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Weekend Events: Italian, Indian food festivals, State Fair of Virginia and more

Posted at 5:40 PM, Sep 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-24 16:19:33-04

Sept. 22 – 24 -- Thursday through Saturday

Poe Film Festival

The Poe Museum, in partnership with the Byrd Theater, will host the Poe Film Festival to showcase the best in Edgar Allan Poe movies of the past 90 years from around the world.  Extraordinary Tales, House of Usher, The Black Cat, The Tell-Tale Heart will be screened at the Byrd. Admission for each film or panel is $8. Admission to the Saturday evening reception is $75. Unhappy Hour at The Poe Museum  on Thursday night is $5.

Sept. 23 -- Friday

Midtown RVA Fall Festival
This free, all-ages, family style event will feature live music, food trucks, games, and an outdoor movie with popcorn once the sun goes down.

Hosted by the United Methodist Family Services, at 3900 W Broad Street.

Benefit Concert hosted by Afro-Groove Band HOTEL X along with the Virginia Friends of Mali. Event  at the Neighborhood Resource Center in Fulton Hill, 1519 Williamsburg Road, 8-11 pm . The Mande Strings Trio will perform featuring Kokanko Sata Doumbia. Money raised will go towards a safe house for young Malian women and girls house in Segou, Mali. Details visit Tickets $15, 18 and under $10. More details

The State Fair of Virginia

Opens September 23 - October 2.

Fair hours are: Fridays and Saturdays – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Monday through Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

These are the Ticket Plaza and building hours only; rides will continue to operate for a minimum of one hour after the Ticket Plaza closes, or longer at the discretion of fair management.

Rides, games, agriculture, food, fun, competition and concerts featuring

The Little River Band Sept. 23, 7 p.m.; Granger Smith, featuring Earl Dibbles Jr. Sept. 25, 7 p.m.; The Tams Sept. 30, 7 p.m. For more details visit

Sept. 24 –25 -- Saturday and Sunday

Festival of India
A cultural and culinary event with live music and dance performances,  as well as many different varieties of Indian cuisine, including vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies, such as dosa, kachori, samosas, tandoori chicken and sweets, all of which are supplied by local Indian restaurants and families, and prepared fresh in front of patrons.

11 a.m. to 9 p.m. both days
Free admission
Richmond Convention Center
403 N Third St, Richmond

Richmond Italian Festival

Downtown 17th Street Market transforms into an Italian village. Frank Sinatra cover songs by Jim Rice  & Italian Connection & Happy Days Band, a pizza toss & Meatball eating contest, gravy (sauce) contest. The festival raises money for charities Reinhart House, SCAN, ASK and the  VCU Italian Studies Program.

Free admission
Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
17th Street and Main Street, downtown

Saturday -- Sept. 24

Sisters Network Central Virginia, Inc. -- 1st Community Health Fair, annual breast cancer educational outreach initiative to the community.  Family event with games, face painting, line dancing and performances featuring Cora Armstrong & Joy E. Moore, health related vendors, and breast health care survey. Sisters Network® Inc. is the only National African-American Breast Cancer Survivorship Organization in the United States.

10 am - 2 pm
Bill Robinson’s Recreational Park
825 North 35th Street
East Richmond

7th Annual Festival of Grapes & Hops

Sample some of Virginia’s best wines, Craft Beer and a variety of foods in Historic Old Towne Petersburg, 9 East Old Street, 11 am - 5 pm. The first block will be an art show sponsored by the Petersburg Area Art League. Also, displays of fine handmade jewelry, hand painted wine glasses, pottery and clothing. Advance tasting tickets $15, $20 at Door; $10 Advance, Non-Tasting Ticket, $15 at Door. Details or call (804) 733-8131

Capital Ale House Oktoberfest
Virginia beers paired with traditional German food items. Surrounding streets are closed off. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. and the first keg is tapped at noon. There will be live musical performances, German dance groups and family friendly Kinderplatz: a kid’s space with giant inflatables, face-painting, balloon animals and many other family features.

11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Cap Ale House open until 1:30 a.m.)
623 E. Main Street

Pridefest 2016
PRIDE will be held on Brown’s Island. There will be food, brews, music, organizations, outreach, and performances.

