Make Plans for These Richmond Events

By Annie Tobey | June 7th, 2024

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

Richmond historic canal and Canal Walk. Image by Ulf Nammert

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 June 20, 2024

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Hill of Heroes. Each year, the Virginia War Memorial places 12,000 flags on the hillside to honor Virginians killed in service to the country from WWI to today. The flags are on display through July 11. Community members are invited to help. Installation followed by a Community Celebration with military demonstrations, crafts, scavenger hunt, and more. June 28: installation from 8 to 10 a.m.; celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; at the Virginia War Memorial, Richmond.

Ashland Fourth Friday. Stroll the historic district, take in tunes by popular bands, discover treasures in shops open late, dine on farm-to-table fare, and get to know local businesses. June 28, 5 to 8 p.m., in Downtown Ashland.

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. Final performance: June 28: Sam Barber (8:15 p.m.) with Jake Kohn (7:15 p.m.) and Villages (6:15 p.m.)

Juneteenth in Pocahontas Park. A Hike Through History. Traverse paths that were once marked by segregation, reflecting on how these landscapes played a role in shaping the history of Black recreation. June 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting at Bright Hope Horse Complex at Pocahontas State Park, Chesterfield.

Virginia Is For Music Lovers: Listening Session and Artist Talk. As part of the “Virginia Is For Music Lovers: An Exploration of Virginia’s Black Excellence In Music” exhibition, this program will feature a unique listening session and an engaging discussion with local musicians, artists and DJs. FREE, registration required. June 29, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Black History Museum, Richmond.

Summer Sounds Performing Arts Concert. Petersburg Area Art League presents Gennine Francis performing hits from Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight, Anita Baker, Sade, Norah Jones, and more. June 29, 7:30 p.m., at Old Towne Civic Center, Petersburg.

Pocahontas Premieres. Music under the stars at Pocahontas State Park, Chesterfield.

  • June 29, 7 to 10 p.m.: Brooke McBride w/ Jimmy Fitch
  • July 20, 7 to 10 p.m.: The English Channel
  • Aug. 3, 7 to 10 p.m.: The Nashville Nights with Polly Windham
  • Aug. 17, 6 to 10 p.m.: Mini Bluegrass Festival, with Josh Grigsby and County Line;
  • Virginia Rain Bluegrass Band; River City Band; and Tara Mills Band.
  • Sept. 21, 7 to 8 p.m.: The Richmond Symphony.
  • Sept. 28, 6:30 to 10 p.m.: Zoso The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience with Hold the Line RVA

Local Authors Day at the South of the James Market. Ten Richmond-based authors in a diversity of topics and genre from fiction and poetry to nonfiction present and sign books and visit with guests. Authors include Boomer writers Lee “The Beer Guy” Graves, Annie Tobey, Robin Farmer, AnneMoss Rogers, and Phil Perkins, alongside Poe expert Chris Semtner, and more. All alongside dozens of local growers, producers, and makers. June 30, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Forest Hill Park, Richmond.

July and beyond

“Doctor Faustus.” The Richmond Shakespeare Festival continues with Christopher Marlowe’s classic tragedy. A brilliant, embittered, and solitary academic has exhausted the confines of human knowledge. Frustrated with the futility of religion, law, and science he is desperate for a deeper understanding of the universe – and for fame. He makes a deal with the devil: absolute knowledge and infinite power in exchange for his soul. July 4 to 21, Thursday through Sunday evenings, at Agecroft Hall, Richmond.

Juneteenth July Jubilee. A three-day event including music, history, food, a walk around the lake, and guest speakers, including Dr. Opal Lee, “grandmother of Juneteenth.” Includes a Down Home Family Gathering on July 5. Follow the park’s events page for updates. July 5 to 7 at Twin Lakes State Park, Greenbay, Virginia.

Two-Week Celebration of Maggie L. Walker’s Birthday. July 2024 marks the 160th birthday of Richmond’s pioneering Black banker, community leader, and woman of faith, hope, and courage. Honoring her life through art, community events, volunteer service, special tours, and presentations.

  • The celebration kicks off with speakers, entertainment, and a student art show, during First Fridays. July 5, 5 p.m., at Maggie L. Walker Memorial Plaza, Richmond.
  • Oral History House Tours. Including historical audio recordings of Maggie Walker’s grandchildren describing what it was like to grow up in her home. July 9 to 20, at Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, Richmond.
  • Volunteer Community Service Day. Service projects in the Jackson Ward neighborhood. July 13, volunteers assemble at 8 a.m. in the courtyard of Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, Richmond.
  • Lecture by Elvatrice Belsches: “A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Mrs. Maggie Lena Walker: A Woman for All Seasons.” July 13, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Richmond Public Library Main Branch, Richmond.
  • Youth-oriented financial literacy workshops and a market pop-up. July 13, noon to 4 p.m., at Third Street Bethel A.M.E. Church, 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.

