May 2, 2024 - Things to Do

20 things to do in Richmond this weekend

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Concerts and festivals and derbies, oh my!

Welcome to your breakdown of the most packed Richmond weekend in a while โ€” perfect for breaking out of the winter blues.

Thursday

๐Ÿ The LiveLoud concert series on Brown's Island is kicking off with the Wood Brothers and Lindsay Lou. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets start at $39.99.

  • A Casa Del Barco fast pass lets you cut lines and is good for a free post-show taco at Casa.

Friday

๐ŸŽธ The first Friday Cheers concert of the year is also at Brown's Island, starting with Bella White and Southwest Virginia native Colby T. Helms & the Virginia Creepers from 6-9:30pm. $10.

๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป There's an outdoor "Popup Salsa Party for the People" at 17th Street Market 7pm.

๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ Need a murder mystery in your life? There's a Russian Roulette Masquerade Murder Mystery Dinner at 2640 Decatur St. from 7-11pm. $50 early bird tickets.

๐Ÿคซ Ember Music Hall has a silent disco party with DJs playing hip hop, R&B and reggaeton (Sabrina's favorites). 10:30pm. $15.

โšฝ ๏ธRichmond Kickers play against One Knoxville SC at City Stadium. 7pm. $17

Saturday (May the 4th be with you)

๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿป The ยฟQuรฉ Pasa? Festival on Brown's Island is celebrating Latino culture for the 23rd year with live Latin music, artisan markets and Latino restaurants. 12-8pm. Free.

๐Ÿฅณ The 26th annual Asian American Celebration is at the Greater Richmond Convention Center with live performances and food. 11am-7pm. Free.

๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿผ Colonial Downs in New Kent is hosting Virginia's largest Kentucky Derby event with music, whiskey and special horse guests. Starts at noon. Free.

๐Ÿ‘’ Quirk Hotel is celebrating the 150th year of the Kentucky Derby with a watch party, mint juleps and a horse betting raffle. Seersucker suits and big hats are encouraged. 4-8pm. $15.

๐Ÿด Need more ways to cheer on your favorite horses? There's also a Derby Day Party at Bon Secours Training Center. 4-9pm. Tickets start at $65.

๐Ÿช For the Star Wars fans, Fallout is having a "GALACTIC BASH" with a cosplay contest and themed drinks. 8pm-2am. $17.

๐ŸŽถ Want some live music? Brambly Park After Dark has rock band Chamomile & Whiskey. 9-11:55pm.

๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ Richmond's annual Arts in the Park outdoor art buying festival is back at The Carillon in Byrd Park Saturday 11am-6pm and Sunday, 11am-5pm. Free.

๐Ÿน There's a Tacos N Tequila Bar Crawl from 3-10pm that starts at Frozay RVA with food and drink specials, taco eating contest, live DJs and โ€” of course โ€” tacos. $30.

Sunday aka Cinco de Mayo

๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ Need to decompress? There's Soulful Sundays Outdoor Yoga at Libbie Lake with Guiding Tree Yoga from 10-11am.

๐ŸŒฎ RVA Taco Festival from 12-6pm at Hardywood West Creek will feature taqueria food trucks like El Guapo and two Mexican-style lagers. 12-6pm. Free.

  • It's also a fundraiser for Safe Harbor, a nonprofit helping domestic violence survivors.

๐Ÿ‘ The 3rd National Day of Salsa and Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Uptown Alley Richmond is free from 1-4pm. $25 from 5-7pm to see Latin band "Grupo Ritmo Son," a Latin DJ, and performances from the Salsa Rueda Club of Richmond.

๐Ÿชฉ Cinco De Mayo Block Party at Dive Music Hall with live performances, food from Juan's Rooftop & Cantina and margaritas. 1-9pm. $5.

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Lolitas is having drink specials and music from DJ JungleBrother from 3-7pm.

๐Ÿ If tacos aren't enough, there's a pasta-making class and limoncello tasting at Sprezzina. 5-7:30pm. $85.

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