What’s Booming RVA: May the Fourth Is Here

By Annie Tobey | May 4th, 2023

Boomer’s top 5 picks for the week ahead

Image from the "Que Pasa" festival in Richmond, for “May the fourth be with you” salutes Star Wars, Cinco de Mayo celebrates Hispanic culture. In “What’s Booming RVA: May the Fourth Is Here.”

“May the fourth be with you” has become a Star Wars salutation, and Cinco de Mayo a reason to honor Hispanic culture – and Richmond has ways to celebrate these and more, including two renowned authors, arts & crafts, and ballet. In this week’s “What’s Booming RVA: May the Fourth Is Here.”

Read Broadly: 2nd Annual Ashland Book Festival

May 5 to 6 at Ashland Theatre, Ashland

The two-day event includes journalist Maggie Haberman and best-selling author Jeannette Walls, plus a matinee showing of “The Glass Castle.” Haberman discusses her book, on May 5, 7 p.m. “The Glass Castle” film shows on May 6 at 1 p.m., and Jeannette Walls, author of three New York Times bestsellers discusses her challenging but enriching life on May 6, 6 p.m.


¿Que Pasa? Festival

May 6, noon to 8 p.m. on Brown’s Island, Richmond

The 22nd event showcasing the diversity and beauty of Hispanic and Latin American cultures dishes up authentic food, entertainment, and artisans along with a kids’ area and more. FREE.


“Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi” in Concert

May 6, 2 and 8 p.m., Cantina Party at 4:45 p.m., at Altria Theater, Richmond

The Richmond Symphony Pops presents two performances of the fan-favorite movie alongside live orchestral music, plus an afternoon Cantina Party ticket add-on with trivia, costumes, themed food and drink, and more.


Arts in the Park

May 6 to 7 in Byrd Park, Richmond

Presenting the 52nd annual arts and crafts show, one of Richmond’s largest outdoor vendor events. FREE admission to browse more than 350 exhibitors from around the country selling a variety of handmade media.


“Ershter Vals”

May 9 to 14, at Richmond Ballet Studio Theatre, Richmond

Richmond Ballet Presents Studio Four and Ma Cong’s moving piece. “Ershter Vals” had its beginnings in the Ballet’s 2009 New Works Festival and has since been performed by Richmond Ballet in both London and Washington, D.C. It features music originating in the Jewish ghettos during World War II and weaves folk dance influences with classical technique while carrying a message of redemption.


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

More of What’s Booming in Richmond besides “May the Fourth Is Here.”

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Explore Commonwealth’s newest wine trail and AVA, the Virginia Peninsula Wine Trail

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