August PlanAhead: Your Richmond events calendar

Happy August, Richmond. 🍅 If you’re anything like us, you’re wishing summer veggie season would never end + planning as many end-of-summer getaways as possible — and with all that excitement, you’re also looking for fun local events to attend. Read on for all the top events happening this month in the River City.

Aug. 1-8

Sun., Aug. 1

Show

  • Happy Birthday Jerry w/ Gettin’ Weir’d | Sun., Aug. 1 | 5 p.m. | The Broadberry, 2729 W. Broad St. | $12+ | Celebrate the birthday of Grateful Dead founding member Jerry Garcia with a series of tribute sets. 🎶
  • Albert Castiglia w/ George Taylor | Sun., Aug. 1 | 8 p.m. | The Camel, 1621 W. Broad St. | $12 | Witness an emotion and energy-filled blues performance. 🎸

Shop

  • Artisan Market at Main Line Brewery | Sun., Aug. 1 | 1-4 p.m. | Main Line Brewery, 1603 Ownby Ln. | Free | Enjoy craft beer and live music while you support local artisans. 🍺  

Outdoors

Family

Mon., Aug. 2 

Film

  • First Man | Mon., Aug. 2 | 7 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre |  $10 | Ryan Gosling is Neil Armstrong in this Damien Chazelle drama. 🚀

Arts

  • Art in the Park | Mon., Aug. 2 | 10:30 a.m. | Library Park – Main Library, 101 E. Franklin St. | Free | Learn about a variety of art including mosaic, silkscreen printing + abstract paint pours. 

Learn

  • Richmond Online Foster Parent Orientation | Mon., Aug. 2 | 5 p.m. | Virtual | Free, registration required | Gather information about becoming a foster parent at this session by the Bair Foundation of Virginia. 
  • Champagne and Bubbles | Mon., Aug. 2 | 12 p.m. | Body Politic Hair Studios, 1811 W. Broad St. | $75 | Get hairstylist tips and tricks for formulations + photography. 💇‍♀️

Tues., Aug. 3 

Arts

  • 3 in 30 PLUS: Short Stories | Tues., Aug. 3 | 11 a.m. | Virtual | Free | Explore the work of British printmaker Sir Frank Short during this VMFA program. Registration required.   

Film

  • Enter the Dragon | Tues., Aug. 3 | 7 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre | $10 | A martial arts classic starring Bruce Lee. 🐉

TryThis

  • Salsa and Bachata Tuesday | Tues., Aug. 3 | 7 p.m. | Canon & Draw Brewing Company, 1529 W. Main St. | $5+ | Participate in a lesson then bring your new skills to the dance floor with DJ El Duro. 💃
  • Tango Tuesdays | Tues., Aug. 3 | 9 p.m. | Therapy, 1419 E. Cary St. | Free, RSVP | Let loose at Tango Tuesdays in Shockoe with sounds by DJ Joel the King. 

Active

  • Fitness & Nutrition Bootcamp | Tues., Aug. 3 | 7 p.m. | Flex 15, 5600 Patterson Ave. | Free | Beginner-friendly + functional fitness. 💪

Wed., Aug. 4

Show

ForKids

  • Mystery Writing Workshop | Wed., Aug. 4 | 11 a.m. | Virtual | $10 | Students ages 7-12 will learn the ins and outs of crafting a mystery with author Steven K. Smith at this program presented by VMHC. Registration required. 🕵️

Learn

TryThis

  • One More Stitch | Wed., Aug. 4 | 1 p.m. | West End Branch Library Meeting Room A, 5420 Patterson Ave. | Free | All skill levels of fiber arts enthusiasts are invited to share ideas + get or give help. 🧶
  • Meal Packaging w/ Rise Against Hunger | Wed., Aug. 4 | 9 a.m. | 5022 Byrd Industrial Dr. | Volunteers are needed to support hunger relief efforts. 

Thurs., Aug. 5

Show

Outdoors

  • Flowers After 5 | Thurs., Aug. 5 | 5 p.m. | Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden | $14, members free | Shades of Gray will play classic dance hits from the 70s and 80s at the Bloemendaal House. 🌸 

Talk

  • The Dirty South Virtual Speaker Series: SLAB Culture | Thurs., Aug. 5 | 6:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Rapper and producer Richard “Fiend” Jones will be in conversation with Dr. Langston Collin Wilkins at this VMFA program. Registration required.  
  • From the Archives: Purple Heart Day | Thurs., Aug. 5 | 2 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Archivist Heidi Sheldon examines the nation’s oldest military award through historical materials in this program from the Virginia War Memorial.   

