January festivals

There are some big and boisterous things to do in January besides returning gifts and focusing on losing some poundage. Behold, the festivals of January 2015.

Original — January 02, 2015

Shiver in the River

The river is what caused our city to exist in the first place, and sometimes we just treat it like a fair-weather friend. Well, it’s time to ante up, help clean up on a cold day, and get someone to sponsor you to jump the heck in it. Then go to a fun (and warm) festival afterwards. It’s the First Annual Shiver in the River, and we’ll be interested to see if there is a second one.

  • Saturday, January 31st • 11:00 AM
  • The Mighty James
  • See site for registration pricing ad options


5th Annual Israeli Film Festival

The Weinstein JCC hosts this painstakingly curated collection of screenings of films-you-may-not-otherwise-ever-get-to-see, which is the best category of films! Learn more about what Israeli filmmakers are doing and why you should celebrate them.

  • Thursday, January 8th – Sunday, January 11th • see site for times
  • Weinstein Jewish Community Center, 5403 Monument Avenue
  • $10 per film or $36 for all four, discounts available

GardenFest of Lights

The sparkly mayhem continues, because it’s just too, too much glistening, twinkling fun to only keep up until New Year’s.

  • Through Monday, January 12th • 5:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue
  • $12 with discounts available

6th Annual Djangoary Music Soiree

Talented, professional musicians who love Django Reinhardt come together to perform beautiful gypsy-inspired music. Attendees can also participate in special workshops.

  • Saturday, January 17th • 7:00 PM
  • The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road
  • $30

Freedom Classic Festival

Every year, VUU and VSU come together as one (well, as two teams who play one game). Attend that game, and participate in a host of other things that weekend that pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Friday, January 16th – Sunday, January 18th • see site for places
  • See site for places
  • $30 – $35ish

Richmond Jewish Food Festival

Stephanie Ganz did a fantastic primer for the Jewish Food Festival last year. Just a warning, it’ll make you hungry. But that’s OK, because you can satisfy your urges at the 2015 version.

  • Sunday, January 18th – Monday, January 19th • 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Weinstein Jewish Community Center, 5403 Monument Avenue
  • Free to attend, the food’ll cost ya

Photo by: jimmy_ray

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