Free & Cheap Weekend Events March 25-27

Hooray for spring!

The very popular Church Hill Irish Festival is this weekend. There are lots of additional fun options, such as Strange’s Bloomin Days (for the green thumbs) and Mardi Paws (for the fidos). All events are free admission unless noted.

FRIDAY

International Film Series: Mid-August Lunch – Friday 3 and 7:30pm; Jepson Hall 118, University of Richmond
Italy, 2008. 75 min. Writer-director Gianni Di Gregorio plays Gianni, a placid Roman in his fifties who lives with his elderly mom Valeria, a refined 80-year-old who always looks like she’s dressed for dinner at the Ritz back in 1963… Mid-August Lunch captures a group portrait of people who are comfortable with who they are, savoring the pleasures of food and companionship, all while living in the moment.

An Evening with Mountainfilm – Friday 7-9:30pm; Henrico Theatre, Highland Springs. Free.
Each year in Telluride, Colorado, Mountainfilm celebrates cultures unique to mountain communities with an international rendezvous of legendary mountaineers, environmentalists, filmmakers, authors, scientists, and artists. The mission of Mountainfilm is to educate and inspire audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, and environments worth preserving. Don’t miss this opportunity to view incredible outdoor films!

SATURDAY

Church Hill Irish Festival ($2) – Saturday, 10am-7pm; North 25th St in front of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
Traditional Irish musicians, bagpipers and dancers will perform throughout the weekend. In addition to great entertainment, there will be plenty of family fun, including children’s games, face painting and Irish-themed crafts. Over thirty Irish vendors will be in attendance! Food and refreshments will also be available.

strange's bloomin days

Strange’s Bloomin’ Days – Saturday 10am-5pm; Strange’s Garden Center, 12111 W Broad St
Explore vegetable and herb gardening, learn how to prune shrubs and trees, and find out how to create your own container garden. We will have tips and tricks for dealing with moles & voles and growing your lawn ‘green.’ Experts from the local Master Gardener chapters and representatives from the Rose, Iris and Orchid societies will be on hand to answer your questions. Free hotdogs, orchid repotting and specials throughout our greenhouse and nursery!

Richmond Family Magazine Adventure Expo – Saturday 10am-3pm; Peak Experiences, 11421 Polo Circle, Midlothian
Learn about summer camp options while enjoying free rock climbing, meet-n-greet with Nutzy and Kickeroo, and a Diggity Dudes concert at 10:30am

Mardi Paws – Saturday 10am-2pm; Taylor Park, Ashland
Grab your furry friend, purple beads and masks and take a stroll over to Taylor Park for your Canine version of a Mardi Gras party. Events include Trick Demos by Dog Scout Troop 194, Puppy Races, Mardi Gras Pet Costume Contest, and MAD Dogs (The Mid-Atlantic Disc Dog Club) shows at 10:00am and 1:00pm.

Spring on the Farm – Saturday 1-3pm; Meadow Farm Museum
For all ages. Come see what is going on at the farm. Are there any new lambs? What is the farmer doing? It’s time to get the garden ready for planting! Information: Anna Truong, 501-2130.

Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL – Saturday 2pm; Henrico Theatre
For all ages. Team XXL is a group of youthful, diverse, high-energy dancers that combine pedestrian movement and rhythmic patterning into exciting and intricate choreography. Reservations: Henrico Theatre Staff, 328-4491

Belle Isle Strings – Saturday 2pm; Gellman Room, Main Library, 101 East Franklin Street
Performing music of Schubert and Schumann. The concert is free and the public is invited.

SUNDAY

Church Hill Irish Festival ($2) – Sunday, 10am-6pm; 2500 E. Broad St
(See Saturday)

Strange’s Bloomin’ Days – Sunday 10am-5pm; Strange’s Garden Center, 12111 W Broad St
(See Saturday)

Duo Piano Recital: Richard Becker & Doris Wylee-Becker – Sunday 3pm; Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music, University of Richmond
Faculty artist Richard Becker and his wife, Doris Wylee-Becker, present a duo-piano concert featuring music by Becker, Stravinsky, Debussy, and others.

International Film Series: Mid-August Lunch – Sunday 7:30pm; Jepson Hall 118, University of Richmond
(See Friday)

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