The F.R.E.E. List June 22-24

Frugal Richmond Events for Everyone! All events free admission unless noted.


Friday Cheers: Alabama Shakes with Robert Ellis ($5) – Friday 6:30-9:30pm; Brown’s Island
Thousands of people come to relax after the work week on Brown’s Island to meet friends and hear some of the nation’s hottest touring acts and the region’s top bands. There are two entry points to Brown’s Island and payment will be taken at all. Cash, Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Debit and credit cards are only taken at one entry point — the pedestrian bridge at 7th Street. No pets are allowed. Produced by Venture Richmond. For more information, call (804) 788-6466.

Slack Family Band – Friday 8pm; Dogwood Dell, 1300 Blanton Ave.
Bluegrass, part of Dogwood Dell Festival of the Arts

Movie Nights in the Park: Thor (PG-13) – Friday 8:30pm; T B Smith Park, 2015 Ruffin Road
Free outdoor family movie nights each Friday, hosted by the City of Richmond. All movies start at sunset, approximately 8:30-10:30pm.


Rocketts Landing Sprints Regatta – Saturday 9am-2pm; Rocketts Landing, 211 Rocketts Way
On Saturday June 23rd, 2012 the Virginia Boat Club hosts the 9th annual Rocketts Landing Sprints. The event consists of 1000 meter sprints along the historic James River waterfront in downtown Richmond, ending at Rocketts Landing. Spectators can watch the crews battle upstream over the 1000 meter course by standing by the Intermediate Terminal dock or on the banks of the Virginia Boat Club and Rocketts Landing site at 4708 Old East Main Street.

“Fast and Fresh” En Plein Air – Saturday 9am-1:30pm; Monument Avenue from N. Robinson to Allison
On Saturday from 9 am -12 pm juried and non-juried artists will start and complete paintings on Richmond’s famed Monument Avenue. These “wet” paintings will be available for purchase right off the easels with proceeds benefiting the Symphony. At noon they will bring their pieces to the Virginia Center for Architecture to be judged

Cultsha Xpo – Saturday 10am-5pm; Science Museum of Virginia
Free Science Museum admission, free cultural performances, and free money to spend to support cultural organizations in Richmond. More info here.

Patrick Henry Birthday Celebration – Saturday 10am-12pm; Hanover Tavern, 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road, Hanover
Come celebrate the birthday of one of our most famous Hanoverian. The celebration will include an interactive readers’ theater reading at 10:00, cupcakes and refreshments at 11:00 am, followed by Johnathan the Juggler at 11:15.

Richmond Vegetarian Festival – Saturday 12-6pm; Azalea Gardens at Bryan Park
One of Richmond’s great outdoor summer festivals, it’s a lot of fun no matter your interest or background – there’s something for everyone! Lots of great vendors that showcase the resources available in the local area, a ton of great live music, speakers, food demonstrations, and of course some of the best food you’ll ever taste. All for free – can’t beat it for a fun summer day. Whether or not you’re vegetarian – it’s fun for everyone! Among the crowd of 4,000-5,000 that come out every year, the majority are non-vegetarians.

Jammin’ on the James Emme St. James and her Jazz Gentlemen – Wilton House Museum, 215 S Wilton Rd
Join us this spring and summer for our 5th year of concerts at Wilton. Bring a picnic dinner and your favorite lawn chair for family-friendly music on our grass terrace overlooking the James River. Enjoy walk-through tours of Wilton. Kids will be entertained by face-painting, games, and crafts while parents revel in the sounds of the live melodies. Free admission. All Concerts are Saturday’s rain or shine. Donations appreciated. Seating is on a first-come basis. Call (804)282-5936 ext. 4 for more information.

Cyrus McCormick and The Reapers – Saturday 8pm; Dogwood Dell, 1300 Blanton Ave.
50’s and 60’s rock, part of Dogwood Dell Festival of the Arts

Voices From the Storm, Richmond 1862 – Saturday 8:30pm; Historic Tredegar, 500 Tredegar St
Special outdoor multimedia program at the Tredegar Iron Works created from the images and voices of the people who lived 150 years ago. Their important reminiscences illuminate the struggles, hopes, and transformations during the summer of 1862. Co‐sponsored by the National Park Service and the American Civil War Center.


heart the arts

Heart the Arts Festival – Sunday 12-5pm; Children’s Museum of Richmond, 2200 Old Brick Rd, Glen Allen
Culture comes to Short Pump at the second annual Heart the Arts Fest 2012 on Sunday, June 24, from 12 – 5pm in the heart of West Broad Village. This FREE street festival features a line-up of live music and dance performances, artist demos, games and hands-on projects, along with luscious food offerings and all kinds of festival fun. Don’t miss it! Enjoy sneak peeks into Summer Camps offered at the Children’s Museum of Richmond and Art Classes offered at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, as well as activity stations provided by Erie Insurance and the Goddard School. Enjoy live music and dance demonstrations arranged by The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.

Prime Time Swing – Sunday 7pm; Dogwood Dell, 1300 Blanton Ave.
Big band music, part of Dogwood Dell Festival of the Arts

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