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Weekend Events: Arts in the Park, Bon Air Victorian Days, CrossOver Challenge and more

Posted at 4:38 PM, Apr 28, 2016


Friday, April 29

4th annual Teacher Appreciation Dance Friday, 7pm – 11pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, Downtown. An evening of dance and Honoring teachers for their dedication to Richmond Public Schools. Sponsored by The Honorable Shonda Harris-Muhammed, 6th District School Board. Event is free. Freckleface Strawberry the Musical April 28 – May 8, at SPARC Center – Sara Belle November Educational Theater 2106 North Hamilton Street, Richmond.

Freckleface Strawberry will do anything to get rid of her freckles – from scrubbing them with soap, to caking on makeup, and even wearing a ski mask to school!? Directed and choreographed by SPARC’s own Brendan Kennedy, with musical direction by Robin Harris, this production is performed by an exceptional cast of students from around Richmond. Matinee Performances Saturdays at 2pm and Sundays at 4p.m. Evening Performances Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $12, for more details visit

Friday, April 29 & 30

8th Annual French Food Festival, Friday and Saturday.  On Friday, 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. and Saturday 11am – 9pm, benefiting the Little Sisters of the Poor on the grounds of the Little Sisters of the Poor, 1503 Michaels Road, Henrico. A $2 donation is suggested and all proceeds will benefit the elderly poor cared for by the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Ragnar Trail RVA is Ragnar’s first trail relay taking place in Virginia on Friday & Saturday at Pocahontas State Park. Ragnar is a national group that holds trail relays around the country. 260 teams are expected, bringing over 2,000 participants. Registration sold out. During the relay, each team member will run three selected trails during the relay, equaling to 15.7 miles run by each runner. On the trails, runners will see views of Beaver Lake and Swift Creek Lake. Teams will camp overnight in Ragnar Village, located on the banks of Swift Creek. Activities at the village will include yoga, bonfires, s’mores, live music, vendor booths, and more. The event starts 10am Friday with the first wave of runners, and it will go until about 5:00pm on Saturday. For a schedule and more information log onto Co sponsored by Sports Backers.

April 30

Herbs Galore & More at Maymont’s Carriage House Lawn, Saturday, 8am – 4pm, featuring dozens of vendors, a food corner, meet the experts, interactive herb station, an ATM, plant check & parking at Hampton Street, the Robins Nature & Visitor Center and the Children’s Farm. For more details visit

12th annual CrossOver Challenge is Saturday at Union Presbyterian Seminary 1311 Palmyra Avenue, Richmond. The annual road race includes a 15K, 5K, 1 Mile Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run and races start at 8:00 am. All proceeds benefit CrossOver Healthcare Ministry, Virginia’s largest free health care provides services to low-income uninsured residents. For more information, to volunteer and to register visit or call 804-422-2600.

Woofstock Festival, Saturday, 10am at Westchester Commons, 15786 WC Main Street Management Office, Midlothian. A Richmond Animal League’s annual family & Fido friendly festival to bring awareness to the homeless pet population. Pets will available for adoption from local rescues, activities include games, live music, vendors, and a Strut Your Mutt fundraising dog walk. For more information or to register for the Strut Your Mutt visit: or

Arts in the Park, The Carillon Civic Association’s 45th annual “Arts in the Park” show and sale at the Carillon in Byrd Park Saturday from 11-6 p.m. and Sunday, 11-5 p.m, an outdoor nationally juried arts and crafts show. FREE Parking and FREE Shuttles available at the City Stadium parking lot. We also have handicap parking available at the park. For details log onto

The 38th annual Bon Air Victorian Days celebrates with a week of activities starting Saturday, April 30 to Friday, May 6, events held at the Bon Air Library, 9103 Rattlesnake Rd, North Chesterfield. Events include ice cream social, lectures, book sale, Victorian fashion presentation, musical history, Victorian-era photographs and more. The celebration culminates with the Bon Air Victorian Day Parade & Festival Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m. – noon, at Bon Air Baptist Church and the Festival is noon-4 p.m. Family members can enjoy children’s crafts, performances and music. For more information, visit or call (804) 751-CCPL.,  For more information, visit or call (804) 751-CCPL.

May is National Bike Month and  Paul Doffing has been touring the U.S. by bicycle since 2012, pedaling more than 10,000 miles to 100+ concerts.  In 2012 Doffing released his first full length solo album, Blossom is You, which he promoted the album on bike for 6 months, pedaling 5,000 miles, and playing over 30 shows across the U.S.  doffing will play his guitar and sing at the South of the James Market Forest Hill Park, New Kent Ave & 42nd Street on Saturday, April 30, 9 – Noon, and learn about this adventure. There will also be a House Concert from 4pm – 8pm at the GrowRVA Urban Farm, 2601 Lafayette Avenue, Henrico. Food and drinks will be available and rinks for sale. Details at

The Andrea B. Hubbard annual Sarcoidosis Awareness Day, Saturday, 12-3pm at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1400 North Laburnum Avenue, Richmond. Get more information at!who-we-are/ceu8.

May 1

The Hamilton Nature Programs at Bryan Park presents: Garden Insects: The Good Guys vs. the Bad Guys Sunday, 2-3:30pm.

West Plantation’s Sounds of Summer, Concerts on the Appomattox presented by the Historical Hopewell Foundation, 7th annual series, at Weston Plantation, 400 Weston Land, Hopewell, concerts Sundays 4pm are free and open to the public. Lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and picnics are welcomed. May 1 – FasTrac, May 8 – Koinonia Jazz, May 16 Chesterfield Community Band, May 22 – Heart of Country, May 29 – Jay Turner and the swinging Doors, June 5 – Magnolia and June 12 – Flashback. For more information visit call 804-458-4682.

Tickets are still available The Richmond engagement of DISNEY’S THE LION KING,  making it’s triumphant return to the Altria Theater through Sunday, May 8th. One of the most breathtaking and beloved productions ever to grace the stage and winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical. Premium Ticket Packages, and single and group tickets are available at the Altria Theater and Dominion Arts Center box offices. For details visit

Future Events:

The Junior League of Richmond’s Book & Author Event, Tuesday, May 3, Luncheon, 12:30 p.m., dinner at 7pm at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 North Third Street, Luncheon, 12:30 p.m. for details visit

Dodgeball for Habitat, (Richmond Habitat for Humanity) Saturday, May 28th, 12:30PM-3:30PM. Teams of 4 will compete in a double elimination tournament! Teen League for ages 12-18! Family League for ages 12 and up! General admission will be $5 at the door (Free for those under age 10). For more information or questions, email Whitney at Register at