Make Plans for These Richmond Events

By Annie Tobey | March 1st, 2024

There’s a lot to look forward to in RVA, from fun to food to eye-opening

Spring at Maymont in Richmond, Virginia, by Zimmytws.

If you like having plans to look forward to, this regularly updated Richmond events list is for you, with some of the biggest – and most overlooked – events in and around Central Virginia.

Updated March 1, 2024

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Outside Is Excellent 5k Pup Run & Walk. Run and walk for people and dogs, plus HOKA demo shoes, giveaways, good vibes, doggy photo station, and a donation station for RACC shelter. March 10, noon, at Pony Pasture Park, Richmond.

Mobile Soul Sunday 2024. Delicious food from an array of more than 20 local Black food vendors, plus adult beverages,  music from DJ Rayvon, and a marketplace. March 10, noon to 5 p.m., in Monroe Park, Richmond.

Literary Virginia Book Group. Richmond based historian Margaret Edds joins the online book group to discuss “What the Eyes Can’t See: Ralph Northam, Black Resolve, and a Racial Reckoning in Virginia.” Presented by the Library of Virginia. FREE, registration required. March 13, 6 p.m., on Zoom.

The Yardbirds Playing Richmond. The Yardbirds’ co-founder Jim McCarty continues to lead the seminal British Invasion Rock band that provides the link between the Blues, British R&B, Psychedelic Rock, and Heavy Metal, while pioneering the use of innovations like fuzztone, feedback, and distortion. Since 1963 to its 1992 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Yardbirds have been revered for the legendary guitarists, including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. March 14, 8 p.m., at The Tin Pan, Richmond.

Richmond Triangle Players’ 2023-24 Season. One of the longest-operating LGBTQ+ theaters in the Mid-Atlantic marks its 31st year of provocative, challenging, or hilarious performances.

RTP 2023-2024 Season, still to come:

  • Airswimming, April 10 to May 4, 2024
  • Xanadu, June 5 to July 13, 2024

The Spotlight Cabaret Series:

  • Dan and Jim: A (Sorta) Love Song, March 15 to 16, 2024
  • Nicholas Rodriguez: Sincerely, Sondheim, May 10 to 11, 2024

Virginia State Parks Adventure Series Returns. The multi-sport race series consists of 24 races, including triathlons, mountain biking races, adventure races, and more, at 13 different parks across the state. Many events return this year, including the Tour de Pocahontas, Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon, and New River Trail Challenge, plus four new challenges: the DMV Adventure Race, Arbor Day 15k Run, Shenandoah River Aquablaze, and Fall Foliage Adventure Race. Events near Richmond include:

  • March 16: Tour de Pocahontas at Pocahontas State Park
  • March 23: Dogwood Ultra Marathon at Twin Lakes State Park
  • April 13: James River Trail Runs at James River State Park
  • April 27: Spring Bloom Adventure Race at Lake Anna State Park
  • April 28: Arbor Day 15k at York River State Park
  • June 2: Taskinas Creek Half Marathon at York River State Park
  • June 9: High Bridge Trail Time Trial at High Bridge Trail State Park
  • June 15: Poca Go! at Pocahontas State Park
  • June 22: Night Train Ultra Marathon at High Bridge Trail State Park
  • Aug. 4: Guts, Gravel, Glory at Pocahontas State Park
  • Sept. 21: Powhatan 10 Miler at Powhatan State Park
  • Oct. 5: High Bridge Half Marathon and 5k at High Bridge Trail State Park
  • Oct. 6: Pocahontas Trail Festival at Pocahontas State Park
  • Oct. 19: Fall Foliage Adventure Race at Mason Neck State Park

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“Julia Child: A Recipe for Life.” The exhibition highlighting the popular chef will make its only East Coast stop on a national tour at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. Including video, audio, photographs, memorabilia, recreated scenes from the chef’s life, and a special section exclusive to VMHC that highlights Julia Child’s impact on Virginians. March 16 to Sept. 2, 2024, at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, Richmond.

Library of Virginia 2024 Carole Weinstein Author Series. Respected authors address topics focusing on history, literature, and the experiences of Virginians. Each event runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Library of Virginia Lecture Hall, 800 E. Broad St., Richmond.

