ej wade foundation concert hanover
June 16th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

ej wade foundation concert hanover

Free Concerts in the Park, sponsored by the E.J. Wade Foundation, are one Friday evening each month this summer from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at 8996 Pole Green Park Ln., Mechanicsville.


June 20 Benefit For Local Public Safety Services:
This free and family friendly series is back for a June performance that will be sure to get you dancing into the night – Pat McGee Band, Pat Russell Band, Prospect7


July 18 Night For Niger:
Elliott Yamin, Prospect7, McBeth

August 15 Jazzed For Education:
Samson Trinh & The Upper East Side Band, SPARC, Happy Hill Gang

Check out more free summer concert series posts or on my Pinterest board

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ideas for free summer vacation activities in richmond, va
June 10th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

ideas for free summer vacation activities in richmond, va

With school finished for some and nearly done for the rest, it’s time for the 2014 master list of free and cheap things to do with kids around RVA this summer!

$1 movies on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at Regal Cinemas

Free movies on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at Movieland

Free Movies in the Park at Richmond parks on Friday nights

3 games of Free Bowling every weekday at AMF Lanes, with program registration

Free Family Summer Camp events and workshops at Bass Pro Shops

Ha’Penny Stage events during Dogwood Dell Festival of the Arts
Plus many more free concert series!

– Kids who join the Squirrel Tails Club get Free admission to Sunday Flying Squirrels games

Summer Reading programs at local libraries encourage reading with events, rewards, giveaways & more! : Richmond City, Henrico County, Chesterfield County, Pamunkey Regional (Hanover, Ashland, Goochland)

Free book through Barnes & Nobles’ Summer Reading Program

– Free Lowe’s Build & Grow workshops on alternating Saturdays, and Home Depot Kids Workshops on the first Saturday of each month

Free kids craft events at Michaels or $2 Kids Club craft sessions

Free events and programs organized by county Parks & Rec: Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Richmond or explore a new park in Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover, or Henrico

Plus subscribe to email updates, because every Wednesday I post The F.R.E.E. List sharing events $5 or less coming up in RVA that weekend! (Or bookmark the Calendar page here)

What else? What are your plans for free family fun this summer?

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June 4th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

james center reindeer
(I know, this doesn’t look like summer. The only James Center photos I’ve taken are the holiday lights in December)

A change of pace from evening concerts: Every summer Thursday at lunchtime, there’s a free outdoor concert on the James Center Plaza downtown.

Thursdays, May 22 – September 5 from Noon to 1:00 p.m.
1051 E Cary Street

    5 ……..Stonebrook Moonshine
    12 ……Barbara Martin & Vince Lewis
    19 ……The Righteous Outlaws
    26 ……Janet Martin
    3 ……..Susan Greenbaum
    10 ……Copper Ridge
    17 ……The Taters
    24 ……Sportsbar Rockstar!
    31 ……String Swing
    7 ……..Adrian Duke Projek
    14 ……The Rhythmasters
    21 ……Ban Caribe
    28 ……Stonebrook Moonshine
    4 ……..County Seat

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June 2nd, 2014 by RichmondBargains

“Frozen” fans, mark your calendars for August 22 at Forest Hill Park

The City of Richmond Parks and Recreation will show free “Movies in the Park 2014” outdoors on 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.

    June 20: Byrd Park near Fountain Lake (600 S Boulevard) – Despicable Me 2
    June 27: Broad Rock Sports Complex (4835 Old Warwick Rd) – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
    July 11: Chimborazo (3000 E. Marshall St) – Disney’s “Super Buddies”
    July 18: Abner Clay Park (Leigh St & 200 W Clay St) – Ender’s Game
    July 25: Hotchkiss (701 E. Brookland Park Blvd) – Thor “The Dark World”
    August 1: Humphrey Calder (414 N Thompson St) – One Direction “This Is Us”
    August 8: Battery Park (2803 Dupont Circle) – The Lego Movie
    August 15: Blackwell (1450 Maury St) – The Nut Job
    August 22: Forest Hill Park (41st St and Forest Hill) – Frozen

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May 21st, 2014 by RichmondBargains

bass pro family camp

Bass Pro Shops in Ashland will be hosting free Family Summer Camp every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday June 7 – July 13, 2014. Free activities include a BB gun range, archery range, kids’ fishing, a free 4×6 photo, workshops, and crafts.

