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Sweater weather is finally here! Thank da’ LAWD! And it’s rather serendipitous that we’re in consistent 70-degree temperatures and we have some really good outdoor events ready to be had this weekend.

The big news of the week is that Arrested Development is coming back for a ten-episode television series AND a feature film. Huzzah! The film likely won’t be released until 2013, so we have some time to kill. Now, if you’re looking to enjoy the cooler weather, this is looking to be a good weekend for you. We have the return of First Fridays, an awesomely creepy hayride, oysters galore, the best of Carytown, and a special day for the ladies.

1. First Fridays

We all know that First Fridays had a host of most unpleasant issues this past summer. After taking a hiatus in September, the Art Walk will be making a very welcome (and walkable) return to our weekends. With a new noise ordinance in place, along with the September respite to purge unruly teens, organizers are hoping that the October First Friday will return to its former glory. As with previous months, the event starts at 5pm and runs until 9pm. It looks to be pleasant walking weather for some art watching, so keep that in mind, too.

  • Fri., Oct. 7 • 5pm – 9pm
  • You can peruse a map of participating venues HERE
  • FREE

2. Creepy Hollow Hayride

You know what’s scary? The Count from Sesame Street CURSING LIKE A SAILOR! But do you know what’s REALLY scary???? The Creepy Hollow Hayride. Celebrating it’s 19th year (dang!), visitors can see first hand the devilish and diabolical horrors of Dr. Ulysses S. Farrington’s experiments deep within the woods of the Hollow.

May not be (and probably isn’t) appropriate for small children. Or me, for that matter, because I’m a scaredy cat.

  • Fri., Oct. 7 – Sun., Oct. 9 • 7:30pm – 11pm (10pm on Sundays)
  • 14435 Stone Horse Creek Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059
  • Tickets are between $15 – $29

3. Oystorberfest

You probably know that yours truly is a proud and committed vegan. And, although you may not care much, it is rather interesting to know that there is debate among vegans as to whether oysters are permissible entrées within the vegan diet. Personally, I think they look like syphilitic discharges from a geriatric rhinoceros (image). But to each his or her own!

For those who enjoy guzzling (slurping?) down oysters, you are in luck! St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Ginter Park will have, not only oysters, but brats, beers, bands, and a kids’ zone. All proceeds go to support the St. Thomas Outreach Programs.

  • Sat., Oct. 8 • noon – 6pm
  • St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 3602 Hawthorne Avenue, Richmond, VA 23222
  • FREE (although $2 donations are suggested)

4. Carytown Wine and Food Festival

Like Ginger Thai? How about Mezzanine? Nacho Mama’s? Weezie’s Kitchen? Of course you do. You’re not some culinary Luddite! This Sunday, some of Carytown’s best restaurants will open their doors, and some of Virginia’s best wineries will be in attendance to show off their goods and titillate your taste buds. With a projected high of 77 degrees and lots of sunshine, Sunday looks to be a great day to feast and drink like the Greek gods we all wish we were.

  • Sun., Oct. 9 • noon – 6pm
  • Carytown
  • $15 in advance ($20 at the door)

5. HCA Girl’s Day Out

HCA Virginia is holding it’s second annual Girl’s Day Out event at the Jefferson Hotel. With shopping, free health screenings, mini-seminars on a variety of health and wellness topics, this year’s event is going to be a must-attend for Richmond women. Although registration has ended, walk-up registration will be made available tomorrow beginning at 9am.

This year’s keynote speaker will be local author, Casey Quinlan, author of Cancer for Christmas: Making the Most of a Daunting Gift.

  • Fri., Oct. 29 • 9am – 3:30pm
  • Jefferson Hotel, 101 W. Franklin Street
  • $10 for Spirit of Women members, $20 for non-members



photo by XWRN

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Nathan Cushing

Nathan Cushing is a writer, journalist, and RVANews Editor.

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