Friday, November 6th & 7th
RICHMOND: Holiday Shoppers’ Fair, A Richmond Tradition comes to an end after 21 years of bringing the best of The Museum Shops under one roof. The Fair is Friday & Saturday, 9:30am – 5:30pm, at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Nine Museum Stores in attendance including Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Science Museum of Virginia, Agecroft Hall, Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen, Preservation Virginia, Library of Virginia, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia Historical Society, and The Valentine Museum, no admission required. For more information visit http://www.lewisginter.org/holiday-shoppers-fair-2015/ or call 804-262-9887.
2nd Annual Willow Lawn Craft Beer Harvest, Friday, 6pm-9pm, benefiting FeedMore. Event takes place at The Square at Willow Lawn and the parking lot adjacent to the stage. Admission – two non-perishable food items will be donated to FeedMore. Features 15 local Craft Beers, live music Jackass Flats, a kids’ zone, food vendors, and unlimited sampling 21 ans older to sample, for details http://www.willowlawn.com.
Virginia’s official oyster festival, the Urbanna Oyster Festival, Friday, 9 am to Midnight, and Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm. Over 75,000 visitors are expected to one of the nation’s oldest seaports, sampling oysters, seafood and other regional specialties. Visitors will also take in music and see waterfront exhibits. The Festival’s Highlights include Friday night’s Firemen’s Parade at 7pm, and Saturday’s Virginia State Oyster Shucking Contest at 11am and the right-out-of-Norman-Rockwell Oyster Festival Parade at 2pm. So you can have your oysters raw, fried, roasted, steamed, smoked, in a stew or in a fritter. For directions, parking and more information visit http://urbanna.com/event/2015-urbanna-oyster-festival/.
Great American Indian Exposition Pow-Wow and Show, November is Native American Month, Over 200 American Indian dancers, singers, drummers, artists, and crafts persons, an opportunity to educate the public about American Indians, past and present, through the arts. Gates open at 9am on Friday, November 6th for a cultural exchange for area schools. Saturday, gates will open at 10am with a parade of nations (grand entry) at noon. Over 100 Tribes and 100 American Indians in regalia will be represented at this year’s event, Face painting for children and Bow-‘n-’ arrow shooting available for the whole family. Buffalo stew, Indian Tacos and buffalo burgers are just a few of the Native American food items on sale at the event. Admission is $10 for everyone on Friday. Saturday and Sunday: Ages 3-12: $7:00 Ages 13-up: $10.00. Show-times are: Friday: 9am.-2pm Saturday-10am-7pm and Sunday 11am-6pm. For details call show promoter, Barry Richardson, at (252) 532-0821 or send e-mail for discount coupon to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, November 7th
Annual Brunswick Stew and Stout Festival at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market, 100 N 17th Street, 11am – 4:00pm, Featuring Brunswick stew masters from across the State. New this year Fall-themed craft beer, stouts, and porters. Stew available for purchase by the sample or by the quart, samples cost $1 and quart prices vary by vendor. Try them all and vote for your favorite in the “Best Stewmaster” competition. Stouts and porters will also be available for sample or full pour. Samples cost $2, and full pours are $6. In addition to delicious stew, there will be live music, a children’s area with petting zoo, and an expanded craft marketplace featuring dozens of vendors with locally made goods from across the state. For details visit https://www.facebook.com/events/814165448652108/ or http://enrichmond.org/event/brunswick-stew-festival-2/#sthash.fzCrvzo3.dpuf.
The 10th Annual Touch A Truck sponsored by the Junior League of Richmond, 10am – 3pm, a unique and interactive event that allows children to see, touch, and safely explore their favorite big trucks, like emergency response vehicles, tractors, utility trucks, heavy machinery and even a helicopter. Children will also meet the personnel who protect, serve, and build the Richmond community. The event is $5. For more information visit http://www.jlrichmond.org.
Holy Rosary Catholic Church Mass Choir Celebration, 3300 R Street, Church Hill, 4pm, featuring St. Mary’s Catholic Church-Gayton Road, Maggie Walker Alumni Choir, the Holy Rosary Youth Choir and Mass Choir. Emcee CBS 6 Antoinette Essa. Free event. For more information visit http://hrccrichmond.org/ or call 804-226-1105.
Ashland Train Day, 10am- 5pm along the tracks in Downtown Ashland. 112 North Railroad Avenue, An event for the whole family. There will be music, games, lots of model trains, children’s train rides, food, railroad related vendors, displays and mascots – Cinder and Tender Bear, plus much, much more Feel free to dress up for the day in your bib overalls, bandana and engineer hat. Train Day is FREE. Due to limited parking, satellite parking is located in the Ashland-Junction (Roses) Shopping Center, Henry Clay School and St. Ann’s Church. Details visit http://mainstreetashland.org/train-day or call train day hotline 804-412-7288.
