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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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05-28-2015

"YANK! The WWII Musical" by David and Joseph Zellnik

Through June 20, 2015
Venue: Richmond Triangle Players
Phone: 804-346-8113
Category: Comedy, Dance, LGBT, Music, Stage
Day: Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Location: Downtown
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YANK! is a love song to Hollywood's "it takes one of every kind" platoon flicks and to 1940s Broadway. Suffused with songs reminiscent of the era – from swing to big band to boogie-woogie – YANK! concerns what stories get told in wartime, and how WWII became the great catalyst in bringing gay men ... more »

A Passion For Nature Curator's Tour

May 28, 2015
Venue: Maymont
Phone: 804-358-7166
Category: Architecture/Homes, Art, Culture, Exhibits, Galleries, History, Museums, Tour, RVA Garden Trail
Location: Downtown
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A Baltimore oriole, a striped bass, several lions, narwhals, a sunflower, pansies, okra, a wild turkey, and roses galore – that’s just a sampling of the abundance and variety of nature depicted within the opulent interiors of Maymont Mansion. Join a member of Maymont’s curatorial staff for an in-depth t... more »

Beard Wars Exhibition

Through November 29, 2015
Venue: The Valentine
Phone: 804-649-0711
Category: Art, Clubs, Culture, Exhibits, Family Fun, Galleries, History, Museums, Civil War, RVA Garden Trail
Day: Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Location: Downtown
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Beard Wars March 26-November 30, 2015 On view during the final year of the American Civil War’s sesquicentennial commemoration, Beard Wars features local photographer Terry Brown’s portraits of members of the RVA Beard League, inspired by images of Civil War generals in the Valentine’s collection. more »

Benefit Concert Featuring Susan Greenbaum

May 28, 2015
Venue: Ashland Coffee and Tea
Phone: 804-798-1702
Category: Art, Family Fun, Music
Location: North Side/Ashland
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Richmond-Based Production Company Brings Benefit Concert to Local Stage
 Free Jambalaya is a Richmond-based 501c3 Non-Profit production company dedicated to the creation of new work on local stages. Like its Creole namesake, Free Jambalaya refers to a compelling combination of artistic expression in one spicy recipe. Fr... more »

Butterflies LIVE!

Through October 11, 2015
Category: Family Fun, Gardens, Virginia Green
Day: Recurring daily
Location: North Side/Ashland
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Regular Garden admission Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and lifecycle... more »

Chris Vasi Trio

May 28, 2015
Category: Music
Location: West End/Innsbrook/Short Pump
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Jazz standards, Cuban and Brazilian tunes, Popular favorites (Louis Armstrong, Beatles, Stevie Wonder), Holiday tunes, fingerstyle instrumentals, light Classical. Guitarist/composer Chris Vasi arrived in Richmond, VA in 1995 with a music degree from University of Buffalo. Chris has a love for many different kinds of musi... more »

Close to Home | Gallery Flux

Through June 27, 2015
Venue: Gallery Flux
Phone: 804-752-3540
Category: Art
Day: Recurring daily
Location: North Side/Ashland
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Close to Home | Gallery Flux Paintings and Ceramics by Amy HR Donahue, Dan Michael, Kathleen Walsh, & Fonda Cody. Opening Reception Thursday, May 7th from 5:30-8:00pm Ashland First Thursday Opening Reception Thursday, June 4th, from 5:30-8:00pm On exhibit May 7 - June 27 The artists in this show find inspiration &ldq... more »

Highlights of Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour

Through October 30, 2015
Venue: Hollywood Cemetery
Phone: 804-649-0711
Category: History, Tour
Day: Recurring every week day
Location: Downtown
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Established in 1847, Hollywood Cemetery is a magnificent example of the rural garden style cemetery and was one of America's first parks. Learn about the cemetery's history, artwork, symbolism and some of the more famous of its over 80,000 residents, including well-known writers, politicians, Confederate notables and tw... more »

John Dooley: An Irish American Leader in Mid-19th Century Richmond

Through July 05, 2015
Venue: Maymont
Phone: 804-358-7166
Category: Exhibits, History, Museums, Tour, Civil War
Day: Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Location: Downtown
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The Maymont Mansion presents a rare opportunity to view the sole surviving green wool uniform of Richmond’s Montgomery Guard, Company C of the First Virginia Infantry, a militia company formed by Irish Americans in 1850. This legendary uniform is a highly significant display for Maymont as it belonged to John Doole... more »

Kiyomi Iwata

Through June 06, 2015
Category: Art
Day: Recurring daily
Location: Downtown
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Kiyomi Iwata combines silk and metals to create dimensional scrolls, sculptural bundles based on the iconic Japanese bundle form furoshiki, and individual sculptures, synthesizing traditional Japanese aesthetics and forms with contemporary western art. Her installations contemplate a mysterious and delicate connection be... more »

MADE in CHURCH HILL Exhibition

Through June 28, 2015
Venue: The Valentine
Phone: 804-649-0711
Category: Architecture/Homes, Art, Clubs, Culture, Exhibits, Family Fun, Galleries, History, Museums, RVA Garden Trail
Day: Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Location: Downtown
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A collaborative exhibition involving a variety of local cultural and educational institutions brings to light the history and current challenges facing Church Hill from the perspective of its residents. more »

May UNhappy Hour:

