February is flying by and March will be here before we know it! Don't fall into a wintertime rut of boredom and wishing for spring - come to Richmond where our calendar is brimming with fun events and activities to help you beat those winter blues!
Okay, just kidding about that winter blues part - the past few days here in RVA have felt like springtime has already arrived! So, come visit us to enjoy these fabulous events and maybe even some amazing weather for outdoor adventures! Regardless of the weather, you'll want to check these out:
Virginia Wine Expo
March 8-12, 2017
The 10th Anniversary Virginia Wine Expo is coming to the Greater Richmond Convention Center on March 8-12th. The wine expo is a national destination event celebrating Virginia's extraordinary wines and the Richmond region's culinary, historic and cultural excellence. Taste and savor an extensive selection of wine while meeting the owners and winemakers behind Virginia's emergence as a major international wine destination. In addition to the extremely popular Walk-Around Grand Tastings, this year's event schedule is packed with exceptional wine and food experiences that highlight many of RVA's local chefs and restaurants.
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella at Altria Theater
March 10-11, 2017
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic fairy tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream…or a really great pair of shoes.
Kings Dominion Opening Day 2017
March 25, 2017
Grab your friends and family and come to Kings Dominion – Virginia’s ultimate destination for fun! With more than 60 rides, shows, and attractions, there’s everything you need to create lifelong memories. Thrill-seekers will get their fix with one of the East Coast’s largest collection of roller coasters, including Intimidator 305, which stretches 305 feet tall and screams at more than 90 miles per hour. Families will delight in the zany rides at Planet Snoopy, featuring Snoopy and the entire PEANUTS™ gang. There's also some exciting news for 2017: Planet Snoopy is growing! Additions to the 14-acre kids area include three new family thrill rides, a new event space, and upgraded food and beverage locations. Come check out these awesome new additions!
Richmond Brunch Weekend
March 25-26, 2017
Brunch lovers rejoice! There’s an entire weekend devoted to your favorite late-morning meal! Come get your brunch on with us during the 2nd annual Richmond Brunch Weekend on March 25-26th. Enjoy delicious brunch dishes at restaurants across the region, then vote for your favorite in the #BestBrunchDish2017 contest. Your brunching also supports a worthy cause - a portion of proceeds will benefit Massey Cancer Center. Help kickoff this year's event with a pre-party at Southern Railway Taphouse on Friday, March 24th from 5-9 p.m. with free giveaways (including brunch appetizers!), a red carpet for photo opps, and live music from Suzie and the G-Tones. Bring on the mimosas!
Church Hill Irish Festival
March 25-26, 2017
The 32nd annual Church Hill Irish Festival kicks off on March 25th with a parade at 10:00 am and a whole lotta fun and festivities to follow! Traditional Irish musicians, bagpipers and dancers will perform throughout the weekend. This family-friendly event offers children’s games, face painting, Irish-themed crafts, and a large children's play area. Over thirty Irish vendors will be in attendance, and of course it wouldn't be a real festival without some tasty food and refreshing beverages. Enjoy Irish Lasagna prepared by the Ladies of St. Patrick’s, Fish and Chips and other favorites provided by Rare Olde Times Irish Pub, and plenty more. Proceeds benefit the St. Baldrick’s Society and their fight against childhood cancer, the Church Hill Association, the Church Hill Crime Watch, Richmond Hill, Child Saver’s Clinic of Richmond, St. John’s Church, the St. Peter’s Meals Program, Stone’s Circle of Friends and many other neighborhood causes. Proceeds also benefit the historic preservation of St. Patrick’s Church, a “little church with a big heart” built in the 1850′s by Irish Immigrants, and its outreach programs. Wow, you will help out a ton of awesome organizations by attending the Irish Festival! Sounds like a win-win to us!
Maymont Farm Grand Re-Opening Celebration
March 26, 2017
Time to celebrate with the little ones! After a year-long closure for renovations, the Farm at Maymont will re-open to the public during a celebratory event on Sunday, March 26th from 12 to 4 p.m. In addition to exploring the new and improved facilities, guests can feed the farm animals, watch animal training with the goats, meet and learn about Percy the donkey, take advantage of photo opportunities with farm-themed props and a tractor, encounter Richmond mascots including Nutzy the Flying Squirrel and Seymour the Friendly Dinosaur from C-MOR (Children’s Museum of Richmond), watch juggling performances by Jonathan Austin, ride a trackless train, find out how to adopt a Maymont animal, and more!
French Film Festival
March 27 - April 2, 2017
Richmond’s French Film Festival showcases a diverse sampling of France’s newest feature films by established directors, as well as short films by the next generation of groundbreaking French filmmakers. Recognized as the most important French film festival in the country, it has introduced more than 430 French and francophone films to American audiences. Watch some excellent films, participate in a Q&A session with directors and/or actors, and help celebrate the festival’s 25th anniversary at the Byrd Theatre.