  • Two Authors Explore the Richmond Theater Fire, with Rachel Beanland & Meredith Henne Baker. How two experts in their field compare and contrast separate efforts to tell the tragic tale of the 19th-century Richmond Theater fire. March 16.
  • “Walk, Ride, Paddle: A Life Outside, with Tim Kaine. A memoir from the Virginia U.S. senator that blends Virginia’s outdoor adventure with reflection and insight. April 18.
  • “Centennial Anniversary Anthology of Poems by Member Poets” with the Poetry Society of Virginia. A commemoration of 100 years of the Poetry Society of Virginia with readings and discussions from some of its distinguished members. May 15.
  • “Boardinghouse Women: How Southern Keepers, Cooks, Nurses, Widows, and Runaways Shaped Modern America” with Elizabeth S. D. Engelhardt. A look at the significant impact of Southern boardinghouse women in shaping modern America. Sept. 12.
  • “Dirt Don’t Burn: A Black Community’s Struggle for Educational Equality Under Segregation” with Larry Roeder & Barry Harrelson. The history of a Black community’s struggle for educational equality under segregation in Loudoun County. Nov. 14.

Inaugural Chesterfield Restaurant Week. An abundance of local independent restaurants present dining specials and menu to showcase the county’s culinary diversity. March 19 to April 7 around Chesterfield County.

“Madama Butterfly.” One of opera’s most popular works features a young Japanese maiden who is abandoned by a reckless American naval officer. Virginia Opera present’s Puccini’s opera, accompanied by the Richmond Symphony. March 22, at 7:30 p.m., and March 24, at 2:30 p.m., at Dominion Energy Center at Carpenter Theatre, Richmond.

22nd Annual Dog Jog, 5k and Block Party. Support the work of the SPCA with a human run, kids’ run, and dog and people job, followed by a block party with music, beer, food trucks, and more. March 23, beginning at 10 a.m., at the Richmond SPCA, Richmond.

Richmond Kickers Kick Off Their 2024 Season! Plan your season of Kickers’ fun, with home games beginning March 23, 6 p.m., at City Stadium, Richmond.

Ashland Theatre’s 1948 Film Series. The small-town theater celebrates its 75th anniversary with 1948 films on one Monday each month throughout the year. Look for classic films with noteworthy directors and actors like Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Judy Garland, Katharine Hepburn, Laurence Olivier, and more.

  • March 25, 2024 at 4 p.m.: “Easter Parade,” starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire
  • April 15, 2024 at 7 p.m.: “Hamlet,” starring Laurence Olivier, Academy Award winner for Best Picture and Best Actor
  • May 13, 2024 at 7 p.m.: “Unfaithfully Yours,” starring Rex Harrison and Linda Darnell
  • June 10, 2024 at 7 p.m.: “Sorry, Wrong Number,” starring Barbara Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster
  • July 15, 2024 at 7 p.m.: “Bicycle Thieves,” starring Lamberto Maggiorani and Enzo Staiola
  • Aug. 12, 2024 at 7 p.m.: “The Pirate,” starring Judy Garland and Gene Kelly

Randy Rainbow for President Tour. Uproarious political humor with an unapologetically gay stance, enhanced with music and costumes. March 28, 7:30 p.m., at Dominion Energy Center, Richmond.

Richmond Shakespeare 25th Anniversary Season continues. To go or not to go. Really, is it a question?

  • “Parade.” March 29 to April 21, 2024, at Dominion Energy Center’s Gottwald Playhouse
  • “Doctor Faustus.” June 6 to 30, 2024, at Agecroft Hall and Gardens.
  • “Much Ado About Nothing.” July 12 to Aug. 4, 2024, at Agecroft Hall and Gardens.

April and beyond

“Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.” April 2 to 7 at Altria Theater, Richmond.

The Golden Girls are back! The four sassy seniors have returned for one more hurrah, with a twist, 2024 style. Sophia is out on bail, Blanche and Rose have founded a sex app for seniors. And Dorothy is trying to hold it all together, with help from her younger, sex-crazed love interest. Relive the heartfelt hilarity of four ladies who never stopped being your friends. April 8 and 9, at Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Energy Center, Richmond.

