5 Things

Dancing, shopping, eating, drinking, and running. What else is there in life? This weekend isn’t the time to ponder that question. Dive right in with this selection of not-to-be-missed Richmond events.

Looking for things to do with the smaller versions of yourself? Fire up the family wagon and take a looksee at 5 Things for Families.

1.Mini Greek Festival

Seem like an eternity until next year, when we get to stuff ourselves with baklava in a hot church parking lot? I was JUST thinking the same thing. Luckily, Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, the bringers of the mega-popular Greek Festival, have anticipated this need, nay, this yearning. And they offer up a miniature version of their signature event. I know, I know. You thought it was a tribute to very small Greek citizens. Go smother your disappointment with grape leaves.

  • Thursday, November 14 • see site for times
  • Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 30 Malvern Avenue
  • See site for menu with prices

2. Anthem Richmond Marathon

I’m not suggesting you run a marathon. No, no, I would never do that to anyone. You can’t, anyway, registration is closed. What I’m suggesting is that you haul yourself out of bed, grab a case of something or other, maybe bring a little grill and get some sausages going, and camp out along the marathon route. Because what these people need is the smell of cooking food and the sight of people living it up to spur them on to victory. And what you need is a reminder that you’re having a lot more fun than they are. Victory, by the way, is just finishing the dang thing. So get on out there and perform the secondary service, cheering them on

Oh, you’ll probably want to look at these road closures, too.

3. Richmond Cider Celebration

Cider is so clearly superior to every other thing, that I can’t figure out why it’s just now having a resurgence. Maybe it’s the fact that if consumed irresponsibly, it makes you the most pleasant person in the world. Wait, that can’t be it. Maybe it’s that it tastes sweet and delicious like champagne only less expensive. That can’t be it either. It may be because it OCCASIONALLY gives you a shattering headache the next day that leaves you incapable of uttering anything other than “Leave cider in the century whence it came.” Get over it, sissies. It’s cider time this Saturday.

  • Saturday, November 16th • 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • 17th Street Market, 17th and Main Streets
  • $15

4. Well Worn Market: Holiday Shopping Edition

Everybody looks better in clothes from other decades. It’s just a fact. But it has to be the right clothes, or you’ll end up looking like a character in the hit 80s sitcom, Mama’s Family. Trust the many vendors who grace the Well Worn Market to put you in some clothes from eras past. Or, since it’s the holidays, get them to advise you on a gift for that special someone. If all goes well, you’ll look straight out of M*A*S*H, which I think is the fashion this year.

  • Sunday, November 17th • 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Gallery5, 200 W. Marshall Street
  • Free to attend!


Oh my goodness, oh my goodness. CONTRA-TIEMPO deserves their all-caps name, as they represent the intersection of Afro-Cuban, West African, urban, contemporary, and even theatrical forms of dance. University of Richmond’s Modlin Center for the Arts brings us a full week of related events, culminating in a grand performance too big to be contained on campus. In addition to the production, there are a bunch of master classes, salsa workshops, and conversations that are free to the dang public!

  • Tuesday, November 19th • 7:30 PM (see site for related events)
  • Carpenter Theatre, 600 E. Grace Street
  • $16 – $22 with discounts available for children, seniors, and students

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Photo by Madison Price

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