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Weekend Events: SPEED opens at Science Museum of Virginia, Celebrate Jackson Ward, Innsbrook After Hours and more

Posted at 11:18 AM, May 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-24 06:51:24-04
"SPEED" opens at Science Museum of Virginia.

SPEED opens at Science Museum of Virginia.

May 19

Family Meal presents - Richmond Local Singer Songwriter Series, Thursdays at 8:30pm, Thursdays through August, featuring late night Bar Menu and drinks specials, Willow Lawn Shopping Center, for more details visit

Thursday - Sunday, Director Ron Campbell, Director of the Beatles 1960's Saturday Morning Cartoon series and animator of the film Yellow Submarine at Chasen Galleries, 3554 West Cary Street, Thursday 6pm-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm & Sunday 12pm - 4pm. For details visit or call 804-204-1048.

May 20

RaPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons "Extravaganza" world tour, Friday, May 20, at The National, for more details visit

May 21

A permanent exhibition SPEED opens at the Science Museum of Virginia Saturday.  The exhibition features over fifty experiences taking you from the super-fast to the world's slowest machine, an air-hockey playing robot, a human wind tunnel, a pitching cage, a challenge to see if you can text faster than a telegraph operator and many others. A highlight of the exhibition is the SR-71 Blackbird, an amazing aircraft displayed safely above the other exhibits. "SPEED" opens to members Friday, May 20, 9:30am-9pm and to the general public Saturday at 9:30am. To get more information on SPEED  log onto or call 804-864-1400. Also look for MessFest, Science After Dark and Summer Camps coming to the Science Museum.

Zumbathon Charity Event, in honor of Diane Keohane and raise awareness for Ovarian cancer, Saturday, 1-4pm, registration 12:30, Zumba from 1:30-3:30pm at Mountain Movers Ministry, 885 Research Road, Richmond, $10. For details visit

Family Fit Day sponsored by the Faces of Hope, Saturday, 10am-1pm, fitness, food & fun at 249 East German School Road. Faces of Hope is Virginia's first in-home & Community base obesity prevention program, serving children & families 6-19. Learn how to live and eat healthy. For more information call 804-592-4751.

Cancelled: Experience Virginia Wine, Beer and Cider Festival, Saturday at James River Cellar, for more information visit

May 20-22

Richmond's newest festival Celebrate Jackson Ward: Past, Present & Future, kicks off Friday in Abner Clay Park amidst the cool temperatures. The festival features The Richmond Symphony, Virginia Repertory Theatre, Richmond Jazz Society, Elegba Folklore Society, Johnny Houston & Swagger, Richmond Jazz Ensemble and other community and school groups under the "Big Tent".  The New Black History Museum will also be open to the public. There are a few changes to the weekend's performances, due to inclement weather, the festival schedule is as follows - Friday: as planned for ART180 in Abner Clay Park at 5pm. Saturday performances except for the Richmond Symphony (now performing on Sunday) 12pm-6pm moves inside to Richmond Alternative School Auditorium, 119 West Leigh Street. Sunday's performances from noon-8pm in Abner Clay Park, with the symphony closing out the festival. For more details visit

Dominion River Rock - May 20-22 festival, the nation’s largest outdoor sports and music festival in Richmond.  Registration is open at There are several new events and challenges to go along with the usual favorites, trail running, kayaking, mountain biking, stand up paddleboarding, bouldering, freestyle biking, and air dogs. In addition to sporting events, look for free concerts  food carts, interactive vendor booths, and craft beer available all weekend. The 5Point Film Festival On the Road film series kicks off the weekend Thursday, May 19 at the Byrd Theatre with a series of 12-14 short documentary adventure films. Doors open at 6pm and films will run from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

24th Annual Monacan Indian Nation Pow Wow, Saturday, 10am-9pm, Sunday, 10am-6pm, special students day Friday, May 20, 10am-2pm at Rt 130, 6 miles West of Rt. 29 in Elon, Virginia, Details 434-946-0389 or 434-907-2660. Special honorary Dances, Men's Northern Traditional & Women Jingle Dress.

Innsbrook After Hours Concert Series season opener Saturday, featuring Chase Rice, gates open at 5pm; Sunday - Bret Michaels, gates open at 2pm; Wednesday, May 25 Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue; Wednesday, June 22 Ziggy Marley. For a complete schedule visit

97th annual Powhatan County Fair, Friday – Sunday, at the Powhatan County Fairgrounds, 4202 Anderson Highway, Route 60. Fair hours 5pm- midnight Friday, 1pm-midnight Saturday and 1pm-7pm Sunday. General admission is $5, age 13 & up, children age 3 & under admitted free, active military with ID admitted free. For more details visit

May 22

4th annual Bootleg Ball, a casino night to benefit Quill Theatre, Sunday, from 4pm-7pm at Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue, Richmond, casino games, dancing, silent auction, heavy hors d'oeuvres, drinks, for more information on show visit

The Mother Daughter Pageant, annual scholarship Fundraiser, Sunday, 4pm at Belmont Banquet Center, 1600 Hilliard Road, Henrico. serving hot & cold Hors d'oeuvres, desserts, Smooth Jazz, for tickets and information call 804-615-3286 or 804-370-0614.

Falling Creek Ironworks event – Date Changed to Sunday, 11am – 4pm. A tour of America’s first iron furnace, the 1619-22 Ironworks on Falling Creek. Activities include exhibits, costumed interpretation, living history, period demonstrations, Native American dancing, musket demonstrations and period children’s games and activities and period music by the Press Gang and Apastador. Food and beverages and parking available on site. Falling Creek Ironworks Park, 6407 Jeff Davis Highway, Chesterfield. Get more details at

Future Events: "Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, at the Virginia Historical Society, Opens May 28 - September 4. Details at

26th annual UMOJA Festival in Portsmouth, May 27-29, Friday 5:30pm, Saturday noon, Sunday 1pm, all performances are free and open to the public except for the Kem/Mint Condition concert at Portsmouth Pavilion. For a complete list of events visit

60th annual Festival of Arts at Dogwood Dell, May 30, highlights include Susan Greenbaum June 12; Plunky & Oneness – June 17; David Esleck Trio with Desiree Roots & Cathy Motley-Fitch – June 19; 4th of July Celebration – July 4, Rain Date July 5; Gospel Music Fest – July 10; Latin Jazz festival – August 20. For a complete list visit