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Activity-packed Weekend Coming Up

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

The first weekend in April promises a wide variety of events and activities in Richmond Virginia for both visitors and residents alike.

Virginia Commonwealth University makes it to the Final Four!

First Friday Art Walk is on – with galleries, boutiques, and restaurants supporting Richmond’s fabulous art scene. Now in its tenth season, first Friday plays a vital role in downtown Richmond, with opening receptions at downtown galleries making the event a cultural destination.  Event takes place rain or shine and features nearly 40 diverse galleries, cultural organizations, shops and restaurants — along historic Broad Street, east of Belvidere and into Jackson and Monroe Wards.  INFO.

Saturday, April 2 is the annual Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K, providing the opportunity to run Richmond’s most beautiful boulevard.  Registration is now closed for the 10K; it has reached its capacity of 40,000 participants.  But you can still enjoy the music along the route, party with the other spectators, watch the costumed runners competing in the Dress-Up and Run, and join the runners and spectators in Monroe Park for the awesome post race party.  Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K was named one of the best running races in the country by USA Today!  INFO.

Saturday afternoon, Real Richmond Food Tours and More, navigate the culture and cuisine of “The Wards: The Art and Soul of Richmond” beginning at 2 PM.  Tickets are limited and sell out quickly – so make your plans immediately.   The 2 1/2 hour tour will stop at local eateries to sample delicious treats and meet the owners and chefs. In between a leisurely 1 1/2 mile stroll/walk will acquaint you with the best of both sides of Broad Street in the heart of Jackson Ward and Monroe Ward. INFO.

Studio 3 of the Richmond Ballet’s Studio Series continues at the Richmond Ballet Canal Street Studio with a ballet honoring the trio of muses who inspired Marcel Marceau: French mime Debureau, Charlie Chaplin, and Arthur Marx.  Its light-hearted and refreshing, just an enjoyable way to spend an evening. INFO.

And, of course, “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris” continues at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. If you haven’t seen it yet, you better catch it before it’s gone! VMFA.  The is the only east coast venue for this special exhibition of 176 of the famed artist’s works. TIP: Download the audio file FREE to your smartphone, take your earbuds, and skip the audioguide.  Save $5 and be guaranteed the tour.  Download INFO.

And, next weekend Virginia Commonwealth University’s Rams will play in the Final Four of the NCAA Basketball Tournament.  Though the game is in Houston, VCU fans will be gathering at eateries and neighborhood bars all over the historic Fan District to watch the outcome. You, too, could be in the middle of it all in Richmond’s liveliest neighborhood.  And, if you’d rather walk than drive, there’s always the Fan District’s premier bed and breakfast for an in-town getaway!

First Friday Art Walk Richmond VA March 4 2011

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Calling all art aficionados!

First Fridays Art Walk

Richmond’s popular arts program known as First Fridays Art Walk, now in its tenth season, takes over downtown, primarily east of Belvidere Street and West of 8th Street this Friday March 4, 2011.  You’ll find a wide variety of galleries, eclectic shopping, top restaurants, cultural organizations, and independent studios open rain or shine between 5:00 PM and 9:30 PM.  Some are even open later!

Art in various media from local and national artists is featured, with many galleries opening new exhibitions to coincide with First Fridays.  There’s bound to be a spot in your home for a piece you love! Shopping covers the gamut from music, bikes, thrift finds to restoration/renovation items – wonderful treasures to take home for friends or family – or as a special opportunity to indulge yourself.   Whether you’re looking for a pub or a fine dining experience, you’ll find some of Richmond’s best restaurants serving art patrons from the area and those in-town to visit the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ newest exhibition “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris.”  MAP.

The map indicates a few accommodation choices, but Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast is just west of Virginia Commonwealth University’s campus and offers “a better way to stay!”

August 6 Richmond’s First Friday Art Walk

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Exhibits and Festivities abound at Richmond’s downtown galleries during First Fridays Art Walk.  There are openings and continuations of exciting exhibits to inspire artists and collectors alike.   (more…)

Richmond’s First Fridays Art Walk

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

The ninth season of Richmond’s First Fridays Art Walk is well under way.  In fact, there are only 3 First Fridays left in the ninth season; in September 2010 the tenth season launches. This monthly event showcases over 30 diverse small businesses, working studios, and cultural organizations that call Richmond’s downtown home.  Featuring diverse art galleries, unique boutiques, incredible dining, a spot of culture, and independent studios – First Fridays beckon art lovers to experience downtown’s nightlife.   (more…)