What’s Booming RVA: Honoring MLK Day and Peace

January 12th, 2023

Plus Big Band music, a food festival, and a not-so-peaceful film

Martin Luther King Jr monument in Washington, D.C., surrounded by cherry blossoms. Image by Steven Roncin. Celebrate diversity & equality by honoring MLK Day and peace, + a Jewish Food Festival, Big Band music, and not-peaceful “Friday the 13th.” Image

Celebrate the message of diversity, peace, and equality, with the Richmond Jewish Food Festival and events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plus – not so peaceful – observe Friday the 13th with “Friday the 13th,” and swing to Big Band Music. This week in “What’s Booming RVA: Honoring MLK Day and Peace.”

Top Five Picks in Richmond, VA

‘Friday the 13th’

Jan. 13, 7 p.m., at the Byrd Theatre, Richmond

Shiver to the 1980 classic slasher film. Have you met Jason yet?


Joe Enroughty and the Royal Virginians

Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, Henrico

Virginia’s premiere Big Band dance orchestra specializes in the music of the ’20s, ’30s, ’40s and beyond, this 14-piece Big Band provides listening and dancing enjoyment through its inimitable style and vast library of custom arrangements: classic tunes, waltzes, Latin styles, society numbers, swing, and Dixieland.


Richmond Jewish Food Festival

Jan. 15 (dine on site, plus live music and vendors) and Jan. 16 (take away only), 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. both days, at the Weinstein JCC, Richmond

Nosh on traditional Jewish dishes from around the world, like latkes, matzo ball soup, kugel, knish, brisket, shawarma, and falafel.


Richmond Symphony: Celebrate MLK

Jan 15, 3 p.m., at Perkinson Center, Chester

A concert honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrating his inspiring message. Featuring spirituals, hymns, and other stirring compositions by Black artists of the past and present, with an emphasis on Virginia voices, plus a performance from Brown Ballerinas for Change.


National Day of Racial Healing Concert

Jan. 17, 7 p.m. at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, Richmond

Coming Together Virginia welcomes Desirée Roots and the Weldon Hill Ensemble to celebrate the 7th annual National Day of Racial Healing.


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

More of What’s Booming in Richmond besides MLK Day and Peace

Food and more fun to fill your plate

Boomer’s featured flavor of the week:

Can’t decide between cocktails and sweets? Get both with French 75 cupcakes.

And lots more events to throw on your calendar:

More from January 12 to 19, including more inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

+ Down-the-Road events

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