The Happenings is a compilation of things to do in the cultural hub of RVA. Some events will be traditional urban offerings, diagnosis and some more eclectic. All of them give us the opportunity to broaden the horizons of entertainment with art, medications music, and history.
Olivia Carey is a rising senior at Mills E. Godwin High School.
Wednesday, August 31
Chesterfield County Fair
Celebrate as summer draws to a close with the quintessential summer activity: a county fair! Chesterfield’s fair has been held since 1911, and offers classic fair “fare”, rides, a talent show, a pageant, and even “Mutton Bustin” – where kids and sheep go head to head, rodeo style. In addition to the plethora of food and fun, enjoy live music on the grandstand!
When: Monday-Friday – 4:00-11:00 p.m.; Saturdays – 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.; Sunday – 1:00-11:00 p.m.
Where: 10300 Courthouse Rd., Chesterfield VA 23832
Cost: Adults (13-59) – $10; Seniors (60+) – $7; Children (4-12) – $5; Children (3 and under) – free
Thursday, September 1
Hardywood Food Truck Court at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Nothing complements seasonal craft beers like RVA’s food trucks. Vendors bring everything from pizza, to ice cream, to tacos, to burgers and fries, and beyond. In past food truck courts, Boka Tako, Gelati Celesti, and Carytown Burgers and Fries have all made appearances, among other vendors.
The event may be at a brewery, but people of all ages can come and explore the cuisines RVA has to offer.
When: 5:30 – 9:00 p.m
Where: 2408 – 2410 Ownby Ln., Richmond, VA 23220
Friday, September 2
Rocky Horror Picture Show at Bow Tie Movieland
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a famed cult classic. Young couple Brad Majors and Janet Weiss are stranded in the woods when their car breaks down. They happen across an eclectic mansion in the throes of a party hosted by lingerie-clad, lipstick-wearing, otherworldly Dr. Frank N. Furter. Mad scientist Furter unveils a beefy, blonde Frankenstein-esque creation. Love, murder, and cannibalism ensue, all accompanied by musical numbers.
When: 11:30 p.m.
Where: 1301 North Blvd. at West Leigh St., Richmond, VA 23230
Saturday, September 3
Dart Acres Labor Day Fest at Dart Acres Farm
Celebrate Labor Day at a local farm! Expect free food coming off of the grill and served with fresh produce, a bounce house and pony rides for the kids, and ice cream cones. Gather friends and family and head to Dart Acres for a summer meal!
When: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: 3800 Newby’s Bridge Rd., Chesterfield, VA 23832
Upside Down RVA: Stranger Things at the Broadberry
Recently, Netflix released what is arguably one of the most popular shows of the summer. In what comes across as a hybrid of Stephen King, sci-fi, and the eighties, Netflix series “Stranger Things” debuted in mid-July. Three best friends who share a love of biking and playing Dungeons and Dragons embark on a mysterious journey, pick up someone new along the way, and ultimately leave everyone craving a second season.
The Broadberry, in an homage to the eighties revival, are putting on a night jam-packed with a soundtrack true to the decade, fanart, a photobooth, and a costumes/cosplay contest. DJs Mass Fx and Cam Dinunzio will play their sets; and Magnus Lush, Heartracer, and 11:11 will show live. “Stranger Things” fans unite for the ultimate tribute!
When: 9:00 p.m.
Where: 2729 W Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
Sunday, September 4
In Your Face Fireworks and Breakfast for Dinner at The Diamond
End summer with a bang at The Diamond! Join the Flying Squirrels as they play the Altoona Curve in one of the last major fireworks displays of the summer. Flip the script, and enjoy breakfast for dinner while fireworks light up the sky.
When: 5:00 p.m.
Where: 3001 N. Blvd., Richmond, VA 23230
Cost: $8 – $14
Monday, September 5
PokéMondays at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Pokémon GO was launched across the world over the summer, taking the decade-old franchise into the real world. Players can choose from team Valor, Mystic, or Instinct and catch, evolve, and battle their Pokémon from their phones no matter where they are. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has gotten in on the action with PokéMondays. On Mondays, the garden puts down “lures” – an in-game feature that draws Pokémon – for several hours. In addition to the over 20 Pokéstops and the two gyms, the lures make for both a fruitful and scenic day of Pokémon-catching.
PokéMondays continue until Sept. 12.
When: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, VA 23228
Cost: Adults $13; Seniors (55+) $11; Children (3-12) $8; Children (under 3) and members – free
Labor Day/Bark in the Park at The Diamond
Enjoy the last baseball game of the season on Labor Day as the Richmond Flying Squirrels play the Altoona Curve. Bring your dog along for Bark in the Park!
When: 11:00 a.m.
Where: 3001 N. Blvd., Richmond, VA 23230
Cost: $8 – $14
“Inside Out” showing at Battery Park
Visit Battery Park with the family or a few friends and watch “Inside Out” on Labor Day. The animated film follows young Riley and her emotions: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger. As her family moves across the country and Riley has to deal with everything that changes, her emotions change too. This movie is PG.
When: 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Where: 2405 Hawthorne Ave., Richmond, VA 23219
Tuesday, September 6
RVA is haunted: Ghost tours
As summer draws to a close and RVA segues into fall, learn about the city’s haunted history with an Eerie Nights Ghost Tour from Capital Creepers! The tour was rated the #2 Southern ghost tour by Eventseeker magazine. Enjoy theatrical storytelling from ghoulish guides as you walk around Richmond being regaled with tales of the paranormal. The tour is intended for, but not limited to, mature audiences.
When: 8:00 p.m.
Where: 100 N 17th St., Richmond, VA 23219
Cost: General admission $14; Seniors (60+) $12; Military (with ID) $12; Groups (10+ people) $10 each