Stay cool with these summer activities!
Summer has arrived. Gone are the noisy yellow school buses rattling down the road, already replaced by the sweet sounds of summer: splashing from the pool, crickets chirping before sunset, and the popping & snapping of fireworks in the distance. Now is the time to take in the sights and sounds of summer. Get out there and explore the boundless summer activities offered throughout the area.
The first order of business is to get outside! Catch some lightening bugs. Ride your bike. Soak up the sun. Catch an outdoor movie. Ride on over to Williamsburg and enjoy a Movie Under the Stars! Let the kids stay up late on June 30th for an 8:30 showing of Storks at the Chickahominy Riverfront Park (1350 John Tyler Highway in Williamsburg). If you can’t make the June show, put it on your bucket list to catch it at the end of the summer on September 1 for the 8:30 showing of Annie. Admission is free. Don’t forget your lawn chair.
Feeling hungry? Then make your way to the Richmond Vegetarian Festival, on June 24th in Bryan Park. With music, speakers, non-profits, local businesses, and of course, delicious vegetarian eats! Be sure to check out all the veggie action from noon-6 pm. It’s pet-friendly, so bring Fido along for a treat! https://www.veggiefest.org
Shakespeare under the stars is the perfect summer delight if you’re looking for some culture with a side of history. Be sure to include a visit to Agecroft on your summer bucket list. Richmond Shakespeare Festival is featuring Love’s Labour’s Lost from June 1-25, and Macbeth from July 6-30 at the historic English estate of Agecroft, located in Richmond’s beautiful Windsor Farms. “The play’s the thing!” penned The Bard hundreds of years ago, and it still is; find out more about the upcoming outdoor shows here:
Before you know it, July will descend upon on us with the white-hot heat of summer. Fireworks will light up the Richmond skyline at the usual spots along the James River and The Diamond, but why not try a new option? Red, White, and Lights will contribute some dazzling twilight competition on July 4th at the Meadow Farm Museum in Crump Park starting at 4 pm. Where else can you enjoy food trucks, a laser light show AND the Richmond Symphony? https://www.richmondsymphony.com/event/red-white-and-lights-2/
July is all about celebrating America, and what’s more American than baseball? If you missed all the fireworks on July 4th, you can catch them after The Flying Squirrels game on July 6th, 13th or 27th. Other Flying Squirrels promotions include Wine Wednesday on July 5, and a chance to take your favorite pooch to the game on July 24. Take yourself out to the ballpark anytime this summer; just grab the full Flying Squirrels schedule here:
Feeling more like a celebration of yore for the 4th? Head east towards Yorktown for an old timey celebration of independence aptly titled the Yorktown Fourth of July. Parades, a 5K run, and the ringing of the liberty bell will transport you in time to remind everyone about the true meaning of independence. http://www.yorkcounty.gov/tourism/Events/July4th.aspx
With Williamsburg so close by, a summer buck list wouldn’t be complete without a visit. Of course there’s Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, and Water Country, but why not try something totally different with a Big Foot Weekend? Lurking somewhere in the Williamsburg KOA Campground is a strange creature who might be the elusive Sasquatch. Find out for yourself July 28-July 30 or August 25-August 27. Learn all the mysteries of the forest here:
If you just want to get your groove on, make a date with the Richmond Jazz Festival, hosted at Maymont, August 10-13. Jazz, blues and funk are paired with classy cuisine and culture for one of the premier music festivals in the country. Celebrating its 8th year, the Richmond Jazz Festival offers jazz connoisseurs a world-class musical destination.
Wind down your summer with a slice of life – and watermelon – at Carytown’s annual Watermelon Festival. Held the second weekend in August for decades, it is Richmond’s nod to the seedy melon that brings juice to Cary Street each summer. Scheduled for August 13, this year’s festival will feature jugglers, face painters, bands, vendors, a spritzing tent, and of course everything edible and wearable watermelon. Last year over 118,000 Richmonders sliced through 2,600 juicy melons. There’s even more melon in store for 2017.
And finally, if you just want to stay close to home and hang out with your pup, head on over to the New Kent Winery for the Dog Days of Summer on August 5th from 11-4. Get ready for some funky frolics, fun games, and friendly competition for dogs and humans alike. Keeping with the dog theme, a gourmet hotdog food truck will provide tasty treats while Shaggy Paws Spa will raffle off a gift basket. Out on a Limb will jam live music so the humans can dance while their pups peace out: