There are lots of happenin' events about town this weekend! Here are five fun options to put on your "to do" list:
Courtesy of Wizard World, Inc.
Wizard World Comic Con September 12-14 Greater Richmond Convention Center Website
Dave Bautista (a.k.a. WWE® Superstar Batista™, also starring in the summer blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy), Adam West and Burt Ward of “Batman”, and Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk,” “The King of Queens”), are among the celebrities scheduled to attend the inaugural Wizard World Richmond Comic Con, September 12-14 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. It is the 11th of 16 events scheduled in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. and will also feature a top-drawer collection of well-known comics artists and writers and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.
10th annual RVA Peace Festival September 13, 11 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 6000 Grove Avenue, Richmond Website
The 10th annual RVA Peace Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 13 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 6000 Grove Ave.The festival features entertainment, arts and crafts, food and a variety of exhibits -- each underscoring the multi-cultural, interfaith themes that have become a part of the Richmond region’s fast-diversifying citizenry.
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COTU Oktoberfest and Das Bier Run September 13, 3:00 - 9:00 p.m. Center of the Universe Brewing Company, 11293 Air Park Rd, Ashland Website
Grab your lederhosen and head to Center of the Universe Brewing Company on September 13th for the inaugural COTU Oktoberfest and Das Bier Run. Not only will this celebration include authentic German food, music, and liter steins of beer, COTU has teamed up with the Richmond Road Runners Club to host “Das Bier Run”. Das Bier Run is a 4 person team relay event where each member runs a 1 mile loop in the airpark. Ridiculous costumes are encouraged and rewarded. After the race, entrants can walk back to the brewery where delicious German food will be available for sale along with 3 different German Style beers. For your auditory pleasure, take in the sounds of Elbe Musikanten, a 13 piece German band on hand to keep those feet moving and the beers flowing.
Time Travelers: Free Weekend of Richmond History September 13 - 14
Richmond’s most renowned historic homes and museums offer visitors a “passport” to time-travel during a special admission-free weekend on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14. Tourists and locals alike are invited to discover the City’s treasures, spanning 400 years of fascinating history and including the homes of John Marshall, Jefferson Davis, John Wickham, Major James Dooley and other important Virginians. Ten participating sites – Agecroft Hall, Dabbs House Museum, The John Marshall House, Magnolia Grange, Maymont, Meadow Farm Museum, Poe Museum, White House of the Confederacy, Wickham House and Wilton House Museum – will offer complimentary admission to visitors who show a Time Travelers Passport, available via download from any website of participating attractions.
Curtains Up! September 14, 6:00 p.m. Carpenter Theatre, 600 E. Grace Street, Richmond Website
This grand event will kick off the performing arts season and will feature the best that Richmond has to offer through the talents and artistic excellence of CenterStage’s resident companies, including Elegba Folklore Society, Henley Street Theatre & Richmond Shakespeare, Richmond Ballet, Richmond Symphony, School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC), Virginia Opera and Virginia Repertory Theatre.This not-to-miss experience showcases exciting works from each company’s upcoming season and a few surprises!
The handsome pop star kicks off four days of the "End of Summer Music Festival" at Kings Dominion this Labor Day weekend! The festival features different genres of music each day for people of all ages.
Jason Derulo takes the stage Friday night, August 29, at 6:30. He'll perform at the Kingswood Amphitheatre. (If you don't know where that is, just listen for all of the squealing young girls...) Tickets are still available through Ticketmaster or at the park's gates. Park admission is included in the price.
Other performers throughout this weekend include Kings of Swing, Diggity Dudes, and several bluegrass bands. (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday concerts are free to park guests!)
There are lots of things to do in a park - walk, run, eat...you get my drift.
This Saturday, you can add "enjoy opera music" to the list!
The Virginia Opera kicks off its 40th aniversary season with the 2nd annual "Opera in the Park." It will be held at Dogwood Dell, and the concert begins at 7:30. Expect to hear some of opera's most beloved works such as "La donna e mobile" from Rigoletto, as well as a few Broadway favorites.
Did I mention that this family-friendly event is free? Parking will be free as well. FREE. That word alone makes me sing like an angel!
Feel free (there I go using that word again) to bring your lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and coolers - filled with non-alcoholic beverages, of course.
I just made up this slogan, but it sums up the idea behind the annual WE CARE Festival. WE CARE is an acronym for Wellness, Education, Community Awareness,, and Resident Empowerment. The one-day event highlights the importance of community, showing that we can and must care about each other.
This year's festival will be held at the Hotchkiss Community Center on Saturday, August 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Organizers guarantee lots of fun with moon walks, good food, back-to-school giveaways, and more!