Check out the 2014 November Festival Guide

Posted at 6:54 PM, Oct 31, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-07 17:12:28-05

September and October were just brimming with events but November’s festival calendar still offers plenty of options. There are some staples, like the Brunswick Stew Festival and Inlight, but  make way for some new culinary festivals, a fantastical Quidditch tournament and celebration, and a moonshine festival at the end of the month.

And make sure to keep an eye on the A-List events, here, and the community calendar, here. 

Oct. 30 – Nov. 2

Fire, Flour & Fork

Fire, Flour & Fork is a four-day culinary gathering in downtown Richmond, where both the local dining community and their visiting friends from across the U.S. share dishes, kitchen secrets and stories.

What to expect: Thirteen dinners with Richmond and out-of-town chefs, six signature lunches, 18 book signings, 48 demos and talks, a Festival of the Hungry Ghosts, Mary Randolph’s moveable feast, an artisanal tasting tent and more. Events benefit chosen charities.

Ticket prices can be found here. Ticket prices vary from one day passes, to speaker series, to lunches and dinners. Click here for details.

Event schedule here

Nov. 1 and 2

Quidditch Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship


Local quidditch teams, including VCU and University of Richmond, will be playing in the USQ Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship, which run Nov. 1-2.

Teams from seven states will clash at the USQ Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship. Players from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia, as well as Washington, DC will compete for the opportunity to attend USQ’s national championship, the World Cup.

Dorey Park
2999 Darbytown Rd, Henrico

Nov. 1

14th Annual Brunswick Stew Festival

Stewmasters from across the mid-Atlantic region come together at the 17th Farmers’ Market for this annual event. Stew is available by the sample and you can purchase quarts to take home.

Try them all and then vote for your favorite in the “Best Stewmaster” competition.

Live music, beer, children’s area with petting zoo, and an expanded craft marketplace featuring dozens of vendors with locally-made goods from across the state.

17th Street Farmers’ Market
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free/pay individual vendors

Lady N’awlins Voodoo Street Fest 

Halloween continues as Stafford Avenue will shut down between Cary and Main Streets. Count on tasting the flavor of Lousiana with Abita beer, gumbo, Jambalaya, and Po Boys. Plus street psychic readings, face painting and a costume contest.

Live music from Everymen, Creep-A-Zoids, Gorilla Panic, Wet Boys, KOCO and more.

2329 W Main St, Richmond
3 p.m. – 9 p.m

Nov. 2

Autumn Bottom Brews

Finish the Halloween weekend off with more libations, live music and food. The 17th Street Farmers’ Market brings together 15 of Virginia’s hottest craft breweries, local restaurants and live music for an afternoon of outdoor fun.

Free to attend. Food and beverages available for purchase.

17th Street Farmers’ Market
Noon to 5 p.m.

Quidditch Festival

The first ever Quidditch Fest hosted by Henrico County Recreation & Parks on Nov. 2 only.

The festival will include music, food trucks, children’s activities (like building your very own Nimbus 2000), a bounce house, and games run concurrently with the US Quidditch Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship.

Dorey Park
2999 Darbytown Rd, Henrico

Nov. 7 – Nov. 9

Craftsmen Classic 

Consistently voted the “Best Arts & Crafts Show” in Virginia. Features original designs and work from hundreds of talented artists and craftspeople from across the nation. See the creative process in action as many exhibitors demonstrate throughout the weekend. Meet the actual artists and craftsmen as you visit them in their booths and discover what goes into their crafts and creations. There is something for every style, taste and budget with items from the most traditional to the most contemporary. Find thousands of choices from functional to whimsical, decorative to fun and conservative to funky.

Fri. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

$8/Adult, $1/Child (6-12)
Under 6 Free

Free Parking

Richmond International Raceway
600 East Laburnum Avenue

Nov. 7 -8

Urbana Oyster Festival

Enough Richmond folk make the trek for this once that we couldn’t leave it out. It’s the 57th Annual Oyster Festival. Of course there are plenty of oysters: raw, roasted, fried, smoked, steamed, in fritters or in a stew. There is tons of other food, in addition to crafts, wine tasting, music, a parade, and antique car show.

