by Kate Vinnedge
Photo by Will Fisher
If you’ve been planning to do something new this weekend, just looking for ideas, or have been wanting visit Richmond, now is the perfect time to explore the city - May weather and RVA activities go hand-in-hand!
Without further ado, here are 7 Richmond must do’s in 7 days!
This 17th through the 19th, Brown’s Isle will be the place to be in RVA. An outdoor adventure and music festival (for those of you who haven’t been), Riverrock is chock-full of activities that are guaranteed to spark your interest - no matter what you’re interested in.
There’s an adventure race (beware, and befriend the mud), mountain biking, paddling on the canal, trail runs and group hikes, rock wall climbing and bouldering, music all festival long, a slackline spanning the canal, and even group yoga events.
You can even watch professional climbers, slackliners, and freestyle bikers compete!
The best part is, everything is free for spectators!
Right now, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is exhibiting Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment until August 18th. Featuring nearly 100 historical and contemporary objects dating from the 9th century to as recent as 2016, Awaken takes you on a contemplative journey through immersive galleries, giving you an intimate space to connect with yourself.
If you’ve never been, the VMFA also has an impressive permanent collection ranging from impressionists to art nouveau, and ancient Egyptian to contemporary. The gardens and outdoor spaces that surround the museum are also a great place to sit back and enjoy some sculptures, or a picnic.
If you’re visiting Richmond, and want to get a unique perspective of the James, and the city itself, check out the pipeline. I’ve kind of made it my personal mission to see the skyline from as many views as possible, and while you won’t see the skyline from this vantage, it’s an immersive, energetic view - the rushing river of the James on one side, just below your feet, the old oil pipeline suspending you over the rapids, and the foundations of skyscrapers on your other side, descending straight into the northern bank of the James.
Only about a ten minute walk from the flood wall entrance is a great little beach that’s perfect for some afternoon relaxation.
This month on the 24th, it’s RVA night, featuring Illiterate Light with Calvin Presents and Tinnarose at Friday Cheers. Another event on Brown’s Isle, Friday cheers is an on-going summer concert festival responsible for bringing names like Connor Oberst, The Record Company, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, and Car Seat Headrest to Richmond.
There’s no better way to spend a Friday evening during these late spring and early summer months - the sunset illuminating the river, the skyline shining, a bold and refreshing brew from a local brewery, and fantastic bands. It’s only 5 bucks, and it’s totally worth every penny.
Everyday, you can journey to the heart of the Amazon rainforest, dive with sharks, explore the building blocks of the universe, and go on a live guided tour of our galaxy.
The Science Museum of Virginia’s IMAX dome is an absolutely breathtaking experience - and don’t let the fact that the movies and live space tours are accessible to children fool you into thinking this is just for kids. You’re going to be entertained, amazed, and educated after visiting The Dome, the most technologically advanced dome theater in the world, featuring a NanoSeam screen that provides an ultra high-def picture, immersing you in whatever realm of science you fancy.
The T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial footbridge provides hikers, walkers, and sightseers with another unique view of the city. This 1600 foot-long bridge connects Brown’s Isle to Manchester, and provides access to two different trails of the Jamer River park system - the Buttermilk trail and the Floodwall.
On the Manchester side, you’ll find an art installation titled “Three days in April 1865,” which tells the story of the fall of the former capital of the Confederacy falling, and the Richmonders of the time fleeing while the city burned. For a little more upbeat of a destination, there’s also two different rock walls to climb - make sure to bring your climbing gear - when you stand on top of these walls, you feel like you’re on top of the world.
All this weekend, it’s the hit Broadway musical, “Something Rotten!” - the story of two brothers who set out in 1595 to write the world’s first musical, after a lofty prediction from a local soothsayer inspires them to do so. Tickets are still available!
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