The F.R.E.E. List June 8-10

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


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Friday Cheers: ALO with Former Champions ($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.

Petersburg Friday for the Arts – Friday 6-10pm; Downtown Petersburg
Friday for the Arts! spreads the arts across many blocks of Downtown Petersburg, from the City Library to Sycamore Rouge, and beyond. Numerous venues stage new exhibits every month, and others change exhibits every several months. Galleries, museums, restaurants, and shops stage exhibits, and many other shops & restaurants are open throughout the evening. Music ranges from classical concerts in a church to rollicking rock evenings in clubs. Impromptu performances appear throughout the eevening, as well as planned outdoor performances.


XTERRA (free for spectators) – Saturday starting at 7:30am; Brown’s Island
Events include the XTERRA Fugitive 10k trail run, the XTERRA Richmond half-marathon trail run, free kids races, free clinics taught by pro athletes, the Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon to raise money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation, and two off-road triathlons – a half-distance XTERRA Sprint race (perfect for newcomers) and the XTERRA East Championship

HCA’s Family Palooza – Saturday 10 am-2 pm; Science Museum of Virginia
HCA Virginia will present familypalooza! – a free event that will feature a day of fun and healthy activities for the entire family. The event will take place Saturday, June 8 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Science Museum of Virginia on the tracks, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond, and will feature free health screenings, face painting and glitter tattoos, live music, games and prizes, and the opportunity to meet with local EMS heroes and tour their fire trucks, helicopters and other vehicles that keep the community safe. Other activities include cooking demonstrations for and by kids, speed pitch and batting with the Flying Squirrels, football with the UR Spiders and soccer and skills training with the Richmond Kickers

What’s Growing in the Garden? – Saturday 12:30-3:30pm; Meadow Farm Museum
For all ages. Meadow Farm’s heirloom garden is in the midst of its growing season. Step inside the walls and learn more about the culinary and medicinal uses of vegetables and herbs. Information: 501-2130.

Movie Under the Stars ($2 adults, $1 children under 12) – Saturday 8:35pm; Shepherd Stadium, 901 Meridian Avenue, Colonial Heights
Grab a blanket/chair and spend Saturday nights watching movies under the stars on a 26-foot screen in Shepherd Stadium. Doors open 45 minutes prior to Show Time. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the gate. Cash only at the gate. Advance Ticket packages: $15.00; includes 4 admittance tickets, 4 hotdogs, 4 drinks, & 1 popcorn. No outside food or beverages. Concessions available for purchase (Doesn’t actually specify what movie…)


XTERRA (free for spectators) – Saturday starting at 8am; Brown’s Island
(see Saturday)

Stuart’s Ride Commemoration – Sunday 12-4pm; Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Rd
For all ages. It’s the 150th anniversary of Stuart’s Ride around McClellan’s Federal Army! Experience the meeting between Generals Lee and Stuart that led up to the Seven Days Battles. Enjoy living history, a re-creation of the meeting, and take part in a question and answer time with Lee and Stuart interpreters. Period music, children’s activities, Civil War re-enactors, and tours also provided. Information: 652-3409

Latin Ballet of Virginia Presents Fiesta Del Sol – Sunday 3pm; Children’s Farm Lawn, Maymont
Celebrate summer with a spectacular showing of choreography by the Latin Ballet of Virginia’s talented company members and their blooming students!

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Celebrate Fatherhood – Sunday 3-6pm; Ukrop Park & Collegiate School Aquatics Center, 5050 Ridgedale Parkway, Chesterfield
Bring your swim trunks and a towel so you can try out the new Collegiate School Aquatics Center pool! For kids of all ages, participants will enjoy activities and games outdoors on Field 7 and indoors at the new state-of-the-art swimming pool! Whether taking your baby swimming for the first time or winning a relay race with your 12 year old, it will be an afternoon of memories. Come celebrate the gift of fatherhood at Richmond’s newest location for activity. In addition to some swimming pool fun, there will be field games, bounce houses, “The Fastest Dad in Richmond” contests (both swimming and running) and a special presentation for all families inside the aquatics center. Food vendors will be on location.

Fishing for Folk with the Vinson Brothers – Sunday 4 – 6pm; 2209 E. Grace St.
From Bach to blues, from the ceili to the campfire, from mountains to mill towns, the Vinson Brothers search for the Good News in the music they love. As part of Richmond Hill’s “Concerts for Camp” series, the Vinson Brothers – Richard on guitar, David on banjo, and John on piano – will bring songs of faith, struggle, and joy from the people to the people. Freewill offering.

Koinonia Jazz Experience – Sunday 4pm; Weston Plantation, 400 Weston Lane, Hopewell
Pack a picnic, grab your lawn chairs and come join us at Weston Plantation for free summer concerts on the lawn overlooking the Appomattox River. Enjoy a spectacular view of the lower Appomattox from the grounds of Weston where Historic Hopewell Foundation will be hosting the 3rd Sounds of Summer concert series. All concerts are free, and begin at 4pm. Audience members are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets for seating and may wish to bring their own refreshments.

Concert: Susan Greenbaum – Sunday 6pm; Meadow Park, Meadow St & Park Ave
The concerts are free and will begin at 6:00 p.m. Free ice cream will be provided to all (compliments of the Fan District Association).

Orquesta Tropikiimba w/The Youth Salsa Orchestra (Minds Wide Open) – Sunday 8pm; Byrd Park, 6000 S Boulevard
Part of Dogwood Dell Festival of the Arts

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