Weekend Events: Oktoberfest, Psychic Festival, Kickin’ Chicken Wing Festival

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RICHMOND: 9th Annual Pink Tie Gala Masquerade Ball presented by Bon Secours Cancer Institute, Saturday, October 17, 7:30pm – 12:30am at The Greater Richmond Convention Center Ballroom. Raising funds for Breast Cancer awareness, grant programs, survivor support, education and research in the Richmond community. Tickets $100, includes food, dancing to  live music, silent auctions, The Celebration Life Dance Team and free parking at The Convention Center’s parking deck at 3rd and Marshall.

47th Annual Richmond Oktoberfest!, is happening  October 16 & 17, Friday, 6pm – Midnight  & Saturday, 5pm- Midnight at the Old Dominion Building, Richmond International Raceway Complex. The oldest and most authentic Oktoberfest celebration in Virginia featuring German food and a variety of German & domestic beers, dance to polkas, waltzes, American standards music from three bands. There’s also a kids corner and men and women can sign up for the Stein Hoisting  contest. Admission $15 for seniors, active military, $12 advance tickets, children 15 & under free Friday night only, for more information visit http://www.richmondoktoberfestinc.com or call 804-342-0310.

Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times, first ticketed Exhibition at the Virginia Historical Society, October 18 – January 2016. The Exhibit highlights fashions from Downton Abbey, from some of your favorite characters both upstairs and down. Free for member, $20 adults, for more information visit http://www.vahistorical.org/ or cal 804-358-4901.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, sponsored by The American Cancer Society, Sunday, October 18, registration starts at noon, the walk is at 1:30pm at the Virginia War Memorial, for more details at http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/MakingStridesAgainstBreastCancer/MSABCCY15SA?pg=entry&fr_id=70208.

Westhampton RVA 2nd annual Party on the Avenues Sunday, October 18th, noon – 6pm, on Libbie between Patterson and Guthrie Avenues celebrating the Westhampton community, a free party  street festival with food, music, craft beer, wine and vendors from the neighborhood and new this year Westhampton RVA’s new signature vodka cocktail. Proceeds from the Party will benefit the Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House which provides overnight accommodations to out-of town families of patients at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital. For more details visit http://partyontheavenues.com/.

Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS), 36th Annual National Genealogy Conference, October 15 -17 at the Richmond Marriott, 500 East Broad Street, conference theme Virginia, Where African-American Roots Run Deep: Family History and National Narrative. The conference features sessions on resources, research methods and historical accounts, and speakers The AAHGS ia a non-profit membership organization striving to preserve African-ancestored family history, genealogy, and cultural diversity by teaching research techniques and disseminating information throughout the community. Its goals are to promote scholarly research, provide resources for historical and genealogical studies, create a network of persons with similar interests, and assist members in documenting their histories. For more information, visit http://www.aahgs.org or call 804-218-2107.

Psychic Festival Fundraiser, Saturday, October 17, 11am – 7pm, Sunday, October 18, 12- 6pm at the Aquarian Bookshop in Carytown, 3519 Ellwood Avenue. Over 50 readers and healers donate their time and services during the two-day fundraiser. Proceeds benefits the Baby Girl Project, a non-profit located in Richmond with funds going to support school buildings in the Masai Mara region of Kenya, Africa. To date, the Baby Girl Project has raised over $416, 032 and has funded the building of 33 schools, one library and one clean water project.  For more information visit http://babygirlproject.org/april-2014-psychic-festival/ or call 804-353-5575.

Kickin’ Chicken Wing Fest, returns Sunday, October 18, noon – 5pm at the 17th Street Farmer’s Market. Local restaurants prepare chicken wings for purchase, live music, and a wing eating contest free admission, pay as you go.  Call 804-646-8311 or visit Facebook https://www.facebook.com/17thStreetFarmersMarket.

The 3rd annual 24-Hour Cancer Hater Challenge to benefit VCU Massey Cancer Center. The event takes place for 24 hours starting 4 p.m. Friday, October 16, through 4 p.m. Saturday, October 17. Participants have the option of running at THREE different locations: Road Runner Running Store (Richmond), Point 2 Running Company (Newport News), Virginia runner (Fredericksburg). More details https://www.support.vcu.edu/event/24hourchallenge.

