5 Things: Ballet, more ballet, running, more running, and one last festival for the Irish

Watch athletic people, be an athletic person, or just listen to some bluegrass for 12 hours in a row.

1. Church Hill Irish Festival

The Church Hill Irish Festival is more than 30 years old, which I guess means it needs to start settling down and having children. Maybe that’s why there’s a kid-friendly section? But there’s also a lot of beer and shenanigans for the part of it that doesn’t want to grow up just yet.

  • Saturday, March 19th – Sunday, March 20th • (Sat.) 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM, (Sun.) 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Church Hill, 25th and Broad Streets
  • $5

2. Running for fun!

2a. Westchester Shamrock 5K

Oh, Richmond and your love for organized races! Now that the weather is warm, we’ve wasted no time putting together a run. And as with most Richmond races, there will be fun stuff happening afterwards. Plus there’s a good cause attached.

  • Saturday, March 19th • 9:00 – 11:00 AM
  • Westchester Commons, 15786 WC Main Street, Midlothian
  • $35 for Shamrock 5K, $15 for Kids 1K Fun Run

2b. Run for the Hills 5K

If you know how to be in two places at once…well, first call me and tell me how you do it. But then, good news, you can register for both this 5K and the Westchester Shamrock 5K. If you don’t know how to be in two places at once, I’m afraid you’re going to have to choose one since they’re happening at the exact same time.

  • Saturday, March 19th • 9:00 AM
  • Stone House at Forest Hill Park, 4021 Forest Hill Avenue
  • $25

3. Rebuilding a Ruined City: Richmond Women After the War

After the Civil War, all we hear about is what those men did in the aftermath. Ever wonder how the women handled post-Civil War? What about the ones here in our own city? The rich ones, the middle class ones, the slaves? We Richmonders come from a long line of badass women, and this Saturday we can learn about what they did to rebuild after the war. I believe it was Susan B. Anthony who said it best, “Who run the world? Girls.”

  • Saturday, March 19th • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Virginia Historical Society, 428 N. Boulevard
  • $10 for members, $17 for nonmembers

4. Richmond Bluegrass Jam

30 bluegrass bands are coming together this weekend for 12 straight hours of bluegrass action. If you’re thinking, “Whew, that is a whole lot of bluegrass,” you are correct. But here’s an added bonus for all of you bluegrass-lovers-slash-musicians: bring your instruments, because there’s going to be ample open mic time where you can show off your musical talents. And here’s another added bonus for all of you bluegrass-lovers-slash-goodhearted-people: proceeds from the event will go to help support the Richmond Fisher House.

  • Saturday, March 19th • 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road
  • Donation requested

5. Ballet

5a. Studio Two

There are so many opportunities to watch ballet this weekend, so I don’t want to hear anyone complaining otherwise. Watch as these performers interpret a story through dance and exhibit more flexibility than I would know what to do with.

  • Through Sunday, March 20th • see site for times
  • Richmond Ballet Studio Theatre, 407 E. Canal Street
  • $66

5b. Latin Ballet Poemas

I knew that Edgar Allan Poe inspired a lot of things, like modern day literature, detective stories, and tales about hearts beating underneath floorboards. Turns out, he’s also inspired a ballet. That you can see! This weekend!

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Rachel Marsh

Rachel Marsh wishes brunch was more than a weekly occurrence.

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