  • 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

“The Unvanquished.” Military historian Patrick K. O’Donnell explores the story of Lincoln’s special forces, the Jessie Scouts, in a little-known chronicle of the shadow war that raged between the North and the South away from the major battlefields. July 17, 5:30 p.m., at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, Richmond.

Collections Up Close: Fun in the Sun – Virginians on Vacation. Hot springs, beaches, hikes, rollercoasters, and more – for hundreds of years, Virginians have been finding ways to relax. Explore the history of some of the Commonwealth’s recreational destinations. July 20, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, Richmond.

Forever Summer Fest. Tickets give unlimited access to beers from over 45 top-notch breweries, in addition to a Childsavers raffle with even more rare and special products as prizes. Plus food trucks and quality NA options. July 27, noon to 6 p.m., at Main Street Station, Richmond.

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804 Day. Three stages feature 15+ diverse performances for Richmond’s Biggest Block Party. Headliner is Richmond hip-hop artist Nickelus F. More than 15 other bands cover genres such as pop, rock, R&B, jazz, folk, and country. Plus 40 local vendors, artists, nonprofits, and a kids’ zone, as well as a ticketed VIP area. FREE. Aug. 2 in Shockoe Bottom, Richmond.

    • Ant The Symbol (Pop) – @antthesymbol
    • Dead Billionaires (Punk) – @deadbillionaires
    • Erin and the Wildfire (Pop) – @erinandthewildfire
    • Flight Club (Rock) – @flightclubrva
    • Høly River (Folk) – @holyrivermusic
    • Kadencia (Latin) – @kadenciapr
    • Knifing Around (Punk Dance) – @knifingaroundband
    • Los Hermanos Alacranes (Rock/Latin) – @lhalacranes
    • Nickelus F (Rap) @nickelusf
    • Niiasii (R&B) – @niiasii
    • Palmyra (Bluegrass) – @palmyratheband
    • Rein (Rock) –
    • Sugar Hollows (Country) – @thesugarhollows
    • Vexine (Rock) – @vexinerva
    • Weekend Plans (R&B) – @weekendplansmusic
    • Weldon Hill (Jazz) – @w.weldonhill

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:

  • 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

RTP’s 2024-2025 Spotlight Cabaret Series. Richmond Triangle Players presents four cabaret performances for the season. At Robert B. Moss Theatre, Richmond.

  • Seth Rudetsky: Seth’s Big Fat Broadway Show! Aug. 15 to 16.
  • August Hundley: Li’l Guy in a Big Ol’ World. Oct. 18 to 19.
  • Georgia Rogers Farmer: Perfect Pair. March 27 to 29, 2025.
  • Nationally Renowned Act To be Announced. May 30 to 31, 2025.

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 three, and four in the series are scheduled for Aug. 16 and Dec. 19 at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery on Ownby, Richmond.

Groovin’ in the Garden: Fleetwood Mac cover band, Rumours ATL. Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m., in the Cochrane Rose Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond.

“Avatar: The Last Airbender” in Concert. Experience the animated series’ soundtrack performed by a live orchestra as the film shows on a cinema screen. Aug. 24, 8 p.m., at Altria Theater, Richmond.

Virginia Repertory Theatre 2024 – 2025 Season

November Theatre

  • “Misery,” Aug. 31 to Sept. 29
  • “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Nov. 30 to Jan. 5, 2025
  • “Fat Ham,” March 1 to 23, 2025
  • “Waitress,” June 21 to Aug. 3, 2025

Barksdale at Hanover Tavern

  • “Ken Ludwig’s Moriarty,” Dec 13 to Jan. 19, 2025
  • “Dial M for Murder,” March 29 to April 27, 2025

RTP’s 2024-2025 Season. Four plays, including a new production of one of RTP’s biggest hits, will take the stage at Richmond Triangle Players, as the company celebrates its 32nd year as one of the Commonwealth’s most acclaimed cultural arts institutions, and the longest-operating LGBTQ+ theatre in the mid-Atlantic region. At Robert B. Moss Theatre, Richmond.

