October Plan Ahead: Your Richmond events calendar

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Happy October, Richmond. 🍂 If you’re anything like us, you’re ecstatic about the crisp, cool air, apple cider, and football season in full swing— 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.

All month long

Ansel Adams: Compositions in Nature | Every day | All day | VMFA | $8+ non-members, members free | View the drama and splendor of the American landscape through the photography of Ansel Adams. 

Dineo Seshee Bopape: Ile aye, moya, là, ndokh…harmonic conversations…mm | Every day | All day | Institute for Contemporary Art | Free | Video, sculpture, installation, and animation are all involved in this exploratory exhibit. 

Ibrahim Ahmed: It Will Always Come Back to You | Every day | All day | Institute for Contemporary Art | Free | Explore powerful mythic narratives in this photo collage, sculpture, video, and large-scale installation exhibition. 

Violins of Hope | Through Sun., Oct. 24 | All day | Multiple locations | Free | View the Violins of Hope Richmond exhibit at the Virginia Holocaust Museum, the VMHC + the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. 🎻

Blip of the Moment | Through Sun., Oct. 24 | All day | Visual Arts Center, 1812 W. Main St. | Free | Explore the metaphysical world with works by artists Matt Lively + Ed Trask. 

2020: A Decade of Virtual Society Exhibit | Starts Sun., Oct. 3 | All day | Art Works, 320 Hull St. | Free | James Wilson reveals a gallery of photography from 2020’s history-making events. 📸

Top Down Comedy Open Mic Night | Every Monday | 6 p.m. | Bottoms Up Pizza, 1700 Dock St. | Free | Try your hand at cracking jokes while eating pizza with your pals 🍕

Trivia Night | Every Tuesday | 7:30 p.m. | Isley Brewing Company, 1715 Summit Ave. | Free | Enjoy happy hour prices on different beers for each round of play. 🍺

Open Mic Night | Every Wednesday | 6 p.m. | Main Line Brewery, 1603 Ownby Ln. | Free | Beginners + seasoned musicians can step up to the mic. 🎶 

Hump Day HaHa’s | Every Wednesday | 6:30 p.m. | Isley Brewing Company, 1715 Summit Ave. | Free | Watch local comedians or try out your own material. 🎤

Pop Up Market at the Diamond | Every Saturday | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | The Diamond | Free entry | Over 50 vendors gather at this pop up market, which also features live music. 

Carytown Farmers Market | Every Sunday | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | City Stadium | Free entry | Every Sunday through December, buy directly from local farmers, business owners + artisans.

Huguenot-Robious Farmers Market | Every Thursday | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Great Big Greenhouse, 2051 Huguenot Rd. | Free entry | Shop over 2 dozen local businesses at this year-round market in Chesterfield. 

Oct. 1-3

Fri., Oct. 1 

Freedom Fridays | Fri., Oct. 1 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, 122 W. Leigh St. | Free | Enjoy free admission to the museum’s exhibitions + special activities. 

RVA First Fridays | Fri., Oct. 1 | 5-8 p.m. | Arts District | Free | Check with your favorite Broad St. businesses to find out who’s participating. 

Manchester Manifest First Fridays | Fri., Oct. 1 | 5-11 p.m. | Hull St. from 13th-14th St. | Free | Live music, food trucks + family fun on the Southside. 

Craigslist at Jerry Hippie Hippie Happy Hour | Fri., Oct. 1 | 4 p.m. | Main Line Brewery, 1603 Ownby Ln. | Enjoy live music, a drink + food from Shakedown Eats. 🎶

Morgan Lynsey | Fri., Oct. 1 | 7 p.m. | Main Line Brewery, 1603 Ownby Ln. | Celebrate the release of this country singer’s new single “Magic.”

VisArts Chili Throwdown | Fri., Oct. 1 | 5-9 p.m. | Visual Arts Center Courtyard, 1812 W. Main St. | $5+ | Try some of the best chili in the city in locally designed bowls. 🥣

Scary Kids Scaring Kids | Fri., Oct. 1 | 6 p.m. | The Canal Club, 1545 E. Cary St. | $25 | Hard rock jams by The City Sleeps in Flames + 4 other alt bands.

Memorial Brick Installation Ceremony | Fri., Oct. 1 | 7 p.m. | Byrd Park Roundhouse | $200 | Honor your late loved one with an engraved brick, to be placed in the Gardens of Hope by Fountain Lake. 

Sat., Oct. 2

2nd St. Festival | Sat., Oct. 2 | All day | Historic Jackson Ward | Free | Celebrate the soul + history of the Jackson Ward neighborhood on the first day of this 2-day festival. 🎷

Richmond Vegetarian Festival | Sat., Oct. 2 | 12-6 p.m. | Byrd Park | Free | Check out some local healthy plant-based foods, even if you’re a meat-eater.  🥬

Flat Elvis | Sat., Oct. 2 | 7 p.m. | Main Line Brewery, 1603 Ownby Ln. | Free | A night of live music with eats from Thai Won On food truck. 🎶

Junior Wilson | Sat., Oct. 2 | 6:30 p.m. | Isley Brewing Company, 1715 Summit Ave. | Free | See this New Kent-native perform gospel + blues tunes. 

Goodnight, Texas | Sat., Oct. 2 | 7:30 p.m. | The Camel, 1621 W. Broad St. | $15 | With The Great Beforetimes + Justin Golden. 🎶

Sean McConnell | Sat., Oct. 2 | 7:30 p.m. | Richmond Music Hall, 623 E. Main St. | $12 | An evening of country + folk music. 

