I am now learning that the 27th Annual 2nd street festival has been cancelled due to the anticipated severe weather. The festival that celebrates the rich culture of the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood was scheduled for Saturday, October 3.
There will be a FREE concert Saturday featuring Con Funk Shun at the Hippodrome.
Also cancelling events Touch a Truck, the State Fair of Virginia and "Celebrating Families Carnival" who expected nearly 3,000 people at Mechanicsville Christian Center.
Party on the Avenues has decided to postpone their event. It was scheduled to take place at Libbie Avenue this Sunday. It has now been rescheduled for Sunday, October 18th from 12 noon until 6. Hanover High school Orchestra Yard Sale have also rescheduled their event. It is now set for Saturday, October 17th from 7 am until 12 noon.
Parks and Recreation events
All outdoor athletic activities scheduled by Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation have been canceled, and all outdoor athletic fields maintained by the department are closed through the weekend.
Library events - Saturday
Henricus events – Saturday
The 28th Annual Virginia Film Festival returns to Charlottesville November 5-8 with a collection of more than 100 films. The films range from highly-anticipated first-run features to compelling documentaries, and even new works by the industry’s most exciting up-and-coming filmmakers.
This is a chance for you to view outstanding films from around the world, and right here in Virginia.
Click here for Film Guide.
This year’s Special Guest list will be highlighted by actor Meg Ryan with her directorial debut Ithaca, filmed in Virginia; legendary director Oliver Stone; noted writer and activist Larry Kramer (The Normal Heart); celebrated film critic and historian Leonard Maltin, just to name a few.
The State Fair of Virginia- Thursday, September 24, is the last day to purchase advance tickets at a reduced rate for The State Fair of Virginia.
Advance ticket sales close at 11:59 p.m. Thursday night.
The State Fair of Virginia will also offer a special "5 after 5" on opening day. This special allows customers to purchase an unlimited ride wrist band for $5 after 5 pm on Friday. This special can only be purchased at the State Fair of Virginia.
Gates open at 10 a.m. on opening day, Friday, September 25 at Meadow Event Park in Doswell.
There will be numerous attractions, over 2,500 animals, a "kidway" for the children, a "Midway" for teens and adults and of course the fair favorites, the food. The State Fair has always been a great place to indulge in guilty pleasures like funnel cakes, turkey legs, and fried Oreos... but this year they have outdone themselves with deep fried butter.
The State Fair of Virginia will run through Sunday, October 4.
Hours of operation:
Sunday- Thursday: 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Halloween Haunt- Are you ready to face your fears at Kings Dominion this Halloween? Hundreds of monsters will take over the park starting September 25 for the 15th Annual Halloween Haunt.
Halloween Haunt will feature nine mazes, six scare zones and six live shows. There will be more than 20 thrill rides that will take guests through the dark and foggy Amusement park.
The horrors continue...this year's Haunt introduces two brand new mazes, an all-new show, and a vampire-themed bar.
Halloween Haunt attractions operate every Friday, Saturday, and select Sunday nights from September 25th through Saturday, October 31st. Monsters rise each night of Haunt at 7 p.m.
Haunt is included with park admission.
Kings Dominion will also be offering The Great Pumpkin Fest which is fun for the whole family. The daytime Halloween event includes a petting zoo, Halloween show and costume parade, a pumpkin painting patch, and a scarecrow maze.
The Great Pumpkin Fest runs Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. from September 26 through October 31.
Richmond SPCA: Endangered Animals Lecture- On September 28 the Richmond SPCA is co-presenting with VCU Honors College a program on protecting endangered animals. The guest speaker, Grant Fowlds, a native of South Africa will lead the effort to preserve rhinos and other animals from extinction. This all on the heels of the widespread controversy that followed the killing of Cecil the Lion.
The lecture begins at 7 p.m. Monday, September 28 in the VCU Harris Hall Auditorium. The lecture will be free and open to the public.
Victory Lady Fitness: Dance off 2015- Kemel & Carlos will compete in a Dance Off with YOU! They won’t know the songs in advance. This event will be lots of fun & the whole family including children and husbands-boyfriends and non-members are invited. Victory Lady Fitness will go CO-ED for this event! The cost will be a $10.00 donation to MS-Multiple Sclerosis, 100% of the proceeds to will benefit MS!
