Weekend Plans in RVA: Big events you should know about


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Deciding on plans for the weekend could be stressful for some. Finding where to go, fun things to do outdoors, where other people are going or where to avoid the crowd, may get overwhelming so 8News decided to make it a bit easier (unless, of course, you plan on staying in).

8News put together a list of outdoor events you could try this weekend in RVA. Some are free, some come with a little cost and one could break a world record.

St. Benedict Oktoberfest — Sept. 20-22

This year’s St. Benedict Oktoberfest will have the Mountain Top Polka Band, the Elbe Musikanten German Band and the Low ‘n’ Brows as entertainment. Tickets for St. Benedict Oktoberfest are $1 a piece and there will be several food options for hungry visitors.

While the events and food may have you thinking about going, the St. Benedict Oktoberfest has one more attraction for others (who are old enough) to enjoy: The beer.

You can also find the wine list here.

“I think it’s a lot of fun,” said Oktoberfest attendee Amanda Van Thunen. “It’s always nice to learn about a different culture and support Benedictine as a fundraiser so it’s nice to come out and learn about a new culture with your neighbors.”

RVA Splashfest — Sept. 21

If you’re thinking about spending your Saturday outside but want to stay cool, you could take part in a world record breaking attempt at the Richmond Diamond.

We invite YOU to come out as we attempt to break the World Record for the Largest Water Gun fight in history!”

RVA Splashfest organizers

‘RVA SplashFEST’ is an event organized by ‘Get up and Get it.’ The group is trying to break the world record for the largest water gun fight. According to the group, the current record is 3,875 people so they are aiming for 5,000 people to attend the event.

Links and previous 8News coverage:

Gameday Tailgate — Sept. 22

Football fans in RVA (no matter who they root for) can take part in a tailgate in Richmond on Sunday. The Gameday Tailgate Festival will be a large outdoor tailgate in the Green Lot of the Richmond Diamond.

If you don’t typically tailgate, there will be food and drink options for you at the event. There’s a 5-hour open beer bar and “endless food options.”

“We want you focusing on having a great time rooting on your favorite teams while enjoying beer, great food vendors, 70″ screen TVs, live DJs and entertainment, tons of free giveaways, special guest appearances, tented areas with tables, interactive games, and your favorite party games,” the event’s website says.

You can only get a ticket the day before the event. Get your tickets here.

Stone Brewing Presents: Stone’s Throw Down in RVA — Sept. 21

For the third year, hundreds of folks stopped by Brown’s Island for the Stone’s Throw Down in RVA.

The craft beer festival featured local breweries as well as live music from five bands.

The goal of Stone’s Throw Down is to not only feature beers for folks to sample but also provide an atmosphere for non-profits to talk about their work.

“Really great lineup of beers here,” said Stone Brewing’s Lizzie Younkin. “So it’s only craft beers at Stone’s Throw Down. So we have a bunch of special release beers that you wouldn’t normally find that we brought out just for this event.”

All of the proceeds from the event will benefit area organizations including Enrichmond and the James River Association. S

So far Stone Brewing in Richmond has donated at least 250,000 to area organizations.

Festival of India — Sept 21-22

The annual Festival of India is back! The event started in 1981 and features two days filled with music, food and culture.

Explore India’s diverse culture and traditions on Saturday, Sept 21 through Sunday, Sept 22 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The festival takes place at the Richmond Convention Center on Broad Street.

For more information, click here.

Know of any events coming up next weekend? Let us know by sending us an email to news@wric.com

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