    *First 2 weekends only* June 7-8 and June 14-15
    – 4×6 photo from Noon – 5 p.m.
    – Catch and Release Pond Noon – 5 p.m.
    Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday June 7 – July 13
    – BB Shooting Range Noon – 5 p.m.
    – Casting Challenge Noon – 5p.m.
    – Shooting Arcade Noon – 5 p.m.
    – Homemade ice cream sampling Saturdays only from 5 – 6 p.m. and other food sampling on the weekends
    – Crafts on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon – 2 p.m.

    Tuesday Workshop Schedule:
    12 p.m. Bird Watching
    1 p.m. Fishing
    2 p.m. Archery
    3 p.m. Kayaking
    4 p.m. Backyard Adventure

    Thursday Workshop Schedule:
    12 p.m. Archery
    1 p.m. Shooting & Hunting
    2 p.m. Travel Safety
    3 p.m. Water Safety
    4 p.m. Camping & Conservation

    Saturday Workshop Schedule
    12 p.m. Fishing
    1 p.m. Water Safety
    2 p.m. Shooting & Hunting
    3 p.m. Kayaking
    4 p.m. Bird Watching

    Sunday Workshop Schedule
    12 p.m. Shooting & Hunting
    1 p.m. Archery
    2 p.m. Travel Safety
    3 p.m. Camping & Conservation
    4 p.m. Backyard Adventure

11550 Lakeridge Parkway

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amf free summer bowling
May 19th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

amf free summer bowling
AMF Bowling centers are offering the “Summer Games” free bowling program for kids again this year:

    “Summer is for fun-especially for kids! Register your children (ages 15 and under) for AMF’s Summer Games and let them bowl 3 free games every weekday from open til 6 pm all summer long! (Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014; valid only at selected center.)

Shoe rental isn’t included. Register online for AMF Summer Games here.

    Participating Richmond-area centers:
    Shrader Lanes – 8037 Shrader Rd. Richmond, VA 23294 (804) 747-9620
    Sunset Lanes – 6540 West Broad St. Richmond, VA 23230 (804) 282-0537
    Hanover Lanes – 7317 Bell Creek Rd. S Mechanicsville, VA 23111 (804) 559-2600
    Walnut Hill Lanes – 2147 S. Crater Rd. Petersburg, VA 23805

Grown-ups can get a bowling deal too:

    Summer’s not just for kids—the Summer Games offers great deals for adults, too! Purchase a Family Pass and up to 4 adults can get in on all the fun for just $39.95!

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stony point mall concerts
May 19th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

stony point mall concerts

Stony Point Fashion Park is bringing back its summer-long concert series “Summer Sounds” for 2014, starting this Saturday, May 24:

Performance Times
Fridays and Saturdays from 4pm – 8 pm
Sundays, 1pm – 5pm
(With Special Monday Performances on Memorial Day, May 26 from 1pm – 5pm and Labor Day, September 1 from 1pm – 5pm)

All performances are located in front of Sur La Table near the Panera Bread Entrance. Weather permitting. Bands subject to change.

The band location is next to Stony Point’s pop-jet fountains for kids, so it can be a fun family evening activity in the heat of summer – we dress the boys in swimsuits and grab a baguette from Panera for munching!

P.S. If you’re a pro Pinner, I’m putting together some Richmond Bargains Pinterest boards, including one collecting the free summer concerts around Richmond.