Fri., Aug. 6

Show

Theatre

Outdoors

  • Manchester Manifest First Fridays | Fri., Aug. 6 | 5-10 p.m. | 1309 Hull St. | Free | Bring the whole family to explore a variety of vendors with food, drinks + art for sale.   
  • Rhythm On The River | Fri., Aug. 6 | 6 p.m. | VMFA Sculpture Garden | Features music + spoken word performances as well as visual artists. 

Sat., Aug. 7

Show

  • Kadencia | Sat., Aug 7 | 8 p.m. | Dogwood Dell | Free | A free show as part of the 2021 Festival of Arts. 🎶
  • Jack Willhite’s Rock & Roll Comedy Show | Sat., Aug. 7 | 9 p.m. | Another Round Bar and Grill, 7515 Brook Rd. | $10+ | High-energy parodies of your favorite rock acts. 🎸
  • South Hill Banks | Sat., Aug. 7 | 9 p.m. | The Broadberry, 2720 W. Broad St. | $12+ | Come see a bluegrass group from right here in Richmond. 🪕

TryThis

  • Beyonce vs. Rihanna Dance Party | Sat., Aug. 7 | 9 p.m. | The Canal Club, 1545 E. Cary St. | $10 | Find out if you’re more “Drunk in Love” or “Drunk on Love” at this track-for-track dance party battle. 🕺

Drink

  • BrewHaHa | Sat., Aug. 7 | 6 p.m. | VMHC | $30 | Celebrate Virginia Craft Beer Month by sampling a wide variety of regional brews. 🍺
  • HP Bar Crawl | Sat., Aug. 7 | 2-9 p.m. | Shockoe Bottom | $15-30 | Experience a Harry Potter-themed bar crawl with themed potion drinks + no cover charges at local venues. ⚡️ 

Film

  • Free Willy | Sat., Aug. 7 | 10 a.m. | The Byrd Theatre | $5 | Enjoy a matinee screening for the whole family. 🍿 

Talk

Learn

ForKids

Sun., Aug. 8

Show

Outdoors

  • Carytown Watermelon Festival | Sun., Aug. 8 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Carytown | Free entry | Experience the Watermelon Festival in its 39th year. 🍉
  • VMFA Gospel Sunday in the Garden | Sun., Aug. 8 | 2 p.m. | VMFA Sculpture Garden | Free | Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets to listen to Gospel music provided by Aliyah the DJ. 🎶
  • Mobile Soul Sunday | Sun., Aug. 8 | 12-7 p.m. | Byrd Park | 15 food trucks will gather for this event, presented by the Richmond Black Restaurant Experience. 

Aug. 9-15

Mon., Aug. 9

Show

Biz

  • Mini MBA Information Session | Mon., Aug. 9 | 12 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn about the University of Richmond certificate program designed for high-potential managers and professionals. 💻

Network

  • Gather Presents Coworking Day | Mon., Aug. 9 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Gather Scott’s Addition, 2920 W. Broad St. | Free | Work in the coworking space free of charge + enjoy cookie treats from Sugar & Twine. 🍪

Tues., Aug. 10

Film

  • Doctor Zhivago | Tues., Aug. 10 | 7 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre | $10 | See the 1965 classic on the big screen. 🍿

Talk

  • David L. Robbins Book Launch | Tues., Aug. 10 | 6 p.m. | West End Branch Library, 5420 Patterson Ave. | Free | Celebrate the new novel “Isaac’s Beacon” with drinks, hors d’oeuvres + a book signing. 📚

Learn

  • The Road to War in the Pacific | Tues., Aug. 10 | 2 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Christopher Kolakowski discusses the beginning of World War II in the Pacific at this program from the Virginia War Memorial. 

