What's Booming in Richmond: Falafel, The Beatles, and Pianos in the Garden

May 15th, 2019

The best events to peel you off your couch

Pianos in Bloom Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Lewis Ginter always has something new and creative up its sleeve. This time … it’s pianos. Pianos in Bloom, through Sunday, May 19 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

The local Lebanese have done it again. They’ve granted Richmond the greatest gift of all: an entire weekend of Lebanese food. We’re talking falafel, shish kababs, tabouli, roasted lamb, and something wildly delicious called “zalabia.” Bring your appetite; the Lebanese Food Festival is here. Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19 at St. Anthony’s Maronite Catholic Church.

Who knew when those shaggy-haired Beatles got back together, they’d wind up in Ashland? Groove and swoon to the classic hits of those iconic British boys at Britishmania: A Beatles Tribute. Friday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Ashland Theatre.

Lace up to help out, the Sophie House 5K is coming! What’s the Sophie House, you wonder? We’re so glad you asked… Saturday, May 18 from 8 a.m.-noon. Meet at Deep Run High School.

Historic Battersea has seen a lot … which is expected for a plantation that’s been around for 250 years. And they’re ready to celebrate this milestone with demonstrations, tours, music, and a good, old-fashioned reenactment of the 1781 Revolutionary War Battle of Petersburg. Battersea 250th Anniversary Party, Saturday, May 18 through Sunday, May 19 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Historic Battersea.

The legendary story of Gabriel Prosser, the 19th-century slave who attempted to lead a revolt and fight for freedom for himself and fellow slaves, comes to life at Hanover Tavern in “The Calm Before the Storm.” It’s inspirational, it’s gripping, and boy – is it sobering. Saturday, May 18 through Sunday, May 19 at Hanover Tavern.

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