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Weekend Events: Opera in the Park, Chesterfield County Fair and more

Posted at 6:16 PM, Aug 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-27 15:56:14-04

August 25

Happening Thursday the Sri Krishna Janmashtami, sponsored by ISKCON of Richmond, The International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Janmashtami is one of the biggest religious festivals in the world, celebrated by more than nine hundred million people around the world--and two million in the U.S. To devotees, it’s Christmas and New Year’s in one, a day of deep spiritual renewal and celebration that effectively finishes an old year and begins a fresh one. In Richmond, the celebration is Thursday, August 25th, starting at 7:00 pm and goes till Midnight 6531 W Broad St, Richmond. For more details visit http://richmondkrishna.com/ or call 786-218-2824 or 603-557-8536.

August 26

The 103rd Chesterfield County Fair is "A Family - A Fair", opening Friday, August 26, 4pm at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, 10300 Courthouse Road. New this year the Monster Truck Show, and after a brief hiatus, Kachunga and His Alligator Show is back. Performing on the Grandstand Stage, Keith Henderson "Illusions of the Kings" is back celebrating his 18th year at the fair, Groove Motive and up and coming Country Artist the Kevin Mac Band among others. The fair will have Military Appreciation Day, Sunday, August 28 and Chesterfield County Employee Day, Wednesday, August 31. Fair hours are Monday - Friday 4pm-11pm, Saturday's 11am - 11pm and Sunday 1pm-11pm. For a complete list of events at the County Fair visit http://chesterfieldcountyfair.org/.

Weekend Events: Opera in the Park, Chesterfield County Fair and more

Weekend Events: Opera in the Park, Chesterfield County Fair and more

The Historic Beacon Theatre in Hopewell features Blues Grammy Winner, The Robert Cray Band, Friday August 26; Molly Hatchet - takes the stage Saturday September 3rd and September 10th The Tri-Cities Best Featuring Lyric Ave & The Legacy Band Hosted By: Comedian Antoine Scott. Phil Vassar, Friday October 14, For a complete schedule visit http://thebeacontheatreva.com/.

August 27

Opera In The Park is an opportunity to see Virginia Opera is a more casual setting, the popular annual concert is Saturday, August 27 in Byrd Park at Dogwood Dell. Celebrate the end of summer 2016 with Virginia Opera’s free gift to the Richmond community. The Richmond Symphony will accompany the Virginia Opera chorus, young members of Virginia Opera’s Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists program, and stars of the upcoming 2016-2017 season.  The concert will be conducted by audience favorite Adam Turner, Virginia Opera’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor.  Over the past three summers the event has drawn capacity crowds and countless new fans for Virginia Opera. The concert begins at 7:30pm, bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and coolers with non-alcoholic beverages. Parking is free and the event is open to the public. Virginia Opera will offer free drawings for a large selection of prizes, including tickets to Virginia Opera performances and restaurant gift certificates.  For more information on this concert event and tickets for the upcoming season http://vaopera.org/ or call (866)673-7282.

A celebration of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service at Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, 600 North 2nd St, is set for  Saturday, August 27, 10am – 5pm. Local artist Sir James Thornhill will be at the site from 12-5 p.m. to paint a large mobile community art! There will also be a special tour of historic Jackson Ward at 10am and a program on preservation, presented by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served. All events are FREE and open to the public. For more information call 804-226-5023 or visit www.nps.gov/rich, www.facebook.com/RichmondNPS or www.nps.gov/mawa & www.facebook.com/MaggieLWalkerNHS.

Annual Seafood Splash, Saturday, starts at noon, all you can eat crabs, fish, chicken, and more. Hosted by Kels & Mike Street, DJ's Lonnie B, Drake and Sir RJ. Featuring live bands, paddle boats, swimming, card games at Hadads Lake, 7900 Osborne Turnpike. Details at http://cnj-entertainment.com/seafoodsplash2016.html.

Shoe drive at Cedar street Baptist church of God, Saturday from 9am-1pm. Barber & Beauty Day, free hair cuts, Monday, September 3rd, starting at 7am at 2301 Cedar Street, Richmond, free and open to the public.

August 28

Ashton Creek Vineyard, is the newest Winery situated in Chester at 14501 Jefferson Davis Highway, the Vineyard has been serving the community of Chester with its event center for over a year. Now the general public can experience the Winery and tasting room at an event Sunday, August 28, from 2-6 p.m. with all proceeds to benefit Katy Daniel, a young woman who was injured in a freak accident in Dinwiddie on Mother's Day 2016. Spearheading the concert is singer-songwriter Brittany Marie with "Katy Strong" event. Brittany will perform at the concert and will debut a video and single she wrote especially for Katy, called "Katy Strong." Tickets to the concert are $15, children 8 and under $5 at the door. There will also be a DJ, food, beverages, raffles, games and a photo-booth. All proceeds from the concert event will benefit Katy Daniel. For more information on the event visit https://brittanymarieofficial.com/.   For more information on Ashton Creek Vineyard visit www.ashtoncreekvineyard.com.

Music at Maymont features Country Music Singer/Songwriter Dwight Yoakam Sunday, gates open at 5:30pm, concert at 6:30pm. Maymont, 1700 Hampton Street, tickets from $30 - $60, get details at http://musicatmaymont.com/.

Central Virginia Food Truck Rodeo, Sunday, 12-6pm at Chesterfield Towne Center. Free admission, Virginia Craft Beers & Wine, Arts & Craft Vendors, Get details at http://centralvirginiafoodtruckrodeo.com/.

FUTURE EVENTS:

"New Shoes for back to School" Minister, Monday, September 3rd, two locations this year, Third Street Bethel A.M.E. , 614, North 3rd Street, Richmond, Downtown and Second Baptist Church, 3300 Broad Rock Boulevard, Richmond Southside. Show Give-sway is from 8am - 4pm. shoes for all children kindergarten through 12th grade. Patents must be present with children, no ID needed.

Innsbrook After Hours Concert Series: Concerts continues with Chris Young, Thursday, September 1; Willie Nelson & Family Thursday, September 15; and Alabama performs Friday, September 16; Trace Adkins, Wednesday September 28. Gates open at 5 and concert ends around 9:45 - 10pm. More details at http://innsbrookafterhours.com/.

Time is running out to see the popular Exhibition Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic An exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the exhibit will close September 5-th. It features portraits by one of the country’s leading contemporary artists and is composed of more than 50 monumental paintings and sculptures, Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic raises intriguing questions about race, identity, and the politics of representation. For more information, telephone 804-340-1405 or visit www.vmfa.museum.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and Genworth are hosting Genworth Free Community Day at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on Labor Day, Monday, September 5. All visitors to the Garden receive free admission from 9am– 5pm. The free admission includes music in the afternoon from 1 – 4 p.m. under the tent in front of Bloemendaal House. The Heavy Hitter DJ Lonnie B hosted by Kelli Lemon will mix contemporary hip hop and R&B. Also free admission to the Garden’s exhibits. An opportunity to see the award-winning Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks exhibit which ends September 18. The popular Butterflies LIVE! exhibit will be open for players of Pokémon Go, the Garden will be purchasing lures to increase the number of Pokémon at the Garden on Labor Day. The Garden is also partnering with the Lakeside Business Association as a collection site on this day for donations of school supplies benefiting Lakeside Elementary School. http://www.lewisginter.org/.