TryThis

Wed., Aug. 11

Show

Family

  • Smallfoot | Wed., Aug. 11 | 10 a.m. | The Byrd Theatre | $10 | Catch a matinee of this heartwarming animated tale. ❄️ 

Thurs., Aug. 12

Show

Drink

  • Shockoe Sessions Live: Kyle Davis | Thurs., Aug. 12 | 7 p.m. | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2410 Ownby Ln. | $15 | Music from a unique singer-songwriter + plenty of local brews. 🍺

Arts

  • Summer Time! Meet the Artists | Thurs., Aug. 12 | 4-7 p.m. | SunTrust Gallery, 919 E. Main St. | Free | Get to know the 34 artists from Metropolitan Richmond Artists Association who created the Summer Time! exhibit. 🏝

Outdoors

  • Flowers After 5 (Fidos Night) | Thurs., Aug. 12 | 5 p.m. | Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden | $14, members free | Bring your pup to enjoy music from Triple Crossing Jazz Project at the Bloemendaal House. 🐶 

Fri., Aug. 13

Show

Film

  • Afrikana Film Festival Presents Daughters of the Dust | Fri., Aug. 13 | 8:30 p.m. | VMFA Pauley Center South Lawn | $8 | Bring a lawn chair or blanket for an outdoor screening of director Julie Dash’s seminal work. 🎥
  • The Shining Double Feature | Fri., Aug. 13 | 7 p.m. | The Dark Room, second floor of The HofGarden | Free | A special Friday the 13th movie night, featuring Stephen King’s classic, played forwards ―and backwards.

Sat., Aug. 14

Show

  • Southern Soul Music Festival | Sat., Aug. 14 | 8 p.m. | Altria Theater | $82+ | Richmond’s first Southern Soul Music Festival will feature Tucka, Pokey Bear, Ronnie Bell, Lebrado, and Omar Cunningham. 🎶
  • Kendall Street Company w/ Pipesleeve | Sat., Aug. 14 | 9 p.m. | The Broadberry, 2729 W. Broad St. | $18+ | Jam out with these alt-rockers based out of Charlottesville. 🎸
  • Mighty Joshua | Fri., Aug. 13 | 8 p.m. | Dogwood Dell | Free | Enjoy some reggae as part of the Festival of Arts.  
  • Oddities and Curiosity Expo | Sat., Aug. 14 | 10 a.m. |  Greater Richmond Convention Center | Free | An event for all things strange and otherworldly 👻

Film

WaterCooler

Sun., Aug. 15

Show

  • Classical Incarnations | Sun., Aug. 15 | 8 p.m. | The HofGarden, 2818 W. Broad St. | Free | Experience a classical variety show from Classical Revolution RVA.
  • Whiskey Myers | Sun., Aug. 15 | 7:30 p.m. | Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. | $32+ | Country rock at Virginia Credit Union Live.   

Aug. 16-22

Mon., Aug. 16

Film

  • Time Bandits | Mon., Aug. 16 | 7 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre | $10 | Catch Terry Gilliam’s surreal comedy on the big screen. 🍿
  • “Iron Jawed Angels” Viewing and Discussion | Mon., Aug. 16 | 10:30 a.m. | Gellman Room – Main Library, 101 E. Franklin St. | Free | Dr. Kathryn Roe Coker will lead a discussion about the history of women’s suffrage as part of the Law Library Lunch & Learn program. 

Tues., Aug. 17

Show

Learn

Wed., Aug. 18

Show

  • The Oasis: a High Noon Summer Concert Series | Wed., Aug. 18 | 12 p.m. | The Valentine Garden, 1015 E. Clay St. | Free | Rodney “The Soul Singer” Stith will bring Motown to the garden. 🎶
  • Innsbrook After Hours: Fear of Music | Wed., Aug. 18 | 5:30 p.m. | Innsbrook Pavilion, 4901 Lake Brook Dr. | $15+ | Innsbrook must be the place for a tribute to the Talking Heads. 
  • Kendall Marvel w/ Leah Blevins | Wed., Aug. 18 | 8 p.m. | Richmond Music Hall, 623 E. Main St. | $15 | Singer-songwriter Kendell Marvel brings his outlaw country to Richmond. 

Theater

Talk

Network

  • The Five O’Clock Belles | Wed., Aug. 18 | 4-7 p.m. | Brambly Park Winery, 1708 Belleville St. | $57 | An all-women business networking event + wine and tacos 🍷

ForKids

  • Pictures at the Protest | Wed., Aug. 18 | 11 a.m. | Virtual | Free | The VMHC online summer book club returns to The Virginia Mysteries series. Registration required. 📚 

Thurs., Aug. 19

Show

  • Bonnie Bishop | Thurs., Aug. 19 | 8 p.m. | Richmond Music Hall, 623 E. Main St. | $15 | An evening of Americana, country + soul with a Grammy-winning artist. 🎶

Talk

  • Stifling the Scream: The Dirt in the Dirty South | Thurs., Aug. 19 | 6:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Valerie Cassel Oliver will be in conversation with Dr. Fred Moten at this VMFA program. Registration required.  
  • A Fire in the Wilderness | Thurs., Aug. 19 | 12 p.m. | VMHC | Free | Members can reserve in-person tickets for this discussion of the first battle between Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee. The event will also be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube.  

