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Virginia War Memorial

Virginia War Memorial

Friday, May 27

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden unveils “Visit Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks” Friday, May 27, 9am – 5pm and runs through September 18, 2016. On display half-a-million LEGO bricks that form giant flowers, birds, insects & more. Nature Connects LEGO sculptures, interacts with tropical butterflies in the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit, play in the Children’s Garden and CWDKids Tree House, Water Play and explore 50 acres of blooms. The Garden opens to 9pm Thursday evenings June-September 8, for Flowers After 5 with live music and activities. For more details visit Also, check out a special night Flowers After 5 on June 16: Family Fun Night with LEGO Bricks — lots of LEGO activities and reduced admission, free for children under 12 and only $10 for those over age 12.

32nd annual Friday Cheers, outdoor concert series 6-9:30pm o Brown’s Island, featuring RVA Music Night with Natalie Prass, Lady God & Sam Reed. Tickets are $5 or $10 depends on the show, children under 12 are free. There are three entry points to Brown’s 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, visit or call (804) 788-6466.

The Historic Beacon Theatre, features Diamond Rio with special guest Kyle Davis, Friday, doors open at 6:30pm, show time 7:30pm; Thursday, June 2, The Wailers, doors open 6pm, show time 7pm; for a complete list of performers visit or call 804-446-3457.

Saturday, May 28

Seersucker’s, Sundresses & Sounds, Saturday, gates open 3pm, event 4pm  – 9pm at the Science Museum of Virginia, Garner Pavillion. Cash bar, food vendors, live band, music by JBaxter & The S.A.U.C.E. Band and DJ Danja Mowf, sponsored by Omega Psi Phi – Phi Phi Chapter (Richmond, Va). Lawn Chairs encouraged, no coolers, tickets available at or call 804-651-5590, 804-627-3223 or 804-543-3111. Tickets $35 general admission and $50 VIP.  A portion of the proceeds benefits chapter scholarships.

Sunday, May 29

Weston Plantation’s 7th annual Sounds of Summer – Concerts o the Appomattox, 400 Weston Lane, Hopewell,presented by the Historic Hopewell Foundation, Sundays at 4pm, lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and picnics encouraged. Sunday’s music provided by Jay Turner and the Swinging Doors, concerts continues June 5 & 12.  for details call 804-458-4682.

Monday, May 30

Join the Virginia War Memorial and  the American Legion District 11 for The 60th Annual Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m. at the Virginia War Memorial grounds in Richmond. Speakers will include Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs John C. Harvey, Jr. and James E. Chapman, Commander, Department of Virginia, American Legion. Music will be provided by the 392nd Army Band, Fort Lee and the St. Andrew’s Legion Pipes and Drums. The National Anthem will be sung by Bethany Gates. The ceremony concludes in the War Memorial’s Shrine of Memory with the presentation of over 40 memorial wreathes, a rifle salute by the James S. Slay Detachment, #329 Marine Corps League and the playing of Echo TAPS by John Blair and Dr. Tommy South of Bugles Across America.  The Memorial, located at 621 South Belvidere Street, will have extended hours from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Memorial Day.  Admission is free. Limited parking is available in the Memorial lot, in the VHDA lot and deck next door, and in the Afton Chemical Corporation lot on Spring Street between and Belvidere and 1st Streets. There’s a free concert of patriotic music performed by the Thomas Jefferson High School Corps of Cadets Alumni Band at 2 p.m., tours of the exhibits and films shown in the Memorial’s Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Center. For more information, call 804.786.2060 or visit

A chance to honor and remember those who have served the United States Military, past and present. The annual Memorial Day Program sponsored by Richmond National Battlefield Park, in cooperation with the Department of Veterans Affairs, is Monday, May 30 at Fort Harrison National Cemetery on the Fort Harrison battlefield. The Memorial Day program and wreath-laying honors and remembers those who have died in our nation’s service—especially those soldiers and sailors from the Civil War. The cemetery at 8620 Varina Road is two miles south of Route 5 and houses more than 800 Civil War soldiers, including The  USCT – “United States Colored Troops.” Special guest speaker is CBS 6’s Greg McQuade. The program starts at noon and is free and open to all. Richmond National Battlefield Park protects 13 Civil War sites around the city of Richmond, Virginia.  All programs are free.  For further information, visit or call 804-226-1981.

The Virginia Memorial Day 12K & 5K Run. Walk or Roll, plus a  1 mile kids run, Monday, starting at 8am at Striker West Creek Parkway,  in the West Creek Business Park, 12575 west Creek Parkway. The Virginia Memorial Race 12K & 5K is hosted by the Race Before Us, and are designed to raise awareness and funding, a portion of the race will benefit families of the Wounded Fund, Inc. For details visit

May 28 – 30

Gallmeyer Farms 12th annual Strawberry Field Festival, strawberries, live music, craft vendors, food, hay & pony rides Saturday through Monday at The Berry Patch, 3622 Darbytown Court. Free admission & free parking, fresh local strawberries – pick your own or pre-picked.  LIVE MUSIC starts at 10:30am lineup for Saturday May 28, coolers, chairs & picnics welcome,

The Valentine & First Freedom Center open on Memorial Day from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy Forest Hill Bicycle Tour Saturday, May 28, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Historic Cemeteries Bus Tour Monday, May 30, 1-5 p.m. Free for all Veterans, Reservations are required. Call (804) 649-0711 ext. 301 or call

Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, is now open, located at 122 W. Leigh Street in Richmond. Admission for adults $10, seniors & students with ID’s $8, children 3-12 $6, under 3 free and military discount 10%. The Museum hours are: Monday  –  Closed, Tuesday  –  Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday – By Appointment Only. For details and more information visit

Future Events: No passport needed for this trip…..The 41st Annual Richmond Greek Festival at the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral from Thursday, June 2nd – Sunday, June 5th. Thursday, June 2nd – 11:00 am. – 9:30 pm. Special Event: Choir concert “Sounds of Byzantium”  – 8 pm. – 8:30pm. Friday, June 3rd – Saturday, June 4th – 11:00 am. – 10:00 pm. Sunday, June 5th – 12:00 pm. – 7:00 pm.

SPARC’s “Live Art Blue” Sunday, June 5th, 5 p.m. at Richmond’s Altria Theater, features three-time Grammy Award-winning blues musician Keb’ Mo’ and blues harmonica virtuoso Phil Wiggins. Also performing are folk rocker Chris Stills, legendary musician Steve Bassett, bluegrass band Love Canon, singer/songwriter Robbie Schaefer and artists Desiree Roots, Jesse Harper, Josh Small and Drew Kullman. Artistic Advisors to the program include Grammy Award-winner Jason Mraz, keyboardist Daniel Clarke, Tim Timberlake and Pamela Arkin. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on March 30, and are available online at and through the Altria Theater Box Office, or 800-514-3849.

The 7th annual Richmond Jazz Festival is August 11-14, with performances taking place at the historic Hippodrome Theater, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts at Hardywood Park and Maymont. Artists include Herbie Hancock, Wyclef Jean, Esperanza Spalding, Vanessa Williams, Ramsey Lewis, Diane Schuur, Stephanie Mills, Buckwheat Zydeco, The Roots, Al Jarreau, Michael Franks, Morris Day and The Time, Jonathan Butler & Gerald Albright and many others. Get a complete list at



















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