by Kate Vinnedge
Photo by Eli Christman
Summer is just around the corner! It might feel like it’s already here, but there’s still a little bit of time left to plan your RVA summer event itinerary - and we’ve got the scoop on all the details for what’s going on around town for the summer season.
Happening right now at the corners of Malvern and Grove, it’s Richmond’s annual Greek Festival. Hosted at Saint Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, this festival will be going on all weekend. Expect fun for the whole family, as well as the best opportunity of the year to experience Greek culture in many forms - arts, music, and food.
Also happening right now is Richmond’s Galaxy Con, which will be going on for the rest of the weekend. Get on your best cosplay, grab your best MTG deck for the tournaments, and get ready to meet stars like Kel Mitchell and John Dimaggio.
Celebrating the food, arts, music, and culture that make RVA the city that it is, Broad Appetit will feature every facet of what Richmond has to offer. Grab $3 plates from the best local Richmond restaurants, grab your favorite Virginia beers and wines. Make sure you check out the local vendors and farmers markets as well!
Starting with The Tempest for June, Agecroft hall will continue celebrating and performing the works of the most famous playwright in history for the rest of summer with the comedy The Taming of the Shrew until the first weekend of August.
Presented by Capital Ale house, Innsbrook Taste of Virginia will show off the culinary delights of local restaurants, all of which will be competing for the grand prize of the festival - the “Taste of Virginia” award. There will be wine, craft beers, live music, and more!
Getting through the work week in the summer is a challenging endeavor - luckily, Lewis Winter Botanical Garden has your almost-there pre-weekend treat. Every Thursday from June sixth until September twelfth, you can enjoy the summer blooms of Lewis Ginter, as you stroll through their gardens, serenaded by live bands playing everything from big band swing to folk. Plus, there’s wine, beer, dining, and even shopping.
Just one week from now, The War and Treaty will be playing at Friday Cheers, hosted at Brown’s Isle. The opening act will be the The Tesky Brothers, a soulful, hip-swaying Americana with some blues mixed in there. Like usual, there will be plenty of brews to choose from, and those gorgeous James river sunsets.
Serving as a fundraiser for music education in Richmond Public Schools, East End Festival is fun for everyone. There’s a kids zone, musical performances from the Richmond Symphony and other bands, beer, wine, and food trucks.
All things jam, jelly, and jam music related, Jam Sandwich is smack dab in the middle of the James, on Mayo Island. Enjoy the amazing line up - The Vagabonds, Stoop Kids, Travers Brothership, Palm Palm, Little Stranger, Little Bird, Dharma Bombs, and The Folly.
For more information, and to buy tickets for Jam Sandwich, visit JamBase.
Hosted on Randolph-Macon’s campus, Ashland Strawberry faire is a strawberry extravaganza, with over 300 booths featuring food, antiques, and a kid’s zone. There’s also going to be a strawberry pageant, a pet pageant, and live music!
Don’t forget about dad this month! Take him to the Father’s day weekend lager fest, where you’ll find craft lagers and pilsners from Virginia and out-of-state breweries. Don’t worry about food or entertainment either - there’s eats and live music all weekend long.
Opening up the season on the first day of summer, both Trampled by Turtles and Deer Tick will be playing at Maymont. For the lineup for the entire summer season of Music at Maymont, visit musicatmaymont.com.
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