Boomer's Top Local Entertainment Venue Picks

August 15th, 2018

Where you can find concerts, theater, festivals and more

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To laugh or not to laugh: ’tis noble to let theatrical drama sweep you away


Altria Theater

6 N. Laurel St., Richmond

Hosting some of Richmond’s best speakers, comedians, musicians and off-Broadway musicals.

Swift Creek Mill Theatre

17401 Jefferson Davis Highway, Colonial Heights

With an optional dinner buffet at each show, leave feeling both mentally and physically fulfilled.

Hanover Tavern

13181 Hanover Courthouse Road, Hanover

Quaint, cozy theater with that built-in-1791 kind of vibe and food to boot.

Virginia Repertory Theatre

114 W. Broad St., Richmond

A decades-old venue with the architecture, integrity and dramatics to match.

The Theater Company at Fort Lee

1100 Mahone Ave., Building 4300, Fort Lee

Bringing audiences – military and non-military! – all of those classic plays and musicals.

Dominion Energy Center

Dominion Energy Center
Dominion Energy Center

600 E. Grace St., Richmond

Always presenting a wide variety of “energetic” musical and theatrical acts.

Quill Theatre

4305 Sulgrave Road, Richmond

Creating a Shakespearian experience that would make the Bard himself swell with prose.


To get your head a-nodding and your toes a-tapping


The Tin Pan

8982 Quioccasin Road, Richmond

Less like a restaurant that happens to have live music and more like live music that happens to have a restaurant.

Innsbrook After Hours

4901 Lake Brook Drive, Glen Allen

Bringing Richmond the finest outdoor concert experience for over three decades.

Beacon Theatre

Beacon Theatre
Beacon Theatre

401 N. Main St., Hopewell

Providing a hearty blend of country, classic rock, soul, R&B and the occasional Grateful Dead cover band – plus the Old Dominion Barn Dance. 

The Groove Music Hall

6501 Dominion Raceway Ave., Woodford

They’re a little bit country, a little bit rock ’n’ roll.


Venues that fall under too many categories to categorize


Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen

2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen

Is it a concert hall? A playhouse? An art gallery? A festival space? Yes, yes, yes and yes.

Modlin Center for the Arts

Modlin Center for the Arts
Modlin Center for the Arts

50 Crenshaw Way, Richmond

University of Richmond shares its passion for the arts, the theatrics and the musics.

Henrico Theater

305 E. Nine Mile Road, Highland Springs

Started as a movie theater in 1938, was turned into a bomb shelter during WWII and now serves as a Henrico hub for both film and creativity.


Venues with the periodic baby boomer-appealing show


The Broadberry

2729 W. Broad St., Richmond

With an emphasis on rock, punk, pop and sounds that refuse to be categorized.

The National

708 E. Broad St., Richmond

A music hall inviting the mainstream, the weird and everything in between.

Richmond Triangle Players

1300 Altamont Ave., Richmond

A theater created by the LGBTQ community – a theater open to all.

Coalition Theater

8 W. Broad St., Richmond

Presenting the community with comedy in the form of improv, standup, sketch and anything else they can think of.


300 E. Broad St., Richmond

For offbeat plays and shows just unconventional enough not to be found anywhere else in Richmond.

Firehouse Theatre

1609 W. Broad St., Richmond

A recovering fire station turned theater, exploding with some of the city’s most creative endeavors.


… with the occasional performance included


Richmond Raceway Complex

600 E. Laburnum Ave., Richmond

A lot goes on around here, and we’re not just talking about racecars.

The Valentine Museum

The Carillon near Dogwood Dell at Byrd Park
The Carillon near Dogwood Dell at Byrd Park

1015 E. Clay St., Richmond

Honoring and preserving Richmond’s history with exhibits, artifacts, programs and tours.

Dogwood Dell

600 S. Boulevard, Richmond

Home of outdoor festivals, concerts, plays and a lot of nature and serenity. 

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

200 N. Boulevard, Richmond


A lot of cool art, and some pretty cool events.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

1800 Lakeside Ave., Henrico

No better way to experience the occasional concert or festival than surrounded by 50 acres of flowers and flora.

Agecroft Hall & Gardens

4305 Sulgrave Road, Richmond

A historic 16th-century English home brought to Richmond in the 1920s and rebuilt piece by piece. Apparently, someone was homesick.

Edgar Allan Poe Museum

1914 E. Main St., Richmond

Commemorating Richmond’s eeriest and most enigmatic resident with Unhappy Hours, poetry talks and gore – uh, more.


1700 Hampton St., Richmond

100 acres of local plants, trees, farm animals, educational programs and periodic outdoor performances, for all ages.

Richmond Sports Backers

Locations vary

Besides participatory sports from easy to challenging, spectators can cheer the athletes and enjoy the after parties.

Virginia Museum of History & Culture

428 N. Boulevard, Richmond

Lectures and classes, films, parties and festivals prove learning can be fun.

Black History Museum

122 W. Leigh St., Richmond

Yesterday’s stories, today’s inspiration – connecting with history for a better future.

[Updated on Dec. 4, 2019]

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