Free admission
12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Brown’s Island
Bottom of 12th St (at the James River)

RVA Makerfest

A family friendly event intended to encourage a collaborative DIY community in Richmond. Over 80 businesses and hobbyists present. See full list of makers, and exhibits, here.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W Broad St, Richmond

VCU Broad Street Mile 

The third year of this fitness-themed festival. Broad Street will be transformed into two areas, a running course and festival.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Broad Street between Belvidere Street and Hermitage Road
Click to see the different themed runs and sign up. 

Capitol Square Fair

The Capitol Square Preservation Council teams up with more than 20 partner organizations from the Richmond-area and beyond to host the  a free, day-long event during the bicentennial anniversary of Virginia’s Capitol Square, features hands-on learning activities highlighting the Commonwealth’s history and natural resources. There will be Free tours of the Governor’s mansion and the Capitol &  10 am – 3 pm - Free parking at parking deck Main and 14th streets.

Celebrate – Virginia After Hours

Boyz II Men, Saturday, gates open at 5:30, show 7pm at The Marks and Harrison Amphitheater, 5030 Gordon West Shelton Parkway, Fredericksburg, Virginia. Details at 804-794-6700.

Tickets - $10 - $35

UNITY Session in Monroe Park/Unity Concert at Cary100, rally (not the concert part) at Monroe Park from 3 pm-5 pm;  UNITY Concert at Cary100 Restaurant & Lounge starts at  6 pm,  performers include Jamil Jasey, Tara Mustafa & Andrew Theguitargeek Blackwell, Lizette Ledon, Chris Matthews, more details visit

Innsbrook After Hours Concert Series

  • Wednesday, Sept. 28 --Trace Adkins.
  • Thursday 29--Gov't Mule & Blackberry Smoke

Tickets and more information here:

Historic Beacon Theatre in Hopewell

  • Friday September 23--Tanya Tucker
  • Thursday September 29--Marty Stuart
  • Friday September 30--Lez Zeppelin

Free Thursday concerts from 7-8 p.m. at the North Courthouse Road Library

  • The Buck Stops Here -Blending old-time, bluegrass and country harmonies into soaring folk music, Sept. 29,
  • Blue Cactus - From gritty honky-tonk to heart-breaking balladry, Oct. 20, 7-8 p.m.
  • Angela Easterling -Angela Easterling combines classic folk, roots and country with stories of her musical journey and her North Carolina home.

Future Events:

September 30 "Schwarzschild "Women Who Mean Business Summit" Friday, September 30,  8 am - 4:30 pm, Downtown Richmond Marriott, 500 East Broad Street. Summit is an all-day professional development and networking conference designed for successful women entrepreneurs, executives and professionals eager to take their careers to the next level. Breakfast 8 am; Conference starts 9 am. Details visit

Sept. 30 - Oct. 2

24th Annual Richmond Tattoo & Arts Festival,oldest Tattoo Expo in the United States at The DoubleTree Hotel, Midlothian Turnpike. Friday - 3 pm - 12 am; Sat. 12 pm - 12 am & Sun. 12 pm - 7 pm. Details

Oct. 1

Church Hill Hogtober 2016

Richmond’s Best Barbecue 12 pm - 7 pm, sample from Carolina style to Memphis to Texas and even Vegetarian options available. Music and kids activities, beer, no pets or coolers allowed, lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. Libby Hill Park, 2800 East Franklin Street in Historic Church Hill. Details

Oct. 1 -2

28th Annual 2nd Street Festival - featuring co-headliners Rare Essence with special guest DJ Kool Saturday and James "Saxsmo" Gates closing out the festival Sunday details at

Oct. 2

Party on the Avenues, 12 pm - 6 pm, hosted by Westhampton RVA, food, live music, vendors, activities, On Libbie between Patterson Avenue & Guthrie Avenue. Details at

October 1 & 15

Walk-In Flu Shot Clinics at Bon Secours St. Francis Watkins Centre, free flu shots for adults and children from 9 AM to 1 PM, along with other family friendly activities and tips for staying healthy during cold/flu season. Free flu shots for adults and children. Fun, educational activities for families and kids, raffles, tips for staying healthy during flu season, free refreshments/snacks, giveaways and prizes. Walk-in mammograms (3-D available, copay/coinsurance applies). Participants can visit to complete paperwork in advance and ensure a shorter wait time. At Bon Secours St. Francis Watkins Centre, 601 Watkins Centre Parkway, Midlothian.

DON'T MISS: September Festival Guide 2016