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June 2016 Festival Guide: food, music and sunshine

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RICHMOND, Va. — The festival scene hits a good tempo in June and features some of Richmond’s most favorite food events.

Don’t miss Antoinette Essa’s A-List events around town. To sign up for a weekly events email delivered on Friday afternoon, click here. 

JUNE 2-5, THURS. – SUN

40th Annual Greek Festival

Four-days of delicious Greek foods, pastries and wines.
Hours: Thursday, 11 to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 12 to 7 p.m.on Sunday
St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 30 Malvern Ave., Richmond
Drive-thru operates based on demand
Free to enter/items individually priced

JUNE 3, FRIDAY

First Fridays
A year-round artwalk highlighting art, restaurants, shops and organizations in the Art’s District.
Held in various locations around the Art District, which includes Broad, Grace and Marshall Streets, running from Monroe Street down to 6th Street.
5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
See galleries for independent events

Friday Cheers
The Revivalists with Seratones
6 to 9:30 p.m.
Brown’s Island
$10, children under 12 are free

JUNE 4, SATURDAY

Ashland Strawberry Faire

Time to celebrate the strawberry harvest. Vendors, food, live music and a strawberry pageant.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free, items individually priced.
Adjacent to Randolph Macon College, Ashland

JUNE 5, SUNDAY

Broad Appetit  — This is the ninth year of Broad Appetit, one of the few times you see Broad Street shut down. There will be over 65 chefs preparing $3 mini-dish favorites for you to sample. There will be Virginia beers and wine available. Free to enter, but food and drink are priced individually.
On Broad Street, between Henry and Adams Streets.
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

JUNE 10, FRIDAY

Friday Cheers
Kurt Vile with Lucy Dacus
6 to 9:30 p.m.
Brown’s Island
$10, children under 12 are free

JUNE 12, SUNDAY

4th Annual Bacon Festival
From year one this ode to bacon has been sizzling. Organizers said they have made room for more space, vendors, people and most importantly — more bacon. This year, Bacon Fest will feature 40 of Richmond’s favorite restaurants including a food truck court.
17th Street Farmers’ Market
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free to enter, with a suggested donation of $1 to benefit EnRichmond. The price varies for individual items.

JUNE 17 -18, FRIDAY – SAT.

Juneteenth
A celebration of the end of slavery, held nationwide. Dick Gregory will be the keynote speaker.
Friday, June 17 6 -10 p.m.  and Sat., June18 4 – 11 p.m.
Location is at the Manchester Dock, 1308 Brander St.
On Saturday: $15 for one, $25 for two.

JUNE 17, FRIDAY

Friday Cheers
The Suffers and Too Many Zooz
6 to 9:30 p.m.
Brown’s Island
$10, children under 12 are free

JUNE 18, SATURDAY

RivahFest! 

This is the 13th year of arts and crafts, food vendors, several live bands with a neighboring beer and wine garden, marine display, children’s area, car show, and many other activities for the entire family. Event held in Tappahannock and people travel from all over for this huge event.
Free to enter, but a small charge for children’s rides, and of course for food and drinks.
From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

JUNE 24, FRIDAY

Friday Cheers
Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors with Major and the Monbacks
6 to 9:30 p.m.
Brown’s Island
$10, children under 12 are free

JUNE 25, SATURDAY RESCHEDULED JULY 9

Richmond Vegetarian Festival

More than 30 vendors offer delicious vegetarian and vegan options, with information on hand to educate about vegetarian lifestyles. The rain date is Saturday, July 19,  from Noon to 6:00 pm.
Azalea Gardens at Bryan Park
Noon to 6:00 pm.
Free to enter, items cost money

Ongoing activities throughout June:

Dogwood Dell: A summer concert series stretching into its 60th year.  Most every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in June. Click here for list.

Friday Cheers:  June 3,10, 17, and 24.

Innsbrook After Hours: June 8, 15, 18, 22, and 24. Also July, August, September and October shows planned.

Movies in the Park: Starting June 17, and then every Friday until August 29. Free. Click here for list.

Did we miss one? Please send us an email and we will add it to the list.