Difftober | Sat., Oct. 2 | 2 p.m. | Castleburg Brewery + Taproom, 1626 Ownby Ln. | $15+ | Support Gallery5 in this afternoon of music + drinks. 

Beer Release: Bubba Daze | Sat., Oct. 2 | 12 p.m. | Isley Brewing Company, 1715 Summit Ave. | Cost of purchase | Try the new hazy IPA, named for Bubba the dog. 🍺

Virginia Credit Union Moonlight Bike Ride | Sat., Oct. 2 | 7:30 p.m. | Sports Backers Stadium | $32+ | Light up your wheels + ride across the city. 🚲

Physical Theatre Workshop: Transformational Tools for Actors and Dancers | Sat., Oct. 2 | 1 p.m. | Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad St. | $10 | This 2-hour workshop will explore physicality + movement in storytelling, character development, and ensemble building. 🎭

Sun., Oct. 3

Liily | Sun., Oct. 3 | 7 p.m. | Richmond Music Hall, 623 E. Main St. | $10 | With Caroline Kingsbury + Kenneka Cook. 

2nd St. Festival | Sun., Oct. 3 | All day | Historic Jackson Ward | Free | Celebrate the soul + history of the Jackson Ward neighborhood on the second day of this 2-day festival. 🎷

2021 Battle of the Bands | Sun., Oct. 3 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Hovey Field, 1500 N. Lombardy St. | $19 | Celebrate the evolution of marching band bangers at VUU + beyond. 🎺

Open Figure Drawing Sessions | Sun., Oct. 3 | 1-4 p.m. | Art Works, 320 Hull St. | $10 | Pro tip: Bring your own materials + easel before class. 🎨

Oct. 4-10

Mon., Oct. 4

RVA Fall Fashion Week 2021 | Mon., Oct. 4-Sun. Oct. 10 | Multiple locations in Lakeside | Ticket prices | Catch up on the latest trends straight from Richmond designers, models + other fashion moguls.  👗

Healing Disordered Relationships with Food and Our Bodies | Mon., Oct. 4 | Ellwood Thompson’s, 4 N. Thompson St. | $10 | Join a live podcast recording involving eating disorder recovery. 

2021 Ordinary Awards | Mon., Oct. 4 | 5:30-9 p.m. | Omni Richmond Hotel, 100 S. 12th St. | $79 | An awards show dedicated to honoring the best travel, lodging + restaurants across Virginia and the hard-working employees who run them.  

Tues., Oct. 5

Paul Cauthen | Tues., Oct. 5 | 7-11 p.m. | The Broadberry | $25+ | Spend a night rocking with this East Texas guitarist. 🎸

Birdtalker | Tues., Oct. 5 | 7 p.m. | The Camel, 1621 W. Broad St. | $15 | With Bre Kennedy on “The Tides” tour. 

Flock of Dimes | Tues., Oct. 5 | 7 p.m. | Richmond Music Hall, 623 E. Main St. | With Karima Walker.

Shaun of the Dead | Tues., Oct. 5 | 7 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre | $8 | See director Edgar Wright’s zombie flick on the big screen. 🧟

VCU Arts Faculty Lecture Series: Lessons from Jazz | Tues., Oct. 5 | 5:30 p.m. | Institute for Contemporary Art, 601 W. Broad St. | Free | Learn about the medium and innovations of jazz in person at the ICA or by registering to attend online. 🎷

The Miseducation of Bipolar Disorder | Tues., Oct. 5 | 6-8 p.m. | Science Museum of Virginia | Free | Pro tip: register in advance for this panel discussion, presented by Education Connection Academy.

Wed., Oct. 6

Thievery Corporation | Wed., Oct. 6 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | The National | $30+ | This duo from D.C. has inspirations from electronica to hip hop and reggae. 🎶

Primus | Wed., Oct. 6 | 7:30 p.m. | Richmond Raceway | $37+ | The band will perform Rush’s classic “A Farewell to Kings” in its entirety.

Sleigh Bells | Wed., Oct. 6 | 7 p.m. | The Broadberry | $25+ | Kills Birds will open for the band. 

Midnight North | Wed., Oct. 6 | 7 p.m. | The Camel | $15 | California country-rock at The Camel. 

Christine | Wed., Oct. 6 | 7 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre | $8 | Part of the John Carpenter series at The Byrd. 🍿

The Joyful Neuroscience of Risk-Taking | Wed., Oct. 6 | 12 p.m. | Virtual, RSVP | Free | Learn about stress management in this Lunch Break Science program from the Science Museum of Virginia. 

In the Arena: A Memoir of Love, War, and Politics | Wed., Oct. 6 | 5:30 p.m. | Library of Virginia Lecture Hall, 800 E. Broad St. | Free, RSVP |  Former VA Governor Chuck Robb will discuss his new memoir with Former Secretary of Education Anne Holton. 📚

Thurs., Oct. 7

Bella’s Bartok | Thurs., Oct. 7 | 7 p.m. | The Camel, 1621 W. Broad St. | $15 | An electric, brass-filled, accordion-based spectacle. 

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus | Thurs., Oct. 7 | 6 p.m. | The Canal Club, 1545 E. Cary St. | $17+ | Rock out at The Canal Club.

3 in 30: Death and Burial in the Ancient World | Thurs., Oct. 7 | 11 a.m. | Virtual, RSVP | Free | Join Interpretation Manager Courtney Morano in an exploration of burial practices in this VMFA program.  

