Brace yourselves, winter has finally come. It's cold and blustery, but the Richmond Region has no shortage of exciting events planned for 2016. It might be too cold outside, but you should set reminders for these 5 events now! We can't promise they'll warm you up, but it's a start.

Afternoon NASCAR @ RIR


April 22-24 - Richmond International Raceway is making it easier than ever for families to see an action-packed weekend of racing with the Toyotacare 250 and Toyota Owners 400 in the afternoon this year.

Broad Appetit

June 5 - Broad Appetit features the best local restaurants our fine city has to offer - and all at $3 a plate! Bring your appetite and cash and plan on grazing your way down Broad Street. There will be plenty of Virginia wines and beers to wash down the delicious offerings with, as well as great vendors to visit and music to please your ears. Remember your re-usable shopping bag and gather up your favorite in-season produce from local farmers and food providers.

Wizard World Comicon

September 9-11 - Wizard World returns to the Greater Richmond Convention Center with all your favorite celebrities, artists and cosplayers. This is three days of Sci-fi, Fantasy, Comic book fun that's an amazing time for the whole family.

Richmond Folk Festival

October 7-9 - This festival often attracts more than 100,000 people to downtown Richmond's riverfront to celebrate the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance traditional crafts, storytelling and food. The Richmond Folk Festival has become one of Virginia’s largest and most-loved events of the year and has been voted as the best musical festival in Richmond several years running.

Fire, Flour and Fork

November 17-20 - Fire, Flour and Fork is fast becoming the best food festival on the east coast with demos, a tasting tent and dinners. Learn from chefs in the morning, taste in the tent then indulge in collaboration dinners that will knock your socks off. This one is not to be missed.