit http://www.MasseyStreetOfHope.com.

2015-2016 Opening Season of the Richmond Symphony with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Saturday, September 12, 8pm & Sunday, September 13, 3pm at the Carpenter Center at Richmond CenterStage. Details http://www.richmondsymphony.com.

RVA Community Improvement Blitz, Keep Virginia Beautiful is looking for volunteers to clean up the city in preparation for the UCI Road World Championships in September. Volunteers are needed Friday, September 11th from 11am – 3pm & Saturday, September 12, 9am – 1pm at various locations. Volunters can register at http://www.HandsOnRVA.org, at  www.Richmondgov.com/NeighbortoNeighbor or at https://jrac-va.org for the James River Regional Cleanup.

 

Cycling Themed displays and exhibits in the Richmond area:

  • The Valentine Museum – In Gear: Richmond Cycles, a take on the history of cycling in Richmond from the 19th century to present day.  The opening of the exhibition coincides with the UCI Road World Cycling Championships in September, look for special extended hours nightly during the cycling event. The exhibit runs through January 3rd, 2016. For more details visit http://thevalentine.org/#.
  • Science Museum of Virginia  – Bikes: Science on Two Wheels through September 27th.  Discover a collection of historic, rare, peculiar and all-around amazing bikes! Since its inception in the late 19th century, the bicycle has impacted how people live, work and play. Trace the evolution of the bicycle from its origins to the sleek, modern designs that line streets around the world. For more details visit http://www.smv.org/explore/featured-exhibits/bikes-science-two-wheels.
  • Virginia War Memorial – World War II Women’s Army Corps Bicycle, A bicycle specifically designed for members of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) during World War II is now on display at the Virginia War Memorial’s Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Center in downtown Richmond. The bicycle is on loan from the U.S. Army Women’s Museum at Fort Lee, Virginia through September 31st to coincide with the upcoming Richmond 2015 UCI World Cycling Championship taking place September 19-27 in the Richmond area. For more details visit http://www.vawarmemorial.org.
  • The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design – Balance in Motion: The Evolution of Cycling in America through October 18th, 2501 Monument Avenue. Discover the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition with an international bike display which sparked the first U.S. bicycle factory, learn how bikes changed to give a man and a women rider shared control and trace the evolution of today’s bikes from the first successful titanium bike to today’s popular touring bicycles.”  For more information visit http://www.branchmuseum.org.
  • The Gallery at UNOS, 700 North 4th Street – Bike 2015: Richmond Wheels featuring work by Andras Bality, Matt Lively, Greig Leach )official artist of 2015 UCI Worlds), September 11 – October 31. Opening reception  Friday, September 11th 5 – 7:30pm. Hours 8am – 5pm Monday – Friday,  UCI extended hours September 25 until 7pm, 11am – 7pm September 26th & 27th. For more information visit http://www.unos.org or call 804-782-4630.
  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden welcomes the UCI Road World Cycling Championships to Richmond, and celebrates with extended hours till 8 p.m. on weeknights September 21 – 25. UCI Road World Championships Sunday, September 20. The Garden is the start venue for the elite men’s and women’s team time trial events. Free admission to the Garden on this day (only). Evenings in the Garden during UCI Road World Championships in Richmond Monday, September 21 – Friday, September 25 (Weeknights Only). Extended hours till 8pm, Leashed pets allowed on the evening of Thursday, September 24, Regular Garden admission. Activities will be in the gardens adjacent to Bloemendaal House, a structure which was one of the first bicycling clubs in Richmond. An exhibit detailing the history of the property as the Lakeside Wheel Club and Richmond’s early cycling history is included in admission. Lewis Ginter -1800 Lakeside Avenue, Henrico, for more details visit http://www.lewisginter.org and the UCI Road World Cycling Championships visit Richmond2015.com.

Future Events:

UCI Road World Championships events: Plunky & Oneness with special Guest DJ Danja Mowf, Saturday, September 19th, at the Canal Club, 17th & Cary Street, Shockoe Bottom, doors open 9pm. Advance tickets $12, for more information call 804-397-9099.

UCI Road World Cycling Championships Opening Ceremony Friday, September 18th, 6:30-8pm on Brown’s Island featuring The Richmond Symphony and Rayvon Owen performs a free concert, gates will open at 5:30pm. Concert is free but tickets are required, for tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uci-road-world-championships-opening-ceremony-tickets-18135981208. For more information on the UCI Road World Cycling Championships visit http://richmond2015.com/.

The 9th Annual Pink Tie Gala Masquerade Ball presented by Bon Secours Cancer Institute, Saturday, October 17th, 7:30pm – 12:30am at the Greater Richmond Convention Center Ballroom. Silent Auction, live music, The Celebration of Life Dance Team, food, tickets $100, all tickets include free parking in the convention center parking deck at 3rd & Marshall. This is year’s Hosts Bill Bevins & Shelly Perkins of EAST 100.9. For more information visit http://www.pinktiegala.org.