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Richmond Events

The Richmond Region Hosts Events of Every Description all Year Long.

Discover the rich, colorful events and activities that make the Historic Richmond Region so easy to love. Tune into weekly live music, poetry readings and other cultural happenings at one-of-a-kind attractions like the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Feast on hearty fare at the Virginia Food Festival. Cheer on your favorite NASCAR driver at Richmond International Raceway. From the struggles of the colonial era to crucial battles of the Civil War, the Richmond Region has witnessed many milestones during the past 400 years. Lose yourself in the area's unique legacy, which lives on through spectacular year-round events, festivals and celebrations.

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04-17-2014

Be the Dinosaur at the Science Museum of Virginia

Through May 11, 2014
Venue: Science Museum of Virginia
Category: Exhibits, Family Fun
Day: Recurring daily
Location: Downtown
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Dinosaurs are back at the Science Museum of Virginia, giving you the amazing opportunity to interact with a huge animatronic triceratops! Check out a 9-foot tall, three-horned, plant-eating dinosaur that's 21-feet long from its horns to the tip of its tail! After you've seen the triceratops, explore Be the Dinosaur as... more »

A Million Blooms

Through June 01, 2014
Category: Culture, Gardens, LGBT, Other, Outdoors, Virginia Green
Day: Recurring daily
Location: North Side/Ashland
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The Garden celebrates spring with millions of blooms throughout the season: daffodils, cherry blossoms, tulips, irises, roses and peonies. Highlights include special events including Mother’s Day, the Spring Plant Sale and plant shows and activities in the Children’s Garden.Included with Garden admission more »

“The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832” by Alan Taylor

April 17, 2014
Venue: Virginia Historical Society
Phone: 804-358-4901
Category: Lectures
Location: Downtown
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In 1813, British warships appeared in the Chesapeake Bay to punish Americans for declaring war on the empire. Over many nights, hundreds of slaves paddled out to the vessels seeking protection for their families from the ravages of slavery. The runaways pressured the British into becoming liberators. As guides, pilots, s... more »

Alpaca Farm Tours & Fiber Workshops

Through October 31, 2014
Category: Family Fun, Other, Outdoors, Tour, Workshops
Day: Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Location: North Side/Ashland
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Don’t wait!! Reserve a date for your Alpaca Farm Tour and Fiber Workshop today. Learn about Alpacas: - Visit the Barn and learn how alpacas are raised. - Learn about the History of Alpacas. - See how Alpaca Fleece is processed into products. - "Touch" the Alpaca's Fleece. Participate in a Fiber Workshop... more »

Animal Profile at Maymont's Nature Center

Through April 18, 2014
Venue: Maymont
Category: Family Fun
Day: Recurring every week day
Location: Downtown
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Discover more about Maymont's animals in this up- close encounter! Visit with turtles (Monday), snakes (Tuesday), owls (Wednesday), insects (Thursday) and amphibians (Friday). $4 per person/free for Maymont members. Register in the Nature Center lobby prior to the program; groups of 5 or more must register in advance. Fo... more »

Animal Profile at Maymont's Raptor Valley

Through April 18, 2014
Venue: Maymont
Category: Family Fun, Outdoors
Day: Recurring every week day
Location: Downtown
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Discover more about Maymont's animals with the education staff. Bears, skunks and raptors are among the animals that will be featured throughout the week. Free admission. Register at Raptor Valley by the eagle's nest prior to the program; groups of 5 or more must register in advance. For information, call 804-358-7166, e... more »

Archaeology at Henricus: Spring Break Camp (ages 8 – 12)

Through April 18, 2014
Venue: Henricus Historical Park
Phone: 318-8797
Category: History, Museums, Outdoors
Day: Recurring daily
Location: South side
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New this year for Spring Break! Participate in a week-long archaeological program at Henricus Historical Park. Learn about the tools and strategies used to help locate sites, and the archaeological method used to create a living history museum. Help sort, catalogue and clean artifacts found in the area and help us locate... more »

