5 Things: Earth Day, art, Earth Day, Shakespeare, Earth Day, dancing, Earth Day, restaurants, and Earth Day

We can’t remember what holiday is happening this weekend, but it’s probably a good one.

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1. Earth Day Stuff!

1a. Earth Day Festival

You Earth lover, you. You like kayaking, don’t you? You like mountain biking, correct? You like craft beer, craft activities, and juggling, eh? Okay, maybe some of that is unrelated to the earth, but you still like it, right? And you still are definitely going to go to the Earth Day Festival right?

  • Saturday, April 23rd • 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Great Shiplock Park in Shockoe Bottom
  • Free to attend!

1b. RVA Earth Day

If you think one Earth Day festival isn’t enough, drive your festival-crazed, Earth-loving self across the river to another just-as-earthy, just-as-fun, just-as-festival-y festival in Manchester.

  • Saturday, April 23rd • 12:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Manchester
  • Free to attend!

1c. 5K Race without a Trace

If you want to celebrate the earth by running around on it, sign up for the annual Earth Day 5K. Soak up the beauty of our planet, and then go hang out at one of the millions of festivals happening that day.

  • Saturday, April 23rd • 10:30 AM
  • Great Shiplock Park in Shockoe Bottom
  • $30

1d. Earth Day Benefit for Bridge Park

Turns out, lululemon athletica isn’t just all about fashionable, high quality workout clothes. All day on Earth Day, they’ll be donating a portion of their sales to support BridgePark Foundation, a projected new park spanning the length of the James River. Go out to Short Pump and buy some great athletic attire…get a new park.

  • Friday, April 22nd • 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • lululemon athletica Richmond, 11800 W. Broad Street
  • The price of some yoga pants!

2. RVA Street Art Festival

Someone once asked me my favorite street art in Richmond. If someone asked you the same question, do you know how you would respond? Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to respond with, “Uh, the one I watched happen, duh.” RVA Street Art Festival. Mic drop.

  • Thursday, April 21st – Sunday, April 24th
  • Southern States Silos & Manchester, South of the Mayo Bridge
  • Free to attend!

3. Richmond Dance Festival

So many diverse dancers from all over the country, representing dances from all over the world. Lots of art, lots of culture, lots of dancing, and lots of wishing you had stuck with those ballet classes you took in preschool.

  • Friday, April 22nd – Saturday, May 7th • Friday & Saturday shows 8:00 PM
  • Dogtown Dance Theatre, 109 W. 15th Street
  • $15

4. The Bard’s Birthday: A Celebration of Shakespeare

This year, Shakespeare turns 452. And what better way to celebrate your 452nd birthday than with songs, games, and sonnets, surrounded by hundreds of your closest friends? And Shakespeare himself will be there, of course, because it’s his birthday; but please be aware that he’s a little sensitive about the age thing, so just compliment his work and don’t say anything about his graying hair.

  • Saturday, April 23rd • 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Agecroft Hall, 4305 Sulgrave Road
  • Free to attend!

5. Restaurant Week

Sometimes the Richmond restaurant scene can be a little overwhelming, with hundreds of restaurants to choose from in one single city. But Restaurant Week helps to ease that stress, with dozens of local spots offering a prix fixe menu for $29.16 per person all week. Indulge in goat cheese pate, confit chicken, poached snails, and creole beef ragout, without the financial guilt. In fact you’ll feel the opposite of guilt, since FeedMore is receiving $4.16 from each meal! A full belly and a full heart!? Oh, Richmond.

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Rachel Marsh

Rachel Marsh wishes brunch was more than a weekly occurrence.

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