The Constitution of Virginia | Thurs., Oct. 7 | 12 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn about Virginia’s Constitution at this virtual program from VMHC. Pro tip: VMHC members can reserve in-person tickets. 

Fri., Oct. 8

2021 Richmond Folk Festival | Fri., Oct. 8-Sun., Oct. 10 | Hours vary | Brown’s Island | Free | This three-day event will feature live music + dancing from a diverse array of performers.  

The Come Hears | Fri., Oct. 8 | 4 p.m. | Main Line Brewery, 1603 Ownby Ln. | Free | Live music + eats from 1115 Mobile Kitchen. 🎶

Funk You | Fri., Oct. 8 | 9 p.m. | The Camel, 1621 W. Broad St. | $12 | A night of funk with Sidechick. 

House & Home | Fri., Oct. 8 | 6 p.m. | The Canal Club, 1545 E. Cary St. | $12+ | Join the party at this all-ages record release show.

Ansel Adams Up Close and Personal | Fri., Oct. 8 | 6:30 p.m. | VMFA | $5+ | Scholar + former assistant to Ansel Adams Andrew Gray Stillman will provide an intimate view of the exhibit. Register to watch the event livestream for free. 

Who’s Awake? A Family Night Hike | Fri., Oct. 8 | 5:30 p.m. | Maymont | $16+ | Meet some of Maymont’s nighttime residents. 🦉

Pours and Pasties: Halloween Edition | Fri., Oct. 8 | 8:30 p.m. | Strangeways Brewing, 2277A Dabney Rd. | $12+ | Burlesque Right Meow presents a burlesque + variety show, hosted by Ego Von Hubris. 

Paint + Play Drop Off Night | Fri., Oct. 8 | 6-9 p.m. | Off the Wall Indoor Bounce + Party Place, 9201 Midlothian Tpk. | $25 | Drop off your little one so you can have a night out while they play. 

Jazz Night | Fri., Oct. 8 | Gallery5, 200 W. Marshall St. | Free | Enjoy a cold drink with some chill vibes by Ayinde Williams. 🎷

Sat., Oct. 9

Slingshot on Mars | Sat., Oct. 9 | 7 p.m. | Main Line Brewery, 1603 Ownby Ln. | Free | Jam out with this 4-piece band, with eats from Auntie Ning’s. 

Trampled By Turtles and Mt. Joy | Sat., Oct. 9 | 5:30 p.m. | Maymont | $40 | The bluegrass, folk-rock band returns to the Carriage House Lawn. 

The Struts | Sat. Oct. 9 | 7 p.m. | The National | $23+ | A British rock band who lived together through quarantine is ready to bring you a new taste of old rock-n-roll.

Marvel Years & Maddy O’Neal | Sat., Oct. 9 | 9 p.m. | The Canal Club, E. 1545 Cary St. | $20+ | Presented by Legacy Concerts + featuring Phyphr and Boogie Knights. 🎶

Suggesting Rhythm | Sat., Oct. 9 | 8 p.m. | The Broadberry | $15+ | Check out this Richmond-based tribute to the chill vibes of The Grateful Dead. 

2021 RVA RIMBY Festival | Sat. Oct. 9 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Libbie Mill | Free | A family-friendly festival to help you enjoy what’s right in your backyard – local businesses, crafts + food. 

Game On! | Sat. Oct. 9 | 7-11 p.m. | Gallery5, 200 W. Marshall St. | Free | Bring your own games or play the dozens at the gallery with your friends.

Sun., Oct. 10 

The Riverbreaks, The Mitras, Rough Age | Sun., Oct. 10 | 7 p.m. | Richmond Music Hall, 623 E. Main St. | $10 | A night of raw + rowdy rock.

RVAFW Finale Runway Fashion Show | Sun., Oct. 10 | 5-10 p.m. | Bon Secours Training Center, 2401 W. Leigh St. | 30+ | Fashion Week concludes with a runway show, featuring music by DJ Mistro + food from Mama J’s. 

2021 Virginia Black Beauty Expo | Sun., Oct. 10 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Richmond Raceway | $10+ | A trade show built to support Black creatives and businesses in hair, beauty, photography + fashion. 👗

Recreational Tree Climbing | Sun., Oct. 10 | 1-3 p.m. | Forest Hill Park | $22 | Riverside Outfitters will help visitors learn to ascend into the canopies of Forest Hill.

VCU Women’s Soccer vs. Dayton | Sun., Oct. 10 | 1 p.m. | Sports Backers Stadium, 100 Avenue of Champions | $3-$7 | Bring the squad — groups with over 10 people only pay $3 for entry.

Oct. 11-17

Mon., Oct. 11

Fast Preacher, Strawberry Moon, Danet Jackson | Mon., Oct. 11 | 7 p.m. | The Camel, 1621 W. Broad St. | $12 | A night of multi-instrumental rock, blues, and country. 