    Summer Sounds Schedule:
    Saturday, May 24 En’novation (Motown, Oldies, Soul, Top 40)
    Sunday, May 25 Class Act Band (Motown, Funk, Soul, R&B, 70’s Classics)
    Monday, May 26 Vinyl Headlights (Rock, Pop, Dance, Hip Hop, Country)
    Friday, May 30 Jangling Reinharts (Motown, Oldies, Soul, Top 40)
    Saturday, May 31 Klaxton Brown (Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Pop, Country, Big Band)

    Sunday, June 1 Fender Benders (Rock, from 60’s, Modern)
    Friday, June 6 64 Crayons (Classic Rock, Contemporary Country, Pop)
    Saturday, June 7 Deloreans (80’s Rock and Pop)
    Sunday, June 8 Chris Campbell (Children’s Music)
    Friday, June 13 Klaxton Brown (Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Pop, Country, Big Band)
    Saturday, June 14 King Edward & BD’s (Party Music)
    Sunday, June 15 Ban Caribe Steel (Latin, Caribbean, R&B, Soul, Pop, Motown)
    Friday, June 20 Rubberband (R&B, Soul, Funk, Rock Disco, Reggae, Hip Hop)
    Saturday, June 21 B2B (Beach Music)
    Sunday, June 22 Diggity Dudes – Hip Music for hip Kids (Children’s Music)
    Friday, June 27 MoDebree (Blues and R&B)
    Saturday, June 28 English Channel (British Rock from 60’s to mid 70’s)
    Sunday, June 29 Three For All (Funk, Soul, Blues, Rock)

    Friday, July 4 Taters (Roots Rock, Pop, Country, Americana)
    Saturday, July 5 Kings of Swing (Beach Music, Motown, Rock, Classic Swing)
    Sunday, July 6 Sandbar (Trop Rock, Island Indie, Caribbean Country)
    Friday, July 11 Vinyl Headlights (Rock, Pop, Dance, Hip Hop, Country)
    Saturday, July 12 Flashback (Beach Music, Funk, Top 40)
    Sunday, July 13 Big Bang Boom – Kids Rock (Children’s Music)
    Friday, July 18 Premiere (Classic Rock, R&B, Motown, Funk, Country)
    Saturday, July 19 Inside Out (Top 40, Best of 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and today)
    Sunday, July 20 Sandbar (Trop Rock, Island Indie, Caribbean Country)
    Friday, July 25 Party of Four (80’s and 90’s Pop and Rock)
    Saturday, July 26 Stonebrook Moonshine (Rock, Funk)
    Sunday, July 27 Triad (Classic 70’s hits)

    Friday, August 1 Route 64 (Country, Rock, Blues)
    Saturday, August 2 Cedar Creek (Country)
    Sunday, August 3 Chris Campbell (Children’s Music)
    Friday, August 8 King Edward & BD’s (Party Music)
    Saturday, August 9 Janitors (R&B, Soul, Funk, Rock, Cajun, Top 40, Dance)
    Sunday, August 10 Diggity Dudes (Children”s Music)
    Friday, August 15 Casper (Swing, Motown, Rock, Funk, Ballads, Instrumental, Country)
    Saturday, August 16 English Channel (British Rock from 60’s to mid 70’s)
    Sunday, August 17 Kool Kat Trio (Jazz, Blues, R&B, Soul, Motown)
    Friday, August 22 TFC (Motown, Soul, Funk, Dance)
    Saturday, August 23 Jangling Reinharts (Motown, Oldies, Soul, Top 40)
    Sunday, August 24 Emme St. James (Jazz)
    Friday, August 29 Bruce Swartz Group (Swing, Motown
    Saturday, August 30 B2B (Beach Music)
    Sunday, August 31 Class Act Band (Motown, Funk, Soul, R&B, 70’s Classics)

    Monday, September 1 Ban Caribe (Latin, Caribbean, R&B, Soul, Pop, Motown)

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jammin on the james photo wilton
May 15th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

jammin on the james photo wilton
While we’re on the topic of Wilton

Wilton House Museum will hold three free “Jammin’ on the James” concerts this summer:

“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.

Free admission. All concerts are rain or shine. Donations appreciated.”

Jammin’ on the James 2014 schedule:

    June 14 6-8 p.m. – Andy Vaughan and the Driveline
    July 12 6-8 p.m. – The Tom Cunningham Orchestra
    August 9 6-8 p.m. – Susan Greenbaum

Tip: Arrive early – Wilton House is located at the end of a residential street with a small parking lot; otherwise you’ll be parking far away on the side of the road. You’ll also get first pick for your picnic spot!

