Top five weekend events

Richmond Times-Dispatch | Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 12:00 am

State Fair of Virginia, International Food Fest, Diggity Fest, bike race watch parties and lots more fun stuff going on this weekend.

UCI Road World Championships

Through Sunday

More cowbell! More whistle! The UCI Road Worlds wrap up this weekend and until then, all of Richmond is one giant cheering section. Church Hill is the place to be for primo viewing spots. There will be two fan zones: one at Libby Hill Park and one at the bottom of 23rd Street. Both will have beer gardens and will be ground zero from some pretty awesome bike watching spots. Also recommended: Monument Avenue, Monroe Park, Broad Street at Governor Street. Find more on watch parties here:

Spectator sport: Best places to watch the bike races this weekend

The UCI Road World Championships wrap up this weekend so it’s time to bring out the cheering section (if you haven’t already).

Richmond 2015 events, parties and fan zones

Fan zones are set up by the courses and many restaurants are hoping to be hubs over the course of the championships

Fan District fan zone and free trolley for the weekend’s bike races

RICHMOND — Fan District fans of the UCI Road World Championships will have a homegrown watch party for this weekend’s races in West Main Village, a pop-up fan zone sponsored by local businesses.

State Fair of Virginia

Opens Friday

The pig races, the carnival rides, the deep-fried bacon and butter (yes, really), it’s State Fair time. State Fair of Virginia returns with plenty of midway rides, music, live agriculture, a thrill pit and lots more Richmond craft brews on tap. Young country artist Josh Thompson performs Friday night, Jackass Flats on Saturday night. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Hours vary. $5-$12 in advance, $8-$15 at gate; season pass $25 in advance through Sept. 22, $30 at gate; midway rides extra.

State Fair of Virginia showcases farming, food, music and fun

The State Fair of Virginia kicks off Friday at The Meadow Event Park, and while corn dogs and funnel cakes and midway gaming are on tap, don’t forget that there’s a lot you can learn, too.

International Food Festival


Located just off Monroe Park and in the heart of the bike race, the International Food Festival welcomes riders and spectators alike at this year’s International Food Fest. International cuisine and entertainment will be provided by many of the Richmond’s great cultural festivals. There will be BBQ, pancit, lumpia, and adobo from the Filipino Festival; ratatouille, croissants and chocolate mousse from the French Food Festival; Vietnamese food from the Church of the Vietnamese Martyrs; Southern food with an African flair from the Holy Rosary church and frosty cool beverages from the St. Benedict Oktoberfest. Menu items range from $2-$10. There will also be entertainment throughout the day. From 8 a.m.-dusk.

Isley Brewing Fall Fest


Isley Brewing in Scott’s Addition is hosting its first ever Isley Brewing Fall Fest this weekend. It’s a full day of music, food trucks, crafters and artists, special beer infusions and more. With music from Sheldon Young, Acoustic Couch, Andrew Ali and the Mainline and The Royal We. Food trucks Bo Dillaz, Hard Pressed and Buz and Ned’s BBQ will also be there. Noon to 10 p.m. Free.

Diggity Fest


The only kids’ music fest in the area, Diggity Fest, returns to Westchester Commons this Sunday. There will be kids’ music from the Susan Greenbaum Band and the Silly Bus, as well as a farewell performance from The Diggity Dudes. The event is free to attend, with $5 wristbands for Kid Zone activities. Proceeds benefit Connor’s Heroes Foundation. 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Bonus event (just because):

Richmond Symphony at Pocahontas State Park James River High School


Due to the chance of rain, the Richmond Symphony has moved the Pocahontas State Park concert to James River High School (3700 James River Road, Midlothian, VA 23113) on Saturday. This concert is free and open to the public (no ticket required). Featuring music from Verdi, Strauss, Dvorak, West Side Story and more. 6 p.m.

Also recommended:

Capital Alehouse Oktoberfest on Saturday & Gin Blossoms on Sunday

Richmond Concert Band at Agecroft Hall on Sunday

Richmond events surrounding the UCI Road World Championships

There will be more action than just bikes when the UCI Road World Championships come to Richmond.

There will be more action than just bikes when the UCI Road World Championships come to Richmond.

RICHMOND, Va. — There will be more action than just bikes when the UCI Road World Championships come to Richmond from Sept. 19 – 27. In celebratory fashion, there are numerous events surrounding the big bike races that locals and visitors alike to enjoy.

Ahead of the races are the opening ceremonies, which commence on Friday, Sept. 18, from 6:30-8 p.m. on Brown’s Island in Richmond’s downtown.

Rayvon Own is an American Idol finalist

“American Idol” finalist and Richmonder Rayvon Owen will perform the national anthem before the Richmond Symphony takes the stage for a free concert, BUT A TICKET IS REQUIRED in advance. As of Sept. 11, 7,000 had been claimed. Claim yours here. 

Ahead of the races local museums have created bicycle-themed exhibits. The complete list is here.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens will be a hub hosting numerous activities during the bike races. The gardens are a starting point for the races on Sunday, Sept. 20, they have several bicycle-themed exhibits and they will also host several live music events.

