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Draw Richmond's neighborhoods

Image: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Think you know where Shockoe Slip starts and ends? What about Church Hill or Scott’s Addition? If you think you know Richmond better than other Axios readers, now you can prove it.

The intrigue: The Axios visual storytelling team came up with a game in which you can draw what you think are the boundaries for your neighborhoods and compare your answers to those of other Axios readers.

Burning Man exhibit makes its way to Richmond

A big blue metal sculpture  that looks like a giant tent with a woman in the middle
Braindrop at Burning Man 2009 with artist Kate Raudenbush. Photo: Marc Whalen

A slice of Burning Man — the art, community and self-expression festival that takes place in the Nevada desert each year — is headed to Richmond.

Driving the news: New York-based sculptor Kate Raudenbush, along with poet Sha Michele — both of whom are artists whose work has been featured at and inspired by the festival — will premiere an exhibit of five large-scale, mixed-metal sculptures at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden next year.

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.

10 must-do fall activities in and around Richmond

view from skyline drive in shenandoah national park
The view from Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park. Photo: Karen Bleier/AFP via Getty Images

Pumpkin spice lattes are back, which means it's time to work on your fall bucket list. Here are some ideas to get you started.

1. Go apple picking at Carter Mountain Orchard.

The family-run orchard has been around for more than 100 years, with U-pick peaches and apples. After your apple-picking adventure, grab some apple cider doughnuts from the country store and get a slushie from the Bold Rock taproom.

Ned Oliver
Sep 14, 2022 - Things to Do

Maymont expands focus on servants

A small room with a small bed labeled butlers room
Photo courtesy of Maymont

Maymont is expanding its exhibits about the domestic servants who kept the Gilded Age mansion humming.

What’s happening: The city-owned estate updated its 2005 exhibition “Work and Life in the Gilded Age,” which offers visitors a glimpse into the lives of the mostly Black staff employed at the estate from 1893 to 1925.

Karri Peifer
Sep 9, 2022 - News

When and where to see Virginia's fall colors

a map of the US color coded with red, yellow and green. most of it is green.
The fall foliage outlook for the week of Oct. 3, according to Image courtesy of David Angotti

It's beginning to feel a little like fall in Richmond — and that means it's time to start thinking about leaf peeping around the Old Dominion.

The forecast: Plentiful summer rain means most of Virginia's trees will still be green for a while, according to the Virginia Department of Forestry's Fall Foliage Report.

The Sistine Chapel comes to Richmond

huge colorful paintings of people (naked) in a big hall
Photo: SEE Attractions and Bridgeman Images

If you haven't had a chance to make it to Italy, a slice of Italy has come to Richmond for the next few weeks with "Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition."

What's happening: The exhibit features 34 images of Michelangelo's ceiling frescoes from the Sistine Chapel that are roughly the same size as the originals in Vatican City.

Virginia elk are back, and so is the "Elk Cam"

An majestic looking elk in Virginia
Photo courtesy of Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources

Virginia's "Elk Cam" is streaming once again as of this week and will be live through November.

What's happening: Launched by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources in 2018, the camera lets viewers watch Virginia's roughly 250 elk in their restored habitat in Vansant, Virginia, just in time for breeding season.


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