The F.R.E.E. List April 5-7

F.R.E.E. = Frugal Richmond Events for Everyone! All events free admission unless noted.


UR International Film Series: Still Walking – Friday 3pm & 7:30pm; Ukrop Auditorium, Robins School of Business, University of Richmond
Japan, 2009, directed by Hirokazu Kore-edaLarrain. 114 min., NR. A family drama unfolds over the course of a single summer day as the Yokoyama family gathers for a rare reunion held to commemorate the death of their son and brother who was taken before his time. As the festive gathering commences, and the family matriarch lays out a lavish meal, it gradually becomes obvious that resentment and sorrow bond this family as powerfully as love.

First Fridays Art Walk – Friday 5-9pm
Richmond’s First Fridays Art Walk showcases over 40 diverse creative venues in Downtown’s growing arts and cultural district. Visitors are invited to enjoy and support a variety of art galleries, cultural venues, accommodations, restaurants, and shops along Historic Broad Street, east of Belvidere Street and west of 9th Street as well as in Historic Jackson Ward and Monroe Ward.

First Fridays at VMFA: The Atkinsons – Friday 6-8pm; Atrium, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
The Atkinsons mix roots, country, mountain, and rock music into their own style of rambling swing rock and roll. Heartfelt storytelling is at the core of the band and is complemented with three-part harmonies layered over mandolin, fiddle, drums, bass, and electric guitars. Their newest release takes you on a journey through swampy roots, country swing, Texas Cajun to straight-up rock.

Cinema Classics: Sound of Music (G) 1965 ($1) – Friday 7pm; Henrico Theatre
Enjoy a movie at Henrico Theatre in Highland Springs. Tickets are only $1 per person and can be purchased at the door. Information: 328-4491.


Tree Climbing Championship and Show – Saturday 8am-3pm; Roundhouse, William Byrd Park
This event is open and free to the public – Come out to watch some of the top climbers in our region compete. Family activities, recreational tree climbing by Riverside Outfitters, supply and equipment vendors, tree related exhibits, food trucks and more.

Southside Virginia Heritage Days – Saturday 9am-5pm; Historic Fork Inn, 19621 Namozine Rd, Sutherland (10 minutes west of Petersburg in Dinwiddie County)
Heritage Days commemorates the anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Sutherland Station that took place at the site on April 2, 1865. It will feature 18th- and 19th-century civilian and military living history demonstrations, as well as tours of the 1803 plantation house Sutherland’s Tavern, also known as Fork Inn, which sits on the site. Participants this year include numerous Confederate and Union reenactor groups, member of which will conduct military drills and battle demonstrations both days. Nineteenth-century crafters will also be represented. For more information on Southside Virginia Heritage Days, call (804) 943-2283 or e-mail

Sheep Shearing – Saturday 9-11am; Meadow Farm Museum
For all ages. It is shearing time, and Meadow Farm is using historic hand shears on their herd of Gulf Coast Native sheep. Come watch the process and learn more about this rare breed and how their wool was used. Information: 501-2130.

Civil War & Emancipation Day 2013 – Saturday 9:30am-10pm; various locations
This year’s Civil War & Emancipation Day provides free admission to all of the more than 25 participating sites and activity centers and offers an array of informative walking tours and presentations. Free shuttle service provided. (see this post for more details)

Big Truck Day – Saturday 10am-2pm; Parking lot near Food Court Entrance, Regency Mall
Join Regency Square for this fun, hands-on and educational event. Big Truck Day will feature: Henrico County Fire Truck, Henrico Country Ambulance, Henrico Country Police Command Vehicle, Fort Lee Army Vehicle, Tractors and more from Sears. Plus, kids will enjoy playing with the Chick-fil-A Cow, Bonnie the Bon Secours mascot and more!

