The F.R.E.E. List August 23-25

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

There’s a “Paint the Walls” Pre-Party for September’s RVA Street Art Festival being held tonight 5-8pm at 2501 W Cary St where attendees can tour the site pre-festival, and take part in creating a collaborative mural. The pre party event is FREE and will include food trucks, local beers and tons of mural prints, posters, shirts, and other swag for sale. Best of all, proceeds from the festival benefit Art 180.

THURSDAY

Summer Sounds: Deuce – Thursday 4-8pm; in front of Sur La Table near the Panera Bread Entrance, Stony Point Fashion Park
Rock and Pop

Summer Concert Series: Marna & Macy – Thursday 6-8pm; Main Plaza, Short Pump Town Center
Country duo

Exploring Disunion: History, Memory, and Virginia’s Civil War Legacy – Thursday 6-7:30pm; Lecture Hall, Library of Virginia
Join us for a panel discussion based on the New York Times: Disunion, a collection of essays, biographies, and original articles on the American Civil War. Panelists include Dr. Edward Ayers, president, University of Richmond; Clay Risen, editor, New York Times Disunion blog; Lauranett Lee, curator of African American history, Virginia Historical Society; Robert H. Moore II, editor, Cenantua’s Blog; and Ed Sanders, head of interpretation, Richmond National Battlefield Park. The panel will explore how we remember the war; its meaning for Virginia; and its effects on civilians, women, merchants, and enslaved and free blacks. This program is presented by the Library of Virginia in partnership with the Future of Richmond’s Past. For more information, call 804-371-2126.

FRIDAY

Summer Sounds: LEGGZ – Friday 4-8pm; in front of Sur La Table near the Panera Bread Entrance, Stony Point Fashion Park
Rock, Motown, Oldies

Project Yoga Richmond – Friday 5:45pm; Belvedere deck, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
FREE, all levels, beginner-appropriate, family-friendly yoga class up on the VMFA’s beautiful Belvedere deck atop the Sculpture Garden. When to arrive: 5:45 pm or earlier to check in. Class is 60 minutes. All participants will be required to sign in prior to class. Where to park: In the VMFA parking deck (there is a fee), or for free, on the street anywhere that it’s allowed around the museum. What to bring: Your mat, water, a towel, and a friend! Sunscreen and sunglasses strongly recommended! It gets hot, so be prepared with water and willing to take breaks when necessary. A very limited number of mats will be available to borrow.

Stuff the Bus (school supply donations) – Friday 6-9pm; New Life United Methodist Church, 900 Old Hundred Road, Midlothian
Free family festival with games, music and more. Admission is any new school supplies

Movie Night at Robins Stadium: Wreck-It Ralph ($5) – Friday 7-9pm; Robins Stadium, University of Richmond
Gates open at 6:30. Free for Spiders Kids Club members, which costs $5 to join. Must RSVP by today – call 804-289-8518

SATURDAY

Summer Sounds: Tammi Kamin Band – Saturday 4-8pm; in front of Sur La Table near the Panera Bread Entrance, Stony Point Fashion Park
Full Flavor Rock

River City Barn Dance – Saturday 4-9pm; Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2408 Ownby Lane
It’s time for the next installment of the River City Barn Dance! Here’s the schedule:
4-6 PM- Square Dance hosted by RVA Squares! All steps are taught as you go, so no experience is necessary! Called by Grant Hunnicutt, with a live string band playing great dance tunes!
6:30-7:30- Gina Dalmas & The Cow Tippin’ Playboys from Norfolk! High energy indie honky tonk! www.ginadalmas.com
8-9- Your River City Barn Dance hosts, Andy Vaughan & The Driveline! RVA’s favorite real country, honky tonk, and western swing band will keep you moving ’till closing time!

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Purple Martin Festival – Saturday 6-9pm; 17th Street Farmer’s Market
Come experience this unique urban event with us. Witness as thousands of Purple Martins swarm down into the Bradford Pear trees next to Richmond City’s 17th Street Farmers’ Market! Shockoe Bottom is home to one of the only known urban bird festivals where onlookers are able to experience the phenomenon of Purple Martins rushing to roost in the heart of a city! Bring your family and friends, learn more about Purple Martins, cool off with purple gelato, Informational and Vendor Booths or stop by the local restaurants around the Farmers’ Market for dinner and a Purple Martini! Don’t miss this unique, local, natural wonder and family-friendly event!

Movies Under the Stars: Here Comes the Boom ($2) – Saturday 8-10pm; 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. 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.

SUNDAY

Summer Sounds: Dixie Power Trio – Sunday 1-5pm; in front of Sur La Table near the Panera Bread Entrance, Stony Point Fashion Park
Blues, Cajun, Rock

Where the Trail Ends – Sunday 1:30pm; Byrd Theatre
Do you like movies? Do you like FREE movies? Richmond MORE and Ride Kore are proud to bring you both! Come join us at the The Byrd Theatre & Foundation on Sunday 8/25 at 1:30pm for a FREE screening of RedBull’s mountain bike epic, Where the Trail Ends. This is free to all and we encourage everyone to come out. Even if your not into bikes, you will be after watching this incredible movie.

Dancing with the Band: Richmond Concert Band – Sunday, 6:00pm – 7:30pm; Agecroft Hall, 4305 Sulgrave Rd
The Richmond Concert Band will be performing on Agecroft’s front lawn. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics for this special free concert. For more information on the concert, callers can contact the Richmond Concert Band at (804) 737-3767.

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