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Weekend Events: Illuminate, Fire, Flour & Fork, Moonshine Festival and more

Posted at 5:49 PM, Nov 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-18 12:05:56-05


Nov. 17 – 20

Fire, Flour & Fork 

Fire, Flour & Fork is a four-day gathering & celebration of food, Thursday – Sunday in and around Richmond, Virginia. Produced by Real Richmond Food Tours with presenting sponsor Virginia is for Lovers, and the event celebrates the Richmond region history, artistic community and its veterans and rising culinary stars. There will be a mix of dining events, behind-the-scenes tours, talks, demonstrations, food producers, cookbook authors, visiting chefs, culinary historians and craft spirit makers. Nonprofits that will  benefit include J. Sargeant Reynolds Culinary Scholarship Fund, Renew Richmond, Tricycle Gardens, Slow Food RVA, Shalom Farms, OutRVA, Preservation Virginia, Black History Museum & Cultural Center, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Foundation, The Valentine, Center for Rural Culture, Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen and FeedMore. For more information visit Arts

Nov. 18 – 20

Center 52nd Annual Craft and Design Show

Museum-quality show featuring the finest in contemporary crafts. Shop from ceramics, jewelry, glass, wood and art at the Science Museum of Virginia. The Patrons preview is Friday 6 – 9 pm. Rise and Shine Saturday from 9:30 am to 11 am, for breakfast, mimosas and shopping before the doors open to the public,  general shopping is from 11 am – 5 pm. For tickets and more information visit

Nov. 18 – Jan. 1, 2017

Illuminate Light Show at Meadow Event Park starts Friday through January 1, 2017

Light Show & Santa’s Village opens nightly from 5:30 to 10 p.m., Central Virginia’s largest drive-through light show with a million LED lights synchronized to music played on guests’ car radios.  It features 50-foot trees, an 80-foot tunnel of lights, dancing snowmen, and singing Santa’s and Christmas trees. A new addition this year is an additional 150-foot light tunnel. The light show also features Santa’s Village, a new Christmas Bounce Fest in the Fun Zone, with several inflatables along with a mechanical bull and a trackless train. The Richmond Freelance and Model Railroaders will have a model train display November 28 through January 1. Pictures can be taken with Santa nightly through December 23. There also will be vendors and food and drinks available for purchase. Weekdays visits are encouraged as the season gets underway. For more information visit or the Illuminate Light Show Facebook page. Discounted tickets also will be sold at participating Walgreens locations in Central Virginia. The light show begins off State Route 30. Enter Gate 1, and look for the purple tree.

Gala to benefit Victims of Domestic Violence

Saturday 6 pm – 10 pm

The Carol Adams Foundation 5th annual Benefit Gala Saturday at the Royal Manchester (behind the Richmond Christian Center). The evening features dinner, Johnny Houston & the Legends will perform, dancing, a silent auction , raffles, a fashion show , live comedy with J. Smooth and evening to educate and support victims of domestic violence. There will also be raffles, a silent auction, speakers and survivors and chef cook off featuring local men chefs from the Richmond area. Tickets are $40 and be purchased from, for more information visit or on Facebook –

Virginia Moonshine Festival

A gathering of Moonshine Tastings, live music, Shine and food pairings Saturday from 12 – 2 pm early shiners pass and regular session 2 – 7 pm at the Old Dominion Barn, Richmond International Raceway. Sample Moonshine from several different distilleries including Belle Isle Craft Spirits and Olde Smokey Tennessee and others and food from Mama J’s, Hallagan and other restaurants. Meet Moonshiner Tim Smith and his Climax Moonshine. Tickets sold at the door.

Nov. 19

Saturday 4pm at Goochland High School, Presented by the Rotary Club of Goochland. Everyone is invited to enjoy seasonal favorites including music from Disney’s “Frozen,” “The Nutcracker,” and more in a holiday concert led by Richmond Symphony Associate Conductor Chia-Hsuan Lin. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children, details

Nov. 20

10th Annual Come and Play

Sunday, 6pm AT VCU Stuart C. Siegel Center, Chia-Hsuan Lin, conductor Erin R. Freeman, conductor Steven Smith, conductor. It’s RVA’s biggest birthday party and you’re invited. See 700 plus musicians perform under one roof during the 10th Annual Come and Play. Registration to play is now closed, but the 6pm concert is FREE and open to the public (no ticket required). Come and Play is sponsored by CarMax. Details at

Rick Springfield and Richard Marx at Carpenter Theatre

Tickets on Sale Friday, November 18 for Rick Springfield and Richard Marx performing at the Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Arts Center on Sunday, January 22, 2017. Tickets can be purchased at the Dominion Arts Center and Altria Theater ticket offices, and or charge by phone at 800-514-3849.