The Guide to Springtime Fun

 

With spring upon us, warmer weather and longer days are just around the corner. That means it’s time to break out of winter hibernation and go enjoy some of the area’s many festivals. So, if you’re in or around the Richmond area, we’ve compiled a small list of events to help you discover what fun is in-store for you.

First on the to-do list is the Symphony Pops 4: Motown’s Greatest Hits at the Carpenter Theater at 8 p.m. March 24. The warm sounds of Motown hits from Conductor Chia-Hsuan Lin, featuring the Motortown All-Stars, are sure to get you ready for those steamy summer nights ahead. You’ll revisit great tunes from classics like The Temptations, The Miracles, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder.

Next on our spring festival bucket list is the Historic Garden Week, Richmond style, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 26. It will feature tours of the beautiful grounds at the Boxwood Garden Club, the James River Garden Club, Three Chopt Garden Club and Tuckahoe Garden Club at Westhampton. I can’t think of a better way to get inspired for your spring planting ideas. Admission is $45 per person in advance or $50 per person the day of the tour. For more information please see their website.

Mud thrashers, climbers, bikers, runners, nature lovers and music fans will want to catch all the amazing athletes and entertainers at the Dominion Energy Riverrock festival May 18 to 20 at Browns Island. This three-day event, which puts James River and Downtown Richmond on display, features a variety of sporting events, musical entertainment and an interactive village. Get all the details at RiverRockRVA.com.

Nothing ushers in the summer like the 42nd annual Richmond Greek Festival, which will be held June 1 to 4 at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 30 Malvern Ave. In addition to indulging your every ‘Opa’ moment, you can take some Greek food home with you at the drive-thru window. For a to-go menu or more information, visit GreekFestival.com.

Once we have finally made it to June, I think it’s time for some wine and fine artistry, along with kid-friendly activities. Welcome to the Spring Jubilee at Rassawek Vineyard. The annual event, held June 2 and 3 at 6276 River Road West, will feature horse-drawn carriage rides, a multitude of fine wines and lots of family-friendly fun. For more information, visit Rassawek.com.

After all that wine at Rassawek, you’re sure to be hungry, and Richmond does food better than most of the bigger metropolises in the country. If you haven’t been to Broad Appetit yet, bring your appetite to Broad Street, between the 100 and 300 blocks, on June 3. You can enjoy reasonably priced small plates from local vendors during one of Richmond’s most eco-friendly festivals of the year. Proceeds will benefit Feed More, a local non-profit that helps provide food to Central Virginia’s most vulnerable residents — children, families and seniors. For more information on where to nosh and how to get involved visit BroadAppetit.com.

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If you care to take a little road trip around the beautiful Commonwealth, you are likely to stumble upon a festival or two that isn’t confined to River City. We’ve rounded up a few that just may pique your interest in easing that winter-time cabin fever.

Fans of motor sports will want to make plans for the weekend of March 23 through 25 in Martinsville. It culminates in the STP 500 on Sunday, the 25th at Martinsville Speedway. Thrill seekers and die-hard fans can find special offers, tickets, accommodations and the weekend itinerary at MartinsvilleSpeedway.com.

Should racecars not be your cup of tea but you still love the idea of racing, perhaps you need to put your feet to the street in the Lorton Prison Break Dash on April 15 at the Old Lorton Prison Complex. Picture the scenario:  You’ve busted out of the pen. Besides the dogs and the cops, you should probably be afraid of all the escapees running alongside you. Run through three full prison grounds. If you escape to freedom, you’ll be met with wine and a prison buffet. To register, go to PrisonBreakDash.com.

Once you’re done running from the cops (in Lorton), hop a freight (better yet, drive) to Franklin County, the “Moonshine Capital of the World.”  On April 22 from 1 to 5 p.m., take the Moonshine Express in Rocky Mountain. Learn the ins and outs of making moonshine; how to make it, why it was made, and where it could be found. Check out the history museum at 460 S. Main St., Rocky Mount, Virginia.

On May 12th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Deltaville will be hosting its 5th annual Seafood Festival, celebrating life on the waterfront. Get on down to Deltaville and check out the foods, arts, crafts and vendors. Ride the trolley or dare to climb the rock wall. For more information, visit DeltavilleSeafoodFestival.com.