When: Saturday, September 26th at 1-2:30 p.m.
Where: Victory Lady Fitness (West-End) 9699-D W. Broad Street
Cathedral Welcomes The World: 4th Annual International Food Festival- The International Food Festival is strategically located adjacent to the Monroe Park, providing a fantastic view of the race-course. You can try exotic delicacies, watch the race, and interact with the world. There will be an amazing food selection with some of the best cultural restaurants in Richmond. There will be French food, Filipino food from the Filipino food festival and St. Benedicts will be helping with the beer gardens and so much more! They will also offer is a custom print by Richmond 2015 Official artist Greg Leach to the first 1,000 people.
This event is free and open to the public.
When: Saturday, September 26th at 8 a.m. until dusk
Where: 800 S. Cathedral Place across from Monroe Park
This weekend at St. Benedict Catholic church they will kick off the 11th Annual St. Benedict Oktoberfest! There will be more than 54 beers to chose from. There will be wine tastings and a variety of great food.
Oktoberfest is not just for adults, there is something here for everyone! There will be games, a moonbounce, an inflatable obstacle course, and face painting for the children.
Click here for the complete list of beers and food!
Where: St. Benedict Catholic Church
When: Friday, September 18: 4pm-11pm
Saturday, September 19: 11am-11pm
Sunday, September 20: 12pm-6pm
This Saturday, September 19 you could receive one free original glazed doughnut from Krispy Kreme if you speak like a pirate.
If you come fully dressed as a pirate you will receive a free dozen of original glazed doughnuts.
Need help talking like a pirate? No worries, Krispy Kreme has put together a video with tips and even a few outfit ideas. Click here.
Find a location near you.
Maymont Wine & Beer Festival-
The Annual Wine & Beer Classic at Maymont which will be held Friday, September 11 at the Farm. The event includes beer tastings from several local breweries as well as tastings of wine and other spirits. Plus, there will be live music by Big Mama Shakes, games and a fun run to start the festivities. Breweries on tap for this year’s event include Ardent Craft Ales, Bold Rock Hard Cider, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery and Strangeways Brewing. Bourbon tasting will be provided by Mystic Bourbon. Tastings of moonshine and a variety of wines will be available through private sources.
Disney on Ice
Get ready for the ultimate Disney experience at Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic! Disney on Ice will be here all weekend long (click here for show times). There will be a cast of over 50 Disney characters, with Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse, sweetheart Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Disney Princesses including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White and Tiana. Relive the magic of Disney’sFrozen with Anna, Elsa and the hilarious Olaf as they discover that true love is the greatest magic of all. Sing-along to over 30 unforgettable songs including “Let It Go,” “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” and “Hakuna Matata.”
The African Film Weekend
The African Film Weekend screens new and original African films each fall on the campus of the University of Richmond. It has been running since 2000 as an initiative from African Studies faculty members under the leadership of Professor Louis Tremaine from the Department of English. Since 2012, a component entitled Africa Week comprising lectures and other cultural events has been added.
African Film Weekend celebrates African culture on the continent and the Diaspora through cinema. Faculty, staff, students, and the general public of Richmond have the opportunity to learn about cultures and issues through the best productions Africa can offer in the realm of filmmaking. Film themes vary from year to year.
A big crowd is expected in Richmond for the SpeakUp 5k at Byrd Park Saturday, September 12. The event is in honor of Cameron Gallagher and her mission. Gallagher collapsed and died, back in 20-14 after running a half marathon in Virginia Beach. Her goal was to raise awareness for teenage depression and anxiety in a positive way. Cameron came up with the plans for the 5k before she passed away. She wanted silly string, so there will be silly string sprayed on people as they run; There is a great rave tent, that will be decorated and you can just run through it. There will also be a quote wall with quotes handwritten by Cameron.
Armenian Food Festival-
The Armenian Food Festival is back for the 57th year. It will be located at St. James Armenian church. There will be live music, entertainment beer and the famous Hye burger--named one of Richmond magazines best burgers.
Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday Noon - 7 p.m.