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Easter Weekend Events: Family Easter Events, Bonnet Contests & Chili Cook-Off

Posted at 4:12 PM, Apr 14, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-19 08:06:07-04

 RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR): Dominion Family Easter at Maymont is one of Richmond’s favorite Easter traditions, filled with egg hunts, magic shows, carriage rides, ziplines, storytelling under the bunny tree and lots of other fun-filled activities. There are four egg hunts on the Carriage House Lawn and tickets can be purchased at the Carriage House Tent, $2 each, activities require 1- 4 tickets, an ATM machine will be available on site. Dominion Family Easter at Maymont is Saturday, April 19, from 10am – 3pm on the Carriage House Lawn. For more details visit or call 804-358-7166.

Another popular Easter tradition is “Easter on Parade”, there is traditional parade but instead attendees parading up and down Monument Avenue. a stroll in the streets which are closed to traffic between Davis and Allen Avenues. The highlight of the festival is always the popular Pet Bonnet and People Bonnet Showcases, at 3pm and 4pm on the Zayde R. Dotts Main Stage at Allen. But there’s live music, arts, crafts, children’s activities, a petting zoo and people and pet watching. Easter on parade is Sunday from 1 -5pm and is free. Get details at

And grab your cameras to snap a picture with Peter Rabbit, “Easter Weekend with Peter Rabbit” at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is Saturday and Sunday, April 19 & 20 from 1 – 4pm. Come Saturday to hear the Richmond Concert Band perform “Where Have I heard That Before?” concert in front of the Bloemendaal House from 2 – 4pm. There will be activities in the children’s garden, and Easter Brunch in the Tea House but reservations are required. Lewis Ginter is located at 1800 Lakeside Avenue, for more information on Easter Weekend with Peter Rabbit call 804-262-9887 or visit

Easter Eggstravaganza at kings Dominion, Thursday, April 18 – 20, Kings Dominion celebrates Easter with their annual Easter Eggstravagabza, a celebration with EGGsploration scavenger hunt, photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, a petting zoo, Easter crafts, and other activities. For more details visit

233rd Anniversary of the 1781 Battle of Petersburg Reenactment Battersea Plantation, Saturday, April 19, 10am – 6pm and Sunday April 20, 10am – 4pm, $5, children 12 and under admitted free. Battersea is located on Upper Appomattox Street and Battersea Lane, Petersburg, for details visit or call 804-733-2400 or 800-368-3595.

Plunky & Oneness 40th Anniversary RVA, Friday April 18 at the Hippodrome Theater, 528 North 2nd Street, featuring Plunky & Oneness, Carlton Blount, Desiree Roots, James Gates, DJ. Mr. G, Danja Mowf, Marie Goodman Hunter and many more. For tickets and more information call 804-357-1035 or 804-397-9099, or visit the Facebook Page, or

“Threshold” is a New Play inspired by the classic Nigerian novel “Palm Wine Drinkard” by Nigerian Author Amos Tutuola (was written in 1946, first published in 1952), opens Thursday, April 17th at the Modlin Center, University of Richmond. The story directed by Chuck Mike, an award-winning, internationally acclaimed theatre director, producer and social activist and Assistant Professor at The University of Richmond is about a privileged young village lay-about who spends his days drinking palm wine with his friends, when his palm wine maker dies, he goes on a journey, encountering terrifying, fantastical and transforming experiences along the way. The Palm Wine Drinkard gradually learns to take responsibility for himself, his family and community. “Threshold” plays Thursday, April 17 – Saturday, April 19th at 7:30pm and Sunday April 20th at 2pm in the Alice Jepson Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at the Modlin Box Office, or call 804-287-6681.

XL 102 Chili Cook Off 2014, Saturday, April 19, gates open 10:30am at Richmond Raceway Complex, features Chili samples, bands performing starting at 11am, general admission $18 plus service fee can be purchased at any Little Caesars location, children 6 and under are free, details

City of Petersburg Health and Wellness Day in conjunction with the Annual Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 19, 10am – 4pm health and wellness activities at the Petersburg Sports Complex, 100 Ball Park Road, Petersburg a free event, blood pressure, cholesterol & glucose screening, face painting, zumba, belly dancing, and lots of fun activities, for more information call 804-733-2394.

A Taste of Haitian Cuisine Sampling of The Pearl of Haiti Cafe & Catering Saturday, April 19, 6 -8pm, at Kitchen Tyme, 7801 West Broad Street, $5 per pound, the first of its kind Haitian Cuisine in the Richmond area, for more information visit , or call Diane Gaillard at (804) 457-8280.

The Beacon Theatre in Hopewell, Virginia, Del McCoury Band, Friday, April 18; Clint Black, Saturday, April 26; The Village People, Wednesday, May 21, doors open 6pm for concerts, for details visit

FUTURE Events: 17th Street Farmer’s Market 21st Earth Day Richmond, Saturday, April 26, 11am – 5pm,

Posing Beauty in African-American Culture, opens April 26 – July 27, 2014 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Exhibition explores a contemporary understanding of beauty by framing the notion of aesthetics, race, class and gender within art, popular culture and political contexts. For details or call 804-340-1405.

Jazz Inside Out Fundraiser at The Westin Hotel & Courtyard, Friday, May 30, 8pm – 12am. The VA Higher Education Fund is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation that was formed to provide Momentum Scholarships & emergency aid to college students who have experienced challenging life conditions and are in need of an emotional as well as financial boost. This year our Momentum Scholarship recipients are students who have been in the foster care system. For more info

Richmond Bacon Festival Saturday, June 8, 11am – 5pm, 17th Street Farmer’s Market,