  • “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche” by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood. Smart, sharp, and hysterically funny. Sept. 11 to Oct. 5.
  • A Campy Christmas Featuring “With Bells On” and “Who’s Holiday!” by Darrin Hagan and Matthew Lombardo. A very campy Christmas celebration to make your spirits bright. Nov. 13 to Dec. 22.
  • “Which Way to the Stage” by Ana Nogueira. What happens when dreams fall just out of reach, in a playful yet profound comedy of friendship and ambition. April 23 to May 17, 2025.
  • “A Strange Loop,” book, music, and lyrics by Michael R. Jackson. Winner of every best musical award in New York for the story of Usher, a young, gay, Black writer in a loop of a hilarious ensemble play. June 25 to Aug. 2, 2025.

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.

  • “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.

Virginia Repertory 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

Run Richmond 16.19 Weekend. Four events – “Celebrating Unity in Diversity.”

  • Time to Heal. A guided meditation practice & libation ceremony reflects on the intergenerational trauma of the African American community and imagines a path towards collective healing. FREE, registration required. Sept. 20, 5 to 8 p.m., at Main Street Station, Richmond.
  • Run Richmond 16.19. The cultural run-or-walk event offers two courses (7.19k and 16.19k) highlighting 400 years of Black history. Plus finisher swag and post-race festival. Sept. 21, 7 to 11:15 a.m., starting and ending at Kanawha Plaza, Richmond.
  • Africa Reconnect Post-Race Festival. Drum circle, electric slide dancing, live concert, Black history pop-up exhibit, vendor village, and food and drinks. FREE. Sept. 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Kanawha Plaza, Richmond.
  • AFRIKANA Independent Film Festival. Details TBA.

Jim Gaffigan’s Barely Alive Tour. Deliciously clean and wickedly funny, the Grammy-nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, and author shares relatable humor of observations on life. Sept. 20, 7 p.m., and Sept. 21, 7 p.m., at Altria Theater, Richmond.

“Triads of Soul” Tribute to Otis Redding, Sam Cooke & David Ruffin. Featuring Rodney Stith, African American soul singer, songwriter and producer from Petersburg, with powerful urban retro soul brings back the soulful sound of the retro classic rhythm and blues. With seasoned performer Ned Harris, who was influenced by the Motown music of his parents and is sticking to the foundation of what the forefathers of R&B and soul music built. Sept. 21, 8 p.m., at The Tin Pan, 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.

UR’s Modlin Center for the Arts Awarded NEA Grant for Upcoming Season. The University of Richmond was awarded $27,500 from the National Endowment for the Arts for performances in the 2024-25 season, including two world premieres. The grant funding will support three performances commissioned by the Modlin Center:

  • “What Belongs to You.” The world premiere of a chamber opera based on the debut novel of the same name by Garth Greenwell. Composed by David T. Little and directed by Mark Morris, the opera will be performed by tenor Karim Sulayman and the contemporary instrumental ensemble Alarm Will Sound. Sept. 26 and 28 at Modlin Center for the Arts, University of Richmond.
  • “Murmurs in Time.” In another world premiere, Chicago-based percussion quartet Third Coast Percussion performs a work by tabla player Zakir Hussain, who will also perform. Feb. 21, 2025, at Modlin Center for the Arts, University of Richmond.
  • “Aguas da Amazonia.” Third Coast Percussion and dancers of the Twyla Tharp Dance company will perform an original adaptation of Philip Glass’s work for percussion quartet and flute. April 5, 2025, at Dominion Energy Center, Richmond.

Richmond Folk Festival 2024. The popular RVA cultural festival has announced first group of featured artists, who hail from as far away as Indonesia and Colombia, from Virginia and D.C., with returning acts and new. Sept. 27 to 29, 2024 on Brown’s Island and the surrounding riverfront, Richmond.

  • Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Southern Italian pizzica tarantata), Salento, Italy
  • John Doyle & the Irish American Music Masters (Irish), Chicago; Brooklyn; Bristol, Vermont; Asheville, North Carolina; and County Louth, Ireland
  • Junior Sisk Band (bluegrass), Ferrum, Virginia
  • Lonnie Holley (Afro-futuristic jazz, funk, and soul), Atlanta, Georgia
  • Mis Blandine (Congolese soukous), Toronto, Ontario
  • Peni Candra Rini (Javanese sindhen), Tulungagung, East Java, Indonesia
  • Rancho Aparte (Colombian chirimía music), Quibdó, Colombia
  • Trouble Funk (go-go), Washington, D.C.