An Evening with David Sedaris. The renowned humorist and author returns to Richmond, offering all-new readings and recollections, a Q&A session, and a book signing. April 10, 7:30 p.m., at Dominion Energy Center, Richmond.

The Bizarre Bazaar 32nd Spring Market. More than 275 exhibitors from all over the country fill two buildings, showcasing new and unique gift items: clothing, home décor, garden accessories, foods, jewelry, pottery, and more. April 12 to 14 at Richmond Raceway Complex, Richmond.

Chesterfield Outdoor Fest. A family-fun festival including demos, markets, and food trucks, designed to build appreciation for the sustainable community and outdoor adventures in Chesterfield County, including an Earth Day 5K and 1K. April 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, Chesterfield.

Ovation 2024: A Celebration of the Arts. Honoring the timeless elegance of Audrey Hepburn with a Breakfast at Tiffany’s theme, featuring brunch, fashion show, and silent auction and raffle. April 13, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Perkinson Center, Chester.

Wood River Run. The 5k run celebrates nature, community, and the memory of Christian Wood, a young man who loved the James River Park. Well-behaved leashed dogs and strollers are welcome. The event benefits the park. April 27, 9 a.m., at Pony Pasture Park, Richmond.

Friday Cheers 2024 Concert Series. 39 Years of Friday Cheers. Richmond’s longest-running concert series and the city’s largest event of its kind on Brown’s Island along the James River.

W League RVA. The new Richmond pre-professional women’s soccer team  has announced the full 2024 match schedule. The 2024 season will be the inaugural season for W League RVA and features 12 regular season matches, six at home and six away. The season begins on May 11 at City Stadium against the Virginia Marauders FC and extends through June 28. May 11, 6 p.m., at City Stadium, Richmond.

“Menopause the Musical 2: Cruising Through ‘The Change.’” May 21, 2024, at Dominion Energy Center, Richmond.

Virginia Roots Music Series. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery present a new year-long music series. Four shows feature a Virginia band covering an iconic musical artist, paired with a pre-release of a Hardywood Virginia Roots beer, highlighting a Virginia ingredient. Concerts two, three, and four in the series are scheduled for May 23, Aug. 16, and Dec. 19, at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery on Ownby, Richmond.

Groovin’ in the Garden Returns. The concert series returns after a 10-year hiatus with five to six concerts over the summer and fall. The first concert features long-time Richmond band Carbon Leaf, known for alt-country, Celtic, and folk-infused indie rock on May 30, 7 p.m., at the Cochrane Rose Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond.

Virginia Repertory November Theatre

  • “9 to 5, The Musical,” June 21 to Aug. 4, 2024, at the November Theatre
  • “Martha Mitchell Calling,” featuring Debra Wagoner and Joe Pabst, Sept. 29 to Oct. 29, at Hanover Tavern
  • “Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery,” Dec. 15, 2023 to Jan. 21, 2024, at Hanover Tavern
  • “On Air,” March 15 to April 14, 2024, at Hanover Tavern

Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons: The Last Encores. June 28 at Altria Theater, Richmond.

RIFF 2024. The Richmond International Film Festival has announced its next annual celebration of film, with more than 200 filmmaking and musical guests from around the world, more than 150 film premieres, more than 30 musical performances, and more. Sept. 24 to 29, 2024, at various events around Richmond.

Richmond Folk Festival 2024. Mark your calendar for Sept. 27 to 29, 2024 (moved from its typical October weekend to avoid the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur). On and around Brown’s Island, Richmond.

2nd Street Festival. Celebrating the rich culture and vibrant present of the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood, when it was the heart and soul of Richmond’s African American community and known as “the Harlem of the South.” The two-day festival features three stages of live musical entertainment, a Kidz Zone, food vendors, a marketplace and Artists Row, and the Richmond Metropolitan Antique Car Club. Oct. 5 to 6, in Jackson Ward, Richmond.

Fine Arts & Flowers. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) announced 2024 dates for the biennial event. The museum-wide exhibition showcases floral designs inspired by works of art in VMFA’s permanent collection, with floral designs by the Garden Club of Virginia, The Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs and Ikebana of Richmond. Gala kickoff and preview, with other special events like talks from guest speakers and VMFA curators, luncheons, floral design workshops, exhibition tours, a fashion show, and family activities. Oct. 23 to 27, 2024, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.

