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Summer Highlights: A variety of event ideas to fill your sunny days


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Friday Cheers: Parquet Courts with Gauche at Brown's Island
Friday, June 15

Jam Sandwich 2018 on Mayo's Island
Saturday, June 16

Ardent Craft Ales Fourth Anniversary Block Party in Scott's Addition
Saturday, June 16

Juneteenth — a Freedom Celebration, at various locations downtown
June 15-17


Wine and Whiskers at Willow Lawn
Friday, June 15
If you like animals, this one's for you. Family-friendly event offers wine, food samplings, a doggie bikini contest and '80s favorites from the band Party McFly. Proceeds benefit local the nonprofit Fetch a Cure. 6-9 p.m. Tickets $15 online, $20 day-of.

"A Chorus Line" at Richmond Triangle Players
Through July 7
Directed and choreographed by Justin Amellio, with musical direction by Kim Fox.

The 20th Annual Shakespeare Festival at Agecroft Hall
Through June 24
One of the most famous romance stories of all time, "Romeo and Juliet." 7:30 p.m. $15 to $30.

Napoleon: Power and Splendor at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Through Sept. 3.
More than 200 works of art, many of which have never been seen in this country, reveal the "intricacies of Napoleon's household and the role it played in the daily life of the emperor and his family," according to the museum. Some of these paintings are masterpieces you'd normally have to travel to the Château de Fontainebleau, the Louvre, or the Musée de l'Armée in Paris. to see The exhibit is organized and circulated by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts,.$10 to $16.

Ashland Strawberry Faire in Hanover
Saturday, June 16
Held on the streets of Randolph-Macon College. Who doesn't love those plump, juicy strawberries from Ashland? 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Deep Run Horse Show at Deep Run Hunt Club Show Grounds in Manakin-Sabot
June 20-24
Founded in 1955, one of the East Coast's oldest horse shows will feature horses and riders competing in more than 200 classes, vying for championship awards and qualifying for national competitions. Begins at 8 a.m. each day, free admission. Refreshments available. There will be spectator tents, bleachers, and arts and crafts.

Virginia Repertory Theatre's "West Side Story" at the November Theatre
June 22-July 29
The classic musical retelling of "Romeo and Juliet" Single tickets start at $36.

Richmond Veg Fest at Bryan Park, June 23
  • Richmond Veg Fest at Bryan Park, June 23

Richmond Veg Fest at Bryan Park
Saturday, June 23
If you love delicious and healthy vegetarian food, you don't want to miss this. Great food, live music, speakers, nonprofits and family fun. Free. Noon to 6 p.m. Rain date is Saturday, June 30.

Richmond Bacon Festival at 17th Street Farmers' Market
Saturday, June 23
Presented by Enrichmond Foundation, this festival features bacon chefs competing for the People's Choice Award. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Small Plates Choreography Festival at Dogtown Dance
June 29-30
An opportunity for audience and choreographers to interact. Both nights at 8. $10.

Pandemic: Richmond at the Valentine
Through Jan. 6
This exhibit "explores the repeated storms of disease that have swept through the city," according to organizers. "From influenza to cholera to polio to AIDS/HIV, this exhibition investigates how Richmonders have fought silent, invisible enemies and tells their stories of both loss and survival."

Pylon Re-enactment Society with Positive No and DJ Resin at Strange Matter
Friday, June 29
Pylon was one of the all-time great bands from Athens, Georgia. This is a tribute group fronted by the original singer, Vanessa Briscoe Hay — about as close as you're ever going to get to the real thing. 8 p.m. $12.

Michael Blackson
  • Michael Blackson

Michael Blackson at Carpenter Theatre
Friday, June 29
Rising from the Philly scene, "the African King of Comedy" delivers stand-up influenced by the great Eddie Murphy. 8 p.m. $47 to $77.

Chief Keef at the National
Friday, June 29
The Chicago rapper and chief executive of Glory Boys Entertainment in the flesh. 7 p.m. $25-$30.

Ludacris at Innsbrook After Hours
Saturday, June 30
The 40-year-old rapper and actor returns with a guest to be announced. $26 to $31.

The 20th Annual Shakespeare Festival at Agecroft Hall
Saturday, June 30
"The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr" a crazy comedy that rides through the Bard's plays. $25 show only. $80 dinner and show.