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, including Grammy Award-winning Arrested Development on Saturday and Desiree Roots on Sunday, along with other performing artists, 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.

“Final Fantasy VII Rebirth” Orchestra World Tour. A new concert based entirely on the game, with symphonic arrangements of the game’s music performed by the Richmond Symphony and Richmond Symphony Chorus. Accompanied by high-definition video scenes created exclusively for the production. Oct. 12, 8 p.m., at Altria Theater, Richmond.

Richmond Shakespeare’s 26th Season. Classic and contemporary plays and musicals. At varying locations in Richmond.

  • “Lord of the Flies,” Oct. 17 to Nov. 10
  • “The Father,” Jan. 30 to Feb. 16, 2025
  • “Jesus Christ Superstar,” March 6 to 23, 2025
  • “Cyrano De Bergerac,” Summer, dates TBA
  • “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Summer, dates TBA

“The Book of Mormon.” The popular Broadway production is coming to Richmond for a limited engagement on Oct. 18 to 19 at Altria Theater, Richmond.

Diana Ross: Beautiful Love Performances. The iconic, legendary singer was known as the leader of The Supremes and for her solo work. Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m., at Altria Theater, 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.

Broadway in Richmond Presents Its 2024 to 2025 Season. The new season includes five Richmond-area premieres with three of them in their first year of touring along with the return of a popular rom-com, pop musical.

  • “Shucked” kicks off the season, making one of the first stops fresh off its Broadway run, Oct. 29 to Nov. 3, 2024.
  • Fan favorite and global smash hit “Mamma Mia!” hits the stage Dec. 10 to 14, 2024.
  • The Virginia premiere of “MJ: The Musical” arrives to play Jan. 28 to Feb. 2, 2025.
  • The 10-time Tony Award-winning hit “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” entertains March 4 to 16, 2025.
  • “A Beautiful Noise,” in its first year of touring, entertains in RVA from April 15 to 20, 2025.
  • Song and dance spectacular “Some Like It Hot” comes to Richmond, June 3 to 8, 2025.
  • “Chicago The Musical” returns, May 9 to 11, 2025 (can be added to any six-show season ticket package).

Ongoing Events

Around Richmond, and a few worth a road trip

Exhibitions at Artspace. Presenting Anna Freeman, “At the Water’s Edge,” ceramics; Jennifer L. Hand, “Habitation,” drawings and mixed media fiber; Yen Ha and Anna Rubin, “A Storm Event,” drawing and electronic music composition. Also opening, “UNMASK,” in support of National Alliance on Mental Illness of Central Virginia. Through June 22 at Artspace Gallery, Richmond.

“Much Ado About Nothing.” Richmond Shakespeare Festival presents the bard’s delightful comedy, in which masquerades play hide and seek, including the beguiling comedic couple Beatrice and Benedick. Wielding words as both weapon and armor (with a charming, effervescent glint), their banter harbors longing, loathing, and love. Tote your picnic or shop the food and beverage trucks. Through June 23, Thursday through Sunday evenings, at Agecroft Hall, Richmond.

W League RVA: Richmond Ivy. The new Richmond pre-professional women’s soccer team is kicking off its inaugural season for W League RVA, featuring 12 regular season matches, six at home and six away. The season extends through June 28 at City Stadium, Richmond.

“Catalyst” Art Opening. Exhibit featuring local artists Porter Smith-Thayer, Bart Levy, John Bryan, Stan Maupin, and Eric Sunberg. Through June 30 at Crossroads Art Center, Richmond.

“The Best of Times: A Celebration of Richmond Triangle Players.” The brand-new retrospective honors RTP’s vibrant production legacy, featuring performances that illuminate its most beloved productions from the past 30+ years, from “Kiss of the Spider Woman” to “Cabaret” to “La Cage aux Folles” to “Grey Gardens,” incorporating cherished songs, scenes and memories. The production features a cast of RTP veterans as well as special guest performers each week. Through July 13 at Robert B. Moss Theatre, Richmond

Virginia is for Music Lovers: A History of Virginia’s Black Excellence in Music. Interactive pop-up exhibition showcases the heritage of Black music in Virginia: artists, musicians, DJs, and historians and their contributions to the soulful rhythms and narratives of the African American experience. QR codes unlock curated playlists of Black music to complement the visual art and thematic narratives. Visitors can also listen through headphones for a multisensory experience. Through July 27 (Wednesdays through Saturdays) at the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia, Richmond.

