Boulevard closes Saturday for inaugural Pumpkin Festival

Posted at 10:55 PM, Oct 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-25 19:50:39-04


It will be an afternoon of local food, craft beer, live music, and entertainment for all ages.

Boulevard Avenue, just north of Broad Street, will shut down for the first of what organizers hope becomes an annual Pumpkin Festival. (Hint, if a lot of people show up it will happen!)

If you're headed north towards the Diamond, Boulevard will be shut down from W. Marshall to Leigh Street.

Organizers expect over "20 food vendors, 15 brews, 11 wines, five bands, and a Kids Zone."

The all-ages event runs from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday , Oct. 26 and is free. Food, drink, pumpkins and trolleys will cost money.

Organizers hope to "shine a spotlight on Scott's Addition restaurants, business’ and the neighborhood as a whole."  Makes sense, right? Carytown has its watermelons, Jackson Ward its 2nd Street, Broad Street gets Broad Appetit, and Monument gets the 10k and Easter on Parade. Now its time for a Boulevard event after the past few years have seen a return of traffic, amid The Flying Squirrels, Bowtie Cinemas, and the Redskins Training Camp and restaurants that bring in happy folk.

Expect haybales, pumpkins, costumes (encouraged) bands and lots of food. Think of the experience as a Boulevard Broad-Appetit coupled with a pumpkin patch.


Beer and wine tickets will be five dollars. Tickets can be redeemed at the beer trucks and wine tents.

There will be a variety of beers; Boulevard Brewing, Wild Wolf Brewing Company, Lost Rhino Brewing Co., Sierra Nevada (Flipside IPA), Blue Moon, Coors Lite, Woodchuck Pumpkin, and Yuengling. Click here to see the specific varieties. 

The complete wine list can be viewed here. 

Food servings run four dollars and up and between the Facebook posts and list, the vendors have been posted as follows:

Alamo: Traditional BBQ with a pumpkin twist

Balliceaux: Roasted pork with pumpkin bread, pudding and cork and rum sauce

Boka Taco Truck: Pumpkin taco with pumpernickel croutons and pepperoni cream sauce

Buz & Ned’s: BBQ

Ellwood Thompson: Mini pumpkin breads and muffins plus ginger snap cookies

En Su Boca: Pumpkin ceviche and  menu tacos

Fat Dragon: Pumpkin seafood soup, pumpkin fried rice, beer battered fried pumpkin

Gelati Celesti: Pumpkin ginger snap ice cream

Grate Pizza: Pumpkin puree pizza with braised lamb, caramelized onion, anis jus and homemade farm cheese

King of Pops: Pumpkin pie, apple pie a la mode

The Mill on MacArthur: Pumpkin soup with veggie sausage, sage pumpkin grilled cheese, pumpkin-chocolate bread pudding, fried Rappahannock oysters.

Montana Gold: Pumpkin bread

Moore St. Café: Sausage chowder soup, pumpkin cookies

Mosaic: Pumpkin curry, pumpkin chili, crispy chicken with cornbread

Moore St. Café: Sausage chowder soup, pumpkin cookies

Popkin Tavern:  Pumpkin hummus with cinnamon flat bread, Pumpkin slider, pumpkin creme brulee

Popping Mealies: Roasted garlic and pumpkin bisque topped with cumin-roasted pumpkin seeds in a mini-bread bowl

The Camel: Fried chicken and pumpkin waffles, pumpkin shrimp & grits

The Hungry Turtle: Vietnamese fare with pumpkin flair

The Savory Grain: Pork belly sliders with Hardywood pumpkin BBQ sauce, pumpkin cheesecake

Toast: Pumpkin po’boy with bacon, sage, and goat cheese

Sasion: Pumpkin mofongo

Although temperatures will be seasonal, the Victorian Fireplace Shop will have their mobile Fireplace Truck on the Boulevard to provide some toasty heat.


12:00-1 p.m. Smiile (featuring Fat Dragon Chinese Kitchen and Bar Chris Staples)
1:15-2:15 p.m.  The Big Payback: A Tribute to James Brown
2:30- 3:30 p.m. Beast Wellington
3:45- 4:45 p.m. James Justin & Co.
5:00- 6:00 p.m. People's Blues of Richmond


Richmond 2015 will host a bike valet headquartered on the North Side of the festival, closest to Bow Tie Cinemas, which puts bicyclists right on the edge of the event.

The parking is free but the trolley will cost. Park at green lot at The Diamond and pick up the Richmond Trolley Co.  for three dollars. The trolleys start running at 12:00 p.m. and run until 6:30 p.m.

The green lot is free but the trolley will cost. Handicap parking is available at the Discount Medical Supplies at 1220 North Boulevard. There is general parking available throughout Scott's Addition but take note of all signs and parking instructions within the neighborhood.

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