Great 8 Happenings: Festivals galore, a rocking 5K, and plenty of outdoor action

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) —  Looking to hear some great jazz hits, celebrate Filipino culture, run a 5K for a great cause, or maybe even bowl a few strikes at Uptown Alley? Look no further because this weekend’s line up has got all your needs!

Start your weekend off on a high note with the  Richmond Jazz Festival. That’s right a jam packed and jazzy filled weekend that is sure to knock your socks off. There will also be preview shows on Thursday and Friday and  leading up to the main lineup on Saturday and Sunday. Each year thousands of people come out to this event which has been regarded as a “world class jazz event worth travelling for” according to the event coordinators. The Richmond Jazz Festival promotes a calm, lively atmosphere, delicious cuisine, and many artists across the jazz, funk, and blues spectrum. The event will also be having complimentary wine tasting, chef demonstrations, and a chance for fans to meet one-on-one with artists.  Some of the performing artists include: Ms. Lauryn Hill, Natalie Cole, David Sanborn, and New Edition to name a few.  So if you’re feeling jazzy come on out this weekend to a jazz festival that’s sure to make you bebop and boogie with excitement.


  • Jazz Cafe at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
    Where:  200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, Va.
    When: August 6   6 pm to 9 pm
    Price: Free Admission
  • Jazz at Hardywood
    Where:2408 Ownby Lane, Richmond, Va.
    When: August 6   6 pm to 9 pm
    Price: Free
  • Homegrown at the Hipp
    Where: 528 North 2nd Street, Richmond Va.
    When: August 7  6 pm to 10 pm
    Price: $30


  • Where: Maymont — 100 Hampton Street, Richmond, Va.
  • When: August 8   11 am to 9:15 pm and August 9  11 am to 10:15 pm
  • Price: $85 per day Tickets are available for sale at the gate


  •  10th Annual Filipino Festival  It’s the perfect getaway to the Philippines right in your own back yard! This festival is jam packed with culture ranging from delectable dishes including the traditional lumpia and lechon, live dancing, and bands. There will also be hands-on arts and crafts, vendors, and health screenings. This event will also take place with the Race ‘n’ Roll 5K.
    Where: Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church —8200 Woodman Road, Richmond, Va.
    When: August 7   5 pm to 10 pm and August 8  10 am to 10 pm
    Price: Free and open to the public
  • Artisan Nights A new weekend event hosted by the Magnolia Green Golf Club. This event will feature vendors, craft beer, live music, and more.
    Where: 17301 Memorial Tournament Drive, Moseley, Va.
    When: August 7   5 pm to 9 pm
    Price: Free
  • 32nd Annual Virginia Outdoor Sportsman Show According to event coordinators, this event is “one of the largest hunting shows in the state of Va.” There will be hunting gear booths, knowledge, and stories about the outdoors and hunting.
    Where: Richmond International Raceway Complex— 600 East Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, Va.
    When: August 7  4 pm to 9 pm , August 8  9 am. to 7 pm,and August 9  10 am to 6 pm
    Price: $10 per day, $15 for a free day pass, children 15 and under get in for free
    Parking: Free


  • Free Bowling at Uptown Alley  What better way to celebrate National Bowling Day than with a free game of bowling? Come on out to Uptown Alley and celebrate the right way with breakfast and bowling!
    Where: Uptown Alley: 6101 McNeer Parkway, Midlothian, Va.
    When: August 8    9 am to 11 am
    Shoes are included with the game
  • Race ‘n’ Roll 5k   This Saturday will be the 2nd Annual charity race to benefit the Colorado Fund for Muscular Dystrophy. Following the 5K there will be a 1 Mile Kids Fun Run for children ages 4-12 years old. All fun run participants will receive a participation medal.
    Where: 1601 Willow Lawn Drive, Unit 838, Richmond, Va.
    When: August 8  9 am to 11 am


  • Carytown Watermelon Festival This is an event you don’t want to miss. Stop by and see over 50 performances, taste the juicy watermelons, grab a bite form vendors, and rock out to the groovy tunes. This will definitely be an entertaining afternoon full of excitement, family fun, and watermelons. 
    Where: Carytown, Richmond, Va.
    When:  August 9 10 am to 6 pm
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  • Jazz Brunch: Rythmasters Duo Enjoy a Sunday brunch with a live performance from the Rythmasters Duo
    Where: 203 N Foushee St, Richmond, Va.
    When: 10:30 am to 2 pm

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