Back to the Rock: From Enslavement to Empowerment. The new exhibition dives into the story of St. Frances de Sales and St. Emma’s Military Academy, the nation’s only Black military academy for over 70 years. Founded by one of three American born saints, Katherine Drexel and her sister Louise Drexel Morell, the schools were built on the former Belmead plantation, built by the enslaved and owned by a Confederate general. Through July 27 at the Black Museum of History & Culture, Richmond.

Tri-City Chili Peppers. The region’s newest minor league baseball team kicks off their season with baseball and high-energy fan fun as part of the Coastal Plain League. Look for lots of activity on and off field and special nights. Through July 27, including three Cosmic blacklight games on June 15, June 28, and July 20, at Shepherd Stadium, Colonial Heights.

“Eyes Wide Open.” The art quilts of Michelle Wilkie, native New Zealander and now U.S. resident. The upper gallery will feature “The Photography of Gary D. Jones, A collection of images and memories of Petersburg, the town where I grew up.” Through Aug. 3 at Petersburg Area Art League (PAAL) gallery, Petersburg.

Samurai Armor. Featuring one of the world’s largest collections of Japanese samurai armor, providing a rare personal encounter with samurai artistry and tradition spanning more than 700 years of Japanese history. From the collection of Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller. Through Aug. 4 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.

“9 to 5, The Musical.” The classic film about revenge and empowerment comes to life on stage with an original score by the queen of country music, Dolly Parton. Through Aug. 4, 2024, at the November Theatre, 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 at the Library of Virginia, Richmond.

Two Ceramics Exhibitions. Through Aug. 17 (Wednesdays through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia, Richmond.

  • NCECA Multicultural Fellowship ceramics exhibition includes pieces from tabletop vases to life-sized creations representing the theme “Coalescence.” Artists come from various backgrounds, showing the value of diversity and inclusivity in art.
  • “Like the Dust Settles in Layers, So Does the Story” ceramics exhibition invites viewers to challenge stereotypes related to communities, environments, race, economics, and societal roles, focusing on the themes of self-reflection, strength, and the beauty of resilience during challenging times.

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.

“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. Through Sept. 2 at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, Richmond.

“BODY WORLDS: The Anatomy of Happiness.” What makes people happy? How does that impact the mind and body? A new exhibition answers those questions, using real, plastinated human specimens. Complementary programs will be available throughout the run of the exhibition. Through Labor Day at the Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.

Cap Trail Summer Challenge. The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation is running a three-month challenge to help people stay active this summer by covering all 51.7 miles of the Virginia Capital Trail, in bits and pieces or all at once. Run, walk, bike, or skate. Through Sept. 9 along the Virginia Capital Trail, from Richmond to Jamestown.

Dogwood Dell 67th Festival of the Arts. The festival continues through Sept. 21 with musicians, festivals, music, comedy, and theatrical performances, at Byrd Park’s Dogwood Dell, Richmond.

2024 Riverfront Canal Cruises Launch. The 24th season of 40-minute, historically narrated boat tours of the James River and Kanawha Canal continues till fall. Departing from the Canal’s Turning Basin, 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 at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, Richmond.

Richmond City Tours with the Valentine. Discover Richmond with experienced Valentine guides. From historic cemeteries to the murals of Jackson Ward and the streets of Church Hill, walking and bus tours dive deep into Richmond’s historic sites and charming neighborhoods, uncovering the hidden histories in the art, architecture, and landscape. April through November at various starting points, Richmond.

Weekly Artisan Market at Brambly Park. Shop Small with local artisans selling handmade home décor, art, jewelry, apparel, ceramics, candles, woodworking, and more. In Richmond’s urban winery, BYO dogs and kids and support the community. Sundays till Dec. 8, 3 to 7 p.m., at Brambly Park, Richmond.

“A Better Life for Their Children: Julius Rosenwald, Booker T. Washington, and the 4,978 Schools That Changed America.” Exhibition honoring the Rosenwald program, a unique school program established to provide educational opportunities for African Americans during the Jim Crow era. One of the most transformative educational initiatives in American history was forged by Booker T. Washington, a Black educator, and Julius Rosenwald, a Jewish businessman and philanthropist. The exhibition features photographs and stories of the schools alongside a Virginia-based collection of related artifacts, images, and more. Through April 20, 2025 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.

“The Impending Crisis.” A dynamic exhibit of events, people, and circumstances that led America to a pivotal point in its history, exploring differing viewpoints from across the nation in pre-civil war America. Opening April 27 at the American Civil War Museum, Tredegar, Richmond.

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