Bird House Building for Kids

Through April 18, 2014
Category: Art
Day: Recurring daily
Location: Downtown

Spend your spring break building your own bird house for your neighborhood friends! You will learn how to work with wood, use hand tools, and how to hammer, saw, drill and paint your own unique bird house. April 14 – April 18, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. $130 members/$145 nonmembers. more »

Bones - Reliquaries - Masks - by Jude Schlotzhauer

Through May 14, 2014
Category: Art, Galleries
Day: Recurring daily
Location: South side
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Glass and found object sculptures reminiscent of reliquaries, artifacts and ritual objects. Includes the use of doorways and containers to represent the passages into other worlds and vessels to hold life’s mysteries and potentials. The work is about the journey of spirit through life, through time and through exp... more »

Bonnie Bunny's Treasure Hunt

Through April 18, 2014
Venue: Swift Creek Mill and Theatre
Phone: 804-748-5203
Category: Stage
Day: Recurring every 3 weeks Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Location: South side
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Bonny Bunny and her all-bunny-band are rehearsing for the annual Springtime Talent Show, but everything changes when mysterious clues start to appear-clues that send her band of bunnies on a mission to find a treasure. What could it be? Something that might change their bunny lives forever? Individual lunch and theatr... more »

Elegant Entertaining at Maymont

Through June 22, 2014
Venue: Maymont
Phone: 804-358-7166
Category: Exhibits, History, Museums, Tour
Day: Recurring daily
Location: Downtown
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Tuesdays-Sundays, March 11-June 22, 12-5 pm, Maymont Mansion A millionaire’s mansion during the Gilded Age was the scene of elaborate social occasions carefully planned, flawlessly presented and carried out by a host of well-trained servants. Visit Maymont Mansion and feel as though you are among the honored guests... more »

Highlights of Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour

Through October 31, 2014
Category: Gardens, History, Museums, Tour
Day: Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Location: Downtown
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Learn about the cemetery’s history, artwork, symbolism and famous residents, including two U.S. Presidents, writer Ellen Glasgow, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart. Meet at the rear of the stone structure on the left at the cemetery entrance, Cherry and Albemarle st... more »

Live Music Thursdays

On-Going
Venue: Mint Gastropub
Phone: 804-359-9690
Category: Music
Day: Every Thursday
Location: Downtown
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Live music every Thursday night. No cover charge. more »

Post Offices of Chesterfield County: Connecting the Community since 1794

On-Going
Category: Art, Culture, Exhibits, History, Museums
Day: Recurring daily
Location: South side
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The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia exhibit focuses on Chesterfield County Post Offices prior to 1925 and includes such items as envelopes, postcards and letters with postmarks or addresses related to old post offices in Chesterfield County, as well as anecdotes, stories, photos and oral history. more »

Spring Break Amazing Art Day at the Children's Museum of Richmond

April 17, 2014
Category: Art, Exhibits, Family Fun, Festivals, Museums
Location: Downtown
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This is a great time for children to put on their paint clothes and come join the Children’s Museum of Richmond in creating astonishing masterpieces! more »

Spring Break Nature Heydays

Through April 18, 2014
Category: Family Fun
Day: Recurring daily
Location: North Side/Ashland
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All ages. What better way to spend spring break! Join us for this very special opportunity as we open up our classroom doors for a behind-the-scenes look at our nature collection. Staff naturalists will provide information on birds, turtles, snakes, and more. Information: 262-5055. more »

The Secret Life of a Victorian House at Maymont

Through April 18, 2014
Venue: Maymont
Category: Architecture/Homes, History, Museums, Tour
Day: Recurring every week day
Location: Downtown
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Explore Maymont Mansion and learn what it was like to live and work at the estate 100 years ago. The Dooleys' housemaid brings the mansion to life during a family- friendly tour of the upstairs and downstairs of this grand home. $6 per person/$4 members. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 329. more »