Free to enter. Food and drink cost.

Fri. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

45 Cross St, Urbanna

Nov. 7

First Fridays

A year-round artwalk highlighting  art, restaurants, shops and organizations in the Art’s District.

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Art’s District includes Broad, Grace and Marshall Streets, running from Monroe Street down to 6th Street.

Nov. 9

GRAZE on Grace

Food festival that will serve up sampling dishes, a la the popular festival Broad Apetit. There will be an emphasis on seasonal dishes and specialty food providers will offer vending. A four-block section of Grace Street from 4th to 7th Street will be shut down.

Participating restaurants include Amour, Aziza’s, Boka, Coco Bans, Comfort, Ginger Thai Taste, India K’ Raja, Kitchen Thyme, Lehja, Lola’s, MankainTowne, Mezzanine, Mosiac, New York Deli, Pasture, The Pig & Pearl, Pizza Tonight, the Savory Grain, Slideways, Sophisticated Soirees, Thirst & Fifth, and more.

There will be local beer, cider and wine available.

Noon to 5 p.m.
Admission is free and sample plates are set at $3.

Nov. 14 – Nov. 16

Great American Indian Exposition

November is Native American month and Pow-Wow, an American Indian owned and operated company, sponsors an American Indian event for the entire family. The pow-wow is an opportunity for the public to interact with American Indian dancers, singers, drummers, artists and craftspersons.

Buffalo stew, Navajo Tacos and Indian Corn Soup are some of the foods that will be available. Turquoise jewelry will be abundant at the event as well as bead work, paintings and rugs.

Over six Native American drums are expected to attend as well 200 American Indian dancers dressed in regalia.

Other activities include bow n arrow shooting, make it and take it table and face painting.

600 E. Laburnum
Adults: $10/$6 child
Friday-Sunday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Nov. 15

Richmond Cider Celebration

The 17th Street Farmers’ Market celebrates Cider Week Virginia. This event brings together all of Virginia’s cideries for tastings, apple and cider-based dishes.

The event also features live music, sampling of different varieties of apples, and hands on activities for children.

17th Street Farmers’ Market
Noon – 5 p.m.

Nov. 21 – Nov. 23

The 22nd Annual Richmond Tattoo Arts Festival

An opportunity to meet tattoo artists, check out new art, and maybe get a tattoo.

The three-day event is held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

It is recommended that you contact artists prior to the convention to make appointments. Check festival site for updates on the attending artists.

Friday, Nov. 21: 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 22: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 23: 12 p.m.- 8 p.m.

One day pass: $20
Three day laminate: $40
Children under 12:  Free
Ages 12 – 17: $5

$5 Discount for military, fire and police
Must Present ID

403 North Third Street, Richmond

Nov. 21


InLight Richmond

Each year, InLight Richmond invites artists to respond to a particular neighborhood in our diverse city, attracting audiences to unique areas of Richmond. InLight Richmond 2014 will be held in Monroe Park, one of Richmond’s most historically significant public spaces.

Starts around 7 p.m. and ends at midnight.

620 W Main St, Richmond

Nov. 22

Inaugural Moonshine Festival

The first ever Moonshine festival, to celebrate our regional history.  A chance to get together with friends before the big Thanksgiving holiday and drink some hooch.

The Atkinson’s and Milford Station will play. And count on local beer and wine by Tap 26. Food vendors include Mosaic, Mama J’s, Betty on Davis, and Halligan’s.

12pm – 6pm

Richmond International Raceway
600 East Laburnum Avenue
Tickets in advance/$25 or at the door/$45

Friday, Nov. 28, 2014  – Jan. 12, 2015

Gardenfest of lights

GardenFest of Lights 2014

A holiday tradition for 21 years, featuring more than half a million lights, botanical decorations, trains, family activities and more. If the weather is unseasonably warm, get there early, before everyone else does!  Last year many of us were shut out when the parking lot filled up. The theme for this year is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden.”

1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond
Nightly, 5 – 10 p.m. (closed 12/24 and 12/25)

$7/garden members