What’s Booming RVA: Glow Ahead, Have Fun

By Annie Tobey | October 19th, 2023

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Richmond’s authentic annual Oktoberfest, a Czech and Slovak festival, glowing gardens, a graveyard, and a premiere cocktail event. All in “What’s Booming RVA: Glow Ahead, Have Fun.”

Garden Glow

Oct. 19 to Nov. 12 at Maymont, Richmond

The beautiful grounds of Maymont transform after dark with creative lighting throughout the gardens and a Glow Village with food, fire pits, interactive light installations and a Glow Bar. Make the most of the shortened daylight!


53rd Annual Richmond Oktoberfest

Oct. 20 to 21 at the Farm Bureau Building at Meadow Event Park, Doswell

A new location, but as always, a chance to celebrate the best of traditional, authentic German entertainment, food, music, and merch. Think bratwurst, knackwurst, and weisswurst, sauerkraut; beer from Warsteiner, Paulaner, and Bitburger; German party band, brass band, Bavarian dancers, and more.


Czech & Slovak Folklife Festival

Oct. 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Prince George County Regional Heritage Center, Prince George

Enjoy authentic foods (jidlo), beer (pivo), music (muszika), dancing, agricultural exhibits and kids’ activities. Learn the rich history and culture of the Czech and Slovak families who settled in the region after the Civil War. Explore the museum gallery and gift shop. FREE.


Carnival of Cocktails

The grand cocktail party makes its Richmond premiere with specialty cocktail tastings, new spirits discovery, educational classes, live entertainment, pop-up bars, and food trucks. Oct. 21, noon to 7 p.m., at Main Street Station, Richmond.


“Fancy Me Mad”

Oct. 21, 6 to 8:30 p.m., at Historic St. John’s Church, Richmond

Stroll through the old church graveyard, accompanied by spirits telling tales. Then join Edgar Allen Poe as he reads inside the historic church. Costume contest, too.


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

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