Monday Program: Daphne Maxwell Reid | Mon., Oct. 11 | 2-3 p.m. | The Woman’s Club, 211 E. Franklin St. | Free | Register online to catch this TV host, author, designer + Woman’s Club member debut her new cookbook, “Grace, Soul + Mother Wit.” 📖

Pizza & Beer on the Capital Trail | Mon., Oct. 11 | 12:30 p.m. | Triple Crossing Beer – Fulton, 5203 Hatcher St. | Cost of purchase | Celebrate RVA Bike Month with a leisurely ride + eats. Pro tip: the group will gather around 12:10 to get riding on time. 🚲

Forest Therapy Retreat | Mon., Oct. 11 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden | $110+ | Take a day to celebrate self-care + your connection to the natural world. 🍃

Cassidy Snider & The Wranglers, Dawn Riding + Dani-Rae | Mon., Oct. 11 | 7 p.m. | Richmond Music Hall, 623 E. Main St. | $10 in advance | Start your week with some old school blues + ragtime vibes. 🎹

Toddler Time: Maymont Adventures | Mon., Oct. 11 | 10 a.m. | Maymont | $13+ | Kids ages 18 months to 4 years old can meet the animals at The Robins Nature Center. 

Tues., Oct. 12

So Hot Right Now House Show | Tues., Oct. 12 | 7 p.m. | Minimum Wage, 806 Albemarle St. | Free, RSVP | See the Rosette string quartet perform 3 pieces by composer Caroline Shaw. 🎻  

The Exorcist | Tues., Oct. 12 | 7 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre | $8 | Celebrate spooky season by seeing this horror classic on the big screen. 

Library of Virginia Literary Awards: Nonfiction Discussion Panel | Tues., Oct. 12 | 6 p.m. | Virtual | Free | A conversation between Nonfiction Award finalists Chip Jones, Ryan Smith, and Nicole Myers Turner will be streamed on the Library’s Facebook and YouTube pages. 

Movie Mythbusting: Defiance | Tues., Oct. 12 | 7 p.m. | Virtual, RSVP | Free | Pro tip: watch the film in advance + tune into the webinar, presented by the VMHC, the Virginia Holocaust Museum, and the Black History Museum. 

MasterChef Live! | Tues., Oct. 12 | 7 p.m. | Carpenter Theatre | $35+ | Watch past MasterChef + Masterchef Jr. contestants compete in culinary challenges live on stage. 🍽

Virginia Builders Summit & Expo | Tues., Oct. 12 | 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Richmond Marriott Downtown, 500 E. Broad St. | $85+ | Builders, developers + suppliers will gather to check out 83 vendors and 12 educational panels. 

Pilot Training for Cycling Without Age | Tues., Oct. 12 | 10 a.m. | Saint Francis Home, 65 W. Clopton St. | Free | Learn how to be a volunteer pilot rider for this non-profit, which offers charted bike rides to older adults + people with disabilities. 🚲

Northside to the Capital Trail and Back | Tues., Oct. 12 | 5:30 p.m. | Tabol Brewing, 704 Dawn St. | Free | Enjoy a casual-paced ride for RVA Bike Month. 🚲

Wed., Oct. 13

Manchester Orchestra | Wed., Oct. 13 | 7:30 p.m. | The National | $25+ | See the Atlanta-based alt rockers on “The Million Masks of God” tour. 🎻

The Thing | Wed., Oct. 13 | 7 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre | $8 | Part of the John Carpenter series at The Byrd. 🍿

Read Up, Richmond | Wed., Oct. 13 | 7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Acclaimed authors Kiese Laymon + Mira Jacob share their work and how to read beyond your life’s perspective.

Literary Virginia Book Group | Wed., Oct. 13 | 6 p.m. | Library of Virginia, 800 E. Broad St. and Virtual | Free | The group will discuss “You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington” in this hybrid program. 

Clueless Mystery Club | Wed., Oct. 13 | 5:30 p.m. | Book People Richmond, 536 Granite Ave. | Free | This month’s novel to discuss is “The Guest List” by Lucy Foley.

Library of Virginia Literary Awards: Poetry Discussion Panel | Thurs., Oct. 14 | 6 p.m. | Virtual | Free | A conversation between Poetry Award finalists Bill Glose, Annie Kim, and Kiki Petrosino will be streamed on the Library’s Facebook and YouTube pages. 📚

Boulders and Brews | Wed., Oct. 13 | 6-9 p.m. | Triangle Rock Club, 4700 Thalbro St. | $15 for non-members | Enjoy a night of bouldering, then join your climbing crew to a local brewery to recover. 🧗‍♂️

Thurs., Oct. 14

Little Big Town | Thurs., Oct. 14 | 8-11 p.m. | Altria Theater | $32+ | This award-winning country group has brought hit after hit across the country for 20 years now. 🪕

Porter Robinson | Thurs., Oct. 14 | 7:30 p.m. | Richmond Raceway | $38+ | Tunes from the American DJ, with Jai Wolf + James Ivy. 

Monophonics | Thurs., Oct. 14 | 8 p.m. | The Broadberry | $15+ | With Ghost Funk Orchestra on the “It’s Only Us” tour. 

Richmond Virtual Game Night: Trivia, Charades + Drawing | Thurs., Oct. 14 | 7-10 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Register early to play a variety of games with friends near and far on Zoom.

Kids & COVID-19: A Vaccine Q&A with Dr. Danny Avula | Thurs., Oct. 14 | 12 p.m. | Virtual, RSVP | Free | Have any questions about the vaccine answered. Pro tip: registration will be open until 10:30 a.m. on the day of the event. 

Virginia History Day Theme & Topic Webinar | Thurs., Oct. 14 | 3:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | This year’s History Day topic is Debate & Diplomacy in History. 

RVA Bike Month Community Cruise: Pedals to the Patios | Thurs., Oct. 14 | 5 p.m. | PBR, 2553 W. Cary St. | Cost of purchase | Enjoy drinks + a ride to celebrate Bike Month, hosted by I AM RVA. 🚲

Fri., Oct. 15

Hashbury Trio at Hippie Happy Hour | Fri., Oct. 15 | 4 p.m. | Main Line Brewery, 1603 Ownby Ln. | Free | Live music, drinks + food from 1115 Mobile Kitchen. 

