What’s Booming RVA: Wrap Up and Kick Off

By Annie Tobey | December 28th, 2023

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Arnolds Raid re-enactors. By Don Ward Photography. For What's Booming: Wrap Up and Kick Off

Wrap up and kick off the years with music, a “resolutionary” 5k, the Revolutionary War, and a Kwanzaa celebration. All in “What’s Booming RVA: Wrap Up and Kick Off.”

Stephen Rudlin’s IF I SING Cabaret

Dec. 28, 7:30 p.m., at Firehouse Theatre, Richmond

Local music director and vocal coach returns to the cabaret stage in his one-man show, featuring special guest stars and songs from “Sunset Boulevard,” “Company,” and more.


Paul Brown and Sharon Rae North

Dec. 29, 8 p.m., at The Tin Pan, Richmond

Jazz from Brown’s songs and North on vocals.


Capital City Kwanzaa Festival

Dec. 30, 1 to 7 p.m., at Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond

Elegba Folklore Society presents one of the largest Kwanzaa celebrations on the East Coast, with cultural ceremonies, performances, workshops, food, African market, and children’s activities.


RRRC First Day 5k

In person or virtually, 5k or Kids Run, running or walking – start your year off with the Richmond Road Runners Club. Jan. 1, 5k begins at 11 a.m., kids’ run at 11:45 a.m., at ACAC – Midlothian.


The Revolutionary War in Richmond

Four days of events commemorate the 1781 raid on Richmond by British General Benedict Arnold and other contemporaneous events. All events are FREE.

  • 1773 and the coming of the war. Program led by Randy Flood. Jan. 4, 7 p.m., at Libbie Mill Library, Henrico.
  • Re-enactors from the 6th Virginia Regiment encampment. Jan. 5, noon to 5 p.m., at the Clarke Palmore House, Henrico.
  • Re-enactors representing American, British, and German troops present weapons demonstrations, kids’ militia drill, colonial toys and games, displays on historic food, clothing, and more. Jan. 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Chimborazo Medical Museum, Richmond.
  • Revolutionary Richmond walking tour. Learn about prisons, hospitals, headquarters, military occupation, and civilian life. Jan. 7, 10 a.m., starting at Farm Fresh on East Main Street, Richmond.
  • Historian Presentations. Jan. 7, 12:30 to 4 p.m., at Historic St. John’s Church, Richmond.
    – 1 p.m.: The Old Stone House and Lafayette in Richmond – Chris Semtner, Poe Museum Curator.
    – 2 p.m.: Edward Carrington and the preservation of his grave marker – Stephen Wilson, Executive Director, St. John’s Church Foundation
    – 3 p.m.: Actuated by Zeal in the Cause: Lesser Known Continental Soldiers from Virginia – Mark Maloy, author and historian


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

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