Catch ’em all at these local Pokémon GO events

Posted at 12:23 PM, Jul 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-27 13:30:31-04

RICHMOND, Va. — The popular game Pokémon GO continues to attract fans and spawn new events to help players catch more pocket monsters and climb levels.

There are several big events coming up this weekend: Maymont hunting, Fan bar crawl, and indoors scavenger hunt at Virginia Center Commons.


Maymont will host an after-hours event, from 7 to 9 p.m., on Thursday, July 28. Registration may be closed for this event, after 500 people signed up. Maymont could consider doing this again in the future. Regardless, the park is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

There are over 35 Pokéstops on Maymont’s 100 acres, and three gyms. Staff will drop lures on the half hour. Dusk could bring the opportunity to find some special pocket monsters on their property. Flashlights are encouraged, and folks are asked to stay on the trails.

There will be charging stations on-site, for those who haven’t bought an external battery charger yet. Also on-site will be refreshing popsicles for sale from King of Pops.

According to a crowd-sourced project compiled by Stuart Henley, popular Pokémon found at Maymont are:

  • Bulbasaur
  • Goldeen
  • Oddish
  • Weedle
  • Charmander
  • Grimer
  • Paras
  • Clefairy
  • Growlithe
  • Pikachu
  • Diglett
  • Jigglypuff
  • Poliwag
  • Dragonair
  • Krabby
  • Slowbro
  • Dratini
  • Magikarp
  • Snorlax
  • Eevee
  • Nidoran
  • Tangela


This event is for adults, or at least those over 21. Registration is open already, and there are “early pidgey” incentives to pre-register.

This event will involve Fan bars and spans over nine hours, starting at noon on Saturday, July 30.  Either every participating bar also has a game Pokestop, or one immediately nearby, with plenty between the locations.

City Dogs
– Gastly (Grape Nehi)
– Caterpie (Vodka, Rum, Melon, Lemonade)
– Tentacool (Astropop)
– Pokeballs (3 Corn Dog Nuggets for $1)
– Porkymon BBQ Sliders with Coleslaw (2 for $5)

Bellytimber Tavern (Registration)
– Pikachu (Tequila Sunrise)
– Meowth (Buttery Nipple)
– Jiggypuff (Vodka, Cranberry, Blue Curacao)
– Cheese Pizzas ($6)\
– Bloody Mary Bar & Mimosas Until 3:30 ($5)

Baja Bean
– Articuno
– Zapdos
– Moltres

Sticky Rice
– Charmander (Shot of Fireball)
– Ditto (PBR)
– Mewtwo (Grape Nehi)

Continental Divide
– Ivysaur
– Exeggutor
– Ponyta

Lady Nawlins
– Jynx
– Hypno
– Haunter

– Scyther
– Snorlax
– Mr. Mime

3 Monkeys
– Venusaur
– Charizard
– Blastoise

– Staryu
– Vaporeon
– Squirtle

Social 52
– Slowbro
– Dragonite
– Gyrados

You collect Pokémon (drinks) at each of the Pokéstops and complete your Pokédex for a chance to win sprizes, including concert tickets, restaurant gift cards, and other prizes.

Tickets are $20/advance or $25/day of. Registration runs from noon to 5 p.m., on Saturday at Bellytimber Tavern, which is at 1501 W. Main Street.

Ticket includes participation in bar crawl and drink specials at participating bars, along with an RVA Pokémon Go Bar Crawl fanny pack. Each participant will also receive a Pokédex  and map that will show the Pokéstops (bars) on our adventure.

Facebook event group is here. 


On Saturday, July 30, Virginia Center Commons will host a mall-wide Pokémon Scavenger hunt for families to enjoy.

VCC staff encourages attendees to explore the world of Pokémon Go with the added bonus of winning special prizes at participating retailers.

Trainers/players can register at Guest Services from noon – 1 p.m. and the scavenger hunt is scheduled for 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

According to a crowd-sourced project compiled by Stuart Henley, popular Pokémon found at VCC are:

• Bulbasaur
• Oddish
• Weedle
• Doduo
• Paras
• Eevee
• Pidgey
• Ekans
• Pinsir
• Exeggcute
• Poliwag
• Geodude
• Scyther

The mall is located at 10101 Brook Road in Glen Allen.

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