Free & Cheap Events September 17-19

So many fabulous events this weekend, it seems nearly impossible to choose. What are you up to?

All events are free admission unless noted.


Armenian Food Festival – Friday 11am-9pm; St James Armenian Church, 6300 block of Patterson Ave
Come celebrate our 52nd year of traditional Armenian dancing and music in festive outdoor settings. Armenian cuisine, beer, wine & coffee for sale.

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St. Benedict’s Oktoberfest – Friday 5pm to 10pm; St. Benedict Festplatz, Hanover and Belmont Avenues
Chosen due to the strong German roots of our parish, this German-themed celebration allows attendees the opportunity to enjoy German music, dancing, food, and their beverage of choice

Target Family Night($1) Friday 5-7:30pm; Children’s Museum of Richmond Central

Friday Live at Five: Ray Goodman Brown with First Impressions – Friday beginning at 5pm; The Hideaway, Fort Lee
The Hideaway is located next to Outdoor Recreation on 5th Street, just off C Ave. All concerts will play rain or shine. Event times for all shows will begin with a DJ spinning from 5- 6pm, bands will play from 6-9pm. Admission is free; food and beverages will be available for purchase. Call (804) 765-3176 for more information

Open Air Film Festival: Baader Meinhof Complex – Friday 7:30pm; Courtyard of Copley Science Building, Randolph Macon College, Ashland
This film dramatizes the events of the West German domestic terrorist group that called itself the Red Army Faction. Bring your own chair and we’ll provide popcorn and soda


Henricus Publick Days – Saturday 10am-5pm; Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester ($5 parking)
Be a part of the annual celebration of the 1611 founding of the Citie of Henricus. Experience the past as 400 years of history come to life with living history re-enactments, military drills and musket firings, craftsmen and blacksmiths, 17th-century medicinal demonstrations, Virginia Indian activities, historical children’s games and crafts, storytelling and more. Our largest and most popular annual event. Free-of-Charge. Additional Fees for Make-and-Take crafts

Virginia War Memorial Family Open House -Saturday, 10am-4pm; Virginia War Memorial, 621 S. Belvidere Street
Grand Opening – Galanti Education Center (Family Day Open House) Come to the Memorial and see the new Galanti Center. Activities will include special Vietnam exhibits, information tables, film premiere, and military vehicle displays. Ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:20am, musical performances at 10:30am, 1pm, and 2:30pm.

Hooray for Hopewell Arts & Crafts Show – Saturday 10am to 10pm; downtown Hopewell
Featuring participants from Florida to New Jersey, the festival will be held on the beautiful new streetscape around the Appomattox Regional Library and the historic Beacon Theatre. There will be many new artists and crafters this year, along with returning favorites. In addition to the shopping experience, there will be continuous live entertainment on the Main Stage with Casper, Fat Chance and much more. Also appearing for the entire weekend will be Jonathan the Juggler and Cotton Candy Clown with her unique face painting. Zoo to You petting zoo from Leesburg will be there on Sunday only from 1 to 4 p.m. and the Hopewell Jaycees will be proving children’s rides and activities through both days. For further information call (804) 452-1822

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Glen Allen Day – Saturday 11am-4pm; Meadow Farm Park, 3400 Mountain Road
This year’s theme is “Living Healthy.” Celebrating 14 years, Glen Allen Day festivities will include a community parade at 9:30 a.m. beginning at the intersection of John Cussons Road and Mountain Road and continuing down Mountain Road to Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park. Activities in the park include children’s activities, balloons by Miss Sheri the Clown, an arts and crafts and business fair, a live petting zoo, train rides, a classic car show, and live musical entertainment featuring local musicians on two stages. Refreshments will be available for purchase at an outdoor food court.

Shockoe-on-the-Half-Shell – Saturday 10am-5pm; 17th St Farmers Market, Shockoe Bottom
Oyster Festival with live music by the Trongone Band, Weebeeus Trio, and Road Kill Roy (Note: website lists conflicting times; elsewhere it says 11am to 4pm)

Armenian Food Festival – Saturday 11am-9pm; St James Armenian Church, 6300 block of Patterson Ave
(See Friday)

St. Benedict’s Oktoberfest – Saturday 11am to 10pm; St. Benedict Festplatz, Hanover and Belmont Avenues
(See Friday)

Scottish Country Dancers Performance – Saturday 7-8pm; Twin Hickory Recreation Center
Come out for an evening of Scottish dances, culture, and entertainment. Accompanied by traditional Highlander music, the Scottish Country Dancers will be dressed in beautiful, colorful Celtic attire from head to toe. The evening will conclude with a social and light refreshments. Information: Janice Parker, 270-2161. Registration required and available online.


Henricus Publick Days – Sunday 10am-5pm; Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester ($5 parking)
(See Saturday)

Family Peace Festival – Sunday 11am to 5pm; Mary Munford Elementary School
Entertainment by Latin Ballet of Virginia, Hotel X, Chief Red Hawk, Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company, BreadWinnaz Peace Rappers, & Chinese Dancers. Games, arts & crafts tent, and community exhibitors

Hooray for Hopewell Arts & Crafts Show – Sunday noon to 5pm; downtown Hopewell
(See Saturday)

St. Benedict’s Oktoberfest – Sunday noon to 6pm; St. Benedict Festplatz, Hanover and Belmont Avenues
(See Friday)

Armenian Food Festival – Sunday noon-7pm; St James Armenian Church, 6300 block of Patterson Ave
(See Friday)

Donald George, tenor and Lucy Mauro, piano – Sunday 3 pm; Perkinson Recital Hall, North Court, Modlin Center at the University of Richmond
Guest artists Donald George and Lucy Mauro present “The Old Wicked Songs of Heinrich Heine,” featuring art songs of Heine’s poetry. Commentary and projected images will give an idea of the literary and artistic background of nineteenth-century Romanticism. The second half of the program will feature Robert Schumann’s Dichterliebe.

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