The F.R.E.E. List August 8-11

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


Summer Sounds: Chez Roue – Thursday 4-8pm; in front of Sur La Table near the Panera Bread Entrance, Stony Point Fashion Park
Swing, jazz

Summer Concert Series: Lyndsey Highlander – Thursday 6-8pm; Main Plaza, Short Pump Town Center
Nashville country singer and songwriter

Dogwood Dell Festival of the Arts: City Dance Theatre – Thursday 8:30pm; Dogwood Dell, 6000 S Boulevard


Summer Sounds: Extreme Groove – Friday 4-8pm; in front of Sur La Table near the Panera Bread Entrance, Stony Point Fashion Park
Motown, Oldies, Soul, R & B

Filipino Festival – Friday 5-10pm; Our Lady of Lourdes, 8200 Woodman Rd
Now in its eighth year, the Filipino Festival is a community event which showcases the richness of the Filipino culture and promotes a respect for and appreciation of the Filipino heritage. Featuring a delectable cuisine, folk dances and music, the Filipino Festival has attracted thousands of attendees from Richmond and surrounding cities and counties who want to experience the best of the Philippine islands without leaving Virginia.

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.

Dogwood Dell Festival of the Arts: Ezibu Muntu – Friday 8:30pm; Dogwood Dell, 6000 S Boulevard
African dance

Movies in the Park: Jack the Giant Slayer – Friday ~8:30pm; Battery Park, 2003 Dupont Cir
The City of Richmond Parks and Recreation will show free “Movies in the Park 2013” Friday nights during the summer. Bring your refreshments, blankets, and chairs and enjoy the movie! Activities at 8PM and movies begin at 8:30 (or when it gets dark). Refreshments will be available for sale.


Summer Splash Down – Saturday 10am-1pm; The Armour House & Gardens (4001 Clarendon Road Henrico, VA 23223).
Caution: You will get wet! Escape to The Armour House & Gardens as the grounds are transformed into a backyard water park. Sprinklers, slides, and snow cones will help you beat the heat and celebrate the end of summer. Information: 501-5808.

Headquarters Days at Violet Bank – Saturday 10am-5pm; Violet Bank, 303 Virginia Avenue, Colonial Heights
This is slated to be the largest participation ever. The encampment should exceed 40 renactors from the 12 th VA Reg with assistance from the 9th VA. The Gatling gun will be fired 3 times each day. There will be a raffle for an individual to have the opportunity to fire the gun. There will be displays by: Chesterfield Historical Society,Dearing-Beaureguard SCV Camp, Pamplin Park, Petersburg National Battlefield, Prince George Heritage Center, Magnolia Grange, and Richmond National Battlefield. Kids games and activities. Period music and the Women of the 12th VA will be demonstrating various activities of daily life during the war. The original Violetbank house was used by Lafayette as his Headquarters during the Battle of Petersburg in 1781. Robert E. Lee utilized the current structure as his Headquarters for almost 5 of the 9 month sleigh of Petersburg 1864. For additional information, please call (804) 520-1225.

Lincoln Exhibit Opening – Saturday 10am-5pm; Central Library, 9501 Lori Road, Chesterfield
Spend the day getting to know Abraham Lincoln. Tour the exhibit with library docents, talk with Civil War re-enactors, and examine reproduction artifacts in the Civil War Traveling Trunk throughout the day. Take a virtual tour in Lincoln’s footsteps as historian Mike Gorman reveals the details of Lincoln’s 1865 visit to Richmond: the people he met, the destruction he witnessed, and its impact on the nation. Watch a special screening of Steven Spielbergs recent film on the 16th president. Check out the librarys collection of materials and resources about Lincoln, the constitution, the Civil War, and the Emancipation Proclamation. Find out about local Civil War museums, archives and historical sites and events. Program Schedule: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. – Exhibit Viewing, Docent Tours and Strolling Re-enactors; 10:30 a.m.-Noon – Lecture: Lincoln in the Capital of the Confederacy; 2 -4:30 p.m. – Special Screening of the Steven Spielberg Film.

