Free & Cheap Events May 14-16

Free admission to all unless noted

Shockoe Wide Open Art & Food Walk Friday 5-9pm; Shockoe Bottom
Devoted to building a more cohesive Shockoe community, Shockoe Wide Open will showcase the combined area as a center for cultural growth and sustainability. This new art walk will feature a little something for everyone, including local art, chef small plate specialties, locally made cheeses and wines, an excellent assortment of antiques, locally crafted jewelry, and local musicians. Beginning at 5pm and continuing until 9pm, the stroll or ride along cobblestone streets is a collaboration between The Tobacco Company, Sine’, Dora’s Brazilian Grill, Frame Nation, The Urban Farmhouse Market and Café, The Whitley Gallery, City Dogs, The Historic 17th Street Marketplace, Dransfield Jewelers, The Antique Boutique, C’est Le Vin and Eric Shindler Gallery; with several more local businesses jumping on board daily! Here is the walking route – or you can ride the Bottom & Back bus instead!


Dominion Riverrock – Friday & Saturday
Unites the community through a unique mix of sports, music and fun, set against the backdrop of Richmond’s downtown riverfront. The party begins on Friday with live music…a Mud Run…and an acrobatic freestyle bike competition. Then, join in the fun Saturday as athletes from around the region square off in high-adrenaline activities both in and around the river—like the James River Scramble trail run, mountain biking, kayaking and much more. With additional musical performances, spectator water sports like the highflying Ultimate Air Dogs, food, exhibits and more, Dominion Riverrock is Richmond’s premier river event.

Hanover Heritage Day Open House Saturday 10am-3pm; 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road, Hanover
Celebrate Hanover County! Hanover Tavern will provide short tours at 11:00am and 2:00pm, music, and fun. Hanover Courthouse will be open to the public for viewing, and heritage bus tours through Hanover Parks and Recreation will be conducted throughout the morning. Appropriate for all ages, and FREE! Limited seating on the three bus tours – Battlefield and Backroads, The Trail of the Cavalier, and Road to Revolution. Call Hanover County Parks and Rec Department at 804-365-4695 to reserve your spot!


Woofstock Saturday 9:30am-4pm; Monument Ave between Allen & Lombardy $5 suggested donation
Fundraising Dog Walk – Vendors – Live Music – Food & Drink – Kids Games – Dog Contests & Agility – Dog Adoptions

Camp Wilton on the James Saturday & Sunday 10am to 4pm; 215 S. Wilton Road Richmond VA 23226
For 10 days in May of 1781, General Marquis de Lafayette and over 900 troops made camp in the tobacco fields surrounding Wilton before the Siege of Yorktown. This weekend-long living history encampment will have several demonstrations of the military drill of the Continental soldier. Walk through camp and find out how soldiers –as well as campfollowers– slept, ate, and lived while on the march.
Tours of the encampment are FREE. Tours of Wilton will be offered at a discounted rate. For more information call (804) 282-5936 ext. 4.

Drewry’s Bluff Anniversary Program Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm; 7600 Fort Darling Road Richmond, VA 23237
National Park Service volunteers portraying Confederate sailors of the James River Squadron and soldiers of the Southside Heavy Artillery will be camped at historic Drewry’s Bluff in Chesterfield County. During the day there will be demonstrations, displays, and talks in camp focusing on military life and the role of the fort in the defense of Richmond. Throughout the weekend ranger-conducted walking tours will tell the story of how Confederate soldiers, sailors and marines fired the first shots in the defense of Richmond, repulsing a Federal fleet in May of 1862. All events are free and open to the public. To learn more about Drewry’s Bluff before your visit, go to Richmond National Battlefield Park’s website at

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Imagination Richmond Saturday 10am-2pm; Shops at Willow Lawn
Live Music by Silly Bus and Cy Taggart, Jonathan the Juggler, Balloon Art with Butterfly McPeace and He-Haul the Clown, Face Painting by Scarlet the Clown, Storyland with Read Aloud Virginia, Merchant Specials, Free Giveaways and MORE!

Strawberry Fields Festival Saturday 11am-5pm; The Berry Patch, 3622 Darbytown Ct.
Live music, berries & vegetables for sale

May Play Day 10am-2pm Saturday; Armour House & Gardens – Registration required
For all ages. The Armour House is a gorgeous place to spend a sunny May day! Join us for old-fashioned family fun, music, hot dogs on the grill, games, and more! Information: Elaine Olay, 343-3506

KidFest 1-4pm Saturday; Deep Run Park, 9910 Ridgefield Pkwy. Henrico
Attention kids! Come out and enjoy a day in the park just for you. Enjoy old-fashioned carnival games, a petting zoo, arts and crafts, information booths, and more, all tailored just for kids! Take a listen to the rock’n roll stylings of the female-led group A Drop Outs along with up-and-coming recording artist, 14-year-old Bria Kelly and her all-teen band CoastLand. Be sure to peruse the art exhibits by local galleries that feature child artists. Concessions will be available for purchase. Information: Rachel Leyco, 501-5134.

A Picnic on Marion Hill Sunday 1-4pm; Clarke-Palmore House Museum, 904 McCoul Stree
Join us for an old-fashioned picnic! Bring your basket of sandwiches or chicken; we’ll provide the drinks and sweets. Enjoy house tours, games, and music. 652-3409. FREE.

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