Wilton House Museum, 215 S. Wilton Rd., Richmond, VA 23226

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58th Festival of Arts at Dogwood Dell 2014
May 14th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

58th Festival of Arts at Dogwood Dell 2014

The City of Richmond has released the 2014 summer schedule for Dogwood Dell Festival of the Arts! The regular season begins on June 12, and will feature the usual July 4th Dogwood Dell festivities with fireworks and the Richmond Concert Band, “The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged,” Virginia Opera, and the musical 42nd Street, among many other concerts and programs.

Dogwood Dell Main Stage

    26 Memorial Day Program: Carillon Bell Concert 4 p.m. at Carillon
    TRADOC Army Band Quartet 7 p.m. at Dell Main Stage

    12 Faculty Lounge Lizards, 8 p.m.
    13 Sharon Rae North, 8 p.m.
    14 KOS, 8 p.m.
    15 Campbell Family band, 4 p.m.
    21 Cyrus McCormick and the Reapers, 8 p.m.
    22 Sunday in the Park, 2 p.m. Family entertainment and activities; Sweet Adelines, 4 p.m.
    27, 28 “The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged”, 8:30 p.m.
    29 “The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged”, 4 p.m.

    1 Glennroy and Company, 8 p.m.
    4 July 4 event:
    Bak N Da Day, 5:15 p.m.
    Carillon Bell Concert, 7 p.m.
    Richmond Concert Band, 7:30 p.m.
    6 Plunky and Oneness, 8 p.m.
    10 Elegba Folklore Society, 8:30 p.m.
    11 David Esleck, 8 p.m.
    12 English Channel, 8 p.m.
    13 Gospel Festival, 4 p.m.
    25, 27 Musical – “42nd Street”, 8:30 p.m.

    1,2 Musical – “42nd Street”, 8:30 p.m.
    3 Silent Movie “Spite Marriage”, 8:30 p.m. Featuring Live Musical Accompaniment by Ben Miller and J.C. Wright
    8 Concert Ballet of Virginia, 8:30 p.m.
    9 City Dance Theatre, 8:30 p.m.
    16 Latin Jazz Festival, 3 p.m.
    30 Opera in the Park presented by The Virginia Opera, 7 p.m. (rain date August 31)

Ha’Penny stage

    14, 21, 28 Storybook Saturdays, 11 a.m.
    15 Applause Unlimited, 2 p.m.
    25 Miss Vicki’s Gardens, 11 a.m.
    29 Jonathan Austin, 2 p.m.

    9 Applause Unlimited, 11 a.m.
    11 Miss Vicki’s Gardens, 11 a.m.
    12, 19, 26 Storybook Saturdays, 11 a.m.
    16 Diggity Dudes, 11 a.m.
    20 Ty-Rone Travis, 4 p.m.
    25 SPARC, 11 a.m.
    27 Deborah Alsko, The Backpack Storyteller, 4 p.m.
    31 Clowning Around with Shakespeare, 11 a.m.

    2 Storybook Saturdays, 11 a.m.
    7 Life Stage, 11 a.m.

Byrd Park, 6000 S. Blvd. Richmond, VA 23220

“Dogwood Dell is a 2,400 seat amphitheatre owned and operated by the Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities and located in Byrd Park. Call (804) 646-1031 for program updates and information about season performances, or log onto www.richmondgov.com/parks. Performance Postponements – Due to the brevity of many summer storms, programs are not cancelled or postponed until performance time. Please call (804) 646-DELL (646-3355) for cancellations.
Dogwood Dell Regulations: Alcoholic beverages and glass containers are prohibited. Animals are restricted unless for service purposes. Smoking and cell phone usage are restricted to areas outside the Dell seating area. Exit the park immediately following late night performances. Loitering in the amphitheater and surrounding areas is prohibited.”

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May 6th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

westchester concert

Westchester Commons summer concerts on select Sunday afternoon from 3-5 p.m.

    May 11 – Class Act Band (Motown/70’s Classics)
    June 15 – The Northerners (Classic Rock/Modern/Folk/Contemporary Blues)
    July 20 – Flat Elvis (70’s-today/Party Rock)

There’s also a Sedona Beer Fest August 20 from 1-5pm with three bands playing ($5 suggested donation)

201 Perimeter Drive

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