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Weekend Events: Richmond Folk Festival, Westover Church Autumn Pilgrimage House Tour and more

Posted at 4:02 PM, Oct 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-09 15:44:11-04

The Richmond Folk Festival is this weekend!

Richmond Folk Festival October 9 – 11,  Downtown Richmond Waterfront, includes Brown’s Island, Tredegar and surrounding areas, Three days, Seven performing stages and an eighth stage “Richmond Times Dispatch Public Square Tent”, concerts are FREE but look for the orange bucket for donations. The festival features music from around the world, including one of the founding fathers of Hip Hop, GrandMaster Flash, blues & gospel, Cajun, Ethiojazz, music from Colombia, Dominican Republic, Persia, bluegrass just to name a few of the more than 40 groups performing. More details or Facebook There’s FREE parking and FREE shuttles available from Richmond City Stadium, 3201 Maplewood Avenue. All shuttles will stop at two festival locations: one at 2nd Street and one at 5th Street and leave regularly throughout the day.

Six homes including the Historic Westover Episcopal Church in Charles City are gearing up for the Westover Church Autumn Pilgrimage House Tour,  Saturday, October 10, from 9am – 5pm, rain or shine. The house tour is a major fundraiser for the church and homes featured  are the Berkeley Plantation, built circa 1726, Dancing Point built in 1973, Kimages, built in 1963, Edgewood Plantation, circa 1849, The Glebe, circa 1730, North Bend, circa 1801, Sherwood Forest Plantation home of President John Tyler, circa 1660 with additions through 1845 and Westover Episcopal Church, one of the most historic parishes in the nation  at 402 years old. In addition to the house and garden tour there will be events in and around Westover during the day featuring the Chickahominy Tribal Dancers at 11am, and the Charles City Spiritual Ensemble at 12:30 in the sanctuary. Advance tickets are $35.  For more information visit or call 804-829-2488.

Gladys Knight and The O’Jays, performing Saturday, October 10, 7pm at the Altria Theater, 6 North Laurel Street. concert details at, or charge by phone 800-514-3849.

Richmond Heart Walk, Saturday, October 10, activities start at 8:30am, walk 9:30am, activities continues 10am – noon at West Creek Parkway, next to Richmond’s Striker’s west Creek Fields. Bon Secours will offer free health screenings & educational information booths, movin’ mania Kid Zone, A Tribute Wall honoring loved ones affected by heart disease and stroke, Anthem Hands-Only CPR training demos, healthy cooking demos. Registration day of or visit

28th Richmond Home Show, October 10 & 11, Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm at Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 East Laburnum Avenue, one stop shop for home ideas, products, services, savings, for details

StarGames Presents Nancy Kerrigan’s Halloween On Ice, Sunday, October 11, at Richmond Coliseum and Hosted by two-time Olympic medalist Nancy Kerrigan, a good time on ice for the whole family and features some of the most well-known skaters performing live and in costume to Halloween-themed music. The all-star cast includes US National Champion, 3 time US Champion Johnny Weir and 4 time World Champion Kurt Browning. For more information visit or call 800-745-3000.

Richmond Parade of Homes, through October 25, Noon-5pm,  FREE ADMISSION, Tour 82 new homes throughout the Greater Richmond area including Counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, King William, New Kent, Powhatan, and the City of Richmond.   details visit

Busch Gardens Williams: Attention annual pass members: the free “fiends” visit to Howl-O-Scream, extending Bring A Fiend Free ticket offer to include the next two Fridays, Oct. 9 and 16. And remember, open until 11 p.m. on Fridays. Busch Gardens will close at 2 p.m. today, Friday, October 2. At this time, the park is planning to operate as scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

FREE Dance Classes for KIDS ages 5 to 17 every Saturday from 11am to 1:30pm, sponsored by Spoken Arts and Chesterfield Food Bank. Registration is from 10am to 11am on Saturday, October 17th, at Chesterfield Food Bank, 12211 Iron Bridge Road, Chester.  Students will learn all types of dance from Hip Hop to Salsa and even learn Spoken Word, ALL FOR FREE! Email Marie Hayes at or call 804-241-4306.

2nd Annual Magnolia Green 5K Race and Family Fun Run on Saturday, October 10, the MG Kid’s Half Miler at 8:15 am, The 5K Race will begin at 9:00 am at Magnolia Green Arbor Walk. The Magnolia Green 5k & Family Fun Run is a fitness event for the whole family to enjoy! The event is: Kid-friendly: Separate kid’s half mile run and strollers permitted during the 5K, 6745 Begonia Drive, Moseley, for more details visit


The Taste of Old Towne, Saturday, October 10, 12-4pm, enjoy tastings from all the favorite restaurants in Old Towne Petersburg, Tickets $20 per person, cash only sold at Bistro At Market & Grove, Maria’s Old Towne 21, The Brickhouse Run, Wabi Sabi,, Old Towne’s Alibi, Longstreets, Saucy’s BBQ, and Demolition Coffee.

Future Events

9th Annual Pink Tie Gala Masquerade Ball presented by Bon Secours Cancer Institute, Saturday, October 17, 7:30pm – 12:30am at The Greater Richmond Convention Center Ballroom. Raising funds for Breast Cancer awareness, grant programs, survivor support, education and research in the Richmond community. Tickets $100, includes food, dancing to  live music, silent auctions, The Celebration Life Dance Team and free parking at The Convention Center’s parking deck at 3rd and Marshall.

Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS), 36th Annual National Genealogy Conference, October 15 -17 at the Richmond Marriott, 500 East Broad Street, conference theme Virginia, Where African-American Roots Run Deep: Family History and National Narrative. More information at or call 804-218-2107.

The 3rd annual 24-Hour Cancer Hater Challenge to benefit VCU Massey Cancer Center. The event takes place for 24 hours starting 4 p.m. Friday, October 16, through 4 p.m. Saturday, October 17. Participants have the option of running at THREE different locations: Road Runner Running Store (Richmond), Point 2 Running Company (Newport News), Virginia runner (Fredericksburg). More details