Arts & Entertainment
In a region full of historic character and artsy charm, options for arts and entertainment seekers are plentiful.
Annual Festivals & Events
County fairs, festivals and holiday traditions in the area provide great fun for families. Some of the biggest each year include the Parade of Lights, a tacky Christmas lights parade on boats; the Festival of Grapes & Hops, a popular beer and wine festival in Old Towne Petersburg; and the Pork, Pine & Peanut Festival, a huge outdoor music, boating and family festival on a historic plantation in Surry County. New in 2015 is Hops in the Park, an event that combines a love of beer with a one of history. Henricus Historical Park in Chesterfield County will display the history of beer in Virginia, exposure to the beautiful sights of the James River and insights of the historical park. Many other annual events keep things interesting, not to mention additional nationally-known festivals in the area like the Folk Festival and Dominion RiverRock are just a quick car ride away.
Daily & Weekly Entertainment
Local events aren’t just annual affairs, as it’s easy to catch daily shows and performances including theatre productions, symphonies, dance companies, comedians and live music, with some of the biggest national performers hitting area venues. For example, catch a production at historic Swift Creek Mill Theatre on Wednesday, enjoy a national comedian or musician at Hopewell’s Beacon Theatre on Thursday, check out the Petersburg music and arts scene at “Friday for the Arts!” and take a relaxing stroll through Richmond on Saturday to visit the free Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and a vast collection of street murals.