Crumb | Fri., Oct. 15 | 7 p.m. | The Broadberry | $25 | With Duendita. 🎶

The Felice Brothers | Fri., Oct. 15 | 7 p.m. | Richmond Music Hall, 623 E. Main St. | $15 | With Al Olender. 

Seven Ten Oil | Fri., Oct. 15 | 7 p.m. | The Canal Club, E. 1545 Cary St. | $10+ | Jam out with these Virginia Beach hard rockers. 🎶

Pipeline | Fri., Oct. 15 | 7 p.m. | Virginia Repertory Theater | $39 | Pro Tip: Bring your COVID vaccination card or a negative COVID test valid within 72 hours. 🎭

Art in Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award | Fri., Oct. 15 | 6 p.m. | VMFA Marble Hall | $5 members, $8 non-members | Gaylord Torrence will be honored for his book, “Continuum: Native North American Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.”

Garden Glow | Fri., Oct. 15 | 6-10 p.m. | Maymont | $7-$12 | The first night of self-guided night walking tours through the Glow Village in the Japanese Garden. 

MIKE, Babyxsosa + Sideshow |  Fri., Oct. 15 | 8:30 p.m. | The Camel, 1621 W. Broad St. | $14 or $16 on day of show | Groove to a new kind of experimental hip hop from this young New Jersey DJ.

Garden Glow at Maymont | Fri., Oct. 15-Sun., Nov. 7 | Times vary | Maymont, 1700 Hampton St. | $12 | Brighten your nights with a spectacular light-filled journey at Garden Glow. 🌲 Ⓟ

Sat., Oct. 16

Hardywood Bluegrass Festival | Sat., Oct. 16 | 2 p.m. | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 820 Sanctuary Trail Dr. | A whole afternoon of bluegrass bands, along with food trucks, beer + wine. 

15th Annual Step UP for Down Syndrome 5K & Family Festival | Sat., Oct. 16 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Rd. | Run a half mile or 5k or join in the scavenger hunt for a day of family fun.

Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival | Sat., Oct. 16 | 12-6 p.m. | 1301 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard | Free entry | Bring the whole family to enjoy live music, food, drinks + a costume contest. 🎃

Fall Festival | Sat., Oct. 16 | 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. | Wild Fern Montessori School, 7511 Brook Rd. | Enjoy some fall fun while supporting the Montessori school + students. 

Backseat Lovers | Sat., Oct. 16 | 7 p.m. | The Broadberry | $15+ | With Branson Anderson. 🎶

Drag Brunch | Sat., Oct. 16 | 11 a.m. | Richmond Music Hall, 623 E. Main St. | $20+ | Enjoy a boozy brunch + a show, hosted by Chicki Parm and featuring Sweet Pickles, Amber St. Lexington, and Katja Attenshun. 

Deja Foo w/ A Song for the Deaf, Black Hole Sun | Sat., Oct. 16 | 7 p.m. | The Canal Club, E. 1545 Cary St. | $13+ | Enjoy tributes to the Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age + Chris Cornell. 🎶

Cargo Bike Meet-up and Ride | Sat., Oct. 16 | 12:30 p.m. | VMFA Sculpture Garden | Free | Ride to Meadow Park + learn about carrying little ones in cargo bikes as part of RVA Bike Month. 🚲

4th Annual Bike Month Treasure Hunt | Sat., Oct. 16 | 3-7 p.m. | 17th St. Market | Assemble your crew + hunt for clues to win a cake. 🚲

24th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards Virtual Celebration | Sat., Oct. 16 | 6 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Virginia author Adriana Trigiani will host a virtual celebration of the written word. 

Sun., Oct. 17

The Broadcast | Sun., Oct. 17 | 7 p.m. | The Camel, 1621 W. Broad St. | $12 | With Erin Lunsford. 🎶

Mating Ritual | Sun., Oct. 17 | 7 p.m. | Richmond Music Hall, 623 E. Main St. | $15 | With Low Hum + Margox. 

Cimafunk | Sun., Oct. 17 | 7:30 p.m. | Modlin Center of the Arts | $25 | A new Cuban sound, a mix of American funk + African rhythm.

Brunch on the Plaza | Sun., Oct. 17 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Kanawha Plaza, E. Canal St. | $10+ | Pro Tip: you can bring a blanket, lawn chairs + tents to enjoy local food trucks and drinks.  

Kids Bike to Fishing for Bike Month | Sun., Oct. 17 | 9 a.m. | Forest Hill Park | Free | Enjoy a morning of fishing + a casual bike ride at this event for RVA Bike Month. 🚲

Urban Cycling Group Bike Wash Workshop | Sun., Oct. 17 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Dorey Park Parking Lot D | Free | Learn how to properly wash your bicycle. Pro tip: bring your bike, a bucket + cleaning rags. 🚲

SheJumps into Mountain Biking | Sun., Oct. 17 | 1-3 p.m. | Forest Hill Park | $70 | Make sure you bring your own bike, helmet + water to learn how to go off pavement.

Oct. 18-24

Mon., Oct. 18

Cheese School: Discovering Gouda | Mon., Oct. 18 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Virtual | $25 | Grab your cheese kit at Belmont Butchery ahead of class time. 🧀

Book Buzz | Mon., Oct. 18 | All day | Virtual | Free | Find something new to read from RPL’s latest Youtube video – featuring spooky books for all ages. 

