Celebrating its 32nd season, Venture Richmond’s premier outdoor concert series, Friday Cheers, back on Brown’s Island, with Shovels and Rope with Phil Cook. There ways to get on the Island and payment will be taken at each. Cash, Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Debit and credit cards are only taken at two entry points: the pedestrian bridge at 5th and 7th streets. No pets are allowed. For more information, call (804) 788-6466. Full line up at http://www.venturerichmond.com/events/venture/cheers.html.
Tickets on sale Friday for the “I Love the 90’s Tour” coming to the Richmond Coliseum on November 4th, 2016, featuring Salt n Pepa, Color Me Badd, Tone Loc, Coolio and Kool Moe Dee. Tickets range from $54 – $101, Details at ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000.
May 13 -15
2016 Lebanese Food Festival, Friday & Saturday 10am-10pm, Sunday 10am-8pm, at St. Anthony Maronite Catholic Church, 4611 Sadler Road, Glen Allen, rain or shine. Enjoy delicacies, sweets, music, dancing, and dinners, boxed lunches and over 20 a la carte items to choose from. Takeout orders can be faxed to 804-273-9914 or called in at 804-346-1161 or 804-270-7234. Parking on site but the offsite parking is at The Markel Corporation 4521 and 4501 Highwoods Parkway with shuttle rides to the festival. For general information, call (804) 346-1161 or (804) 270-7234 or log onto http://stanthonymaronitechurch.org/food-festival/.
Largest Psychic Festival Virginia, Saturday, 11am – 7pm and Sunday noon- 6pm, at the Aquarian Bookshop, Carytown, 3519 Ellwood Avenue, meet with Psychics, Tarot Readers, Astrologers & Healers. Proceeds benefit the Baby Girl Project/Free, The Children and our 36th school for the children in Kenya. Tickets are $18 for minutes, for details call 804-353-5575.
The First Wonder City Craft Beer Festival in Hopewell, is Saturday from noon – 6pm in”Festival Park” 403 Appomattox Street, near the Beacon Theater. More than 30 Craft Beers to sample, food trucks, live music all centered Downtown Hopewell and the Appomattox River. This is a celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Hopewell sponsored by the Hopewell/Prince George Chamber of Commerce. VIP Ticket $50 – VIP includes unlimited sampling, a commemorative glass, all day snacks in the VIP area, private bathrooms, a shaded area and priority parking. Taster Ticket – $25 includes unlimited samplings and a commemorative glass and Non-Taster Ticket – $10 for our designated drivers – includes complimentary soft drinks includes a commemorative glass and unlimited tasting. For details visit or call 804-458-5536.
Camp Wilton on The James, Saturday from 10am – 5pm is based on General Marquis de Lafayette’s historic 10 day stay at Wilton in 1781. Lafayette made Wilton his headquarters from May 10 to 20, 1781, because the house was originally situated between Richmond and Petersburg, where Benedict Arnold and the British were camped. The living history Day features demonstrations of the military drill of the Continental soldier, cooking demonstrations, re-enactors. The encampment is free to the public all day long. http://www.wiltonhousemuseum.org/event/camp-wilton-on-the-james. Admission to encampment is free and admissions for the historic house. For more information call (804)282-5936 ext. 4.
16th Annual Holton Hustle 5K Fest: 5K Run/Walk and 1 mile Fun Run, to Promote Health and Physical Fitness in Youth and Community. Starts at 9am Saturday at Linwood Holton Elementary School. All ages can participate in the 5k Run/Walk, no pets, skateboards, roller blades/skates, scooters, or bicycles are allowed on the course. The One-Mile Fun Run is for youth in VPI/Pre K through 8th grade. A chipped is provided for timing for 5k runners and walkers and for the 1 mile run. Post-Race Festival starts at 10am and the 1 Mile Fun Run at 10:15am. The festival features food, games, raffles, and entertainment and a dunking booth. For more information visit https://holton5kfestival.wordpress.com/2016/01/08/early-bird-registration2016/. Sponsored by the Linwood Holton Elementary PTA.
The 22nd Hoedown to Stomp Homelessness Saturday, 6-10pm, Rain or Shine, benefits St. Joseph’s Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services, helping families break the cycle of homelessness and develop life skills needed to maintain stable housing. Live music by Whiskey Rebellion and The Slack Family Bluegrass Band, Corn hole tournament with prizes, Delicious BBQ from White House Catering, Kids Corral and much more! St. Joseph’s Villa, 8000 Brook Road, Richmond, tickets $75/person; $140/2; $400 for a table of 6. For details visit http://www.neverstopbelieving.org/bluegrassball/.
Central Virginia Wine Festival, Saturday from noon – 6pm at Innsbrook Pavilion, 4951 Lake Brook Drive, sample wines from wineries across Virginia, food, live music, arts and crafts vendors. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. Get more details at http://cvwf.richmondhokies.org/ or call 804-723-WINE. Free parking. The Central Virginia Wine Festival is an event hosted and organized by the Richmond Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association.
Pickled & Fermented, Saturday 1pm-5pm, at Center of the Earth Brewing Company, hosted by The Artisan Pickle Club – a celebration of all things pickled and fermented! From Pickled fruit to pickled veggies, hot sauce, kimchi, BEER, Kombucha…pickled or fermented, it’s a celebration to enjoy. Categories include: Savory Pickles, Sweet Pickles, Cabbage (Sauerkraut, Kimchi), Drinkable Ferments (non-alcoholic), Sourdough Bread. Fest includes live music, Details http://www.cotubrewing.com/event/pickle-fest/.
May 14 – 15 & 17
The Richmond Symphony closes out the 2015-16 Season with the Altria Masterworks concert Daphnis et Chloé on Saturday at 8pm and Sunday 3pm. The three part ballet is based on the mythological Greek love story of Daphnis and Chloe, led by Music Director Steven Smith. Sunday & Tuesday, Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program spring concerts, Sunday and Sunday 7pm at the Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center. For more details visit www.richmondsymphony.com or call 800-514-ETIX.
Celebrate Jackson Ward: Past, Present & Future, a new festival in Abner Clay Park, May 20-22, featuring The Richmond Symphony, Virginia Repertory Theatre, Richmond Jazz Society, Elegba Folklore Society and other community and school groups under the “Big Tent” and a visit to the New Black History Museum. For more details visit celebratejacksonwardva.com or call 804-788-4717.
24th Annual Monacan Indian Nation Pow Wow, May 21, 10am-9pm, May 22, 10am-6pm, special students day Friday, May 20, 10am-2pm at Rt 130, 6 miles West of Rt. 29 in Elon, Virginia, Details 434-946-0389 or 434-907-2660. Special honorary Dances, Men’s Northern Traditional & Women Jingle Dress.
RaPaul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons “Extravaganza” world tour, Friday, May 20, at The National, for more details visit http://rupaulbots.com.
Innsbrook After Hours Concert Series season opener Saturday, May 21, featuring Chase Rice, gates open at 5pm; Sunday, May 22 – Bret Michaels, gates open at 2pm; Wednesday, May 25 Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue; Wednesday, June 22 Ziggy Marley. For a complete schedule visit http://innsbrookafterhours.com/richmond-concert-schedule/.
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival, Saturday, June 11 at Richmond Raceway Complex, VIP Session noon-6pm, regular session 2pm-6pm, Details http://www.beerandbourbon.com/virginia/show-info.