Winter, kinda, feels like it's setting in and the official start of festival season is still a ways off and it feels like forever until we can all hop in the James River. But, there is still lots of good stuff going on in the Richmond Region. Here are 5 Free Things You Can Do in January:

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Now until January 17, admission to the garden is free.

Selma Screening @ the Byrd

January 17, 3 p.m.

Join HandsOn Greater Richmond, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and University of Richmond-Bonner Center for Civic Engagement for a special showing of Selma on Sunday, January 17, 2016, at 3pm at the Byrd Theatre. We will honor Martin Luther King's legacy of peace, inclusiveness and service with a community viewing and conversation. Please plan to stay after the screening for a conversation with local experts about the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement in Richmond today.

Richmond Jewish Food Festival

January 17-18, 11:30-7:30 p.m.

Two days of music, fun and food (the food isn't free, but admission is.)


The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' permanent collections are always free. Spend a few hours looking at masters of modern art, classical sculptures or just people watching in the cafe. It's all free.

Virginia Historical Society

Admission to the museum and library are free (and they have free parking on-site, bonus.) There's a lot to see at the museum: "Our signature exhibition is The Story of Virginia, and features objects that will help guide the visitor through more than 16,000 years of Virginia history from prehistoric times to the present. Other long-term exhibitions include Changing Styles: 300 Years of Virginia Art and Design, Landscapes of Virginia, The Memorial Military Murals by Charles Hoffbauer, and Charles Hoffbauer: "Painter of Historical Murals."