Family Fun This Weekend Around the RVA

Check out what’s going on around the Richmond area this weekend! Be sure to take the kids out and experience some of the great events that Richmond has to offer! We hope to post one of these each week so you will know what’s going on in the area.

Events are pulled from several local websites including,, eventful, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, etc.

State Fair of Virginia

State Fair starts its 10-day run at the fairgrounds. Now run by the Virginia Farm Bureau, the State Fair is still the state fair we all know and love with plenty of midway rides, fried carnival fare, animal expos and much more. Country band Parmalee will open the Fair on Friday at the big stage and watch out next Thursday for a performance from The Fabulous Thunderbirds. As for food, there will be chocolate covered corn dogs, chocolate covered cookie dough, fried cheeseburgers on a stick and other heart-stopping goodies. Be sure to sample State Fair’s new craft beer, created just for the Fair by Midnight Brewery. It’s called “Virginia Midway” and is a wheat beer with local honey and Cascade hops that will be on tap throughout the fair.

  • September 26 – October 5
  • Tickets vary, general $10-$15. Rides additional cost.
  • Meadow Event Park, 13111 Dawn Blvd, Doswell

Pumpkin Picking at Ashland Berry Farm

Pumpkin picking starts this weekend at Ashland Berry Farm. Be sure to take the family out to get a great pumpkin for the fall and go on one of the free hayrides! First hayride of the day starts at 10 a.m.

  • Starts September 27
  • All You Can Carry Pumpkins $20. Hayrides Free.
  • 12607 Old Ridge Road, Beaverdam, VA

Richmond Italian Street Festival

It’s the 10th annual Richmond Original Italian Street Festival. Stop by the 17th Street Farmer’s Market for pizza, pasta and other Italian dishes. Plus a meatball eating contest, a gravy contest, a pizza toss and more fun events. There will be Italian music throughout both days, plus Italian beer, wine and limoncello. And a kids’ area with face-painting, bounce houses, a magician, pasta jewelry making and more.

  • Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • $5 suggested donation.
  • 100 N 17th St.

Learn Knitting and Crocheting!

Get your kids in on the Maker movement by introducing them to the wonderful (and soothing, so soothing) world of creating with yarn. Kids ages eight and up are welcome, and supplies will be provided.

  • Saturday, September 27th &bull 12:00 — 4:00 PM
  • Ginter Park Library, 1200 Westbrook Avenue
  • Free, but please call 804-646-1236 to register

RVA Makerfest

OK, so the whole “Meet Your Makers” slogan is a little ominous, but basically this is like Etsy in the flesh. More than a craft fair and only slightly less than a fine art museum, the new RVA Makerfest is a chance to get to know real, live, artisanal artisans. There are faces behind Pinterest pins, and these could very well be those faces.

  • Saturday, September 27th • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad Street
  • Free to attend, but the wares will cost ya 

Capital Ale House Oktoberfest

It’s not October yet, but Richmond is ready to celebrate. This weekend, Capital Ale House will be closing down the street for their annual Oktoberfest at the downtown Richmond location. Four streets will be blocked off around the downtown Richmond location for live music, German dancers, German fare, plenty of German and German-style beers, and children’s entertainment. Be sure to get one of the giant pretzels with sweet mustard. And of course, there will be over 100 beers to sip and sample.

  • Saturday, 11:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • $3 entrance fee.
  • 623 E. Main St.

Party on the Avenues

First-time festival coming to the Libbie & Grove area with music, craft beer and food trucks. The reason? To celebrate one of Richmond’s favorite neighborhoods. Featuring beers from Shocktop, Hardywood, Strangeways, Legend and Tap 26 wines. Plus music from The English Channel, 80’s hair band TËAZE and Meanstreak. Expect food from Café Caturra, Slideways Mobile Bistro, BoDillaz, The Dog Wagon, Popping Mealies and the Bon Bon Asian Truck. There will be a kids’ area as well with bounce houses, face-painting, jugglers, games and more. Libbie Avenue will be closed for the festival from Patterson to Guthrie making for a fun fall street festival.

  • Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.
  • Free.
  • Libbie Ave (from Patterson to Guthrie)

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