Boomer's Top Local Entertainment Venue Picks

August 15th, 2018

Where you can find concerts, theater, festivals and more


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Looking for something fun, entertaining, educational or otherwise engaging? Richmond has you covered!

And so do we!

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THEATER

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

 

Altria Theater

6 N. Laurel St., Richmond

AltriaTheater.com

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

Swift Creek Mill Theatre

17401 Jefferson Davis Highway, Colonial Heights

SwiftCreekMill.com

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

Hanover Tavern

13181 Hanover Courthouse Road, Hanover

HanoverTavern.org

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

Virginia Repertory Theatre

114 W. Broad St., Richmond

VA-Rep.org

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

LeePlayhouse.com

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

DominionEnergyCenter.com

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

Quill Theatre

4305 Sulgrave Road, Richmond

QuillTheatre.org

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


MUSIC

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

 

The Tin Pan

8982 Quioccasin Road, Richmond

TinPanRVA.com

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

InnsbrookAfterHours.com

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

Beacon Theatre

Beacon Theatre
Beacon Theatre

401 N. Main St., Hopewell

TheBeaconTheatreVA.com

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

Ashland Coffee and Tea

100 N. Railroad Ave., Ashland

AshlandCoffeeAndTea.com

Taking the background coffee shop singer concept up a few notches.

The Groove Music Hall

6501 Dominion Raceway Ave., Woodford

TheGrooveMusicHall.com

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


HAVING IT ALL

Venues that fall under too many categories to categorize

 

Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen

2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen

ArtsGlenAllen.com

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

Modlin.Richmond.edu

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

Richmond Coliseum

601 E. Leigh St., Richmond

RichmondColiseum.net

A venue large enough to hold just a little bit of anything and everything.

Henrico Theater

305 E. Nine Mile Road, Highland Springs

Henrico.us/henrico-theatre

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.


ON THE BACK BURNER

Venues with the periodic baby boomer-appealing show

 

The Broadberry

2729 W. Broad St., Richmond

TheBroadberry.com

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

The National

708 E. Broad St., Richmond

TheNationalVA.com

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

Richmond Triangle Players

1300 Altamont Ave., Richmond

RTriangle.org

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

Coalition Theater

8 W. Broad St., Richmond

RVAComedy.com

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

TheatreLAB

300 E. Broad St., Richmond

TheatreLabRVA.org

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

Firehouse Theatre

1609 W. Broad St., Richmond

FirehouseTheatre.org

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


EVERYDAY SPOTS TO CHECK OUT …

… with the occasional performance included

 

Richmond Raceway Complex

600 E. Laburnum Ave., Richmond

RichmondRacewayComplex.com

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

TheValentine.org

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

Dogwood Dell

600 S. Boulevard, Richmond

RichmondGov.com/Parks/ProgrammingDogwoodDell.aspx

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

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

200 N. Boulevard, Richmond

VMFA.Museum

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

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

1800 Lakeside Ave., Henrico

LewisGinter.org

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

AgecroftHall.org

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

PoeMuseum.org

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

Maymont

1700 Hampton St., Richmond

Maymont.org

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

Richmond Sports Backers

Locations vary

SportsBackers.org

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

VirginiaHistory.org

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

Black History Museum

122 W. Leigh St., Richmond

BlackHistoryMuseum.org

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

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