Bicycle Maintenance Series: What’s that Noise? | Mon., Oct. 18 | 1 p.m. | VCU Outdoor Adventure Program, 130 S. Linden St. | Free | Bring in your bike for a maintenance clinic with biking experts + mechanics.

Tues., Oct. 19

Sheer Mag, Soul Glo, Portrayal of Guilt | Tues., Oct. 19 | 7 p.m. | The Camel, 1621 W. Broad St. | $18 | The Richmond show kicks off the “Good To Be Back” tour. 

An American Werewolf in London | Tues., Oct. 19 | 7 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre | $8 | The 40th anniversary of this horror classic. 🍿

Common Ground Virginia History Virtual Book Group | Tues., Oct. 19 | 6 p.m. | Virtual, RSVP | Free | The book being discussed at this month’s program from the Library of Virginia is “Dopesick” by Beth Macy. 

Charleston Open Source Virtual Career Fair | Tues., Oct. 19 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Meet some of Charleston’s top tech companies and learn more about available positions + how to grow your career in Charleston’s tech industry. Ⓟ

Wed., Oct. 20

Michigander | Wed., Oct. 20 | 7 p.m. | Richmond Music Hall, 623 E. Main St. | $12 | With She on the “Everything Will Be OK Eventually” tour. 

Capra, Black Matter Device, Heavy is the Head | Wed., Oct. 20 | 7 p.m. | The Camel, 1621 W. Broad St. | $10 | A night of jams at The Camel. 

The Big Payback: A Tribute to James Brown 15th Anniversary Party | Wed., Oct. 20 | 7 p.m. | The Broadberry | $12+ | Get on up to go to this James Brown celebration. 

Super Sugar Beats | Wed., Oct. 20  | 7:30 p.m. | Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad St. | $10 | A night of bubblegum + sunshine pop. 🎶

They Live | Wed., Oct. 20 | 7 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre | $8 | Part of the John Carpenter series at The Byrd. 🍿

Artist Spotlight: “Clutch: bloodangel_47” | Wed., Oct. 20 | 1 p.m. | Virtual, RSVP | Free | Richmond native + multimedia artist Clutch will discuss his recent work in this Virginia War Memorial program. 

Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy | Wed., Oct. 20 | 5:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | VMHC members can reserve tickets to see Nathaniel Philbrick discuss his newest book. 

Thurs., Oct. 21

Wavves | Thurs., Oct. 21 | 7 p.m. | The Broadberry | $20+ | With Harmless. 🎶

Sean Rowe | Thurs., Oct. 21 | 7 p.m. | Richmond Music Hall, 1621 E. Main St. | $20 | An evening with the folk singer-songwriter. 

Activity | Thurs., Oct. 21 | 7 p.m. | The Camel, 1621 W. Broad St. | $12 | With Opin. 🎶

Bodysnatcher | Thurs., Oct. 21 | 6 p.m. | The Canal Club, E. 1545 Cary St. | $15+ | Featuring Boundaries, Left To Suffer + Mouth For War.

Fan Arts Stroll | Thurs., Oct. 21 | 4-7 p.m. | Historic Fan District, Grove + Hanover Ave. | Free | Enjoy a leisurely stroll with crafters, musicians, and food trucks. 

Fri., Oct. 22

Dan & The Fam at Hippie Happy Hour | Fri., Oct. 22 | 4 p.m. | Main Line Brewery, 1603 Ownby Ln. | Free | Knee-buckling Astro-funk, with food from Freda Mae’s food truck. 

In the Light of Led Zeppelin: A Symphonic Experience | Fri., Oct. 22 | 7 p.m. | Richmond Music Hall, 623 E. Main St. | $30 | Talented musicians perform symphonic Zeppelin. 

No BS! Brass | Fri., Oct. 22 | 8 p.m. | The Broadberry | $15+ | With Moontype. 🎺

Lake Street Dive | Fri., Oct. 22 | 8 p.m. | Richmond Raceway | $33+ | Retro influences + a contemporary attitude are this band’s bread and butter. 

Danny Duncan World Tour 2021 | Fri., Oct. 22 | 7 p.m. | The Canal Club, E. 1545 Cary St. | $25+ | The YouTube comedian stops by The Canal Club.

Richmond Curious: Bikes! | Fri., Oct. 22 | 8 a.m. | Gather Arts District, 313 E. Broad St. | Free, RSVP | Attend a monthly networking event for all things biking, featuring light breakfast bites. 🚲

RVA Bike Month Electric Bike Group Ride | Fri., Oct. 22 | 3:30 p.m. | Stone Brewing Richmond, 4300 Williamsburg Ave. | Free | Register for an electric ride on the Capital Trail through Rocketts Landing. 🚲

Fan Arts Stroll | Fri., Oct. 22 | 4-7 p.m. | Historic Fan District, Grove + Hanover Ave. | Free | Enjoy a leisurely stroll with crafters, musicians, and food trucks. 

Genealogy Workshop: Immigration Records | Fri., Oct. 22 | 10 a.m. | Virtual | $10 members, $15 non-members | See an overview of records from reference archivist Cara Griggs.

Anime Ink Convention | Starts Fri., Oct. 22 | 3 p.m. | $22-$55 | Greater Richmond Convention Center | Tattoo artists from across the country gather to show off their own anime-inspired canvas right on their skin. 