Lake Street Dive at the National
Monday, July 2
The poppy and soulful New York-based band used to play the small backroom of Balliceaux, finding an early audience in Richmond before striking it big. 7:30 p.m. $30-$33.

Lake Street Dive at the National, July 2 - SHERVIN LAINEZ
  • Shervin Lainez
  • Lake Street Dive at the National, July 2

Monumental: Richmond's Monuments (1607-2018) at the Valentine
July 4-Jan. 2
What better way to celebrate Independence Day than stopping by the Valentine museum to look at an exhibit that explores all the monuments in Richmond — with a focus on memory-making, what we choose to remember and forget.

Rockets Red Glare at Rocketts Landing
July 4
Free, family-friendly event open to the public with activities, vendors, music, food trucks, and a pro beach volleyball tourney held by EVP Volleyball. Fireworks at 9 p.m.

Red, White and Lights at Dorey Park, Henrico County
July 4
Live music and family fun starting at 5 p.m. Plunky and Oneness at 6, Richmond Symphony at 8, and the fireworks and laser light show at 9:15.

The 20th Annual Shakespeare Festival at Agecroft Hall
Thursday, July 5
Love trials and tangles in "As You Like It." 7:30 p.m. $25-$30.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra at the National, July 6 - NEIL KRUG
  • Neil Krug
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra at the National, July 6

Unknown Mortal Orchestra at the National
Friday, July 6
This New Zealand psych rock band has recorded on Fat Possum and Jagjaguwar. 8 p.m. $17.50-$20.50.

TheatreLab and 5th Wall Theatre present "Hand to God" at the Basement
July 13-Aug. 4
Directed by Gary Hopper, a summary of the play begins: "After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry, in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas."

G. Love and Special Sauce at the Broadberry
Friday, July 23
Trash-can blues from Philly. 8 p.m. $25-$30.

Hanover Tomato Festival
Saturday, July 14
Celebrate the famous Hanover tomato at Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville. hanovertomatofestival.

Jamming on the James at the Wilton House Museum
Saturday, July 14
A free concert featuring the traditional Irish, English and Scottish dance tunes of Handsome Molly on the lawn of the Wilton House. Bring a picnic and your favorite lawn chair. 6-8 p.m. Free.

The Devon Allman Project with Guest Duane Betts
Saturday, July 14
Two sons of the Allman Brothers unite for originals and a few covers. $20.50 to $23. 8 p.m.

Punch Brothers with Madison Cunningham at Maymont
Wednesday, July 18
A group of talented musicians including Chris Thile on mandolin making sounds that have been described as "American country-classical chamber music." Music starts at 7 p.m. $30-$65.

Comedian Eddie B. at Altria Theatre
Friday, July 20
The Houston comic's Teachers Only Comedy Tour explores a hysterical and realistic portrayal of teacher life. 8 p.m. $25-$65.

Dylan Carlson and Dorthia Cotrell at Capital Ale House
Saturday, July 21
Known for his work with Earth, Carlson joins bewitching local musician Dorthia Cotrell of Windhand. $12 to $15. 8 p.m.

Violent Femmes at the National, July 23 - EBRU YILDIZ
  • Ebru Yildiz
  • Violent Femmes at the National, July 23

Violent Femmes and Echo and the Bunnymen at the National
Monday, July 23
Two classic bands from the '80s join forces for a co-headlining tour. $47-$52. 8 p.m.

Yes at Virginia Credit Union Live
Tuesday, July 24
The classic prog rock band stops by on its 50th anniversary tour. $31.50-$71.50. 7:30 p.m.

Shannon and the Clams at the Broadberry
Wednesday, July 25
Retro garage rock and '60s-inspired pop from these Oakland, California, favorites of director John Waters. 8 p.m. $15.

William Shatner at Altria Theatre, July 26
  • William Shatner at Altria Theatre, July 26

William Shatner at Altria Theatre
Thursday, July 26
The original Captain Kirk and cult classic musician returns for a talk following a screening of "Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan." Whether he'll yell "Khaaaaaan" remains a mystery. Whether he'll sing "Rocket Man" remains a fervent dream. $41-$61.


Movies in the Park presents "Black Panther" at Battery Park
Friday, Aug. 3
8 p.m.

