Sep 23, 2022 - Things to Do

Check out these 9 can’t-miss events in Richmond

musicians on a stage under a big white tent
Photo courtesy of RVA East End Festival

It finally actually feels like fall in Richmond, and this town is about to get jam-packed with multiple things to do every weekend until the holidays.

Be smart: We’re going to keep guiding you through each week with one awesome pick for the weekend, but go ahead and mark your calendar now for these nine can’t-miss events over the next four weeks, starting with this weekend.

September 23-24

🎡 The State Fair of Virginia is here, starting Friday through Oct. 2 at The Meadow Event Park. Tickets start at $10, and unlimited ride wristbands are $22.

  • Go for the rides, funnel cake and livestock viewing. Stay for the bacon-wrapped corn dogs, live music and pig races.

🍻 Maymont is getting into the Oktoberfest, beer-drinking space with its new Bier-Garden event on Friday (6-10pm) and Saturday (11am-10pm). $10 adult tickets ($5 for kids) get you access to live music, a kids zone and lawn games.

  • German food and beer are available to purchase.

🎻 RVA East End Festival is Saturday, noon-9pm at Henry L. Marsh III Elementary School (813 N. 28th St).

  • The free music and dance festival raises money for Richmond’s East End schools’ performing arts programs.
  • It features student performances (RPS All City Marching Band is doing the intro), plus professionals, including the Richmond Symphony.
October 1-2

🎤 The 2nd Street Festival, celebrating all things Jackson Ward, kicks off its 34th year on Oct. 1 with two days of free fun.

  • DJ Grandmaster Flash will headline the music portion of the festival on Oct. 1. I Would Die 4U: A Musical Tribute to Prince will headline Sunday.

🐷 Hog on the Hill — a barbecue-and-beer-themed fundraiser for the Church Hill Association — will take place Saturday, Oct. 1, from noon-6pm.

  • Live music, multiple local restaurants serving up barbecue and plenty of beer will be available at Libby Hill Park. Free admission with a suggested $5 donation.
October 7-9

🪕 The Richmond Folk Festival is in its 18th year somehow, but this free event is hands-down an absolute do-not-miss in Richmond for all three days.

  • The Virginia Folklife stage will focus on the connection between Latin American music and dance and Virginia folk traditions.
October 15-16

🇮🇳 The Festival of India brings together all the fantastic food, culture, clothes and jewelry of India for two days at the Convention Center.

  • Did we mention the food? You can check out dozens of food vendors and sample all types of dishes from across the country. Admission is free.

🦪 OystoberFest — a oyster-and-beer-themed fundraiser for St. Thomas' Episcopal Church in Ginter Park — will take place Saturday, Oct. 15, from noon-6pm.

  • Live music, beer, brats and oysters served up steamed, fried or raw will be available for sale at the church. Free admission with a suggested $2 donation.

🎃 Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival brings together bands, beer, food vendors and a costume contest to that little up-and-coming neighborhood called Scott’s Addition.

  • The free event is Saturday, Oct. 15, from noon-6pm on Arthur Ashe Boulevard, which will be closed to traffic for the event from Broad to Leigh.
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