  • September 21 –The Garcia Jazz Trio,
  • September 22 – Marcus Tenney Trio
  • September 23 – The Killing Daylights
  • September 24 – Party of Four (Also happening: Fido in the Garden)
  • September 25 – Bruce Ewan, an internationally acclaimed blues harmonica player and vocalist, guitarist Steve Jacobs, bassist Steve Shaw, drummer Bob Berberich.

Just steps away from the start/finish line, the Greater Richmond Convention Center, at 403 N. 3rd Street, will host the Richmond 2015 FanFest, from Sunday, Sept. 20 to Sunday, Sept. 27.

FanFest 2015

That will be the hub for the races, with more than 100 exhibitors and vendors. There will be live music, food and beer. Also, a KidZone. Live coverage of the races is shown from inside the FanFest.

Most of the races take place during the afternoon, leaving lots of time to explore Richmond, and enjoy some of the events around town. [See: Times, closures and fan zones for Richmond 2015 bike races]

The map below, of places to visit in Richmond, was created by Steen Wear, who specialize in custom cycling wear. They will have  a pop-up shop during the races, at 201 E. Broad Street.

A lot of locals discussed hosting pop-up shops near the race, and that became a reality for the Bizarre Market, who has organized “Pop Secret” in Jackson Ward.  This 10-day-long shop will feature homemade items by 25 hand-picked local designers and crafters. The shop, located at 120 W. Marshall Street, will be open from Sept. 18- Sept. 27 with hours from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Brews and Blues, in coordination with the River City Blues Society, at Legend Brewery from Monday Sept. 21 – Friday, Sept. 25, with music starting at 6 p.m. Daily lineup: Monday, Sept. 21, Sidetracked; Tuesday, Sept. 22, Kurt Crandall and True Story; Wed., Sept. 23, Tough Deal; Thursday, Sept. 24, Lil Ronnie’s Lonesome Threesome; and Friday, Sept. 25, The Bush League (5 p.m.).

There will be a Hanover Bike Fest on Sept. 23, as the Men’s Elite Individual Time Trials race north of Richmond. A great way to catch some of the race, and there will be local food and beer vendors.

There will also be a mOb market, or Middle of Broad market, just three blocks away from the finish line. Vendors will be set-up for three to four days during the UCI races, Sept. 25 – Sept. 27. Market hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Oktoberfest, at St. Benedict’s Church on 300 N. Sheppard St. in Richmond runs Sept. 18 – 20. While it isn’t bike-themed, it is a great place to get some German food and try lots of craft beer from around the region. For hours and location, CLICK HERE.

Richmond Oktoberfest

Take a cab or Uber out of Richmond and head out to Meadow Event Park, near the start of the Men’s Elite Time Trial race, for the State Fair. CLICK HEREfor info.

Another Oktoberfest close to the downtown races is on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Capital Ale House at 623 E. Main Street. The event runs from noon until 10 p.m., CLICK HERE for more info.

The International Food Festival, a celebration of food from around the world takes place from 11 a.m. – dusk on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, at 800 S. Cathedral Place and Laurel Street in Richmond. There will be food from around the globe, including German, Irish, Southern American, Filipino, Vietnamese, Polish, Italian, Haitian, and Cajun. Alcohol will be available for purchase.

Are you hosting a Richmond 2015 event?  Let us know via email!

Monroe Park no longer listed as fan zone during Richmond 2015 races


Monroe Park sign

RICHMOND, Va. – Monroe Park is no longer a dedicated fan zone for the UCI World Championship Races, and the sponsor recently pulled out with just over three weeks remain until tens of thousands of spectators pour into Richmond.

Monroe Park once designated as a fan zone, to be complete with a Jumbotron, but it is no longer listed as an official fan zone venue.

Some residents remember that the city spent nearly $75,000 to resurface sidewalks in that Monroe Park area.

Monica Callahan, a race organizer with Richmond 2015, said the park sponsor recently pulled out of the venue. Callahan added the sponsor is still participating but just setting up at another area along the race course.

She said while Monroe Park may not be labeled as an official fan zone, spectators will still have a great front row seat. Cyclists will race through Monroe Park almost daily during the world championship event.

“The spectator would not have been slighted from the vantage point perspective due to the fact that there isn’t a Jumbotron, Callahan added. “There will be portajohns there.”

“We just see this as an organic space where fans can still gather,” she added. “It’s a wonderful space with wonderful offerings to our visitors.”

Cycling junkies like Grant Fanning can’t wait for the next 25 days to pass.

Grant is pumped about world class cyclists racing through the streets of our capital city.

“Some people don’t grasp the gravity of it all,” Fanning explained. “The UCI World championship is sort of like the Super Bowl for us — to have it here in Richmond is amazing.”

“It’s an opportunity to experience something really awesome,” said Andy Stites with Carytown Bicycles. “Something that really showcases the city and showcases cycling.”

Both men said they expect the fan experience to be amazing.