Filipino Festival – Saturday 10am-10pm; Our Lady of Lourdes, 8200 Woodman Rd
Featuring a traditional fusion of dance, music, song, artwork, and exhibits. Authentic Filipino cuisine for purchase

Summer Reading Finale – Saturday 10am-1pm; Main Library, 101 E Franklin St
Celebrate the end of Summer Reading with us at the Main Library. There will be games, crafts, bouncy course, snow cones, surprise guests, and more. Fun for all! See you there!

jonny z fest

Jonny Z Festival – Saturday 12-5pm; 200 block of N Shields Ave
Join us and celebrate the creative spirit here in Richmond during this fun, funky, FREE, fund-raising, kid-friendly event. We’ll be closing off a block in the Fan for a party where families can enjoy a variety of children’s activities including a Spider-man moon bounce. Vendors from The Bizarre Market will showcase local arts and crafts, with 10 percent of all sales benefiting ART 180. Food will be available from Joe’s Inn and other street vendors. Music will be provided by our media sponsor, WRIR, and local musicians Josh Small, Hot Dolphin, Black Liquid, and more!

Reaping the Rewards of Orchard and Field – Saturday 12:30-3:30pm; Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Road, Glen Allen
The early apples are ripe. Explore the fascinating history of Johnny Appleseed and John Sheppard’s apple orchard. Taste heritage varieties that grow today. Also, learn about tobacco, the crop that brought in enough money for the Sheppard’s to add on to their home. Information: 501-2130.

dragon boat

Dragon Boat Festival – Saturday 1-8pm; Rocketts Landing, 5000 Old Osborne Turnpike
Led by the rhythmic beat of a drum, teams of 20 synchronized paddlers, one drummer and one steersperson race 500 meters up the river in 40-foot canoes rigged with decorative Chinese dragon heads and tails. Authentic Chinese Entertainment from 2-5pm, ‘The Hit List’ concert at 8pm

Summer Sounds: B2B – Saturday 4-8pm; in front of Sur La Table near the Panera Bread Entrance, Stony Point Fashion Park
Jimmy Buffet Tribute

Richmond Kickers Family Fest ($10 for the whole family until 6 p.m., regular admission prices after) – Saturday 4-7pm; City Stadium
Be there for the most exciting event of the summer when the Richmond Kickers and Chick-Fil-A present FAMILY FEST on Saturday, August 10th! Don’t miss the Kickers one-of-a-kind fun zone, presented by Bounce 2 the Moon, featuring a 30 foot Slip ’n Slide, obstacle courses, train rides, inflatable games, live music and fun for the whole family! The fun begins at 4 p.m. and admission is just $10.00 for the whole family before 6 p.m. That’s right – simply purchase one $10.00 ticket and gain admission for the entire family! Go crazy and cheer your Richmond Kickers to victory when they battle the Dayton Dutch Lions at 7 p.m.

Jammin’ on the James: Stonebrook – Saturday 6-8pm; Wilton House Museum, 215 S. Wilton Rd.
Join us this summer for free concerts on the grounds of Wilton. Bring a picnic dinner and your favorite lawn chair for family-friendly music on our scenic terrace overlooking the James River. Enjoy complimentary walk-through tours of Wilton as well as face-painting, games, and crafts for kids. The Gelati Celesti Ice Cream Truck will be on-site to add to the fun! Free admission. All concerts are rain or shine. Donations appreciated. About the Band: In the diverse music scene of Richmond, VA, Stonebrook Moonshine has developed a style that music fans are rallying around. Their raw, vintage rock sound and gritty funk undertones have been drawing crowds all over the east coast. Stonebrook was founded by friends Joel Ingram, Drew Kisamore, and Steven Boone in mid-2011 and recently added David Greer on drums. The band is currently touring and writing new songs for a full length release.


carytown watermelon festival

Carytown Watermelon Festival – Sunday 10am-6pm; Carytown
Imagine…115,000 people, over 3000 watermelons and you! With 60 musicians, over 100 exhibitors, one of the largest kids areas of any festival on the east coast and all of the great Carytown style, the Carytown Watermelon Festival presented by Martin’s has become the largest one day festival in the state of Virginia. Mark your calendar now for a great day of family fun.

Headquarters Days at Violet Bank – Sunday 10am-5pm; Violet Bank, 303 Virginia Avenue, Colonial Heights
See Saturday

Summer Sounds: Triad – Sunday 1-5pm; in front of Sur La Table near the Panera Bread Entrance, Stony Point Fashion Park
Acoustic Rock and Country

Bluemont Concert Series: Hard Swimmin’ Fish ($5) – Sunday 7pm; steps of Randolph-Macon’s Blackwell Auditorium, 204 Henry Street, Ashland
Tickets available at concert. In bad weather, concert will be held in Blackwell auditorium.

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