Weekend Happenings in Richmond

There’s lots in store for Richmond, Virginia residents and visitors this weekend!

Strawberry Hill Races takes place at Colonial Downs on Saturday with gates opening at 11 AM.  It’s a veritable rite of spring with spectators decked out in seersucker, sundresses and fancy hats worthy of Derby distinction. For the first time, the Virginia Racing Commission will permit pari-mutuel wagering on four steeplechase races. The Preakness Stakes, the second leg in horse-racing’s famed Triple Crown, a=is also scheduled for Saturday. It will be broadcast live via simulcast at about 6:35 PM.  INFO.   

Friday Cheers on Brown’s Island features Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. This concert by the self-styled “SupaFunkRock” group is part of a concert series that takes place every Friday evening 6 PM to 9 PM on Brown’s Island at Tredegar and South 7th Streets in Richmond’s downtown overlooking the James River, which began May 6 and runs until June 24th. Admission $5 for this concert. Schedule.

Anthem Stride Through Time is also on Saturday with waves beginning at 8:30 AM. This 10K takes place in the historic Fan District of Richmond.

At the Carpenter Theater, the Richmond Symphony Chorus and guest soloists join the Richmond Symphony in Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis” at 8 PM. TICKETS. Performance is repeated on Sunday May 22 at 3 PM.

The Valentine History Center will conduct a History Hounds tour of Ginter Park, the turn of the 20th century neighborhood on Richmond’s northside. This pet-friendly tour will meet at teh southwest corner of Brook Road and Westwood Avenue. Admission $10. Reservations Required. 804.649.0711, extension 301. On Sunday, visit the south Richmond neighborhood of Manchester, once a port city, once a major retail center, and once the county seat for Chesterfield.

Virginia State Capitol historian Mark Greenough will explain how Thomas Jefferson’s famed building accommodated Civil War governments for both the Commonwealth of Virginia and for the Confederacy. Meet Mark and Richmond National Battlefield Park Ranger Mike Gorman, who will highlight Civil War action around and on Capitol Grounds, at 2 PM at the Capitol, Ninth and Byrd Streets. FREE.

This is the last weekend for the exhibition “Dynasty & Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria.” The exhibition closes at 5 Pm on Sunday. Tickets are required.

And, of course, the River District Canal Cruises have started and run from noon to 5 PM beginning at the Canal Turning Basin on Sundays. Cruises also run Thursday through Saturday from noon to 7 PM during May. Tours are $6 for adults and run on the hour every hour during scheduled times. Reservations are available at either  (804) 649-2800 or (804) 788-6466.

Congratulations are in order for those graduates who are receiving their degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University in ceremonies scheduled for this weekend. Great Work! And a hearty southern welcome to the guests of Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast who are celebrating graduation!





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