What’s Booming RVA: Asian Foods and Outdoor Fun

By Annie Tobey | May 18th, 2023

Boomer’s top 5 picks for the week ahead

dog diving for toy, from Gloria Anderson. For What’s Booming RVA: Asian Foods, Outdoor Fun

Start the weekend with a new season of Flowers After 5, get active at Dominion Riverrock, then feast on Lebanese and Asian cuisine and culture – and more! All in “What’s Booming RVA: Asian Foods and Outdoor Fun.”

Flowers After 5

May 18, each Thursday through Sept. 7, 5 to 9 p.m., at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond

Returning to the Garden for the season, the weekly event is included in admission, featuring food and drink vendors, music, and freedom to wander the gardens – and the latest exhibition, “Incanto.” Second and fourth Thursdays are also Fidos After 5, welcoming leashed dogs.


“The House Is on Fire” Author Discussion

May 18, 7 to 9 p.m., at Book People’s new location, 10464 Ridgefield Parkway, Henrico

Richmond author Rachel Beanland discusses her fictional book based on the historic Richmond theatre fire in 1811. Four very different characters take action when the theater goes up in flames in the middle of the performance.


Dominion Energy Riverrock

May 19 to 21, on and around Brown’s Island, Richmond

Be a part of the nation’s premier outdoor sports and music festival. Play, participate, or simply spectate – air dogs, kayaking, trail runs, slacklining, bouldering, music, food and drink vendors, and so much more.


38th Annual Lebanese Food Festival

May 19 to 21 at St. Anthony Maronite Catholic Church, Glen Allen

Take in authentic Lebanese culture, including delicious foods, distinctive music, and delightful dancing.


The 25th Annual Asian American Celebration

May 20, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond

Learn about and celebrate Asian American communities through cultural performances, culture booths, activities, food, and vendors. Communities represented include Afghan, Bangladesh, Burmese, Bhutanese, Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Lebanese, Laotian, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Nepali, Pakistani, Singaporean, Thai, and Vietnamese.


Check websites for more details, including prices and registration requirements.

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