Wine & Whiskers – An afternoon to celebrate man’s best friend and raise funds to support them. The 5th annual Wine & Whiskers is back at Willow Lawn, Friday, from 6pm – 9pm and it benefits FETCH a Cure, a non-profit organization determined to improve quality of life by connecting people and pets through accessible, compassionate treatment and education. The animal-friendly event features several wineries, food sampling, a kids zone, live entertainment and a dog bikini contest. Proceeds will benefit FETCH A Cure. Wine & Whiskers is for two and four-legged friends. The event itself is free to attend. The $12 admissions price gets you a souvenir wine tasting glass (and wine tastings). It’s $20 at the door. For details visit http://willowlawn.com/wlevents/winewhiskers/ or http://www.fetchacure.org/about-fetch-a-cure/.
June 17 & 18
The Elegba Folklore Society’s Juneteenth – A Freedom Celebration is Friday & Saturday. This year’s event features comedian, civil rights activist and natural health enthusiast Dick Gregory Friday at The Symposium at Rhythm Hall at Dominion Arts Center (formerly Richmond CenterStage). The Elegba Folklore Society’s performers will also appear. Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are $15 for one and $25 for two, general admission. Tickets for students, 12 -18 are $10 and children under 12 are admitted free of charge. On Saturday, In Reflection happens beginning at 5pm at the Manchester Dock. The program opens with a youth summit to explore cultural perspectives in the transition from high school to college followed by the Annual Torch Lit Night Walk on the Trail of Enslaved Africans. Admission is free. For details visit http://efsinc.org/ or call 804-644-3900.
60th annual Festival of Arts at Dogwood Dell: CANCELLED – Plunky and the Oneness concert, Now scheduled for August 19, 8pm. A decision regarding the weekend performances will be made on Saturday for the One Voice Chorus celebrates their 40th anniversary performance at 8pm (cancelled) and Sunday’s David Esleck Trio with Desiree Roots and Cathy Motley-Fitch of The Richmond Divas 8pm concert. For an up to date complete list of performances log onto http://www.richmondgov.com/parks/documents/BrochureDogwoodDell.pdf or call 804-646-DELL.
Slide the City is a family friendly slip-and-slide water party event. There’s live music, food, drinks, water, and the biggest slip and slide to ever hit the River City. 9am – 7pm, Saturday, at 3rd St. and Byrd St., Richmond. You’ll get a wristband that gives you three slides during the wave time you choose. You’ll also receive a tube, a mouth guard, and a drawstring bag. Purchase a ticket and select a wave – Noon – 2pm, 2pm – 4pm, 4pm – 7pm. For details visit https://www.slidethecity.com/location/richmond/#350.
Grammy Winner Anthony Hamilton & Grammy & American Idol winner Fantasia performs Saturday, 7:30pm at the Altria Theater, for tickets visit http://www.altriatheater.com/events/detail/anthony-hamilton-fantasia-in-concert.
47th annual Antique Automotive event – AACA Car Show and Swap Meet, Saturday 8am -3pm at Richmond International Raceway, 600 East Laburnum Avenue, Gate #2. General admission $5, ages www.richmondaaca.com.
Innsbrook After Hours Concert Series Blink -182, Saturday; Innsbrook After Hours Concert Series, Wednesday, June 22 – Ziggy Marley; Friday – The Band Perry; Country Fest July 15 & 16, for more information and concerts visit http://innsbrookafterhours.com/.
June 18 & 19
Father’s Day Weekend at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4pm both days featuring Art with Lego Bricks displays throughout the garden and Butterflies Live. Activities in the children’s garden, Sunday concert 1 – 4pm at Bloemendaal House, Richmond Yacht Club, 1-3pm. Get details at www.lewisginter.org or call 804-262-9887.
Taste of India, food, fun, entertainment, shopping, Saturday & Sunday 12:30pm – 8:30pm at The Cultural Center of India, 6641 Ironbridge Parkway, Chester. Free admission and free parking. Details at 804-475-7077, http://www.cciva.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/TasteOfIndiaRichmond/?fref=ts.
POSTPONED: Louisiana Blues & Cultural Festival Saturday, 1pm -10pm, Sunday, 1pm -8pm at Albert W. Jones Athletic Field, 522 South West Street, Petersburg. Features headliner Henry Turner Jr. , Brett Barrow, Brewster Moonface, Marcina Garner and many others. for tickets visit www.ez-tixx.com or call 877-993-8499.
The Richmond Boys Choir celebrates its 20th Year Anniversary, the celebration brings back former members for a reunion Sunday 6pm at the Richmond Christian Center, 214 Cowardin Avenue. Tickets $15 at Barky’s Spiritual Store or call 804-267-0944.
FUTURE EVENTS: June 20-27
Plein Air Richmond, June 20-26, thirty nationally acclaimed artists compete for top prizes totaling over $10,000. Artists will set up easels and paintings throughout the Richmond area, spots like Maymont, Carytown, Church Hill, the Fan, Shockoe Bottom, Belle Isle, Downtown and the James River. Visit pleinairrichmond.com for more locations. Ticketed Collectors’ Preview is Friday, June 25, 5-8pm; Fast & Fresh, Saturday, June 25, 9:30am-11:30am in Carytown. For more details visit richmondspca.org/pleinair or call 804-521-1321.
Chesterfield County Public Library offers free summer meals program for children 18 years and younger. The lunch program is scheduled June 20- July 27, 11:30am – 12:30pm at Chester Library, 11800 Centre Street; Ettrick-Matoaca Library, 4501 River Road, South Chesterfield and Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Boulevard. Get more details at library.chesterfield.gov or call 804-751-CCPL.
June 24 – August 7
Virginia Rep presents “Dreamgirls” starring Desiree Roots, Zuri Washington and Felicia Curry June 24 – August 7, 2016. Performances at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, 114 West Broad Street. Directed by Chase Kniffen has reassembled many of the designers and cast members from the 2014 “The Color Purple” and is thrilled to be working with many of them again. Tickets range from $48 – $60, student $15, discount for groups. For more information visit www.virginiarep.org or call 804-282-2620.
Chris Tucker, Friday, at the Altria Theater, 8pm, more information http://www.altriatheater.com/.
June & July 20
Richard Bland College of William & Mary’s free summer outdoor concert series “Music in the Grove.” Concerts will take place in front of the former Humanities building across from the Gazebo. Enjoy an evening of music, food and cold brew. Make sure to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating in the grove. June 22 – Smoke and Wine Band; July 20 – Mills Family Band, Gates open at 5:30pm with the bands on stage at 6pm. For additional information, call 804-861-1666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.rbc.edu
The Virginia Historical Society (VHS) Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame through September 4, 2016. The exhibition takes you through the story of professional football—from its beginning in the late nineteenth century to the cultural phenomenon it is today. Artifacts include storied objects as a Super Bowl trophy, a 1917 game ball used by Jim Thorpe and the Canton Bulldogs, Tom Dempsey’s famous kicking shoe created for his half-foot, “Mean Joe” Greene’s jersey, and some 200 other items. Hands-on interactives, photography, unique documents, and film footage are a part of the exhibit. Complimentary admission for VHS members, non-members $20. For more information visit http://www.vahistorical.org.