May 28, 2015
Venue: Edgar Allan Poe Museum
Phone: 804-648-5523
Category: Museums
Location: Downtown
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Join us in the Poe Museum's Enchanted Garden for live music from Teejay Johnson, a cash bar, food, and performances. The theme for this Unhappy Hour is Poe's story "The Oblong Box." Cost: $5 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 »

Smitty's Karaoke at Sonny's

Through July 09, 2015
Category: Karaoke
Day: Every Thursday
Location: North Side/Ashland
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Karaoke every Thursday at Sonny’s Bar and Grill. Smitty brings Best sound, best singers and always the best place to be on a Thursday night. The hottest and fastest growing Thursday Karaoke Party in Lakeside starts at 8:00. more »

Summer Open House Salon

May 28, 2015
Venue: John Marshall House
Phone: 804-648-7998
Category: History
Location: Downtown
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A salon is a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation. This FREE salon will include tours of John Marshall’s home, decorated for summer, and an evening reception. more »

The Gallery@Nest presents

Through July 31, 2015
Category: Art, Exhibits, Galleries
Day: Recurring daily
Location: South side
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Nest Antiques Art & Gifts is proud to present "Living With Art". The newest show and sale in The Gallery@Nest. Featuring the work of over 60 local artists presented in a room setting "Salon Style" to show just how easy it is to Live With Art (and antiques). Now through July 31st, this ever changin... more »

A Million Blooms

Through June 01, 2015
Venue: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Phone: 804-262-9887
Category: Family Fun, Gardens, Outdoors, Virginia Green, RVA Garden Trail
Day: Recurring daily
Location: North Side/Ashland
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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was recently voted #2 in USA Today's 10Best Public Gardens contest and spring is a great time to see why! Millions of blooms, plus a chance this year to see the gardens as art. As part of A Million Blooms, a dozen picture frames will be set up throughout the Central Garden and inside the C... more »

A Passion For Nature at Maymont

Through September 06, 2015
Venue: Maymont
Phone: 804-358-7166
Category: Architecture/Homes, History, Museums, Tour, RVA Garden Trail
Day: Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Location: Downtown
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Both indoors and out, James and Sallie Dooley’s estate reflects their love of natural beauty. They filled their residence, the Maymont Mansion, with a treasure trove of nature-inspired decorative and fine arts and landscaped the surrounding 100 acres with beautiful parkland, magnificent trees, and glorious gardens.... more »

05-29-2015

"YANK! The WWII Musical" by David and Joseph Zellnik

Through June 20, 2015
Venue: Richmond Triangle Players
Phone: 804-346-8113
Category: Comedy, Dance, LGBT, Music, Stage
Day: Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Location: Downtown
Visit Website  |  Send Email

YANK! is a love song to Hollywood's "it takes one of every kind" platoon flicks and to 1940s Broadway. Suffused with songs reminiscent of the era – from swing to big band to boogie-woogie – YANK! concerns what stories get told in wartime, and how WWII became the great catalyst in bringing gay men ... more »

Beard Wars Exhibition

Through November 29, 2015
Venue: The Valentine
Phone: 804-649-0711
Category: Art, Clubs, Culture, Exhibits, Family Fun, Galleries, History, Museums, Civil War, RVA Garden Trail
Day: Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Location: Downtown
Visit Website  |  Send Email

Beard Wars March 26-November 30, 2015 On view during the final year of the American Civil War’s sesquicentennial commemoration, Beard Wars features local photographer Terry Brown’s portraits of members of the RVA Beard League, inspired by images of Civil War generals in the Valentine’s collection. more »

Butterflies LIVE!

Through October 11, 2015
Category: Family Fun, Gardens, Virginia Green
Day: Recurring daily
Location: North Side/Ashland
Visit Website  |  Send Email

Regular Garden admission Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and lifecycle... more »

Close to Home | Gallery Flux

Through June 27, 2015
Venue: Gallery Flux
Phone: 804-752-3540
Category: Art
Day: Recurring daily
Location: North Side/Ashland
Visit Website  |  Send Email

Close to Home | Gallery Flux Paintings and Ceramics by Amy HR Donahue, Dan Michael, Kathleen Walsh, & Fonda Cody. Opening Reception Thursday, May 7th from 5:30-8:00pm Ashland First Thursday Opening Reception Thursday, June 4th, from 5:30-8:00pm On exhibit May 7 - June 27 The artists in this show find inspiration &ldq... more »

Crazed and Infused Fridays and Sizzling Saturdays

On-Going
Venue: Isley Brewing Company
Phone: 804-499-0721
Category: Food, Music, Craft Beer
Day: Every Friday, Saturday
Location: Downtown
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Join Isley Brewing Company on Friday's and Saturday's for Awesome Infusions, Yummy Food Trucks and live Music. more »

Highlights of Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour

Through October 30, 2015
Venue: Hollywood Cemetery
Phone: 804-649-0711
Category: History, Tour
Day: Recurring every week day
Location: Downtown
Send Email

Established in 1847, Hollywood Cemetery is a magnificent example of the rural garden style cemetery and was one of America's first parks. Learn about the cemetery's history, artwork, symbolism and some of the more famous of its over 80,000 residents, including well-known writers, politicians, Confederate notables and tw... more »

Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition

May 29, 2015
Venue: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Category: Art, Culture, Exhibits, Galleries, Museums
Location: Downtown
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Organized by the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition focuses on the work of seven internationally acclaimed tattoo artists –Ryudaibori (formerly Horitaka), Horitomo, Horishiki, Miyazo, Shige, Junii, and Yokohama Horiken – inspired by the Japanese... more »

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