Sat., Oct. 23

HarvestFest | Sat., Oct. 23 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Lewis Ginter | $11+ non-members, members free | Celebrate all that fall has to offer on the first day of this 2-day festival. 🍁

Full Moon Fever | Sat., Oct. 23 | 7 p.m. | The Broadberry | $18+ | A tribute to Tom Petty. 🎶

Bad Bad Hats | Sat., Oct. 23 | 7:30 p.m. | Richmond Music Hall, 623 E. Main St. | $13 | With Frames. 🎶 

Bass Trinity presents: Bass Coven featuring Scafetta | Sat., Oct. 23 | 8 p.m. | The Canal Club, E. 1545 Cary St. | $10+ | A booming night of bass that will make your cauldron quake.

Fancy Me Mad 2021 | Sat., Oct. 23 | 6 p.m. | Historic St. John’s Church | $15 | Join historical reenactors for a graveyard tour, storytelling, and a reading inside the church. 

Isley’s 8th Anniversary Party | Sat., Oct. 23 | 12 p.m. | Isley Brewing Company, 1715 Summit Ave. | Free | Celebrate 8 years of great beer with special beer releases, the Fugly Duckling food truck + live music starting at 4 p.m. 

Three Lakes BBQ Ride | Sat., Oct. 23 | 12 p.m. | Three Lakes Park & Nature Center, 400 Sausiluta Dr. | Cost of purchase | Join a family-friendly ride for RVA Bike Month + enjoy Stump’s Pig & Pint after. 🚲

Blk Women Exchange Fall Pop Up Shop | Sat., Oct. 23 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | 904 W. Leigh St. | Free | Support the dozens of Black women-owned businesses in RIC.

Halcyon Vintage Rummage Sale | Sat., Oct. 23 |  11 a.m.-5 p.m. | 117 N. Robinson St. | Free | Find some vintage clothes, accessories + even home decor all outside Halcyon’s storefront on Sat. and Sun. 👗

Sun., Oct. 24

HarvestFest | Sun., Oct. 24 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Lewis Ginter | $11+ non-members, members free | Celebrate all that fall has to offer on the second day of this 2-day festival. 🍁

So Hot Right Now Concert Series | Sun., Oct. 24 | 7 p.m. | Richmond Art Garage, 205 W. Brookland Park Blvd. | $50 | See the Rosette string quartet perform 3 pieces by composer Caroline Shaw. 🎻

Liz Cooper | Sun., Oct. 24 | 7 p.m. | The Broadberry | $15+ | With Pearl Charles. 🎶

“Wherever There was Music, There was Hope:” A Violins of Hope Richmond Community Concert | Sun., Oct. 24 | 5:30 p.m. | $10+ | Experience an intimate chamber concert performed on instruments from the Violins of Hope exhibit. 🎻

Phantom of the Opera (1925) | Sun., Oct. 24 | 3 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre | $20 | Michael Britt on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ will accompany this silent film as a fundraiser for The Byrd. 

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide (1920) | Sun., Oct. 24 | 7 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre | $20 | Michael Britt on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ will accompany this silent film as a fundraiser for The Byrd.

Oct. 25-31

Mon., Oct. 25

So Hot Right Now Concert Series | Mon., Oct. 25 | 7 p.m. | The Dark Room, 2818 W. Broad St. | $10 | See the Rosette string quartet perform 3 pieces by composer Caroline Shaw. 🎻

The Shining | Mon., Oct. 25 | 7 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre | $8 | Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic on the big screen. 🍿 

Yoga in the Park | Mon., Oct. 25 | 5:45 p.m. | Scuffletown Park | Pay what you can | Bring your own mat + water for a nice after-work stretch.  🧘‍♀️

Haunts of Richmond: Phantoms of Franklin Ghost Tour | Mon., Oct. 25 | 8-9:30 p.m. | Meet at 100 W. Franklin St. | $15-$25 | The perfect week to learn about Richmond’s haunted history from hotels to restaurants to even its museums. 

Tues., Oct. 26

Days N Daze, Bridge City Sinners, Cop Out, Crazy and the Brains | Tues., Oct. 26 | 6:30 p.m. | The Camel, 1621 W. Broad St. | $20 | A night of folk-punk. 

Devon Baldwin | Tues., Oct. 26 | 7 p.m. | Richmond Music Hall, 623 E. Main St. | $10 | With Hariz + Tyler Meacham on the “Runaway” tour. 

Beach Fossils & Wild Nothing | Tues., Oct. 26 | 7 p.m. | The Broadberry | $25+ | With Hannah Jadagu. 🎶

Psycho | Tues., Oct. 26 | 7 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre | $8 | Anthony Perkins + Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock’s horror staple, shown in 4K. 🚿

Anastasia | Tues., Oct. 26 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Altria Theater | $112+ | Kick off a journey to the past to the land of St. Petersburg through Halloween night. 

Wed., Oct. 27

argonaut&wasp | Wed., Oct. 27 | 7 p.m. | The Camel, 1621 W. Broad St. | $12 | House jams + funk at the Camel. 

Halloween | Wed., Oct. 27 | 7 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre | $8 | Part of the John Carpenter series at The Byrd. 🍿

James and Shane’s Magic, Mindreading, and Mayhem | Wed., Oct. 27 | 7:30 p.m. | Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad St. | $10 | A dueling magician show with comic twists + turns. 

Artist Spotlight: Dash Shaw | Wed., Oct. 27 | 7 p.m. | Virginia War Memorial | Free, RSVP | Richmond native + artist Dash Shaw will discuss his new graphic novel, “Discipline.” The program will also be livestreamed on Facebook.  

