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Weekend Events: Virginia Horse Festival, Oyster Roast, French Film Festival and more

Posted at 5:24 PM, Mar 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-27 12:06:45-04

Virginia Horse Festival at Meadow Event Park, Doswell, March 27-29, Friday 1-9pm, Saturday, 9am - 9pm, Sunday, 9am - 3pm. Three days of family friendly entertainment and activities, featuring a special kids area, inflatables, pony rides and canine agility demonstrations and more than 70 clinics, demonstrations and seminars for the young and the young at heart. For more details visit


Richmond's Oyster Roast & Festival, Saturday, March 28, 4-7pm at the American Civil War Center at Tredegar. Join the Virginia Green Travel Alliance inaugural Support Virginia Green Tourism Oyster Roast & Festival. Virginia oysters, served raw, roasted & fried, Virginia wineries & micro-Breweries and Richmond Restaurants, there will also be an oyster shucking demonstration by the 2014 Virginia Shucking Champion Clementine Boyd-Macon and music by Notch 9. For tickets and more information visit, A VIP early entry from 3-4pm for attendees.

Richmond's 23rd annual French Film Festival, March 26-29, at The Byrd Theatre, opening reception Saturday, March 28, 7-9pm at VCU Scott House, there are Master Classes and all films will have English subtitles and are presented by their actors and directors. For more information visit or call 804-827-FILM.

"A Week for Jesus" The Story of the Passion", Easter production presented by The Drama Ministry of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Sunday, March 29, 4pm at Henrico Theatre, 305 East Nine Mile Road, Highland, for tickets $15, call 804-222-1105.

5th Annual Shelby Rocks "Cancer is a Drag" Womanless Pageant, Saturday, March 28 at Richmond International Raceway's Old Dominion Building, The Pageant honors the memory of Shelby Layne Bowery and to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Doors open at 6:30pm, event starts at 7. For details email Tracy Bowman, For tickets call the Sportsman Restaurant & Lounge, 3308 Williamsburg Road, Henrico at 804-236-1911.

Latin Ballet of Virginia "Macondo" March 26th-29th in memory of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, based on King's production Cien Anos De Soledad, premiered in Colombia in 1987 and she awarded "Best National Choreographer. Show hours Thursday & Friday 10:30am & 7:30pm, Saturday 3pm & 7pm & Sunday 3pm at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, tickets $10 - $15, for details or call 804-356-3876 or 804-855-9251.

Balling for Children Fundraiser, for children with Autism at St. Joseph's Villa. All games played in the gym at Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, Saturday, March 28, April 4, 11, & 18 at 5:30pm. For more information call 804-270-6566 or email

DC's Legendary Go-Go Band Trouble Funk performing at Elliot's Restaurant & Lounge, 1241 North Laburnum Avenue, Saturday, March 28th doors open 9pm -2am, details 804-405-6207, tickets on-line  Early bird $20.

Country Music superstar Josh Turner's Roughstock and Rambler Tour, Friday, March 27th, 8pm at Altria Theater, tickets $35-$59, tickets & information 800-514-3849.

"Operation Warm" providing the homeless population of Richmond with monthly bags full of donated clothes, food, hygiene items along with a muffin and hot chocolate. Dates include March 28, April 25, May 30, to volunteer or donate items email Jamia Lanasia at or

FUTURE Events: Chesterfield County Library hosts "Exploring Human Origins: What Does it Mean to Be Human?"opens March 31 to April 27 at the Central Library. The 12,00 square-foot exhibition will be accompanied by a series of free library programs, including presentations by Smithsonian Scientists. For details visit

"Black & White Affair Charity Benefit, sponsored by the KLM Foundation, helping students with their book expenses. Saturday, April 4th, 8pm - midnight at The Children's Museum Central, 2626 West Broad Street and featuring DJ FLAVA, Heavy Hors d'oeuvres, gaming, raffles, door prizes, food served from 8pm - 9:30pm. Advance tickets $30 or 2/$50, at the door $35. For details visit

"Bound & Gagged" bound by fear, gagged by love, a stage play bringing awareness to domestic violence. Bound & Gagged features 100 Voices United Community Choir, Gospel Artists Tye Tribbett, An Nesby, Tony Grant, Trisha Mann-Grant, Lisa Smelser-Hernandez and Muneeb Butt Saturdya, April 4th at 3 & 8pm at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage, 600 East Grace Street. Tickets available at Richmond CenterStage and Altria Theater Box Offices, online at, etix or charge by phone 800-514-ETIX.

Dominion Family Easter at Maymont, Saturday April 4th, 10am - 3pm at the Carriage House Lawn, Easter The Easter Bunny, Egg Hunts, games, live entertainment, ziplines, rock climbing wall, carriage rides and more. Details

Easter On Parade, Easter Sunday, April 5th, 1-5pm on Monument Avenue between Allen and Davis Avenues, free admission. The event highlight is the Pet Bonnet and People Bonnet Showcases at 3 & 4pm on the Zayde R. Dotts main Stage at Allen Avenue, visit

Easter Weekend with Peter Rabbit at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Saturday, April 4 & Sunday, April 5th, 1-4pm. Easter Brunch Sunday only 10am - 3pm, reservations 804-262-9887 x 329.  More information visit

Richmond's Journey, from the End of Slavery and Civil War to Today! This April marks the 150th anniversary of a transformative moment in our nation’s history. The fall of Richmond on April 3, 1865, foreshadowed the end of the Civil War and almost 250 years of American slavery, reunification of the United States, and the beginning of an uncertain journey into freedom for 4 million African-Americans. Richmond, Virginia, which stood at the epicenter of the Civil War as the capital of the Confederacy and the target of Union armies for four years, will commemorate this pivotal period in American history through a series of diverse and powerful programs taking place April 1 – 4. A collaborative effort of Richmond’s historical societies, museums, national parks, tourism offices, commissions, and cultural organizations, the four-day commemoration will feature special illuminations, programs, and tours of the city’s historic areas, allowing visitors to join in Richmond’s Journey: walking in the footsteps of those who made history 150 years ago and reflecting on what past events mean to us, as a nation, today. The HistoryMobile will be a key part of the commemorative experience at the Capitol on April 4. The full event schedule is available at More information on the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile and the initiatives of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission can be found at For information on visiting Civil War sites throughout Virginia go to The full schedule will be available and Most programs and tours begin on the grounds of the Virginia Capitol.

Broadway In Richmond 2015-2016 Season: Disney’s Newsies – November 3 - 8, 2015 ALTRIA THEATER; Ragtime – November 27 – 28, 2015 ALTRIA THEATER; Motown The Musical – January 5 - 10 , 2016 ALTRIA THEATER; Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – February 26 – 27, 2016 ALTRIA THEATER; Disney’s The Lion King – April 19 – May 8, 2016 ALTRIA THEATER.
Subscriptions for the 2015-2016 Season will be available for purchase starting Monday, March 16 at (804) 592-3401 and Patrons may also purchase group tickets by calling (804) 592-3401 Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Subscribe and see all five shows this season for as low as $215.00. Tickets for individual shows will go on sale as each performance date approaches.