Outdoors

  • Flowers After 5 | Thurs., Aug. 19 | 5 p.m. | Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden | $14, members free | Brass in Pocket will share the music of the Pretenders. 🌸 

Fri., Aug. 20

Show

Dance

  • City Dance Theatre | Fri., Aug. 20 | 8:30 p.m. | Dogwood Dell | Free | Part of the 2021 Festival of Arts. 💃

Talk

Sat., Aug. 21

TryThis

  • Drag Brunch | Sat., Aug. 21 | 12 p.m. | Richmond Music Hall at Capital Ale House, 623 E. Main St. | $20+ | Indulge in a boozy brunch and watch the show, hosted by Chicki Parm + featuring Queens Melanin Monroe, Jack Trade + Layla Monroe. 🥂
  • Best Night Ever | Sat., Aug. 21 | 9:30 p.m. | Canal Club, 1545 E. Cary St. | $15+ | Bring out your inner Directioner at this boy-band-fueled dance party. 

Show

  • Ruby and Jay | Sat., Aug. 21 | 6 p.m. | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery | Free | Listen to “The Songs You Forgot You Loved” performed by the daughter-father duo.
  • Palm Palm | Sat., Aug. 21 | 8 p.m. | The Camel | $10 | Catch the second of 4 their shows at The Camel, featuring Shagwüf. 
  • Plunky | Sat., Aug. 21 | 8 p.m. | Dogwood Dell | Free | A night of jazz fusion at the Festival of Arts. 🎷
  • White Ford Bronco: The All 90s Band | Sat., Aug. 21 | 8 p.m. | The Broadberry, 2729 W. Broad St. | $12+ | Dance along to tunes from this DC-based cover band. 
  • Brambly After Dark: Deau Eyes | Sat., Aug. 21 | 9 p.m. | Brambly Park Winery | $10-50 | Richmond-based siren-like indie rock. 

ForKids

Sun., Aug. 22

Show

  • The Upside | Sun., Aug. 22| 3 p.m. | Main Line Brewery | Free | The band makes their Main Line debut playing rock classics.  
  • Richmond Concert Band presents: Dear John | Sun., Aug. 22 | 6 p.m. | Dogwood Dell | Free | A tribute to music composed or inspired by people named John at the Festival of Arts. 🎶

Outdoors

  • Carytown Farmers Market | Sun., Aug. 22 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | City Stadium | Free | Shop local + stock up on fresh produce. 🍓 

Aug. 23-29

Mon., Aug. 23

Biz

  • Mini MBA Information Session | Mon., Aug. 23 | 5 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn about the University of Richmond certificate program designed for high-potential managers and professionals. 💻

Tues., Aug. 24

Drink

  • BINGO Night | Tues., Aug. 24 | 7 p.m. | Väsen Brewing Company, 3331 Moore St. | Free | Grab a brew + a bingo board. 🍺

Talk

ForKids

  • Duct Tape Crafting for Teens and Tweens | Tues., Aug. 24 | 3 p.m. | West End Branch Library Meeting Room A, 5420 Patterson Ave. | Free | Make a pencil pouch, cell phone case, or flower-topped pen just in time for back-to-school. 

Wed., Aug. 25

Show

Learn

Talk

  • First Chapters Book Discussion | Wed., Aug. 25 | 7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Listen to a reading and discuss the first chapter of “Hummingbird Salamander” by Jeff Vandermeer. 📚   

TryThis

Thurs., Aug. 26

Show

  • Drive-By Truckers | Thurs., Aug. 26 | 8 p.m. | Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. | $25 | Alternative country/rock at Virginia Credit Union Live.   
  • The Dude Ranch, The Great Heights Band & Geek RVA | Thurs., Aug. 26 | 8 p.m. | The Broadberry, 2729 W. Broad St. | $10+ | Enjoy an evening of tributes to Blink-182, Weezer + Smashing Pumpkins. 🎶

Outdoors

  • Ram Fest | Thurs., Aug. 26 | 4-7 p.m. | The Diamond | Free | Kick off the VCU Athletics season with carnival-style games, a beer garden + local eats. 🐏
  • Flowers After 5 (Fidos Night) | Thurs., Aug. 26 | 5 p.m. | Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden | $14, members free | Bring your pup to enjoy music from Paul Urban & Friends at the Bloemendaal House. 🐶 

Talk

  • Brent Tarter: On Equal Terms With Men | Thurs., Aug. 26 | 6 p.m. | Gellman Room – Main Library, 101 E. Franklin St. | Free | Historian Brent Tarter will lead a discussion about the history of women’s suffrage in Virginia as part of the Law Library Lunch & Learn program.