Strange’s Bloomin Days – Saturday 10am-5pm; Strange’s Garden Center, 12111 West Broad Street
Enjoy free all day seminars, interactive demonstrations, pot recycling,and great sales. Come in between 8 – 10 am. Saturday and 10 – 12 noon Sunday to take advantage of our Early Bird discounts on all your gardening purchases! Every Seminar Attendee gets a free 1 Gallon Azalea! Interactive demonstrations include fairy and container gardening, bonsais, and free orchid repotting. Animal lovers can see the Parrots of Paradise on Saturday from 10 – 4, meet some parrots, and get some great photos! On Sunday, kids can create an art project with the Children’s Museum’s mascot Seymour from 10 – 3!

Stories at the Museum – Saturday 11am; Virginia Historical Society
The Virginia Historical Society is offering special educator-led readins of history books for children. Every program will include a group reading of the selected book and a craft activity related to the text. Each month the books will have a different theme. Programs take place the first and third Saturday of each month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Stories at the Museum programs are FREE, open to the public, and require no advance registration. All ages are welcome. This week: Elizabeth Leads the Way by Tanya Lee Stone

Confederate History & Heritage Day – Saturday 12-3pm; 1917 Courthouse, 10011 Iron Bridge Road, Chesterfield
Join the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia as it commemorates the sacrifices of Confederate veterans during the American Civil War. Activities to include living-history demonstrations, period music, exhibitors and a wreath-laying ceremony at the Confederate monument. Details: 796- 7131 or

vcu intercultural festival 2013

Intercultural Festival at VCU – Saturday 12-6pm; Monroe Park
Cultural performances, food, art, games, crafts, carnival rides, petting zoo The festival includes a variety of food vendors, cultural displays and performances, fashion shows, student-produced art exhibitions, interactive booths and lessons in ethnic dance. There are also games, crafts, children’s activities, a petting zoo and door prizes to showcase the more than 30 cultural student organizations at VCU.

Cinema Classics: Sound of Music (G) 1965 ($1) – Saturday 2pm & 7pm; Henrico Theatre
Enjoy a movie at Henrico Theatre in Highland Springs. Tickets are only $1 per person and can be purchased at the door. Information: 328-4491.


Southside Virginia Heritage Days – Sunday 9am-3pm; Historic Fork Inn, 19621 Namozine Rd, Sutherland (10 minutes west of Petersburg in Dinwiddie County)
See Saturday

Strange’s Bloomin Days – Sunday 10am-5pm; Strange’s Garden Center, 12111 West Broad Street
See Saturday

Kite Day – Sunday 1-4pm; Clover Hill Athletic Complex, 17701 Genito Road (Fields 7 and 8)
Bring out the entire family for a great day of kite flying! There will be children’s entertainment and concessions.To get a kite, you must pre-register. No registrations will take place on site! This event is co- sponsored by Athletes In Motion (AIM). Call to reserve your kite today, before they all fly away! (Raindate: Sunday, April 14) Course 26184. Details, Mark Pinney, 748-1992. 804-748-1623

Open Studio Sundays – Sunday 1 – 4 pm; Art Education Center, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Ages 8 – 17, art activites take place in Studio 1. Ages 3 – 7, art activities take place in Studio 2. Make our Open Studio Program part of your Sunday family fun by enjoying “make-it, take-it” art projects inspired by a select work of art from our world-renowned collection. New activities monthly!

Theatre IV: Huck and Tom and the Mighty Mississippi – Sunday 2:30 & 5:30 p.m.; Henrico Theatre
For all ages. The greatest young adventurers in American literature spring to life in this foot-stompin’ musical based on the novels of Mark Twain. Join Huck, Tom, and all the residents and rapscallions of Hannibal, Missouri as they explore the majestic river that defines their lives, tests their souls, and carries their spirits into the heart of America. Reservations: 328-4491.

UR International Film Series: Still Walking – Sunday 7:30pm; Ukrop Auditorium, Robins School of Business, University of Richmond
See Friday

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