Lewis Ginter Plant Fest- Members only pre-sale Thursday, May 3, 4 – 7 p.m.; Friday, May 4, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Garden’s plant sales are among the largest in the region with more than 40 vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics and other garden related items. Plus, join us for live music, a festive atmosphere and a chance to get all your gardening questions answered. Free admission to the plant fest, but the usual admission to visit the garden.
Maymont Beer and Wine Classic- Friday, May 4th, 7-10:30pm- Leave the kids at home for this one, and enjoy live music, food trucks, lawn games and more while sampling some of Virginia’s finest beers, ciders and wines and enjoying live music by Three Sheets to the Wind, America's #1 Tribute to Yacht Rock. You can also head over to the lawn game zone provided by CLUBWAKA Richmond. Cheers! Tickets are $30/members and $40/non-members.
Friday Cheers on Brown's Island-Fridays at 6-9:30 pm in May and June, beginning 5/4-6/29 on Brown’s Island. These weekly concerts are only $5- $10 depending on the show, and children under 12 are free. Food and drink are available for purchase.
Que Pasa?! Festival- Saturday, May 5th from 11-8 pm in downtown Richmond at the Canal Walk. Come out and celebrate the food, music and art of Virginia's Latin American communities, and witness a community-wide challenge to break the Guinness Book of World Record for the Largest Display of Piñatas! This is a FREE event!
HenROCKus at Henricus, Bands and Brews on the James River Bluff- Saturday, May 5th from 2-8 pm at Henricus Historical Park- Bring your lawn chairs, enjoy a brew (or two!) from Steam Bell Beer Works, food from Gregory's Grill, rock out to local bands, and enjoy the outstanding views of the mighty James River – all while supporting educational programming at Henricus Historical Park. Tickets are $5, but kids under 12 are free.
Arts in the Park-Saturday, May 5th 11- 6 pm and Sunday, May 6th 11-5 pm at the Carillon at Byrd Park. This is a FREE event where more than 450 artists from around the U.S. will gather in Byrd Park to display everything from fine art of classic and contemporary paintings, to photography, pottery, jewelry and home and garden accessories.
World Laughter Day Celebration- Sunday, May 6th from 1-3 pm at Libby Hill Park-This FREE event will be taking place all over the world. Richmonders are encouraged to enjoy an uplifting afternoon of fun and connection and be part of the amazing movement that is teaching people how laughter, deep breathing, and playfulness can improve their overall well-being. Visit the link for more info on all of the activities going on during the celebration.
Music at Maymont- Wednesday, May 9th, 6-11 pm, Brandi Carlile and Secret Sisters. Come enjoy the first Maymont concert of the season on the Carriage House lawn. Food from local food trucks, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Tickets to this show are $25. Check the website for future concerts.
Mother's Day Weekend and Father's Day Weekend at Lewis Ginter- All Weekend, May 11th-13th and June 16th and 17th. Moms and Dads deserve more than one day to feel celebrated. Come to the garden for many opportunities to honor and spend time with family during these special weekends. Enjoy the popular Butterflies LIVE! exhibit, live music, Children’s Garden activities, shopping, dining and more.
Peony Picnic at Tuckahoe Plantation- Sunday, May 13th, 12-4 pm-Bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds, tour the historic plantation home, and view our blooming gardens! Admission is $5 per guest over 6 years old (free for children under 5 years). Peonies will be available at $5 per peony stem and greenery (limit two stems per person), so you can enjoy Tuckahoe’s beauty at home! Gelati Celesti will be serving ice cream from 12-4pm.
Weekends at the Berry Patch- Gallmeyer Farms- Sunday 5/13 and Saturday 5/19 and 5/26 10am-5pm- Come visit the Berry Patch for pick your own strawberries, live music, free activities for kids, a play area for kids, hayrides, and arts and crafts from all over the great state of Virginia. The Berry Patch also has free admission and free parking.
Music in the Park at Forest Hill Park- One Sunday a month, usually the second Sunday, from 6-8 pm, come out with a picnic dinner and listen to a free concert at Forest Hill Park. The first event is May 13th and features the fun covers of the Illbillys.
