What’s Booming: Talk About Diversity!

By Annie Tobey | September 15th, 2022

Traditional German festival to Afrikana films, vegans to liquid spirits

Richmond mural. Image from Richmond Street Art Festival website, https://www.rvastreetart.com/2022-festival. Traditional German festival to Afrikana films, vegans, street art, and liquid spirits: in this week’s “What’s Booming: Talk About Diversity!”

Need proof of Richmond’s colorful, diverse makeup? Look no further than this week’s events – starting with our top five picks: from a traditional German festival to the Afrikana Film Festival, a festival for vegetarians, street art, and spirits – the liquid kind. All in this week’s “What’s Booming: Talk About Diversity!”

Opening Night of the 7th Annual Afrikana Film Festival

Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, Richmond, then throughout the weekend at various locations

The festival opens with “Birth of a Planet,” a short documentary exploring John Mitchell and how a group of formerly enslaved men in Richmond used a printing press, ink, and courage to battle systemic racism and Jim Crow era injustice. Plus a panel discussion featuring the film’s director, Sly Tucker, photo-journalist Regina Boone, and Mitchell descendent John Mitchell Jr. The festival continues throughout the weekend with a diversity of activities throughout Richmond.


St. Benedict Oktoberfest

Sept. 16 through 18 at Saint Benedict Catholic Church, Richmond

Pull out your dirndls and lederhosen for the 17th annual Oktoberfest celebration, hosted by a church with strong German roots. One of the city’s favorite German-themed fall celebrations fills the air – and your belly – with German music, dancing, food, and beverage of choice – including, of course, beer.


See more local Oktoberfest events at “Oktoberfest Is Always OK with Me”

RVA Street Art Festival

Sept. 16 to 18 at the Power Plant building on the Haxall Canal, Richmond

The festival’s 10th anniversary circles back to where it began with live mural painting, music, beer and food trucks and vendors with art and festival merchandise.


Richmond VegFest 2022

Sept. 17, noon to 6, at Byrd Park, near the Carillon and Dogwood Dell, Richmond

Vegans to veg-curious, climate friendly folks and animal-lovers can take part in this free family-friendly event. More than 80 local vendors, lots of delicious vegan food, live music, educational speakers, cooking demonstrations, and kids’ activities.


Virginia Distilled

Sept. 17, 6 p.m. at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, Richmond

Sample spirits from six Virginia distillers as you take in live music, food trucks, and access to the museum’s new “Cheers, Virginia!” exhibit.


Check with individual venues for COVID-19 policies.

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