What’s Booming RVA: Laughter and Learning and a Musical Celebration

By Annie Tobey | June 8th, 2023

Boomer’s top 5 picks for the week ahead

Front view of a lion fish, from Misad. Belly laughs, cultural celebration, block party, choral music, and a movie on lionfish! “What’s Booming RVA: Laughter and Learning and Music.”

Three nights of belly laughs, a day of cultural celebration and food, a big block party, a commendable chorus, and an eye-opening movie on … lionfish! All in “What’s Booming RVA: What’s Booming RVA: Laughter and Learning and a Musical Celebration.”

2nd Best Fest

June 8 to 10 at Coalition Theater, Richmond

Improv, sketch, and stand-up comedy acts from Los Angeles, Chicago, D.C., and Richmond present three days of fun and laughter.


Taste of India Festival

June 10, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the Cultural Center of Virginia, Chester

Dancing, lots of delicious Indian food, shopping, and more, celebrating Indian culture and cuisine.


Ardent Ninth Anniversary Block Party

June 10, noon to 8 p.m., at Ardent Craft Ales, Richmond

Eat, drink, and be merry with live music, food trucks, and an extensive array of guest beers, cider, mead, and wine. The party expands onto Leigh Street beyond Ardent’s boundaries to ensure plenty of room for enjoying the festivities.


One Voice Chorus Spring Concert

June 10, 4 p.m., at Derbyshire Baptist Church, Richmond

The interracial chorus has been promoting racial diversity for 19 seasons. Celebrate their music and work in this concert in combination with VCU Health Orchestra.


“Ocean Invaders”: A NOVA Film Screening

June 14, 5 to 8:30 p.m., at The Robins Nature Center at Maymont, Richmond

Invasive lionfish are threatening native fish and crustaceans, and scientists are trying to stop them. The NOVA documentary was made by Richmond-based Orange Frame Productions, with ocean explorer Danni Washington investigating the takeover.


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