Ain’t no October like a Richmond October ’cause a Richmond October don’t stop. Like ever. Seriously, calendars are filling up faster than you can “Pumpkin Spice Latte” — and this is just the first weekend!
Back when I was the editor of this here website, I included Moves & Mimosas on 5 Things as much as I could because I think it’s just about the best idea ever. And now that I’ve been given the responsibility to fill in for Susan this week, I can’t help but include it. I’m drunk with power! DRUNK, I SAY. Just like you’ll be, except from mimosas, and then you’ll get to watch Babs do her Academy-Award-winning-thang.
- Saturday, October 5th and Sunday, October 6th • 11:00 AM
- Movieland, 1301 N. Boulevard
- $5.50 ($4.50 with your Criterion Club card)
Richmond Ballet starts its 30th season off with a bang as alum (and hometown boy) Philip Neal returns to our fair city to premiere his newest work, Phoenix Rising, a fantastic follow-up to last year’s wildly successful Gargoyles. Studio ONE also includes a performance of Val Caniparoli’s Bow Out which was first commissioned by Richmond Ballet in 1995. I love how they’re celebrating such a big anniversary by pairing a brand new work with something from the company’s earlier days. But I’m also slightly depressed that the “throwback” piece was first performed during a year I remember quite clearly.
- Runs through October 6th • see website for show times
- Richmond Ballet Studio Theatre, 407 E. Canal Street
With just over a week to go, everyone is all, “OMG FOLK FESTIVAL” — makes sense because the Folk Festival awesome. But I propose that we should be all, “OMG 2ND STREET FESTIVAL” as well. I mean, come on! Awesome music and awesome food in awesome Jackson Ward, an area of Richmond brimming with heart, soul, and history.
- Saturday, October 5th and Sunday, October 6th • 11:30 AM — 7:00 PM (Saturday) and 12:00 — 6:00 PM (Sunday)
- 2nd Street in Jackson Ward
- Free admission
Sure, there will be some great local bands at this year’s Oystoberfest, but the true headliners are none other than Rappahannock River Oysters, the current love of every Richmond foodie’s life. The RRO boys will provide raw, steamed, and fried oysters which you’ll be able to wash down with a variety of beers and wines. Other food and drink will also be available for purchase, but who goes to something called “Oystoberfest” and eats a hot dog?1
- Saturday, October 5th • 12:00 – 6:00 PM
- St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 3602 Hawthorne Avenue
- Free admission, but $2 donations are appreciated; food tickets are $1 each (ride your bike and get two for free!)
5. Folk Feast
OMG FOLK FESTIVAL. JK, not yet, but this benefits the Richmond Folk Festival, so please continue to be stoked. Chefs representing 10 of Richmond’s favorite restaurants (Pasture, Secco, Julep’s, and Heritage, just to name of few) will gather at Upper Tredegar to present their signature dishes and, consequently, make all in attendance feel super swoony about the RVA dining scene–and the city as a whole, really. Only 300 tickets are available, so get on it, dudes!
- Tuesday, October 8th • 6:00 — 9:00 PM
- Historic Tredegar, 500 Tredegar Street
- $100 which gets you 10 dishes and beer and wine ($80 of the ticket cost is tax deductible)
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- My son. My son would do that. ↩