Free & Cheap Events March 11-13

All events are free admission unless noted.



Banff Mountain Film Festival ($5 per night if purchased in advance by Thursday, $8 for both nights, $2 18 and under) – Friday 6:30-9:30pm; James River High School, 3700 James River Rd
Experience adventure on the big screen. Explore the world’s last great wild places. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate and inspire as you journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks. Different films each night. Ages 4 and under are free. For more information on film festival and meal options email or call 804-748-1623

Black Maria Film + Video Festival – ($5) Friday 6:30-9pm; Leslie Cheek Theater, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Named for Thomas Edison’s Black Maria, the world’s first motion picture studio, this internationally recognized showcase of independent works is one of nine festivals designated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an Oscar-qualifying competition for new work by independent artists. Festival director John Columbus will present a selection of the year’s most compelling award-winning short films and videos.

Petersburg Friday for the Arts – Friday 6-10pm; Old Towne Petersburg
The second Friday of every month in historic downtown Petersburg. Starting out as an art walk, Friday for the Arts! has become a comprehensive celebration of the arts, with twenty or more venues. An Arts Night bus runs through the area from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm, connecting most venues and parking areas.


Second Saturday Stories: Story Teller for Children – Saturday 10:30-11:30am; Hanover Tavern, 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd
Eve Watters Performing classic folklore and tales for all ages! Appropriate for all ages, $3 suggested donation per guest.

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Shamrock the Block – Saturday 12-6pm; 17th Street Farmers Market
Shamrock The Block is FREE to attend, with great food, live music all day and plenty o’ green beverages for you to enjoy safely, so bring a designated driver. Last year, 25,000 of your neighbors poured into the streets of historic Shockoe Bottom for this first outdoor event of the season. We’ve expanded the kid’s activities (Jugglers, face-painting, bouncies, games and more), the band lineup and have more things to do and see. Benefits SCAN.

Seed Swap & Potluck – Saturday 12-2pm; Tricycle Gardens, 2107 Jefferson Ave
Join Tricycle Gardens for an afternoon of fun! Bring some seeds or perennials to trade. Go home with new varieties, tips and stories. Bring a dish to share (optional) and also bring a garden hat to decorate if you’re feeling crafty!

Blacksmithing: Too Many Irons in the Fire – Saturday 1-3pm; Meadow Farm Museum
For all ages. The blacksmith was a very important member of the 19th-century rural community. Watch and listen to the blacksmith as the iron gets red-hot and the smith pounds and bends it into useful objects. Information: Anna Truong, 501-2130.

St. Patty’s Palooza (PDF) – Saturday 1-5pm; Courtyard of the Shoppes at Innsbrook
Family Fun Event supports St. Baldrick’s Day with Live Music, Live Radio Broadcasts, Dance, Displays, Eats, Drinks, An Appearance From The Richmond Raiders With Star Quarterback Bryan Randall & Much More!

A Night at the Quartermaster Museum – Saturday 6-8pm; U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum, 1201 22nd St, Fort Lee
For 1st through 6th grades and their families. Students will meet famous, and not so famous, people in history and hear their stories, participate in craft activities, and experience hands-on opportunities with objects. Refreshments will also be served. The number of participants is limited so pre-registration is required – Call 734-4203

Banff Mountain Film Festival ($5 per night, $8 for both nights, $2 18 and under) – Saturday 6:30-9:30pm; James River High School, 3700 James River Rd
(see Friday)


Soundworks Concert – Sunday 1:30pm; Northside Baptist Church, 7600 Studley Rd, Mechanicsville
Richmond based acappella group, Soundworks, winners of the Mid-Atlantic District- Southern Division of the Barbershop Harmony Society for five consecutive years, will entertain with a broad range of family-friendly music ranging from the silly to the serious and the sacred. Whether it is swing, gospel, or barbershop, Soundworks music is a memorable experience. The concert is free and open to the public.

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