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Summer Burnout: Fun Stuff to Do in RVA that You Haven’t Done Yet

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Sent on: Saturday, July 13, 2013 9:35 AM

The following is from a article.   I'll try to put some of these items on the main calendar as a reminder. This will also be on the discussion board "Member Ideas" while relevant.

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Summer Burnout: Fun Stuff to Do in RVA that You Haven’t Done Yet

Posted: Thursday, July 11,[masked]:00 am | Updated: 12:16 am, Fri Jul 12, 2013.


Sick of the pool? Overload on happy hour? Had enough of the river?

It’s still summer and that’s reason alone to celebrate.

If you need to spruce up your summer with something new, here are a few things going on this summer that you should definitely check out:

Flowers After 5

Thursday nights from now through August

The Gardens at Lewis Ginter stay open late every Thursday through August for music, wine tastings, light food and extended hours. Even Water Play stays open late so your kids can play while you enjoy the music and vino tastings. This Thursday, July 11, enjoy wines from Germany and music by The Original Elbe-Musikanten German Band. It’s also a Fidos After 5 night. Next week, July 18, wines from South America and music by Bruce Ewan. Find the rest of the schedule here. Please note: Butterflies Live is not open lat. Regular Garden admission adults $11, kids $7; free admission for Garden members. Additional $12 ticket for wine-tasting for those 21 years and older;  photo ID required. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Blue Bee Cidery Party

Blue Bee Cidery, the only cidery located in the heart of Richmond, is officially opening their tasting room this weekend, Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 14, with a pig roast, live music, plus cider tastings for adults and kids. No cover, pay as you go.

Redskins Training Camp

Starts July 25 through August 16

Sure, parking is going to be a mess. And yes, they’re estimating 2,500 fans daily. But c’mon, it’s the Redskins! In the heart of Richmond! Training Camp is open to the public –which means you get to watch the players on the practice field and you get a first glimpse of the newly signed free agents and draft picks. You can also stick around for autographs. Plus you can check out the brand new $10 million training center. There will be 17 days of practice sessions open to the public with a Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday, Aug. 3. In short, there is much to be buzzing about behind the Science Museum. Check it out. And you get to say you were there.

Two New Beer Festivals

Saturday, July 20 & Friday, August 2

Give Hardywood a rest. At least for two days this summer and check out these two new awesome beer festivals. The Summer Moon Music Festival at Center of the Universe Brewing is Saturday, July 20 and will deliver a full day of free music from seven bands, pit roasted barbecue from My Daddy’s Barbecue, a fresh oyster bar from Anderson’s Neck Oyster Company and a delicious line up of craft beer from Center of the Universe Brewing Company. Doors open at noon; free admission. And Virginia Beer Live! is a brand new indoor craft beer festivals celebrating Virginia Craft Beer month. Held at the Richmond Coliseum on Friday, August 2. $12-$37.

Lake Trip

Get out of town. Head to Bear Creek Lake or Lake Anna where you can spend the day on the beach, go swimming and be back in Richmond in an hour. Parking/admission fees $2-$3.

Hit the Richmond Wineries

You don’t have to road trip all the way to Charlottesville to enjoy Virginia wineries. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of wine tasting at James River Cellars in Glen Allen and New Kent Winery just a few minutes from the heart of downtown. Both feature beautiful locations and are well-worth a visit.

Go Tubing

Rent an inner tube from River City Outfitters or bring one and float the day away. Pony Pasture is a popular put-in spot with a pick-up at Belle Isle or Brown’s Island. Check out our guide here. Or you can rent a stand-up paddle board from the downtown outpost.

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