5 Things: Eat heartily, listen classically, and snack juicily

A weekend of good weather approaches, and there are serious things to do with it all.

Photo by: Dimacius

1. Greek Festival

Is it too outdated to make a “My Big Fat Greek Festival” joke? Probably. Either way, grab yourself some spanakopita (or, like, an entire tray), some stuffed grape leaves (or, perhaps, an entire bucket), some Greek wine (or, you know, an entire bottle), and enjoy one of the oldest and most delicious festivals in town. Wait, isn’t My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 out? Okay, reference is relevant again.

  • Thursday, June 2nd – Sunday, June 5th • see site for times
  • Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 30 Malvern Avenue
  • Free to attend!

2. A Taste of Tuscany

Allow the gentle strum and twang of violins, violas, and cellos take you overseas to that quaint country of Italy. Italian food and wine provided to accompany the illusion, no passport required.

  • Thursday, June 2nd • 7:00 PM
  • Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad Street
  • $25 at the door, $18 in advance, $12 with student ID

3. RVA Tonight

Yes, Richmond has its very own talk show. Yes, it’s been running for two years. Yes, it highlights Richmond celebrities and events. Yes, it’s hilariously entertaining. And yes, it’s showing this Friday at the Byrd Theatre.

  • Friday, June 3rd • 8:00 PM
  • Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary Street
  • $15

4. Ashland Strawberry Faire

What’s the best part about summer? No, not the warm weather. No, not the beach. No, not the vacations. It’s the fact that strawberries are now in season, of course. Celebrate with live music, hundreds of vendors, something called a “Strawberry Pageant,” and the fruit itself, red finger stains guaranteed.

  • Saturday, June 4th • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Randolph-Macon College, 204 Henry Street, Ashland
  • Free!

5. Broad Appétit

Richmond has a huge ongoing problem. I am of course referring to the overwhelming selection of restaurants that we are all dying to try, but don’t have the time, funds, or stomach capacity. Fortunately for us, Broad Appétit has taken it upon themselves to put some of the best local restaurants in one condensed spot, loaded them up with their signature dishes, and portioned everything into tapas-sized servings for just $3 per plate.

  • Sunday, June 5th • 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • W. Broad Street, between Henry and Adams
  • Free to attend! Just $3 per plate!

Bonus Thing: Chalk Up the Town

Remember in May when you tearfully crossed this event off your calendar because of that stupid rain that wouldn’t leave us alone? Well put it back on your weekend to do list, because Chalk Up the Town 2016 is really happening this time, to brighten up your spirits and the sidewalks of Carytown.

  • Saturday, June 4th • 4:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Carytown
  • Free!
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Rachel Marsh

Rachel Marsh wishes brunch was more than a weekly occurrence.

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