Check out these 9 can’t-miss events in Richmond

It’s finally feeling like fall in Richmond, and this city is packed with lots of things to do every weekend leading up to the holidays.

Be smart: We’ll continue to walk you through each week with a great pick for the weekend, but go ahead and mark your calendar now for these nine not-to-miss events over the next four weeks, starting this weekend.

September 23rd and 24th

🎡 The State Fair of Virginia takes place Friday through October 2nd at The Meadow Event Park. Tickets start at $10 and wristbands for unlimited rides are $22.

  • Do rides, funnel cakes and wildlife spotting. Stay for the bacon-wrapped corn dogs, live music, and hog races.

🍻 With its new beer garden event on Friday (6pm-10pm) and Saturday (11am-10pm), Maymont enters the Oktoberfest, the place of beer drinking. $10 adult tickets ($5 children) give you access to live music, a kids’ zone and lawn games.

  • German food and beer are available.
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🎻 The RVA East End Festival takes place on Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Henry L. Marsh III Elementary School (813 N. 28th St).

  • The free music and dance festival raises money for the performing arts programs at Richmond’s East End schools.
  • It features student performances (RPS All City Marching Band plays the intro) as well as professionals including the Richmond Symphony.
1st-2nd October

🎤 The 2nd Street Festival, Celebrates all things Jackson Ward and kicks off its 34th year with two days of free fun on October 1st.

  • DJ Grandmaster Flash will be leading the music portion of the festival on October 1st. I Would Die 4U: A Musical Tribute to Prince will lead on Sunday.
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🐷 Pig on the Hill – a BBQ and beer themed fundraiser for the Church Hill Association – will be held on Saturday, October 1 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm.

  • Live music, several local restaurants serving BBQ and plenty of beer will be available at Libby Hill Park. Free entry with a suggested $5 donation.
7th-9th October

🪕 The Richmond Folk Festival is in its 18th year in a row, but this free event is undoubtedly a must-attend event in Richmond for any three days.

  • The Virginia Folklife stage focuses on the connection between Latin music and dance and Virginia folk traditions.
15-16 October

🇮🇳 The Festival of India brings together the fantastic food, culture, clothing and jewelery of India at the convention center for two days.

  • Did we mention the food? You can visit dozens of food vendors and taste all kinds of dishes from around the country. Admission is free.
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🦪 The OystoberFest – an oyster and beer themed fundraiser for St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Ginter Park – takes place on Saturday 15th October from 12pm to 6pm.

  • Live music, beer, sausages, and steamed, fried, or raw oysters are for sale at the church. Free entry with a suggested $2 donation.

🎃 Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival brings together bands, beer, food stalls and a costume contest in this small up-and-coming neighborhood called Scott’s Addition.

  • The free event will take place on Saturday October 15 from 12pm to 6pm on Arthur Ashe Boulevard which will be closed to traffic for the Broad to Leigh event.

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