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Weekend Events: Dragon Boat Race, Anthem Moonlight Ride and more

Posted at 12:37 PM, Aug 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-05 14:32:14-04
Weekend Events

Weekend Events

August 5

1st Annual Adult Prom RVA, Friday 8pm at the Four Points by Sheraton Airport, 4700 Laburnum Avenue in Henrico. The event was created by Enchanted Adult Proms to give people a second chance to attend a prom, and experience a prom especially if they had missed theirs. The experience includes limos, gowns, tuxedos, photographers, and the crowning of a Prom King and Queen taking place. For more information and or tickets call (804) 620-PROM (7766) or visit or

August 6

Sports Backers and Great White North are teaming up once again for the Walgreens Richmond International Dragon Boat Festival Saturday, August 6 at Rocketts Landing. Forty-two teams are participating, Teams are made up of 20 synchronized paddlers, with one person steering and one drummer, canoes are decorated to look like traditional Chinese dragon boats with dragon heads and tails and will race 500 meters up the river in 40 foot. Opening ceremonies start at 7:30am, at 10:30am, cultural performances from the Organization of Chinese-Americans – Central Virginia Chapter will start. Racing ends around 4pm. For more information, visit  Online registration for the dragon boat festival ends on August 1. There is no walk up or event day registration.

Anthem Moonlight Ride – Grab your family and friends and join in the annual Anthem Moonlight Ride, all levels can participate in the Full Moon (15-mile) course and a Half Moon (8-mile) option. Wear your favorite character or costume and decorate your bike with tacky lights and enter the Virginia Credit Union Costume & Tacky Light Contest. Rides will start and end at Sports Backers Stadium, 100 Avenue at 8pm in waves. For rules and more information visit Online registration for the Anthem Moonlight Ride closes at 11:59pm on August 3rd. Walk up registration will be available on August 5th and 6th.

Highland Park will serve up food and Jazz music for the community Saturday, August 6 at the 8th Annual St. Elizabeth Jazz and Food Festival, held on the grounds of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, at 2712 2nd Avenue.  The festival features Charles Mann, Carlton Ayles, Curvy Reid, Glenroy Bailey and Double Digit and starts right at noon and closes at 7:30 p.m.  No food, coolers or beverages can enter the festival.  Admission is $5.00. Bring the kids, the festival includes children’s activities, community resource information and other community awareness programs, a visit from Nutzy, and lots of food favorites. St Elizabeth Catholic Church was established in Highland Park in 1925 and has a rich history that supports its members, the Highland Park Community and others abroad.  For more information visit CBS 6 A List Reporter Antoinette Essa is once again the days host.

It’s about time to pack up the school bags and catch the bus.  Richmond City Sixth District School Board Member, Shonda Harris-Muhammed, and The Richmond Police Department are hosting the 8th Annual Back to School Rally, Saturday starting at 9am for teachers and at 10am for students.  This event is open to all students who attend Richmond City schools, proof of residency is required.  The event is at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, located at 1000 Mosby Street.

Human 2.0 Festival, A Richmond wellness festival with free full-fledged yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong classes, all in a wooded, tranquil setting. Reality, Saturday 10am – 6pm at 2230 East Parham Road, Henrico. Food Trucks, kids activities, speakers, panel discussions, and activities aimed at exploring the various facets of the mind-body-self connection. For details visit

August 7

The Midtown State Fair, presented by Virginia is for lovers, C.F. Sauer, King Arthur Flour, Libbie Mill-Midtown, Richmond Region Tourism, Real Richmond Food Tours, and Wolf is an Old-fashioned cake and kale walks, farmer cook-offs, heirloom tomato tastings, square dancing, culinary spelling bees, chicken impersonating, pickle-face making and other activities, including food and Craft Beer. Sunday, 11am to 4pm at Libbie Mill-Midtown, around Libbie Lake. Look for Fresh-from-the-farm produce. There will be special Discount for Fire, Flour and Fork. For details visit

FUTURE Events: Filipino Festival, Friday August 12, 5-10pm, Saturday, August 12, 10am – 10pm at Our Lady Of Lourdes, 8200 Woodman Road, Henrico. There’s no admission, food cost $$. For details visit

Carytown Watermelon Festival, Richmond’s largest one-day festival, Sunday, August 14, 10am – 6pm in Carytown. Music, art and lots of Watermelons. Details

4th Annual Smoke & Vine Wine Festival at James River Cellars Winery, 11008 Washington Highway, Glen Allen, Saturday, August 20, 4-10pm. Featuring United Souls Band, DJ Drake, CBS 6 A List Reporter Antoinette Essa, Thomas Haskins, fine wines, food trucks and cigars by Cigar Realm, and beer truck. A Portion of the proceeds will benefit children with disabilities and special needs. Sponsored by Johnson’s Charities and FunkMotor Entertainment. For details visit or call 804-986-2902 or 804-727-7951.

Community Day Out Back 2 school Drive, Crime Prevention Awareness Day, Saturday, August 13, 11am – 7pm at Farmer Street Park, 1216 Farmer Street, Petersburg. Free food, free haircuts, free giveaways, face painting, games and 3 point shootouts, 3 on 3 tournaments, DJ’s, performances and more.

Richmond Jazz Festival. August 11 – 14, performances at the Hippodrome Theater, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and at Hardywood Park and at Maymont. Featuring Herbie Hancock, Esperanza Spalding, Ramsey Lewis, Stephanie Milles, The Roots, Al Jarreau, Johnathan Butler & Gerald Albright, Diane Schuur and many  more. For tickets and more information visit