A lovely crisp Fall weekend is in store for central Virginia! And, along with great weather for walks in the park, strolls down Monument Avenue, there are several happenings on the schedule.
The fun and excitement starts Friday night, October 22 at 7:30 PM in Shockoe Slip! 1708 Gallery is hosting the third annual InLight Richmond, an outdoor art extravaganza. Until midnight, streets, walls, facades and interiors along Cary Street between 12th and 14th Streets and along 13th Street between Main and Canal will be transformed by 37 light-inspired art installations. Recently, we were in Paris for their Nuit Blanc, they had fewer light art installations and it required a Metro ride to see them all. A Community Lantern Parade beginning at the James center Atrium will kick off the evening. Many of the restaurants will feature inLight Specials – some even $17.08 dinner specials! For more information, see 1708 Gallery’s website.
Want some exercise to enjoy this Fall Friday? How about 5K Race for Change, a race benefitting Freedom House soup kitchen and shelters begins at 3 PM at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College-Parham Campus, 1651 E Parham Road. For information, call (804) 523-5083.
More into Music? Delight in Richmond premiere of “side by Side” by Michael Colgrass, featuring a single soloist Joanne Kong of the Richmond Symphony on piano and harpsichord, 7:30 PM in Camp Concert Hall at the University of Richmond’s Modlin Center. The event is Free, but does require a ticket, call (804) 289-8980. If opera is more your style, “Rigoletto” opens the Virginia Opera season at 8 PM at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond’s CenterStage. Too many conflicts on Friday? It repeats on Sunday. TICKETS.
How about a dance option? The Latin Ballet of Virginia interprets Latin-American rhythms in “Alma Latina” at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen through Sunday. For more information call (804) 379-2555 or the Latin Ballet of Virginia’s website.
Saturday is a busy day, too! At Virginia Commonwealth University’s Singleton Center, pianist Charles Rosen with tenor Christoph Genz present an all-Schumann program at 8PM. Singleton Center’s Vlahcevic Hall is located at 922 Park Avenue, just two blocks from our Fan District bed and breakfast! For more information about the program, call (804) 828-6776.
There’s the Powhatan Festival of the Grape with samples from 25 Virginia wineries, food, juried arts and crafts and live entertainment. Opening at 11 AM, event will run until 6 PM at Powhatan Courthouse Square, 3880 Old Buckingham Rd. Tasting tickets, $25 at the gate, non-tasting $20. This event is in its 8th year! INFO.
The Meadow Highland Games and Celtic Festival includes traditional highland athletic competition, Celtic music and dancing, Celtic food, marketplace, clan exhibitors and more from 9 AM to 6 PM at the Meadow Event Park in Doswell. Info and tickets. This event in its 16th year, features two days of “Music. Food. Large Men Throwing Stuff.”
On Sunday, a Valentine History Center guide will lead a walking tour titled “Canal Boats and Cobblestones'” focusing on the history, architecture and preservation efforts of Shockoe Slip. Meet the guide at 2PM at 10th and Cary Streets at the James Center Clock Tower. $10, $5 for History Center members. Info.
Some coming attractions:
Thursday, October 28th: “America’s Got Talent” live stage show with season five winner Michael Grimm, Virginia Tech’s Fighting Gravity and other finalists and fan favorites beginning at 7:30 PM at the Landmark Theatre, just three blocks from our downtown inn. Stay with us and solve your parking problem!
Friday, October 29th: smooth soul concert at the Landmark Theatre at 8 PM.
Thursday, November 4th: American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino kicks off her first tour at 7:30 PM at the Landmark.
Nov 4,5,6,7,10,11,12,13: The Richmond Ballet Studio 2 revives “After Eden” by John Butler, George Balanchine’s classis “Valse Fantasie” and world premiere of a new ballet by Colin Conner at the Richmond Ballet Studio Theatre – not even a mile from Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast. Richmond ballet website.
Friday Nov 5: Veteran pop crooner, Tony Bennett performs at the Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage for a step back in time.
Planning a getaway to the city? Include a stay at our bed and breakfast for its central location and known for its hearty gourmet breakfast!