Ongoing Events

Around Richmond, and a few worth a road trip

“Torch Song.” On this odyssey to find happiness in New York, all Arnold wants is a husband, a child, and a pair of bunny slippers, but a visit from his overbearing mother reminds him that he needs one thing more: respect. The show explores love and relationships, families we’re born into and those we choose, and above all, the struggle to find ourselves. Through March 9 at Richmond Triangle Players, Richmond.

Athena LaTocha: The Past Never Sleeps. Works on paper featuring landscape as a geographic space, historical record, and personification. FREE. Through March 10, 2024, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.

Charles Atlas: Selected Video, 1987-2015. Three works by pioneering video artist Charles Atlas (American, b. 1949), highlighting his 50-year career and the diversity of his collaborations, subjects, and styles from the late 1980s to 2010s. Through March 24, 2024, at Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk.

Steven Glass, A Retrospective: Turning Points in Clay / A Life in Art. Celebrating more than 40 years of the internationally recognized artist’s work, highlighting his creative approach to the art of functional ceramics. Glass has been the resident potter at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts School since 1982 and has lectured and served in other art capacities around the world. The exhibition features over 45 works spanning over four decades. March 1 to 31, 2024, at the Branch Museum of Architecture & Design, Richmond.

Paul McCartney Photographs 1963-1964: Eyes of the Storm. Get a peek into Beatlemania through more than 250 photographs taken by the band member using his own Pentax camera. Through April 7, 2024, at the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk.

“Satchmo at the Waldorf.” Virginia Repertory Theatre presents a one-man, three-character play with Jerold E. Solomon portraying jazz great Louis Armstrong, his manager, and musician Miles Davis. The actions takes place in 1971, in a dressing room backstage at the Empire Room of New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, four months prior to Armstrong’s death. He attempts to come to terms with his long-standing relationship with Glaser, whom he once loved like a father but now believes to have betrayed him. March 1 to April 7, at the November Theatre, Richmond.

Willie Anne Wright: Artist and Alchemist. Showcasing a groundbreaking, internationally renowned photographer and painter whose Richmond-based career spans over six decades, through 63 photographs and 9 paintings. From playful and irreverent scenes of everyday life to ethereal evocations of the past, Wright’s experimental paintings and photographs examine pop-culture, feminine identity, the pull of history, and the shifting cultural landscape of the South. Through April 28, 2024, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.

“Sign Spotting: Richmond’s Signage.” Journey through Richmond’s history of signage: from vintage neon signs to public facility signs from the Jim Crow era to local advocacy signs, explore how iconic Richmond signage has been used to inform, advertise, and persuade. Includes an Audio Description Tour option, created in partnership with Virginia Voice. Through May 31, 2024, at The Valentine, Richmond.

“Indigenous Perspectives.” A multimedia exhibition highlights the commonwealth’s Indigenous history and how the tribes remain a vital part of Virginia’s culture today. Includes video interviews, archival records, and objects contributed by tribes. Through Aug. 17, 2024, at the Library of Virginia, Richmond.

Discover Steampunk. New touring exhibition looks at the movement inspired by Victorian ideals of industry and steam power. It blends science, art, and history, showing how thinkers and writers of the late 1800s envisioned the future. More than 20 interactive exhibits highlight electricity and Mary Shelley, deep ocean exploration with Jules Verne, time travel with H.G. Wells, and more. Through Aug. 18 at the Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.

Secrets & Symbols: Hidden Messages in Decorative Objects. A new display explores symbolic imagery, hidden messages, and other private references contained in a small selection of items from the museum’s collection. Through Oct. 20, 2024, at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, Richmond.

“‘I made this…’: The Work of Black American Artists and Artisans.” The first exhibition looking solely at the work of diverse Black artists and artisans from three centuries opens at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. Through Dec. 31, 2025, at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, Williamsburg.

“Sculpting History.” The new exhibition from the Valentine shows how those who created the Lost Cause narrative used cultural and social centers of power to make it successful: education, media, politics, money, religion, and violence. The exhibition demonstrates how sculptor Edward Valentine, Richmond leaders, and others around the country reframed the war. It uncovers the Lost Cause, its legacy, and those who resisted. The Valentine, Richmond.

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