More What’s Booming RVA: Nov. 23 to 30

By Annie Tobey | November 23rd, 2023

A week of Richmond events and a link to future fun

snow globe, for What's Booming, November 23 to 30

More of What’s Booming in Richmond, Virginia, November 23 to 30, 2023. Holiday cheer in myriad forms: music, theater, shopping, beer, wine, and more.

Check out the Boomer Top 5 picks in RVA, browse the week ahead below, or go to our updated events page  for Down the Road happenings and ongoing exhibitions and performances.

November 23 to 30

What’s happening in and around the Richmond region

Thursday, November 23

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 24

Kenaanee Fall Market. Purchase items handmade and designed by native artists, including jewelry, T-shirts, hoodies, tote bags, and more. Ten percent of sales go to Wings of America, an American Indian youth running and development program. Nov. 24, 4 to 8 p.m., at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Richmond.

Dark Daze 2023. ’Tis the season! Rare stouts, dark lagers, and a wheatwine, plus magnum pours and food extras. Nov. 24 at all locations of The Veil Brewing, Norfolk and Richmond.

Model Railroad Show. See Boomer’s Top 5 Picks.

“The Silver Belles.” See Boomer’s Top 5 Picks. 

Saturday, November 25

“Ye Corne Beer and Roasted Deer”: Thanksgiving Food and Drink Traditions of Early Virginia. See Boomer’s Top 5 Picks. 

Let It Snow! The holiday music tradition of carols, classics, and holiday favorites, with a visit from Soul Santa. Nov. 25, 8 p.m., and Nov. 26, 3 p.m., at Carpenter Theatre, Richmond.

Sunday, November 26

Cabernet Franc Vertical Tasting. How do weather, harvest, winemaking conditions, and countless other factors affect the flavors of wine? Find out with a tasting of all of the winery’s Cabernet Franc, side by side. Nov. 26, noon to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 4 p.m., at James River Cellars Winery, Glen Allen.

RVA Books & Authors. Two local authors, among the carefully curated books on shelves, eager to sign and sell and chat! Annie Tobey shares “100 Things to Do in Richmond Before You Die” and Sharon Pajka offers her look into “The Souls Close to Edgar Allan Poe.” Nov. 26, 1 p.m., at Fountain Bookstore, Richmond.

Monday, November 27

Bob Dylan “Rough and Rowdy Ways” Tour. The long-time musician comes to town on his worldwide tour. Nov. 27 at Altria Theater, Richmond.

Tuesday, November 28

Shockoe Sessions collage, with Clockwise from left: Tin Can Fish Band, Rodney Stith, Rikki Rakki.
Shockoe Sessions Live! Christmas on Nov. 28, 2023 features multiple Richmond musicians, including (clockwise from left) Tin Can Fish Band, Rodney Stith (credit: Dave Parrish), Rikki Rakki.

Shockoe Sessions Live: Christmas at the Hippodrome. See Boomer’s Top 5 Picks.  

Genealogical Virtual Event. Grandma Nellie’s Scrapbook: Identifying and Interpreting Historic Photographs. Tina Beard presents on deciphering the meanings of unidentified family photos by combining genealogy sources and  observational techniques. Hosted by GRIVA, the Genealogical Institute of Virginia. Nov. 28, 7 p.m., online.

Sarah Brightman: A Christmas Symphony. The soprano and UNESCO Artist for Peace ambassador presents holiday songs, accompanied by an orchestra, choir, and special guests. Nov. 28, 8 p.m., at Altria Theater, Richmond.

Maymont Wreath Workshops. Create a beautiful evergreen wreath to take home, with guidance from the Maymont staff. Wreath forms and a variety of freshly cut evergreens provided, plus refreshments (take ID for alcohol). Bring your own clippers and gloves. Nov. 28 to Dec. 2 at Maymont, Richmond.

Wednesday, November 29

Hip Hop Nutcracker. A holiday mash-up of contemporary hip-hop dance with Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. Nov. 29, 7 p.m., at Altria Theater, Richmond.

Canadian Brass, Holiday Show. See Boomer’s Top 5 Picks.

Thursday, Nov. 30

Tredegar Holiday Series: Tree Lighting Ceremony. With a performance from the James River Ringers handbell choir. Nov. 30, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at American Civil War Museum at Tredegar, Richmond.

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox “Life in the Past Lane.” A blend of modern-day earworms and iconic pop hits with the original styles that put American popular music on the map: ragtime, swing, big band, country / western, doo wop and soul. Nov. 30, 7 p.m., at Dominion Energy Center, Richmond.

“The Imaginary Invalid.” VCUarts Theatre brings Molière’s hilarious satire to the Richmond stage, highlighting a 17th-century French hypochondriac who wants his daughter to marry a doctor so he can save on his medical bills. Nov. 30 to Dec. 3 at the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, Richmond.

Bizarre Bazaar’s 48th Christmas Collection. Some 475 exhibitors selling a diversity of goods fill four big buildings. Preview event benefits Operation Healing Forces, Nov. 29. Public shopping runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3 at Richmond Raceway Complex, Richmond.

Announcement: Up Next Week!

Legends on Grace: Nightcaps and Stories. Robbie Schaefer and Danielle Wertz are making their way to Richmond to perform “Both Sides Now,” a theatrical concert that explores the music and lives of long-time friends and one-time lovers, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. The evening navigates decades alongside songs such as “A Case of You,” “Hallelujah,” “Big Yellow Taxi,” “Suzanne,” and many more, offering us a story about the messiness of being human, the struggle to stay connected, and the importance of truly seeing one another. Dec. 2, 8 p.m., and Dec. 3, 2 p.m., at Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse, Richmond.

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