Fri., Aug. 27

Show

  • Greensky Bluegrass | Fri., Aug. 27 | 7 p.m. | Maymont | $25+ | Bluegrass mavericks out of Kalamazoo, MI. 🪕
  • Yes And | Fri., Aug. 27 | 8 p.m. | Dogwood Dell | Free | Part of the 2021 Festival of Arts. 🎶

Shop

  • Ashland Fourth Fridays | Fri. Aug. 27 | 5-7 p.m. | Downtown Ashland, performances at the intersection of Robinson + Center St. | Free | Check out the sidewalk sales, art exhibits + live music to start your weekend. 🛍

Arts

  • Closing Day: In Front of Nature | Fri., Aug. 27 | all day | Reynolds Gallery, 1514 W. Main St. | Free | Catch this exhibition of oil paintings by Samuel Bjorklund before it closes. 🖼 

Film

Sat., Aug. 28

Show

  • Zack Artis | Sat., Aug. 28 | 6:30 p.m. | Isley Brewing Company, 1715 Summit Ave. | Free | Unwind with a drink + live music from guitarist Zack Artis. 
  • It’s Still Safe 2 Laugh | Sat., Aug. 28 | 6 p.m. | The National | $45+ | A night of comedy with Burpie, AG White + Mope Williams, featuring Antoine Scott. 
  • No BS! Brass w/ E 33rd | Sat., Aug. 28 | 9 p.m. | The Broadberry, 2729 W. Broad St. | $15+ | Get in on some heart-pounding energy + uncontrollable dancing. 🎺  

Outdoors 

  • KOS | Sat., Aug. 28 | 8 p.m. | Dogwood Dell | Free | Part of the 2021 Festival of Arts. 🎶
  • Crabs, Beers & Spirits by the James | Sat., Aug. 28 | 12-7 p.m. | Brown’s Island | 10+ | Experience an all-you-can-eat crab fest + live music from Testiphy, MASHUP, and HD BAND. 🦀

WaterCooler

Talk

  • Big Stone Gap | Sat., Aug. 28 | 10:30 a.m. | VMHC | Free | Participate in a free book club conversation about Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani. 📚

Sun., Aug. 29

Show

Outdoors

  • Shockoe Taco | Sun., Aug. 29 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | 17th St. Market | Free entry | Music, drinks + tacos. 🌮

Learn

Aug. 30-31

Mon., Aug. 30

TryThis

  • A Real Salsa Social | Mon., Aug. 30 | 7 p.m. | Three Notch’d Brewing Company – RVA Collab House, 2930 W. Broad St. | $6 | A can’t-miss night of craft beer, dancing + cheesecake bites. 💃

Outdoor

  • 2021 RVA Fishing Camp | Mon., Aug. 30 – Sept. 3 | 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. | Forest Hill Park | $575 | Kids 9-14 can finish up their summer learning the process of how to fish, from rigging rods to driving boats in local rivers.  🐟

Tues., Aug. 31

TryThis

  • Salsa and Bachata Tuesday | Tues., Aug. 31 | 7 p.m. | Canon & Draw Brewing Company, 1529 W. Main St. | $5+ | Participate in a lesson then bring your new skills to the dance floor with DJ El Duro. 💃
  • Tango Tuesdays | Tues., Aug. 3 | 9 p.m. | Therapy, 1419 E. Cary St. | Free, RSVP | Let loose at Tango Tuesdays in Shockoe with sounds by DJ Joel the King. 

 Outdoors

  • Birdhouse Farmers Market | Tuesdays through Nov. 30 | 3-6:30 p.m.| 1507 Grayland Ave. | Free | Protip: The Birdhouse Online Market is active all year, and both this in-person event and online markets take SNAP benefits.

 Film

  • Back to the Future | Tues. Aug. 31 | 7-10 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre | $8 | Feel the power of love again at this special showing. 🍿