What’s Booming RVA: Swine, Brine, and Classic Favorites

By Annie Tobey | April 25th, 2024

Boomer’s top 5 picks for the week ahead

CSX train engine in Ashland, Virginia, on Ashland Train Day. By Diane Stoakley. More of What’s Booming in Richmond, Virginia, April 27 on: Herbs Galore, BioBlitz, Neil deGrasse Tyson ticket pre-sales, authors, arts, music and classic favorites

Pig out on pork and oysters, “train” your sights on Ashland, and celebrate the bard, Mozart, and Plunky & Oneness. All in “What’s Booming RVA: Swine, Brine, and Classic Favorites.”

Drei Nächte of “A Little Night Music”

April 26, 7:30 p.m., at Perkinson Center, Chester
April 27, 7:30 p.m., at St. Christopher’s School, Richmond
April 28, 3 p.m., at Blackwell Auditorium at Randolph-Macon College, Ashland

More specifically, two night performances and one afternoon, featuring Mozart’s exquisite “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” and Symphony No. 27, Victoria Chung performing Jennifer Higdon’s Oboe Concerto, and Stravinsky’s homage to Bach, “Dumbarton Oaks.”


Ashland Train Day

April 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in downtown Ashland

Learn railroad history and lore, feel the power of CSX freight trains and the fun of model trains, vintage railroad equipment, a red caboose, and bunches of heavy equipment. Plus kids’ activities and more. FREE.


Shakespeare’s Birthday: A Celebration of the Bard

April 27, noon to 5 p.m., at Agecroft Hall, Richmond

An outdoor party with entertainment, dances, songs, costumed living history staff, and other merry activities. FREE.


Swine & Brine

April 27, noon to 8 p.m., at Ardent Craft Ales, Richmond

Pork and oysters take center stage at this annual festival of food and beer. Supporting players include more seafood, burgers, sides, desserts, and guest pours.


Plunky & Oneness of Juju

April 27, 8 and 9:30 p.m., at Révéler Experiences, Richmond

Saxophonist James “Plunky” Branch is a Richmond treasure, educator, two-time recipient of the NEA Jazz Fellowships, and a vanguard of Afro-centric jazz. Two intimate concerts celebrate his life and legacy, spanning his musical journey.


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

More of What’s Booming in Richmond besides Swine, Brine, and classic favorites

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Rest, relaxation, and fine fare at The Clifton in Charlottesville

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