Chesterfield County Library hosts Festival of the Written Word – a celebration of books, reading , writing and authors, 11am – 3pm at Midlothian Library, 521 Coalfield Road, Midlothian. Twenty local writers including Dean King of “The Fued: The Hatfields and McCoys: The True Story will participate in panel discussions and interactive workshops. There will also be Teen and adult poetry workshops, Children’s reading sessions, Author presentations, Writing exercises, Book sales and signings, Hands-on activities for children and families. For more information visit http://library.chesterfield.gov/events/written-word/.
The 81st Running of the Montplelier Hunt Races, World Class Steeplechase Racing in Orange, Virginia, gates open at 9am, activities start at 10:30am, first race is at 12:30pm, Tickets range from $15 – $100. For more information visit http://www.montpelierraces.org or call 540-672-0014.
Saxon Shoes for the Needy, clean out your closet and donate your gently used shoes now through December 24 . Donations accepted at the Short Pump location. There will also be entertainment and giveaways. Donations also accepted at the Fredericksburg location November 11. For more information go to saxonshoes.com/info/shoes-for-the-needy.
Richmond Ballet Balanchine’s Masterpiece “The Four Temperaments” with Stoner Winslett’s Signature work “Windows,” running Saturday at 2pm & 7pm and Sunday at 2pm, at The Carpenter Theatre, it also marks 35th anniversary years for Stoner Winslett as Richmond Ballet Artistic Director. For details visit http://www.richmondballet.com or call 800-514-3849.
2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, registration 8:30am, opening ceremony 9:30am and walk begins at 10am at Innsbrook’s Markel Plaza, 4600 Cox Road, Glen Allen. For more details visit http://act.alz.org/site/TR?fr_id=7866&pg=entry.
Mental Health and Wellness Symposium for Seniors and Caregivers from 10am -3:30pm presented by the Richmond Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theata Sorority, Inc. in Partnership with Senior Center of Greater Richmond, Pater Paul Development Center, The Greater Richmond Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the Delta House Foundation. Event at 1708 North 22nd Street, Church Hill. Details call 804-353-3171.
Sunday, November 8th
Autumn Bottom Brews, noon – 5pm, at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market. An outdoor event featuring Fifteen of Virginia’s hottest craft breweries, local restaurants and live music. Free to attend. Food and beverages available for purchase. – See more at: http://enrichmond.org/event/autumn-bottom-brews-2/#sthash.g4pqXnkp.dpuf.
Diamond Sisters, Jumping For Autism Awareness, a benefit performance for children with Autism, 4pm at The Henrico Theater, 305 East Nine Mile Road, Henrico, featuring Hanover sisters Wendy Fox-Williams, Wanda Fox-Miller and Kimberly Fox-Knight, singing, acting, dancing aNd performing all of their original songs. Benefits JP JumPers Foundation founded by Pam Mines, Adult tickets $20, ages 4-12 $10 and $7 for a reception afterward. For more information visit http://www.jpjumpingfoundation.org.
Broadway In Richmond 2015 – 2016 Season “Disney’s Newsies”, through Sunday. Based on true events, tells the story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful man in New York. Ragtime: November 27 & 28; Motown The Musical, January 5-10; Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, February 26 & 27; and Disney’s The Lion King, April 19 – May 8, 2016. Details at http://www.altriatheater.com/.
Learning To Play in Education: Joining the Maker Movement, hosted by The Steward School and featuring Gary Stager, Ph.D. Tuesday, November 10, at the Bryan Innovation Lab on The Steward School campus. The community is invited to participate. The event includes a workshop and Maker Fair from 3:30pm – 5:30pm featuring wind tunnels, catapults, vibrobots, squishy circuits, scratch activities, robotics and more. Dr. Stager’s lecture and discussion is at 6:30pm. Event is FREE and RSVPs are recommended, visit www.stewardschool.org/gary-stager or call (804) 740-3394 for more details.
Richmond Jazz Society Guest Educators Series presents Charles Owens Trio, Tuesday, November 10, 7pm doors open at 6pm at Capital Ale House Downtown Music Hall, 623 East Main Street. Advance tickets $15 on-line at http://www.vajazz.org, day of $20 cash only. For details call 804-643-1972.
VFW Post 10657 and Virginia Military Vehicle Association, Helicopters Tanks & Trucks, November 14, 9am – 5pm, rain date Sunday, November 15th, event is at VFW Post 10657, 11568 Cedar Lane, Ashland. Free admission, donations appreciated, interact vehicle displays from WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and many others, for more information call 804-241-8182.
Lakeside’s 11th Annual Holly Jolly Christmas, November 13 & 14, more than two dozens business will participate, there will be trolleys along Lakeside between Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and Fin and Feather pet Center, vintage treasures, gourmet foods, home decor and a lot more. For more information visit the Facebook.