Virginia Union University National Alumni Association’s Inaugural Panter Pride 5K RUn/Walk during Homecoming Saturday, October 17, 8am, 8:15am 1 Mile Walk. Event happens at the VUU – Claude G. Perkins Living and Learning Center, 1500 Lombardy Street. For more details and to register visit https://raceroster.com/5812.

U.S. Trust Life is a Cabaret Series, featuring Brian Owens and The Deacons of Soul, October 16 & 17 at 7:30pm, at The Gottwald Playhouse at Richmond CenterStage. In the Rhythm Hall, December 11 & 12, 7:30pm Connie Champagne; February 12 & 13, 7:30pm Georgia Rogers Farmer; Ann Hampton Callaway, April 8 & 9. For more information visit http://www.richmondcenterstage.com or cal 800-514-ETIX.

Annual Hull Street Festival, Saturday, October 17, 11am – 7pm featuring American Idol contestant Rayvon Owen,  fashion show, antique car show, food & vendors, and also performing Sam The Beast. Festival takes place at 12th Street & Cowardin avenue, Richmond.  Details http://www.hullstreetfestival.com.

34th annual Midlothian Village Day Festival & Craft Fair, Saturday, October 17th, 10am – 3pm at Midlothian Middle School, 13501 Midlothian Turnpike. Presented by the Midlothian Junior Women’s Club, collecting new and gently used prom dresses for the Cinderella Dreams event, more details on http://www.MidlothianFestival.net.

The 2015 Walk to STOP Diabetes, Saturday, October 17 at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. Check in 8:30 am; the Walk begins at 9:30 am. The Walk features a Wellness Village, entertainment, a Kid Zone and lunch for all Walkers. This 5K Walk is the major fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association in the Richmond area. The money raised goes to education and research for a cure. For more information or to register, visit diabetes.org/stepoutrichmond or call 804-225-8038 ext. 3255

The Virginia Hops & Harvest Festival, October 17, noon- 9pm at Pocahontas State Park, 10301 State Park Road, Chesterfield Court House, featuring 20 Virginia Craft Brews Saturday, , live bands for more information http://www.pocahontaslive.com.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in concert Friday, January 22, 8pm at the Altria Theater, tickets on sale Friday, October 16, 10am online http://www.ETIX.com or charge by phone 800-514-3849.

Casting Directors are holding an open casting call for TURN: Washington’s Spies, Sunday, October 18th, 1-4pm at 4300 Carolina Avenue, Richmond. They are looking for Caucasian, African-American and Native American men, women and children who are thin to average build and can realistically portray people living in Revolutionary War times. Long hair is definitely a plus for both women and men but not a must. If you have an interesting, expressive face, the casting team would like to meet you! No acting experience is required, but those interested in being extras must have flexible availability, reliable transportation, patience and a positive attitude. Based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington’s Spies, AMC’s TURN: Washington’s Spies tells the untold story of America’s first spy ring. Questions? More info go to arvold.com about the AMC series TURN: Washington’s Spies here: http://www.amc.com/shows/turn.

FUTURE Events: The inaugural RVA Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival, Friday, October 23, at the John Marshall Ballroom. Get ready to challenge your palate and explore over 100 varieties of the best distilled spirits from around the country and around the world. A charity for FRIENDS Association for Children, a 144-year-old, Richmond-based charitable organization that provides children, ages six weeks to 17 years, with a broad array of services including critical literacy and developmental skills needed to succeed in school and in life. The event will also feature a silent auction in order to raise additional funds for the organization. For more information, please visit FRIENDS at http://www.friendsrva.org or http://www.rvawhiskeyfest.com/.

The Latin Ballet of Virginia presents Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince, October 22 – 25 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, Thursday, 10:30am, Friday, 10:30 am & 7:30pm, Saturday 3pm & 7:30pm, Sunday 3pm, for more details visit http://www.latinballet.com.

13th annual Powhatan’s Festival of the Grape, Saturday, October 24, 11am – 6pm at Powhatan’s Historic Courthouse Square, 3880 Old Buckingham Road, Powhatan, advance tickets $25, at the gate $30, details http://www.powhatanwinefestival.com/.