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Sunrise 7:24 a.m. | Sunset 5:07 p.m.

👋 Hey June
Enjoy Flowers After 5 at Lewis Ginter and take in the temporary exhibit “Incanto.”|Photo by RICtoday
Go ahead and open that planner. Richmond has some can’t-miss events in store for June — including tons of events for Pride, Juneteenth, and Immigrant Heritage Month.

Here’s a peak at our online calendar.

RVA Clay Tour | Saturday, June 3-Sunday, June 4 | Times vary | Locations vary | Free | Take a self-guided tour of Richmond’s clay community and see work from nearly 100 artisans.

LGBTQ+ Youth and Families Day | Sunday, June 4 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden | $0-$17 | Enjoy special performances, shop the TransJam makers market, and get resources from community organizations like He She Ze and We.

Celebrating National Immigrant Heritage Month | Saturday, June 10 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Dogwood Dell | Free | This party is part of the city’s free Festival of Arts.

Friday Cheers: Tank and the Bangas | Friday, June 16 | 6-9:30 p.m. | Brown’s Island | $10-$15 | Come out for a night of hip hop, funk, rock, and more on the island.


See artist Joel Moses’ work on Stop 14 of the RVA Clay Tour this year.


Photo courtesy @rvaclaytour

India Mela 2023 | Saturday, June 17 | 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. | Greater Richmond Convention Center | Free | Celebrate the diversity of India with performances, cuisine, and fun hosted by the India Association of Virginia.

Festival & Fireworks | Sunday, June 18 | 4 p.m. | Intermediate Terminal, 3101 Wharf St. | Free | Celebrate Juneteenth and stay for fireworks at 9 p.m.

Rainbow Roll | Sunday, June 18 | 6-9 p.m. | Rollerdome, 4902 Williamsburg Rd. | $10 | Join VA Pride for a night of sober skating hosted by Stacy Monique-Maxx and with music by DJ Joey.

Kickers vs. One Knox SC | Saturday, June 24 | 7 p.m. | City Stadium | $16 | See what all the fuss is about at Super Secret Mystery Giveaway Night.

Make plans for every day of June by clicking the button below.
Friday, June 2
  • After 5 Fridays: Pride | Friday, June 2 | 6-8 p.m. | VMFA, 200 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond | Free | Phoenix Baldwin hosts an evening of drag performances in the Robins Sculpture Garden, plus get drink deals from Best Café.
  • Test Pattern 08: Raúl de Nieves + Jessie Stead + Sergei Tcherepnin | Friday, June 2 | 7-10 p.m. | Institute for Contemporary Art, 601 W. Broad St., Richmond | Free | Head to the museum for a musical performance followed by a conversation with ICA Assistant Curator of Performance David Riley.
Saturday, June 3
  • Windsor Farms Walking Tour | Saturday, June 3 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Agecroft Hall, 4305 Sulgrave Rd., Richmond | $10 | Explore the neighborhood with architectural historian Chris Novelli.
  • Ashland Strawberry Faire, Inc. | Saturday, June 3 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Randolph-Macon College, 500 Henry St., Ashland | Free | Bring the whole family for a Strawberry Kids Parade, Pet Pageant, Motor Mile, and more festival events.
Sunday, June 4
  • Free Clothes Swap | Sunday, June 4 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | The Carillon at Byrd Park, Blanton Ave., Richmond | Free | Bring new or gently-worn clothes, take home new threads, and enjoy eats from Boka Tako.
  • “The Prom” | Sunday, June 4-Sunday, June 11 | Times vary | Weinstein JCC, 5403 Monument Ave., Richmond | $20-$25 | Four aging Broadway actors travel to Indiana in this musical production featuring local teens and young adults.
Tuesday, June 6
  • Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade | Tuesday, June 6 | 5:30 p.m. | Brown’s Island, S. 7th St., Richmond | $50+ | The singer-songwriter will play with special guests Jerry Harrison and Adrian Belew: Remain In Light.
Saturday, July 22
  • Sweetgrass Festival | Saturday, July 22 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, 99 Harry M. Hallman Jr Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC | Free | The Sweetgrass Festival in Mount Pleasant, SC is designed to promote and bring attention to the contributions of the Gullah Geechee people’s history, culture, traditions + their sweetgrass basket art.*
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News Notes
  • The first Shake Shack in the Richmond region has an opening date — Friday, June 9. Located in the Willow Place Shopping Center just west of Willow Lawn, the new spot will open at 11 a.m. and is donating $1 for every sandwich sold on opening day to Kids Run RVA. (CBS 6 News)
  • The Richmond Greek Festival is underway at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral after a three-year pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The celebration of cuisine and culture takes place 11 a.m.-10 p.m. today and tomorrow and 12-6 p.m. on Sunday.
  • RVA Brunch Weekend is returning the weekend of Sept. 9-10. During the event, a portion of proceeds from your meal will be donated to the Richmond SPCA. Check out the list of participating restaurants — you’ll recognize several from our brunch guide.
  • Richmond Parks and Recreation is introducing a new summertime series this Sunday, June 4 at 4 p.m. Bring a lawn chair to Byrd Park and enjoy the first edition of Jazz at the Fountain, featuring a performance by local smooth jazz artist Chan Hall. The event will take place the first Sunday of each month through September.
  • Richmond Region Tourism has launched a new destination marketing campaign with the help of six local jurisdictions. Watch the ASMR-inspired campaign video, which lets travelers know that “The Richmond Region Speaks for Itself.”
  • A pair of Richmond bakers will appear on the season premiere of the Fox television show “Crime Scene Kitchen” on Monday, June 5. Tune in at 8 p.m. to watch Kristy and Tarsha from Joy Jr. bakery take on the competition.
  • Know a talented artist? The Visual Arts Center of Richmond is looking for illustrators to help make next year’s class catalogs. Selected illustrators will receive a $1,500 honorarium and the opportunity to teach a workshop at VisArts. Apply by Sunday, June 30.
  • Local businesses are invited to submit products for Virginia Living Magazine’s Made in Virginia Awards starting Monday, June 5. Categories include food, drinks, style and beauty products (think fragrances, clothing, jewelry), and home and lifestyle goods (furniture, gifts, kitchenware). Get submission details.
Try This
  • A VCU professor and researcher is looking for participants in a virtual reality study about police interviews. Participants should be 18-25 years old and proficient in English; they will receive $25 and refreshments for participating. Send an email for more information.
  • Featuring advanced aesthetic services and technology (supported by a team of highly trained staff), the recently-opened Synergy by Shaw specializes in natural-looking surgical + non-surgical services, offering everything from skincare and laser services to plastic surgery and corrective facials and fillers. Pro tip: New clients receive 20% off their first appointment.*
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🍽 Need dinner plans?
Cabo Fish Taco has three cocktails and a Prickly Pear Mockarita to choose from.|Photo by @sambythespoonful
Here’s your excuse to go out to eat next week — it’s for a good cause. VA Pride and OutRVA are hosting Dine Out For Pride from Monday, June 5-Sunday, June 11.

All week, choose from 25+ restaurants around Richmond. For each signature cocktail sold, $1 will go towards local LGBTQ+ organizations.

Participating restaurants include Bar Solita, JewFro, Pinky’s, Shagbark, Papi’s Downtown, and Restaurant Adarra.
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