Congrats on making it to another weekend Richmonders! The weather should be a lot nicer so get out and enjoy it! Check out what’s going on around the city:

On Friday evening, Lewis Ginter is throwing an “around the world” Garden Soiree complete with live music, dancing, food and drink on the picturesque grounds of the botanical gardens. Experience the different cultures of Asia, Latin America and India through taste, sight, and sound. Enjoy tastings of wine, beer, and sake from Ashton Creek Vineyards, Buskey Cider, Center of the Universe, Fair Winds Brewing and Trinchero Family Estates, plus special food pairings. Affirmative Groove kicks off the night with high energy live music and later, DJ Stephen Greene will be spinning salsa and bachata hits! Tickets are $40, doors open at 6 p.m. with cocktails in the Garden 6:30-8:30 p.m. and live music and dancing 8 – 11 p.m. Purchase tickets here:

All weekend long, a special three-day event, The Festival of the River, is going down on Brown’s Island! A unique coalition including The City of Richmond, Venture Richmond, the Richmond Symphony, VCU Institute for Contemporary Art, Back to the Bay, 1708 Gallery, James River Association, Capital Region Collaborative and more are proud to present this one time festival. Highlights include performances from the Richmond Symphony, NO BS! Brass Band, contemporary artists and more. In celebration of Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week, they will also be conducting cleanups along and around the river and kid-friendly educational activities. As always, there will be food trucks, beer and wine on tap and plenty of fun to be had! Tickets are available at

The Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ festival has returned to RVA! On Saturday at the Richmond Raceway Complex, you can spend the day sampling unlimited beer and bourbon tastings, eating all different styles of BBQ, enjoying live music, watching cooking demonstrations and more! If you want a VIP experience, you can pay a little more and get in 2 hours earlier than the general public, get access to special beer and bourbon tastings, whole hog tastings, access to all live music performances and a BBQ Dinner Plate! You can purchase tickets at