Curator’s Talk: The Reinstallation of the Mellon Collection | Wed., Oct. 27 | 6:30 p.m. | VMFA | $5+ | Dr. Sylvain Cordier will lead a discussion of the reconceptualization of the Mellon Collection. Register to watch the event livestream for free. 

Thurs., Oct. 28

Mark Dunn | Thurs., Oct. 28 | 6:30 p.m. | Main Line Brewery, 1603 Ownby Ln. | Free | Live tunes, drinks + food from Hook’s Lunchbox. 

So Hot Right Now Concert Series | Thurs., Oct. 28 | 7 p.m. | Candela Books + Gallery, 214 W. Broad St. | Free | See the Rosette string quartet perform 3 pieces by composer Caroline Shaw. 🎻

BYSTANDER | Thurs., Oct. 28 | 7 p.m. | The Camel, 1621 W. Broad St. | The heavy metal band stops by the Camel on their 2021 US tour. 

Mommyheads | Thurs., Oct. 28 | 7 p.m. | Richmond Music Hall, 623 E. Main St. | $10 | With Prabir Trio. 🎶

Machine Gun Kelly | Thurs., Oct. 28 | 7 p.m. | Richmond Raceway | The “Tickets to My Downfall” tour comes to Virginia Credit Union Live. 🎸

Cry About It: Taylor Swift v. Olivia Rodrigo Dance Party | Thurs., Oct. 28 | 8 p.m. | The Canal Club, 1545 E. Cary St. | $15+ | Heartbroken? Shake it off at this dance party. 

Edgar Allan Poe: Lessons for Creative Success from Literature’s Greatest Anti Hero | Thurs., Oct. 28 | 12 p.m. | Virtual, RSVP | VMHC members can reserve in-person tickets to see Richmond writer Catherine Baab-Muguira discuss her book. 

Fri., Oct. 29

The Menzingers | Fri., Oct. 29 | 7 p.m. | The Broadberry | $25+ | With The Worriors + The Dirty Nil. 🎶

Volumes | Fri., Oct. 29 | 6 p.m. | The Canal Club, 1545 E. Cary St. | $16+ | An evening of progressive metalcore.

Curator’s Talk: Man Ray – The Paris Years | Fri., Oct. 29 | 6:30 p.m. | VMFA | $5+ | Dr. Michael Taylor will lead a discussion on the photographer’s work in the French capital. Register to watch the event livestream for free. 

Halloween Bash | Fri., Oct. 29 | 6-9 p.m. | OFF the WALL Indoor Bounce & Party Place, 9201 Midlothian Turnpike | $10 | Costume party, candy + a lights out dance party for your little ghouls. 

Sat., Oct. 30

Trevor Peach | Sat., Oct. 30 | 6:30 p.m. | Isley Brewing Company, 1715 Summit Ave. | Free | The singer-songwriter will perform a variety of genres at the taproom. 

Andy Frasco & The U.N. | Sat., Oct. 30 | 7:30 p.m. | The Broadberry | $22+ | With Nick Gerlach’s Cult Conference, presented by WNRN. 🎶

Suggesting Rhythm “Hippie Halloween” | Sat., Oct. 30 | 7 p.m. | The Canal Club, 1545 E. Cary St. | $15+ | See this Richmond-based 6-piece tribute to The Grateful Dead in a hippie-friendly Halloween show. 

Halloween Spooktacular Family Concert | Sat., Oct. 30 | 11 a.m. | Carpenter Theatre | $10+ | Halloween fun with the Richmond Symphony for the whole family. 

Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume contest | Sat., Oct. 30 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Brambly Park, 1708 Belleville St. | Free | Dress up your pup + enter to win prizes — the contest will benefit Richmond SPCA. 🐶

Urban Cycling Group Presents: Coffee & Bikes | Sat., Oct. 30 | 10 a.m. | Brewer’s Cafe | A program as part of RVA Bike Month. 🚲

U-Turn Fall Festival | Sat., Oct. 30 | 1-5 p.m. | U-turn Sports Performance Academy, 2101 Maywill St. | Free | Bounce houses, games and food for a wholesome family afternoon, featuring a Trunk-or-Treat event right after.

Sun., Oct. 31

Wizardfest | Sun., Oct. 31 | 7 p.m. | Richmond Music Hall, 623 E. Main St. | $18+ | Participate in a Harry Potter-themed Halloween trivia night + costume party. ⚡️

Amigo the Devil, Tejon Street Corner, IV and the Strange Band | Sun., Oct. 31 | 7:30 p.m. | The Broadberry | $17+ | Helping dark hearts tell their love stories one song at a time. 🎶

Chase Atlantic | Sun., Oct. 31 | 7:30 p.m. | The Canal Club, 1545 E. Cary St. | $23+ | A night of Australian alternative R&B. 

Spooky Sunday Triple Feature | Sun., Oct. 31 | 2 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre | $5 per film | See “The Last Man on Earth,” “House on Haunted Hill,” and “Night of the Living Dead” at 2, 4, and 6 p.m. 

Haunted Richmond Ride: RVA Bike Month | Sun., Oct. 31 | 5 p.m. | Byrd Park Carillon | Free | Costumes are encouraged for this spooky ride to wrap up Bike Month. 🚲

TRINITY: a memory play with music | Sun., Oct. 31 | 2 p.m. | Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad St. | $18 | Opening night of this staged reading workshop of a new musical. Shows continue Monday + Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.