Gr8 Weekend Events: 5K’s, Armenian food, pet giveaways and an oyster shuck

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Looking for something to do this weekend? Whitney Harris has got the scoop on what’s going on in Central Virginia.

SATURDAY

The Cameron K. Gallagher foundation is hosting the annual Speak Up 5k. Whether you walk, jog, or run, they invite you to join them to help end the stigma of mental illness. They’ll also have live music, food, a family fun zone, vendor booths and more. It’s from 9 a.m. to noon at Byrd Park on Swan Lake in Richmond.

The ultimate dance fitness experience is back. “I-Danze Fitness” presents RVA Fit Fest! They’re bringing together your favorite RVA dance cardio fitness instructors as well as various instructors from across the state to offer you an epic dance cardio party. You’ll get to try Zumba, Richmond Urban Dance League, Afrobeats and more! It’s from 2 to 4 p.m. on West Cary Street in Richmond.

The 59th Annual Armenian Food Festival continues Saturday. Food is prepared by members of the St. James Armenian Church. You’ll get to try shish kabobs, Armenian meat pies, stuffed grape leaves, hummus, and much more. Plus, they’ll have traditional music and dancing. It’s all from 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. at the corner of Pepper and Patterson Avenues in Richmond.

SUNDAY

Sunday is a great day to adopt a pet from the Richmond SPCA. Their mobile adoption vehicle, the “Tail Wag’n” will be at the Carytown Petco location. You can meet the pets there — and maybe give one a forever home. The event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Petco Animal Supplies on North Nansemond Street in Richmond.

Today Virginia is for oyster lovers! Head over to Shockoe Bottom for the 10th Annual Shockoe on the Half Shell Festival. Some of the area’s most popular restaurants and oyster shuckers will serve up every kind of oyster – smoked, grilled, roasted, fried, and on the half shell. It’s from noon to 5 p.m. a block away from the 17th Street Farmer’s Market, at 1615 East Broad Street in Richmond.

And the 59th Annual Armenian Food Festival continues Sunday. Food is prepared by members of the St. James Armenian Church. You’ll get to try shish kabobs, Armenian meat pies, stuffed grape leaves, hummus, and much more. Plus, they’ll have traditional music and dancing. It’s all from 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. at the corner of Pepper and Patterson Avenues in Richmond.

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