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Weekend Events: 2nd Street Festival, Hogtober, Bark in the Park, State Fair and more

Sept. 30

Garth Brooks at Richmond Coliseum

Tickets are on sale for the Garth Brooks World Tour featuring Trisha Yearwood and new shows have been added.

  • Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 pm
  • Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7 pm
  • Sunday, Nov. 13 at 3 pm
  • Sunday, Nov. 13 at 7 pm

There is an 8-ticket limit and only at or or call 866-448-7849 or 800-745-3000. Tickets $74.98 includes tax & fees.

Schwarzschild - Women Who Mean Business Summit

The summit is an all-day professional development and networking conference designed for successful women entrepreneurs, executives and professionals eager to take their careers to the next level. Breakfast 8 am; Conference starts 9 am.

Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm at the Downtown Richmond Marriott, 500 East Broad Street.

Richmond Symphony Casual Fridays Series

The second season returns with Strauss’ Don Juan and Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story on Friday at 6:30 pm.

The audience is invited to a post concert happy hour in the speakeasy at Vagabond Restaurant at 700 east Broad Street.

Sept. 30 - Oct. 2

The State Fair of Virginia through Sunday

Fair hours are: Fridays and Saturdays – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and These are the Ticket Plaza and building hours only; rides will continue to operate for a minimum of one hour after the Ticket Plaza closes, or longer at the discretion of fair management. Rides, games, agriculture, food, fun, competition and concerts featuring The Tams Sept. 30, 7 p.m. For more details visit

24th Annual Richmond Tattoo & Arts Festival

The oldest tattoo expo in the United States, showcasing over 100 local and internationally know Tattoo Artists, including artists from Ink Master, is at The DoubleTree Hotel on Midlothian Turnpike.

Friday 3 pm - 12 am
Sat. 12 pm - 12 am
Sun. 12 pm - 7 pm

Saturday, Oct. 1

Church Hill Hogtober

Richmond’s Best Barbecue 12 pm - 7 pm, sample from Carolina style to Memphis to Texas and even Vegetarian options available.

Music and kids activities, beer, no pets or coolers allowed, lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. Libby Hill Park, 2800 East Franklin Street in Historic Church Hill. Details

First Annual Bacon Food Fight, Saturday, 2-6 pm, participating restaurants from Fifth to Foushee Streets, restaurants will to go bat with a special bacon item sold inside or out and proceeds will benefit VCU Massey Cancer Center, samples range from $3 - $8. For details call 804-225-7780.

Bark in the Park 

The annual event takes place Saturday from 10 am – 1 pm at Deep Run Park in Henrico County.

Enjoy a vendor fair, activities for kids and dogs, music, food and more – all for free. You can also participate in a 2k dog walk to help the Henrico Humane Society reach their $30,000 fundraising goal.

Schedule of Events

  • 10:30 am -- Blessing of the Animals
  • 10:45 am -- 2k Dog Walk
  • 10:45 am & 12:30pm -- Trick demonstrations by AJ′s K9′s
  • 11:30 am -- Parade of Animals
  • 12pm -- Dog Contests
2nd Street Festival.

2nd Street Festival.

Oct. 1 -2

28th Annual 2nd Street Festival

Features co-headliners Rare Essence with special guest DJ Kool Saturday and James "Saxsmo" Gates (Three-time Grammy nominee) closing out the festival Sunday.
Other performers include Tribute Choir featuring Desiree Roots, Future Prospect, Carlton Blount Trio, Rudy Leeper and Fully Loaded, Ban Caribe, Cora Armstrong & Family, D & G Line Dancing and many more.

Concerts are free. Get details here.

Sunday, Oct. 2

Party on the Avenues

12 pm - 6 pm, hosted by Westhampton RVA, food, live music, vendors, activities, On Libbie between Patterson Avenue & Guthrie Avenue. Look for "I Care About" interactive activities and other activities. D

First ever Virginia Theatrical Bellydance Festival

Sunday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 pm at The Broadberry at 2729 W. Broad Street.

The event features theatrical workshop and professional development for artists followed by a stage show performed by dancers all over the globe.

Bellydancing is known for its ability to tell stories, customs, and beliefs of a culture through dance that are pasted dance generation by generation.

General admission is $18, advance adult VIP ticket is $28.

For details call 804-353-1888 or click here.

Monday, Oct. 3

Dion Foxx Celebrity Golf Tournament

Neighborhood Housing Services of Richmond, Inc. presents Dion Foxx Celebrity Golf Tournament benefiting "Create a Home for Our Heroes."

The 2016 Hole in one prize, win a 2017 BMW 750 Li, Monday 12 pm,  at The Crossings Golf  Club 800 Virginia Center Pkwy in Glen Allen. Call 804-329-2500 ext.117 for info.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

RoseFest, Sunday, Oct. 2 from noon - 3 pm featuring The Latin Ballet of Virginia at 12:15 and 1:45 pm.
1800 Lakeside Avenue

Upcoming events at Lewis Ginter include:
Butterflies  LIVE ends October 9
PokeMondays continue through October 31.
October Oddities 1-31, 9am - 5pm

Oct. 1 & 15

Walk-In Flu Shot Clinics

Free flu shots for adults and children from 9 am to 1 pm at Bon Secours St. Francis Watkins Centre at 601 Watkins Centre Parkway in Midlothian.

Fun, educational activities for families and kids, raffles, tips for staying healthy during flu season, free refreshments/snacks, giveaways and prizes. Walk-in mammograms (3-D available, copay/coinsurance applies).

Participants can visit to complete paperwork in advance and ensure a shorter wait time. At Bon Secours St. Francis Watkins Centre, 601 Watkins Centre Parkway, Midlothian.

Future Events:

Association for the Study of African-American Life & History Annual Meeting & Conference

ASALH (Association for the Study of African-American Life & History) annual meeting and conference is October 5-9 at Richmond Marriott.

The 101st annual meeting provides a historic occasion for teachers, branch members, scholars and for people of all ages and all communities to explore the 2016 Black History theme “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African-American Memories.”