Ashland Street Parties- Saturday, May 19th from 6:30-11:30 at 201 South Railroad Avenue. This is the first Ashland Street Party of the year. Come check out the beauty of Ashland while you listen to live music and enjoy some local food and drink. Check the website above for future dates.
Lebanese Festival- Friday, 5/18-Saturday 5/19 from 10am-10pm and Sunday, 5/20 from 10am-8pm-at St. Anthony’s Maronite Catholic Church- This is one of my favorites because the food is so good and the lines aren't crazy long like the Greek fest. You'll love it for the delicious Lebanese delicacies and the adorable kids doing traditional dances, and your kids will love it for the fun playground right on the church grounds.
Dominion River Rock- May 18th-20th, Go to check out the pros competing in climbing, slackline, and freestyle bike events, or the flying pups in the Subaru Ultimate Air Dogs. Stay to enjoy the full schedule of awesome live bands taking the stage throughout the weekend! Some of the events charge for you to participate, but most of them are free and there is no admission charge.
Lake Anna Brewfest- May 19th from 12-5 pm at Lake Anna State Park- If you buy online before 5/19 tickets are $20 and you receive a free Brewfest sample mug, eight beer sample tickets, access to great and amazing food vendors from all around the Lake Anna area.
Public Safety Day- Saturday, May 19th from 10-1 at Bon Secours Westchester Emergency Center- Kick off National EMS and Police Week by coming out to enjoy all of the activities this day has to offer including: FREE children’s bicycle helmets for the first 100 visitors, FREE hot dogs, popcorn and drinks for the whole family, face painting, interact with a display of fire engines and ladder trucks, ambulances, police and sheriff cars, and more.
United By Music Southside Big Tent Community Festival- Friday, May 18th 5-8 pm and Saturday, May 19th 12:30-7:30 pm presented by the Richmond Symphony. Friday night there will be a concert under the big tent featuring Latin dance band Bio Ritmo. Saturday is family day with performances by Richmond Public Schools and Legacy Band, culminating with a Dance Party with DJ Missing! Other activities are still in the works but are likely to include a skateboard competition in the skate park, a community art gallery showcasing work from local students and schools, and a Kid’s Zone you won’t want to miss!
Play Day 2018- Saturday, May 19th from 1-4 pm at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. At Play Day, kids and adults make art projects in more than a dozen studios throughout VisArts’ 30,000-square foot facility. Admission is free. Be sure to check out which other RVA locales are participating in this national event. Last year's events included Maymont, CMOR, Project Yoga and more!
Explore the Outdoors- Sunday, May 20th 1-5 pm at Huguenot Park and the Studios of the Community Idea Stations. FREE day of hands-on fun exploring science and nature. This is a special day in the park to give children and their families plenty of exciting outdoor experiences. Over fifty local community groups with expertise in outdoor adventure, healthy living, and environmental science will engage you in activities ranging from archery and fishing, paddle boarding (on dry land), gardening, camping, art making and much, much more.
The Johnny Z Festival- Sunday, May 20th, 12 PM - 6 PM at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery- Join us and celebrate the creative spirit of Richmond during this fun, FREE, kid-friendly event benefitting ART 180! Hardywood and Chop Suey Books present a variety of children's activities including a moon bounce, face painting, and various artworks. Vendors from Bizarre Market showcase local arts and crafts, and, of course there will be plenty of food trucks and beer on draft.
Summer Fest at ARC Park- Wednesday, May 23rd, 6-9pm- Visit my favorite RVA park for live music starring TriCity Revue, food trucks, and craft beer. $10 entry for adults includes a branded acrylic glass and a drink ticket. Extra drink tickets will be for sale. Kids are free! Your participation will benefit children and adults with disabilities served in programs at ARC.
Greek Festival- Thursday, May 31st- Sunday, June 3rd Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, This festival is super popular and crowded, but after you taste the baklava you'll understand why. If you don't want to brave the crowds with your stroller, you can always go through their drive-thru tent and take your food to go!