04-18-2014

Be the Dinosaur at the Science Museum of Virginia

Through May 11, 2014
Venue: Science Museum of Virginia
Category: Exhibits, Family Fun
Day: Recurring daily
Location: Downtown
Visit Website

Dinosaurs are back at the Science Museum of Virginia, giving you the amazing opportunity to interact with a huge animatronic triceratops! Check out a 9-foot tall, three-horned, plant-eating dinosaur that's 21-feet long from its horns to the tip of its tail! After you've seen the triceratops, explore Be the Dinosaur as... more »

A Million Blooms

Through June 01, 2014
Category: Culture, Gardens, LGBT, Other, Outdoors, Virginia Green
Day: Recurring daily
Location: North Side/Ashland
Visit Website  |  Send Email

The Garden celebrates spring with millions of blooms throughout the season: daffodils, cherry blossoms, tulips, irises, roses and peonies. Highlights include special events including Mother’s Day, the Spring Plant Sale and plant shows and activities in the Children’s Garden.Included with Garden admission more »

“Before the Crash Came”: Mary Chesnut’s Last Months in Richmond, January-April 1864-Brown Bag Lunch

April 18, 2014
Venue: Museum and White House of the Confederacy
Phone: 855-649-1861
Category: History, Lectures, Museums, Civil War
Location: Downtown
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Throughout the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the Museum of the Confederacy-Richmond will be hosting a monthly series of talks devoted to a topic or event's 150th anniversary. These talks, normally scheduled for the third Friday of the month, are free for members and Richmond area residents, and are included with Mus... more »

A Streetcar Named Desire

Through May 17, 2014
Venue: Firehouse Theatre Project
Phone: 804-355-2001
Category: Stage
Day: Every Friday, Saturday
Location: Downtown
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A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams Directed by Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates Assistant Director Brandon Rashad Butts April 17 – May 17, 2014   Tennessee Williams’ iconic masterpiece follows the fading but still attractive southern belle Blanche du Bois as she arrives unexpectedly on the doorstep... more »

Alpaca Farm Tours & Fiber Workshops

Through October 31, 2014
Category: Family Fun, Other, Outdoors, Tour, Workshops
Day: Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Location: North Side/Ashland
Visit Website  |  Send Email

Don’t wait!! Reserve a date for your Alpaca Farm Tour and Fiber Workshop today. Learn about Alpacas: - Visit the Barn and learn how alpacas are raised. - Learn about the History of Alpacas. - See how Alpaca Fleece is processed into products. - "Touch" the Alpaca's Fleece. Participate in a Fiber Workshop... more »

Animal Profile at Maymont's Nature Center

Through April 18, 2014
Venue: Maymont
Category: Family Fun
Day: Recurring every week day
Location: Downtown
Send Email

Discover more about Maymont's animals in this up- close encounter! Visit with turtles (Monday), snakes (Tuesday), owls (Wednesday), insects (Thursday) and amphibians (Friday). $4 per person/free for Maymont members. Register in the Nature Center lobby prior to the program; groups of 5 or more must register in advance. Fo... more »

Animal Profile at Maymont's Raptor Valley

Through April 18, 2014
Venue: Maymont
Category: Family Fun, Outdoors
Day: Recurring every week day
Location: Downtown
Send Email

Discover more about Maymont's animals with the education staff. Bears, skunks and raptors are among the animals that will be featured throughout the week. Free admission. Register at Raptor Valley by the eagle's nest prior to the program; groups of 5 or more must register in advance. For information, call 804-358-7166, e... more »

Archaeology at Henricus: Spring Break Camp (ages 8 – 12)

Through April 18, 2014
Venue: Henricus Historical Park
Phone: 318-8797
Category: History, Museums, Outdoors
Day: Recurring daily
Location: South side
Visit Website  |  Send Email

New this year for Spring Break! Participate in a week-long archaeological program at Henricus Historical Park. Learn about the tools and strategies used to help locate sites, and the archaeological method used to create a living history museum. Help sort, catalogue and clean artifacts found in the area and help us locate... more »

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