David Cross at the Carpenter Theatre, Aug. 4
  • David Cross at the Carpenter Theatre, Aug. 4

David Cross at the Carpenter Theatre
Saturday, Aug. 4
The bald comedian, actor ("Arrested Development" and "Mr. Show") and voice talent brings his "Oh Come On" tour to the Dominion Energy Center. Really. Oh, come on! 8 p.m. $37.

Summer Brain Freeze at Blue Bee Cider
Saturday, Aug. 4
It's the hottest month of the year, usually. So cool off with the delectable frozen desserts of Richmond, featuring King of Pops, Sweet Frog, Gelati Celesti and Nightingale Ice Cream sandwiches. Noon to 6 p.m.

10th annual Jazz and Food Festival at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church
Saturday, Aug. 4
Traditional and contemporary jazz with great food in a Christian, family-oriented atmosphere. Noon to 7:30 p.m. Donation of at least $5 requested.

Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont
Aug. 9-12
Among this year's artists: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, the O'Jays, Gladys Knight, Eric B. and Rakim, Nicholas Payton, locals Butcher Brown and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Tickets range from one-day tickets to weekend passes.

The 12th Annual Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
Aug. 10-11
Always a delight, this festival features Philippine food, fun and dancing. Free. 5-10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday.

Library Out Loud at Richmond Public Library
Saturday, Aug. 11
It's the second annual Richmond Independent Arts Festival at the Main Branch of the Richmond Public Library. Fun with the whole family. Noon to 4 p.m.

Jamming on the James at the Wilton House Museum
Saturday, Aug. 11
A free concert featuring the indie pop of Goldrush on the lawn of the Wilton House. Bring a picnic and your favorite lawn chair. 6 to 8 p.m. Free.

Dragon Boat Festival
Saturday, Aug. 11
Co-workers, friends and family race canoes 500 meters up the James with decorative Chinese dragon heads. $1,095 to $1,595 a team.

The Fixx at the Tin Pan
Saturday, Aug. 11
One of the more innovative bands to come out of the MTV era. 6 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show. $50-$55.

Guided by Voices with Park Doing at the Broadberry
Monday, Aug. 13
Legendary indie rockers from Dayton, Ohio. 8 p.m. $25-$30.

Big Freedia with ICSG DJs at the Broadberry
Thursday, Aug. 16.
The bounce queen from New Orleans brings the booty bumping to the B-berry. 9 p.m. $20-$42.

Dark Star Orchestra at Innsbrook After Hours
Thursday, Aug. 16
The nation's premiere Grateful Dead cover band returns to make the faithful shimmy and twirl. $16 (early bird) to $31. 6 p.m.

Coaster Campout at Kings Dominion
Aug 17-18
You've been to the theme park a bunch, but you've probably never seen it like this. Camp out for $250 and get four tickets, extra ride times and other deals.

Down Home Family Reunion at Abner Clay Park
Saturday, Aug. 18
Presented by the Elegba Folklore Society, this downtown weekend festival celebrates African-American folk life with world music and dance, vendors and children's events. 4-11 p.m.

Cake and Ben Folds with guests Tall Heights at Virginia Credit Union Live at Richmond Raceway
Sunday, Aug. 19
A co-headlining tour by two popular genre benders. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Shovels and Rope at Maymont
Tuesday, Aug. 21
The award-winning South Carolina duo returns with highly personal new songs. $20 to $50. Doors at 6 p.m.

ZZ Top at Innsbrook After Hours
Wednesday, Aug. 22
The three bearded ones return to rock your socks off. $31 to $46. 6 p.m.

Kool and the Gang at Innsbrook After Hours
Thursday, Aug. 23
The influential R&B and funk group (one of the most sampled around) is still going. 6 p.m.

Howardeena Pindell: What Remains to be Seen at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Saturday, Aug. 25 through Nov. 25
The work of groundbreaking, multidisciplinary artist Howardeena Pindell, who for five decades has explored the intersection of art and activism. Free.

Carytown Farmer's Market
Sunday, Aug. 26

Rodney Crowell at the Tin Pan
Sunday, Aug. 26
The veteran country singer and songwriter returns. $47.50 to $55.50. Doors at 5 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m.

Richmond Flying Squirrels closing weekend at the Diamond.
Aug. 31-Sept. 3
Summer officially ends with Labor Day weekend and the final out for the Richmond Flying Squirrels. This last weekend against Harrisburg features a "Harry Potter" night, a "Star Wars" promotion and a Bruno Mars tribute night with $2,400 in prizes. Plus, fireworks!

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